marijuana http://tpr.org en Wash. Retailers To Sell Recreational Marijuana On Tuesday http://tpr.org/post/wash-retailers-sell-recreational-marijuana-tuesday Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>NPR's Business News starts with a possible marijuana shortage. True story, Washington state is expected to roll out retail pot sales this week after voters approved a referendum on recreational marijuana in 2012. But there is a backlog of growers and processors awaiting licenses from the state, which means a limited supply. That has sellers worried they'll run out too quickly when stores open. As many as 20 retailers could start selling marijuana tomorrow if all goes according to plan and if they have proper supplies of pot. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:46:00 +0000 editor 34610 at http://tpr.org Poll: Yes To Medical Marijuana, Not So Much For Recreational Pot http://tpr.org/post/poll-yes-medical-marijuana-not-so-much-recreational-pot Minnesota has become the 22nd state to loosen restrictions on use of marijuana, with its legislature approving the sale and use of medical marijuana on May 15. Other states, including Florida, are considering similar measures.<p>These changes are happening fast, and we were wondering how people feel about this seemingly inexorable push to decriminalize pot, so we asked, in the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll.<p>Most people said that allowing use of marijuana for medical purposes is a good idea, with 78 percent saying they're in favor of that. Tue, 20 May 2014 17:24:00 +0000 editor 32025 at http://tpr.org Poll: Yes To Medical Marijuana, Not So Much For Recreational Pot The Latest Food Truck Theme Is Marijuana For Lunch http://tpr.org/post/latest-food-truck-theme-marijuana-lunch Food trucks have been steadily multiplying in cities across the country for a few years now. So their collision with the brave new world of marijuana edibles — from brownies to gummy candy — was probably inevitable, at least in the states where the drug is now legal.<p>In late April, a company called <a href="http://www.magicalbutter.com/">MagicalButter</a> unveiled the country's first food truck specializing in pot-infused eats at Denver's <a href="http://www.cannabiscup.com/">Cannabis Cup</a>. Wed, 14 May 2014 20:59:00 +0000 editor 31706 at http://tpr.org The Latest Food Truck Theme Is Marijuana For Lunch 13 Spliffy Jobs In The Marijuana Industry http://tpr.org/post/13-spliffy-jobs-marijuana-industry Say what you will about the morality of marijuana, now that 21 U.S. states — and the District of Columbia — have passed some type of pot-friendly legalization, selling weed is big business.<p>Medicinal and recreational pot sales could bring in ridonculous revenues and taxes. Colorado, for instance, is expecting an 18-month boost of more than $600 million, according to <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2014/02/20/news/economy/marijuana-taxes-colorado/" target="_blank">CNNMoney</a>. Thu, 08 May 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 31398 at http://tpr.org Coming Soon To Colorado: Wolfgang And Weed http://tpr.org/post/coming-soon-colorado-wolfgang-and-weed Colorado Symphony patrons — if they aren't already — are about to have the option of being Rocky Mountain high.<p><a href="http://www.coloradosymphony.org/Events/Classically-Cannabis" target="_blank">Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series</a>, which begins May 23, includes three BYOC (bring your own cannabis) chamber concerts at a gallery with an enclosed smoking area and food trucks, the orchestra announced Tuesday. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:59:12 +0000 Mark Mobley 30949 at http://tpr.org Coming Soon To Colorado: Wolfgang And Weed Cannabis Industry Sponsors Colorado Symphony Shows http://tpr.org/post/cannabis-industry-sponsors-colorado-symphony-shows Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>Hip-hop stars can go ahead and drink their Cristal. The Colorado Symphony doesn't care, because the orchestra has pot. The symphony is planning shows sponsored by the cannabis industry. They're seen as way to reach a younger, more diverse audience. Marijuana is now legal in Colorado, although the concerts will be BYOC. It will not be for sale at the concession stand. The concerts are to be known, of course, as Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series.<p>It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:49:00 +0000 editor 30905 at http://tpr.org It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today http://tpr.org/post/its-420-420-denver-hosts-cannabis-cup-today Tens of thousands of people are attending the Cannabis Cup in Denver this weekend, the first time the marijuana festival and trade show is held in Colorado since the state legalized recreational pot in January.<p>The festival's date is no coincidence – it's a conversion of the pot smoker's favorite time of 4:20 into a date. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 30355 at http://tpr.org It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use http://tpr.org/post/pot-smoke-and-mirrors-vaporizer-pens-hide-marijuana-use It's a sunny afternoon at Kelly's Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, and Nikki Esquibel is getting stoned. But you wouldn't know it.<p>The 19-year-old, who has a medical prescription for marijuana, is "smoking" pot with a handheld vaporizer, or a vape pen. It's sleek, black, and virtually indistinguishable from a high-end e-cigarette.<p>That's the point, says Esquibel. "I use it mostly around my neighborhood. It's easy to hide." The vapor coming from the device doesn't even have much of an odor.<p>Discretion, it turns out, makes for good money. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:35:00 +0000 editor 30280 at http://tpr.org Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use Study Links Casual Pot Use With Brain Abnormalities http://tpr.org/post/study-links-casual-pot-use-brain-abnormalities Young adults who smoke marijuana at least once a week showed changes in the size and shape of two key brain regions, according to a new study of 20 pot smokers and 20 non-pot smokers between 18 and 25.<p>This is the first time recreational marijuana use has been connected to significant brain changes.<p>The findings, a collaboration between Northwestern University and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, were published in The Journal of Neuroscience.<p>The senior author of the study, <strong>Hans Breiter</strong>, joins <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#82 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:55:45 +0000 editor 30147 at http://tpr.org Study Links Casual Pot Use With Brain Abnormalities Marijuana Vending Machine Unveiled In Colorado http://tpr.org/post/marijuana-vending-machine-unveiled-colorado An automated pot-selling machine was unveiled at an event held at an Avon, Colo., restaurant Saturday, promising a potential new era of selling marijuana and pot-infused snacks from vending machines directly to customers.<p>Its creators say the machine, called the ZaZZZ, uses biometrics to verify a customer's age. The machine is climate-controlled to keep its product fresh.<p>You may be picturing a vending machine on a sidewalk, ready to dispense pot brownies to anyone with correct change. That's not quite what backers of the machine have in mind. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:43:48 +0000 Bill Chappell 29980 at http://tpr.org Marijuana Vending Machine Unveiled In Colorado