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Water and wildlife in the nation's public forests are slowly being poisoned by insecticides and other chemicals used in illegal marijuana operations, say forest police and researchers. They warn that the potential environmental damage could last generations.

Many of the grows are the work of highly organized drug cartels that take advantage of the forests' thick canopy to help hide their operations. Some sites go undetected for years.

A new guideline from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises pregnant women to stay away from marijuana as cannabis use during pregnancy is on the rise.

Marijuana is starting to feel like the new normal. In less than 25 years, it’s gone from illicit drug to accepted medical treatment in more than half the country. And now cannabis is legal recreationally in 11 states and Washington, D.C.

The alcohol Breathalyzer came to life slowly, over the course of decades.

At a time when more than 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana for either medical or recreational use, the U.S. surgeon general says no amount of the drug is safe for teens, young adults and pregnant women.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The illicit market for pot is hot in some states where weed is legal. We look at why.

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Natalie Fertig, federal cannabis policy reporter for Politico. (@natsfert)

When is it wrong to show cigarette smoking on television, but OK to depict people smoking cannabis products, particularly in programming popular among young teenagers?

Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio

Advocates for medical and recreational marijuana in Texas said the state is hypocritical for opposing reforms while profiting off the industry.

Texas Department of Public Safety officers have been instructed not to arrest people with a misdemeanor amount of the suspected drug — less than 4 ounces in possession cases — if possible, according to an interoffice memo.
Shelby Knowles | The Texas Tribune

Texas’ largest law enforcement agency is moving away from arresting people for low-level marijuana offenses. It’s the latest development in the chaos that has surrounded pot prosecution after state lawmakers legalized hemp this year.

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The legalization of hemp in Texas had unintended consequences. Determining the difference between now legal hemp and still illegal marijuana requires technology that's both expensive and hard to come by, so most big-city prosecutors – including in Bexar County – are dropping low-level pot charges until the state comes up with a fix.


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