Too high to read all of the marijuana news out there? Well, we have done you the favor of finding the most interesting articles. Here is the marijuana news roundup for Friday, February 3.

A headline you never expected to see in the New York Times

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In “headlines you never expected to see in the New York Times” we have “Dogs on Marijuana: Not Cool.” The article explains that many dogs are starting to buy and smoke weed. Not really.

The story explains that in New York, many veterinarians are seeing more and more dogs being taken in after they consumed marijuana without their owner realizing. Apparently this really freaks the dogs out, and it can make a dog pee itself or be unable to move for a while. There were no reports in the story of dogs dying from marijuana, but it’s safe to say an edible meant for a full grown adult is not good for a small dog.

A headline you may have expected to see in the Los Angeles Times

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California is full of cannabis enthusiasts, so I was only slightly surprised to see the Los Angeles Times calling for Mr. Trump to legalize weed. Beyond pointing out how much support legalization has, with the majority of the country behind the idea, the article makes some good points about how legalizing would benefit the economy and prospective employees. Here’s part of it:

“If there’s one issue Trump has been consistent on since he launched his presidential bid, it’s economic protectionism. Today, the American marijuana industry employs 100,000 to 150,000 people nationally. Marijuana spending is estimated at $30 billion annually, according to market-research firm the Cowen Group, but only a fifth of that is spent on legal products. If legalized, the market is expected to grow to $50 billion annually by 2026.

For the same reasons Trump believes we should be buying cars and air-conditioners manufactured domestically, it follows that he should be making every effort to ensure America dominates the global marijuana industry. Americans should be smoking American weed. This requires the government’s ban be lifted so the market can flourish.”

As we already knew, marijuana is a good replacement for dangerous opioids

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As much research and reporting has shown, marijuana can be a great replacement for opioids. The Atlantic just ran a story explaining that many people who were addicted to opioids are now using marijuana instead. While this may mean they’re somewhat dependent on marijuana instead of opioids, marijuana is much safer and is not chemically addictive.

As The Atlantic article points out, marijuana being a Schedule I drug essentially means less people are getting the opportunity to use cannabis instead of highly addictive prescriptions, which means people are dying from overdoses when they shouldn’t be.

No smoking in Alaskan weed stores

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A regulatory board in Alaska has sadly rejected a plan to let cannabis users consume their weed in a marijuana store. They rejected it because they believed people working in the marijuana dispensaries shouldn’t be exposed to marijuana smoke for many hours a day.

People who supported the measure said not letting marijuana be consumed in a store may mean tourists, especially cruise ship tourists, will be able to buy weed but will have nowhere to legally consume it. Consuming marijuana in public is illegal in Alaska.

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Thor Benson is a traveling writer currently based in Los Angeles. His writing has been featured in Vice, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast and elsewhere. He can be found in a run-down whiskey bar. Follow him on Twitter at: @thor_benson.

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