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 A personified marijuana leaf shakes hands with a personified federal building. Marijuana is legal in some states but not at a federal level. (Aidan Renteria | Northern Star)

Marijuana should be federally legalized

By Emily Beebe, Senior Opinion Columnist | February 7, 2024

The smell of marijuana lingers in the air, and dispensaries scatter the state of Illinois. Smoking marijuana should be legalized at a federal level. Marijuana, weed, cannabis, pot, the devil’s lettuce, whatever individuals call it, it's popular....

A line of people wait outside the doors of Excelleaf before its grand opening. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Excelleaf grand opening promotes ‘high’ hopes for DeKalb

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | December 3, 2023

DeKALB – A soft drizzle and a cold winter morning didn’t stop a line of people trailing around Excelleaf’s building at 305 E. Locust St., anticipating their first purchase from DeKalb County’s first marijuana dispensary. At 9 a.m. Friday, Excelleaf...

Student faces aggravated arson charges following Stevenson residence hall fire

By Northern Star Staff | February 22, 2020

DeKALB — A student is being accused of aggravated arson following a fire 5 a.m. Friday at Stevenson residence hall.Police say Paul Collins intentionally set the fire in an attempt to cover up the smell of marijuana. He is being charged with aggravated...

Thousands light up joints during Hindu festival in Nepal

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA | February 21, 2020

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hindu holy men were joined by devotees and the public Friday at a revered temple in Kathmandu where they lit up marijuana cigarettes during an annual festival despite prohibition and warnings by authorities.Hundreds of police...

Police find secret cigarette factory 4 meters underground

February 20, 2020

MADRID (AP) — Police have dismantled what they say is the Europe Union’s first clandestine underground cigarette factory — four meters (13 feet) under a horse stable in southern Spain.Statements Thursday from Spanish police and Europol said 20 people...

Hookah bar business could be increased by marijuana

By Jack Baudoin | February 16, 2020

The legal smoking age of tobacco was raised from 18 to 21 in December. Because of this, many hookah bars have found themselves struggling after a large portion of their customers became unable to partake in business. Aromas Hookah Bar, 811 W. Lincoln...

Pot shops turn to highway sponsor signs amid strict ad rules

February 16, 2020

DENVER (AP) — Cannabis companies are using a loophole in Colorado's strict limits on marijuana advertising by sponsoring state highways and putting their names on roadside signs.Currently, 51 cannabis dispensaries, cultivators, manufacturers and edible...

New Mexico bid for recreational marijuana is all but doomed

By MORGAN LEE | February 13, 2020

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's bid to become the 12th U.S. state to legalize recreational use of marijuana abruptly fell flat after state senators in a legislature dominated by Democrats rejected a bill that would have forced permission for sales...

Buttigieg’s rocky record on race gets a closer look

By MICHELLE R. SMITH | February 13, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is facing a more intense spotlight on his past leadership on issues of race and policing as he tries to translate his strong showing in Iowa and New Hampshire into support in more diverse states.Buttigieg,...

Weed usage should be protected from business drug testing

By Jack Baudoin | February 13, 2020

Now that marijuana is legal in Illinois, there is a concern regarding employment. How will business’ drug-testing policies affect employees who use marijuana? Because marijuana is now legal, using it should be the same as going home and drinking a beer....

Air Force discloses drug investigation at nuke missile base

By ROBERT BURNS | February 10, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Security guards at an Air Force base responsible for protecting strategic nuclear missiles in three states are under investigation for alleged marijuana use, Air Force officials said Monday. They are part of the same security force...

Green tea party? State licenses Boston’s 1st marijuana shop

By PHILIP MARCELO | February 6, 2020

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s first retail pot shop and Massachusetts’ first minority-owned marijuana business was approved Thursday, more than a year after the first shops opened elsewhere in the state.The state’s Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday...