Latest Marijuana legalization News

800,000 eligible to clear their record in Illinois legal pot

Jun. 26, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — For decades, getting caught with a small amount of marijuana could put Illinois residents in jail for up to six months and perhaps worse. The criminal record would follow them for the rest of their lives. Gov. J.B. Pritzker's signature this week on a law legalizing recreational...

The Latest: Wisconsin Senate passes state budget on to Evers

Jun. 26, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the Wisconsin Senate's state budget vote (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Republicans who control the Wisconsin Senate have narrowly approved the state budget. The $81 billion two-year spending plan now goes to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who can sign the budget into law,...

Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

Jun. 25, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation making the state the 11th to approve marijuana for recreational use in a program offering legal remedies and economic benefits to minorities whose lives critics say were damaged by a wayward...

Louisiana businesses getting permits to sell CBD products

Jun. 25, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana businesses have started receiving the state's first regulatory permits to sell CBD products, as new laws on hemp and CBD take effect. The Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control on Monday started issuing temporary permits to sell legal CBD products, handing out 20 such...

The Latest: Illinois 11th to legalize recreational marijuana

Jun. 25, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on recreational marijuana legalization in Illinois (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation making Illinois the 11th state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. The Democrat signed legislation Tuesday in Chicago allowing residents to...

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Jun. 25, 2019 12:12 PM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois becomes 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana.

Hawaii governor backs decriminalizing small amounts of pot

Jun. 25, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's governor will support a state bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, a report said. Democratic Gov. David Ige will allow the measure to eliminate criminal penalties for possession of 3 grams (0.11 ounces) or less of marijuana, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser...

Millennial Money: How to join the cannabis business boom

Jun. 25, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

Marijuana is having a moment. Experts recently dubbed cannabis the fastest-growing industry in the U.S. Legal weed generated $10.4 billion in the United States in 2018, and the number of "plant-touching" jobs is expected to pass 500,000 by 2022 , according to New Frontier Data, a cannabis market research and data...

College to offer graduate certificate in cannabis regulation

Jun. 25, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts university has announced the launch of a certificate program to teach the ins and outs of marijuana policy in different states. Clark University in Worcester says the online-only program that starts in the fall has three courses on regulatory models, health and...

Illinois governor plans to sign recreational marijuana bill

Jun. 25, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to make Illinois the nation's 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana use. The Democrat has scheduled a bill-signing ceremony Tuesday morning in Chicago. His staff listed the event on his schedule released late Monday night. The law would allow...