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India's Parliament passes contentious citizenship bill

Dec. 11, 2019 11:56 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian lawmakers approved legislation granting citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, even though critics said it undermines the country's secular constitution. The Citizenship Amendment Bill seeks to grant Indian nationality to Buddhists,...

Charges dropped, brothers in hemp-pot mixup look to sue NYC

Dec. 11, 2019 10:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The bust was a bust, and it could end up costing New York City some serious green. A day after prosecutors dropped criminal charges in a case spotlighting confusion over hemp, marijuana and conflicting laws, the Brooklyn brothers caught in the chaos took the first step toward suing the city...

California calls pot smoke, THC a risk to moms-to-be

Dec. 11, 2019 8:49 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California panel voted Wednesday to declare marijuana smoke and the drug's high-producing chemical — THC — a risk to pregnant women and their developing fetuses and require warning labels for products legally sold in the nation's largest pot market. The decision by the...

Chicago prosecutor to vacate 1,000 marijuana convictions

Dec. 11, 2019 5:03 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The top prosecutor in Illinois’ largest county on Wednesday filed motions to vacate more than 1,000 low-level marijuana convictions, kicking off the process of clearing tens of thousands of convictions. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s motions are the first step...

Northern California man accused of aiding Canadian fugitive

Dec. 11, 2019 4:56 PM EST

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man had been hiding one of British Columbia’s most wanted fugitives in a 2008 killing prior to his violent arrest, authorities said Wednesday. Butte County sheriff’s deputies said Sam Koh, 40, of Gridley, harbored Brandon Teixeira, 28, in the days...

Immigration attorneys urge caution with new marijuana law

Dec. 11, 2019 3:07 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Recreational marijuana will be legal in Illinois within weeks, but legal experts on Wednesday urged immigrants to exercise caution as marijuana use or cannabis-related jobs could mean repercussions including deportation. Illinois will allow adult recreational marijuana in January, but the...

Indiana county might ease up on marijuana possession

Dec. 11, 2019 10:49 AM EST

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana county near Michigan and Illinois is proposing to ease the penalties for marijuana possession after the neighboring states legalized pot use. The Lake County Council endorsed an ordinance Tuesday that would give sheriff's deputies the discretion to write a...

Hearing on medical pot for ailing pets delayed in New Mexico

Dec. 10, 2019 7:37 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A pubic hearing has been delayed on a petition to open up New Mexico's medical marijuana program to ailing pets. New Mexico's medical cannabis advisory board declined to hear the proposal Tuesday because a quorum of board members was not in attendance or available by phone. Chairwoman...

Illinois approves 2 more marijuana cultivation centers

Dec. 10, 2019 6:18 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has approved two more marijuana cultivation centers ahead of the start of legal recreational sales next year, officials announced Tuesday. The two sites, located in Albion and Shelbyville, brings the total number of cultivation centers in the state to 16, officials said....

New law sets standards boosting New York's hemp industry

Dec. 10, 2019 5:52 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's fast-growing hemp industry is getting a boost from a new law allowing the state to regulate the growth and sale of cannabis-derived extracts such as CBD oil, which is soaring in popularity as a wellness product. Broad-ranging legislation signed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo...