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Competition to grow medical marijuana in Utah heats up

Jul. 12, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

NEPHI, Utah (AP) — The wide metal barn on the Utah alfalfa farm owned by Russell and Diane Jones will host their youngest son's wedding next month. By September, they hope the structure will be full of marijuana plants. The Joneses are fourth-generation farmers, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of...

A Capitol offense? Cannabis found in Statehouse flower beds

Jul. 12, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Almost three dozen cannabis plants have been found growing in the flower beds in front of the Vermont Statehouse, police said Friday. A visitor to the Statehouse alerted police to what turned out to be 34 plants found by officers this week among the cultivated flowers that line the...

2 dead, other 2 arrested after Florida home invasion

Jul. 12, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

SUMMERFIELD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two men have been killed after they invaded a Florida home to steal marijuana and guns and were shot by the homeowner. Two other men were arrested and are facing charges related to the home invasion. The Marion County Sheriff's Office said Thursday the homeowner was...

Coast Guard makes dramatic drug seizure, raiding submarine

Jul. 12, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard members boarded a semi-submarine racing through the waves, one of 14 operations seizing cocaine and marijuana since May in international waters off Mexico and Central and South America. The agency released dramatic video of the encounter with smugglers on Thursday....

US growing largest crop of marijuana for research in 5 years

Jul. 11, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

The U.S. government is growing the largest crop of research marijuana in five years, responding to interest in varieties with high levels of THC and CBD. The government is the only source of pot for nearly all research in the U.S., while it still considers it illegal and dangerous. Scientists have asked for weed...

Police: 2 arrested in NY driving pot from Canada to Boston

Jul. 11, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) — Police say two men have been arrested in upstate New York while trying to drive 180 pounds (82 kilograms) of marijuana from Canada to Boston. The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that the men were driving separate cars when they were arrested Tuesday in Queensbury, about 200 miles...

California man sentenced for keeping 15-year-old captive

Jul. 10, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — One of two men charged with imprisoning a 15-year-old girl in a metal box at their Northern California marijuana farm was sentenced Wednesday to 31 years in federal prison. The girl, who had run away from home, was sexually abused by both men and required to help prepare the...

Court rules against Florida officials on medical marijuana

Jul. 10, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida appellate court ruled that the state's approach to regulating marijuana is unconstitutional, possibly allowing more providers to jump into a market positioned to become one of the country's most lucrative. If the ruling stands, it could force state officials to lift...

Albanian deported from US for killing officer in 2015

Jul. 10, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police say that an Albanian man sentenced for killing a police officer in 2015 has been deported home from the United States. A statement Wednesday said Ruhan Hiraj, 22, was deported after coordination with U.S. authorities. In 2018 Hiraj was sentenced to 15 years of jail...

Jay-Z partners with cannabis company as brand strategist

Jul. 9, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jay-Z is heading into the legal marijuana industry as a chief brand strategist in partnership with a California cannabis product company. The rapper said in a statement Tuesday that he entered a multiyear deal with San Jose, California-based Caliva. His role will consist of driving...