Latest Medical marijuana News

Former Baltimore lawmaker pleads guilty to bribery, fraud

Jan. 22, 2020 6:05 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Maryland state lawmaker and leading advocate of marijuana legalization pleaded guilty Wednesday to bribery and fraud charges after being accused of accepting more than $33,000 in exchange for granting various legislative favors, including work relevant to the pot industry. Cheryl...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo medical marijuana dispensary owner Chance Gilbert displays some of the marijuana he's grown at the Oklahoma Roots dispensary in Shawnee, Okla. Legislators in neighboring Kansas expect to have their most serious debate so far on legalizing marijuana for medical uses, partly because conservative Missouri and Oklahoma already have approved it. (AP Photo/Sean Murphy, File)

Advocates' hopes high as Kansas heads for medical pot debate

Jan. 17, 2020 1:42 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers expect to have their most serious debate so far on medical marijuana this year, fueling high hopes for advocates who have been stymied by the state's prohibitionist roots and Republican-controlled Legislature. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has said she would sign a bill...

In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 cannabis plants are harvested in a hothouse at Hennops, near Johannesburg, South Africa. Now that South Africa's courts have relaxed laws against marijuana, the country's cannabis production is poised to become a multi-bullion dollar business. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

South Africa's black farmers fight to enter marijuana market

Jan. 8, 2020 4:09 AM EST

HENNOPS, South Africa (AP) — Stacks of bright green cannabis plants, freshly harvested from nearby hothouses, are expertly sorted on a lab table by workers wearing hygienic gloves and caps who snip the leaves and buds and put them in bins for further processing. Druid's Garden in Hennops, about 20 miles...

A doctor show containers of cannabis oil at the first full-time clinic prescribing cannabis oil for medical treatment in the Public Health Ministry in Nonthaburi province, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. The opening of the clinic is another step forward in the government's policy of promoting the licensed medical use of marijuana products to relieve the symptoms of a range of conditions. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand launches full-time clinics dispensing cannabis oil

Jan. 6, 2020 5:06 AM EST

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — Thailand on Monday opened its first two full-time clinics dispensing cannabis oil for medical treatment, a step forward in the government's policy of promoting the licensed use of marijuana products to relieve the symptoms of a range of ailments. About 400 patients, many of...

A long line of people brave the cold as they wait to be the first in Illinois to purchase recreational marijuana at Sunnyside dispensary Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Illinois sees first legal sales of recreational marijuana

Jan. 2, 2020 2:43 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' first day of legal recreational marijuana generated nearly $3.2 million in sales, state officials announced Thursday. There were 77, 128 transactions on New Year's Day, when the law legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes took effect, according to Toi Hutchinson, senior...

In this Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 photo, registered medical marijuana patients talk with staff members at the Rise cannabis store in Mundelein, Ill. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, Illinois will join Michigan as the only Midwestern states broadly allowing the sale and use of marijuana. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Legal marijuana sales may spark Midwest interstate tension

Dec. 29, 2019 12:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Retailers legally selling marijuana for the past month in Michigan say they have drawn customers from surrounding Midwestern states where the drug remains illegal and, as Illinois prepares to joins the recreational market on Wednesday, officials are renewing warnings to consumers against...

In this Tuesday 5, Nov. 2019 photo, Nelly Valbuena talks about about cannabis therapy during an interview at her house in Quito, Ecuador. Unrelenting pain in her hips and weeks of insomnia have left Valbuena clamoring for relief following her metastatic breast cancer diagnosis. Valbuena is pushing Ecuador's government to put into effect recently passed legislation permitting medicinal use of cannabis products so that others like her suffering from agonizing illnesses can have new options for pain relief. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Patients rally in Ecuador for legal use of medical cannabis

Dec. 16, 2019 10:43 AM EST

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Unrelenting pain in her hips and weeks of insomnia left Nelly Valbuena desperate for relief from her metastatic breast cancer. The university professor found freedom from her disease’s cruel side effects in an unexpected remedy: CBD, a compound extracted from the cannabis...

This photo provided Nov. 7, 2019, by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety shows some of the 75,000 THC vaping cartridges seized in drug busts by Minnesota's Northwest Metro Drug Task Force. (Minnesota Department of Public Safety via AP)

Marijuana vaping busts on rise; over 500K seized in 2 years

Dec. 3, 2019 10:50 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — As health officials scrutinize marijuana vaping, it’s increasingly on law enforcement’s radar, too. From New York City to Nebraska farm country to California, authorities have seized at least 510,000 marijuana vape cartridges and arrested more than 120 people in the past two...

This Nov. 25, 2019 photo shows marijuana on display at Arbors Wellness in the medical marijuana shop in Ann Arbor, Mich. Adults age 21 and over will be able to buy marijuana for recreational use starting Sunday, Dec. 1 in Michigan. (AP Photo/David Eggert)

Correction: Marijuana-Michigan-Illinois story

Nov. 30, 2019 5:00 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — In a story Nov. 28 about Michigan and Illinois beginning legal marijuana sales, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of an Illinois company licensed to grow marijuana. It is Revolution Global, not Revolution Enterprises. A corrected version of the story is below:...

This Nov. 25, 2019 photo shows marijuana on display at Arbors Wellness in the medical marijuana shop in Ann Arbor, Mich. Adults age 21 and over will be able to buy marijuana for recreational use starting Sunday, Dec. 1 in Michigan. (AP Photo/David Eggert)

Michigan, Illinois set to usher in recreational pot sales

Nov. 30, 2019 4:51 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — James Daly is eager to make marijuana history on Sunday, when he plans to open the doors to Arbors Wellness, beckon the lengthy line outside and legally start selling recreational pot for the first time in the Midwest. “We’ve worked very hard to be prepared,”...