Latest Marijuana News

California pot taxes tick up but miss initial projections

Aug. 22, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to tax money from marijuana sales, California is living with diminished expectations. The state pulled in $74 million in cannabis excise taxes between April and June, after the administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom sharply scaled back projected tax dollars from the shaky...

Utah moves to scrap state-run pot dispensary system

Aug. 22, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah legislators were moving Thursday to scrap a planned state-run medical marijuana dispensary system after county attorneys said it would put public employees at risk of being prosecuted under federal drug laws. Under the revised plan being written by Republican Senate Majority...

Weedmaps to stop advertising unlicensed pot businesses

Aug. 21, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The major online pot shop directory and cannabis marketplace Weedmaps announced Wednesday that it will no longer allow black-market businesses to advertise on its site, a decision that could boost California's efforts to rein in its vast illegal market. State regulators and licensed...

Sheriff: Man found in teen girl's closet during a drug call

Aug. 20, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Deputies in South Carolina say they found a man in a teen girl's closet while responding to a call about the smell of marijuana coming from her room. News outlets report 20-year-old Matthew Smith was charged Friday with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of...

Bond revoked for Alabama man charged in son's hot car death

Aug. 20, 2019 5:01 AM EDT

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man charged with manslaughter in the death of his 2-year-old son has had his bond revoked following a different arrest. News outlets report 36-year-old Robert Patrick King was arrested this month for public intoxication, violating his bond agreement. King was sent back to...

Grower: 5,000 in Louisiana medical marijuana program so far

Aug. 19, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two weeks after Louisiana patients began receiving medical marijuana, the program is humming along without supply disruption and with thousands of people receiving the drug for medical use, regulatory officials and the head of one growing operation said Monday. John Davis, president...

Officials seize marijuana mixed with jalapeño peppers

Aug. 18, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Officials say they seized $2.3 million worth of marijuana mixed in with a shipment of jalapeño peppers at a Southern California port. A Customs and Border Protection K-9 unit alerted officers to a shipment of peppers Thursday at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in San Diego. A CBP news...

Sanders' criminal justice plan aims to cut prison population

Aug. 18, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat people of...

Java still a no-no for Mormons despite fancy coffee names

Aug. 16, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by "competent" doctors. The new guidance in the...

California man convicted of torture of pot dispensary owner

Aug. 16, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A California man who previously escaped from jail and was on the run for a week was convicted Friday of kidnapping and torturing a marijuana dispensary owner who he mistakenly believed had buried large sums of money in the desert. A jury in Newport Beach found Hossein Nayeri,...