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California pot regulators struggling with job, audit says

Jul. 17, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The agency overseeing California's legal marijuana market has been overmatched by the job and is struggling to hire sufficient staff and set an overall strategy for the nation's largest cannabis economy, an audit found. About two-thirds of the 219 staff positions authorized for the...

California pot regulators struggling with job, audit says

Jul. 17, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The agency overseeing California's legal marijuana market has been overmatched by the job and is struggling to hire sufficient staff and set an overall strategy, an audit found. The Bureau of Cannabis Control is authorized to hire 219 people, but only 75 positions have been filled,...

California pot seller asks court to void county delivery ban

Jul. 16, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another legal fight is underway over home marijuana delivery in California. A licensed cannabis company has sued Santa Cruz County, claiming that it's violating state law by prohibiting deliveries from out-of-county retailers into a swath of unincorporated areas. The East of Eden...

With new Cabinet, Thailand replaces junta with army allies

Jul. 16, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's new Cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, creating a nominally elected government after five years of military rule but keeping power in the hands of the same allies of the army. King Maha Vajiralongkorn presided over the swearing-in of the Cabinet, whose 36 members pledged their loyalty...

Police say man arrested on drug, gun charges after explosion

Jul. 13, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

GATES, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a western New York man has been arrested on drug and gun charges after a solvent used to extract plant oils exploded in his refrigerator. Police and firefighters responded to the scene of an explosion in Gates Friday afternoon and found that the blast had blown out two windows...

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...

LA police chief aims to wipe out minor warrants for homeless

Jul. 11, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said he is working to eliminate thousands of homeless people's old warrants for minor offenses in the coming weeks as part of a solution to help get people off the streets. "This is a humanitarian crisis of our generation," Moore said Wednesday in a...

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...

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...