Latest Recreational marijuana News

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...

Teen odds of using marijuana dip with recreational use laws

Jul. 8, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — New research suggests legalizing recreational marijuana for U.S. adults in some states may have slightly reduced teens' odds of using pot. One reason may be that it's harder and costlier for teens to buy marijuana from licensed dispensaries than from dealers, said lead author Mark Anderson,...

Maine governor signs rules to finally allow pot sales

Jun. 27, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill Thursday setting up a legal framework for the sale of recreational marijuana to adults as early as next year. Her office said Thursday that the state's Office of Marijuana Policy plans to accept applications for licenses by the end of 2019. The...

Italy's 'cannabis light' creates buzz even if the pot won't

Jun. 27, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — It's been called the Italian "green gold rush." Mild, barely there marijuana dubbed "cannabis light" has put Italy on the international weed map, producing hundreds of stores that sell pot by the pouch and attention from investors banking the legalization of stronger stuff will follow. The...

800,000 eligible to clear their record in Illinois legal pot

Jun. 26, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — For decades, getting caught with a small amount of marijuana could put Illinois residents in jail for up to six months and perhaps worse. The criminal record would follow them for the rest of their lives. Gov. J.B. Pritzker's signature this week on a law legalizing recreational...

Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

Jun. 25, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation making the state the 11th to approve marijuana for recreational use in a program offering legal remedies and economic benefits to minorities whose lives critics say were damaged by a wayward...

The Latest: Illinois 11th to legalize recreational marijuana

Jun. 25, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on recreational marijuana legalization in Illinois (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation making Illinois the 11th state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. The Democrat signed legislation Tuesday in Chicago allowing residents to...

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Jun. 25, 2019 12:12 PM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois becomes 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana.

Millennial Money: How to join the cannabis business boom

Jun. 25, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

Marijuana is having a moment. Experts recently dubbed cannabis the fastest-growing industry in the U.S. Legal weed generated $10.4 billion in the United States in 2018, and the number of "plant-touching" jobs is expected to pass 500,000 by 2022 , according to New Frontier Data, a cannabis market research and data...

Illinois governor plans to sign recreational marijuana bill

Jun. 25, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to make Illinois the nation's 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana use. The Democrat has scheduled a bill-signing ceremony Tuesday morning in Chicago. His staff listed the event on his schedule released late Monday night. The law would allow...