Latest Marijuana News

California boosts pot taxes, shocking unsteady industry

Nov. 22, 2019 5:58 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is increasing business tax rates on legal marijuana, a move that stunned struggling companies that have been pleading with the state to do just the opposite. Hefty marijuana taxes that can approach 50 percent in some communities have been blamed for pushing shoppers into...

Michigan halts sale of marijuana e-cigs unless re-tested

Nov. 22, 2019 5:57 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan on Friday halted the sale of marijuana vaping products until they are tested for a compound that has been identified as a culprit in e-cigarette-related lung illnesses. The state Marijuana Regulatory Agency’s emergency rules, which prohibit vitamin E acetate, apply to...

Federal addiction treatment dollars off-limits for marijuana

Nov. 22, 2019 11:43 AM EST

The U.S. government is barring federal dollars meant for opioid addiction treatment to be used on medical marijuana. The move is aimed at states that allow marijuana for medical uses, particularly those letting patients with opioid addiction use pot as a treatment, said Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, whose federal...

Few North Dakotans seeking pardons on pot offenses

Nov. 21, 2019 2:40 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Few people have taken advantage of a policy change that lets people with low-level marijuana convictions in North Dakota petition to have their records wiped clean if they avoid unlawful behavior for five years Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who pushed for the policy change,...

Legal hemp, CBD stir more farmers to grow unfamiliar crop

Nov. 21, 2019 10:41 AM EST

CLAYTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Dave Crabill and two business partners started small for their first foray into farming hemp, growing two strains of the now-legal cousin of marijuana on an acre along a dirt road outside the industrial city of Flint. The endeavor was not easy. Flooding from record rain...

Divided US House committee backs pot decriminalization

Nov. 20, 2019 7:21 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A divided U.S. House committee approved a proposal Wednesday to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, a vote that was alternately described as a momentous turning point in national cannabis policy or a hollow political gesture. The House Judiciary Committee approved the...

Boston overhauling pot review process to close race gap

Nov. 20, 2019 5:56 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston is overhauling its process of reviewing marijuana businesses to boost involvement of minority entrepreneurs in Massachusetts’ burgeoning pot industry. The City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance calling for the creation of an independent Cannabis Board to oversee local...

Lawyer: Vegas man to appeal sentence in Oregon-Iowa pot case

Nov. 20, 2019 4:24 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A defense lawyer says a 61-year-old Las Vegas man will appeal his conviction and five-year federal prison sentence for illegally growing marijuana in Oregon and selling it in Iowa. Attorney Michael Pariente said Wednesday he believes Chief U.S. District Judge John Jarvey in Davenport,...

Men sentenced for shipping marijuana through Postal Service

Nov. 20, 2019 3:30 PM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Department of Justice says two West Virginia men have been sentenced for participating in a distribution scheme that involved shipping about 400 kilograms of marijuana through the U.S. Postal Service from 2013 to 2018. A news release says 44-year-old James Waylon Molinaro was...

Michigan issues 1st recreational marijuana licenses

Nov. 19, 2019 5:16 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan has issued the first licenses to a business planning to grow and sell marijuana for recreational use. Ann Arbor-based Exclusive Brands already has medical marijuana operations. It received recreational licenses Tuesday. It wants to start selling marijuana to...