Latest Marijuana legalization News

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...

Hidden in plain sight: California illegal pot market booming

Aug. 15, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's struggling legal cannabis industry is expected to grow this year to $3.1 billion, but it remains outmatched by a thriving illegal market ripe with bargains, a report concluded Thursday. Consumers are spending roughly $3 in the state's underground pot economy for every $1 in...

Maryland court rules pot smell not enough to search person

Aug. 15, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's highest court says the smell of marijuana isn't enough for police to search a person, in a ruling that begins by quoting the title of Bob Dylan's song: "The Times They Are A-Changin'." The Court of Appeals ruled 7-0 this week that in Maryland's post-decriminalization era,...

Mexico high court to Health officials: Regulate medical pot

Aug. 15, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Supreme Court has ordered the country's Health Department to set regulations complying with a law allowing medical use of marijuana and derivatives. The law took effect in June 2017 but has yet to be put into practice. The high court says in a statement that the Health...

32 busted in federal drug crackdown in San Francisco

Aug. 7, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first step in a sweeping crackdown on crime ranging from drugs to sex trafficking in a notorious San Francisco neighborhood yielded 32 arrests of mostly Honduran nationals tied to two international operations that poured heroin and cocaine into the community, U.S. prosecutors...

Is pot safe when pregnant? Study seeks answer, draws critics

Aug. 7, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Pregnancy started out rough for Leslie Siu. Morning sickness and migraines had her reeling and barely able to function at a demanding New York marketing job, so like rising numbers of U.S. mothers-to-be, she turned to marijuana. "l was finally able to get out from under my work desk," said...

Thai health ministry receives cannabis oil for medical use

Aug. 7, 2019 3:49 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's health ministry received its first batch of legal medical marijuana Wednesday to be distributed in state-run hospitals. Public Health Minister Anutin Chanvirakul presided over the ceremonial handing over of 4,500 5 milliliter bottles of extracted cannabis oil from the Government...

Study finds more edible pot among Colorado teen users

Aug. 5, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Some teenagers in Colorado, where marijuana is legal for adults, are shifting away from smoking in favor of edible cannabis products, a study released Monday shows. About 78% of the Colorado high school students who reported consuming marijuana in 2017 said they usually smoked it, down from...

Utah's medical pot distribution, growing plans face scrutiny

Jul. 31, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials preparing to launch the state's medical marijuana program next year face mounting pressure from county attorneys to scrap plans for a state-run dispensary system and lingering scrutiny from companies rejected for growers' licenses. The state announced Wednesday it has...

Sheriff: 2 arrested in black market pot grow

Jul. 30, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

GOLD HILL, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say two men have been arrested in a raid on an illegal marijuana growing operation in southwestern Oregon. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says detectives from a multi-agency task force found indoor and outdoor pot growing operations when they served a search warrant...