Latest Marijuana legalization News

Push to legalize recreational pot falls flat in New York

Jun. 19, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A push to legalize recreational marijuana in New York state has failed after state leaders did not reach a consensus on several key details in the final days of the legislative session. Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat and the lead sponsor of the main legalization bill in her...

Editorials from around Oregon

Jun. 19, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Register-Guard, June 17, on the new law for handling public records requests: Oregon has taken a small step toward enhancing public access to government records. School districts, local governments and state agencies now face a potential $200 penalty if they...

Marijuana use doubles in US pregnant women to 1 in 14

Jun. 18, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Pot use in pregnancy has doubled among U.S. women and is most common during the first trimester, government research shows. Overall, 7% of pregnant women, or 1 in 14, said they used marijuana in the past month. That's from a nationally representative health survey in 2016-17 and compares...

Virginia AG calls for state to legalize marijuana

Jun. 15, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is calling for the legalization of marijuana. Herring said Saturday that Virginia should start decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana and eventually legalize the drug. The Democratic attorney general said criminal prosecutions...

Growers hope standards bring order to hemp industry 'mess'

Jun. 14, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

AURORA, Ore. (AP) — A unit of wheat is called a bushel, and a standard weight of potatoes is called a century. But hemp as a fully legal U.S. agricultural commodity is so new that a unit of hemp seed doesn't yet have a universal name or an agreed-upon quantity. That's one example of the startling lack of...

Canada to allow the sale of cannabis edibles late this year

Jun. 14, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Canadian government says a limited selection of cannabis-laced food products won't hit retail shelves in the country before mid-December. Last October, Canada became the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace but it has delayed the sale of edibles...

Bayer to invest $5.6 billion in new weed killing methods

Jun. 14, 2019 5:38 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer says it plans to invest some 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) over the next decade in developing "additional methods to combat weeds." Friday's announcement came as Bayer is engaged in legal battles in the U.S. in which plaintiffs claim that...

California court: Prison pot is OK _ if inmates don't inhale

Jun. 13, 2019 12:47 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California appeals court says it's legal to have small amounts of marijuana in prison — so long as inmates don't inhale. The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled that California voters legalized recreational possession of less than an ounce (28 grams) of cannabis in 2016,...

California court: Prison pot is OK _ if inmates don't inhale

Jun. 12, 2019 10:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California appeals court says it's legal to have small amounts of marijuana in prison — so long as inmates don't inhale. The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled that California voters legalized recreational possession of less than an ounce (28 grams) of cannabis in 2016,...

Nevada law prevents most employers from rejecting pot-users

Jun. 12, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two backers of a pioneering Nevada law to prevent employers from rejecting job-seekers based on a pre-employment marijuana test cast the effort Wednesday as an anti-discrimination measure in a state where recreational pot sales are booming and rules about legal marijuana consumption are...