Latest Medical marijuana News

Georgia Gov. Kemp signs medical marijuana bill

Apr. 17, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Some Georgia patients will soon be allowed to legally buy the marijuana they are already allowed to possess. Because of a legal quirk, patients and families have regularly broken the law to obtain low-potency medical marijuana oil. Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday signed a bill that would fix...

Nebraska's tough approach to medical marijuana may backfire

Apr. 15, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Year after year, Nebraska's conservative lawmakers have rejected measures calling for limited and highly regulated medical marijuana. They're poised to do it again, but their decision this year could have the unintended consequence of ushering in one of the most unrestricted medical...

Texas removing hemp from controlled substance list

Apr. 1, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Texas is eliminating hemp from its list of controlled substances, bringing it in line with federal law but possibly feeding confusion about the legality of some hemp-based products. The Texas Department of State Health Services is on Friday removing hemp from a list of Schedule I drugs that...

Medical marijuana oil bill clears Georgia Senate

Mar. 29, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A bill that would allow the in-state production and sale of low-potency medical marijuana oil passed the Georgia Senate on Friday, just two days after the proposal was limited significantly in committee. The Senate voted 44-8 to pass the measure, which grants a sharply reduced number of...

More aging Americans are using pot to soothe what ails them

Mar. 25, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — The group of white-haired folks — some pushing walkers, others using canes — arrive right on time at the gates of Laguna Woods Village, an upscale retirement community in the picturesque hills that frame this Southern California suburb a few miles from Disneyland....

Upstart party turns cannabis into key Israeli election issue

Mar. 18, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Cinderella story of Israel's current election campaign is a fringe party led by an ultranationalist libertarian with a criminal record who vows to legalize marijuana, and seems to diverge dramatically from the long list of quirky candidates of the past who have drawn attention to their...

New Mexico bill would create first state-run pot shops in US

Mar. 12, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would become the first U.S. state to set up its own government-operated marijuana stores and subsidize medical cannabis for the poor under a bill brokered between Republicans and Democrats, as a new wave of states weighs legislation that would legalize recreational sales...

Minnesota Senate panel votes against recreational marijuana

Mar. 11, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota Senate committee voted Monday to kill a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, making it unlikely that the legislation will pass this year. The GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-3 along party lines to reject the bill after defeating a motion...

Pot-litics: 2020 Democrats line up behind legalization

Mar. 9, 2019 6:55 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A growing list of Democratic presidential contenders want the U.S. government to legalize marijuana, reflecting a nationwide shift as more Americans look favorably on cannabis. Making marijuana legal at the federal level is the "smart thing to do," says California Sen. Kamala Harris, a...

Court: Board wrong to deny workers' comp for medical pot

Mar. 7, 2019 3:02 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A labor appeals board was wrong to determine that workers' compensation insurance can't reimburse an employee for the cost of medical marijuana, according to a New Hampshire Supreme Court decision released Thursday. But the court left unresolved whether an insurance company can be...