Latest Medical marijuana News

AP analysis: Legal pot for all takes a toll on medical users

Jun. 11, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When states legalize pot for all adults, long-standing medical marijuana programs take a big hit, in some cases losing more than half their registered patients in just a few years, according to a data analysis by The Associated Press. Much of the decline comes from consumers who, ill...

Marijuana health claims lure patients as science catches up

Jun. 11, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Marijuana has been shown to help ease pain and a few other health problems, yet two-thirds of U.S. states have decided pot should be legal to treat many other conditions with little scientific backing. At least 1.4 million Americans are using marijuana for their health, according to an...

Medical marijuana grower catches fire; cause not clear

Jun. 11, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

ELIOT, Maine (AP) — A medical marijuana growing facility caught fire in Maine, sending smoke into the sky and drawing firefighters from several surrounding departments. The Monday night blaze burned Sweet Dirt Inc. in Eliot. The facility is a state-licensed organic cannabis grower. The Portsmouth Herald...

AP analysis: Medical pot takes hit when weed legal for all

Jun. 11, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When states legalize pot for all adults, long-standing medical marijuana programs take a big hit, in some cases losing more than half their registered patients in just a few years, according to a data analysis by The Associated Press. Much of the decline comes from consumers who, ill...

Medical pot laws no answer for US opioid deaths, study finds

Jun. 10, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can prevent opioid overdose deaths, challenging a favorite talking point of legal pot advocates. Researchers repeated an analysis that sparked excitement years ago. The previous work linked medical marijuana laws to slower than expected increases in...

State, federal laws now allow Arizona farmers to grow hemp

Jun. 6, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona farmers will soon begin planting hemp as its byproduct - CBD oil - is exploding in popularity, with some supporters saying it could overtake a traditional crop in the state because there's more money in the cannabis plant than cotton. The emerging market for hemp, which contains...

2020 hopeful Gillibrand unveils plan to legalize marijuana

Jun. 5, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) has a plan to legalize marijuana and expunge all nonviolent criminal charges associated with it. The New York senator says in a Medium post on Wednesday she'd work with Congress to decriminalize recreational...

New Jersey seeks applicants for new medical marijuana firms

Jun. 3, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is seeking applicants to operate as many as 108 new medical marijuana businesses. The state Health Department announced Monday that the applications for the new licenses will be available July 1 and must be submitted by Aug. 15. It marks the first time the state will issue...

Judges: Feds must act if asked to take a fresh look at pot

May. 31, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the Drug Enforcement Administration must "act promptly" if formally asked to take another look at laws that consider marijuana as dangerous as heroin or LSD. The ruling came Thursday in a 2-to-1 vote by judges from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Illinois advances legalized pot after home growing settled

May. 29, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers working to legalize recreational marijuana hit a snag that other states have wrestled with: whether to allow people to grow a few pot plants for personal use. The 10 states that have legalized recreational marijuana have different "home grow" rules, with Michigan...