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Corporate America embraces 420 as pot legalization grows

Apr. 19, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marijuana users have for decades celebrated their love of the drug on April 20, but the once counter-culture celebration that was all about getting stoned now is so mainstream Corporate America is starting to embrace it. No, Hallmark doesn't yet have a card to mark "420." But many other...

US authorities: Marijuana involvement imperils citizenship

Apr. 19, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Immigration authorities on Friday said that anyone with any involvement with marijuana, regardless of whether it's legal in the state where they live, can be denied citizenship because the drug is still illegal under federal law. The announcement comes weeks after officials in Colorado,...

10 Things to Know for Today

Apr. 19, 2019 6:03 AM EDT

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. CONGRESS MULLS NEXT STEPS AFTER RELEASE OF MUELLER REPORT It's now up to Congress to decide what to do with special counsel Robert Mueller's findings about President Donald Trump. 2. ANALYSIS: MUELLER PAINTS...

Correction: CBD Goes Mainstream story

Apr. 16, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story April 15 about CBD, The Associated Press reported erroneously the parent company of Nine West. It is Authentic Brands Group, not Authentic Fitness. A corrected version of the story is below: Mainstream retailers embrace marijuana's less taboo cousin Retailers take advantage of...

Chicago prosecutor to start erasing pot convictions soon

Apr. 15, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A top Chicago prosecutor says she hopes to begin expunging minor cannabis convictions in the coming months but acknowledges it won't be easy to implement her plan and that her office is still figuring out its scope. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx told the Chicago Sun-Times last week...

Q&A: Trendy CBD rocks retail world, but does it work?

Apr. 15, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

There is very little science behind most of the health claims made for CBD, the cannabis product turning up in cosmetics, foods and dietary supplements. With mainstream retailers Walgreens and CVS offering CBD skin products, it's easy to believe there must be something special about the trendy ingredient. But the...

Nevada may be forced to reveal marijuana-license criteria

Apr. 14, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada faces complaints about secrecy in awarding licenses to sell marijuana in the state's booming legal marketplace, boiling over into lawsuits and legislation that appear poised to pry open the process. Several companies have sued the state tax department, arguing that no one knows for...

NYC may ban pre-hire marijuana tests for many job applicants

Apr. 12, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Many job-seekers would no longer face tests for marijuana use under legislation that New York City is likely to enact, taking a novel step as lawmakers and employers around the U.S. grapple with workplace policies about pot. The Democrat-led City Council passed a measure Tuesday that would...

Oregon man pleads guilty in marijuana trafficking case

Apr. 11, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man pleaded guilty Thursday to marijuana and money laundering charges in what federal prosecutors said was a vast conspiracy to traffic marijuana from Oregon to Texas and Virginia. Federal authorities said they seized 11,000 marijuana plants, 546 pounds of processed marijuana,...

Key deadline means end of the road for hundreds of bills

Apr. 11, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of proposed bills in the Oregon Legislature died after lawmakers pushed to move other legislative priorities in advance of a key deadline. Some of the more controversial measures that met any end this session included proposals on gun safety, environmental regulations and...