Latest Recreational marijuana News

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...

Senate rejects marijuana supply management plan

Apr. 10, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate shot down a plan to limit the state's supply of recreational, legal marijuana. The proposal responds to a rampant oversupply of marijuana that's caused prices to plummet. The measure would have allowed the state to limit the number of marijuana production licenses it...

Correction: Marijuana and Smoking story

Apr. 8, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story April 7 about marijuana and tobacco, The Associated Press erroneously attributed a portion of a comment from the New York City Health Department. The official who said there was "no safe amount of tobacco to use" was the department's acting director of tobacco policy, Dr. Achala...

Oregon lawmakers move to prepare for interstate pot commerce

Apr. 5, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — It may seem like a pipe dream now, but Oregon lawmakers are anticipating the federal government legalizing, or at least tolerating, the interstate transfer of marijuana. The Senate Judiciary Committee moved forward a bill this week empowering the governor to enter into agreements with...

Guam legalizes recreational use of marijuana

Apr. 4, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The governor of Guam has signed into law recreational use of marijuana on the U.S. island territory. Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero signed the bill Thursday — a week after the Legislature narrowly passed the legislation that allows people ages 21 and older to possess up to an ounce (28...

New Hampshire House passes pot legalization bill

Apr. 4, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's House lawmakers passed a bill Thursday to legalize recreational marijuana, though support appears to be waning and wouldn't be enough to override a promised veto. The final House vote to send the bill to the Senate was 200-163, compared to a preliminary 209-147 vote in...

New Jersey stops training police dogs to sniff out weed

Apr. 4, 2019 6:50 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has halted training state police dogs to sniff out pot. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal told lawmakers Wednesday that a pending proposal to legalize recreational marijuana led police to stop training them to detect the odor of burnt cannabis. He says dogs already trained to...

Washington, Colorado mellowing out after years of legal pot

Apr. 2, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — When Washington and Colorado launched their pioneering marijuana industries in the face of U.S. government prohibition, they imposed strict rules in hopes of keeping the U.S. Justice Department at bay. Businesses would need to track plants and products with bar codes. Regulators would have...

Harris eyes reform as candidate, was cautious as prosecutor

Apr. 1, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Kamala Harris made her much-heralded arrival in Washington as California's first black U.S. senator, she made a curious early decision. Within months of her swearing-in, she sponsored a bill urging states to eliminate cash bail, denouncing the system as a scourge on the poor and...

The Latest: NY lawmakers to OK budget with NYC toll, bag ban

Mar. 31, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature agreeing to a plastic bag ban as part of the state budget agreement being voted on by lawmakers Sunday (all times local): 11: 15 p.m. Lawmakers in New York state are working to pass a budget containing a statewide ban on...