Latest Recreational marijuana 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...

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...

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...

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 York governor says legal marijuana not likely this year

Jun. 3, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo does not believe legislation legalizing recreational marijuana in New York will pass before lawmakers adjourn for the year this month, he said Monday. Cuomo, a Democrat, supports legalization but said he doesn't think there are enough votes in the state Senate to pass...

Illinois poised to be 11th state to legalize marijuana use

May. 31, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is likely to become the 11th state to allow small amounts of marijuana for recreational use after the Democratic-controlled House on Friday sent a legalization plan to Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who campaigned on the issue. Those 21 and older would be able to buy...

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...

Oregon, awash in marijuana, takes steps to curb production

May. 31, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is awash in pot, glutted with so much legal weed that if growing were to stop today, it could take more than six years by one estimate to smoke or eat it all. Now, the state is planning to curb production. Five years after voters legalized recreational marijuana, lawmakers have...