Latest Marijuana legalization News

Marijuana legalization measure to appear on November ballot

Aug. 13, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Secretary of State certified that a measure seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in the state has gathered enough signatures to appear on the November ballot. If passed, the measure would legalize the possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana for adults over...

Judge orders changes to explanation of education tax measure

Aug. 11, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A judge has ordered changes to the description of a proposed tax increase on the wealthy designed to fund education that will be sent to voters if the initiative makes the November ballot. The order came after another judge blocked the Invest in Education Act from the ballot on July...

Hobbs certifies marijuana measure for Arizona ballot

Aug. 11, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's top elections official has certified that supporters of an initiative measure to legalize recreational marijuana collected enough valid petition signatures to put the proposal on the state's November ballot. The Smart and Safe Arizona campaign in July submitted 420,000 petition...

Rulings move pot, justice reform measures closer to ballot

Aug. 7, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County judges on Friday rejected challenges to two proposed voter initiatives, one implementing criminal sentencing reform and the other legalizing recreational marijuana. If the rulings are upheld after expected appeals to the state Supreme Court and if enough qualifying signatures...

This photo provided by KBAK-TV shows former Kern County sheriff's deputies Derrick Penney, left, and Logan August in court in Bakersfield, Calif., on Sept. 11, 2018. The pair have entered pleas and will serve jail time for conspiring to sell marijuana that had been seized by law enforcement, prosecutors said Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (KBAK-TV via AP)

Ex-deputies plead no contest to stealing seized pot

Aug. 7, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Two former California sheriff’s deputies have entered pleas and will serve jail time for conspiring to sell marijuana that had been seized by law enforcement, prosecutors said. Derrick Penney and Logan August had previously pleaded guilty to federal drug conspiracy...

Louisiana man serving life for $30 drug sale set to be freed

Aug. 7, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) — Prosecutors in Louisiana have agreed to release a Black veteran serving a life sentence in prison without parole over a $30 marijuana sale, according to his defense attorneys. The decision reached Thursday in Vermilion Parish will allow Derek Harris to be freed after nine years in...

FILE - This May 11, 2017, file photo shows Andre Shavers, who runs a marijuana delivery business, on a street in Oakland, Calif. California faced off in court Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, against some of its own cities that want to overturn a government rule allowing home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that banned commercial pot sales. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

California, cities battle over marijuana home-delivery rule

Aug. 6, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California faced off in court Thursday against some of its own cities that want to overturn a government rule allowing home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that banned commercial pot sales. In a potential setback for at least some of the cities, the judge...

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, bottles of extracted cannabis oil are displayed during a press conference at Thailand's Health Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal from the Public Health Ministry that would allow health professionals, farmers and medical patients to grow, produce and export cannabis and its products. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

Thai Cabinet approves draft law expanding access to cannabis

Aug. 4, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal from the Public Health Ministry that would allow health professionals, farmers and medical patients to grow, produce and export cannabis and its products. Deputy government spokeswoman Trisulee Trisaranakul said Public Health Minister...

Mitch Westmoreland talks about the hemp research that he is working on at Utah State University on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 in Logan, Utah.  Ninety years ago, hemp researchers at Utah State University grew cannabis for rope and had no way to test the THC content in crops other than smoking it and monitoring the effects. Research halted in 1970 when then-President Richard Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act. Now that it’s legal to grow once more USU researchers are back at it — only this time, they’re using technology and testing to determine the optimal ways to grow the plant for high yield and cannabinoid content, and what that means for Utah growers. (Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP)

USU researchers debunk myths to find optimal hemp growth

Aug. 3, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Ninety years ago, hemp researchers at Utah State University grew cannabis for rope and had no way to test the THC content in crops other than smoking it and monitoring the effects. Research halted in 1970 when then-President Richard Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act. Now that...

Mississippi farmers can start applying for hemp license

Aug. 2, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi farmers or those interested in becoming farmers can start applying for hemp grower licenses. The Daily Leader reports the license application period began Saturday and runs through Oct. 31 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Industrial hemp has been promoted as a...