Latest Marijuana legalization News

Michigan sales top $1.6M in first week of recreational pot

Dec. 9, 2019 8:48 PM EST

Recreational marijuana sales totaled about $1.6 million in the inaugural week of business at the first retail shops in Michigan. Sales during the Dec. 1-8 period brought the state roughly $270,400 in revenue from the excise and sales taxes levied on pot, the Detroit Free Press and MLive.com reported. As of...

Virginia legal landscape shifts as cannabis support grows

Dec. 9, 2019 5:17 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — “We do grams, eighths, quarters, half ounces, pounds, wholesale pounds -- however you want it,” Jacob Stretch said, standing between crates of dried hemp in his living room that doubles as his hemp processing and drying facility. Stretch, owner of Chesapeake Blue, just...

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

Dec. 6, 2019 5:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands most commonly linked to hospitalizations. Most of the nearly 2,300 people who suffered lung damage had vaped liquids that contain THC, the high-inducing part of...

Cannabis stocks' 2019 skid showing few signs of easing

Dec. 6, 2019 4:51 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to investing in cannabis stocks, the marijuana bud's faded bloom has shown few signs of returning this year. Cannabis stocks have had a harsh comedown as investors' enthusiasm about the prospects for strong growth and blockbuster company mergers has dimmed. The ETFMG...

Group begins process to legalize marijuana in North Dakota

Dec. 6, 2019 8:56 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group that wants to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota has submitted the required paperwork to the secretary of state to begin the approval process. Secretary of State Al Jaeger and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem have up to seven days to review the proposed measure...

State: 6 lung illnesses linked to regulated pot vapes

Dec. 6, 2019 8:31 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Six Massachusetts residents with probable cases of vaping-related lung illnesses said they used products purchased from state-licensed marijuana dispensaries, according to information released Thursday. It is the first time the state Department of Health has linked illnesses to vaping...

Maine to issue applications for first marijuana stores

Dec. 5, 2019 3:25 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's path to legalized sales of marijuana has cleared a major hurdle with the state making applications for retail businesses available. The state Office of Marijuana Policy said Thursday that license seekers can now start the application process to open businesses that sell...

New Zealand leader discusses abortion, marijuana, monarchy

Dec. 5, 2019 4:06 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — During an interview with The Associated Press, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern discussed a range of social issues, including three the nation will make decisions on next year: euthanasia, marijuana use and abortion. But one thing she remained quiet about was her...

Washington readies legislative response to vaping

Dec. 4, 2019 11:15 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee and other state officials are working on a firmer response to a rise in vaping as Washington's 120-day ban on flavored vaping products reaches its halfway point. The Seattle Times reports that in addition to a permanent ban on flavored vaping products, Inslee will propose...

Central Valley county to put big fines on illegal pot grows

Dec. 4, 2019 10:51 AM EST

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A Central Valley county will try to deter illegal marijuana cultivation by imposing hefty administrative penalties. The Modesto Bee reports the fines taking effect Dec. 19 in Stanislaus County are $1,000 per day per plant and will be assessed between the time a citation is issued and...