Latest Recreational marijuana News

New Hampshire Senate hears plenty from opponents of pot bill

Apr. 23, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Opponents of a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in New Hampshire came out in force to a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, arguing it would result in more impaired drivers and lead users to try harder drugs in a state already struggling with an opioid crisis. The hearing follows...

Pot proposal would put Mainers first in line for licenses

Apr. 23, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's proposed rules about recreational marijuana call for the people who grow, manufacture and sell pot and pot products to be homegrown. The state released its long-awaited draft rules about the marijuana program late Monday, and the proposal would limit licenses to residents of...

Judge sets hearing on bid to stop new Nevada pot licenses

Apr. 22, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge said Monday she'll hear arguments next month on a bid by dozens of companies to freeze a second wave of licenses for the state's lucrative marijuana sales market. Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez told more than a dozen lawyers in Las Vegas she can't officially consolidate seven...

Officials: If you celebrate pot holiday, do so responsibly

Apr. 20, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials are calling on recreational marijuana users who plan to celebrate "420" to do so responsibly. April 20 has for decades been recognized by pot enthusiasts as a counter-culture holiday of sorts, but the legalization in several states has brought 420 more into the...

Big issues in dispute as Legislature approaches homestretch

Apr. 20, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes for the homestretch of the 2019 session on Tuesday, with no agreements yet on any of the big issues involving taxes and spending, while the deadline looms just four weeks away. Nevertheless, Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders from...

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,...

Marijuana advocates trying again for Wisconsin legalization

Apr. 18, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Marijuana advocates have high hopes that the latest proposal to legalize pot in Wisconsin has a better chance of success than ever given growing public support, but the bill unveiled Thursday again faces stiff opposition from Republicans who control the Legislature. That's not...

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...

Yakima County officials step up ban on marijuana businesses

Apr. 12, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Brian Lehman has been scrambling to find a new location for his state-licensed cannabis farm since receiving a cease-and-desist order from Yakima County officials. Now, the county is seeking an abatement order in Yakima County Superior Court to enter his property, shut down his...