Latest Marijuana legalization News

Divided US House committee backs pot decriminalization

Nov. 20, 2019 1:49 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A divided House committee approved a proposal Wednesday to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, a vote that was alternately described as a watershed turning point in national cannabis policy or a hollow political gesture. The House Judiciary Committee approved the...

DA likely to drop case clouded by marijuana-hemp confusion

Nov. 19, 2019 4:44 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors are planning to drop all charges in a New York City case that spotlighted how similarities between legal hemp plants and marijuana can cause confusion. The Brooklyn district attorney’s office said Tuesday that Ronen Levy’s felony marijuana possession case will...

Illegal pot farms on public land create environmental hazard

Nov. 17, 2019 1:19 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two months after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land deep in the Northern California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site where trees were clear-cut, waterways were diverted, and the ground was littered...

No short-term fix for challenges in California pot market

Nov. 15, 2019 9:45 PM EST

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California’s struggling marijuana market can expect more strain and turbulence for at least a couple of years as it deals with sustained competition from illegal sales, industry layoffs and fallout from a national vaping crisis, the state’s top cannabis regulator...

New Zealand lawmakers pass euthanasia bill, referendum next

Nov. 13, 2019 4:26 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill to legalize euthanasia, a watershed moment that ended a contentious two-year debate. But the final decision will rest with voters, who will need to approve the bill in a referendum next year for it to go into effect....

Pot or not? Busts highlight growing confusion over hemp

Nov. 9, 2019 7:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The CBD craze might be leaving the war on drugs a bit dazed and confused. The extract that's been showing up in everything from candy to coffee is legally derived from hemp plants, which look and smell an awful lot like that other cannabis — marijuana. They're so similar, police...

Black lawmakers in Virginia set to be key powerbrokers

Nov. 8, 2019 4:38 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In Virginia, where the Confederacy once had its capital and where political power has historically eluded black people, African Americans have just won unprecedented levels of clout. Black officials there give ironic credit for the change to President Donald Trump and the voter...

Authorities: 2 indicted in deputy slaying in US illegally

Nov. 7, 2019 8:01 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two Mexican nationals charged in the slaying of a Northern California sheriff's deputy are in the country illegally, authorities said Thursday. The two suspects had been tending an illegal marijuana garden during the shooting last month, U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said. Scott...

Republican Daniel Cameron wins Kentucky attorney general

Nov. 5, 2019 10:07 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Daniel Cameron made history in a resounding win in the race for Kentucky attorney general, becoming the first African American in state history to win the office. Cameron, who enjoyed backing from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump, will be...

Police: Hemp plants seized in California were pot worth $1B

Nov. 5, 2019 10:06 PM EST

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Central California have seized and destroyed about 10 million plants they said were being grown as legal hemp but contained higher-than-allowed levels THC, the chemical compound that gives marijuana its high. The Kern County Sheriff's office said it served search...