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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...

Report: 97% of people busted for pot in Albany were Black

Aug. 2, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A year after Albany's police chief vowed to examine racial disparities in marijuana arrests, 97% of people arrested or ticketed for pot offenses in the city since then have been Black, according to a review by the Times Union. Only four white people were charged with marijuana crimes...

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...

Juneau business applies for onsite pot consumption permit

Aug. 1, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A marijuana business in Juneau could start allowing onsite cannabis consumption — making it the first business in the city to do so — if given permit approval later this month. Rainforest Farms submitted an application to the City and Borough of Juneau to modify the...

Drunk, high driver faces 5-15 years for deadly NYC pileup

Jul. 31, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he triggered a deadly seven-car pileup after downing Hennessy and smoking marijuana at a strip club. Alex Elicier faces 5 to 15 years behind bars on aggravated vehicular homicide and other charges stemming from the August 2018 crash on...

North Carolina man gets life in prison for killing in Maine

Jul. 31, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The last of three people charged in a deadly home invasion was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. Christopher Murray, 38, of Red Springs, North Carolina, was convicted of murder last year, and the state’s maximum penalty was imposed Friday in a Bangor courtroom. Murray,...

Man pleads guilty to pot charges after Oregon plane crash

Jul. 30, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — One of two Idaho men who walked away from a small plane crash in a Medford neighborhood last summer has admitted to marijuana charges related to thousands of dollars worth of concentrated marijuana extract seized after the crash. Zachary Moore, 36, pleaded guilty last week in U.S....

2 arrested, thousands of marijuana plants seized by feds

Jul. 30, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two people federal authorities say operated a massive illegal marijuana growing operation that was cultivating thousands of plants at multiple locations are heading to court, prosecutors said Thursday. Weiqing Li, 41, and Li Qin Li, 49, were arrested on Wednesday and charged with...

Medical marijuana program expands, among new Louisiana laws

Jul. 30, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana widens access to medical marijuana, tightens the rules on vaping in cars and makes it harder to restrict guns in cities and towns, as nearly 200 new laws take effect Saturday. Most of the provisions were passed in the Legislature's shortened regular session that ended in...