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How Canada's legalization is shaping cannabis laws elsewhere

Oct. 16, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

Ever since Canada became the first major country to legalize marijuana for adults a year ago, other nations have been paying attention. The small South American nation of Uruguay was the first to legalize marijuana for adults. New Zealand, Luxembourg and Mexico are among those that have looked to Canada for...

Pricey pot, few stores in Canada after 1 year of legal sales

Oct. 16, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The weed is expensive, the selection is limited, the black market persists, and licensed stores are scarce. It's one year into Canada's experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened. While many residents remain proud of Canada for bucking...

Pot legalization plan subsidizes patients, pays police

Oct. 16, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would use proceeds from recreational marijuana to eliminate taxes on medical cannabis and subsidize sales to low-income patients under a legalization proposal from an expert panel appointed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The recommendations on Tuesday from a 23-member task...

The Latest: Challenger raises more cash than top Senator

Oct. 15, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on political fundraising efforts in New Mexico (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A Democratic primary election challenger is raising more campaign cash than the president of the New Mexico state Senate. Tracy Perry of Las Cruces reported Tuesday that her campaign has raised...

Anchorage to vote on retail marijuana shop on-site smoking

Oct. 15, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Assembly will let voters decide whether the city should allow on-site smoking in retail marijuana shops, officials said. The assembly voted 7-4 last week to put the question on the April 7 city election ballot, The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday. Voters would...

Colorado regulators planning ban on cannabis vape additives

Oct. 14, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado marijuana regulators are finalizing a ban on certain additives in cannabis vape products in response to the spread of a lung disease linked to e-cigarettes and marijuana vape pens. The Denver Post reports the state's Marijuana Enforcement Division has proposed final rules that...

Foods, drinks still sold with CBD in NYC, despite ban

Oct. 13, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Food and drink are still being sold with CBD in New York City, months after health officials banned restaurants and cafes from selling edibles spiked with or accompanied by the trendy cannabis derivative because of safety concerns. The city's health department surprised bakeries,...

Capitol Watch: Budget wrangling already under way in Albany

Oct. 12, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The second floor of the New York State Capitol is bustling as the governor works on his budget proposal, due in January. The legislative session may still be a season away, but lobbyists are already stalking the halls and pitching their funding priorities to Democratic Gov. Andrew...

From Hokie football to hemp

Oct. 12, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — When Jabari Byrd first learned that industrial hemp could be grown legally in Virginia, he said he became something akin to a prophet crying out in the wilderness. "I was advocating for hemp all the time, just always talking to folks about hemp," he said. "But nobody wanted to hear...

Nevada governor vows to root out crime in pot marketplace

Oct. 11, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's governor expressed outrage Friday and vowed to tighten control of the state's lucrative legal marijuana marketplace in response to reports that a foreign national contributed to two top state political candidates last year in a bid to skirt rules to open a legal cannabis store....