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FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2018, file photo, an employee stocks cannabis at a store shortly before its first day of recreational marijuana sales in San Francisco. Two marijuana trade organizations filed a lawsuit Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, against the nation's largest legal pot market over restrictions on stand-alone delivery services that have blocked them from obtaining licenses until 2025. The lawsuit against Los Angeles and its Department of Cannabis Regulation seeks to overturn rules enacted earlier this year that postponed the availability of those licenses for certain businesses, even though broad legal sales began in the state in January 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Los Angeles faces lawsuit over marijuana delivery licenses

Oct. 19, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two marijuana trade organizations filed a lawsuit Monday against the nation’s largest legal pot market over restrictions on stand-alone delivery services that have blocked them from obtaining licenses until 2025. The lawsuit against Los Angeles and its Department of Cannabis...

This photo provided by Cresco Labs LLC shows Charlie Bachtell, CEO of Cresco Labs.  Demand for marijuana products in U.S. states where they are legal in some form has been resilient this year, despite the pandemic. Bachtell credits strong sales this year to growing marijuana demand and retailers having been deemed essential businesses during the pandemic.  (Cresco Labs LLC via AP)

Cresco Labs CEO talks legal marijuana industry challenges

Oct. 18, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demand for marijuana products in U.S. states where they are legal in some form has been resilient this year, despite the pandemic. In California and other states that account for most of the retail sales of marijuana for recreational use, sales are up 8.5% from a year ago, according to...

Nicole Flaherty, top, stands with her kids as her 7-year old daughter Madelyn places the ballot in the box in the Burlington County ballot box in Cinnaminson, N.J. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. While holding 1-year-old Colin, she opens the dropbox door as 5-year-old James, left, watches Madelyn push the ballots through the slot. (AP Photo/Christina Paciolla)

More than 1 million voted so far in NJ's mail-in election

Oct. 17, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — More than 1 million people have cast ballots already in New Jersey, or about 30% of the turnout in the 2016 presidential election, according to state elections officials. The turnout is a result of the state holding its first-ever mostly mail-in election, and election experts say it...

A truck drives past a sign supporting a ballot measure that would legalize controlled, therapeutic use of psilocybin mushrooms, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 in Salem, Ore. War veterans with PTSD, terminally ill patients and others suffering from anxiety are backing the ballot measure. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

2 drug measures on Oregon ballot

Oct. 16, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — War veterans with PTSD, terminally ill patients and others suffering from anxiety are backing a ballot measure that would legalize controlled, therapeutic use in Oregon of psilocybin mushrooms, which they say has helped them immeasurably. “After chemo failed, I went to a pretty...

Nicole Flaherty, top, stands with her kids as her 7-year old daughter Madelyn places the ballot in the box in the Burlington County ballot box in Cinnaminson, N.J. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. While holding 1-year-old Colin, she opens the dropbox door as 5-year-old James, left, watches Madelyn push the ballots through the slot. (AP Photo/Christina Paciolla)

More than 1 million voted so far in NJ's mail-in election

Oct. 16, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — More than 1 million people have cast ballots already in New Jersey, or about 30% of the turnout in the 2016 presidential election, according to state elections officials. The turnout is a result of the state holding its first-ever mostly mail-in election, and election experts say it...

A cyclist rides past a sign in support of making marijuana legal in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. New Zealanders are poised to decide on two crucial social issues during an election on Saturday, Oct. 17, whether to legalize recreational marijuana and whether to legalize euthanasia. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

New Zealand to vote on legalizing marijuana and euthanasia

Oct. 15, 2020 11:44 PM EDT

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders are poised to decide on two landmark social issues during an election Saturday: whether to legalize recreational marijuana and whether to legalize euthanasia. A “yes” vote on both referendums would arguably make the nation of 5 million one of the...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern waves as she walks from the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand where she unveiled a memorial plaque in memory of the victims of the March 15, 2019 Christchurch terror attack.  Opinion polls indicate Ardern is on track to win a second term as prime minister in a general election scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

New Zealand election: Ardern vs. conservative challenger

Oct. 15, 2020 1:21 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand is holding a general election on Saturday, and opinion polls indicate Jacinda Ardern is on track to win a second term as prime minister. Her popularity soared this year after she led an effort to stamp out the coronavirus. New Zealanders will also vote on whether...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is embraced as she arrives at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Opinion polls indicate Ardern is on track to win a second term as prime minister in an election on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Baker) (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

A popular Ardern poised to win 2nd term in New Zealand vote

Oct. 15, 2020 12:36 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — In the final days of campaigning before New Zealand holds an election on Saturday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is being greeted like a rock star. Hundreds of students are crammed into a common area at the Victoria University of Wellington to hear her speak, and her message...

Democratic challenger John Hickenlooper, front, talks during a debate with Republican U.S. Senator Cory Gardner during a debate between the candidates Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Fort Collins, Colo. (Pool Photo By Bethany Baker/Fort Collins Coloradoan via AP)

Gardner defends record, Trump's morality in final debate

Oct. 13, 2020 10:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Republican Sen. Cory Gardner on Tuesday defended his record, alliance with President Donald Trump and the president's morality in the final debate of the heated Colorado Senate race. Gardner rescinded his endorsement of Trump in 2016 after the release of the Access Hollywood tape, saying he...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2010, file photo, a marijuana user poses a joint over some ground marijuana in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona voters will decide whether the state joins nearly a dozen others across the nation that have legalized recreational marijuana when they head to the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Arizona voters to decide on legalizing marijuana on Nov. 3

Oct. 13, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona voters will decide whether the state joins nearly a dozen others across the nation that have legalized recreational marijuana when they head to the polls on Nov. 3. The measure known as Proposition 207 would let people 21 and older possess up to an ounce of marijuana or a smaller...