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Pot legalization bills introduced in Congress

Jul. 23, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bills that would legalize and tax marijuana at the national level, and provide opportunities for people convicted of federal pot crimes to clear their records, were introduced Tuesday in Congress. The companion legislation in the House and Senate were introduced by Sen. Kamala Harris of...

FDA warns top marijuana company for making CBD health claims

Jul. 23, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

U.S. regulators warned a leading marijuana company for making unproven health claims about CBD, the trendy ingredient that's turning up in lotions, foods and pet treats. The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday it warned Curaleaf Inc., of Wakefield, Massachusetts, for illegally selling unapproved...

Biden criminal justice plan reverses part of 1994 crime bill

Jul. 23, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

Joe Biden is proposing to reverse several key provisions of the 1994 crime bill he helped write in an acknowledgment that his tough-on-crime positions of the past are at odds with the views of the modern Democratic Party. The former vice president is calling for an end to the disparity that placed stricter...

California pot regulators struggling with job, audit says

Jul. 17, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The agency overseeing California's legal marijuana market has been overmatched by the job and is struggling to hire sufficient staff and set an overall strategy for the nation's largest cannabis economy, an audit found. About two-thirds of the 219 staff positions authorized for the...

California pot regulators struggling with job, audit says

Jul. 17, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The agency overseeing California's legal marijuana market has been overmatched by the job and is struggling to hire sufficient staff and set an overall strategy, an audit found. The Bureau of Cannabis Control is authorized to hire 219 people, but only 75 positions have been filled,...

Mail carrier convicted in scheme to deliver pot packages

Jul. 17, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A postal service worker has been convicted of intercepting packages of marijuana and delivering them to a drug dealer in return for cash payments. Federal prosecutors say Fred Rivers was convicted Tuesday on a conspiracy count but acquitted of taking bribes. The 47-year-old Newark man...

73 apply for 24 licenses to sell medical pot in Kansas City

Jul. 17, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Most people who have applied to sell medical marijuana in the Kansas City area won't be granted licenses this year. The Kansas City Star reports that the director of Missouri's new medical marijuana program Lyndall Fraker says the Kansas City-area congressional district will get 24...

California pot seller asks court to void county delivery ban

Jul. 16, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another legal fight is underway over home marijuana delivery in California. A licensed cannabis company has sued Santa Cruz County, claiming that it's violating state law by prohibiting deliveries from out-of-county retailers into a swath of unincorporated areas. The East of Eden...

Vikings backup RB Roc Thomas gets 3-game suspension

Jul. 16, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Roc Thomas has been suspended for the first three games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy and program on substances of abuse. The league announced the punishment Tuesday, the week before training camp begins. Thomas can participate in...

Competition to grow medical marijuana in Utah heats up

Jul. 12, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

NEPHI, Utah (AP) — The wide metal barn on the Utah alfalfa farm owned by Russell and Diane Jones will host their youngest son's wedding next month. By September, they hope the structure will be full of marijuana plants. The Joneses are fourth-generation farmers, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of...