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No short-term fix for challenges in California pot market

Nov. 15, 2019 8:31 PM EST

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California’s struggling marijuana market can expect to see a period of continued 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...

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...

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...

California cannabis group wants tighter vaping-safety rules

Nov. 4, 2019 8:16 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An alliance of major legal marijuana businesses in California urged the state Monday to adopt tougher safety rules for ingredients and devices used in vaping and get tougher with illegal shops, amid an outbreak of a mysterious illness apparently linked to vaping. The recommendations from...

California illegal pot seizures top $1.5 billion in value

Nov. 4, 2019 8:06 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities seized more than $1.5 billion worth of illegally grown marijuana plants in California this year — an amount an industry expert said is roughly equal to the state's entire legal market — as part of an annual eradication program, officials said Monday. The raids...

Correction: Marijuana Plants Seized story

Nov. 4, 2019 2:59 PM EST

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — In a story Nov. 2 about the seizure of hemp plants in California, The Associated Press reported erroneously that 100 million plants were seized. Authorities seized 10 million plants they said were being grown as legal hemp but contained levels of THC above the allowed limit. A...

Illinois marijuana law aims to undo harm of war on the drug

Nov. 2, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — When lawmakers crafted the law legalizing marijuana in Illinois, they tried to make sure it would right what many see as past wrongs linked to the drug. In addition to expunging hundreds of thousands of criminal records for marijuana arrests and convictions, the law's architects...