Latest Marijuana legalization News

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...

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...

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...

FILE - In this June 25, 2020, file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gestures during the opening ceremony for Redcliffs School in Christchurch, New Zealand. Prime Minister Ardern has voted in the nation’s general election, a week before polls officially close. Ardern cast her vote in her Auckland district Saturday, Oct. 10, after visiting a market in the heavily Polynesian south Auckland suburb of Otara, where she was thronged by supporters.(AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

New Zealand PM encourages supporters to vote in election

Oct. 11, 2020 5:14 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has visited supporters in an area that is especially popular with her Labour Party, encouraging them to vote in the Oct. 17 general election. Ardern was thronged by supporters during her visit Saturday to a market in the heavily...

Judge: Minnesota 2nd District election to take place Nov. 3

Oct. 9, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ruled that the election in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District should proceed in November as originally scheduled, despite the recent death of a third-party candidate, saying a delay would leave constituents without representation for weeks. Democratic...

Buyers are let in to purchase cannabis products at Theory Wellness on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in South Portland, Maine. Friday is the first day of legal marijuana sales for adult recreational use in the state. (AP Photo/David Sharp)

A long road: Weed goes on sale years after approval in Maine

Oct. 9, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Mainers got their first opportunity to legally buy marijuana for recreational use, but a supply shortage was a potential buzzkill. Retailers blame the pandemic and a limited number of licensed manufacturers for reducing the variety of products available on Friday. Licenses were...

FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe runs during the second half of a SheBelieves Cup soccer match against Spain in Harrison, N.J. Rapinoe is among the athletes touting the benefits of CBD for pain management and recovery. CBD products have become big business after the 2018 Farm Bill made hemp a legal agricultural crop. CBD is found in both hemp and marijuana plants. It has been hailed as a health and wellness aid and infused in everything from gummies to lotions. Rapinoe's twin sister Rachael has helped launch a CBD products company called Mendi, which is geared toward athletes. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)

Rapinoe among athletes touting CBD's benefits for pain

Oct. 9, 2020 2:31 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Long before she struck that iconic victory pose to become the face of women’s soccer, Megan Rapinoe endured her share of setbacks to play the game she loves: Notably, a series of knee surgeries stretching back to her college days. She tore her left ACL as a sophomore at the...