Latest Marijuana legalization News

Former Baltimore lawmaker pleads guilty to bribery, fraud

Jan. 22, 2020 6:05 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Maryland state lawmaker and leading advocate of marijuana legalization pleaded guilty Wednesday to bribery and fraud charges after being accused of accepting more than $33,000 in exchange for granting various legislative favors, including work relevant to the pot industry. Cheryl...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Diana Calvert, River City Retail Marijuana Dispensary manager stocks the shelves with product in Merlin, Ore. Marijuana sales in Oregon along the Idaho state line are 420% the statewide average, according to a state report. Idaho residents are purchasing recreational marijuana in Oregon because it is illegal in Idaho, the report released Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis said. (Timothy Bullard/The Daily Courier via AP)

Report: Oregon marijuana sales 420% stronger near Idaho

Jan. 18, 2020 7:08 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Marijuana sales in Oregon along the Idaho state line are 420% the statewide average, according to a state report. Idaho residents are purchasing recreational marijuana in Oregon because it is illegal in Idaho, the report released Friday by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis said....

Thief steals $145K in cash from marijuana money courier

Jan. 17, 2020 7:01 PM EST

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man stole $145,000 in cash from a marijuana money courier's unmarked van at a Southern California gas station after the driver collected the proceeds from several dispensaries, authorities said Friday. Because the U.S. government still outlaws marijuana, even in legal states...

Nevada sees record level of tax revenue from marijuana sales

Jan. 14, 2020 8:54 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada marijuana tax revenue collection in October was the largest since legal recreational sales began in 2017, state officials said. The Nevada Department of Taxation took in $9.8 million, an increase of nearly $1.6 million from October 2018, The Las Vegas Sun reported Monday. The...

FILE - In this 1922 file photo spectators gather by the side of captured rum runner, Silver Spray, as they watch prohibition agents pour

Prohibition began 100 years ago, and its legacy remains

Jan. 14, 2020 11:43 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In this era of bottomless mimosas, craft beers and ever-present happy hours, it’s striking to recall that 100 years ago the United States imposed a nationwide ban on the production and sale of all types of alcohol. The Prohibition Era, which lasted from Jan. 17, 1920, until December...

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks with attendees after a campaign event in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Booker has dropped out of the presidential race after failing to qualify for the December primary debate.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Booker ends presidential bid after polling, money struggles

Jan. 13, 2020 8:02 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Cory Booker dropped out of the presidential race Monday, ending a campaign whose message of unity and love failed to resonate in a political era marked by chaos and anxiety. His departure now leaves a field that was once the most diverse in history with just one remaining...

Illinois ag director resigns over response to rape email

Jan. 13, 2020 8:02 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's agriculture director has resigned after acknowledging he received, but did not act on, a lobbyist's email seven years ago that referenced an alleged rape cover-up and illegal hiring practices. John Sullivan said in a statement Monday that he did not...

FILE - In this April 23, 2018, file photo, Trevor Eubanks, plant manager for Big Top Farms, shovels dried hemp as branches hang drying in barn rafters overhead at their production facility near Sisters, Ore. Draft rules released by the United States Department of Agriculture for a new and booming agricultural hemp industry have alarmed farmers, processors and retailers across the country, who say the provisions will be crippling if they are not significantly overhauled before they become final. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

High anxiety: Proposed US hemp rules worry industry

Jan. 13, 2020 7:23 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be crippled if federal policymakers move ahead with draft regulations. Licenses for hemp cultivation topped a...

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks with attendees after a campaign event in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Booker has dropped out of the presidential race after failing to qualify for the December primary debate.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Booker ends presidential bid after polling, money struggles

Jan. 13, 2020 1:12 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Cory Booker dropped out of the presidential race Monday, ending a campaign whose message of unity and love failed to resonate in a political era marked by chaos and anxiety. His departure now leaves a field that was once the most diverse in history with just one remaining...

FILE - In this April 23, 2018, file photo, Trevor Eubanks, plant manager for Big Top Farms, readies a field for another hemp crop near Sisters, Ore. Draft rules released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a new and booming agricultural hemp industry have alarmed farmers, processors and retailers across the country, who say the provisions will be crippling if they are not significantly overhauled before they become final. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

High anxiety: Proposed US hemp rules worry industry

Jan. 13, 2020 1:06 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be crippled if federal policymakers move ahead with draft regulations. Licenses for hemp cultivation topped a...