Latest Marijuana legalization News

Authorities raid 247 Colorado homes growing black market pot

May. 24, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Authorities said Friday they raided hundreds of black market marijuana operations in Colorado that flouted the state's cannabis law by growing tens of thousands of plants in Denver-area homes and selling the drugs out of state. Investigators seized more than 80,000 plants and 4,500 pounds...

Pot backers ask Maine to put locals, small businesses first

May. 23, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Marijuana enthusiasts in Maine used a public hearing Thursday to implore the state to protect the small businesses and growers they think should make up the backbone of its budding cannabis industry. The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy held the public hearing about the state's draft...

North Macedonia lawmaker resigns over taped conversation

May. 23, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A lawmaker in North Macedonia is resigning after an illegally taped phone conversation in which he appeared to be ordering cannabis oil from a private dealer was posted on social media. Pavle Bogoevski, 33, a lawmaker from the leftist ruling party, said Thursday he was...

Michigan AG: Lame-duck ballot drive law is unconstitutional

May. 22, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general said Wednesday that a Republican-enacted law making it harder to put proposals on the statewide ballot is unconstitutional, declaring that lawmakers had no authority to impose a geographic limit a circulating petitions. Democrat Dana Nessel's opinion binds...

Former Senate Majority Leader Daschle joins cannabis board

May. 22, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has been named to an advisory board of a cannabis investment company. The Argus Leader reports the South Dakota Democrat joined New York-based Northern Swan Holdings Inc. The firm supports companies in the international cannabis industry in...

Plan to create special pot banks moves forward in California

May. 21, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Shut out of the traditional banking system by federal laws, the country's largest legal marijuana market in California could benefit if the state approves a measure creating a special class of banks to handle pot money. The state Senate voted 35-1 on Tuesday to pass a bill that...

Death penalty possible in Myanmar cannabis farm case

May. 21, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar on Tuesday formally charged an American man and two local co-workers with violating drug laws concerning marijuana, with potential penalties ranging from five years' imprisonment to death. The court in the central Mandalay region charged John Frederic Todoroki with...

Law enforcement opposition thwarts moves to legalize pot

May. 19, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Strong opposition from law enforcement groups has contributed to Kansas lawmakers' hesitation to legalize medicinal or recreational marijuana even as surrounding states have done so. The Kansas News Service reports that three of Kansas' neighbors — Colorado, Oklahoma and...

A look at efforts to make legal pot foster social justice

May. 19, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Questions about marijuana and social justice have played a prominent role this year in several U.S. states' debates about pot legalization. But other states and cities where recreational or medical marijuana already is legal have also endeavored to make up for the consequences and racial...

Pot 'legalization 2.0': Social equity becomes a key question

May. 19, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New York and New...