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Mexican poppy producing state pushes to decriminalize opium

Aug. 19, 2018 4:58 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Political leaders from Mexico's main heroin-producing state are pushing the federal government to legalize opium production for pharmaceutical use in a move they hope will reduce violence and help local farmers. Legislators in Guerrero state voted Friday to send an initiative to the...

Synthetic pot seen as a public health danger

Aug. 17, 2018 4:27 PM EDT

A decade after first appearing in the United States, synthetic marijuana is seen as a growing health danger. Some marijuana smokers turned to it because it is relatively cheap and not detected in routine drug testing. Dozens of people in New Haven, Connecticut, went to the hospital this week after overdosing on a...

Libertarian Gary Johnson throws US Senate race in chaos

Aug. 16, 2018 8:02 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said in seeking to make history and capture a U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico he'll have to give up a few of his favorite activities: marathon biking rides, hanging out in his northern New Mexico "dream" home and tuning out news...

The Latest: Gary Johnson: I'd 'probably' confirm Kavanaugh

Aug. 16, 2018 2:01 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on Gary Johnson running for U.S. Senate in New Mexico (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson says he likely would vote to confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh if he was in the U.S. Senate...

Pot taxes pick up in California but still far off target

Aug. 15, 2018 8:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to the taxman, California's legal pot market is off to a sluggish start. Marijuana cultivation and excise tax collections hit $48 million between April and June, state officials announced Wednesday. That's a jump from the prior three months but well below the windfall...

California could reshape pot rules as legal market struggles

Aug. 14, 2018 8:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's largest legal marijuana market is struggling. Illicit sales continue to thrive. A shaky supply chain has customers looking at barren shelves in some shops. There are testing problems. And a proposal to allow home marijuana deliveries in cities that have banned pot sales...

The Latest: California pot officials hear litany of problems

Aug. 14, 2018 5:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a state hearing on proposed rule changes for California's legal marijuana market (all times local): 2 p.m. The nation's largest legal marijuana market is struggling. California cannabis regulators heard a long list of complaints and concerns Tuesday at a Los Angeles...

North Dakota recreational pot measure approved for ballot

Aug. 14, 2018 12:54 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota have succeeded in bringing the matter to a public vote later this year. Proponents submitted more than the required 13,452 valid petition signatures to get a measure on the November general election ballot, Secretary of...

1st year of Nevada marijuana sales smokes expectations

Aug. 3, 2018 11:37 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada regulators and industry insiders say the state's first year of broad marijuana legalization has exceeded even their highest expectations, with sales and tax collections already surpassing year-end projections by 25 percent. Numbers from June are still outstanding but are expected...

Reports: Oregon has pot oversupply, Colorado hits the mark

Aug. 2, 2018 10:19 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two of the first states to broadly legalize marijuana took different approaches to regulation that left Oregon with a vast oversupply and Colorado with a well-balanced market. But in both states prices for bud have plummeted. A new Oregon report by law enforcement found nearly 70...