Latest Recreational drug laws and regulations News

Dispute over rules riles California's legal pot market

Jan. 17, 2019 6:16 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has finalized its rules governing the nation's largest legal marijuana market, a milestone coming more than a year after the state broadly legalized cannabis sales for adults. But a dispute over home deliveries into communities that ban pot sales could end up in court. And the...

Pot deliveries OK'd into Calif. communities that ban sales

Jan. 16, 2019 10:35 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California endorsed a rule Wednesday that will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales. The regulation by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control was opposed by police chiefs and other critics who predict it will create an...

Senators ask FDA to update rules on certain pot products

Jan. 15, 2019 8:11 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's two senators on Tuesday urged the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to update federal regulations to permit interstate commerce of food products containing a key non-psychoactive ingredient of cannabis. The appeal by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley came after...

The Latest: Graham says Barr will 'do well' in Senate vote

Jan. 15, 2019 6:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee believes the president's pick for attorney general will "do well" in a confirmation vote before the Senate. Republican Sen. Lindsey...

Cuomo unveils plan to make NY 11th state to legalize pot

Jan. 15, 2019 6:19 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would become the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults under a proposal unveiled Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The measure would permit personal use as well as retail sales of the drug. Marijuana taxes would raise an estimated $300 million a year,...

Trump's AG pick vows not to target marijuana businesses

Jan. 15, 2019 5:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to become the next attorney general said Tuesday that he would "not go after" marijuana companies in states where cannabis is legal, even though he personally believes the drug should be outlawed. In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee,...

Murphy takes aim at tax credits in speech on his 1st year

Jan. 15, 2019 5:12 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said the state's tax incentive programs amounted in some cases to "crony capitalism" and called for the expiring credits to be overhauled during his first state of the state speech Tuesday. Murphy, who is entering his second year in office after...

Attorney general nominee Bill Barr says he would 'not go after' marijuana companies in states where cannabis is legal

Jan. 15, 2019 2:30 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney general nominee Bill Barr says he would 'not go after' marijuana companies in states where cannabis is legal.

Greek tugboat found packed with cannabis, stimulants

Jan. 15, 2019 12:22 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they have seized 6.5 tons of cannabis and a large quantity of pills containing the banned stimulant Fenethylline hidden in a tug boat on the south coast of the island of Crete. The Coast Guard said Tuesday that the cannabis and an estimated 258,000 stimulant...

Gov. Pritzker gives Democrats near-record power in Illinois

Jan. 14, 2019 3:54 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Billionaire J.B. Pritzker took the oath Monday as Illinois governor, giving Democrats nearly unprecedented power at the Statehouse after four years of divided government only worsened the economic woes of a state billions of dollars in debt. The 53-year-old heir to the Hyatt hotel...