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10 Things to Know for Today

Jun. 20, 2018 6:26 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHERE YOUNGEST MIGRANTS ARE BEING HELD Migrant babies and young children are being held in special "tender age" shelters in South Texas after being taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, AP...

Canadian senate passes weed bill but legalization delayed

Jun. 20, 2018 2:37 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's Senate gave final passage Tuesday to the federal government's bill to legalize cannabis, though Canadians will have to wait at least a couple of months to legally buy marijuana as their country becomes the second in the world to make pot legal nationwide. Prime Minister Justin...

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Jun. 19, 2018 9:51 PM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: 1. SEARCH ON FOR MIGRANT-KIDS FIX Trump and Republican lawmakers struggle to find a way to end the administration's policy of separating families after illegal border crossings. 2. WHAT'S ALARMING CHILD...

NYPD will start using summonses, not arrests, for marijuana

Jun. 19, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lighting up a joint in the Big Apple could lighten some wallets, but won't lead to handcuffs in most cases once New York City's revamped marijuana enforcement policy goes into effect on Labor Day weekend. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday police officers will shift to issuing criminal...

Some fear changes to state laws as US weighs pot medicine

Jun. 19, 2018 2:42 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Some American parents who for years have used cannabis to treat severe forms of epilepsy in their children are feeling more cautious than celebratory as U.S. regulators near a decision on whether to approve the first drug derived from the marijuana plant. The U.S. Food and...

UK reviews medical marijuana ban after outcry over sick kids

Jun. 19, 2018 9:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government announced Tuesday it would move to lift its ban on cannabis-based medicines, amid mounting criticism over the denial of treatment to severely epileptic children. But it rejected calls to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Home Secretary Sajid Javid told lawmakers...

Former Mexico President Vicente Fox joins High Times board

Jun. 18, 2018 8:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Mexico President Vicente Fox, who calls himself a soldier in the global campaign to legalize marijuana, is joining the board of directors of venerable cannabis publication High Times to advance his agenda. Speaking with The Associated Press about his views on cannabis and his new...

Case challenging Wisconsin's 'cocaine mom' law is dismissed

Jun. 18, 2018 7:28 PM EDT

A three-judge federal appeals panel dismissed a lawsuit Monday that challenged Wisconsin's so-called "cocaine mom" law, saying the case is moot because the woman who brought the action has moved out of state. The lawsuit was filed in 2014 by then-Wisconsin resident Tammy Loertscher, who claimed her rights were...

Epileptic boy's case sparks UK review of medical pot laws

Jun. 18, 2018 6:11 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says Britain must quickly review its policies on medical marijuana use in light of the case of a 12-year-old boy whose mother says he needs cannabis oil to prevent dangerous seizures. British officials intervened over the weekend to allow the boy to use...

Proposed US banking fix for marijuana may not open all doors

Jun. 14, 2018 4:12 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A proposal in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana could encourage more banks to do business with cannabis companies, but it appears to fall short of a cure-all for an industry that must operate mainly as a cash business in a credit card world. Marijuana is legal in some form in...