Latest Recreational drug laws and regulations News

'Legal Marijuana NOW' now recognized as a party in Nebraska

Apr. 21, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A political party focused on legalizing marijuana can now run candidates and claim registered voters in Nebraska after it gained official state recognition on Wednesday. Secretary of State Bob Evnen said the Legal Marijuana NOW Party has met the...

Denver City Council passes marijuana delivery legislation

Apr. 20, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Marijuana deliveries and cannabis lounges will be allowed in Denver under changes to the city's cannabis laws that leaders pushed forward this week. The City Council voted for the changes Monday, and they will now head to Mayor Michael Hancock, KDVR-TV...

Birmingham to pardon 15,000 with marijuana convictions

Apr. 20, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's largest city will issue blanket pardons for more than 15,000 people with misdemeanor marijuana convictions dating back to 1990, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said Tuesday. The pardons, linked to city court cases, are automatic,...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Apr. 20, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. April 13, 2021. Editorial: KS lawmakers neglect schools, health care to focus on trans athletes, license plates Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly was exasperated, and rightly so. “When you’ve got 125 grown-ups talking...

Millennial Money: Changing the face of the cannabis industry

Apr. 20, 2021 07:02 AM EDT

Cannabis businesses have transformed from clandestine ventures to glossy lifestyle brands in a matter of years, thanks to an evolving regulatory and business landscape. The majority of states now have some form of legalized cannabis, whether for medical or recreational...

Should states set pot policy by its potency? Some say yes

Apr. 20, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As marijuana legalization spreads across U.S. states, so does a debate over whether to set pot policy by potency. Under a law signed last month, New York will tax recreational marijuana based on its amount of THC, the main intoxicating chemical in...

NJ to waive waive minimum terms for non-violent drug cases

Apr. 19, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey prosecutors must waive mandatory minimum prison terms for non-violent drug offenses, the state attorney general said Monday in a new directive. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said the mandatory terms were “outdated policy," which was...

Idaho Gov. signs bill allowing growing, transport of hemp

Apr. 19, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a bill legalizing the production and transportation of hemp with up to 0.3% of THC, the cannabis compound that gives marijuana its high. The Republican governor signed the bill Friday, making Idaho the last...

Analysis: Initiatives seek to bypass Mississippi lawmakers

Apr. 18, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters circumvented the Legislature in 2020 by approving a medical marijuana ballot initiative. People are now looking to bypass the House and Senate by proposing initiatives to expand Medicaid, authorize early voting and reconsider the state flag design. ...

Woodstock considers whether to allow retail marijuana sales

Apr. 18, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

WOODSTOCK, Vt. (AP) — Officials in Woodstock are considering whether to allow retail marijuana operations when such sales become legal in Vermont next year. The Woodstock Cannabis Review Committee is wrapping up an online survey of residents and business owners, asking...