Latest Recreational marijuana News

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Diana Calvert, River City Retail Marijuana Dispensary manager stocks the shelves with product in Merlin, Ore. Marijuana sales in Oregon along the Idaho state line are 420% the statewide average, according to a state report. Idaho residents are purchasing recreational marijuana in Oregon because it is illegal in Idaho, the report released Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis said. (Timothy Bullard/The Daily Courier via AP)

Report: Oregon marijuana sales 420% stronger near Idaho

Jan. 18, 2020 7:08 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Marijuana sales in Oregon along the Idaho state line are 420% the statewide average, according to a state report. Idaho residents are purchasing recreational marijuana in Oregon because it is illegal in Idaho, the report released Friday by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis said....

Nevada sees record level of tax revenue from marijuana sales

Jan. 14, 2020 8:54 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada marijuana tax revenue collection in October was the largest since legal recreational sales began in 2017, state officials said. The Nevada Department of Taxation took in $9.8 million, an increase of nearly $1.6 million from October 2018, The Las Vegas Sun reported Monday. The...

FILE - In this 1922 file photo spectators gather by the side of captured rum runner, Silver Spray, as they watch prohibition agents pour

Prohibition began 100 years ago, and its legacy remains

Jan. 14, 2020 11:43 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In this era of bottomless mimosas, craft beers and ever-present happy hours, it’s striking to recall that 100 years ago the United States imposed a nationwide ban on the production and sale of all types of alcohol. The Prohibition Era, which lasted from Jan. 17, 1920, until December...

In this Aug. 22, 2019 photo, lead grower Elizabeth Keyser, talks about flowering medical marijuana plants being grown with special grow lights during a media tour of the Curaleaf medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility in Ravena, N.Y. After legislative efforts stalled and a vaping sickness stirred new concerns, the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut still want to make recreational pot legal. But the states have different approaches and timeframes, and some proposals have shifted since last year. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Pot politics: Some Northeast states regroup on legalization

Jan. 13, 2020 6:16 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A year ago, marijuana legalization looked like it was on a roll in the Northeast — it had already passed in three of the region’s states and was a priority for governors in three more, including the populous New York. Now, after legislative efforts stalled and a vaping...

Michigan town 'stinks;' Council buys marijuana odor device

Jan. 9, 2020 1:13 PM EST

BESSEMER, Mich. (AP) — Is that a skunk? No, it's marijuana. A small town in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula is buying an odor-detection device and drafting an ordinance to crack down on the unpleasant smell of blooming marijuana plants. Bessemer City Manager Charly Loper said the Nasal Ranger could be...

Attendees head to the convention floor on the first day of the CES tech show Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Cannabis startup pulls out of CES tech show amid limits

Jan. 7, 2020 4:49 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Canadian cannabis tech company has pulled out of the CES gadget show after being given constraints on how it could promote its products. Nearly a dozen states allow the use and sale of marijuana for recreational purposes, and policies around the world vary. Broad marijuana sales began in...

Shortages force closing of Illinois pot dispensaries

Jan. 6, 2020 10:26 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Several Illinois recreational marijuana dispensaries were closed Monday, with some owners saying strong demand has caused a shortage in supplies and staff exhaustion. The legal sale of recreational cannabis began Jan. 1 in Illinois, with customers spending about $3.2 million on the first day...

A long line of people brave the cold as they wait to be the first in Illinois to purchase recreational marijuana at Sunnyside dispensary Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Illinois sees first legal sales of recreational marijuana

Jan. 2, 2020 2:43 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' first day of legal recreational marijuana generated nearly $3.2 million in sales, state officials announced Thursday. There were 77, 128 transactions on New Year's Day, when the law legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes took effect, according to Toi Hutchinson, senior...

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx looks on as Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a press conference in Chicago after Foxx filed motions to vacate more than 1,000 low-level cannabis convictions, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Illinois governor clears thousands of marijuana convictions

Dec. 31, 2019 4:55 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' governor granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Tuesday, describing the step as a first wave of thousands of such expungements anticipated under the state's new marijuana legalization law. The expungement process is a key part of the law, which...

In this Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 photo, registered medical marijuana patients talk with staff members at the Rise cannabis store in Mundelein, Ill. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, Illinois will join Michigan as the only Midwestern states broadly allowing the sale and use of marijuana. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Legal marijuana sales may spark Midwest interstate tension

Dec. 29, 2019 12:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Retailers legally selling marijuana for the past month in Michigan say they have drawn customers from surrounding Midwestern states where the drug remains illegal and, as Illinois prepares to joins the recreational market on Wednesday, officials are renewing warnings to consumers against...