Latest Marijuana legalization News

Interest in hemp production growing in North Dakota

Jul. 22, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Farmers in North Dakota are lining up to plant hemp for CBD production, state officials said. CBD is derived from the hemp plant and is said to have healing properties. The CBD market in North Dakota is now booming after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp nationwide....

St. Cloud hemp store touts the cannabis plant's versatility

Jul. 22, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Julia Trott sells CBD oils, flowers and creams, but she wouldn't mind if the market dropped out on the trendy products. That's because she's eager to see new markets grow for the many other uses of the hemp plant. Julia and her husband Justin Trott own and run 419 Hemp, licensed...

Ohio hemp businesses hire powerful Statehouse lobbyist

Jul. 21, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A powerful Statehouse lobbyist is leading a new coalition representing Ohio's burgeoning hemp industry. Grant Street Consultants' Neil Clark was appointed Wednesday. That same day, state lawmakers passeda bill allowing Ohio farmers and university researchers to grow industrial hemp...

Deschutes County blocks pot facility over partners' arrests

Jul. 20, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Deschutes County has decided to block a proposed marijuana growing and processing facility after learning that two of the people involved in the plans were recently arrested. The Bulletin newspaper of Bend reports that a neighbor of the facility in Alfalfa, east of Bend, challenged it...

Marijuana group still aiming for 2020 Mississippi ballot

Jul. 20, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A group petitioning to legalize medical marijuana in Mississippi says it needs about 28,700 more signatures to put the initiative on the November 2020 ballot. Jamie Grantham is communications director for Medical Marijuana 2020. She said organizers have gathered more than 86,000...

Minnesota recreational pot push focuses on economic benefits

Jul. 20, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A recently formed political committee will try to make the economic case for legalizing recreational marijuana in Minnesota. Cannabis for Economic Growth was registered with the state Campaign Finance Board in April. Corey Day, who until January was the executive director of the state...

Reno pot store uses 'food truck' label for credit card sales

Jul. 19, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Blüm marijuana dispensary certainly doesn't look like a food truck. There are no chicken wings or tacos at the Reno store, just displays of bagged gum drops, jarred marijuana leaves and oils and balms. If you use your credit card, though, your statement will show that you just made a...

CBD oil with THC in Kansas stores, but legality is confusing

Jul. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — They're here in Kansas. CBD products with a bit of that oh-so-taboo THC in them. To vape, to put under your tongue. Some retailers argue those products became legal on July 1 because of tweaks to state regulation of cannabis-related substances in a bill supporting the state's fledgling...

Texas leaders urge prosecutors to keep enforcing pot laws

Jul. 18, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republican leaders on Thursday urged state district and county attorneys to continue enforcing marijuana laws, a move that follows several local prosecutors' decision to drop pot possession cases amid confusion surrounding a new law legalizing hemp. The letter sent by Gov. Greg...

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska company chosen to grow hemp

Jul. 18, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A farming business owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska's economic development corporation will start growing hemp this summer on the tribe's reservation. Ho-Chunk Farms announced Thursday that it was one of 10 applicants that received a state license to start hemp farming....