Latest Marijuana legalization News

South Dakota lawmakers craft proposal for recreational pot

Oct. 19, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults while repealing much of the state's new medical marijuana law. The Adult-Use Marijuana Study Subcommittee, which has been studying the issue...

Pot dispensary sues South Lake Tahoe over license revocation

Oct. 19, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A marijuana dispensary is suing the city of South Lake Tahoe, California, after the city council revoked its cannabis and businesses licenses for failing to open on time — a delay the business blames on the COVID-19 pandemic. Perfect Union SLT was...

Oregon illegal pot grows: More calls to send National Guard

Oct. 18, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On the same day last week that a southern Oregon county declared a state of emergency amid a sharp increase in illegal cannabis farms, police raided a site that had about 2 tons of processed marijuana and 17,500 pot plants. The raid illustrates that...

Trulieve CEO speaks on growth via M&A, federal pot reform

Oct. 18, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S.' expanding legal marijuana market is helping drive strong sales and profit growth for multistate operators like Trulieve Cannabis Corp. The Quincy, Florida-based company sells cannabis products in 11 states from Arizona to Pennsylvania. It...

1st Black cannabis entrepreneurs expo coming to New Orleans

Oct. 16, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Peter Labat and his wife Venia are a bit bemused, but also excited, to be among a group of around 2,000 budding marijuana entrepreneurs slated to participate in the first ever Black CannaCon in late November at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. ...

New Mexico explores public financing for cannabis businesses

Oct. 14, 2021 23:15 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Small-scale marijuana businesses in New Mexico would receive access to publicly financed loans of up to $250,000 in an effort to promote social and economic fairness, under a proposal unveiled Thursday. The New Mexico Finance Authority suggested a...

Overwhelmed by illegal pot, Oregon county declares emergency

Oct. 13, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A county in southern Oregon says it is so overwhelmed by an increase in the number and size of illegal marijuana farms that it declared a state of emergency Wednesday, appealing to the governor and the Legislature's leaders for help. The Jackson...

Contributions pour into partisan funds for legislators

Oct. 13, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Political donations are pouring into special campaign-related funds for New Mexico state legislators in a nonelection year. The Brian Egolf Speakers Fund that bears the name of the Democratic House speaker on Tuesday reported contributions of just...

Openings set for Wednesday in trial of Giuliani associate

Oct. 12, 2021 20:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A smiling Lev Parnas, a onetime associate of Rudy Giuliani who is accused along with a co-defendant of making illegal campaign contributions, left a Manhattan courthouse after a newly sworn-in jury was told to return Wednesday morning for opening statements. ...

Pot legalization advocates launch ballot initiative campaign

Oct. 12, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Advocates for legalizing recreational marijuana in South Dakota announced Tuesday they are trying for a second time to legalize cannabis possession and cultivation for adults through a ballot initiative. South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws...