Latest Marijuana legalization News

Assembly passes bills on firearm storage, pot convictions

Apr. 23, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Bills to push people to safely store firearms and to streamline the sealing of marijuana convictions passed a key vote Tuesday in the state Assembly ahead of a legislative deadline. The two votes were among a flurry being held by Assembly lawmakers as the deadline approaches. The...

New Hampshire Senate hears plenty from opponents of pot bill

Apr. 23, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Opponents of a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in New Hampshire came out in force to a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, arguing it would result in more impaired drivers and lead users to try harder drugs in a state already struggling with an opioid crisis. The hearing follows...

AG reviews proposed minimum wage, medical pot initiatives

Apr. 23, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho attorney general's office has completed reviews of proposed minimum wage and medical marijuana initiatives intended for the state ballot in the November 2020 general election. The minimum wage initiative would increase Idaho's current $7.25 per hour to $8.75 on June 1, 2021;...

Pot proposal would put Mainers first in line for licenses

Apr. 23, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's proposed rules about recreational marijuana call for the people who grow, manufacture and sell pot and pot products to be homegrown. The state released its long-awaited draft rules about the marijuana program late Monday, and the proposal would limit licenses to residents of...

California bill encourages banks to work with pot businesses

Apr. 22, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California legislators considered a plan Monday intended to encourage more banks to do business with marijuana companies that have been frozen out of thousands of financial institutions. Most Americans live in states where marijuana is legally available in some form. But most financial...

Judge sets hearing on bid to stop new Nevada pot licenses

Apr. 22, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge said Monday she'll hear arguments next month on a bid by dozens of companies to freeze a second wave of licenses for the state's lucrative marijuana sales market. Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez told more than a dozen lawyers in Las Vegas she can't officially consolidate seven...

Judge: City must return marijuana ordinance on ballot

Apr. 21, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge is ordering a city in West Virginia to put an ordinance that would decriminalize marijuana back on the June 4 ballot. U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh decided on Friday that Salem city officials must return the "Sensible Marijuana Ordinance" on the ballot after...

Nebraska lawmakers soon will take on budget, tax changes

Apr. 21, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — With the legislative session more than two-thirds over, Nebraska lawmakers are getting ready to confront some of the biggest issues they'll face this year, including the state budget, a contentious property tax plan and a longshot attempt to repeal the death penalty. All the proposals...

Demand grows for marijuana cultivation courses in Illinois

Apr. 21, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — More colleges are beginning to offer classes in growing and handling marijuana as demand for such skills from growers and dispensaries increases. Colleges and universities in Illinois are noticing the benefits of preparing students for the industry but that there are restrictions on how fast...

Officials: If you celebrate pot holiday, do so responsibly

Apr. 20, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials are calling on recreational marijuana users who plan to celebrate "420" to do so responsibly. April 20 has for decades been recognized by pot enthusiasts as a counter-culture holiday of sorts, but the legalization in several states has brought 420 more into the...