Latest Marijuana legalization News

ACLU: NJ marijuana arrests jump about 35% over 4 years

Nov. 15, 2019 12:03 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A report by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey shows marijuana-related arrests jumped about 35% over a four-year period ending in 2017. The ACLU-NJ published the data — based on FBI crime figure — on Friday. It showed nearly 38,000 arrests for cannabis...

Court blocks flavored THC oil vape ban

Nov. 14, 2019 9:14 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Both parts of Gov. Kate Brown’s ban on flavored vape products are now on hold, with the Court of Appeals putting a stay on flavored cannabis vape products. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Court of Appeals action Thursday came in response to a suit by the Oakland-based...

Dunleavy names new interim head of pot, alcohol agency

Nov. 14, 2019 6:49 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new interim director has been named to lead the combined agency that regulates alcohol and legal marijuana in Alaska. Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s office announced Thursday that Glen Klinkhart would be interim director following the firing Wednesday of Erika McConnell by the...

Marijuana, hemp cross-pollination a budding conflict

Nov. 14, 2019 3:13 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Outdoor marijuana growers are reporting an increase in cross-pollination from hemp farms, a development that could mean marijuana cultivators might lose upwards of tens of thousands of dollars if their plants become unmarketable as flower products. As the marijuana and hemp industries...

Top Alaska marijuana regulator fired from job

Nov. 13, 2019 11:50 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The board that regulates Alaska’s legal marijuana industry voted Wednesday to fire the director it shares with state alcohol regulators, a move director Erika McConnell maintained lacked justification. The Marijuana Control Board voted 3-2 to fire McConnell, following last...

New Mexico sizes up potential of recreational pot market

Nov. 13, 2019 10:11 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A panel of legislators delved into the uncertain market economics of legalizing recreational marijuana and thorny concerns about public health on Wednesday, in a prelude to a rapid-fire legislative session that could open the doors to recreational cannabis in New Mexico. A...

Michigan opens door to recreational pot sales in December

Nov. 13, 2019 6:22 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan is opening the door to the sale of marijuana for recreational use starting in December, which is earlier than expected. The Marijuana Regulatory Agency issued an advisory bulletin Wednesday. It says businesses that are licensed to grow, process or sell marijuana...

Florida editorial roundup

Nov. 13, 2019 5:55 PM EST

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Nov. 13 The Ledger of Lakeland on funding affordable housing: Various agencies throughout Polk County are working hard to try to fend off the potential for rising homelessness - something all of us should want. One critical, self-evident aspect of preventing problems...

New Zealand lawmakers pass euthanasia bill, referendum next

Nov. 13, 2019 4:26 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill to legalize euthanasia, a watershed moment that ended a contentious two-year debate. But the final decision will rest with voters, who will need to approve the bill in a referendum next year for it to go into effect....

Commission's order supports ban on marijuana vaping products

Nov. 12, 2019 7:08 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The state's four-month ban on marijuana oil vaping products will remain in place after the state's Cannabis Control Commission issued a quarantine order Tuesday. The order targets vape pens, vape cartridges, aerosol products, and inhalers that use oil-based vaping materials. It doesn't apply...