Latest Recreational marijuana News

Rhode Island latest state to allow recreational pot sales

Dec. 01, 2022 11:46 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Customers started lining up to buy recreational marijuana in Rhode Island on Thursday, a little more than six months after Gov. Dan McKee signed legislation permitting such sales to people 21 and older. Five stores are currently allowed to sell recreational...

Thai marijuana boosters rally to keep drug decriminalized

Nov. 22, 2022 10:24 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Wearing T-shirts emblazoned with marijuana motifs and handling out samples, around 200 backers of Thailand’s liberalized marijuana regulations rallied Tuesday at Government House in Bangkok to protest the possible rollback of the drug's recent decriminalization. ...

Oregon's governor pardons thousands for pot convictions

Nov. 21, 2022 17:15 PM EST

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday she is pardoning an estimated 45,000 people convicted of simple possession of marijuana, a month after President Joe Biden did the same under federal law. “No one deserves to be forever saddled with the impacts of a conviction for simple...

New York issues first licenses for legal pot dispensaries

Nov. 21, 2022 16:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York issued its first 36 cannabis dispensary licenses on Monday, taking a monumental step in establishing a legal — and lucrative — marketplace for recreational marijuana. The licenses approved by the state's Cannabis Control Board were the first of 175 the...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Nov. 21, 2022 07:11 AM EST

Austin American-Statesman. November 16, 2022. Editorial: Texas medical marijuana program is a buzzkill It falls far short of potential to help Texans Nearly eight years after Texas first legalized medical marijuana, the state-run program remains plagued...

New York hasn't licensed any pot shops, yet they abound

Nov. 18, 2022 15:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Eager, anxious and frustrated, Yuri Krupitsky is waiting to find out whether he'll get to open one of the first legal recreational marijuana shops in New York state. He wrangled a lengthy application to become one of about 900 hopefuls for a first round of 150...

Editorial Roundup: South Dakota

Nov. 17, 2022 14:59 PM EST

Yankton Press & Dakotan. November 14, 2022. Editorial: IM27 Loses This Time, But Problems Remain Perhaps it only seemed like a little trolling last week when, on the day after South Dakota’s recreational marijuana measure, Initiated Measure 27 (IM27), was...

German opposition official lobbies EU to block cannabis plan

Nov. 16, 2022 07:25 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A senior German opposition official lobbied the European Union executive branch on Wednesday to block the government's plans to decriminalize the possession of limited amounts of cannabis and allow its sale for recreational purposes. Germany's health minister unveiled...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Nov. 15, 2022 15:24 PM EST

Kansas City Star. November 9, 2022. Editorial: Divided Missouri, Kansas election shows one way voters are united: They want compromise Republicans inched closer to gaining control of the U.S. House Wednesday morning, while party control of the Senate remained...

After election, marijuana advocates look to next states

Nov. 14, 2022 10:43 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Law-abiding marijuana enthusiasts could find themselves in a bit of a predicament following voter approval of a recreational cannabis initiative in Missouri. Though it soon will become legal for adults to possess and ingest cannabis, it could take a...