Latest Recreational marijuana News

Arizona courts must work out changes under new marijuana law

Dec. 2, 2020 12:16 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona voters' passage of a ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana leaves the state court system with having to work out how some changes will be handled. Proposition 207 legalized sale and use of recreational marijuana for people age 21 or older but it also reclassifies...

Montana certifies election results with record voter numbers

Nov. 30, 2020 7:09 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Board of State Canvassers certified the November election results Monday, showing a record number of votes were cast in the state. The board, led by Republican Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, certified that Republican Donald Trump won the state easily, and all statewide...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. Top prosecutors in the vast majority of Arizona counties are dropping all existing possession of marijuana cases even before a new voter-approved law eliminating criminal penalties for having small amounts of the drug takes effect when results of the Nov. 3, 2020 election are certified. An Associated Press survey of county attorneys received responses from 13 of 15 elected county attorneys, all of whom said they were either immediately dropping existing cases or in one case pausing prosecutions and planning to drop them when Proposition 207 goes into effect.  (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Arizona county prosecutors join in dropping pot charges

Nov. 29, 2020 12:10 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Top prosecutors in the vast majority of Arizona counties are dropping all existing possession of marijuana cases even before a new voter-approved law eliminating criminal penalties for having small amounts of the drug takes effect when results of the Nov. 3 election are certified. An...

Legal group to help Illinoisans clear marijuana convictions

Nov. 29, 2020 9:14 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A new legal group will help people with marijuana convictions in Illinois clear their records. New Leaf Illinois launched earlier this month as part of the state’s law legalizing recreational cannabis. Under the law, people with low-level marijuana convictions can have their records...

Indiana cigarette tax proposal raises questions on spending

Nov. 26, 2020 12:57 PM EST

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Indiana legislative leaders are willing to increase the state's cigarette tax but say any measure must include specifics on how the new revenue will be used to improve public health. Indiana's 21.8% adult smoking rate is one of the highest in the nation, The (Northwest Indiana) Times ...

Cannabis group files to defend constitutional amendment

Nov. 25, 2020 5:24 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The group that campaigned to legalize recreational marijuana in South Dakota through a voter-backed constitutional amendment has filed in court to defend the amendment in a legal challenge brought by two law enforcement officers. The Rapid City Journal reports South Dakotans for...

South Dakota law officers sue over pot legalization

Nov. 21, 2020 11:25 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Two South Dakota law enforcement officials want the courts to overturn a citizen-approved constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana in the state. The Argus Leader reports Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom and South Dakota Highway Patrol Superintendent Rick Miller filed a...

Pot advocates: Pritzker's reading of law costing state $135M

Nov. 21, 2020 10:31 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J. B. Pritzker’s interpretation of Illinois' marijuana legalization law is costing the state more than $100 million in tax revenue by blocking certain pot shops from relocating, some state lawmakers and cannabis industry advocates say. Cannabis sales have remained consistent...

Wyoming holding out as other states legalize marijuana

Nov. 21, 2020 10:10 AM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — In the eight years since Colorado legalized marijuana, it’s been an open question whether Wyoming would someday follow the lead of its southerly neighbor. So far, that hasn’t happened. Lawmakers did legalize hemp and CBD products in 2019. Both lack marijuana’s...

North Dakota marijuana backers eye neighbors for momentum

Nov. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Leaders of two ballot measure groups that have sought to legalize marijuana in North Dakota say legalization of the drug in Montana and South Dakota bodes well for their efforts. Voters in the two neighboring states this month approved recreational marijuana, and South Dakota voters...