Latest Marijuana legalization News

Chicago mayor proposes zoning rule limiting pot dispensaries

Sep. 18, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — When the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal, Chicago's mayor wants its sale banned in the central business district, near schools and in residential areas. The bans are in zoning rules proposed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. However, Alderman Brendan Reilly, who represents the business...

Knockoff pot vapes raise concerns for licensed companies

Sep. 17, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A short walk from police headquarters in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a cluster of bustling shops are openly selling packaging and hardware that can be used to produce counterfeit marijuana vapes that have infected California's cannabis market. Bootleggers eager to profit off...

Maine seeks to clear up confusion about marijuana tracking

Sep. 17, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's marijuana policy office is seeking to curb confusion about the state's new track-and-trace system, which is required by law. The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy conducted a demonstration on Monday of a cloud-based software product that will use barcode-based tags and labels...

Nevada regulators investigate pot lab testing facilities

Sep. 17, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada regulators have started an investigation into marijuana testing labs after tainted cannabis batches have triggered two health advisories. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Monday that the Department of Taxation started the investigation Monday after discovering...

The Latest: Vaping death reported in central California

Sep. 16, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California action on vaping (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Authorities say a central California resident has died from complications related to the use of e-cigarettes. The announcement Monday by the Tulare County Public Health Office comes hours after Gov. Gavin...

California campaign will warn public of vaping dangers

Sep. 16, 2019 9:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will spend $20 million on a public awareness campaign about the dangers of vaping nicotine and cannabis products and step up efforts to halt the sale of illicit products amid a rise in vaping-related illnesses. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the actions Monday...

Some CBD vapes contain street drug instead of the real thing

Sep. 16, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD. "It'll relax you," the friend assured. The vapor that Jenkins inhaled didn't relax him. After two puffs, he ended up in a coma. That's because what he was vaping didn't have any CBD, the suddenly popular compound extracted from the cannabis plant...

Vermont town passes ordinance banning recreational marijuana

Sep. 16, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

CLARENDON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont select board has passed an ordinance banning recreational marijuana sales. The Clarendon Select Board voted unanimously on Sept. 9 to approve the ordinance that will take effect within 60 days of its passing. The town's residents will have 44 days to circulate a petition to...

Mississippi officials find spiked CBD sold in the state

Sep. 16, 2019 1:30 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Concerned about illegal drugs, Mississippi authorities took an interest in vape shops and gas stations selling products including the cannabis extract CBD. Laboratory testing by the state revealed that more than a dozen products contained dangerous synthetic marijuana. Three more...

Vapes spiked with illegal drugs show dark side of CBD craze

Sep. 16, 2019 1:25 AM EDT

Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD. "It'll relax you," the friend assured. The vapor that Jenkins inhaled didn't relax him. After two puffs, he ended up in a coma. That's because the vapor he inhaled wasn't CBD, a natural compound that marketers say can treat a range of ailments...