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Thailand's new Cabinet sworn in, ending rule by army junta

Jul. 16, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's new Cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, creating a nominally elected government after five years of military rule but keeping power in the hands of the same allies of the army. King Maha Vajiralongkorn presided over the swearing-in of the 36-member Cabinet, during which they pledged...

Troy business becomes a global leader in hemp extraction

Jul. 15, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Nick Tennant spent eight months hunched over his dining room table learning how to assemble steel parts into a machine he saw as the future of the marijuana industry. The first trial run produced exactly what the young entrepreneur wanted: lustrous gold CBD oil. It's been seven years, and...

Sununu signs 1 marijuana bill, vetoes another

Jul. 14, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire residents who were convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana in the past will be able to annul their convictions. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on Friday signed a bill establishing an annulment process for those convicted of possessing up to three-quarters of an...

Officials say it will take Years for medical cannabis sales

Jul. 14, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Despite legislation from 2017 that allowed cannabis to be legal for medical use on July 1 of this year, West Virginia officials say they're still years away from the first sale. That's — at least in part — because of a hangup with finding a banking solution to get...

Marijuana arrests in Wisconsin hit black residents hardest

Jul. 14, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — During Wisconsin's 2018 midterm election, which saw a record-breaking turnout, it was not the close gubernatorial race that motivated Milwaukee resident Marlon Rockett to cast an early ballot. It was the county's non-binding referendum on whether recreational use of marijuana should be...

Police say man arrested on drug, gun charges after explosion

Jul. 13, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

GATES, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a western New York man has been arrested on drug and gun charges after a solvent used to extract plant oils exploded in his refrigerator. Police and firefighters responded to the scene of an explosion in Gates Friday afternoon and found that the blast had blown out two windows...

Work group focuses on New Mexico marijuana measure

Jul. 13, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — There's no question Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wants state lawmakers to take up the matter of legalizing marijuana when they meet again in January. "Better that we embrace it, deal with the public safety issues, be earnest about it, be upfront about it and don't try to narrow the...

Schools work to expand agriculture education opportunities

Jul. 13, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Kellogg Community College and Michigan State University are working together to expand agriculture education opportunities for students. The schools have expanded their Agricultural Operations Program to offer students a new Kellogg associate's degree program and two certificates...

Women leading way as hemp revival sweeps North Carolina

Jul. 13, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

LEICESTER, N.C. (AP) — It's easy to get swept away in the magic of a hemp farm where dragonflies float and goats bleat on verdant hills. Franny's Farm is a place where practical magic and science meet. Owned and operated by Franny Tacy and her husband and CEO Jeff Tacy, Franny's is an active hemp farm in...

Competition to grow medical marijuana in Utah heats up

Jul. 12, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

NEPHI, Utah (AP) — The wide metal barn on the Utah alfalfa farm owned by Russell and Diane Jones will host their youngest son's wedding next month. By September, they hope the structure will be full of marijuana plants. The Joneses are fourth-generation farmers, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of...