Latest Recreational marijuana News

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...

US growing largest crop of marijuana for research in 5 years

Jul. 11, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

The U.S. government is growing the largest crop of research marijuana in five years, responding to interest in varieties with high levels of THC and CBD. The government is the only source of pot for nearly all research in the U.S., while it still considers it illegal and dangerous. Scientists have asked for weed...

Arkansas group submits recreational marijuana ballot measure

Jul. 10, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A group plans to begin gathering signatures soon to try and put a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana on the ballot in Arkansas next year. The Drug Policy Education Group on Wednesday submitted a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow licensed dispensaries to...

Teen odds of using marijuana dip with recreational use laws

Jul. 8, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — New research suggests legalizing recreational marijuana for U.S. adults in some states may have slightly reduced teens' odds of using pot. One reason may be that it's harder and costlier for teens to buy marijuana from licensed dispensaries than from dealers, said lead author Mark Anderson,...

Correction: Maine Marijuana story

Jul. 8, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — In a story July 7 about legalized marijuana, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Maine's largest city, Portland, has opted in on adult-use marijuana. The city has yet to opt in. A corrected version of the story is below: 15 Maine communities opt into legal pot, more...

Ballot initiatives seek to legalize recreational marijuana

Jul. 8, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Two groups are working on ballot initiatives seeking to legalize and tax recreational marijuana in Montana. One group, MontanaCan, submitted proposed ballot language to the secretary of state's office on June 28. The Legislative Services Division is reviewing the language. The...

City to begin talks with 4 companies vying to open pot shops

Jul. 6, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Stores that sell recreational marijuana have yet to take root in Springfield, but that could change in the coming months. Mayor Domenic Sarno says negotiations will begin with four companies seeking to open the first pot shops in western Massachusetts' largest city. The four were...

Michigan's pot agency issues rules on sales, growing

Jul. 3, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The agency that regulates the selling and growing of marijuana in Michigan released emergency rules Wednesday to clarify the requirements for businesses that plan to sell pot to adults 21 and older. Michigan's Marijuana Regulatory Agency plans to start taking business applications...

New Mexico governor seeks ideas for recreational pot law

Jun. 28, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is launching a new effort to craft legislation that could legalize recreational marijuana sales next year. The first-year Democratic governor announced Friday her recruitment of health, legal and fiscal policy experts to serve in a new discussion...

Maine governor signs rules to finally allow pot sales

Jun. 27, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill Thursday setting up a legal framework for the sale of recreational marijuana to adults as early as next year. Her office said Thursday that the state's Office of Marijuana Policy plans to accept applications for licenses by the end of 2019. The...