Latest Marijuana legalization News

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board listens to testimony during a public comment period on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Alaska's legal marijuana industry hit a milestone Thursday, as regulators approved the first retail stores that will be allowed to have customers consume marijuana products on site.(AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska pot shops to be among 1st in US to allow consumption

Jan. 24, 2020 12:53 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Marijuana shops in Alaska will be among the first nationally where onsite use would be permitted. Alaska's legal marijuana industry hit the milestone Thursday as regulators approved the first retail stores in the state that will be allowed to have customers smoke or consume marijuana...

Seller of synthetic marijuana sentenced to 7 years in prison

Jan. 23, 2020 9:19 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The operator of a Chicago convenience store who sold illegal synthetic marijuana laced with rat poisoning was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison by a federal judge. Fouad Masoud pleaded guilty in September to drug conspiracy for selling the illegal substance, sometimes called K2,...

File - In this Friday, April 5, 2019, file photo, a customer takes a photo of large jars of marijuana from on display for sale at Rev-Up a cannabis marketplace in Los Angeles. California is trying a new strategy to cut into the state's huge illegal marijuana market. State regulators have proposed rules that would require legal shops to post their unique quick response code certificates in storefront windows to help consumers identify licensed businesses. Shoppers would use their smartphones to scan the familiar, black-and-white codes, similar to a bar code, to determine if a business is selling legal, tested cannabis products. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Need a legal pot shop in California? Grab your smartphone

Jan. 23, 2020 7:21 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Want to find a legal marijuana shop in California? Grab your smartphone. In another step to curb the state's flourishing illegal pot market, California regulators proposed rules Thursday that would require legal shops to post a unique black-and-white code in storefront windows to help...

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2019 file photo, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., speaks during a news conference in Tahlequah, Okla. The Cherokee Nation is creating a work group to study the burgeoning hemp and cannabis industries in Oklahoma. It hopes to have a report by the end of May 2020.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Largest US tribal nation studies growing marijuana industry

Jan. 23, 2020 5:56 PM EST

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation plans to create a working group to study how the tribe might get involved in the burgeoning hemp and cannabis industries. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. appointed the seven-member committee on Wednesday and asked the group to develop its...

Connecticut lawmakers to revisit legal pot in new session

Jan. 23, 2020 3:46 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers will revisit whether to allow recreational use of marijuana among people 21 and over in the new legislative session, but it remains questionable whether 2020 will be the year a bill clears the full General Assembly. Opponents contend that if there were enough...

Wyoming close to finalizing hemp-growing regulations

Jan. 22, 2020 8:51 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The attorney general in Wyoming has said the state is close to setting statewide hemp-growing regulations amid concerns from farmers about missing the upcoming growing season. The state is awaiting approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which denied an earlier plan, Casper...

NY governor's budget includes host of laws he wants passed

Jan. 22, 2020 8:14 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a $178 billion budget proposal this week alongside a host of laws he wants to pass — from allowing e-bikes to a ban on single-use Styrofoam containers. The Democrat has made it a practice of his to propose multiple new laws with budgets when he...

Text of Democratic response to SC State of the State address

Jan. 22, 2020 7:54 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The text of Democratic House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford's response to the 2020 governor's State of the State address as prepared. ___ Good evening, my name is Todd Rutherford. I represent the people of House District 74 in Richland County and I serve as the House Democratic...

Former Baltimore lawmaker pleads guilty to bribery, fraud

Jan. 22, 2020 6:05 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Maryland state lawmaker and leading advocate of marijuana legalization pleaded guilty Wednesday to bribery and fraud charges after being accused of accepting more than $33,000 in exchange for granting various legislative favors, including work relevant to the pot industry. Cheryl...

Sydney Jordan wins primary for NE Minneapolis House seat

Jan. 22, 2020 9:54 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Labor and environmental activist Sydney Jordan has won a Democratic primary election for a Minnesota House seat in northeast Minneapolis. Jordan got nearly 29% of the vote Tuesday in a crowded field of 11 candidates to advance to the Feb. 4 special election. Given that Republicans did...