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Sales associate Alex Guralnik, of Newton, Mass., right, hands a bag containing recreational cannabis product to a customer outside New England Treatment Access medical and recreational marijuana dispensary, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Brookline, Mass. Sales of recreational cannabis products to the public was allowed to open Monday, May 25 in Massachusetts after being closed for about two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Buzz kill: Pot shops reopen, but some fear another shutdown

May. 28, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Marijuana shops in many states have enjoyed brisk business during the coronavirus pandemic. In New England? Not so much. Recreational shops reopened this week in Massachusetts with strict regulations after being ordered shut down the past two months. Now, some worry that state officials could...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2019, file photo file photo, Marijuana plants growing under special grow lights, at GB Sciences Louisiana, in Baton Rouge, La. State lawmakers are poised to greatly expand Louisiana's medical marijuana to make more people eligible for the treatment, under a bill that continued Wednesday, May 20, 2020, to speed toward final passage. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Medical marijuana expansion nears final passage in Louisiana

May. 28, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are one step from removing most restrictions on which medical conditions are eligible for medical marijuana, allowing doctors to recommend the treatment for any patient they believe it would help. The Senate voted 28-6 Wednesday for the expansion proposal from...

Louisiana medical marijuana program would grow under bill

May. 20, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State lawmakers are poised to greatly expand Louisiana's medical marijuana to make more people eligible for the treatment, under a bill that continued Wednesday to speed toward final passage. The proposal from Rep. Larry Bagley, the Republican chairman of the House health committee,...

Oklahoma may be first to implement marijuana breathalyzers

May. 18, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma could soon launch a pilot program to conduct marijuana breathalyzer tests to determine if drivers are under the influence. The pilot program would consist of a breathalyzer test that can determine if a person has consumed cannabis within the last few hours. Currently, law...

Medical marijuana dispensary to reopen in COVID-19 hot spot

May. 16, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — While a task force of state and local officials wrestles with high COVID-19 numbers in the Fargo area, one shuttered business in the city is set to reopen on Monday: a medical marijuana dispensary. The facility in North Dakota's largest city closed down in early April when its operators...

Top bills OK'd by Missouri lawmakers in final session hours

May. 15, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers rushed to pass as many bills as possible on the final day of the session Friday, after they took several weeks off work because of the coronavirus. To compensate for lost time, lawmakers crammed numerous bills together to get more policies across the finish...

In this June 20, 2018 photo, marijuana and a pipe used to smoke it are displayed on a mirror in New York. In a law that went into effect on Sunday, May 10, 2020, New York City has barred many employers from making job applicants get tested for marijuana use. Supporters of the testing ban said job-seekers were unfairly being judged on private behavior, rather than professional ability. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)

Help wanted, no pot test required: New NYC law takes effect

May. 12, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has barred many employers from making job applicants get tested for marijuana use, under a law that took effect over the weekend. It passed last year as the nation's biggest city took a novel step in the evolving regulation of workplace policies about pot. A few months later,...

Prison changes, lottery bills postponed as session cut short

May. 10, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

Alabama lawmakers began the 2020 legislative session with several big-ticket items before them, including a prison overhaul, a possible state lottery and medical marijuana legislation. Those issues fell by the wayside as the coronavirus outbreak interrupted the legislative session. House Speaker Mac McCutcheon...

Probe into roll out of Missouri's medical marijuana expands

May. 7, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A legislative probe into the roll out of Missouri's medical marijuana program has expanded into Gov. Mike Parson's office. A House panel is seeking records involving the Republican governor’s deputy chief of staff, chief operating officer and a longtime adviser to the...

FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, sleeping people, discarded clothes and used needles are seen on a street in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco. San Francisco is using private donations to deliver alcohol, tobacco and medical marijuana for a few dozen people dealing with addiction as they isolate or quarantine in city-leased hotel rooms during the pandemic, officials confirmed Wednesday, May 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Janie Har, File)

San Francisco gets alcohol, tobacco for addicts in hotels

May. 6, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is using private donations to deliver alcohol, tobacco and medical marijuana to a few dozen people dealing with addiction as they isolate or quarantine in city-leased hotel rooms during the pandemic, officials confirmed Wednesday. There are about 270 people, mostly...