Latest Recreational marijuana News

Indiana resisting marijuana trend of neighboring states

Dec. 14, 2019 10:43 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s Republican Statehouse leaders are firmly against taking any steps toward following neighboring states in legalizing marijuana use during the upcoming legislative session. They might not be able to avoid talking about it during the 2020 election campaign. Indiana...

Dozens apply to open marijuana businesses in now-legal Maine

Dec. 13, 2019 3:38 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The first week of applications to open marijuana businesses in Maine has been busy, with dozens of prospective businesses lining up to sell, grow or make edible products with the newly legal drug. The state started taking the applications on Dec. 5, and it has received 76 of them so...

NJ lawmakers considering referendum to legalize cannabis

Dec. 12, 2019 7:19 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers held hearings Thursday on a proposal to let voters decide in 2020 whether to legalize recreational marijuana and set a vote for next week in the Legislature. Democrat-led Assembly and Senate committees held public hearings on the proposed referendum, as required...

Immigration attorneys urge caution with new marijuana law

Dec. 11, 2019 3:07 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Recreational marijuana will be legal in Illinois within weeks, but legal experts on Wednesday urged immigrants to exercise caution as marijuana use or cannabis-related jobs could mean repercussions including deportation. Illinois will allow adult recreational marijuana in January, but the...

Hearing on medical pot for ailing pets delayed in New Mexico

Dec. 10, 2019 7:37 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A pubic hearing has been delayed on a petition to open up New Mexico's medical marijuana program to ailing pets. New Mexico's medical cannabis advisory board declined to hear the proposal Tuesday because a quorum of board members was not in attendance or available by phone. Chairwoman...

Illinois approves 2 more marijuana cultivation centers

Dec. 10, 2019 6:18 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has approved two more marijuana cultivation centers ahead of the start of legal recreational sales next year, officials announced Tuesday. The two sites, located in Albion and Shelbyville, brings the total number of cultivation centers in the state to 16, officials said....

Michigan sales top $1.6M in first week of recreational pot

Dec. 9, 2019 8:48 PM EST

Recreational marijuana sales totaled about $1.6 million in the inaugural week of business at the first retail shops in Michigan. Sales during the Dec. 1-8 period brought the state roughly $270,400 in revenue from the excise and sales taxes levied on pot, the Detroit Free Press and MLive.com reported. As of...

Yamhill County approves marijuana facility over objections

Dec. 6, 2019 10:53 AM EST

NEWBERG, Ore. (AP) — Planning commissioners in Yamhill County, Oregon, have approved a controversial proposed hemp and marijuana processing facility. KOIN reports the facility will be located 12 minutes outside downtown Newberg. Many members of the public are concerned about livability, water usage, odors,...

Group begins process to legalize marijuana in North Dakota

Dec. 6, 2019 8:56 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group that wants to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota has submitted the required paperwork to the secretary of state to begin the approval process. Secretary of State Al Jaeger and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem have up to seven days to review the proposed measure...

Maine to issue applications for first marijuana stores

Dec. 5, 2019 3:25 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's path to legalized sales of marijuana has cleared a major hurdle with the state making applications for retail businesses available. The state Office of Marijuana Policy said Thursday that license seekers can now start the application process to open businesses that sell...