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South Dakota marijuana backers push 2 ballot measures

Sep. 20, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

Supporters of legalizing marijuana in South Dakota have been thwarted at nearly every turn, including an effort to become the 48th state to approve industrial hemp. Now they're doubling down on their efforts. Backers are gathering signatures for two initiated ballot measures. One asks voters to approve medical...

US awards $3M to fill gaps in medical marijuana research

Sep. 19, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

The U.S. government will spend $3 million to find out if marijuana can relieve pain, but none of the money will be used to study the part of the plant that gets people high. Nine research grants announced Thursday are for work on CBD, the trendy ingredient showing up in cosmetics and foods, and hundreds of less...

Correction: Mayor Charged story

Sep. 18, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — In a story Sept. 17 about a preliminary mayoral election in Fall River, Massachusetts, The Associated Press reported erroneously that embattled incumbent mayor Jasiel Correia will face Paul Coogan and Erica Scott-Pacheco in the Nov. 5 general election. He will face only Coogan. A...

The Latest: Mayor facing charges wins reelection bid

Sep. 17, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on preliminary election of Jasiel Correia (all times local): 9:40 p.m. A Massachusetts mayor facing multiple federal corruption charges will be on the November ballot after surviving a preliminary election. Jasiel Correia was one of the two top vote-getters in Fall...

Knockoff pot vapes raise concerns for licensed companies

Sep. 17, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A short walk from police headquarters in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a cluster of bustling shops are openly selling packaging and hardware that can be used to produce counterfeit marijuana vapes that have infected California's cannabis market. Bootleggers eager to profit off...

The Latest: Vaping death reported in central California

Sep. 16, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California action on vaping (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Authorities say a central California resident has died from complications related to the use of e-cigarettes. The announcement Monday by the Tulare County Public Health Office comes hours after Gov. Gavin...

California campaign will warn public of vaping dangers

Sep. 16, 2019 9:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will spend $20 million on a public awareness campaign about the dangers of vaping nicotine and cannabis products and step up efforts to halt the sale of illicit products amid a rise in vaping-related illnesses. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the actions Monday...

Some CBD vapes contain street drug instead of the real thing

Sep. 16, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD. "It'll relax you," the friend assured. The vapor that Jenkins inhaled didn't relax him. After two puffs, he ended up in a coma. That's because what he was vaping didn't have any CBD, the suddenly popular compound extracted from the cannabis plant...

Retailers scramble as NY moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Sep. 16, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Vape shops in New York are scrambling to respond to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to prohibit the sale of flavored vaping products — a ban poised to take effect Tuesday. Cuomo, a Democrat, proposed the ban on Sunday . The emergency regulation will take effect immediately if approved as...

Vermont town passes ordinance banning recreational marijuana

Sep. 16, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

CLARENDON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont select board has passed an ordinance banning recreational marijuana sales. The Clarendon Select Board voted unanimously on Sept. 9 to approve the ordinance that will take effect within 60 days of its passing. The town's residents will have 44 days to circulate a petition to...