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Illinois sees record pot sales, with boost from Lollapalooza

Aug. 05, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois dispensaries sold a record $127.8 million in recreational marijuana in July, with a big boost coming from out-of-state fans who converged on Chicago for the Lollapalazoo music festival. The month's sales were 10% higher than May's record of...

New Louisiana abortion, policing, marijuana laws take effect

Jul. 31, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is ending jail time for possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana, adding new requirements for doctors administering the abortion pill and restricting when police officers can use chokehold restraints, as more than 250 new laws take effect...

Illinois reports winners of 55 marijuana licenses in lottery

Jul. 29, 2021 22:19 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — There are 55 winners of Illinois’ lottery for licenses to operate marijuana retail stores officials said Thursday, but the licenses can’t be awarded until a judge rules on a challenge to the process. Awarding of the licenses by the Illinois...

Cannabis company sues Tennessee Titans' Julio Jones, others

Jul. 28, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones is facing allegations of illegally harvesting and selling millions of dollars of cannabis in California, according to court records. California-based cannabis company Genetixs filed the suit earlier this...

Colorado's Cannabis Business Office to promote social equity

Jul. 28, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has announced the creation of a Cannabis Business Office to promote social equity, provide financial and technical assistance to entrepreneurs and create jobs in the state's $2.2 billion marijuana industry. The office was...

High profile: Cannabis chemical delta-8 gains fans, scrutiny

Jul. 28, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A chemical cousin of pot’s main intoxicating ingredient has rocketed to popularity over the last year, and the cannabis industry and state governments are scrambling to reckon with it amid debate over whether it’s legal. The chemical, called delta-8...

Group seeks legislation to legalize recreational pot in Ohio

Jul. 27, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A pro-marijuana group said it will submit signatures to the Ohio Attorney General's Office on Tuesday in an effort to have the Republican-led Legislature legalize recreational marijuana. Attorney Tom Haren, a spokesperson for the Coalition to...

Idaho officials working on hemp plan for federal approval

Jul. 26, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials are working on a hemp plan to submit to federal officials this fall so that farmers can grow it next year. State Department of Agriculture Deputy Director Chanel Tewalt told the Capital Press in a story last week that the state...

Cannabis industry in New Mexico faces big challenge of water

Jul. 24, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

MADRID, N.M. (AP) — Where some see desert, Cid and Medina Isbell see opportunity. Standing on a plot on their 30-acre property just north of Madrid, they envision a greenhouse full of cannabis plants where brush, sunflowers and cactuses now grow. ...

Nevada marijuana shop causes concern among Idaho officials

Jul. 22, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A pot shop opening in northern Nevada is raising concerns just across the border in Idaho where marijuana is illegal. Thrive Cannabis Marketplace in mid-September is opening a dispensary in Jackpot, Nevada, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) south...