Latest Marijuana legalization News

Charges dropped, brothers move to sue NYC for hemp-pot mixup

Dec. 11, 2019 7:46 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The bust was a bust, and it could end up costing New York City some serious green. A day after prosecutors dropped criminal charges in a case spotlighting confusion over hemp, marijuana and conflicting laws, the Brooklyn brothers caught in the chaos took the first step toward suing the city...

California considers calling THC in pot a risk to moms-to-be

Dec. 11, 2019 5:28 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California panel on Wednesday wrestled with the reliability and accuracy of dense research studies as it considers whether to declare marijuana's potent, high-inducing chemical — THC — a health risk to pregnant women and require warnings for the pot products legally sold...

Chicago prosecutor to vacate 1,000 marijuana convictions

Dec. 11, 2019 5:03 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The top prosecutor in Illinois’ largest county on Wednesday filed motions to vacate more than 1,000 low-level marijuana convictions, kicking off the process of clearing tens of thousands of convictions. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s motions are the first step...

Northern California man accused of aiding Canadian fugitive

Dec. 11, 2019 4:56 PM EST

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man had been hiding one of British Columbia’s most wanted fugitives in a 2008 killing prior to his violent arrest, authorities said Wednesday. Butte County sheriff’s deputies said Sam Koh, 40, of Gridley, harbored Brandon Teixeira, 28, in the days...

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...

Indiana county might ease up on marijuana possession

Dec. 11, 2019 10:49 AM EST

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana county near Michigan and Illinois is proposing to ease the penalties for marijuana possession after the neighboring states legalized pot use. The Lake County Council endorsed an ordinance Tuesday that would give sheriff's deputies the discretion to write a...

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....

New law sets standards boosting New York's hemp industry

Dec. 10, 2019 5:52 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's fast-growing hemp industry is getting a boost from a new law allowing the state to regulate the growth and sale of cannabis-derived extracts such as CBD oil, which is soaring in popularity as a wellness product. Broad-ranging legislation signed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo...

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...