Marijuana Legalization

AP News
December 19, 2019 - 4:32 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California marijuana users can now turn to their smartphones to find out if a dispensary is legit. The Bureau of Cannabis Control on Thursday announced a program encouraging licensed cannabis retailers to post QR codes in their store windows. The checkerboard codes can be...
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This Thursday, Dec,. 12, 2019 photo provided by the Department of Consumer Affairs shows suspects from Save Greens Cannabis dispensary being taken into custody by law enforcement for operating without a state license in Los Angeles. California regulators mounted two-dozen raids against illegal marijuana retailers in Los Angeles this week, the largest crackdown to date against the city's thriving illicit pot market, officials announced Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (Megan Kiefer/Department of Consumer Affairs via AP)
December 13, 2019 - 4:12 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators mounted dozens of raids against illegal marijuana retailers in Los Angeles this week, the largest crackdown to date against the city's thriving black market, officials announced Friday. The state has been under pressure from California's legal industry to do...
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FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2018 file photo Keira Sumimoto plays with her daughter, in Irvine, Calif. Sumimoto, who used marijuana briefly for medical reasons while pregnant and breastfeeding, says her daughter is healthy and advanced for her age. More than three years after California voters approved broad legalized marijuana, a state panel is considering if the potent high-inducing chemical THC found in pot should be declared a risk to pregnant women and require warnings to consumers. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull,File)
AP News
December 11, 2019 - 5:48 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California panel voted Wednesday to declare marijuana smoke and the drug's high-producing chemical — THC — a risk to pregnant women and their developing fetuses and require warning labels for products legally sold in the nation's largest pot market. The decision by the little-...
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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2019, file photo marijuana plants growing under special grow lights, at GB Sciences Louisiana, in Baton Rouge, La. When it comes to investing in cannabis stocks, the marijuana bud's faded bloom has shown few signs of returning this year. Cannabis stocks have had a harsh comedown as investors' enthusiasm about the prospects for strong growth and blockbuster company mergers has dimmed.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
December 06, 2019 - 7:41 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to investing in cannabis stocks, the marijuana bud's faded bloom has shown few signs of returning this year. Cannabis stocks have had a harsh comedown as investors' enthusiasm about the prospects for strong growth and blockbuster company mergers has dimmed. The...
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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2018, file photo, customers line up inside the Harborside cannabis dispensary in Oakland, Calif. California is increasing business tax rates on legal marijuana, a move that stunned struggling companies that have been pleading with the state to do just the opposite. Hefty marijuana taxes that can approach 50 percent in some communities have been blamed for pushing shoppers into California's tax-free illegal market, which is thriving. Industry analysts estimate that $3 are spent in the illegal market for every $1 in the legal one. (AP Photo/Terry Chea, file)
AP News
November 22, 2019 - 2:58 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is increasing business tax rates on legal marijuana, a move that stunned struggling companies that have been pleading with the state to do just the opposite. Hefty marijuana taxes that can approach 50 percent in some communities have been blamed for pushing shoppers...
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Pete Buttigieg, left, speaks with the Rev. Al Sharpton at a breakfast event on Thursday, November 21, 2019, in Atlanta. Buttigieg, along with Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Andrew Yang and Tom Steyer, all presidential hopefuls, spoke at the event hosted by the Sharpton's National Action Network. (AP Photo/ Ron Harris)
November 22, 2019 - 1:15 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Coming out of their debate in a key center of black America, the leading Democratic presidential contenders aimed for the party’s crucial black and minority vote, with the scramble putting internal party tensions on display. From black protesters disrupting Elizabeth Warren to the...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 11, 2019, file photo, marijuana equipment sits on display along a window at the Minerva medical cannabis dispensary in Santa Fe, N.M. The U.S. government is explicitly barring federal dollars for opioid addiction treatment from being used on medical marijuana. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)
November 22, 2019 - 8:42 am
The U.S. government is barring federal dollars meant for opioid addiction treatment to be used on medical marijuana. The move is aimed at states that allow marijuana for medical uses, particularly those letting patients with opioid addiction use pot as a treatment, said Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz,...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., center speaks as Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, left and Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg listen during a Democratic presidential primary debate, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
November 20, 2019 - 10:24 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 11:20 p.m. In Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, Pete Buttigieg became the focus of several of his Democratic opponents for what they characterized as a lack of experience. After the South Bend, Indiana, mayor...
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FILE - This Nov. 13, 2019 file photo shows patrons smoking marijuana at Lowell's Original Cannabis Cafe, a legal marijuana establishment, in Los Angeles. A divided House panel has endorsed a proposal to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level. Groups supporting an end to the national prohibition on pot call the 24-10 vote by the House Judiciary Committee historic. However, even if passed in the House, the proposal faces an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled Senate. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
November 20, 2019 - 4:20 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A divided U.S. House committee approved a proposal Wednesday to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, a vote that was alternately described as a momentous turning point in national cannabis policy or a hollow political gesture. The House Judiciary Committee...
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In this May 7, 2019, photo released by Cannabis Removal on Public Lands (CROP) Project, a group including U.S. Forest Service rangers, scientists and conservationists work to reclaim a so-called trespass grow site where nearly 9,000 cannabis plants were illegally cultivated. Authorities allege members of an international drug trafficking ring set up camp at the site months earlier. (Jackee Riccio/CROP via AP)
November 17, 2019 - 10:18 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two months after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land deep in the Northern California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site where trees were clear-cut, waterways were diverted, and the ground was...
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