Recreational drug laws and regulations

FILE - In this June 25, 2019 file photo, Gov. J. B. Pritzker holds a bill that legalizes adult-use cannabis in the state of Illinois accompanied by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, left, and state Sen. Toi Hutchinson, right, in Chicago. Illinois becomes the 11th to legalize the adult-use of recreational marijuana. Like in other states before it, advocates of legalizing recreational marijuana use in Illinois want the law to look backward as well as forward. It conscientiously attempts to ensure that those who profit from growing and selling the weed have substantial representation from the mostly impoverished neighborhoods nailed the hardest by decades of drug crackdowns. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky File)
November 02, 2019 - 6:05 am
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — When lawmakers crafted the law legalizing marijuana in Illinois, they tried to make sure it would right what many see as past wrongs linked to the drug. In addition to expunging hundreds of thousands of criminal records for marijuana arrests and convictions, the law's...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019 file photo, workers at MERJ farms unload hemp plants during the first harvest at the Sullivan County farm, in Bristol, Tenn. U.S. agriculture officials say a rule that allows farmers to legally grow hemp will be finalized this week. It's a move that many states have awaited for months so they can begin widespread hemp production. The rule establishes requirements for licensing, maintaining records on the land where hemp will be grown, testing the levels of the ingredient in marijuana that causes a high, and disposal of plants that don't meet the requirements. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP, File)
October 29, 2019 - 2:49 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. agriculture officials said Tuesday a rule that allows farmers to legally grow hemp will be finalized this week, a move that many states have awaited for months so they can begin widespread hemp production. The rule is set to be published Thursday and effective...
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October 25, 2019 - 10:49 am
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Cannabis is knocking at the NFL's door, but it can't get in. Not yet, at least. The home of the New England Patriots has a new sponsorship deal that will put a cannabidiol company's hemp leaf logo on a water tower looming over the stadium and on a sign overlooking an...
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This undated photo provided by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office shows Deputy Brian Ishmael. The Sheriff's office says Ishmael was fatally shot early Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 in the Sierra Nevada Foothills community of Somerset, Calif., and a ride-along passenger with him was injured. An office statement says two men were taken into custody but the scene about 45 miles east of Sacramento remains active. (El Dorado County Sheriff's Office via AP)
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October 24, 2019 - 4:50 pm
SOMERSET, Calif. (AP) — Three men have been charged in the fatal shooting of a Northern California sheriff's deputy who was killed responding to a reported theft from an illegal marijuana growing operation in the rural Sierra Nevada foothills, authorities said Thursday. A 911 caller reporting the...
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg tours a legal marijuana dispensary in suburban Las Vegas on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Buttigieg said Wednesday that he's used marijuana "a handful of times a long time ago," and that it's time for the U.S. to legalize marijuana. Buttigieg, speaking to reporters after touring a legal pot dispensary, was asked about whether he'd ever used marijuana. (AP Photo/Michelle L. Price)
October 23, 2019 - 12:32 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Wednesday that he's used marijuana "a handful of times a long time ago," and that it's time for the U.S. to legalize marijuana. Buttigieg, speaking to reporters after touring a legal pot dispensary in suburban Las Vegas, was...
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In this Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 photo, a customer sniffs a display sample of marijuana, in a tamper-proof container secured with a cable, sold at Evergreen Cannabis, a marijuana retail shop, in Vancouver, B.C. One year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, hundreds of legal pot shops have sprung up. But many people still buy their weed on the sly, because taxes and other issues mean that craft marijuana costs nearly twice what it did before legalization. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
October 16, 2019 - 1:28 pm
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The weed is expensive, the selection is limited, the black market persists, and licensed stores are scarce. It's one year into Canada's experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened. While many residents remain proud of Canada for...
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FILE - This Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 file photo shows the MedMen marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. Marijuana stocks have come down hard from their highs a year ago, and the skid isn't just spooking investors. On Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, MedMen Enterprises Inc., which sells legal cannabis in California and 11 other states, backed out of a blockbuster deal to buy PharmaCann, a Chicago-based marijuana company with operations in eight states. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
October 08, 2019 - 6:04 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marijuana stocks have come down hard from their highs a year ago, and the skid isn't just spooking investors. On Tuesday, MedMen Enterprises Inc., which sells legal cannabis in California and 11 other states, backed out of a blockbuster deal to buy PharmaCann, a Chicago-based...
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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014, file photo, a patron exhales vapor from an e-cigarette at a store in New York. Only two years ago e-cigarettes were viewed as holding great potential for public health: offering a way to wean smokers off traditional cigarettes. But now Juul and other vaping companies face an escalating backlash that threatens to sweep their products off the market. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
October 05, 2019 - 8:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Only two years ago, electronic cigarettes were viewed as a small industry with big potential to improve public health by offering a path to steer millions of smokers away from deadly cigarettes. That promise led U.S. regulators to take a hands-off approach to e-cigarette makers,...
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In this Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 photo released by Northwest Metro Drug Task Force/Minnesota Departments of Public Safety shows "Dank" packaging, part of the 75,000 THC vaping cartridges seized in a record drug bust in Anoka County, Minn. Dank, a shadowy but widely sold illegal marijuana vape is drawing the attention of investigators looking into a rash of mysterious lung illnesses around the U.S. Investigators haven't identified a culprit in the outbreak but say many patients have mentioned using Dank vapes. (Northwest Metro Drug Task Force/Minnesota Departments of Public Safety via AP)
October 04, 2019 - 10:34 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a widely known vaping cartridge in the marijuana economy, but it's not a licensed brand. And it's got the kind of market buzz no legitimate company would want. The vaping cartridges that go by the catchy, one-syllable name "Dank" — a slang word for highly potent cannabis —...
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In this photo taken Sept. 20, 2019, David Alport, owner of the Bridge City Collective marijuana dispensary in Portland, Ore., goes over sales numbers with the store's general manager Cameron Moore. The company has seen a 31% decrease in its sales of vaping products in the past two weeks. “It’s having an impact on how consumers are behaving,” said Alport. “People are concerned, and we’re concerned.” (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
September 26, 2019 - 5:55 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Vaping products, one of the fastest-growing segments of the legal marijuana industry, have taken a hit from consumers as public health experts scramble to determine what's causing a mysterious and sometimes fatal lung disease among people who use e-cigarettes. The ailment has...
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