Recreational drug laws and regulations

Map shows legal status of marijuana consumption by state. A second map shows the control of state legislatures.;
March 26, 2019 - 1:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — To anyone who figured the path of legalizing recreational marijuana use ran along blue state-red state lines, a sudden setback for pot advocates in New Jersey may show the issue isn't so black-and-white. Leaders in solidly-blue New Jersey are vowing it will still join the 10 states...
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FILE - This Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 file photo shows marijuana buds ready for harvest in Akron, Ohio. A study shows marijuana is sending more people to the emergency room in one large Denver hospital. Inhaled weed caused the most severe problems. Marijuana-infused foods and candies also led to trouble.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
March 25, 2019 - 6:27 pm
Five years after Colorado first legalized marijuana, a new study shows pot's bad effects are sending more people to the emergency room. Inhaled marijuana caused the most severe problems at one large Denver area hospital. Marijuana-infused foods and candies, called edibles, also led to trouble...
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Senate President Steve Sweeney, left, speaks to reporters in Trenton, N.J., Monday, March 25, 2019. New Jersey's Senate president says there are not enough votes to pass a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. The vote in that chamber has been postponed. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
March 25, 2019 - 2:59 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers dealt a blow to the prospects of legal recreational marijuana use in the state Monday, when the state Senate president postponed a vote after his and the governor's lobbying campaign failed to muster enough support in the chamber. But Senate President Steve...
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In this Feb. 19, 2019 photo, a group of retired seniors from Laguna Woods Village form a line outside Bud and Bloom cannabis dispensary to attend a presentation organized by cannabis product vendors in Santa Ana, Calif. More Americans in their 70s and 80s are adding marijuana use to their roster of senior activities. Recent studies show that people 65 and over are the fastest-growing segment of cannabis users. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
March 24, 2019 - 10:29 pm
LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — The group of white-haired folks — some pushing walkers, others using canes — arrive right on time at the gates of Laguna Woods Village, an upscale retirement community in the picturesque hills that frame this Southern California suburb a few miles from Disneyland. There...
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Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks with a reporter while eating lunch at a restaurant Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
March 24, 2019 - 2:54 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said Sunday that his personal use and ownership of firearms taught him the responsibility of having guns and can help bridge politically fraught discussions about gun control in the U.S. The former Texas congressman told The...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 file photo, emergency personnel work at the scene of a train crash involving a garbage truck struck by a train carrying Republican congressmen in Crozet, Va. Federal investigators have released nearly 100 documents that detail last year's fatal accident. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Keith Holloway said the information was made public Tuesday, March 19, 2019 "in anticipation that a final report may be issued soon." (Allison Wrabel/ The Daily Progress via AP, File)
March 21, 2019 - 3:10 pm
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A trash truck driver who had marijuana in his system likely caused a fatal collision last year with an Amtrak train that was carrying Republican lawmakers, federal investigators concluded Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board's final report said the crash in rural...
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FILE - This Feb. 17, 2016 file photo shows marijuana plants at a home in Honolulu. A growing majority of Americans say marijuana should be legal, underscoring a national shift as more states embrace cannabis for medical or recreational use.(AP Photo/Marina Riker, File)
March 19, 2019 - 4:58 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A growing majority of Americans say marijuana should be legal, underscoring a national shift as more states embrace cannabis for medical or recreational use. Support for legal marijuana hit 61 percent in 2018, up from 57 percent two years ago, according to the General Social...
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FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2014 file photo, a sales associate uses a pair of chopsticks to hold a bud of Lemon Skunk, the highest potency strain of marijuana available at the dispensary in Denver. According to research released on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, scientists say smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by about five times.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
March 19, 2019 - 4:39 pm
LONDON (AP) — Smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by nearly five times, according to the biggest-ever study to examine the impact of pot on psychotic disorder rates. The research adds to previous studies that have found links between marijuana...
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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, center, thanks students as he leaves the The Hub Robison Center on the Penn State campus in State College, Pa., Tuesday, March 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
March 19, 2019 - 12:29 pm
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke is making an early impression in Pennsylvania, a late-voting state that may yet play a role in the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential primary contest. An animated O'Rourke spoke Tuesday for 50 minutes to a crowd of hundreds in a Penn State...
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2019 file photo, people stand in the lobby for Amazon offices in New York. Most voters in New York think it was bad for the state when Amazon dropped plans to put a second headquarters in Queens and many think U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bears blame for the deal falling through, according to a new poll released Monday.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
March 18, 2019 - 1:40 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Most voters in New York think it was bad for the state when Amazon dropped plans to put a second headquarters in Queens and many think U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bears blame for the deal falling through, according to a new poll released Monday. The Siena College poll of...
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