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 Sunday.
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.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State regulators say the lottery to award licenses to operate six new medical marijuana facilities has been delayed due to an ongoing appeal of a rejected lottery applicant.
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.
CHICAGO (AP) — A Michigan-based cannabis company on Tuesday ended its challenge of Illinois’ plan to authorize new marijuana business.
Sozo Illinois Inc.’s decision to drop its lawsuit will allow Illinois to proceed with awarding licenses to operate marijuana dispensiaries.
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.
VALLEY, Ala. (AP) — Two Georgia residents were arrested in Louisiana and a third person in Alabama in a killing earlier this month that police said was linked to a marijuana deal.
Jacob Christian Moedl, 19, of Notasulga was jailed Monday in the slaying of Antavious Lawenton Sharpe, 23, news outlets reported.
TOKYO (AP) — Sebastian Coe wants to ensure what happened this month to American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson won’t knock another athlete out of the Olympics in the future.
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia board tasked with overseeing the state's efforts to get patients access to medical marijuana has approved the six companies that will be allowed to sell the drug, a major step to finally getting patients legal access to the medication.
A teenager has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2019 killing of a Maryland man that stemmed from a robbery over $60 worth of marijuana.
Anthony Lamar Martin Jr., 18, entered the plea Friday in Harford County Circuit Court, The Baltimore Sun reported.
BLUE GRASS, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa woman who summoned police to her house in Blue Grass on a separate complaint ended up being arrested along with her boyfriend after officers found a marijuana-growing lab and mushrooms there.
BOSTON (AP) — An associate of the recently convicted former mayor of Fall River has been sentenced for his role in a scheme to extort money from marijuana vendors.
Federal prosecutors said Hildegar Camara was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation, including 18 months of home confinement.
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 of Twin Falls, Idaho.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Mississippi lawmakers say they're continuing to work on proposals to create a medical marijuana program, two months after the state Supreme Court invalidated one that voters had approved.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation to legalize marijuana for medical use in North Carolina advanced through another Senate panel on Wednesday.
Members of the Senate Finance Committee, which voted for the legislation, narrowed their review to fees and revenues collected in the measure.
DENVER (AP) — Marijuana-related arrests have dropped since the first recreational pot shops opened in Colorado seven years ago but Black people are still much more likely to get into legal trouble for cannabis offenses, according to a state report released Monday.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With recreational marijuana use recently legalized, Virginia's attorney general is seeking applicants interested in serving as the state's first cannabis attorney.
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in Watertown voted to keep retail marijuana shops from opening in the northern New York city.
The city council opted Watertown out of New York's new marijuana legalization law after a marathon public hearing Monday night, according to WWNY-TV.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities in south-central Kansas seized 89 marijuana plans and several bags of the drug during the recent search of a property northeast of El Dorado.
The Butler County Sheriff's office said the 56 pounds of marijuana worth roughly $180,000 was seized during the search on Thursday as part of an investigation of a marijuana growing operation on the property.
BOSTON (AP) — Home-delivered marijuana has arrived in Massachusetts.
At least two companies announced this week they have launched operations. Lantern, a sister company of the popular alcohol delivery service Drizly, says it's now serving the Boston area.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat is backing a bill that would strike down a longstanding federal prohibition on marijuana, embracing a proposal that has slim chance of becoming law yet demonstrates growing public support for decriminalizing the drug.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico regulatory agency hopes to avoid a possible shortage by raising the number of marijuana plants that licensed producers could produce.
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — Joe Cunningham — the former one-term Democratic congressman now running to unseat South Carolina Republican Gov.
ROOTSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver after a man allegedly attempted to swallow a bag of cannabis when he was pulled over for speeding.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota government officials scrambled on Friday to reach a consensus on rules around medical pot, showing that the rollout of the voter-passed law has been anything but smooth.
U.S. Anti-Doping Agency leaders are pushing to further mitigate “harsh consequences” for marijuana if it's not intentionally used to enhance performance, though they cannot unilaterally change the rules, they wrote in a letter to members of Congress critical of the agency in the wake of sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson's ban from the Olympics.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man wanted for a fatal shooting in Minnesota has been arrested in South Dakota, according to sheriff's officials.
The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office said the 18-year-old man was arrested Thursday night in Sioux Falls.
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia regulator is getting closer to issuing licenses to grow medical marijuana, but isn't quite there yet.
The Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission voted Wednesday to finalize scores given to grower applications.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada athletic regulators voted this week to remove penalties for boxers and MMA fighters who test positive for marijuana.
The decision follows the controversial move by the United States Anti-Doping Agency to suspend American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson after she tested positive for marijuana, forcing her to miss the Olympics this month.
TOWN OF CAMPBELL, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors in La Crosse County have charged a woman with fleeing from police at speeds of nearly 140 mph on Interstate 90.
Online court records show 36-year-old Amy Torres of Fargo, North Dakota, was charged Wednesday with attempting to elude an officer, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
She could have — make that should have — been a breakout star in an Olympics desperate for any kind of positive jolt. Sha'Carri Richardson has the look and she has the goods, and it wasn’t out of the question to picture her walking around Tokyo with a pair of gold medals draped around her neck.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest illegal marijuana bust in Los Angeles County history — which netted 373,000 plants that would ultimately have been worth $1 billion on the street — eradicated only a fraction of the illicit grows in the Southern California high desert, authorities said Wednesday.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A 4-year-old child has died after finding a gun in a car outside a Colorado marijuana dispensary and accidentally shooting themselves, police said.
The Gazette reports that the child's mother and a younger sibling were in the car at the time of the shooting Tuesday, and the father was in the store in Manitou Springs, a resort city just outside Colorado Springs.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A former guard at a juvenile detention center in Chehalis pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge that he accepted bribes in exchange for smuggling marijuana, cell phones and other contraband inside.
Banned sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson was not on the Olympic roster released Tuesday by USA Track and Field, a decision that means the American champion's positive test for marijuana will cost her a chance at running on the relay team in Tokyo, in addition to her spot in the 100-meter individual race.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state has unveiled a new website to provide up-to-date information on the rollout of legalized cannabis in Connecticut, ranging from basic information about the law that took effect on July 1 to resources for prospective marijuana-related businesses.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state marijuana education program manager has been appointed to the board that regulates Alaska's legal cannabis industry.
Eliza Muse's appointment to the Marijuana Control Board's public health seat was effective June 25, said Corey Allen Young, a spokesperson for Gov.
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The Watertown City Council is expected to move to keep marijuana dispensaries from opening up in the city now that the state has legalized recreational use of the drug.
The City Council last month called for a law to be drafted that would ban the sale and distribution of marijuana in Watertown.
Though pro leagues are slowly adjusting to the reality that marijuana is not a performance-enhancing drug, it remains squarely on the banned list for Olympic sports.
That reality will force American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson to miss the Olympics this month.
American champion Sha'Carri Richardson cannot run in the Olympic 100-meter race after testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana.
Richardson, who won the 100 at Olympic trials in 10.86 seconds on June 19, spoke of her ban Friday on the “Today" show.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Department of Health has compiled a preliminary list of health conditions that will be covered by the state's medical marijuana program.
The list includes AIDS, HIV, Lou Gehrig's disease, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, epilepsy and seizures, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder and cancer associated with severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Adult recreational use of marijuana will become legal in Virginia this week, but the commercial production and sale of marijuana is still almost three years away.
State officials are beginning the process of setting up a new state entity to develop regulations for a legal marijuana marketplace expected to open on Jan.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A proposed medical marijuana law for North Carolina cleared its first significant hurdle on Wednesday as a Senate committee approved bipartisan legislation that creates a patient, manufacturing, licensing and sales structure for its use.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal authorities say six men from the Twin Cities area have been arrested for allegedly distributing thousands of pounds of marijuana shipped from California.
Douglas Finch, Danny Gehl Jr., David Gehl, Frank Kittleson, Patric Maykoski and Daniel Thomas are charged with conspiracy to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Medical marijuana patients can continue to get a three month's supply at a time, rather than one month's, under revisions to the Pennsylvania program signed into law Wednesday by Gov.
A host of new laws are scheduled to take effect on Thursday, most notably the one that will allow adults 21 and older to legally possess small quantities of marijuana. It marks the first step in Connecticut’s move toward a legalized system.
WEED, Calif. (AP) — Officers shot and killed a man who pulled a gun as they tried to keep him out of a complex of marijuana farms in an area of far Northern California where thousands of people were ordered to evacuate as a wildfire raged during a heat wave enveloping part of the U.S.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It's legal for people in New Mexico to possess recreational marijuana and grow those plants at home as of Tuesday, the same day regulators opened discussions on rules for the launch of pot sales next year.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Multiple law enforcement agencies served a search warrant earlier this month at an illegal marijuana grow operation in southwestern Oregon, authorities said.
The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday the search warrant was served during the week of June 21 at the pot operation in Selma.