BOSTON (AP) — Excise taxes for marijuana sold for adult recreational use exceeded alcohol excise taxes for the first time in Massachusetts, reflecting growing marijuana sales that reached $2.54 billion, according to the Cannabis Control Commission.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina senator who has fought to allow medical marijuana in the state for seven years appears to finally be getting a debate on the Senate floor.
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Commissioners in a suburban Atlanta county rejected an official's proposal to drop marijuana testing for some job applicants.
DeKalb County Commissioner Ted Terry last week proposed ending the tests.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Springfield man has pleaded guilty to distributing marijuana on the dark web and laundering his cryptocurrency proceeds, according to federal prosecutors.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Oregon said Robert Kelly O’Neill, 59, waived indictment and pleaded guilty this week to possession with intent to distribute marijuana and money laundering.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill that would allow Idaho residents with multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders to use a pain-relief spray derived from marijuana has been introduced in the House.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A conservative lawmaker from rural, western Nebraska took a leading role Thursday in the push to allow medical marijuana in the state, although some advocates say his bill is too restrictive.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is considering a bill that would allow recreational marijuana stores to deliver to residents across the state even if a town prohibits recreational marijuana stores.
During a hearing Wednesday, a legislative committee heard from the bill's supporters and sponsor, Democratic Rep.
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand, which in 2020 became the first Southeast Asian nation to decriminalize the production and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, moved Thursday to further loosen regulations on the drug.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is moving closer to joining most other states in allowing people to use marijuana to relieve medical conditions.
The state House voted 104-14 Wednesday to pass a bill that would create a medical marijuana program.
LEEDS, Ala. (AP) — Two California men were jailed in Alabama after police said they found almost 1,000 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $3 million hidden in a camper just off Interstate 20.
An officer saw a camper running off the road while exiting the highway Tuesday morning, news outlets reported.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A political newcomer in Louisiana whose adept use of social media drew notice when he finished strong in a U.S. House race last year has posted an online video ad certain to draw more attention and, perhaps, campaign donations — it shows him smoking marijuana while decrying racial disparities in arrests for the drug.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have doubled the number of marijuana plants that licensed growers can cultivate as the state prepares for recreational sales to start this spring, officials announced Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — On an isolated farm, greenhouses stand in regimental order, sheltered by a fringe of trees. Inside are hundreds of head-high cannabis plants in precise rows, each rising from a pot nourished by coils of irrigation tubing.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Since 2020, the state’s medical cannabis program has seen substantial growth. An annual report last year found that the number of active cardholders more than tripled, and pharmacies in the state more than doubled.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Five students at a Connecticut magnet school were taken to the hospital as a precaution Friday after eating chocolate containing the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana and becoming ill, officials said.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group seeking to legalize marijuana possession and cultivation in Ohio submitted nearly 30,000 additional signatures to state officials in an effort to put the issue in front of lawmakers this year.
DETROIT (AP) — Seizures of marijuana and ammunition at Michigan's border with Canada have increased over the past year or so despite travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada due to the coronavirus pandemic.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi senators voted Thursday to advance a bill that would create a medical marijuana program, sending it to the House for more work.
One lawmaker started the debate by quoting Bob Dylan's “Everybody Must Get Stoned." It was a double reference to perceptions about recreational use of the drug and the criticism the lawmaker himself has faced from the governor.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A newly empowered Republican majority assumed control of the Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday as the General Assembly opened its 2022 session under divided party control.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A bill to create a medical marijuana program is headed for debate in the Mississippi Senate in coming days.
Senate Bill 2095 passed the Senate Public Health Committee on Wednesday.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers gathered on Wednesday for the start of their 90-day legislative session with an unprecedented budget surplus, as they also prepared to debate high-profile issues such as the legalization of recreational marijuana and climate change.
TABOR, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man is facing a felony drug charge after his mother unknowingly served his marijuana-laced brownies to a group of seniors at a local community center, according to officials.
ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — A jury has convicted a Minnesota man accused of illegally possessing nearly 77,000 vaping cartridges that contained dangerous levels of THC.
Valentin Andonii, 25, was found guilty Friday of two counts of first-degree controlled substance crime and one count of marijuana and controlled substance taxation.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers will be gathering for their annual 90-day legislative session this week with an enormous budget surplus, while legalizing recreational marijuana, battling COVID-19 and measures to address climate change will be among the major issues before them in an election year.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's rapid-fire legislative session kicks off Tuesday with lawmakers prepared to debate legalizing marijuana, how to spend nearly $1 billion in federal coronavirus relief and what to do with a spate of bills touching on some of the nation's most incendiary social issues.
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police said Sunday they dismantled a drug-trafficking ring that allegedly brought hashish and marijuana from Morocco to southern Spain by helicopter and then transported it to France by road.
MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Confusion is clouding the legality of vapes, gummies, teas and other products that include a chemical cousin of marijuana’s main intoxicating ingredient.
A recent Kansas attorney general opinion, court decision and law change have raised questions for prosecutors and law enforcement as the products, which are frequently sold in smoke shops and even gas stations, proliferate.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House has again voted to legalize the personal use and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana.
The bill sent to the Senate on Thursday would allow adults to possess up to ¾ of an ounce of marijuana and to grow up to six plants.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — During the first weekend of legal recreational marijuana sales in Montana, customers purchased more than $1.5 million in products, the Department of Revenue said.
The 20% sales tax raised over $313,000 in revenue for the state.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A week of raids by San Bernardino County deputies eliminated 93 illegal marijuana greenhouses and resulted in arrests of 15 people, the Sheriff’s Department said.
The department’s Marijuana Enforcement Team and patrol deputies seized nearly 8,000 marijuana plants, more than 4,500 pounds of processed marijuana, a gun and more than $212,000 in cash between Dec.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers failed by mostly large margins Wednesday to override any of the six vetoes issued by Gov. Chris Sununu last year.
Overturning a veto requires a two-thirds majority in both bodies, but in most cases, the House couldn't get even close to a simple majority in favor of overriding the veto.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s Democrat-controlled Legislature will make key decisions in 2022 on everything from the roll-out of recreational marijuana sales to how best to help New Yorkers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group seeking to legalize marijuana possession and cultivation in Ohio has failed to gather enough valid signatures to put the issue in front of state lawmakers, Secretary of State Frank LaRose told the group in a letter Monday.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators began their three-month session Tuesday, and the mother of a man with chronic medical problems implored them to create a medical marijuana program, despite objections from Gov.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Debate on marijuana will be on the table again as state lawmakers gather for the 2022 legislative session in South Dakota this month.
So far, more than two dozen of 38 posted proposed bills for the session deal with medical and recreational marijuana.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers will try this week to resurrect six bills vetoed by Gov. Chris Sununu, but their chances of success appear slim based on their past votes.
Overturning a veto requires a two-thirds majority in both bodies.
GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina business owner and his wife were arrested after deputies seized 400 marijuana edibles.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said Steven David Petty, 50, of Gaffney, was arrested at Carousel Music and charged with trafficking marijuana 10 lbs.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's medical marijuana program will offer raw, smokable cannabis to its patients, and the state will tweak its calculations for state income taxes as more than two dozen new laws take effect Saturday with the start of the new year.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Glendale said Wednesday they had arrested the 22-year-old driver of a Tesla who was speeding last summer when he ran a red light and killed three people.
Police said that they made the arrest on three charges of 2nd-degree murder after laboratory tests showed the Tesla driver had the active ingredient of marijuana in his system after the Aug.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The smell of marijuana can be a factor police use to justify a search without a warrant but can't be the sole basis for it, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
The court said a state police search of a vehicle in Allentown three years ago was conducted only because the troopers smelled marijuana.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New rules governing the manufacture, sale and transport of recreational marijuana in New Mexico are now in effect.
The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department’s Cannabis Control Division made the announcement Tuesday, saying the rules allow the division to continue streamlining the process for cannabis businesses to get licensed as the state moves toward recreational sales over the coming months.
FOUR CORNERS, Mont. (AP) — Anticipation for Jan. 1 hangs in the air of a parking lot here where four cannabis dispensaries sit shoulder-to-shoulder.
Next month could mean a budding business plan blossoming into its full potential, or it could bring possible failure in an industry as crowded as this lot.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A state agency and an industry group are appealing a federal judge's ruling that allows out-of-state owners of medical marijuana dispensaries.
It appears the case is the first of its kind to reach a federal appeals court, carrying with its possible ramifications for other states, the Portland Press Herald reported.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves says he would support efforts to revive the initiative process, months after the state Supreme Court ruled that the process was outdated and invalid.
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — A former narcotics detective and current reserve officer was arrested this week after a drug task force found about 1,200 illegal marijuana plants growing on his property in southern Oregon.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group has submitted petitions asking Ohio lawmakers to pass a bill allowing adults to legally use and grow marijuana plants.
The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol on Tuesday submitted more than 200,000 signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Four applicants are vying to win Minnehaha County’s single medical marijuana dispensary license.
The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported Tuesday that the applicants include Genesis Farm LLC; GFV Specialty Retail LLC; and two applications from Shangri-La SD, LLC.
FLOWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Two rookie police officers in Mississippi's capital have been placed on leave after they were caught with a small amount of marijuana.
The Flowood Police Department said someone called officers Friday about 5:45 p.m.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Medical marijuana sales in Missouri have reached a milestone, now topping the $200 million mark.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Monday that 14 months after sales began, 158,169 patients are active in the state's medical marijuana program, along with 3,283 caregivers.