Recreational drug laws and regulations

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2018, file photo, cannabis consultant Juan Aguilar, left, assists customers Bill, right, and Nize Nylen and their son Russell shop for edible marijuana products in the Herban Legends pot shop in Seattle. Five years after Washington launched its pioneering legal marijuana market, officials are proposing their most ambitious overhaul yet of the way the industry is regulated, with plans for boosting minority ownership of pot businesses, spreading out oversight among a range of state agencies, and letting the smallest cannabis producers increase the size of the operations in an effort to help them become more competitive. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
August 27, 2019 - 3:13 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Five years after Washington launched its pioneering legal marijuana market, officials are proposing an overhaul of the state's industry rules, with plans for boosting minority ownership of pot businesses, paving the way for home deliveries of medical cannabis and letting the smallest...
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August 27, 2019 - 10:08 am
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago's top prosecutor says a San Francisco-based nonprofit with the technology to analyze criminal records nearly automatically will help her county clear tens of thousands of convictions for marijuana possession before the drug becomes legal in Illinois on Jan. 1. Cook...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. The Justice Department is moving forward to expand the number of marijuana growers for federally-authorized cannabis research. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
August 26, 2019 - 2:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Monday it would move forward to expand the number of marijuana growers for federally authorized cannabis research. The long-awaited move comes after researchers filed court papers asking a judge to compel the Drug Enforcement Administration to process...
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In this Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, photo, chemist David Dawson pours pieces of a cannabis-infused chocolate bar into a vial as he demonstrates testing for THC and other chemicals at CW Analytical Laboratories in Oakland, Calif. Chemists are trying to solve a scientific mystery involving marijuana brownies. Chocolate seems to throw off test results for potency. That could be dangerous for consumers looking to relax, not hallucinate. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
August 26, 2019 - 7:48 am
How much marijuana is really in that pot brownie? Chocolate can throw off potency tests so labels aren't always accurate, and now scientists are trying to figure out why. In states where marijuana is legal, pot comes in cookies, mints, gummies, protein bars — even pretzels. These commercial...
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FILE - In this June 27, 2017, file photo, Jerred Kiloh, owner of the licensed medical marijuana dispensary Higher Path, stocks shelves with with cannabis products in Los Angeles. Weedmaps a major online pot shop directory and cannabis marketplace announced Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, that it will no longer allow black-market businesses to advertise on its site, a decision that could boost California's efforts to rein in its vast illegal market. Kiloh, who heads the United Cannabis Business Association, an industry group, projected that half of California's illegal operations could dry up once they are denied access to Weedmaps ads. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
August 21, 2019 - 8:51 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The major online pot shop directory and cannabis marketplace Weedmaps announced Wednesday that it will no longer allow black-market businesses to advertise on its site, a decision that could boost California's efforts to rein in its vast illegal market. State regulators and...
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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders looks on as panel members discuss his criminal justice reform plan during a town hall meeting on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
August 18, 2019 - 2:40 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders listens to a question for the audience during the Presidential Gun Sense Forum, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
August 18, 2019 - 8:34 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat...
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FILE - This Aug. 4, 2015 file photo, flowers bloom in front of the Salt Lake Temple, at Temple Square, in Salt Lake City. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is reminding members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by a competent doctor. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
August 16, 2019 - 7:32 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by "competent" doctors. The new guidance...
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FILE - This April 15, 2017 file photo shows marijuana plants for sale at the ShowGrow dispensary a medical marijuana provider in downtown Los Angeles. California's struggling legal cannabis industry is expected to grow next year to $3.1 billion, but it remains far outmatched by the state's thriving illegal market. A report released Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, finds consumers are spending roughly $3 in the state's underground pot economy for every $1 in the legal one. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel,File)
August 15, 2019 - 5:17 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's struggling legal cannabis industry is expected to grow this year to $3.1 billion, but it remains outmatched by a thriving illegal market ripe with bargains, a report concluded Thursday. Consumers are spending roughly $3 in the state's underground pot economy for...
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August 15, 2019 - 11:13 am
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Supreme Court has ordered the country's Health Department to set regulations complying with a law allowing medical use of marijuana and derivatives. The law took effect in June 2017 but has yet to be put into practice. The high court says in a statement that the Health...
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