Stories tagged: legalization
Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 5:38 p.m.
Police say hundreds of illegal marijuana shops operate in LA
Los Angeles has issued licenses to nearly 100 marijuana retailers but police estimate there are at least two times that number operating illegally in the city and undercutting those who …
Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 7:08 p.m.
San Francisco plans to wipe out thousands of pot convictions
San Francisco’s district attorney said Wednesday that city prosecutors will toss out or reduce thousands of criminal convictions for marijuana dating back decades, a move allowed under the 2016 state …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 8:49 p.m.
Vermont governor signs pot bill with ‘mixed emotions’
Gov. Phil Scott on Monday privately signed Vermont’s marijuana bill into law, making the state the first in the country to authorize the recreational use of the substance by an …
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 12:13 p.m.
Pot industry frets, then shrugs off Sessions’ new policy
This week’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice would lift its hands-off approach to states that legalized marijuana shocked many in the industry who have been trying to go …
UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 8:20 p.m.
As California legalizes pot, laws collide at U.S. checkpoints
California legalizes marijuana for recreational use Monday, but that won’t stop federal agents from seizing the drug – even in tiny amounts – on busy freeways and backcountry highways.
Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 7:55 a.m.
Joy to the weed! Marijuana legalization comes bearing gifts
Voters in California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana last year, and some residents of those states will legally stuff stockings with spliffs for the first time …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 4:08 p.m.
California pot rules open way for potentially larger fields
California released long-awaited rules Thursday that will govern the state’s emerging legal marijuana industry, while potentially opening the way for larger-scale cultivation that some fear could strangle small-farm growers.
Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 12:26 p.m.
Australian state takes step toward legalizing euthanasia
An Australian state took a step toward allowing voluntary euthanasia on Friday, 20 years after the country repealed the world’s first mercy killing law.
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 12:34 p.m.
Alaska communities weigh pot bans 3 years after legalization
Alaska marijuana grower Mike Emers has been losing sleep with a vote fast approaching that he says could shutter his family’s business and financially ruin them. The statewide initiative that …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 8:36 p.m.
Legal loophole in D.C. creates bizarre pot bazaar
Instead of the straightforward marijuana storefronts common in Washington state or Colorado, the District of Columbia has developed a thriving “gift economy” marijuana industry. These businesses, many offering deliver, sell …
Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 7:44 p.m.
Analysis: Washington state youth pot use hasn’t increased
Analysis by a group of Washington state marijuana experts has found that youth use of pot and cannabis-abuse treatment did not increase after the state’s legalization of marijuana for grown-ups.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 9:46 p.m.
Sen. Cory Booker pushes plan to legalize pot throughout U.S.
Sen. Cory Booker on Wednesday introduced legislation that would legalize marijuana, expunge federal marijuana convictions, and penalize states with racially disparate arrest or incarceration rates for marijuana-related crimes – a …
UPDATED: Sun., July 23, 2017, 9:31 p.m.
Pot Puzzle: In Washington state, it’s a checkerboard of marijuana rules and regulations
Five years after Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana, uncertainty continues in cities and counties across the state over how to regulate pot businesses – or whether to allow them at …
Wed., July 19, 2017, 8:16 p.m.
Legal pot sales begin in Uruguay under landmark 2013 law
Marijuana aficionados lined up at pharmacies across Uruguay on Wednesday to be among the first in the South American nation to legally buy pot as a law regulating its sale …
Wed., May 10, 2017, 6:31 p.m.
Vermont Legislature first in U.S. to vote to legalize recreational marijuana
Vermont’s Legislature on Wednesday became the first in the country to vote to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 7:26 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Legalizing marijuana a no-brainer
There are a lot of reasons to celebrate the fact that Washington ended the costly, counterproductive and racist war on marijuana.
Mon., March 20, 2017, 2:45 p.m.
Marijuana raids are more deadly than the drug itself
Since 2010, At least 20 SWAT raids involving suspected marijuana dealers have turned deadly, according to data compiled by the New York Times.
UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017, 10:43 p.m.
Virginia Republican introduces bill to end federal marijuana prohibition
A freshman Republican representative from Virginia introduced legislation this week that would end the federal prohibition on marijuana use and allow states to fully set their own course on marijuana …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 10:33 p.m.
Pot backers fear worst as vote nears on marijuana foe Sessions for attorney general
Marijuana legalization backers fear the worst for their fast-growing industry as the U.S. Senate prepares to vote Wednesday to approve a longtime pot opponent, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, as …
Mon., Jan. 9, 2017, 4:15 p.m.
Vote on Sessions is ‘make or break’ for marijuana legalization, pot groups say
Backers of marijuana legalization on Monday stepped up their pressure on the U.S. Senate to block the confirmation of Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions as the next attorney general.
Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, 9:45 p.m.
What happened in Washington state after voters legalized recreational marijuana
The nation’s first recreational marijuana shop opened nearly three years ago in Colorado. Since then, a growing body of research has shown that the availability of recreational marijuana – in …
Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 9:24 a.m.
Canada task force makes recommendations for legal weed
Canada should allow people aged 18 and up to buy recreational marijuana through a wide range of retail options, according to a government-commissioned report that lays out groundwork for legalizing …
Wed., Nov. 23, 2016, 5:58 a.m.
Marijuana becoming billion-dollar business in Canada. All it has to do is become legal.
It’s been a wild ride for Canada’s marijuana companies, whose stocks enjoyed an exhilarating high in recent days before mellowing out.
Mon., Sept. 12, 2016, 11:16 p.m.
Cannabis industry to expand to $50 billion by 2026, analysts say
The legal cannabis industry in the U.S. may grow to $50 billion in the next decade, expanding to more than eight times its current size, as lawful pot purveyors gain …
Sat., Sept. 3, 2016
Only immigration solution: Legalize now
You can rail for a year about the squishy soft, weak-kneed politicians who have opened our borders to the wretched refuse of Mexico. You can promise to round them up. …
Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 5:14 p.m.
Survey: More U.S. adults use marijuana, don’t think it’s risky
Marijuana use is becoming more accepted among U.S. adults as states loosen pot laws, new national survey data shows.
Fri., May 27, 2016
Raid on pot fund hurts legalization
Promised revenue for research and prevention was siphoned off by legislative budget writers.
Mon., May 16, 2016
Getting There: Pot-related fatal crashes spike in Washington after legalization vote
Pot-related fatal crashes in Washington spiked upward after marijuana was voted legal in the fall of 2012
Mon., Feb. 22, 2016, 9:08 a.m.
Idaho still stagnant on pot legalization, decriminalization
As several states have moved to allow the use of recreational or medical marijuana, Idaho has maintained a hard stance against legalization of the drug.
Wed., Sept. 16, 2015
Enforcement savings byproduct of legal pot in Washington
Boy did a lot of people suddenly start smoking marijuana. Washingtonians and visitors have spent almost a quarter-billion dollars on retail weed since legalization. It’s a lot of money. Enough …