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1st year of Nevada marijuana sales exceeds expectations

Nevada regulators and industry insiders say the state’s first year of broad marijuana legalization has exceeded even their highest expectations, with sales and tax collections already surpassing year-end projections by …


Lebanon’s cannabis heartland, Bekaa, hopes for legalization

The fertile Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon has long been notorious as one of the world’s major narcotics-growing regions, producing some of the finest quality cannabis, mostly processed into hashish. …


Does legal weed make police more effective? WSU study points toward yes.

Marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington state has “produced some demonstrable and persistent benefit” to police departments’ ability to solve other types of crime, according to researchers at Washington State …


UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018, 8:26 p.m.

Canada to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17

Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country’s youth, Prime Minister Justin …


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 6:59 p.m.

Canadian senate passes weed bill but legalization delayed

Canada’s Senate gave final passage Tuesday to the federal government’s bill to legalize cannabis, though Canadians will have to wait at least a couple of months to legally buy marijuana …


Pot politics: Schumer joins politicians rethinking marijuana

The top Senate Democrat is using marijuana’s informal holiday to announce a change of heart about the drug, another sign of the growing political acceptance of pot.


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 …


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.


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …