Recreational drug laws and regulations

Pete Buttigieg, left, speaks with the Rev. Al Sharpton at a breakfast event on Thursday, November 21, 2019, in Atlanta. Buttigieg, along with Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Andrew Yang and Tom Steyer, all presidential hopefuls, spoke at the event hosted by the Sharpton's National Action Network. (AP Photo/ Ron Harris)
November 21, 2019 - 9:22 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Coming out of their debate in a key center of black America, the leading Democratic presidential contenders aimed Thursday for the party’s crucial black and minority vote, with the scramble putting internal party tensions on display. From black protesters disrupting Elizabeth Warren...
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In this May 7, 2019, photo released by Cannabis Removal on Public Lands (CROP) Project, a group including U.S. Forest Service rangers, scientists and conservationists work to reclaim a so-called trespass grow site where nearly 9,000 cannabis plants were illegally cultivated. Authorities allege members of an international drug trafficking ring set up camp at the site months earlier. (Jackee Riccio/CROP via AP)
November 17, 2019 - 12:18 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two months after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land deep in the Northern California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site where trees were clear-cut, waterways were diverted, and the ground was...
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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2017 file photo, Lori Ajax, head of California's Bureau of Cannabis Control, addresses an industry group meeting in Long Beach, Calif. California’s struggling marijuana market can expect to see a period of continued strain and turbulence for at least a couple of years, as it deals with sustained competition from illegal sales, industry layoffs and fallout from a national vaping crisis, Ajax, the state's top cannabis regulator, said Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
November 15, 2019 - 8:44 pm
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California’s struggling marijuana market can expect more strain and turbulence for at least a couple of years as it deals with sustained competition from illegal sales, industry layoffs and fallout from a national vaping crisis, the state’s top cannabis regulator said...
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In this undated photo taken from the New York Police Department Facebook page, officers stand by what NYPD thought was marijuana when they confiscated in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at the 75th Precinct of the NYPD in New York. The Vermont farm that grew the plants and the Brooklyn CBD shop that ordered them insist they're not pot, but legal industrial hemp. (New York Police Department via AP)
November 09, 2019 - 9:48 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The CBD craze might be leaving the war on drugs a bit dazed and confused. The extract that's been showing up in everything from candy to coffee is legally derived from hemp plants, which look and smell an awful lot like that other cannabis — marijuana. They're so similar, police...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 8, 2019, file photo, two women smoke cannabis vape pens at a party in Los Angeles. Major legal marijuana businesses in California are urging the state to adopt tougher safety rules for ingredients and devices used in vaping. Recommendations from the industry group, Legal Cannabis for Consumer Safety, follow a national outbreak of mysterious and sometimes fatal lung illnesses apparently linked to vaping. Most cases have involved products that contain the marijuana compound THC, typically obtained from illegal sources. The group also wants more funds to close illegal shops. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
November 04, 2019 - 7:15 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An alliance of major legal marijuana businesses in California urged the state Monday to adopt tougher safety rules for ingredients and devices used in vaping and get tougher with illegal shops, amid an outbreak of a mysterious illness apparently linked to vaping. The...
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November 02, 2019 - 5:25 pm
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Central California have seized and destroyed about 100 million plants they said were being grown as legal hemp but contained THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. The Kern County Sheriff's office said it served search warrants at several fields...
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FILE - In this June 25, 2019 file photo, Gov. J. B. Pritzker holds a bill that legalizes adult-use cannabis in the state of Illinois accompanied by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, left, and state Sen. Toi Hutchinson, right, in Chicago. Illinois becomes the 11th to legalize the adult-use of recreational marijuana. Like in other states before it, advocates of legalizing recreational marijuana use in Illinois want the law to look backward as well as forward. It conscientiously attempts to ensure that those who profit from growing and selling the weed have substantial representation from the mostly impoverished neighborhoods nailed the hardest by decades of drug crackdowns. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky File)
November 02, 2019 - 8:05 am
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — When lawmakers crafted the law legalizing marijuana in Illinois, they tried to make sure it would right what many see as past wrongs linked to the drug. In addition to expunging hundreds of thousands of criminal records for marijuana arrests and convictions, the law's...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019 file photo, workers at MERJ farms unload hemp plants during the first harvest at the Sullivan County farm, in Bristol, Tenn. U.S. agriculture officials say a rule that allows farmers to legally grow hemp will be finalized this week. It's a move that many states have awaited for months so they can begin widespread hemp production. The rule establishes requirements for licensing, maintaining records on the land where hemp will be grown, testing the levels of the ingredient in marijuana that causes a high, and disposal of plants that don't meet the requirements. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP, File)
October 29, 2019 - 2:58 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. agriculture officials say a rule that allows farmers to legally grow hemp will be finalized this week. It's a move that many states have awaited for months so they can begin widespread hemp production. The rule establishes requirements for licensing, maintaining records...
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This undated photo provided by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office shows Deputy Brian Ishmael. The Sheriff's office says Ishmael was fatally shot early Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 in the Sierra Nevada Foothills community of Somerset, Calif., and a ride-along passenger with him was injured. An office statement says two men were taken into custody but the scene about 45 miles east of Sacramento remains active. (El Dorado County Sheriff's Office via AP)
October 24, 2019 - 10:07 pm
SOMERSET, Calif. (AP) — Three men have been charged in the fatal shooting of a Northern California sheriff's deputy killed responding to a reported theft from an illegal marijuana growing operation in the rural Sierra Nevada foothills, authorities said Thursday. A 911 caller reporting the theft did...
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In this Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 photo, a customer sniffs a display sample of marijuana, in a tamper-proof container secured with a cable, sold at Evergreen Cannabis, a marijuana retail shop, in Vancouver, B.C. One year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, hundreds of legal pot shops have sprung up. But many people still buy their weed on the sly, because taxes and other issues mean that craft marijuana costs nearly twice what it did before legalization. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
October 16, 2019 - 3:28 pm
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The weed is expensive, the selection is limited, the black market persists, and licensed stores are scarce. It's one year into Canada's experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened. While many residents remain proud of Canada for...
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