Recreational drug laws and regulations

FILE - This May 24, 2018, file photo shows a marijuana plant in Oregon. In a new ruling, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which regulates both alcoholic products and recreational marijuana, says beer and other alcoholic drinks as of Jan. 1, 2020. may not contain either THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis, or CBD, the non-psychoactive part that is said to relieve stress and pain. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
December 20, 2019 - 6:05 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is renowned for its craft beer and increasingly for its high-grade marijuana, but the state is keeping the two apart — for now. In a new ruling, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which regulates both alcoholic products and recreational marijuana, says beer and other...
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December 19, 2019 - 6:32 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California marijuana users can now turn to their smartphones to find out if a dispensary is legit. The Bureau of Cannabis Control on Thursday announced a program encouraging licensed cannabis retailers to post QR codes in their store windows. The checkerboard codes can be...
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This Thursday, Dec,. 12, 2019 photo provided by the Department of Consumer Affairs shows suspects from Save Greens Cannabis dispensary being taken into custody by law enforcement for operating without a state license in Los Angeles. California regulators mounted two-dozen raids against illegal marijuana retailers in Los Angeles this week, the largest crackdown to date against the city's thriving illicit pot market, officials announced Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (Megan Kiefer/Department of Consumer Affairs via AP)
December 13, 2019 - 6:12 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators mounted dozens of raids against illegal marijuana retailers in Los Angeles this week, the largest crackdown to date against the city's thriving black market, officials announced Friday. The state has been under pressure from California's legal industry to do...
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FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2018 file photo Keira Sumimoto plays with her daughter, in Irvine, Calif. Sumimoto, who used marijuana briefly for medical reasons while pregnant and breastfeeding, says her daughter is healthy and advanced for her age. More than three years after California voters approved broad legalized marijuana, a state panel is considering if the potent high-inducing chemical THC found in pot should be declared a risk to pregnant women and require warnings to consumers. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull,File)
December 10, 2019 - 11:52 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than three years after California voters broadly legalized marijuana, a state panel is considering if its potent, high-inducing chemical — THC — should be declared a risk to pregnant women and require warnings. Studies have indicated that a rising number of mothers-to-be...
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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2019, file photo marijuana plants growing under special grow lights, at GB Sciences Louisiana, in Baton Rouge, La. When it comes to investing in cannabis stocks, the marijuana bud's faded bloom has shown few signs of returning this year. Cannabis stocks have had a harsh comedown as investors' enthusiasm about the prospects for strong growth and blockbuster company mergers has dimmed.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
December 06, 2019 - 9:41 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to investing in cannabis stocks, the marijuana bud's faded bloom has shown few signs of returning this year. Cannabis stocks have had a harsh comedown as investors' enthusiasm about the prospects for strong growth and blockbuster company mergers has dimmed. The...
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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 22, 2019 - 3:15 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Coming out of their debate in a key center of black America, the leading Democratic presidential contenders aimed for the party’s crucial black and minority vote, with the scramble putting internal party tensions on display. From black protesters disrupting Elizabeth Warren to the...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 11, 2019, file photo, marijuana equipment sits on display along a window at the Minerva medical cannabis dispensary in Santa Fe, N.M. The U.S. government is explicitly barring federal dollars for opioid addiction treatment from being used on medical marijuana. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)
November 22, 2019 - 10:42 am
The U.S. government is barring federal dollars meant for opioid addiction treatment to be used on medical marijuana. The move is aimed at states that allow marijuana for medical uses, particularly those letting patients with opioid addiction use pot as a treatment, said Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz,...
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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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