Recreational drug laws and regulations

In this Thursday, June 20, 2019 photo, Christy Banda, a representative for the Jack Herer cannabis company, displays their latest marijuana flower during the networking expo, WeedCon West 2019 in Los Angeles. Marijuana shoppers are going to be getting a message from California regulators: Go legal. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
June 21, 2019 - 7:30 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is planning to intensify its enforcement against the state's thriving illegal marijuana market, including launching an ad campaign Friday that urges consumers to seek out licensed shops with safe products. The state has been under pressure by the legal industry to do...
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June 20, 2019 - 4:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House has voted to block the Justice Department from interfering with states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. The bipartisan 267-165 vote represents a breakthrough for advocates of legalizing pot, who have unsuccessfully pressed the...
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FILE - In this April 20, 2016, file photo, a man smokes a marijuana joint at a party celebrating weed in Seattle. A new federally funded study found, not surprisingly, that marijuana use in Washington state is up since pot became legal in 2014. The hard, or not-so-hard, evidence was in sewage samples. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
June 20, 2019 - 2:45 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — The proof is in the pee. A new federally funded study has confirmed, not surprisingly, that marijuana use went up in Washington state after its first legal pot stores opened in 2014. In fact, consumption doubled over three years — a conclusion scientists reached after performing the...
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FILE - This Nov. 27, 2015 file photo shows two marijuana buds displayed for a customer in Denver. A government report released on Tuesday, June 17, 2019 shows that pot use in pregnancy has doubled among U.S. women and is most common during the first trimester. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
June 18, 2019 - 3:52 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Pot use in pregnancy has doubled among U.S. women and is most common during the first trimester, government research shows. Overall, 7% of pregnant women, or 1 in 14, said they used marijuana in the past month. That's from a nationally representative health survey in 2016-17 and...
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In this Thursday, June 13, 2019, photo, Lloyd Nackley, a plant ecologist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, holds freshly picked tops of hemp plants from one of Oregon State's hemp research stations in Aurora, Ore. A unit of wheat is a called a bushel, and a standard weight of potatoes is called a century. But hemp as a fully legal U.S. agricultural commodity is so new that a unit of hemp seed doesn't yet have a universal name or an agreed-upon quantity. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
June 14, 2019 - 7:14 pm
AURORA, Ore. (AP) — A unit of wheat is called a bushel, and a standard weight of potatoes is called a century. But hemp as a fully legal U.S. agricultural commodity is so new that a unit of hemp seed doesn't yet have a universal name or an agreed-upon quantity. That's one example of the startling...
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June 14, 2019 - 4:38 am
BERLIN (AP) — German chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer says it plans to invest some 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) over the next decade in developing "additional methods to combat weeds." Friday's announcement came as Bayer is engaged in legal battles in the U.S. in which plaintiffs claim...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2019, file photo photo head of cultivation at Loving Kindness Farms Jason Roberts checks one of his marijuana plants in a grow room wearing green lights not to wake them wake them during their night cycle in Gardena, Calif. A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can prevent opioid overdose deaths. Chelsea Shover of Stanford University School of Medicine and colleagues reported the findings Monday, June 10, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
June 10, 2019 - 2:04 pm
A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can prevent opioid overdose deaths. Researchers repeated an analysis that sparked excitement years ago. It linked medical marijuana laws to slower than expected increases in state prescription opioid death rates. But the promising...
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FILE - This July 2016 photo provided by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture shows industrial hemp growing in a field in North Dakota's Benson County. In Arizona, farmers will soon begin planting commercial hemp under a 2018 state law that just took effect once the state issues required licenses. (North Dakota Department of Agriculture via AP,File)
June 06, 2019 - 12:46 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Once they receive the required state licenses, Arizona farmers will soon begin planting commercial hemp under a 2018 state law that just took effect. The state law allowing industrial hemp farming and processing was to take effect in August after state agriculture officials set up a...
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Illinois deputy governor Christian Mitchell and Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, embrace as they celebrate the 66-47 vote in the Illinois House for a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use Friday, May 31, 2019. The vote sends the bill to Gov. J.B. Pritzker who indicated he will sign it. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP)
May 31, 2019 - 4:11 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is likely to become the 11th state to allow small amounts of marijuana for recreational use after the Democratic-controlled House on Friday sent a legalization plan to Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who campaigned on the issue. Those 21 and older would be able to...
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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019, file photo, a bud tender shows a top cannabis strain at Serra, a dispensary in Portland, Ore. In an attempt to reduce the marijuana inventory in Oregon, the state is moving toward allowing the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to refuse to issue initial marijuana production licenses, based on supply and demand. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
May 30, 2019 - 4:59 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is awash in pot, glutted with so much legal weed that if growing were to stop today, it could take more than six years by one estimate to smoke or eat it all. Now, the state is looking to curb production. Five years after voters legalized recreational marijuana, lawmakers...
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