Recreational drug laws and regulations

FILE - This March 22, 2019 file photo shows a bud on a marijuana plant at Compassionate Care Foundation's medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. U.S. retail sales of cannabis products jumped to $10.5 billion last year, a threefold increase from 2017, according to data from Arcview Group, a cannabis investment and market research firm. The figures do not include retail sales of hemp-derived CBD products. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
April 18, 2019 - 11:33 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Potheads have for decades celebrated their love of marijuana on April 20, but the once counter-culture celebration that was all about getting stoned now is so mainstream Corporate America is starting to embrace it. Businesses inside and outside the multibillion-dollar cannabis...
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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, a customer tries a free sample of a pain cream that contains cannabidiol (CBD) for her arthritis at Minnesota Hempdropz in Maplewood, Minn. Mainstream retailers are leaping into the world of products like skin creams and oils that tout such benefits as reducing anxiety and helping you sleep. The key ingredient is CBD, or cannabidiol, a compound derived from hemp and marijuana that doesn’t cause a high. (Jean Pieri/Pioneer Press via AP, File)
April 15, 2019 - 6:49 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Mainstream retailers are leaping into the world of products like skin creams and oils that tout such benefits as reducing anxiety and helping you sleep. The key ingredient? CBD, or cannabidiol, a compound derived from hemp and marijuana that doesn't cause a high. Retailers are...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2017, file photo, a cashier rings up a marijuana sale at the Essence cannabis dispensary in Las Vegas. Complaints that the state releases no information about who applies for and receives dispensary licenses in Nevada's booming retail marijuana business are spurring lawsuits and legislative proposals that appear poised to push the process public. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
April 14, 2019 - 3:03 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada faces complaints about secrecy in awarding licenses to sell marijuana in the state's booming legal marketplace, boiling over into lawsuits and legislation that appear poised to pry open the process. Several companies have sued the state tax department, arguing that no one...
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to his supporters after polls for Israel's general elections closed in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
April 09, 2019 - 11:12 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared headed toward re-election early Wednesday, as close-to-complete unofficial results showed him pulling ahead of his main competitor in a tight race seen as a referendum on the long-serving leader. With a victory, Netanyahu would...
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Oswaldo Barrientos sits for an interview in Denver on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. He said U.S. immigration officials blocked his application for citizenship because he works in the marijuana industry. Barrientos, who was brought to the U.S. from El Salvador illegally as a child, said he plans to appeal the denial of his application. His attorneys also are considering his options in federal court. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)
April 04, 2019 - 8:58 pm
DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials are warning legal immigrants that working in the state's marijuana industry could jeopardize their legal status, after two people said they were denied U.S. citizenship because of their jobs. Although 10 states broadly allow its use and sale, federal law still bans...
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FILE - In this April 16, 2018, file photo, a guard tower stands above the Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in Bishopville, S.C. The Democrats running for the White House have issued proposals on overhauling education, agriculture, technology and immigration. But none of them has made specific pitches on how he or she would transform the nation’s criminal justice system. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford, File)
April 04, 2019 - 8:53 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Democrats seeking the White House have issued proposals on overhauling education, agriculture, technology and immigration. But none of the candidates has made specific pitches on how he or she would transform the nation's criminal justice system. Although the Democratic...
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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 4, 2018 file photo, a worker adds CBD oil to a drink at a coffee shop in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cannabidiol is one of more than 100 compounds found in marijuana. (Jennifer Lett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
April 02, 2019 - 9:09 pm
With CBD showing up everywhere, U.S. regulators announced Tuesday they are exploring ways the marijuana extract could be used legally in foods, dietary supplements and cosmetics. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it will hold a public hearing May 31 to gather more information on the...
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In this photo taken Thursday, March 28, 2019, employees Dan Giroux, left, and Dustin Barrington ring up sales for customers at a marijuana shop in Seattle. When Washington and Colorado launched their pioneering marijuana industries in the face of U.S. government prohibition, they imposed strict rules in hopes of keeping the U.S. Justice Department at bay. Five years later, federal authorities have stayed away, but the industry says it has been stifled by over-regulation. Lawmakers in both states have heard the complaints and are moving to ease the rules. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
April 02, 2019 - 9:28 am
SEATTLE (AP) — When Washington and Colorado launched their pioneering marijuana industries in the face of U.S. government prohibition, they imposed strict rules in hopes of keeping the U.S. Justice Department at bay. Businesses would need to track plants and products with bar codes. Regulators...
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FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2018 file photo a grower attends to a crop of young marijuana plants in Gardena, Calif. Los Angeles prosecutors are joining other California district attorneys to tap technology that could wipe out or reduce more than 50,000 old marijuana convictions. District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Monday, April 1, 2019, that she is joining forces with a nonprofit organization that uses computer algorithms to identify eligible cases. San Francisco became the first city in the state to work with Code for America to expunge or reduce 8,000 convictions. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file)
April 01, 2019 - 1:57 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles-area prosecutors are joining other district attorneys to use technology to wipe out or reduce as many as 50,000 old marijuana convictions years after California voters broadly legalized the drug. The county is working with the Code for America nonprofit tech...
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April 01, 2019 - 1:26 pm
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — In a story March 31 about a Beto O'Rourke campaign rally, The Associated Press reported erroneously that O'Rourke spoke to a rally in his native Spanish. O'Rourke is not a native Spanish speaker. A corrected version of the story is below: O'Rourke champions US-Mexico border...
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