Recreational drug laws and regulations

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the 2018 Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, makes his concession speech at his election night party in El Paso, Texas. During the Texas Senate race, some Democrats grumbled that O'Rourke wasn't softening his liberal positions enough to finish a near-upset of Ted Cruz. Now, as the one-time punk rocker mulls a 2020 White House run, some activists are suggesting he's not liberal enough. O’Rourke says he rejects party labels, but he may not be able to avoid being confined to an ideological lane forever. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
December 19, 2018 - 12:09 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — During this year's Texas Senate race, some home-state Democrats grumbled that Beto O'Rourke wasn't softening his liberal positions enough to finish a near-upset of Ted Cruz. Now, as the outgoing congressman mulls a 2020 White House run, a small but vocal segment of activists is...
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FILE - In this June 21, 2018, file photo, a laboratory manager demonstrates how she uses an instrument to photograph cannabis samples at an analytical laboratory in Oakland, Calif. California marijuana producers are seeing a higher percentage of buds, oils and other products clear strict safety tests. Testing started in July and the first two months saw about a 20 percent failure rate. Now it's down to 14 percent. State and industry officials say that shows businesses are adjusting to the regulated market. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
December 16, 2018 - 11:31 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A higher percentage of California marijuana products are passing strict safety tests, but the sudden closing of a lab that state authorities found wasn't correctly checking for pesticides has raised new questions about the system intended to protect the purity and potency of...
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FILE - In this April 23, 2018 file photo, Trevor Eubanks, plant manager for Big Top Farms, readies a field for another hemp crop near Sisters, Ore. Hemp is about to get the federal legalization that marijuana, its cannabis cousin, craves. That unshackling at the national level sets the stage for greater expansion in an industry seeing explosive growth through demand for CBDs, the non-psychoactive compound in hemp that many see as a way to better health. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
December 13, 2018 - 1:00 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hemp is about to get the nod from the federal government that marijuana, its cannabis plant cousin, craves. A provision of the farm bill that received final approval in Congress on Wednesday removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances and treats the low-THC...
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Demonstrators gather at the steps of the Capitol before going inside to chant in the Rotunda as the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives consider bills during a "lame duck" session in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Dec 12, 2019. Michigan Republicans moved Wednesday to curtail ballot initiatives by advancing a measure limiting how many signatures could come from any one region of the state, the latest proposal assailed by critics as an unconstitutional, lame-duck power grab from incoming Democratic officeholders or voters. (Dale G.Young/Detroit News via AP)
December 12, 2018 - 11:55 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans moved Wednesday to curtail ballot initiatives by advancing a measure limiting how many signatures could come from any one region of the state, the latest proposal assailed by critics as an unconstitutional, lame-duck power grab from voters or incoming...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined from left by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., speak following their weekly strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. Under pressure from President Donald Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will bring legislation to the floor to overhaul the nation's sentencing laws. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 11, 2018 - 3:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for a sweeping agriculture bill that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program. The vote was 87-13. The House is expected to pass the measure soon and send it...
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FILE - In this July 17, 2015, file photo, store manager Stephanie Hunt poses for photos with a pack of Marlboro cigarettes, an Altria brand, at a Smoker Friendly shop in Pittsburgh. Altria is diving into the Canadian cannabis market with a $2.4 billion investment in Toronto-based medical and recreational marijuana provider Cronos Group. The investment from Altria Group Inc., would give it about 45 percent ownership of Cronos. Altria will also pay another $1.4 billion for warrants of Cronos Group that if exercised, would give the Altria a 55 percent majority ownership of Cronos. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
December 07, 2018 - 12:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the world's biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $1.8 billion buy-in. Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. is taking a 45 percent stake in Cronos Group, the Canadian medical and recreational marijuana provider said Friday. The agreement includes a...
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December 06, 2018 - 7:38 am
DETROIT (AP) — In a story Dec. 2 about Michigan legalizing recreational marijuana, The Associated Press erroneously reported the number of states that have done so. Ten states have legalized recreational marijuana, not 11. A corrected version of the story is below: Michigan to be first Midwest...
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"We did it!" yells Shawn McDonald, center, as he celebrates with Teisha Martinez, left, and Aubrey Taylor after a local media outlet called results showing Proposition 2 passed at the Proposition 2 election night party at the Infinity Event Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Proposition 2 legalizes the medical use of marijuana for individuals with qualifying medical illnesses. (Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP)
November 09, 2018 - 5:18 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Voters in conservative Utah have decided to join the growing number of states legalizing medical marijuana and expanding Medicaid to cover tens of thousands more low-income residents, two issues that had long stalled out with conservative state lawmakers. Utah will be on the...
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FILE - In this June 17, 2015, file photo, marijuana plants grow at LifeLine Labs in Cottage Grove, Minn. Backers of legalizing marijuana in North Dakota have high hopes voters will approve the drug just two years after they said yes to medicinal use. But they may be in for a bummer, since deep-pocketed outside groups so far haven't put a dime into the measure, suggesting they don't see it as a good bet. Meanwhile, opposition groups have spent heavily to publicize their concerns that approval would mean big societal problems. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
October 28, 2018 - 11:34 am
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Backers of legalizing marijuana in North Dakota have high hopes that voters will approve the drug's use for anyone old enough to drink alcohol. But they could be in for a bummer because opponents have spent far more money against the proposal. Critics say it would mean big...
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Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, left, and Democratic U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke, right, shake hands following their first debate for the Texas U.S. Senate in Dallas, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Nathan Hunsinger/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)
September 21, 2018 - 8:10 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O'Rourke repeatedly traded barbs during a testy first debate Friday night, underscoring how a Texas Senate race that long looked like a cakewalk for the conservative incumbent now appears to be anything but one. Cruz went on the attack moments...
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