Recreational drug laws and regulations

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at the Battle Born Progress Progressive Summit, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in North Las Vegas, Nev. Inslee pitched his record tackling climate change, gun control measures, raising the minimum wage and expanding paid family leave to Nevada progressive activists in the early presidential nominating state. (AP Photo/John Locher)
January 12, 2019 - 3:31 pm
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — The Democratic presidential sweepstakes might seem like a tale of Joe Biden and the Seven Senators, but there are plenty of governors and mayors looking for a chance to steal the spotlight from the former vice president and other headliners. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee...
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FILE - This Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 file photo shows vendors from MF Extracts counting their intake of cash at their booth at Kushstock 6.5 festival in Adelanto Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom recommended a sharp increase in spending for cannabis programs, although it's an open question whether it will be enough to help steady the California pot economy. The budget recommends just over $200 million for marijuana-related activities in the year that starts July 1, which would be over a 50 percent boost from the current year. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel,File)
January 10, 2019 - 7:50 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Deep in Gov. Gavin Newsom's new budget is a figure that says a lot about California's shaky legal marijuana market: The state is expecting a lot less cash from cannabis taxes. The Democrat's proposed spending plan, released Thursday, projects the state will bank $355 million in...
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with the media at the annual Washington Cannabis Summit, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in SeaTac, Wash. Seven years after the state legalized the adult use of marijuana, Inslee says he plans to pardon thousands of convictions for misdemeanor pot possession. (Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times via AP)
January 04, 2019 - 4:27 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — More than six years after the state legalized the adult use of marijuana, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday he plans to pardon thousands of people convicted of small-time possession charges — the latest in a series of moves by states and cities to ease the burdens people face...
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FILE - This July 14, 2018 file photo shows gamblers placing bets on sports events at the FanDuel sports book at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J., on the day it opened. The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states, but will it provide enough extra tax revenue to make much of a difference for schools, roads or pension debt? (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)
January 02, 2019 - 12:16 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states, but will it provide enough extra tax revenue to make much of a difference for schools, roads or pension debt? Don't bet on it. Just look to the states that...
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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2018 file photo, Texas Governor Greg Abbott smiles before a gubernatorial debate against his Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas. Decisions about health care and education will top the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene in new sessions in 2019. Abbott and the Republican-controlled Legislature will be wrestling with whether to tap as much as $5 billion from the state’s rainy-day fund to pay for the recovery from Hurricane Harvey, which swamped the southeast portion of the state in August 2017. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, Pool)
December 31, 2018 - 2:55 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Big-dollar decisions about health care and education will top the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene for their 2019 sessions with a closer balance between Republicans and Democrats. Some states will be considering anew whether to expand government-funded...
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 photo attorney Brian Blatz sits on the roof deck at his office in Los Angeles. When California broadly legalized marijuana on Jan. 1, Blatz with a background in banking and health care had been working for a year to set up a trucking firm . On its website, Long Beach, California-based Verdant Distribution made clear its ambition: to be the nation's pre-eminent business for transporting cannabis. But the choppy rollout of California's legal market saddled the company with costly delays, and it was undone in the end by an abrupt state rule change that allowed just about any marijuana business to become its own distributor, undercutting the need for stand-alone companies like Verdant to do the job. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
December 30, 2018 - 4:13 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was supposed to be a great year for marijuana entrepreneur Brian Blatz. When California broadly legalized pot on Jan. 1, the lawyer with a background in banking and health care had been working for a year to set up a trucking company that would whisk fragrant marijuana buds,...
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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2018, file photo a depiction of a cannabis bud drops from the ceiling at Leafly's countdown party in Toronto as midnight passes and marks the first day of the legalization of cannabis across Canada. The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream. Canada ushered in broad legalization, U.S. drug regulators approved the first cannabis-based drug and investors pumped in billions of dollars. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
December 27, 2018 - 3:44 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream. Liberal California became the largest legal U.S. marketplace, conservative Utah and...
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December 23, 2018 - 4:18 am
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — 2018 has been called the "year for cannabis" in South Africa. But there are still hurdles before a legal marijuana industry can flourish in an African economic power deemed ideal for large-scale cultivation. Advocates rejoiced at a Constitutional Court decision in...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017 photo marijuana is displayed for sale at a shop in Juneau, Alaska. Alaska regulators approved rules for onsite consumption of marijuana at specially designated shops on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, a significant step for the cannabis industry after years of debate. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
December 20, 2018 - 7:27 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska regulators on Thursday approved rules for onsite consumption of marijuana at specially designated shops, a significant step for the cannabis industry in the state after years of debate. The 3-2 vote by the Marijuana Control Board does not mean people can light up at...
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FILE - This April 10, 2018, file photo shows a Juul in Marshfield, Mass. Altria is spending $12.8 billion for a stake in e-vapor company JUUL as one of the world’s biggest tobacco companies tries to offset declining cigarette use. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
December 20, 2018 - 11:33 am
Altria, one of the world's biggest tobacco companies, is spending nearly $13 billion to buy a huge stake in the vape company Juul as cigarette use continues to decline. The Marlboro maker said Thursday that it will take a 35 percent share of Juul, putting the value of the company at $38 billion,...
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