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Stories with subject: Recreational drug laws and regulations
  • Marijuana club opens in former Fairbanks wine bar 
    Updated: Nov-27-15 3:24 pm

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A marijuana club that allows consumption but not sales quietly opened this week in Fairbanks and its owners say they are operating within state law.

  • Wallowa County holds public hearing on pot business ban 
    Updated: Nov-27-15 12:34 pm

    ENTERPRISE, Oregon - Despite voting 2-to-1 against marijuana sales in 2014, residents of Wallowa County voiced strong opinions for both sides about a proposed ordinance to prohibit wholesale and retail marijuana operations in unincorporated areas of the county.

  • Correction: Legal Marijuana story 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 3:09 pm

    TRENTON, New Jersey - In a story Nov. 15 about New Jersey debating legalizing marijuana, The Associated Press reported erroneously on who must pay a $200 fee to register with the state's medical marijuana program. Patients and caregivers must pay the fee, not patients and doctors.

  • Alaska regulators are 1st to OK marijuana use at pot shops 
    Updated: Nov-20-15 8:09 pm

    JUNEAU, Alaska - The board tasked with writing rules for Alaska's recreational marijuana industry voted Friday to allow for people to use pot at certain stores that will sell it, a first among the four states that have legalized the drug.

  • The Latest: Alaska pot regulators OK on-site consumption 
    Updated: Nov-20-15 5:03 pm

    JUNEAU, Alaska - The latest on a meeting of Alaska recreational marijuana regulators (all times local):

  • Medford officials might put pot-growing ban on ballot 
    Updated: Nov-20-15 1:43 pm

    MEDFORD, Oregon - Medford officials are considering putting two potential laws in front of voters: one that would ban residents from growing marijuana outdoors, and another that would ban it indoors.

  • Uruguay authorities discover 'gray market' for pot 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 4:30 pm

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - Authorities in Uruguay say the country's legal pot-growing clubs may be selling marijuana and cannabis products without approval, creating a kind of "gray market."

  • Ohio officer fired over pro-pot button wants job back 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 6:50 am

    VERMILION, Ohio - An Ohio police officer who was fired after wearing a pro-marijuana button on his police jacket says he'll sue if necessary to get his job back.

  • Legal experts urge caution as tribes enter pot business 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 10:48 pm

    SANTA FE, New Mexico - Tribes across the U.S. are finding marijuana is risky business nearly a year after a Justice Department policy indicated they could grow and sell pot under the same guidelines as states.

  • Alaska working on rules for legalized pot industry 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 7:42 pm

    JUNEAU, Alaska - The state of Alaska is working to finalize rules that will help govern its legal marijuana trade, but some industry supporters say a proposed ban on on-site consumption flies in the face of an initiative approved by voters last year.

  • Legal experts urge caution as tribes enter pot business 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 6:33 pm

    SANTA FE, New Mexico - Tribes across the U.S. are finding marijuana is risky business nearly a year after a Justice Department policy indicated they could grow and sell pot under the same federal guidelines outlined for states.

  • Utah panel endorses expanding use of marijuana extract oil 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 6:19 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - A proposal to allow Utah residents to use oil extracted from marijuana to treat more ailments, including cancer and HIV, received an early vote of support Wednesday from some state lawmakers.

  • Failed Ohio pot legalization effort vows to regroup 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 5:46 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Efforts to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in a single vote will regroup for next year's ballot and will gather input from residents on how best to proceed, said the head of Ohio's failed campaign.

  • Oregon lawmakers review pesticides used in marijuana 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 12:05 pm

    PORTLAND, Oregon - Oregon lawmakers are reviewing possible regulations to the state's burgeoning industry including edible marijuana serving sizes, pesticide use and marijuana tracking.

  • Senate hearing set Monday in Phoenix on heroin trafficking 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 11:58 am

    PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and a senior federal official are among officials scheduled to testify next Monday during a U.S. Senate hearing in Phoenix on heroin trafficking and efforts to combat it.

  • South Dakota tribe burned pot crop for fear of federal raid 
    Updated: Nov-09-15 8:32 pm

    FLANDREAU, South Dakota - A South Dakota American Indian tribe that sought to open the nation's first marijuana resort burned its crop after federal officials signaled a potential raid, the tribal president said Monday.

  • Mexican president opposes marijuana legalization story has photos
    Updated: Nov-09-15 7:14 pm

    MEXICO CITY - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Monday he opposes any eventual legalization of marijuana, five days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of four people who wanted to grow pot for personal use.

  • Backers of pro-pot question: We gathered 100,000 signatures 
    Updated: Nov-09-15 2:42 pm

    BOSTON - Backers of a proposed ballot question to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts say they've collected over 100,000 signatures in support of the initiative.

  • Portland cops handing out pot citations despite legalization 
    Updated: Nov-09-15 12:08 pm

    PORTLAND, Maine - Portland police have issued several citations for possession of small amounts of marijuana despite a city ordinance legalizing recreational use of the drug.

  • Pullman weighs temporary pot moratorium 
    Updated: Nov-09-15 4:01 am

    PULLMAN, Washington - Pullman officials are considering whether to impose a temporary ban on new marijuana operations.

  • Lawmakers say Oregon agency, university resisting hemp 
    Updated: Nov-06-15 2:27 pm

    SALEM, Oregon - There's a quiet battle playing out between Oregon State University, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Democrats in the state's congressional delegation who say the school and agency have fumbled a chance to make Oregon a hemp leader.

  • Lawmakers propose criminalizing 1 pound of pot edibles 
    Updated: Nov-05-15 4:29 am

    CODY, Wyoming - A state legislative committee plans on sponsoring a bill that would make the possession of 1 pound or more of marijuana edibles a felony.

  • Denver invites other government officials to talk pot 
    Updated: Nov-05-15 3:02 am

    DENVER - Denver is presenting the first known marijuana seminar put on by a government agency.

  • Ohio's rejection of legal pot leaves future in question story has photos
    Updated: Nov-04-15 4:25 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - The future of marijuana in Ohio is uncertain after the resounding defeat of an effort to legalize cannabis for medical and recreational use in a single vote. Few people, however, believe the fight is over.

  • Colorado reaffirms support for taxing marijuana story has photos
    Updated: Nov-04-15 5:42 am

    DENVER - Colorado reaffirmed its support for taxing marijuana in an election that showed that a state skeptical of most taxes fully supports extracting revenue from a growing pot industry.