Officials in legal pot state vow to fight federal crackdown
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Officials in legal pot state vow to fight federal crackdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in Washington state, where recreational marijuana is legal, vow to fight any federal crackdown on the nascent industry after White House spokesman Sean Spicer said they should expect to see stepped-up enforcement of anti-pot laws. Bob Ferguson, attorney general in Washington state, which joined Colorado in 2012 as the first states … Continue reading

Bills would end license suspension for marijuana possession
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Bills would end license suspension for marijuana possession

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginians convicted of marijuana possession would no longer automatically lose their driver’s license for six months under legislation moving through the General Assembly. Existing state law mandates that when someone is convicted of a drug offense, the defendant’s license is suspended for six months. Under bills approved by the Senate and … Continue reading

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Virginia Senate leader supports marijuana decriminalization

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — In a switch, the majority leader of the Virginia state Senate says he supports studying the decriminalization of marijuana. Media outlets report that Tommy Norment, one of the most powerful political leaders in the Commonwealth, announced his position Tuesday, November 1st, while speaking before a Norfolk City Council dinner at the Slover Library. Norment … Continue reading

Washington state to increase testing pot for pesticides
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Washington state to increase testing pot for pesticides

SEATTLE (AP) — More than two years after Washington state launched legal marijuana sales, it’s planning to test pot for banned pesticides more regularly. The state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board said Thursday it’s paying the Washington Department of Agriculture more than $1 million to buy new equipment and hire two full-time workers to conduct the … Continue reading

UN hears major differences on global approach to drug use
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UN hears major differences on global approach to drug use

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Jamaica defended its decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana. Iran said it seized 620 tons of different types of drugs last year and is helping protect the world from “the evils of addiction.” Cuba opposed the legalization of drugs or declaring them harmless. The first U.N. General Assembly special … Continue reading

California marijuana growers face new crop of local bans
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California marijuana growers face new crop of local bans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When the California Legislature passed the state’s first comprehensive medical marijuana regulations in September, pot advocates hoped the move heralded a new era of trust in their often-tumultuous relationship with wary local officials and police. So far, it hasn’t turned out that way. Facing what appears to be a rapidly closing … Continue reading

Pot legalization bid in California gains powerful backers
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Pot legalization bid in California gains powerful backers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A long-promised campaign to legalize recreational marijuana use in California next year reached the starting gate with the filing of a ballot initiative backed by technology investor Sean Parker. Four people who worked on the initiative submitted Monday, independently told The Associated Press that it was spearheaded by Parker, the billionaire … Continue reading