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Legal Pot Could Be Next Move for Marlboro Maker

Altria is in talks with a Canadian company

(Newser) - The maker of Marlboro cigarettes is joining some of the biggest names in beer in exploring the budding cannabis marketplace. Altria Group Inc., which owns Philip Morris USA, is the latest big company to show interest in marijuana. Canadian medical marijuana company Cronos Group Inc. has confirmed talks with Altria... More »

People Wait in Rain for Hours on East Coast's First Day of Pot Sales

It was a successful first day, by all accounts

(Newser) - Customers waited in long lines, sometimes for hours, on a cold and rainy New England day to be among the first people to legally buy recreational marijuana on the East Coast, the AP reports. More than two years after Massachusetts voters approved of legalizing marijuana for adults, the state's... More »

2 New Crises Emerge in Canada's Pot Plan

Officials fret over kids and edibles as the nation's legal weed supply runs out

(Newser) - Canada seems to enjoy getting high, but officials there have a new worry: children and edible pot. Edibles aren't legal in Canada yet—that won't happen until at least 2019—but more young people are being hospitalized for marijuana poisoning as officials grasp the appeal of cannabis-infused gummy... More »

Michigan Says Yes, ND Says No to Recreational Pot

Florida measure will restore voting rights to felons

(Newser) - Michigan is going to have the first legal recreational marijuana in the Midwest. The Detroit Free Press projects a comfortable victory for the ballot proposal to make the state the 10th to legalize recreational pot. A similar measure in North Dakota, however, appears destined for defeat, though Legalize ND campaigners... More »

'An Hour Into Legality,' an Illegal Toke in Canada

They received $515 ticket for using cannabis in vehicle

(Newser) - The first Canadian to buy legal cannabis for recreational use plans to have his purchase framed. It's not clear whether the first person to be ticketed for consuming cannabis in a vehicle under the new law will do the same. Police in Winnipeg, Manitoba, tweeted a picture of the... More »

Canadian Pot Industry Eyes Rest of the World

'We're not known as wild and crazy'

(Newser) - Cam Battley is a top executive at one of Canada's biggest marijuana companies, but he isn't sticking around to savor the country's historic pot legalization . He's off to Germany on Friday and Australia next week—a sign of what a leader Canada has become in the... More »

Marijuana Became Fully Legal in Canada at Midnight

'Prohibition has ended right now. We just made history'

(Newser) - A dream came true at midnight for Newfoundland man Ian Power: He became the first person to legally buy marijuana in Canada for recreational use. Power was the first in line at a new store in the country's easternmost province—and earliest time zone—when recreational marijuana officially became... More »

Canada Sets Date for Marijuana Legalization

Recreational pot will be on sale Oct. 17

(Newser) - Recreational marijuana is still illegal in Canada—but only for another 17 weeks. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that marijuana legalization, passed by the country's Senate on Tuesday, will be in effect as of Oct. 17 this year, giving provinces time to set up retail outlets and prepare for... More »

Canada's Pot Move Makes It the 2nd Country of Its Kind

Only 2 nations on Earth have legal recreational pot nationwide

(Newser) - Canadian lawmakers have taken the final step toward legalizing recreational marijuana—and it will become official as soon as Queen Elizabeth II's representative signs off on it. A bill ending the country's 95-year prohibition on cannabis passed Canada's Senate by a vote of 52 to 29, CTV... More »

Trump's Marijuana Comments Put Him at Odds With Sessions

President suggests he'll back legalization

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to move the nation further away from the legalization of marijuana. His boss? Not so much, apparently. President Trump on Friday suggested he will back legislation currently in the works to end, or at least ease, the federal ban on marijuana, reports NPR . "I... More »

Oregon Pot Growers Pivot to New Product

Hemp is Oregon's 'new gold rush'

(Newser) - A glut of legal marijuana has driven Oregon pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some nervous growers to start pivoting to another type of cannabis to make ends meet—one that doesn't come with a high. Applications for state licenses to grow hemp—marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin—have increased... More »

Boehner Does a 180, Joins Cannabis Board

His thinking on the drug has 'evolved'

(Newser) - As a lawmaker, John Boehner was against marijuana legalization—way against it. In fact, in 2011, he said he was "unalterably opposed" to legalization out of a concern that it would "result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs." He had reiterated that opposition as recently... More »

Pot Entrepreneurs Exploit Legal Loophole on Gifts

Deliver a cheap T-shirt, add a 'gift' of marijuana for customers

(Newser) - The single bottle of juice delivered to your door will set you back at least $55. But the bag of marijuana that comes with it? On the house. Retail marijuana stores are months away from opening in Massachusetts, but some companies have been quietly operating for more than a year,... More »

City Will Dismiss or Reduce up to 8K Marijuana Convictions

'To undo the damage that this country's disastrous, failed drug war has had'

(Newser) - California's Proposition 64—in addition to legalizing recreational marijuana—allows people convicted of marijuana-related crimes in the past to petition for their convictions to be reduced, dismissed, or expunged, the Los Angeles Times reports. But over the past year in San Francisco, only 23 people did so. "So... More »

9 Weirdest Words for Pot, Courtesy of Canadian Gov't

BuzzFeed unearths the government's handy guide to marijuana slang

(Newser) - Justin Trudeau has vowed to legalize marijuana across Canada by this July. CNN reported in December that there's one legislative obstacle left, and it explains that if the bill is indeed made law, the time to market should be much more rapid than in the US, as the country... More »

Vermont Legislature Is First to Pass Legal Pot Bill

Other states did so via ballot measure

(Newser) - There may soon be another reason to call Vermont the Green Mountain State: The state is poised to become the first in the US to legalize marijuana through its legislature instead of a ballot initiative. The Democratic-controlled state Senate passed a legal marijuana bill Wednesday, a week after it was... More »

Marijuana-Related Stocks Just Had Their Buzz Killed

Investors scared off by Sessions announcement

(Newser) - Marijuana-related stocks plummeted, cannabis boosters worried about the industry's future, and defiant growers and sellers vowed to keep operating after Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled a tougher approach Thursday to federal pot enforcement. The plunging stock prices reversed a weekslong rally driven by optimism for legal recreational sales that... More »

Confusion Abounds After Sessions' Big Marijuana Move

Announced he'll rescind policy that had let legalized marijuana flourish

(Newser) - The AP on Thursday morning reported Attorney General Jeff Sessions was going to go after legalized marijuana, and so it came to pass. Sessions says he is rescinding a policy instituted under President Obama that had allowed legalized marijuana to flourish in six states, with more considering the move . While... More »

Pot Now Legal in California, but It's Not That Simple

'Broad confusion' over licensing, city mandates on recreational marijuana sales

(Newser) - While the world welcomed 2018, residents in California had an extra reason to celebrate the new year's arrival. At 12:01am, marijuana received broad legalization in the Golden State, two decades after California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, the AP reports. So-called recreational pot is now... More »

7 States That Could Make Big Moves on Pot in 2018

Including the first state in the Midwest to legalize it

(Newser) - Although pot saw a watershed year in 2016, with a handful of marijuana legalization initiatives that got the green light from voters, 2017 was pretty dry, with no official movement on that front anywhere in the nation. Per Forbes , 2018 is set to see a cannabis comeback, with at least... More »

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