Recreational drug laws and regulations

Kenny Boynton smokes a joint San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, April 20, 2018. Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts flocked to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for the annual April 20 celebration of cannabis that culminated with the crowd sparking up precisely at 4:20 p.m. The gathering was the first since California enacted broad legalization of marijuana Jan. 1. The festival is a celebration of the number 420, stoner’s code for smoking marijuana. A small, informal gathering that began several years ago has blossomed into a full-blown festival of corporate sponsors and commercial booths selling smoking devices, t-shirts and food. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson)
April 20, 2018 - 9:02 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts simultaneously exhaled a giant cloud of smoke that rose above San Francisco's Golden Gate Park precisely at 4:20 p.m. Friday, the annual April 20 high holiday. An estimated 20,000 people flocked to the park's so-called Hippie Hill for the...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., confers with his communications aide Matt House as he speaks to reporters following a closed-door strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
April 20, 2018 - 4:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Democrat is using marijuana's informal holiday to announce a change of heart about the drug, another sign of the growing political acceptance of pot. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Friday he'll introduce a bill taking marijuana off the federal...
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FILE- In this Jan. 1, 2018 file photo, different types of marijuana sit on display at Harborside marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado announced Friday, April 13, 2018 that President Trump has pledged to support legislation protecting the marijuana industry in states that have legalized the drug. Gardner has been pushing to reverse a decision made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in January that removed prohibitions that kept federal prosecutors from pursuing cases against people who were following state pot laws. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner, File)
April 13, 2018 - 4:48 pm
DENVER (AP) — President Donald Trump has promised to support legislation protecting the marijuana industry in states that have legalized the drug, a move that could lift a threat to the industry made by the U.S. attorney general just three months ago. Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado said...
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April 05, 2018 - 12:51 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A marijuana advocate who invited hundreds of people to his pot-smoking party at a Philadelphia warehouse has been fined, ordered to perform community service and sentenced to four years' probation. reports that Richard Tamaccio Jr. was sentenced Wednesday after...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 file photo, a woman holds the prescribed medical marijuana product used to treat her daughter's epilepsy after making a purchase at a medical marijuana dispensary in Butler, Pa. Two new studies released on Monday, April 2, 2018 suggest that legalization of marijuana may reduce the prescribing of opioids. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
April 02, 2018 - 11:08 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to opioids. But some...
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This frame from the Weedmaps website shows part of the map section of the online cannabis directory. State regulators have warned the popular website to take down ads from illegal sellers that appear or face possible penalties, but the company says it’s not breaking any laws. (AP Photo)
March 28, 2018 - 9:00 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Weedmaps is a go-to website for people looking to find a marijuana shop. With a few clicks on a cellphone, customers can find virtually any type of cannabis product, along with the fastest route to the place selling it and ratings from other consumers to help them decide what to...
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In this March 1, 2018 photo, Rick Thompson, clockwise from bottom left, Keith Baskerville and Xavier Baskerville smoke marijuana while sitting in a booth in the smoking lounge at Barbary Coast Dispensary in San Francisco. San Francisco plans to issue more permits for marijuana smoking lounges this year after health officials finalize updated regulations. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
March 15, 2018 - 2:56 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The smoke was thick and business brisk at the Barbary Coast Dispensary's marijuana smoking lounge, a darkened room that resembles a steakhouse or upscale sports tavern with its red leather seats, deep booths with high dividers, and hardwood floors. "There's nothing like this in...
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March 10, 2018 - 11:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors won't take on small-time marijuana cases, despite the Justice Department's decision to lift an Obama-era policy that discouraged U.S. authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday...
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FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2017, file photo, Dale Gieringer, of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), poses at his house in Berkeley, Calif. Some states that have legalized marijuana are considering providing so-called sanctuary status for licensed marijuana businesses, hoping to protect them from a shift in federal enforcement policy. Gieringer said California has a rotten history with the feds on marijuana enforcement. "I don't think the feds care too much about marijuana in Alaska, to tell you the truth," he said. "But marijuana has been a big industry in this state, so we're sort of on the front lines." (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
March 05, 2018 - 3:05 am
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Taking a cue from the fight over immigration, some states that have legalized marijuana are considering providing so-called sanctuary status for licensed pot businesses, hoping to protect the fledgling industry from a shift in federal enforcement policy. Just hours after U.S...
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February 26, 2018 - 10:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit challenging federal laws criminalizing marijuana as unconstitutional, saying the five plaintiffs had failed to pursue changes in the drug's legal status by first going through the Drug Enforcement Administration. U.S. District Judge Alvin...
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