Recreational drug laws and regulations

In this Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 photo Phil Gruver poses for a photograph with his Pennsylvania with his medical marijuana card in Emmaus, Pa. As gun-loving Pennsylvania becomes the latest state to operate a medical marijuana program, with the first dispensary on track to begin sales next month, authorities are warning patients that federal law bars marijuana users from having guns or ammunition. Gruver is weighing what to do with his .22-caliber rifle and a handgun he keeps for home defense. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
January 14, 2018 - 11:41 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The federal government says grass and guns don't mix, and that is putting gun owners who use marijuana in a potentially uncomfortable position. Federal law prohibits marijuana users from owning or even possessing guns or ammunition. The government has traditionally taken a...
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This Jan. 10, 2018, photo provided by Zac Mercauto shows him holding a package of marijuana cookies in Fryeburg, Maine. Mercauto is one of many proponents of legalized marijuana who supports President Donald Trump, but thinks his administration is wrong about its anti-pot stance. (Zac Mercauto via AP)
January 11, 2018 - 12:22 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Trump administration's anti-marijuana move has some members of the president's voting base fuming. Fans of President Donald Trump who use marijuana say Attorney General Jeff Sessions' move to tighten federal oversight of the drug is the first time they've felt let down by...
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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2012, file photo, shows a T-shirt from the Iowa State University chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Legislation showing the organization's logo on the front with an ISU mascot Cy the Cardinal being worn in Ames, Iowa. The university's crackdown on the pro-marijuana student group's t-shirts is expected to cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages and legal fees. Subject to the approval by a state board Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, the state has agreed to pay $150,000 in damages to Erin Furleigh and Paul Gerlich, two leaders of the university chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. (Bill Neibergall/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)
January 09, 2018 - 3:57 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University's unconstitutional crackdown on a pro-marijuana student group's T-shirts is expected to cost state taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs, according to a tentative settlement released Tuesday. Subject to approval by a state board, the...
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Rep. Steve Alford, R-Ulysses, sits in the Kansas House at the start of the 2018 legislative session Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Alford, arguing against the legalization of any use of marijuana, suggested that it and other drugs were originally outlawed in part because blacks were "basically users" and "responded worst" to the drugs because of their "character makeup _ their genetics and that." Alford made the comments Saturday during a public meeting at a hospital in Garden City. (Thad Allton/Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)
January 08, 2018 - 6:55 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A white Kansas state lawmaker arguing against the legalization of marijuana suggested that it and other drugs were originally outlawed in part because blacks were predisposed to abusing drugs because of their "character makeup — their genetics and that." State Rep. Steve Alford...
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FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2018, file photo, an employee stocks cannabis at a store shortly before its first day of recreational marijuana sales in San Francisco. California's legal pot market is being ushered in with a sprawling, untested system to transport buds and products around the state. The so-called marijuana distributor is a kind of skeleton connecting the state's emerging industry of growers, sellers and manufacturers. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
January 07, 2018 - 3:00 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Most Californians with an urge to smoke a joint will enter the state's legal marijuana marketplace through a single doorway — at a retail shop. But out of view of those day-to-day sales, the state is ushering in a sprawling, untested system to move pot from place to place that...
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California State Sen. Scott Weiner, right, celebrates the opening of The Apothecarium for recreational marijuana sales in San Francisco on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. Joining him are The Apothecarium co-founder and CEO Ryan Hudson, center, and San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
January 06, 2018 - 7:45 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — This week's announcement that the U.S. Justice Department was ditching its hands-off approach to states that have legalized marijuana initially sent some in the industry into a tailspin, just days after California's $7 billion recreational weed market opened for business. But...
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File - In this March 24, 2008, file photo, McGregor Scott, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California, gestures during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. The decision on whether to pursue criminal marijuana cases in states that have legalized pot will now rest with top federal prosecutors in those states, some of whom are deeply rooted in their communities and may be reluctant to crack down on cannabis businesses. Scott grew up in Humboldt County, deep in California's famed "Emerald Triangle" marijuana-growing regionScott's spokeswoman, Lauren Horwood, said he declined to comment on the most recent federal move. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
January 05, 2018 - 5:07 pm
DENVER (AP) — Whether to crack down on marijuana in states where it is legal is a decision that will now rest with those states' top federal prosecutors, many of whom are deeply rooted in their communities and may be reluctant to pursue cannabis businesses or their customers. When he rescinded the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2017, file photo, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going after legalized marijuana. Sessions is rescinding a policy that had let legalized marijuana flourish without federal intervention across the country. That's according to two people with direct knowledge of the decision. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
January 05, 2018 - 3:27 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The buzz kill long dreaded in the marijuana industry came just days after California opened what is expected to be the world's largest legal pot market. The Trump administration announced Thursday that it was ending an Obama-era policy to tread lightly on enforcing U.S. marijuana...
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January 04, 2018 - 5:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as a series of states legalized the recreational use of marijuana, the possession, use or sale of the drug remained a federal crime. Still, the Justice Department, under President Barack Obama, took a hands-off approach. That changed Thursday. Attorney General Jeff Sessions...
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Budtender Austin Pitts, right, assists a customer inside the Harborside cannabis dispensary Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, creating new confusion about enforcement and use just three days after a new legalization law went into effect in California. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)
January 04, 2018 - 5:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration threw the burgeoning movement to legalize marijuana into uncertainty Thursday as it lifted an Obama-era leniency policy that kept federal authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will...
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