Recreational drug laws and regulations

Oswaldo Barrientos sits for an interview in Denver on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. He said U.S. immigration officials blocked his application for citizenship because he works in the marijuana industry. Barrientos, who was brought to the U.S. from El Salvador illegally as a child, said he plans to appeal the denial of his application. His attorneys also are considering his options in federal court. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)
April 04, 2019 - 9:58 pm
DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials are warning legal immigrants that working in the state's marijuana industry could jeopardize their legal status, after two people said they were denied U.S. citizenship because of their jobs. Although 10 states broadly allow its use and sale, federal law still bans...
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FILE - In this April 16, 2018, file photo, a guard tower stands above the Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in Bishopville, S.C. The Democrats running for the White House have issued proposals on overhauling education, agriculture, technology and immigration. But none of them has made specific pitches on how he or she would transform the nation’s criminal justice system. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford, File)
April 04, 2019 - 8:12 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Democrats seeking the White House have issued proposals on overhauling education, agriculture, technology and immigration. But none of the candidates has made specific pitches on how he or she would transform the nation's criminal justice system. Although the Democratic...
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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 4, 2018 file photo, a worker adds CBD oil to a drink at a coffee shop in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cannabidiol is one of more than 100 compounds found in marijuana. (Jennifer Lett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
April 02, 2019 - 10:09 pm
With CBD showing up everywhere, U.S. regulators announced Tuesday they are exploring ways the marijuana extract could be used legally in foods, dietary supplements and cosmetics. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it will hold a public hearing May 31 to gather more information on the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2018 file photo a grower attends to a crop of young marijuana plants in Gardena, Calif. Los Angeles prosecutors are joining other California district attorneys to tap technology that could wipe out or reduce more than 50,000 old marijuana convictions. District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Monday, April 1, 2019, that she is joining forces with a nonprofit organization that uses computer algorithms to identify eligible cases. San Francisco became the first city in the state to work with Code for America to expunge or reduce 8,000 convictions. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file)
April 01, 2019 - 2:57 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles-area prosecutors are joining other district attorneys to use technology to wipe out or reduce as many as 50,000 old marijuana convictions years after California voters broadly legalized the drug. The county is working with the Code for America nonprofit tech...
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April 01, 2019 - 2:26 pm
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — In a story March 31 about a Beto O'Rourke campaign rally, The Associated Press reported erroneously that O'Rourke spoke to a rally in his native Spanish. O'Rourke is not a native Spanish speaker. A corrected version of the story is below: O'Rourke champions US-Mexico border...
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U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, D-California, addresses supporters while holding a campaign rally at Morehouse College on Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Atlanta. The Democratic candidate for president is at least the fifth presidential candidate to visit Georgia in the 2020 cycle. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
April 01, 2019 - 11:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Kamala Harris made her much-heralded arrival in Washington as California's first black U.S. senator, she made a curious early decision. Within months of her swearing-in, she sponsored a bill urging states to eliminate cash bail, denouncing the system as a scourge on the poor...
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Members of the New York state Senate debate budget bills during session in Senate Chamber at the state Capitol Sunday, March, 31, 2019, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
March 31, 2019 - 11:24 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Democrat-controlled Legislature worked into the night Sunday to wrap up work on a new state budget that includes new tolls on motorists driving into the busiest parts of Manhattan and a statewide ban on plastic bags. The Senate and Assembly began voting on budget...
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Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke acknowledges the crowd as he arrives on stage with his family at his presidential campaign kickoff in El Paso, Texas, Saturday, March 30, 2019. With him are his wife, Amy, and their children, Ulysses, 12, left; Molly, 10, center, and son Henry, 8. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
March 31, 2019 - 1:37 am
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The latest on Beto O'Rourke official presidential campaign kickoff in Texas (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Beto O'Rourke has evoked a school shooting last year near Houston to call for banning assault weapons and points to that city's 2017 devastation during Hurricane Harvey to...
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Oranges and tomatoes are seen on display for sale alongside a roll of plastic bags at a supermarket in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Two New York lawmakers say Wednesday that they're optimistic that a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags could be included in the spending plan that's due Sunday. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
March 29, 2019 - 6:37 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and fellow Democrats who control the Legislature have reached a deal to make New York the third state with a ban on single-use plastic grocery bags as they worked to finalize budget agreements, officials said Friday. The ban would prohibit grocery stores from...
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Map shows legal status of marijuana consumption by state.;
March 26, 2019 - 4:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — To anyone who figured the path of legalizing recreational marijuana use ran along blue state-red state lines, a sudden setback for pot advocates in New Jersey may show the issue isn't so black-and-white. Leaders in solidly-blue New Jersey are vowing it will still join the 10 states...
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