Recreational drug use

FILE - In this April 20, 2016, file photo, a man smokes a marijuana joint at a party celebrating weed in Seattle. Legalizing recreational marijuana for U.S. adults may have led to a slight decline in teen use. That’s according to research published Monday, July 8, 2019, in JAMA Pediatrics. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
July 08, 2019 - 9:02 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — New research suggests legalizing recreational marijuana for U.S. adults in some states may have slightly reduced teens' odds of using pot. One reason may be that it's harder and costlier for teens to buy marijuana from licensed dispensaries than from dealers, said lead author Mark...
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In this March 26, 2019 file photo, Email Ramos of High Mi Madre Co-Operative, urges legislators to pass recreational marijuana legislation during a news conference at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, June 3, 2019 that he no longer believes it is 'feasible' to legalize marijuana this year, saying he doesn't think there are sufficient votes in the Democrat-led state Senate. Top lawmakers insist they are still trying to negotiate a compromise that could allow a bill to pass before they adjourn on June 19. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, file)
June 03, 2019 - 4:48 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo does not believe legislation legalizing recreational marijuana in New York will pass before lawmakers adjourn for the year this month, he said Monday. Cuomo, a Democrat, supports legalization but said he doesn't think there are enough votes in the state Senate...
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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019, file photo, a bud tender shows a top cannabis strain at Serra, a dispensary in Portland, Ore. In an attempt to reduce the marijuana inventory in Oregon, the state is moving toward allowing the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to refuse to issue initial marijuana production licenses, based on supply and demand. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
May 30, 2019 - 5:59 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is awash in pot, glutted with so much legal weed that if growing were to stop today, it could take more than six years by one estimate to smoke or eat it all. Now, the state is looking to curb production. Five years after voters legalized recreational marijuana, lawmakers...
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In this April 8, 2019 photo, Bernie Barriere poses for a photo as he tends to two marijuana plants he legally grows in a basement in Bennington, Vt. "Home grow" laws vary from state to state, with Vermont allowing adults to grow up to two mature plants. Neighboring New York does not allow home grow. "You get to pick and choose your own ingredients," Barriere said after watering two plants glinting under grow lights. "You get to be in control. You get to craft some amazing flower." (AP Photo/ Michael Hill)
May 29, 2019 - 8:41 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers working to legalize recreational marijuana hit a snag that other states have wrestled with: whether to allow people to grow a few pot plants for personal use. The 10 states that have legalized recreational marijuana have different "home grow" rules, with...
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FILE - In this April 20, 2018, file photo, a customer shops for marijuana at the Exhale Nevada dispensary in Las Vegas. A Nevada judge is being asked to freeze the awarding of new dispensary licenses in the state's booming recreational marijuana sales market. Businesses that lost bids for new licenses last year are challenging the criteria and personnel the state used to award the potentially lucrative permits last year. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
May 24, 2019 - 8:55 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge shouldn't tip the scales as dozens of businesses that lost bids to open marijuana dispensaries push to freeze new licenses in Nevada's booming cannabis market, an attorney for the state argued Friday. Companies that didn't win the licenses are improperly asking Clark County...
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FILE - In this May 5, 2015 photo, marijuana plants grow at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, File)
May 19, 2019 - 10:32 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New York and...
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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019, file photo, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker answers questions during a news conference in the governor's office at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Pritzker says he has "no concerns at all" about a media report that federal authorities are investigating a property tax break he got by taking toilets out of a Chicago mansion he owns. The billionaire told reporters Wednesday, April 24, 2019 he's certain that any review would show "all the rules were followed" in the tax appeal. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, File)
May 04, 2019 - 3:38 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Saturday he's reached an agreement with key lawmakers on a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in the state starting next year. The legislation would allow adults 21 and older to legally buy cannabis for recreational use from licensed dispensaries...
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FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Oswaldo Barrientos picks dead leaves from marijuana plants at the grow facility where he works near downtown Denver. Immigration authorities on Friday, April 19, 2019 said that anyone with any involvement with marijuana, regardless of whether it's legal in the state they live in, can be denied from citizenship because the drug is still outlawed by federal law. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert, File)
April 19, 2019 - 3:43 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Immigration authorities on Friday said that anyone with any involvement with marijuana, regardless of whether it's legal in the state where they live, can be denied from citizenship because the drug is still illegal under federal law. The announcement comes weeks after officials in...
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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 - 1:52 pm
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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