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New York medical pot sellers say full legalization might burn them

A five-year-old industry wants some protections before being overwhelmed by a multibillion-dollar gold rush.

Lawmakers file bills to legalize medical marijuana for military veterans

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill filed companion bills in the House and Senate to make it legal under federal law for military veterans to “use, possess, or transport medical marijuana” in accordance with state policies.

Juul and pot are hazardous to Altria’s bond health

The cigarette maker was probably right to take stakes in vaping and weed companies, but investors couldn’t ignore the risks.

California nurse pleads guilty in Texas drug smuggling case

A California man has pleaded guilty to accepting $5,000 in bribes to assist marijuana smugglers in a case linked to a former Border Patrol agent in South Texas.

Kamala Harris listened to Tupac while smoking marijuana, which she says brings ‘joy’

US Senator Kamala Harris has smoked marijuana. And yes, she did inhale.

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Tour members browse at a factory outlet selling bongs, rigs, pipes and other marijuana paraphernalia on the last stop of a cannabis tour organized by L.A.-based Green Tours, January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. - Los Angeles, in 2016, became the largest city in the world where cannabis is legal, many guides offer tourists the opportunity to immerse themselves in this industry. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Barneys adds bongs to its Beverly Hills store

Barneys wants in on cannabis.

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 27: A showgoer looks at a marijuana plant under a Blackdog LED grow light at the INDO EXPO cannabis trade show on January 27, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The show is a platform for business to business and features producers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers in the cannabis industry. (Photo by Rick T. Wilking/Getty Images)

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Study reveals little-known trick to make marijuana plants grow more bud for less

In a new study, researchers found that a simpler and more cost effective lighting setup can result in even greater harvests.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 23, 2017 Farmer shows hand-picked coffee beans on his family farm located in Forquilha do Rio, municipality of Dores do Rio Preto, Espirito Santo, Brazil, on November 23, 2017. - Sixty percent of the wild coffee species are mapswith extinction, according to a study on January 16, 2019 that also identified a rare type of highland coffee from Sierra Leone that has not been seen in the wild since 1954. (Photo by MAURO PIMENTEL / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Morgann JEZEQUELMAURO PIMENTEL/AFP/Getty Images

CBD craze is creating a trademark problem for a coffee brand in Maine

Suddenly cannabidiol is everywhere and that has a 25-year-old company pondering legal action against competitors.

Employees prune marijuana plants at a Fotmer SA, greenhouse in Nueva Helvecia, Uruguay, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Fotmer, currently employs 80 people and is investing $7 million in laboratories and 10 tons of crops that it hopes to ship primarily to Canada, which is struggling to overcome supply shortages in its cannabis market. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

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Here’s who will testify about marijuana on Capitol Hill next week

Members of Congress will convene next week for a hearing on banking services for the marijuana industry.

A cutting of marijuana to make a clone is prepared at a facility in Fotmer SA, an enterprise that produces cannabis for medical use, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. The first crop of prized flowers will be harvested for their cannabis oil in March. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

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World Health Organization recommends reclassifying marijuana under international treaties

Global health experts at the United Nations are recommending that marijuana and its key components be formally rescheduled under international drug treaties.

Boxes with marijuana cuttings ready to be planted are cared for at Fotmer SA, an enterprise that produces cannabis for medical use, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Workers at Fotmer change into special clothing, wash their hands with alcohol and wear gloves and surgical masks to avoid any contamination. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

Scientists are racing to make pot like booze so you can drink it

The challenge is to create marijuana beverages that hit at the same time as alcoholic ones.

A cutting of marijuana to make a clone is prepared at a facility in Fotmer SA, an enterprise that produces cannabis for medical use, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. The first crop of prized flowers will be harvested for their cannabis oil in March. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

Marijuana smoking may be linked with having higher sperm concentrations

Turns out marijuana could actually have significant benefits for the reproductive health of men.

A marijuana plant grows at Fotmer SA, an enterprise that produces cannabis for medical use, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. In December, Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez inaugurated a $12 million laboratory owned by Canada's International Cannabis Corporation, which aims to produce and export medicine from hemp, a variety of cannabis that contains CBDs but has no psychoactive effects. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

Chronic pain given as top reason for using medical marijuana

Chronic pain is the most common reason people give when they enroll in state-approved medical marijuana programs.

FILE - In this April 29, 2018, file photo, a drone operator helps to retrieve a drone after photographing over Hart Island in New York. Drone sightings reported by airline pilots over New Jersey renew questions about how to accommodate the popular devices into the nation’s airspace. The ability of drones to interfere with aviation is likely to get worse as the number of machines multiplies. Many store-bought drones come with technology to prevent owners from flying them near airports, but there are hacks, and home-built machines don’t necessarily include those protections. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Drone operator charged with trying to drop marijuana into prison

A man has been charged with trying to smuggle marijuana into a Georgia state prison using a large drone that wasn’t legally registered.

Marijuana plants are ready for harvest at AT-Calyx Peak Companies of Ohio, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Recapping the 2019 North American Cannabis Summit

Even among public health experts who harbor serious reservations about doing so, the legalization (or at least decriminalization) of marijuana at the federal level is increasingly seen as an inevitability.

How much is too much weed? New vaporizers take out the guesswork

Dosing emerges as an industry trend as companies try to lure inexperienced users into the market.

In this Jan. 23, 2019 photo Cannabis seedlings are cared for by a worker in a green house of the cannabis cultivating and processing plant of BOL Pharma – Revadim Industrial Center in Lod, Israel. According to a report published Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 by Ynet, the news site issued by the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, the Israeli government has permitted the export of medical marijuana and products made of cannabis. According to preliminary estimations the export of medical marijuana and medicines made of cannabis may result in a yearly income of four billion sheleks, cca. 955 million euros for Israel. (Bea Kallos/MTI via AP)

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The most interesting 2019 marijuana bills that you might have missed

More than 50 bills to legalize marijuana have already been introduced in state legislatures across the country for 2019 sessions. But less wide-ranging marijuana reform bills are cropping up by the day.

Marijuana plants grow in the Mother Room at AT-Calyx Peak Companies of Ohio, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Scientists used marijuana consumers’ urine to produce electricity

Marijuana might be more powerful than you think.

A marijuana plant grows in the Flower room at AT-Calyx Peak Companies of Ohio, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Baltimore prosecutor files petition to erase pot convictions

Baltimore’s top prosecutor has filed a rarely used legal petition intended to vacate 3,778 convictions for possession of marijuana.

Marijuana plants are ready for harvest at AT-Calyx Peak Companies of Ohio, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

NY Mental Health Association urges caution on legalized pot

The Mental Health Association of New York State is urging state officials to proceed cautiously as they consider proposals to legalize recreational marijuana.

EDS. RETRANSMISSION TO IMPROVE TONING *** FILE — Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore, at her office, July 14, 2017. Though marijuana is officially against the law in Maryland, Mosby will stop prosecuting marijuana possession cases within the city limits, regardless of quantity, and seek to vacate almost 5,000 convictions, she announced on Jan. 29, 2019. (Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times)

A growing chorus of big-city prosecutors say no to marijuana convictions

Many big-city prosecutors are moving away from marijuana cases, declaring them largely off-limits and in some cases going so far as to clear old warrants or convictions off the books.

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2018, file photo, House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., talks to media during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says he believes it would be an

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Congressional committee could take up marijuana reform ‘fairly soon,’ chairman says

US Representative Jerry Nadler can use his position as US House Judiciary Committee chair to help advance cannabis and drug reform legislation to votes.

Minnesota state Sen. Melisa Franzen, flanked by state Rep. Mike Freiberg, left, and state Sen. Scott Jensen, holds a news conference at the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, to announce legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

After marijuana’s legalization elsewhere, why not Minnesota?

Several Minnesota lawmakers launched an effort Monday to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, hoping to capitalize on recent successes the pro-cannabis movement has enjoyed elsewhere in the country.

FILE - This Jan. 1, 2018 photo shows marijuana on display at Harborside marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. A group of Democratic state lawmakers are proposing major tax cuts for the marijuana industry to jump-start's California's sluggish legal marketplace. The bill Assemblyman Rob Bonta of Oakland and others introduced Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 would for the next three years eliminate the state's $148 per pound cultivation tax and reduce the state's 15 percent excise tax on retail sales to 11 percent. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner, File)

Baltimore will no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases

The state’s attorney in Baltimore says her office will no longer prosecute any marijuana possession cases, regardless of the quantity of the drug or an individual’s prior criminal record.

Director of Global Production, Brian Furnish, inspects hemp plants that have been hung to dry at Ananda Hemp in Cynthiana, Ky., Thursday, Jan 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Kentucky company says its hemp plants have zero THC

A Kentucky company says it has developed hemp plants that don’t contain any THC, which is marijuana’s main psychoactive component.

A wedding dress with an embroidered marijuana leaf on the front is seen displayed at the High Vibe Bride booth during the Cannabis Wedding Expo in Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Calling all canna-couples: A Cannabis Wedding Expo is coming to Boston

Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something green?

In this Jan. 23, 2019 photo Cannabis seedlings are cared for by a worker in a green house of the cannabis cultivating and processing plant of BOL Pharma – Revadim Industrial Center in Lod, Israel. According to a report published Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 by Ynet, the news site issued by the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, the Israeli government has permitted the export of medical marijuana and products made of cannabis. According to preliminary estimations the export of medical marijuana and medicines made of cannabis may result in a yearly income of four billion sheleks, cca. 955 million euros for Israel. (Bea Kallos/MTI via AP)

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These 10 states are most likely to pass marijuana legalization bills in 2019

The number of states with legal marijuana is expected to jump significantly in 2019.

A booth advertising a delivery service for cannabis at the Four Twenty Games in Santa Monica, Calif. in March 2018.

Advertising weed is tough when the feds consider you a drug dealer

Facebook, Google, and the TV networks don’t accept cannabis ads, so marijuana sellers are opening stores, holding workshops, and promoting their wares on Howard Stern.

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2017 file photo closed signs are displayed on the front door to a marijuana dispensary along South Federal Boulevard in south Denver. The owners of the Denver marijuana business pleaded guilty Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 to drug and racketeering charges stemming from a yearlong grand jury investigation that prosecutors say uncovered more than two tons of marijuana entering the black market.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski,File)

Denver pot business owners plead guilty in unique charges vs. legal business

City officials said this is the first local prosecution of a legal pot enterprise in the United States.

01-20-19: Kansas City, MO: Joe Montana waves a Kansas City Chiefs scarf in the first quarter. The New England Patriots visited the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. (Jim Davis /Globe Staff)

Football great Joe Montana looking to score with marijuana

Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, looking to hit pay dirt in the legal marijuana industry, is part of a $75 million investment in a pot operator.

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams gives a statement on the use of e-cigarettes by teenagers in Washington,DC on December 18, 2018. - The US Surgeon General issued an advisory urging new local restrictions including taxes and indoor vaping bans to combat youth e-cigarette use, a pivotal development given the office's global stature on tobacco enforcement. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP)ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images

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US Surgeon General deletes tweet about medical marijuana and children

US Surgeon General Jerome Adams posted and then deleted a tweet on Wednesday that said “no children should ever use marijuana,” making way for a new tweet that recognized the therapeutic potential of cannabis for children.

By the end of the study, the HIV-positive men were 54 percent more likely than HIV-negative men to be diagnosed with an infectious pulmonary disease.

HIV-positive men more likely to develop lung disease from smoking marijuana

A study tracked 2,704 men between 1996 and 2014 to determine whether their long-term use of marijuana had an effect on pulmonary disease diagnoses.

Marine Corp. veteran Alex Griffith, right, of Cincinnati, Ohio, watches as his prescription is bagged on the first day of patient sales of Ohio's Medical Marijuana program at Cresco Labs CY+ dispensary in Wintersville, Ohio, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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New congressional bill requires VA to study medical marijuana for veterans

House lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday that would require the US Department of Veterans Affairs to conduct studies on the benefits of medical marijuana for military veterans.

Wynter Durant measures out an order for a medical marijuana patient trying to beat the lines at Theory Wellness before Friday's opening day for adult-use recreational marijuana in Great Barrington, Mass. on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (Stephanie Zollshan/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

Does marijuana use cause schizophrenia?

Nearly a century after the film “Reefer Madness” alarmed the nation, some policymakers and doctors are again becoming concerned about the dangers of marijuana, although the reefers are long gone.

FILE- In this June 3, 2018, file photo empty cans of Coors beer sit in beverage holders on the backs of box seats after the ninth inning of a baseball game in Denver. The makers of Budweiser, Coors and other large-scale brewers are placing their bets on cannabis as a way to fight saturated markets and shifting consumer trends. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Beer makers, thirsty for growth, push into cannabis market

The makers of Budweiser, Coors, and other large-scale brewers are placing their bets on cannabis as a way to fight saturated markets and shifting consumer trends.

Joan Caleodis, of Martin's Ferry, Ohio, celebrates being one of the first patient sale of Ohio's Medical Marijuana program at Cresco Labs CY+ dispensary in Wintersville, Ohio, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

First medical marijuana sold in Ohio as dispensaries open

Ohio law allows physicians to issue recommendations to patients with one of the state’s 21 qualifying medical conditions.

Attorney General nominee William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Trump Attorney General nominee won’t go after legal marijuana businesses and urges Congress to act

“I think the current situation is untenable and really has to be addressed. It’s almost like a backdoor nullification of federal law,” attorney general nominee William Barr said at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

Mary Starsja, left, makes her first purchase from Megan Wendling-Kane on opening day for recreational marijuana sales at Temescal Wellness, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Pittsfield, Mass. (Stephanie Zollshan/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

The reasonable way to view marijuana’s risks

Anecdotes about the harmful risks of marijuana can make compelling cases, but they do not necessarily lead to thoughtful outcomes.

Representative Earl Blumenauer, Democrat of Oregon, cochairs the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

A bill has been filed to decriminalize and regulate marijuana — and it’s called H.R. 420

A bill that would federally decriminalize marijuana and create a system for regulating marijuana products has been filed in Congress with a rather fitting moniker.

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2013 file photo, Republican Dan Seum speaks to the Kentucky Senate to nominate Robert Stivers as President of the Kentucky State Senate in Frankfort, Ky. Seum was one of a bipartisan group of Kentucky lawmakers on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 who introduced a bill that would make marijuana legal in Kentucky for medical purposes only. The proposal comes weeks after the U.S. Congress, led by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, legalized hemp, a crop that comes from the same plant that produces marijuana. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Kentucky state Senator who had cancer, smoked pot, backs medical marijuana

Kentucky Republican state senator Dan Seum was given a bottle of Oxycontin when he was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago. He “threw it in the garbage can and went home and smoked a joint.”

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2018 file photo a grower at Loving Kindness Farms attends to a crop of young marijuana plants in Gardena, Calif. Gavin Newsom's new budget is a figure that says a lot about California's shaky legal marijuana market: the state is expecting a lot less cash coming in from cannabis taxes. The Democrat's proposed spending plan projects the state will bank $355 million in marijuana excise taxes by the end of June, roughly half of what was once expected after broad legal sales kicked off last year. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file)

Where there’s smoke, there’s business

Set against a backdrop in which marijuana legalization slowly works its way across the United States, cannabis culture is being reframed thanks, in part, to independently run magazines.

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2015, file photo, jars of marijuana buds sit on the counter at the Denver Kush Club in north Denver. A simplified program will make it easier for thousands of people to seek the elimination of low-level marijuana convictions that occurred in Denver before recreational use became legal in Colorado, officials said Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Denver unveils new system for clearing marijuana convictions

Denver became the latest city in the nation to take steps to eliminate low-level marijuana convictions in places where the drug is now legal.

FILE - In this April 21, 2018, file photo a bud tender displays a jar of cannabis at the High Times 420 SoCal Cannabis Cup in San Bernardino, Calif. Three California agencies released proposed regulations Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, for the state's marijuana industry including deliveries that will become permanent next month after state lawyers finish their review of them. Law enforcement groups and cities with marijuana bans unsuccessfully fought against it. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

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New congressional cannabis caucus takes shape

Representative Barbara Lee, one of the new co-chairs of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, is the first woman and first person of color to co-chair the group.

Kevin McBride inspects plants at his small cannabis-growing operation near Crawford Bay, in British Columbia, Canada, on Nov. 7, soon after the country legalized recreational pot. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Ben Nelms

US firm building a ‘cannabis superhighway’ plans to list in Canada

MJIC said its superhighway will create the infrastructure to legally transport, distribute, and sell marijuana amid a thicket of regulations that hamper the industry supply chain.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 17, 2018, a marijuana plant is pictured in Vancouver, Canada. - Canadian cannabis producer Aphria on Friday, December 28, 2018 rejected a proposed Can$2.8 billion ($2.1 billion US) takeover bid by US-based Xanthic Biopharma, calling it hostile and under-valued. Green Growth Brands, a division of Xanthic Biopharma, presented a conditional offer of Can$11 per share on December 27, 2018 after markets closed. (Photo by Don MacKinnon / AFP)DON MACKINNON/AFP/Getty Images

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The new Congress just started and there’s already a bipartisan marijuana bill

The 116th Congress just went into session this week, and a bipartisan marijuana reform bill has already been introduced in the House.

FILE - This May 24, 2018 file photo shows a marijuana plant at a commercial grow in Springfield, Ore. For the second year in a row, Oregon cannabis producers have harvested more than a million pounds of fresh marijuana. The Bulletin reports Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, that the huge harvest is again driving down prices for consumers and putting pressure on growers who aren't getting the price they hoped for. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

So you want to grow your own marijuana? Here’s what to know

If you want to grow good marijuana, you’ll have to work for it.