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SEATTLE | As Canada legalizes pot, other countries likely to follow

SEATTLE — More than two dozen countries have relaxed their marijuana or other drug laws, and a number could consider legalizing in the not-too-distant future. The South American nation of Uruguay was first to legalize marijuana in 2013. Canada became the second on Wednesday and its size and global standing likely will encourage others to … Continue reading SEATTLE | As Canada legalizes pot, other countries likely to follow

MONTREAL | Jubilant customers light up as pot sales begin in Canada

MONTREAL — Jubilant customers stood in long lines for hours then lit up and celebrated on sidewalks Wednesday as Canada became the world’s largest legal marijuana marketplace. In Toronto, people smoked joints as soon as they rolled out of bed in a big “wake and bake” celebration. In Alberta, a government website that sells pot … Continue reading MONTREAL | Jubilant customers light up as pot sales begin in Canada

TORONTO | Canada now world’s largest legal marijuana marketplace

TORONTO— Canada is now the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland. And there was more good news for pot aficionados: Hours before a handful of retail outlets opened in the country’s easternmost province a federal official told The Associated Press that Canada will pardon all those … Continue reading TORONTO | Canada now world’s largest legal marijuana marketplace

TORONTO | Canada is ready to open the door wide to legal marijuana

TORONTO— Tom Clarke has been dealing marijuana illegally in Canada for 30 years. He wrote in his high school yearbook that his dream was to open a cafe in Amsterdam, the Dutch city where people have legally smoked weed in coffee shops since the 1970s. Turns out, Clarke didn’t have to go nearly so far … Continue reading TORONTO | Canada is ready to open the door wide to legal marijuana

OLYMPIA, Wash. | Washington state ends ‘racially biased’ death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington’s Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state’s death penalty Thursday as arbitrary and racially biased, making it the 20th state to do away with capital punishment. Execution was already extremely rare in Washington, with five prisoners put to death in recent decades and a governor-imposed moratorium blocking its use since 2014. But … Continue reading OLYMPIA, Wash. | Washington state ends ‘racially biased’ death penalty

DELTA, British Columbia | More than 100 pot shops set to open as Canada legalizes weed

DELTA, British Columbia — Mat Beren and his friends used to drive by the vast greenhouses of southern British Columbia and joke about how much weed they could grow there. Years later, it’s no joke. The tomato and pepper plants that once filled some of those greenhouses have been replaced with a new cash crop: … Continue reading DELTA, British Columbia | More than 100 pot shops set to open as Canada legalizes weed

DELTA, British Columbia | Canada set to become largest country with legal pot sales

DELTA, British Columbia  — Mat Beren and his friends used to drive by the vast greenhouses of southern British Columbia and joke about how much weed they could grow there. Years later, it’s no joke. The tomato and pepper plants that once filled some of those greenhouses have been replaced with a new cash crop: … Continue reading DELTA, British Columbia | Canada set to become largest country with legal pot sales

SAN DIEGO | Feds approve importation of pot drug for tremor study

SAN DIEGO — In a rare move, the U.S. government has approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial, highlighting a new avenue for American researchers who have long had trouble obtaining the drug for medical studies. The University of California San Diego’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research announced Tuesday the … Continue reading SAN DIEGO | Feds approve importation of pot drug for tremor study