Weed vending machines pop up in Colorado

Coloradans who are concerned about the coronavirus pandemic can now purchase marijuana through a contactless weed vending machine at certain dispensaries.

Legal marijuana work could imperil citizenship bids

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 citizenship because the drug is still illegal under federal law.The announcement comes weeks after officials in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal, began warning residents that working for a dispensary or manufacturing operation could jeopardize their citizenship bids — even if those jobs are state-sanctioned.The updated guidance from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services states that people who use marijuana or are involved with it in any way fail to have "good moral character," a prerequisite for people who have legal permanent residence to gain American citizenship.About two-thirds of states allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and 10 allow recreational use.

2018 a banner year for legal marijuana industry

The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream.Liberal California became the largest legal U.S. marketplace, while conservative Utah and Oklahoma embraced medical marijuana.

Activists, state agency hand out free Lyft rides at Seattle pot shop

SEATTLE -- The state's traffic safety commission is partnering with cannabis activists in an effort to reduce impaired driving.Seattle Hempfest organizers and representatives from the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) were at well-known Seattle pot shop Uncle Ike's Tuesday handing out $20 Lyft vouchers.A safety commission spokesperson called the "unusual partnership" a first between traffic officials and pot activists.

Canadian marijuana company Tilray has first US pot IPO

A Canadian company is the first marijuana business to complete an initial public offering on a major U.S. stock exchange, raising $153 million to expand its operations as Canada prepares to legalize the drug nationwide.