Ukraine's local elections test leader and his young party

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians were voting Sunday in local elections that are considered a test for President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a former comedian who took office last year vowing to bring peace, u...

Cresco Labs CEO talks legal marijuana industry challenges

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demand for marijuana products in U.S. states where they are legal in some form has been resilient this year, despite the pandemic. In California and other states t...

New Zealand to vote on legalizing marijuana and euthanasia

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders are poised to decide on two landmark social issues during an election Saturday: whether to legalize recreational marijuana and whether to legalize euthanasi...

New Zealand PM votes a week before polls close in election

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has voted in the nation’s general election, a week before polls officially close. Ardern cast her vote in her...

A long road: Weed goes on sale years after approval in Maine

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Mainers are getting their first opportunity to legally buy marijuana for adult recreational use, but a supply shortage is a potential buzzkill. Retailers...

Rapinoe among athletes touting CBD's benefits for pain

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Long before she struck that iconic victory pose to become the face of women’s soccer, Megan Rapinoe endured her share of setbacks to play the game she loves: Notably, a series of...

Largest California wildfire threatens marijuana-growing area

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s largest wildfire is threatening a marijuana-growing enclave, and authorities said many of the locals have refused to evacuate and abandon their maturing crops ev...

Report finds 'abundant' supply of illicit drugs in EU

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Illicit drugs are increasingly available in the European Union, where there is now “an abundant supply,” the bloc’s drug monitoring agency said in a report published Tuesday. ...

Hong Kong’s first CBD cafe opens its doors to customers

HONG KONG (AP) — Cannabis may be illegal in Hong Kong, but a new cafe is offering a range of food and drinks that contain parts of the cannabis plant without breaking any local laws. ...

Bollywood's Rhea Chakraborty arrest: Media sensationalism, misogyny criticized

Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty was arrested this week on alleged drug offenses, after months of a media frenzy that followed the death of her boyfriend and fellow actor, Sushant Singh Rajput. C...

7 killed at large-scale California marijuana operation

AGUANGA, Calif. (AP) — An illegal marijuana growing operation where seven people were fatally shot in a small, rural Southern California town had the markings of organized crime, authorities said Tues...

Police busts marijuana growing operation in central Taiwan

Police last month busted a big illegal marijuana growing operation in Nantou County, seizing a total of 1,361 cannabis plants, the largest in Taiwan's recorded history, the Taichung City Police De...

Warsaw zoo testing effect of hemp oil on elephants' stress

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Scientists at Warsaw's zoo have been taking blood, saliva and other samples from the zoo's three elephants in recent days to prepare to test whether giving them hemp oil can redu...

Isiah Thomas' Olympic hopes were denied, not once but twice

Isiah Thomas loved to play road games, and the ones he could have been part of in 1980 might have been unlike any other in his career. The Olympics. Inside the Soviet Union. During t...

Germany: French man arrested in child abuse investigation

BERLIN (AP) — A French man has been arrested in connection with a child abuse investigation in Germany in which 11 people are now in custody, authorities said Thursday. The 62-year-o...