• In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 photo, marijuana plants with their buds covered in white crystals called trichomes, are nearly ready for harvest in the "Flower Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. Trichomes contain cannabinoids like THC and CBD. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    AP Exclusive: Legal marijuana stirs hope in Illinois town

    ALBION, Ill. (AP) — A skunky aroma fills the room in which hundreds of lush marijuana plants grow, some nearly ready for harvest. Grower Ashley Thompson, a former high school agriculture teacher in this rural part of southeastern Illinois, takes the scent of weed home with her.

  • Juliano Hamana, 24, samples the aroma of one of the offerings at Shango Premium Cannabis, in Portland , Ore., Thrusday, Oct. 1, 2015. Oregon marijuana stores have begun sales to recreational users, marking a big day for the budding pot industry in the state. Some of the more than 250 dispensaries in Oregon that already offer medical marijuana opened their doors early Thursday to begin selling the drug just moments after it became legal to do so.  (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez)

    Recreational pot users score bags of bud at Oregon shops

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Excited shoppers looking to score some of the first recreational marijuana sold legally in Oregon bought up baggies of bud early Thursday, taking advantage of door-buster prices and other deals.

  • Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, outlines his energy policy during a visit to Rice Energy, an oil and gas company based in Canonsburg, Pa., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Economists question Bush’s prescription for lower gas prices

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The link between ending a 40-year oil export ban and lower prices at the gas pump is not as direct as Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush would have voters believe in his new energy proposal, industry economists said Tuesday.