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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2015 file photo, Jonathan Hunt, vice president of Monarch America, Inc., shows a marijuana plant while giving a tour of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe's marijuana growing facility, in Flandreau, S.D. Voters in four states could embrace broad legal marijuana sales on Election Day, setting the stage for a watershed year for the industry that could snowball into neighboring states as well as reshape policy on Capitol Hill. The Nov. 3, 2020, contests will take place in markedly different regions of the country, New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota and Montana and approval of the proposals would highlight how public acceptance of cannabis is cutting across geography, demographics and the nation's deep political divide. (Joe Ahlquist/The Argus Leader via AP, File)

Election could stoke US marijuana market, sway Congress

Oct. 25, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

Voters in four states from different regions of the country could embrace broad legal marijuana sales on Election Day, and a sweep would highlight how public acceptance of cannabis is cutting across geography, demographics and the nation’s deep political divide. The Nov. 3 contests in New Jersey, Arizona,...

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Pensacola International Airport, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Pensacola, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Latest: Trump calls 'Borat' star an unfunny 'creep'

Oct. 23, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 11 p.m. President Donald Trump says he thinks Sacha Baron Cohen, the comedian behind the “Borat” films, is “a creep.” Baron Cohen’s new movie, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” shows...

Court refuses to delay vote in Minnesota congressional race

Oct. 23, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

A federal appeals panel on Friday rejected a Minnesota Republican candidate's request to delay voting in his congressional race to February due to the death of a third-party candidate, handing a legal victory to the Democratic incumbent. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Tyler...

Large marijuana grow raided in Humboldt County

Oct. 23, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

GARBERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Humboldt County’s marijuana enforcement team shut down a large illegal grow and seized firearms this week, the Sheriff’s Office said. A warrant served Wednesday on three parcels east of Garberville led to eradication of 11,000 growing cannabis plants, destruction of...

Groups pushing pot legalization report cash advantage

Oct. 22, 2020 10:39 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The groups pushing for South Dakota voters to legalize marijuana have a large cash advantage over opponents of the proposal as the campaigns enter their final days. The Argus Leader reported that two of committees pushing for recreational and medical marijuana ballot measures have...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Oct. 21, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Pay attention: Pa. is poised to fall off a budget cliff The Philadelphia Inquirer Oct. 20 Pennsylvania is staring at a fiscal cliff. It’s easy but perilous to ignore state budget minutiae amid a contentious...

Buyers line up to purchase cannabis products at Theory Wellness on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in South Portland, Maine. Friday is the first day of legal marijuana sales for adult recreational use in the state. (AP Photo/David Sharp)

Lawsuit filed over Maine marijuana retail licenses

Oct. 21, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Two small Maine-based marijuana businesses are suing the agency that oversees recreational marijuana operations, arguing state licenses were illegally awarded to out-of-state owners. State law requires owners of marijuana operations to live in Maine and to have filed state income...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2018, file photo, an employee stocks cannabis at a store shortly before its first day of recreational marijuana sales in San Francisco. Two marijuana trade organizations filed a lawsuit Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, against the nation's largest legal pot market over restrictions on stand-alone delivery services that have blocked them from obtaining licenses until 2025. The lawsuit against Los Angeles and its Department of Cannabis Regulation seeks to overturn rules enacted earlier this year that postponed the availability of those licenses for certain businesses, even though broad legal sales began in the state in January 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Los Angeles faces lawsuit over marijuana delivery licenses

Oct. 19, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two marijuana trade organizations filed a lawsuit Monday against the nation’s largest legal pot market over restrictions on stand-alone delivery services that have blocked them from obtaining licenses until 2025. The lawsuit against Los Angeles and its Department of Cannabis...

This photo provided by Cresco Labs LLC shows Charlie Bachtell, CEO of Cresco Labs.  Demand for marijuana products in U.S. states where they are legal in some form has been resilient this year, despite the pandemic. Bachtell credits strong sales this year to growing marijuana demand and retailers having been deemed essential businesses during the pandemic.  (Cresco Labs LLC via AP)

Cresco Labs CEO talks legal marijuana industry challenges

Oct. 18, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

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 that account for most of the retail sales of marijuana for recreational use, sales are up 8.5% from a year ago, according to...

Nicole Flaherty, top, stands with her kids as her 7-year old daughter Madelyn places the ballot in the box in the Burlington County ballot box in Cinnaminson, N.J. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. While holding 1-year-old Colin, she opens the dropbox door as 5-year-old James, left, watches Madelyn push the ballots through the slot. (AP Photo/Christina Paciolla)

More than 1 million voted so far in NJ's mail-in election

Oct. 17, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — More than 1 million people have cast ballots already in New Jersey, or about 30% of the turnout in the 2016 presidential election, according to state elections officials. The turnout is a result of the state holding its first-ever mostly mail-in election, and election experts say it...