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Plan to create special pot banks moves forward in California

May. 21, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Shut out of the traditional banking system by federal laws, the country's largest legal marijuana market in California could benefit if the state approves a measure creating a special class of banks to handle pot money. The state Senate voted 35-1 on Tuesday to pass a bill that...

Death penalty possible in Myanmar cannabis farm case

May. 21, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar on Tuesday formally charged an American man and two local co-workers with violating drug laws concerning marijuana, with potential penalties ranging from five years' imprisonment to death. The court in the central Mandalay region charged John Frederic Todoroki with...

A look at efforts to make legal pot foster social justice

May. 19, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Questions about marijuana and social justice have played a prominent role this year in several U.S. states' debates about pot legalization. But other states and cities where recreational or medical marijuana already is legal have also endeavored to make up for the consequences and racial...

Pot 'legalization 2.0': Social equity becomes a key question

May. 19, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New York and New...

Former Tennessee top aide to stay on payroll until July

May. 17, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former top aide for Tennessee's embattled House speaker who resigned after admitting to once using cocaine in a legislative office and sending lewd text messages about women will continue to be paid by state taxpayers until July. House Speaker Glen Casada accepted Chief of Staff...

Test of 'cannabis cafes' gets state OK, but obstacles remain

May. 17, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts marijuana regulators have approved of a plan to slowly roll out "cannabis cafes" where adults could use pot in a social setting. The 3-2 vote by the Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday calls for an initial test program in as many as a dozen communities where licenses would...

Senators in Brazil pass forced rehab for drug users

May. 16, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Senate approved a series of drug policy changes designed to toughen penalties for traffickers and require users to undergo rehabilitation at private or religious centers, acting ahead of a Supreme Court decision on the decriminalization of marijuana consumption and possession. The...

New Jersey will ask voters to legalize recreational pot

May. 15, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A measure to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey fizzled out Wednesday when the state Senate president said he would instead look to voters next year and will pursue separate bills to expand medical cannabis and wipe clean some criminal records. Democrat Steve Sweeney vowed...

The Latest: Murphy says he's open to medical pot expansion

May. 15, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on New Jersey's plans to ask voters to decide next year on whether recreational marijuana should be legalized (all times local): 4:45 p.m. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says he's open to new legislation on medical marijuana expansion and criminal records expungement after...

Kentucky Democratic hopefuls hammer away at Bevin, not Trump

May. 10, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The three leading Democrats running for Kentucky governor agree their state badly needs a new chief executive, and they've hit the Republican incumbent with a barrage of attacks. But they dial back the criticism when it comes to his most prominent backer, President Donald Trump....