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Illinois governor plans to sign recreational marijuana bill

Jun. 25, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to make Illinois the nation's 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana use. The Democrat has scheduled a bill-signing ceremony Tuesday morning in Chicago. His staff listed the event on his schedule released late Monday night. The law would allow...

GOP lawmakers create hurdles for citizen ballot initiatives

Jun. 22, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas voters have been active in recent years, passing ballot initiatives that legalized medical marijuana, raised the minimum wage and expanded casino gambling. That hasn't gone over well with Republicans. Arkansas' GOP-dominated Legislature has taken steps this year that will...

California to illegal pot shops: We're coming for you

Jun. 21, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is planning to intensify its enforcement against the state's thriving illegal marijuana market, including launching an ad campaign Friday that urges consumers to seek out licensed shops with safe products. The state has been under pressure by the legal industry to do more to...

Governor to sign bill creating legal framework for pot sales

Jun. 21, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor plans to sign a bill in coming days to set up a legal framework for recreational marijuana sales, a spokesman for Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said Friday. The state's voters chose to legalize both the use and sale of recreational marijuana among adults in November...

New York lawmakers OK pot decriminalization

Jun. 21, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in New York state have voted to eliminate criminal penalties for public possession and use of marijuana after efforts to legalize pot stalled. The measure would reduce low-level criminal charges for unlawful possession of marijuana to a violation, which comes with a fine...

Gee whiz: Testing of sewage confirms rise in marijuana use

Jun. 20, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The proof is in the pee. A federally funded study has confirmed, not surprisingly, that marijuana use went up in Washington state after its first legal pot stores opened in 2014. In fact, consumption appeared to double, at least in one major city, over three years — a conclusion...

House would block Feds from interfering with state pot laws

Jun. 20, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House has voted to block the Justice Department from interfering with states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. The bipartisan 267-165 vote represents a breakthrough for advocates of legalizing pot, who have unsuccessfully pressed the idea in the...

Lawmakers OK emission cuts, farmworker rights

Jun. 19, 2019 10:04 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would adopt the nation's most aggressive carbon emission reduction goals and give new rights to farmworkers under proposals moving through the state Legislature Wednesday. With the session scheduled to end Wednesday, lawmakers planned to work through the night to wrap up work...

Push to legalize recreational pot fails in New York

Jun. 19, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A push to legalize recreational marijuana in New York has failed after state leaders did not reach a consensus on several key details in the final days of the legislative session. Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat and the lead sponsor of the main legalization bill in her chamber,...

Editorials from around Oregon

Jun. 19, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Register-Guard, June 17, on the new law for handling public records requests: Oregon has taken a small step toward enhancing public access to government records. School districts, local governments and state agencies now face a potential $200 penalty if they...