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Ohio crime labs able to differentiate hemp from marijuana

May. 26, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An upgrade in equipment at Ohio's three state crime labs has allowed technicians to differentiate between industrial hemp and marijuana but is not likely to have much effect on how law enforcement agencies enforce drug laws. Upgraded testing began two weeks ago at state crime labs in...

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, a Pacific fisher takes off running after being released into a forest at Mount Rainier National Park, Wash. The Pacific fisher, a weasel-like carnivore native to Oregon's southern old growth forests, has been denied endangered species protection in the state, the latest twist in a legal back-and-forth that has continued for 20 years. In the decision issued last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declined to grant the fisher threatened status in southern Oregon and northern California, citing voluntary conservation measures as effective in protecting the woodland creatures. Today, biologists estimate anywhere from a few hundred to a couple thousand fishers live in Oregon, most near the California border. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

US: Weasel-like mammal endangered in southern Sierra Nevada

May. 20, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reversing course again in a 30-year-old battle over protection of a weasel-like mammal that eats porcupines, the U.S. government is declaring the Pacific fisher endangered in the southern Sierra Nevada but denying protection elsewhere in California and Oregon. The Fish and Wildlife...

Ohio ballot campaigns allowed more flexibility on signatures

May. 20, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Ohio must allow groups pursuing voting law changes, a minimum wage increase and marijuana decriminalization more time and flexibility to qualify for ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Court Judge Edmund Sargus Jr.'s ruling Tuesday...

FILE - This Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015, file photo shows Dr. Ron Stollings, a West Virginia state senator, as he stands in the gallery of the state Senate chambers, at the Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Stollings is participating in a Democratic debate in Bridgeport on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (AP Photo/John Raby)

West Virginia Democrats face off in debate for governor

May. 19, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ron Stollings doesn't think West Virginia is that into socialism or soccer fields. The Democratic candidate for governor took aim at primary opponents Stephen Smith and Ben Salango in the final minutes of a gubernatorial debate Tuesday night as he emphasized a long career of...

Real estate agent pleads guilty in marijuana farm scheme

May. 18, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A real estate agent who helped Chinese investors buy Southern California homes that were turned into illegal marijuana farms has pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge. Lin Li of Chino entered the plea Monday. Prosecutors say Li admitted in a plea agreement that between 2013 and...

Maine scuttles residency requirement for pot businesses

May. 13, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's state marijuana office is not going to enforce a residency requirement for business operators looking for recreational cannabis business licenses. The change is the result of a legal agreement between Wellness Connection of Maine and the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy, the...

Arizona court rejects online initiative signature gathering

May. 13, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request to allow online signature gathering for proposed ballot measures, leading sponsors to drop an effort to restrict Arizona's school-voucher program. Backers of four initiatives asked the the court to let them use an online signature...

In this June 20, 2018 photo, marijuana and a pipe used to smoke it are displayed on a mirror in New York. In a law that went into effect on Sunday, May 10, 2020, New York City has barred many employers from making job applicants get tested for marijuana use. Supporters of the testing ban said job-seekers were unfairly being judged on private behavior, rather than professional ability. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)

Help wanted, no pot test required: New NYC law takes effect

May. 12, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has barred many employers from making job applicants get tested for marijuana use, under a law that took effect over the weekend. It passed last year as the nation's biggest city took a novel step in the evolving regulation of workplace policies about pot. A few months later,...

Prison changes, lottery bills postponed as session cut short

May. 10, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

Alabama lawmakers began the 2020 legislative session with several big-ticket items before them, including a prison overhaul, a possible state lottery and medical marijuana legislation. Those issues fell by the wayside as the coronavirus outbreak interrupted the legislative session. House Speaker Mac McCutcheon...

Official: Montana nursing home virus outbreak appears over

May. 8, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A COVID-19 outbreak that started at a north-central Montana assisted living facility and caused six of the state's 16 deaths appears to be over, a state health official said Friday. Jim Murphy, the health department’s Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Bureau chief,...