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A guide to the May 17 primary election in Kentucky

May. 14, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Candidates in Kentucky's May 17 primary are hoping for the chance to earn their party’s nominations in federal, state and local races. U.S. SENATE In his pursuit of a third Senate term, Rand Paul has made a name for himself as a national...

Tax cut for California pot industry: Too little, too late?

May. 13, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's governor on Friday proposed a temporary tax cut for the state's struggling legal marijuana industry, but businesses said it falls far short of what’s needed to revive a foundering pot economy. Broad legal sales began in California in 2018, but the...

Agreement reached for Ohio vote on legal weed in 2023

May. 13, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group backing the legalization of marijuana for adult use in Ohio and Republican legislative leaders have reached a settlement calling for a possible statewide legalization vote next year. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol sued the...

2 lawmakers vie to replace Kentucky's only Dem in Congress

May. 13, 2022 12:29 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — When the only Democrat representing Kentucky in Congress announced his retirement last year, many expected a frenzy of contenders vying to replace him. Instead, voters in the state's most competitive Democratic congressional primary will choose Tuesday between only two...

Fate unsure: Cannabis legalization bill goes to Delaware gov

May. 12, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's state Senate on Thursday gave final approval to a bill legalizing possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults for recreational use. The legislation cleared the Democrat-led Senate on a 13-7 party line vote. Sen. Bruce Ennis of Smyrna, a...

Police: Cartels in Oregon are morphing their pot-growing ops

May. 12, 2022 18:42 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Foreign drug cartels that established illegal outdoor marijuana farms in Oregon last year are adapting as pressure on them begins to mount, law enforcement officials said Thursday. New challenges are emerging as a task force created by the Legislature met for the...

WA high court: Drivers can get DUIs for driving while high

May. 12, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court ruled Thursday people can be cited for driving under the influence for driving while high, a decision that upholds the state’s decade-old law regulating marijuana use behind the wheel of a car. The Seattle Times reports all...

Arizona awards highly sought social equity pot licenses

May. 11, 2022 13:59 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's public health agency has awarded more than two dozen social equity dispensary licenses under the state’s voter-approved law legalizing recreational marijuana. Don Herrington, Arizona Department of Health Services interim director, announced in a blog post...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

May. 11, 2022 12:51 PM EDT

Lancaster Lancaster Online/LNP. May 8, 2022. Editorial: Pennsylvania’s closed primaries diminish democracy and encourage extremism THE ISSUE When Lancaster County residents cast their ballots in the May 17 primary election, more than 57,000 registered...

Thailand providing free cannabis plants for home cultivation

May. 11, 2022 11:26 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s public health minister, who has spearheaded the country’s drive to decriminalize cannabis, says the government will distribute 1 million of the plants free when most legal restrictions on production and possession of the drug are lifted next month. ...