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FILE - In this March 15, 2019, file photo, state Sen. John Arthur Smith gestures while speaking to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in Santa Fe, N.M. The chairman of a key legislative committee says New Mexico's finances have been hit by a double-whammy of a pandemic and an oil-price crash. But state Sen. John Arthur Smith said Monday, April 6, 2020, the blow will be somewhat cushioned by decisions made during the last legislative session to build up reserves. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

New Mexico Senate leaders look to hang on in primary

Jun. 2, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Several longtime Democratic legislators who have resisted initiatives ranging from spending increases to the legalization of recreational marijuana are facing challenges Tuesday as liberal advocacy groups try to push the party toward a more progressive agenda. Senate President Mary...

FILE - In this March 15, 2019, file photo, state Sen. John Arthur Smith gestures while speaking to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in Santa Fe, N.M. The chairman of a key legislative committee says New Mexico's finances have been hit by a double-whammy of a pandemic and an oil-price crash. But state Sen. John Arthur Smith said Monday, April 6, 2020, the blow will be somewhat cushioned by decisions made during the last legislative session to build up reserves. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

Primary may shake up state Senate leadership in New Mexico

May. 29, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s primary election is testing the political fortitude of several influential Democratic legislators who have resisted progressive initiatives ranging from recreational marijuana legalization to shoring up abortion rights and greater spending from a state education...

Sales associate Alex Guralnik, of Newton, Mass., right, hands a bag containing recreational cannabis product to a customer outside New England Treatment Access medical and recreational marijuana dispensary, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Brookline, Mass. Sales of recreational cannabis products to the public was allowed to open Monday, May 25 in Massachusetts after being closed for about two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Buzz kill: Pot shops reopen, but some fear another shutdown

May. 28, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Marijuana shops in many states have enjoyed brisk business during the coronavirus pandemic. In New England? Not so much. Recreational shops reopened this week in Massachusetts with strict regulations after being ordered shut down the past two months. Now, some worry that state officials could...

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...