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Ohio marijuana legalization campaign adds more signatures

Jan. 13, 2022 20:36 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group seeking to legalize marijuana possession and cultivation in Ohio submitted nearly 30,000 additional signatures to state officials in an effort to put the issue in front of lawmakers this year. Earlier this month, it looked like the group might not get...

Thailand tightens entry requirements due to omicron spread

Jan. 07, 2022 04:59 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand announced Friday it is tightening some entry restrictions while expanding its “sandbox” quarantine program, and urged people to follow social distancing and mask rules to control the spread of COVID-19 fueled by the omicron variant. The government did...

Japan approves new restrictions for areas hard hit by COVID

Jan. 07, 2022 01:40 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan approved new restrictions on Friday to curb a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the three most affected southwestern regions of Okinawa, Yamaguchi and Hiroshima. “Given the sudden surge in infections, the medical system runs the risk of suffering a heavy...

Ohio pot legalization group falls short on signatures

Jan. 04, 2022 18:32 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group seeking to legalize marijuana possession and cultivation in Ohio has failed to gather enough valid signatures to put the issue in front of state lawmakers, Secretary of State Frank LaRose told the group in a letter Monday. The Coalition to Regulate...

Group submits petitions asking lawmakers to legalize pot

Dec. 22, 2021 10:24 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group has submitted petitions asking Ohio lawmakers to pass a bill allowing adults to legally use and grow marijuana plants. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol on Tuesday submitted more than 200,000 signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State....

Nitehawk Cinema puts its film-themed menus into new cookbook

Dec. 20, 2021 13:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — More than a decade ago, Matthew Viragh was a Texan with a dream. He wanted to serve moviegoers booze and prepared food as they sat in their seats. In Brooklyn. But he had a state Prohibition-era liquor ban to contend with first. Viragh, who left advertising for the...

Thousands protest coronavirus restrictions in Czech capital

Nov. 28, 2021 15:15 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Thousands rallied in the Czech capital of Prague on Sunday to protest the government’s restrictive measures to tackle a record surge of coronavirus infections. The protesters included members and supporters of a number of fringe political parties and...

Czechs declare state of emergency, impose new virus measures

Nov. 25, 2021 12:10 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government declared a 30-day state of emergency and imposed additional coronavirus restrictions Thursday in its effort to tackle a record surge of infections. The state of emergency comes into effect on Friday and is a powerful legal tool that...

GOP Rep. Mace's bill would federally decriminalize marijuana

Nov. 15, 2021 18:16 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina introduced legislation Monday to federally decriminalize marijuana, a measure she said would give states freer rein to pass their own laws and regulations without fear of federal reprisals. The measure,...

Voters say 'yes' to early closing time for South Beach bars

Nov. 03, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Last call could come three hours earlier in Miami Beach, where a majority of voters fed up with nighttime violence chose “Yes” to rolling back the 5 a.m. closing time for alcohol sales. The voter referendum was held Tuesday in response to...