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NFL committee to decide whether to tweak interference rule

May. 22, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — NFL owners gave the competition committee the go-ahead Wednesday to decide whether to refine the new rule allowing replay challenges involving pass interference. The proposed tweak would take the decision on whether to review in the final two minutes of each half out of the hands...

Former Senate Majority Leader Daschle joins cannabis board

May. 22, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has been named to an advisory board of a cannabis investment company. The Argus Leader reports the South Dakota Democrat joined New York-based Northern Swan Holdings Inc. The firm supports companies in the international cannabis industry in...

Plan to create special pot banks moves forward in California

May. 21, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Shut out of the traditional banking system by federal laws, the country's largest legal marijuana market in California could benefit if the state approves a measure creating a special class of banks to handle pot money. The state Senate voted 35-1 on Tuesday to pass a bill that...

Death penalty possible in Myanmar cannabis farm case

May. 21, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar on Tuesday formally charged an American man and two local co-workers with violating drug laws concerning marijuana, with potential penalties ranging from five years' imprisonment to death. The court in the central Mandalay region charged John Frederic Todoroki with...

A look at efforts to make legal pot foster social justice

May. 19, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Questions about marijuana and social justice have played a prominent role this year in several U.S. states' debates about pot legalization. But other states and cities where recreational or medical marijuana already is legal have also endeavored to make up for the consequences and racial...

Pot 'legalization 2.0': Social equity becomes a key question

May. 19, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New York and New...

Test of 'cannabis cafes' gets state OK, but obstacles remain

May. 17, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts marijuana regulators have approved of a plan to slowly roll out "cannabis cafes" where adults could use pot in a social setting. The 3-2 vote by the Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday calls for an initial test program in as many as a dozen communities where licenses would...

Senators in Brazil pass forced rehab for drug users

May. 16, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Senate approved a series of drug policy changes designed to toughen penalties for traffickers and require users to undergo rehabilitation at private or religious centers, acting ahead of a Supreme Court decision on the decriminalization of marijuana consumption and possession. The...

Owner of tiger found in abandoned Houston house charged

May. 16, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The ex-owner of a tiger rescued from a filthy cage in an abandoned house in Houston has been charged with animal cruelty. Houston police Wednesday arrested 24-year-old Brittany Garza on the misdemeanor count involving a non-livestock animal. She's free on $100 bond. An attorney for Garza,...

Democratic candidates call for more higher education funding

May. 15, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Ahead of next week's primary election, Democrats running for Kentucky governor promised during a debate Wednesday to push for increased state funding for higher education. During the hourlong televised debate — their second one this week — candidates called for...