Latest Marijuana legalization News

Wyoming advocates hopeful about pot initiatives despite odds

Jun. 15, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Supporters of two new marijuana ballot petitions in Wyoming say they’re optimistic about getting pot questions before voters next year, especially with growing support from conservatives in the deep-red state. Even so, they face daunting odds because of the...

Louisiana to end jail time for small amounts of marijuana

Jun. 15, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — People in Louisiana caught with small amounts of recreational marijuana will soon face a misdemeanor fine and no possibility of jail time, under a bill that Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday he has signed into law. ...

Illinois APME announces winners in 2020 newspaper contest

Jun. 15, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Winners have been announced in the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors 2020 newspaper contest. The awards were announced on May 7 during a virtual event held by the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors during the annual convention of the Illinois...

Former lawmaker Rohrabacher confirms he was at Capitol riot

Jun. 15, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Former California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher confirmed he attended the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol after anonymous investigators online identified him in footage. Rohrabacher told the Portland Press Herald on Monday that he did not go into the...

Advocates see special session as 2nd chance for their issues

Jun. 14, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

Advocates for different causes are hoping to get a second chance at passing a bill or securing funding in the new state budget as the Connecticut General Assembly prepares to return to the Capitol for a short special session this week. The list runs the gamut from climate...

No Hokie Hokie high at Virginia Tech; marijuana still banned

Jun. 13, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Marijuana legalization is coming to Virginia, but universities in the state aren't following suit. Virginia Tech recently updated its student code of contact to make clear that marijuana is still banned on campus even after July 1, when Virginia's...

New law gets Nevada pot shops rolling toward smoking lounges

Jun. 13, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Roger Bloss sat parked in his vehicle near a smoking area outside a prominent Strip casino resort. Bloss, the CEO of MJ Holdings, a Las Vegas-based company that grows cannabis in Nevada, observed dozens of people inhaling and exhaling for about an hour....

NY lawmakers wrap up 2021 work, but could return

Jun. 11, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers wrapped up this year's legislative session this week, but legislative leaders said they may return. The state Assembly continued its work into the early morning hours of Friday, ending a legislative session marked by the...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jun. 11, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. June 3, 2021. Editorial: No excuse for legislative lag on marijuana Connecticut has had years to plan this. Why can’t the Legislature figure out how to finally legalize a marijuana marketplace for all adults? ...

2 women vie to make history as Virginia lieutenant governor

Jun. 11, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — It's been nearly three decades since Virginia's only woman to win a statewide race held political office. That drought will end in November when voters decide whether Democratic Del. Hala Ayala or former Republican legislator Winsome Sears will be...