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Walz pitches public safety spending plan to reduce crime

Jan. 26, 2022 19:49 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday released the public safety portion of his supplemental budget featuring hundreds of millions of dollars for law enforcement agencies and community groups to reduce crime. The Democratic governor's public safety and health...

Marijuana legalization bill clears House panel in Delaware

Jan. 26, 2022 18:21 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Democrat-led House committee voted mostly along party lines Wednesday to release a bill legalizing recreational marijuana use by adults in Delaware. A lone Republican joined Democrats on the Health and Human Development committee in voting to release the bill,...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jan. 26, 2022 16:02 PM EST

The Advocate. January 25, 2022. Editorial: Senate candidate Gary Chambers gets blunt The movement to trim jail populations is one of the few areas where the right and left have found common cause. There are lots of reasons Louisiana is a leader in...

Thailand first in Asia to move to decriminalize marijuana

Jan. 25, 2022 19:21 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand on Tuesday became the first country in Asia to approve the de facto decriminalization of marijuana, though authorities have left a grey area around its recreational use. Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced that the Narcotics Control Board had...

Some legislators in New Mexico tire of amateur status

Jan. 24, 2022 18:17 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The nation's only unsalaried legislature is considering whether to abandon its amateur status that has endured for 110 years since New Mexico became a state. A Senate panel, including top ranked Democrats, endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment to...

Minnesota groups unite to oppose marijuana legalization

Jan. 24, 2022 17:42 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Several businesses, trade groups and social organizations announced the formation of a coalition on Monday opposing legalization of recreational marijuana in Minnesota as the measure's supporters signal another push for the issue ahead of the start of the legislative session...

Court strikes Michigan law to make petition drives harder

Jan. 24, 2022 16:56 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — An effort by Republicans to make it harder to change Michigan law through petition drives was declared unconstitutional Monday by the state Supreme Court. The court struck down a 15% geographic cap on the number of signatures to get an issue on the statewide ballot....

Effort to put recreational cannabis question on ballot fails

Jan. 24, 2022 13:41 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An effort to gather enough signatures to place a question about legalizing recreational marijuana on the ballot in North Dakota has fallen short. Organizers failed to turn in at least 31,164 valid signatures to the secretary of state by Saturday to put the...

County nixes plan to end marijuana testing of job applicants

Jan. 23, 2022 09:26 AM EST

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Commissioners in a suburban Atlanta county rejected an official's proposal to drop marijuana testing for some job applicants. DeKalb County Commissioner Ted Terry last week proposed ending the tests. But WAGA-TV reports the plan died in a...

Minnesota lawmakers face $7.7B surplus in 2022 session

Jan. 22, 2022 10:13 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature will enjoy a $7.7 billion surplus when it convenes Jan. 31, a strong financial position but one that is bound to set up clashes in this election year over whether to spend the money on plenty of needs or return it to taxpayers. The main...