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Legislation to legalize hemp in Idaho introduced in Senate

Jan. 21, 2020 6:07 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Growing hemp would be legal in Idaho under proposed legislation introduced Tuesday. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted to clear the way for a hearing on the bill brought forward by Republican Rep. Dorothy Moon. The legislation aims to align state law with federal law...

Visitors trickle into the New Mexico state Capitol building in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, as lawmakers prepare for a 30 legislative session. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she'll consider red-flag gun legislation, proposals to legalize recreational marijuana and new incentives for localized renewable energy installations electric car purchases. Spending increases are proposed for K-12 education, early childhood programs, tuition-free college and more amid a budget surplus. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico governor seeks money for early childhood programs

Jan. 21, 2020 4:22 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham urged legislators to legalize recreational marijuana, underwrite tuition-free college for local residents and boost spending on early childhood education amid efforts to improve economic opportunity in a state with the highest rate of poverty in...

Clerks prepare the state Senate chamber in New Mexico for the arrival of legislators in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she'll consider red-flag gun legislation, proposals to legalize recreational marijuana and new incentives for localized renewable energy installations. Spending increases are being sought for K-12 education, early childhood programs, tuition-free college and more amid a state budget surplus.(AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico governor seeks new investments in education

Jan. 21, 2020 3:59 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday urged legislators at the outset of the state's annual legislative session to rally around new financial commitments to public education that range from an expansion of preschool slots to free college tuition for local residents. Lujan...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, in Albany, N.Y.  Cuomo faces a Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 deadline to release a budget proposal expected to address a looming $6 billion deficit fueled by soaring Medicaid costs. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Cuomo budget proposal calls for Medicaid savings, pot sales

Jan. 21, 2020 3:48 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $178 billion state budget proposal Tuesday that includes a plan to create a team tasked with reining in spending on Medicaid. The Medicaid Redesign Team will be asked to find ways to trim $2.5 billion in spending from the program, Cuomo said....

Siena poll: Declining support for New York's bail changes

Jan. 21, 2020 1:10 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new Siena College poll released Tuesday found declining support for recent changes to New York's bail law. The new law, which eliminates cash bail for the wide majority of misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies, has come under intense scrutiny as courts have released people who would...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Diana Calvert, River City Retail Marijuana Dispensary manager stocks the shelves with product in Merlin, Ore. Marijuana sales in Oregon along the Idaho state line are 420% the statewide average, according to a state report. Idaho residents are purchasing recreational marijuana in Oregon because it is illegal in Idaho, the report released Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis said. (Timothy Bullard/The Daily Courier via AP)

Report: Oregon marijuana sales 420% stronger near Idaho

Jan. 18, 2020 7:08 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Marijuana sales in Oregon along the Idaho state line are 420% the statewide average, according to a state report. Idaho residents are purchasing recreational marijuana in Oregon because it is illegal in Idaho, the report released Friday by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis said....

FILE - This April 6, 2018, file photo shows the leaves of a marijuana plant inside Ultra Health's cultivation greenhouse in Bernalillo, N.M. New Mexico would legalize recreational marijuana sales without exceptions for dissenting cities and counties under a rebooted proposal form legislators that emphasizes small business opportunities and ready access to pot for 80,000 current medical cannabis patients. Legalization for the first time enjoys the full throttled support of second-year Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who set up a volunteer commission last year to vet health and public safety concerns about recreational cannabis and on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, pitched the benefits of the pot economy to a gathering business leaders. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Cities can't opt out of legal pot under new state proposal

Jan. 18, 2020 10:53 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would legalize recreational marijuana sales without exceptions for dissenting cities and counties under a rebooted proposal from legislators that stresses small business opportunities and ready access to pot for 80,000 current medical cannabis patients. Legalization for the...

Thief steals $145K in cash from marijuana money courier

Jan. 17, 2020 7:01 PM EST

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man stole $145,000 in cash from a marijuana money courier's unmarked van at a Southern California gas station after the driver collected the proceeds from several dispensaries, authorities said Friday. Because the U.S. government still outlaws marijuana, even in legal states...

In this Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 poto, a billboard advertising medical marijuana is pictured along the Broadway Extension near Wilshire in Oklahoma City, Okla. (Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman via AP)

Oklahoma's GOP lawmakers want more medical pot regulations

Jan. 17, 2020 2:36 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some GOP lawmakers are taking steps to ban billboards that advertise medical marijuana, further limit where dispensaries can be located and make Oklahoma's medical pot program more transparent. Those lawmakers filed bills ahead of the Feb. 3 start of the legislative session, The...

Farmers one step closer to hemp planting after rule approval

Jan. 17, 2020 8:17 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio farmers are one step closer to planting hemp as soon as this spring following a vote Thursday by a legislative rule-making committee. The rules approved by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review were required by last year's Ohio legislative hemp legalization bill, and should...