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FILE - In this June 3, 2020, file photo, demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. It’s rare for public opinion on social issues to change sharply and swiftly. And yet in the wake of George Floyd’s death, polling shows dramatic movement in Americans’ opinions on police brutality and racial injustice.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Wide shift in opinion on police, race rare in US polling

Jul. 2, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's rare for public opinion on social issues to change sharply and swiftly. And yet in the wake of George Floyd's death, Americans' opinions about police brutality and racial injustice have moved dramatically. About half of American adults believe police violence against the public is a...

FILE - In this April 16, 2020, file photo, budtenders wearing protective masks prepare orders for customers to pick up at the Higher Path cannabis dispensary in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles. A Los Angeles City Council committee approved on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, a series of changes to reset the city's troubled legal marijuana market, including bolstering programs intended to help operators who suffered during the nation’s long-running war on drugs. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Los Angeles to reset troubled marijuana licensing program

Jul. 1, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a makeover of its widely criticized marijuana licensing program to enlist more operators who endured the consequences of the nation’s war on drugs. Approved unanimously and without debate, the changes are designed to provide an...

FILE - This Monday, May 20, 2019, file photo, shows a marijuana leaf on a plant at a cannabis grow in Gardena, Calif. Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in Arizona have turned in more than the necessary signatures to get on this year's ballot, overcoming a pandemic to get in front of voters in November. The organizers behind the Smart and Safe Arizona Act, which would legalize recreational marijuana use for those 21 and over, said they began gathering signatures last September. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Group says it has ample signatures to get pot on ballot

Jul. 1, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in Arizona said Wednesday they turned in 420,000 petition signatures — far more than needed to get the measure on the November ballot despite challenges posed by the coronavirus. Organizers of the Smart and Safe Arizona Act, which would...

FILE - In this April 16, 2020, file photo, budtenders wearing protective masks prepare orders for customers to pick up at the Higher Path cannabis dispensary in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles. A Los Angeles City Council committee approved on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, a series of changes to reset the city's troubled legal marijuana market, including bolstering programs intended to help operators who suffered during the nation’s long-running war on drugs. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

LA gives initial OK for reboot of marijuana marketplace

Jun. 24, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles moved Wednesday to reboot its once-promising legal marijuana market, giving initial approval to changes large and small to expand licensing and get more assistance to operators who endured the consequences of the nation’s war on drugs. Broad legal sales kicked off in...

FILE - In this April 16, 2020, file photo, budtenders wearing protective masks prepare orders for customers to pick up at the Higher Path cannabis dispensary in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles. A Los Angeles City Council committee approved on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, a series of changes to reset the city's troubled legal marijuana market, including bolstering programs intended to help operators who suffered during the nation’s long-running war on drugs. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Los Angeles looks to boost ailing legal marijuana market

Jun. 23, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles City Council committee Tuesday approved a series of changes to reset the city's troubled legal marijuana market, including bolstering programs intended to help operators who suffered during the nation’s long-running war on drugs. Los Angeles was once seen as a...

Ohio to U.S. Supreme Court: Keep signature rules in place

Jun. 22, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state of Ohio continued Monday to defend its right to impose normal signature requirements on ballot issue campaigns amid the global pandemic. Uncertainty over the question prompted a voting-rights campaign to suspend its ballot effort last week, but minimum wage and marijuana...

FILE - In this May 25, 2020, file photo, agents Amanda Toma and Ashley Brodeur work with customers outside in the parking lot of cannabis purveyor Berkshire Roots in Pittsfield, Mass. Laws legalizing recreational marijuana may lead to more traffic deaths, two new studies suggest, although questions remain about how they might influence driving habits. Previous research has had mixed results and the new studies, published Monday, June 22, 2020, in JAMA Internal Medicine, can’t prove that the traffic death increases they found were caused by marijuana use. (Gillian Jones/The Berkshire Eagle via AP, File)

Recreational pot laws may boost traffic deaths, studies say

Jun. 22, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

Laws legalizing recreational marijuana may lead to more traffic deaths, two new studies suggest, although questions remain about how they might influence driving habits. Previous research has had mixed results and the new studies, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, can’t prove that the traffic...

FILE - In this June 6, 2020, file photo, a protester lies down for 8 minutes and 46 seconds during a protest at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Utah lawmakers have taken a first step toward banning police officers from placing their knees on the necks of people being detained in the type of chokehold used by a Minnesota police officer in the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

The Latest: Oregon deputies accused of pinning child by neck

Jun. 18, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Lawsuit: Oregon boy, 12, pinned to ground by deputies with knee to his neck. — Denver officer won't be prosecuted in fatal shooting of black man. — Utah lawmakers vote to ban knee-to-neck chokeholds by police. — University of Florida ending “gator bait”...

KC mayor wants to stop penalizing marijuana possession

Jun. 18, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, is backing an ordinance that would strike possession of marijuana from the municipal code, a move that would eliminate even fines for those who possess marijuana. Mayor Quinton Lucas said in a news release Thursday that he would introduce the...

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks at a news conference on District of Columbia statehood on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Washington. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md. will hold a vote on D.C. statehood on July 26. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Washington DC faces House vote to become the 51st state

Jun. 16, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House have slated a vote next week to make the District of Columbia the 51st state, an issue that they say has become far more important in the aftermath of protests for racial justice in both Washington and across the nation. Next Friday’s vote, if...