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Kansas City strips marijuana possession from its city code

Jul. 10, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City will no longer punish people for marijuana possession, effectively decriminalizing it throughout much of the city. City council members voted 9-4 on Thursday to strip the crime from the city code, The Kansas City Star reported. The change does not legalize its...

Editorial Roundup:

Jul. 6, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. July 5, 2020. Nebraska must do better in reaching out to risk groups about COVID Fighting the coronavirus requires testing and medical treatment, but it also requires something else: information. Data, that is, about how the disease is affecting individual population subgroups. Armed with that...

Voters may see just 4 initiatives on November ballot

Jul. 3, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona voters are likely to see four voter initiatives on their November ballot, although all four must first survive a review of qualifying signatures turned into the Secretary of State's office this week and legal challenges that routinely are made. The four that turned in their...

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...

Nashville will no longer prosecute minor marijuana charges

Jul. 1, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville District Attorney General Glenn Funk announced on Wednesday that his office will no longer prosecute individuals for possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana. “Marijuana charges do little to promote public health, and even less to promote public safety,"...

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...

New gun laws, other Democratic priorities to go into effect

Jun. 30, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Marijuana will be decriminalized, local governments will have the ability to take down Confederate monuments, and Virginians will pay more in taxes for gasoline and cigarettes starting Wednesday. July 1 is the start date for most of the new laws passed earlier this year by the General...

Marijuana collectors expected to help with testing in Maine

Jun. 30, 2020 2:10 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine marijuana regulators have created new rules about sample collections that are expected to make the state's testing system less burdensome. Maine approved adult use marijuana in 2016 and has been in the process of crafting rules and regulations about sales since. The coronavirus...

Thousands of pot plants eradicated in Humboldt County

Jun. 25, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — More than 10,700 pot plants were eradicated in Humboldt County during an investigation of illegal cannabis cultivation in the Dinsmore area, authorities said Thursday. Search warrants were served Wednesday on two parcels that did not have the required county permit or state license...