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Maine towns vote on development of retail marijuana stores

Sep. 20, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (AP) — Maine towns are proposing ordinances to decide whether to ban or allow recreational marijuana stores because most of the state’s towns still do not permit retail weed sales. In the state, only 47 of Maine's 500 towns allow recreational...

Shooting death investigation uncovers illegal pot farm

Sep. 19, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The shooting death of man in rural Northern California has led to five arrests, including his father and two brothers who are accused of trying to hide the body to prevent investigators from discovering an illegal marijuana growing operation, authorities said. ...

State cannabis lobbying group forms even as drug's illegal

Sep. 19, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska remains one of only two states that haven't legalized cannabis use in some form, but the industry has already launched a lobbying group in the state to help influence the rules that will regulate the industry. John Cartier, president of the...

Mail-in ballots going out in campaign for NJ governor

Sep. 17, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The first ballots in this year's contest for governor must start to go out to voters by Saturday. The return of the ballots will kick off voting in the Nov. 2 race between Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican former Assembly member Jack...

Illegal marijuana farms take West's water in 'blatant theft'

Sep. 17, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

LA PINE, Ore. (AP) — Jack Dwyer pursued a dream of getting back to the land by moving in 1972 to an idyllic, tree-studded parcel in Oregon with a creek running through it. “We were going to grow our own food. We were going to live righteously. We were going to grow...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Sep. 15, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

New York Post. September 14, 2021. Editorial: There’s a reason Rikers is such a dangerous hellhole: De Blasio just doesn’t care Mayor Bill de Blasio all but admitted the obvious Tuesday: The Rikers jail complex is a dangerous, out-of-control,...

Police: Florida teen high, speeding in crash that killed 4

Sep. 15, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teenage driver was high on an illegal form of cannabis when he sped through a red light at more than 100 mph and caused a July crash that killed four people, authorities said. Christopher Garrett, 17, of West Palm Beach is...

Albuquerque lawmaker opts out of running for reelection

Sep. 14, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State Rep. Debbie Armstrong has decided against running for reelection, saying Tuesday that she wanted to focus on her family and other projects. The Albuquerque Democrat has served four terms in the House of Representatives and is the chair of...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Sep. 14, 2021 07:11 AM EDT

St. Louis Post-Dispatch. September 11, 2021. Editorial: Texas and Missouri schemes to monetize right-wing extremism must not stand The Justice Department’s lawsuit last week against the state of Texas over its extreme new anti-abortion-rights law...

Newspaper: Pot arrests fall dramatically in central Virginia

Sep. 12, 2021 19:01 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Arrests on marijuana-related charges have fallen dramatically this summer in and around Virginia’s capital since a new law legalized possession of small amounts of pot and residents keeping a few cannabis plants, according to a newspaper report. ...