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Cannabis, tax breaks, lead in water are on lame-duck agenda

Nov. 20, 2019 2:42 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s top lawmakers say they plan votes on getting a marijuana legalization referendum on the ballot, as well as bills to authorize expired business tax breaks and deal with lead in the water. Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, both...

Divided US House committee backs pot decriminalization

Nov. 20, 2019 1:49 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A divided House committee approved a proposal Wednesday to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, a vote that was alternately described as a watershed turning point in national cannabis policy or a hollow political gesture. The House Judiciary Committee approved the...

Oregon tribal hemp plan under review by federal officials

Nov. 19, 2019 11:32 PM EST

BEND, Oregon (AP) — The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs has submitted a plan to the federal government to administer hemp production on its lands. The Bulletin reported Tuesday that if the U.S. Department of Agriculture approves the plan, the hemp jobs could fill employment gaps caused by the closure...

Idaho governor OKs hemp transportation across state

Nov. 19, 2019 8:42 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Tuesday issued an executive order aligning Idaho law enforcement activities with federal law to allow the transport of hemp across the state, but one lawmaker says parts of the order appear to violate the U.S. Constitution. The Republican governor issued the...

DA likely to drop case clouded by marijuana-hemp confusion

Nov. 19, 2019 4:44 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors are planning to drop all charges in a New York City case that spotlighted how similarities between legal hemp plants and marijuana can cause confusion. The Brooklyn district attorney’s office said Tuesday that Ronen Levy’s felony marijuana possession case will...

NJ lawmakers planning cannabis question for 2020 ballot

Nov. 18, 2019 9:18 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey legislative leaders unveiled a proposed ballot question Monday that would ask voters whether the state should legalize recreational marijuana. If the proposal to amend the state constitution is approved in 2020, New Jersey would join the District of Columbia and 11 other...

Tucson man sentenced in crash that killed O’Connor’s sister

Nov. 18, 2019 8:38 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson man convicted of negligent homicide in a 2016 car crash that killed the younger sister of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison. Pima County prosecutors say Jarrad Barnes was credited with 719 days of time...

Illegal pot farms on public land create environmental hazard

Nov. 17, 2019 1:19 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two months after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land deep in the Northern California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site where trees were clear-cut, waterways were diverted, and the ground was littered...

Illegal pot farms on public land create environmental hazard

Nov. 17, 2019 1:11 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A month after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land deep in the Northern California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site where trees were clear-cut, waterways were diverted, and the ground was littered...

Illegal pot farms on public land create environmental hazard

Nov. 17, 2019 1:07 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A month after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land in the California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site. A group including Forest Service rangers, scientists and conservationists hiked into the...