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Hemp, drug laws set for legislative studies in South Dakota

Apr. 24, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers during next year's legislative session will revisit whether to legalize hemp and will consider the state's drug laws and access to mental health treatment. The Legislature's Executive Board on Tuesday finalized the topics for this summer's interim legislative...

Fairbanks officials allow use of marijuana at certain stores

Apr. 24, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The city of Fairbanks will allow people to recreationally use marijuana inside the authorized stores where they buy it. The City Council voted 4-2 Monday for the ordinance allowing on-site marijuana use in retail cannabis stores in the city, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported...

Assembly passes bills on bump stock ban, pot convictions

Apr. 24, 2019 12:56 AM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Bills to ban bump stocks and require safe firearm storage were among the dozens of measures Tuesday that cleared a key vote in the state Assembly ahead of a legislative deadline. Lawmakers in both chambers held a flurry of votes in lengthy floor sessions on Tuesday, a deadline day...

The Latest: Medical dying bill fails in Nevada Senate

Apr. 23, 2019 10:49 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on a legislative deadline at the Nevada Legislature (all times local): 7:30 p.m. A Nevada bill that would allow terminal patients to kill themselves with medication prescribed by a doctor has failed. The state Senate failed to take a vote on the measure ahead of a...

New Hampshire Senate hears plenty from opponents of pot bill

Apr. 23, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Opponents of a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in New Hampshire came out in force to a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, arguing it would result in more impaired drivers and lead users to try harder drugs in a state already struggling with an opioid crisis. The hearing follows...

AG reviews proposed minimum wage, medical pot initiatives

Apr. 23, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho attorney general's office has completed reviews of proposed minimum wage and medical marijuana initiatives intended for the state ballot in the November 2020 general election. The minimum wage initiative would increase Idaho's current $7.25 per hour to $8.75 on June 1, 2021;...

Pot proposal would put Mainers first in line for licenses

Apr. 23, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's proposed rules about recreational marijuana call for the people who grow, manufacture and sell pot and pot products to be homegrown. The state released its long-awaited draft rules about the marijuana program late Monday, and the proposal would limit licenses to residents of...

California bill encourages banks to work with pot businesses

Apr. 22, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California legislators considered a plan Monday intended to encourage more banks to do business with marijuana companies that have been frozen out of thousands of financial institutions. Most Americans live in states where marijuana is legally available in some form. But most financial...

Judge sets hearing on bid to stop new Nevada pot licenses

Apr. 22, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge said Monday she'll hear arguments next month on a bid by dozens of companies to freeze a second wave of licenses for the state's lucrative marijuana sales market. Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez told more than a dozen lawyers in Las Vegas she can't officially consolidate seven...

Judge: City must return marijuana ordinance on ballot

Apr. 21, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge is ordering a city in West Virginia to put an ordinance that would decriminalize marijuana back on the June 4 ballot. U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh decided on Friday that Salem city officials must return the "Sensible Marijuana Ordinance" on the ballot after...