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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Diana Calvert, River City Retail Marijuana Dispensary manager stocks the shelves with product in Merlin, Ore. Marijuana sales in Oregon along the Idaho state line are 420% the statewide average, according to a state report. Idaho residents are purchasing recreational marijuana in Oregon because it is illegal in Idaho, the report released Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis said. (Timothy Bullard/The Daily Courier via AP)

Report: Oregon marijuana sales 420% stronger near Idaho

Jan. 18, 2020 7:08 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Marijuana sales in Oregon along the Idaho state line are 420% the statewide average, according to a state report. Idaho residents are purchasing recreational marijuana in Oregon because it is illegal in Idaho, the report released Friday by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis said....

FILE - This April 6, 2018, file photo shows the leaves of a marijuana plant inside Ultra Health's cultivation greenhouse in Bernalillo, N.M. New Mexico would legalize recreational marijuana sales without exceptions for dissenting cities and counties under a rebooted proposal form legislators that emphasizes small business opportunities and ready access to pot for 80,000 current medical cannabis patients. Legalization for the first time enjoys the full throttled support of second-year Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who set up a volunteer commission last year to vet health and public safety concerns about recreational cannabis and on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, pitched the benefits of the pot economy to a gathering business leaders. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Cities can't opt out of legal pot under new state proposal

Jan. 18, 2020 10:53 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would legalize recreational marijuana sales without exceptions for dissenting cities and counties under a rebooted proposal from legislators that stresses small business opportunities and ready access to pot for 80,000 current medical cannabis patients. Legalization for the...

Watchdog group traces influence of New Mexico's lobbyists

Jan. 17, 2020 12:29 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A watchdog group on ethics in government is highlighting the influence of paid lobbyists on the legislative process in New Mexico and advocating for greater public disclosures on lobbying and a change in the culture of local Statehouse politics, according to a report published Friday....

Rhode Island governor releases proposed $10.2B state budget

Jan. 16, 2020 5:50 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor released a nearly $10.2 billion state budget plan Thursday that closes the deficit, invests more in education and proposes to legalize recreational marijuana despite opposition from legislative leaders. The Legislature will review the proposals and present...

Delaware legislative session includes many holdover issues

Jan. 16, 2020 12:34 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — While a new legislative session is under way in Delaware, many issues this year involve bills left hanging at the conclusion of last year's session. They include Democrats' gun control and marijuana legalization measures. Meanwhile, revenue projections have increased by more than $200...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2019 file photo New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her State of the State address during the opening of the New Mexico legislative session at the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. New Mexico Democrats pushed forward a progressive agenda as the booming oil industry made headlines in 2019 with record revenues for the state's coffers. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz,File)

New Mexico governor announces ambitious legislative agenda

Jan. 15, 2020 5:12 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced an ambitious legislative agenda that includes initiatives for tuition-free college, legalization of recreational cannabis and public safety reforms that respond to mass shootings and terrorism, in a news release Wednesday. The...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Jan. 15, 2020 2:02 PM EST

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Jan. 14 The Gadsden Times on developments with a long-awaited interstate extension project: With apologies to the Bard of Avon — and we’ll drop the part about the sweet fragrance — “What’s a road by any other name?” Local...

Nevada sees record level of tax revenue from marijuana sales

Jan. 14, 2020 8:54 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada marijuana tax revenue collection in October was the largest since legal recreational sales began in 2017, state officials said. The Nevada Department of Taxation took in $9.8 million, an increase of nearly $1.6 million from October 2018, The Las Vegas Sun reported Monday. The...

FILE - In this June 28, 2017 file photo, marijuana plants grow at the Desert Grown Farms cultivation facility in Las Vegas. Nevada collected a monthly record of nearly $9.8 million in marijuana taxes in October 2019. State Department of Taxation figures reported Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, by the Las Vegas Sun represented an increase of more than $1 million in recreational and medical cannabis tax revenues from September, and a jump of close to $1.6 million from October 2018. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada marijuana tax revenues hit new high mark in October

Jan. 14, 2020 3:47 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada collected a monthly record of nearly $9.8 million in marijuana taxes in October, state officials reported. State Department of Taxation figures reported Monday by the Las Vegas Sun represented an increase of more than $1 million in recreational and medical cannabis tax revenues from...

FILE - In this 1922 file photo spectators gather by the side of captured rum runner, Silver Spray, as they watch prohibition agents pour

Prohibition began 100 years ago, and its legacy remains

Jan. 14, 2020 11:43 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In this era of bottomless mimosas, craft beers and ever-present happy hours, it’s striking to recall that 100 years ago the United States imposed a nationwide ban on the production and sale of all types of alcohol. The Prohibition Era, which lasted from Jan. 17, 1920, until December...