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Pot legalization advocates launch ballot initiative campaign

Oct. 12, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Advocates for legalizing recreational marijuana in South Dakota announced Tuesday they are trying for a second time to legalize cannabis possession and cultivation for adults through a ballot initiative. South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws...

Judge rejects state's residency rule for medical marijuana

Oct. 12, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has struck down Missouri’s requirement that a majority of the owners of companies that dispense, grow or manufacture marijuana must be state residents. U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey last week issued a permanent injunction...

Poland leader: Idea of 'Polexit' is 'fake news'

Oct. 11, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s prime minister denied that his government wants to take Poland out of the European Union, or do a “Polexit,” saying Monday it was completely untrue and a “harmful myth.” Mateusz Morawiecki was reacting to massive nationwide...

No. 2 House Republican refuses to say election wasn’t stolen

Oct. 10, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House's second-ranking Republican, Rep. Steve Scalise, repeatedly refused to say on Sunday that the 2020 election wasn’t stolen, standing by Donald Trump’s lie that Democrat Joe Biden won the White House because of mass voter fraud. More than...

'Polexit' fears spark large pro-EU protests across Poland

Oct. 10, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Large protests were held across Poland on Sunday to show support for the European Union after the nation’s constitutional court ruled this week that the Polish constitution overrides some EU laws. Critics of the right-wing nationalist government...

Florida felon voting activist Meade gets civil rights back

Oct. 09, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida activist who led a movement to allow most former felons to vote got more civil rights restored under a new state clemency program. Desmond Meade, head of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, announced in a Twitter video Saturday...

Ex-CIA official to become Vermont corrections commissioner

Oct. 09, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — A former Central Intelligence Agency official is going to become the next commissioner of the Vermont Department of Corrections, Gov. Phil Scott's office announced Friday. Nicholas Deml will succeed interim Corrections Commissioner Jim Baker who...

Hungary comes to Poland's defense over EU court ruling

Oct. 09, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban signed a government resolution Saturday welcoming a Polish constitutional court ruling that challenges the primacy of European Union law, and accusing EU institutions of overextending their powers. In the...

EU leaders fear Polish exit following court ruling

Oct. 08, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Senior officials from two founding members of the European Union expressed fears Friday that a Polish ruling challenging the supremacy of EU laws could trigger the country's exit from the 27-nation bloc. France’s Europe minister, Clement Beaune,...

Judge upholds Indiana emergency law challenged by governor

Oct. 07, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Thursday upheld the increased power Indiana legislators gave themselves to intervene during public health emergencies, siding with them in a lawsuit filed by Gov. Eric Holcomb. The Marion County judge ruled that the state constitution gave...