Latest Marijuana legalization News

What's dead, what's likely to become law in South Dakota

Feb. 27, 2020 6:47 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers wore black attire on Thursday in a playful tradition of mourning the bills that didn't survive this year. Lawmakers have just nine days of meetings left this year to determine what will become law in South Dakota. The Legislature hit a deadline on Thursday to...

Indoor vaping ban wins first-round approval in Nebraska

Feb. 27, 2020 6:07 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Vaping inside restaurants, stores and other public buildings could soon be banned under a bill Nebraska lawmakers advanced Thursday. The measure moved through the first of three required votes, 31-2. Sen. Dan Quick, of Grand Island, said he introduced it to protect non-smokers from...

Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr., left, R-Olathe, speaks to reporters as Speaker Pro Tem Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, listens, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Lawmakers have finished the first half of their annual, 90-day session and have left their first big votes on the budget, cutting income taxes and legalizing medical marijuana until the second half. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas lawmakers leave pot, tax, budget issues to 2nd half

Feb. 27, 2020 5:35 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are leaving their first big votes on the state's next annual budget, cutting income taxes and the medical use of marijuana to the second half of their annual session. The Senate hit the Legislature's annual “turnaround” deadline Thursday with a debate on...

Vermont House advances marijuana tax and regulate bill

Feb. 26, 2020 7:50 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House on Wednesday advanced a bill to tax and regulate marijuana sales in the state, after the Senate passed legislation last spring. Current Vermont law that went into effect in 2018 allows for the possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, but it...

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waves during an event marking Army Day at the Zocalo, accompanied by first lady Beatriz Gutierrez Muller, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexico president ties shootout dead to drug consumption

Feb. 26, 2020 6:42 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador suggested Wednesday without offering evidence that most of those who die in Mexico's cartel- and gang-fueled firefights are high on drugs or intoxicated, prompting criticism and questions about whether the claim was accurate. Speaking to...

Plans for special cannabis crimes unit sparks outrage

Feb. 26, 2020 4:05 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine plans to create a new division of the state Drug Enforcement Agency tasked with regulatory compliance as well as monitoring illegal activity that competes with state-licensed growers, processors and retailers. Michael Sauschuck, commissioner of the Maine Department of Public...

Child care provider Pat Alexander helps children, Isaiah, left, and Hector, right, identify various types of dinosaurs at her child care center in Elk Grove, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing to consolidate the state's array of child care programs and to spend up to $10 million a year to create a new Department of Early Childhood Development. The plan has gotten some criticism from some child care providers who question the wisdom of spending millions to create a new bureaucracy. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California governor seeks overhaul of child care programs

Feb. 26, 2020 3:05 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to consolidate the state's confusing array of child care programs that are run by multiple state agencies to make getting the services easier for for low-income parents of young kids. But the first-term Democratic governor's proposal — which would...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Feb. 26, 2020 12:59 PM EST

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ Feb. 25 The Bowling Green Daily News on a medical marijuana bill facing the Senate: We believe that people who are suffering from terminal illnesses that cause immense pain should have options to help mitigate that pain. No one with a terminal illness should have to...

Bayer board chairman steps down amid weedkiller legal battle

Feb. 26, 2020 12:10 PM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bayer AG board chairman Werner Wenning is stepping down from his post at the drug and chemical company, which is facing a major legal battle over its Roundup weed killer. Wenning, who is 73, said he had planned to leave last year but was asked to stay due to “the company's...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg participates in a Democratic presidential primary debate at the Gaillard Center, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Charleston, S.C., co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: Buttigieg sick, cancels several Florida events

Feb. 25, 2020 11:46 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 Democratic primary contest (all times local): 11:45 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has cancelled four events in south Florida set for Wednesday because of illness. Buttigieg campaign spokesman Chris Meagher says the former mayor is sick...