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North Carolina Republicans return for session likely end

Oct. 20, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly could soon be done wrestling with legislation this year, but that doesn't mean they'll pin down a broad budget law or path forward on Medicaid expansion. Lawmakers return Monday following a roughly 10-day break. Senate leader Phil Berger said his...

Montana judge halts temporary flavored vaping ban

Oct. 19, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — A temporary ban on the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes due to take effect next week in Montana has been blocked for now by a judge. Ravalli County District Judge Jennifer Lint signed a temporary restraining order Friday that prohibits Gov. Steve Bullock and state health...

Some Indiana farmers uncertain hemp will become profitable

Oct. 19, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — Some Indiana farmers have started harvesting their first legal crop of hemp without knowing for certain whether it will prove to be lucrative. President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill in December , legalizing hemp. Since then, Indiana farmers have taken out permits to grow...

Matt Every suspended 3 months for drug of abuse

Oct. 18, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Matt Every was suspended for 12 weeks Friday for what the PGA Tour said was a violation of its conduct policy on drugs of abuse. Every said it was legal prescription for cannabis to treat mental health. "To be clear, I tested positive for cannabis, a drug I do not abuse and a...

Lawsuit seeks to block Montana ban on flavored e-cigarettes

Oct. 18, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — Three Montana vape shops and an industry group are suing to block a temporary ban on the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes from going into effect statewide next week. The lawsuit filed Thursday in state court in Ravalli County says the 120-day ban on e-cigarettes is an overly...

Trudeau could lose power in Canada's election Monday

Oct. 18, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Ian Bremmer remembers the first time he met Justin Trudeau, at the annual gathering of elites in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. Bremmer, a prominent foreign policy expert, said Canada's party at the world economic forum is usually "the sleepiest thing you could do." It is typically held at a...

Court issues temporary stay on flavored vaping ban in Oregon

Oct. 17, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Court of Appeals on Thursday put a halt to the state's ban on flavored vaping products two days after it took effect. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the temporary stay issued appears to apply only to tobacco-based vaping products, sold under the oversight of the Oregon...

Northeast officials team up to push pot, vaping regulations

Oct. 17, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The governors from several Northeastern states said Thursday they want to work together to regulate marijuana and vaping, including possible regional restrictions on flavored vaping products. Democratic governors from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania met in New York City...

Kukushkin charges draw review of California pot licenses

Oct. 17, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The arrest of a Ukrainian-born businessman on charges of conspiring to violate federal campaign finance laws has triggered a review of the California cannabis licenses he was granted. Bureau of Cannabis Control Chief Lori Ajax tells the Los Angeles Times the indictment of Andrey...

Pot legalization plan would subsidize patients, pay police

Oct. 16, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal unveiled Wednesday for legal marijuana sales throughout New Mexico would use taxes to subsidize medical pot purchases for low-income patients and set aside money for police and loans to cannabis startup companies. A panel appointed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a...