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Louisiana lawmakers finish regular session without budget

Jun. 1, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Wrapping up a shortened regular session interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, Louisiana lawmakers Monday handed business groups the limits on car wreck lawsuits that they've sought for years while punting completion of next year's budget to another session. The House and Senate...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 file photo, marijuana plants are pictured at Baker Medical in Oklahoma City. Numbers from the Oklahoma Tax Commission show sales of medical marijuana in Oklahoma are continuing to smash records. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Oklahoma medical marijuana sales continue to smash records

Jun. 1, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Sales of medical marijuana in Oklahoma topped $73 million last month, the highest monthly total yet, the Oklahoma Tax Commission reported on Monday. The data shows May sales generated more than $11.6 million in tax revenue last month, including $6.5 million in state and local taxes...

This undated photo provided by the Israeli Antiquities Authority, an ancient altar is on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Israeli archaeologists said they've made a dope discovery, finding cannabis residue on artifacts from an ancient temple in southern Israel. They said it provides the first evidence of the use of hallucinogens in the Jewish religion. In a research paper, the authors said the discovery from an 8th century BC shrine offers the first proof for

Israeli scientists dig up cannabis traces in ancient temple

Jun. 1, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists say they’ve found cannabis residue on artifacts from an ancient temple in southern Israel — providing the first evidence of the use of hallucinogenics in the ancient Jewish religion. In a research paper, the authors say the discovery from an 8th-century...

Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, center, gestures as he speaks to colleagues on the House floor during a long day of bill debate, on Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana lawmakers near end of session, ready for another

May. 31, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers worked through a final stack of bills Sunday as they neared the end of a regular session upended by the coronavirus outbreak, agreeing to a broad expansion of the state's medical marijuana program and closing a budget gap created by the pandemic. A rapid...

FILE - In this March 15, 2019, file photo, state Sen. John Arthur Smith gestures while speaking to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in Santa Fe, N.M. The chairman of a key legislative committee says New Mexico's finances have been hit by a double-whammy of a pandemic and an oil-price crash. But state Sen. John Arthur Smith said Monday, April 6, 2020, the blow will be somewhat cushioned by decisions made during the last legislative session to build up reserves. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

Primary may shake up state Senate leadership in New Mexico

May. 29, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s primary election is testing the political fortitude of several influential Democratic legislators who have resisted progressive initiatives ranging from recreational marijuana legalization to shoring up abortion rights and greater spending from a state education...

Man charged in death of 17-year-old in Wichita

May. 28, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 17-year-old during a drug deal, police said. Malcolm Louis Ganther, 22, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and aggravated battery in the death of Marcus Sain. Police say Sain and another...

Sales associate Alex Guralnik, of Newton, Mass., right, hands a bag containing recreational cannabis product to a customer outside New England Treatment Access medical and recreational marijuana dispensary, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Brookline, Mass. Sales of recreational cannabis products to the public was allowed to open Monday, May 25 in Massachusetts after being closed for about two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Buzz kill: Pot shops reopen, but some fear another shutdown

May. 28, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Marijuana shops in many states have enjoyed brisk business during the coronavirus pandemic. In New England? Not so much. Recreational shops reopened this week in Massachusetts with strict regulations after being ordered shut down the past two months. Now, some worry that state officials could...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2019, file photo file photo, Marijuana plants growing under special grow lights, at GB Sciences Louisiana, in Baton Rouge, La. State lawmakers are poised to greatly expand Louisiana's medical marijuana to make more people eligible for the treatment, under a bill that continued Wednesday, May 20, 2020, to speed toward final passage. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Medical marijuana expansion nears final passage in Louisiana

May. 28, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are one step from removing most restrictions on which medical conditions are eligible for medical marijuana, allowing doctors to recommend the treatment for any patient they believe it would help. The Senate voted 28-6 Wednesday for the expansion proposal from...

Group stops collecting signatures for marijuana legalization

May. 27, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A group seeking a constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana in Arkansas has stopped collecting signatures due to the coronavirus pandemic but will refocus its efforts for 2022, a spokeswoman said. Arkansas True Grass wanted an amendment to legalize marijuana use...

Nev. elections office reviewing MedMen donation allegations

May. 27, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada secretary of state's office is reviewing allegations made by a former executive of the cannabis company MedMen Enterprises Inc. that the company’s co-founders made illegal campaign donations to Democratic Gov. Steve Sioslak. The allegations made by former MedMen Chief...