Latest Marijuana legalization News

Burlington voters to decide whether to host cannabis shops

Jan. 21, 2021 12:53 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Burlington voters will be deciding on Town Meeting Day in March whether Vermont’s largest city should become host to shops that sell recreational marijuana. The City Council decided to put the measure before voters on Town Meeting Day, WCAX-TV reported. If approved, some of...

FILE - In this June 27, 2017, file photo, bundles of $20 bills are placed on a table as Jerred Kiloh, owner of the Higher Path medical marijuana dispensary, prepares a trip to Los Angeles City Hall to pay his monthly tax payment in cash in Los Angeles. The leading cannabis industry group in California announced Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, it had reached an agreement with a state credit union that will provide access to checking and other banking services for marijuana companies, ending what had been a longstanding obstacle for many businesses. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Deal offers more banking services for California pot firms

Jan. 19, 2021 7:26 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California cannabis industry group announced Tuesday that it reached an agreement with a state credit union that will provide checking, wire transfers and other banking services for more marijuana companies, helping ease what has been an obstacle for many businesses. Most Americans...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address virtually from The War Room at the state Capitol, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, Pool)

Gov. Cuomo threatens tax hikes without $15B in federal aid

Jan. 19, 2021 3:51 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Tuesday his state will raise taxes and reduce spending if Congress doesn't send $15 billion in unrestricted emergency COVID-19 aid. The Democrat presented two vastly different budget scenarios: one if Congress provides New York with $6 billion and...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Jan. 18, 2021 10:00 AM EST

Omaha World-Herald. Jan. 15, 2021. Editorial: Challenges are daunting, but Omaha area makes progress on mental health front Omaha-area residents suffering from a mental health crisis face heavy burdens. So, in many cases, do hospitals and law enforcement officers who struggle to find an available facility to help...

Illinois collects $62M in cannabis revenue for neighborhoods

Jan. 17, 2021 4:04 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois has collected $62 million from legalized marijuana sales that's earmarked for helping minority businesses and neighborhood development, but the money hasn't been spent yet, according to a published report. The reasons include problems with the state's system to hand out new...

FILE - Nate Diaz is seen at a news conference for the UFC 244 mixed martial arts event in New York, in this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, file photo. The UFC will no longer punish fighters for using marijuana in most cases, making a major change to its anti-doping policy. The world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion won’t allow fighters to compete while under the influence of cannabinoids, but the promotion recognizes that MMA fighters often use marijuana for pain management or relaxation. Diaz is among many fighters who already used marijuana actively when not in competition. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

UFC won't punish fighters for marijuana use in policy change

Jan. 14, 2021 4:50 PM EST

The UFC will no longer punish fighters for using marijuana in most cases, making a major change to its anti-doping policy. The world's largest mixed martial arts promotion confirmed Thursday that it will no longer worry about positive tests for carboxy-THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, unless it...

Members of the Senate, including Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, left, Sen. David Suetterlein, R-Roanoke, center and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, right, placed roses on the desk of the late Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Russell, on opening day of the General Assembly inside the Science Museum in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.  Chafin died on Jan. 1 due to complications related to the coronavirus. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Northam outlines priorities to lawmakers as session begins

Jan. 13, 2021 8:10 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam outlined his plans to legalize marijuana and announced his intention to give teachers a raise Wednesday during an annual address to state lawmakers. The governor gave his State of the Commonwealth speech on the first day of the 2021 legislative...

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2020, file photo provided by the New Mexico Office of the Governor, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs a $330 million economic relief package aimed at helping small businesses and out-of-work New Mexicans while at the State Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. From lockdowns in tribal communities to the economic and social fallout that has reverberated throughout New Mexico, the coronavirus pandemic dominated headlines in 2020. New Mexico had among the toughest public health restriction in the nation early on as Grisham called for the closure of gyms, salons and other businesses deemed nonessential. Public gatherings were banned, sports were cancelled, curbside became the norm, funerals were frowned upon and schools were forced to go virtual. (New Mexico Office of the Governor via AP, File)

New Mexico governor announces priorities for legislation

Jan. 13, 2021 4:27 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham enthusiastically backed recreational marijuana and a crackdown on predatory lending as she outlined her list of top priorities for 2021 legislative session on Wednesday. The endorsements include major initiatives that have been championed by the...

Annual Colorado pot sales surpass $2 billion for first time

Jan. 13, 2021 1:31 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Marijuana sales in Colorado in November pushed the industry's annual revenue over $2 billion for the first time since cannabis was legalized for recreational use by a 2012 ballot measure. Recreational and medical sales for marijuana accounted for about $175 million of revenue in November,...

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Spain: Snow adds to misery in Madrid slum area without power

Jan. 13, 2021 1:00 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — As record snowfall and sub-freezing temperatures enveloped much of normally temperate Spain, few residents suffered as severely as the thousands who live in La Cañada Real Galiana, a mega-shantytown outside Madrid that is ranked as one of the biggest slum areas in Europe. Much of La...