Latest Marijuana legalization News

Colorado guv pardons some pre-legalization pot convictions

Oct. 1, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday issued pardons to people convicted in state courts of possessing one ounce or less of marijuana through 2012, when voters approved pot legalization in Colorado. The pardons, issued by executive order, do not apply to convictions in municipal courts or in other...

FILE - Delegate Cheryl Glenn, a Baltimore Democrat, calls for a special session to approve additional licenses to grow medical marijuana during a news conference April 12, 2017, in Baltimore. The former Maryland state lawmaker has been sentenced to two years in prison for taking bribes for legislative favors. U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake on Wednesday, July29, 2020, ordered former Del. Glenn to pay $18,750 in restitution. Glenn represented parts of Baltimore as a state delegate. The 69-year-old Democrat resigned in December and pleaded guilty in January to a bribery-related charge and honest services wire fraud. Glenn admitted that she accepted five bribe payments totaling $33,750 over an 11-month period in 2018 and 2019. Glenn told Judge Blake that she hopes other public officials can learn from her mistakes. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)

Ex-Maryland lawmaker reports to prison for bribery sentence

Sep. 30, 2020 7:38 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Maryland lawmaker convicted of taking bribes for legislative favors has reported to a federal prison in Connecticut to serve her 2-year sentence. Former Del. Cheryl Glenn, 69, was incarcerated this month at the low-security Danbury, Connecticut, prison best known as the setting...

Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., speaks during news conference unveiling of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Minnesota congresswoman sues to decide race in November

Sep. 29, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Angie Craig is seeking a court order requiring that the November election in her congressional race be held as scheduled instead of being delayed until February under a Minnesota law that was triggered when a third-party candidate died. Craig, who is seeking a second...

Hemp plants are visible inside several structures on Sept. 16, 2020, in Shiprock, N.M., on Navajo Nation land.  The Navajo Nation is not letting go of a fight against what it says are illegal hemp farms cultivated through immigrant labor.  (Noel Lyn Smith/The Daily Times via AP)

Navajo officials set on shutting down New Mexico hemp farms

Sep. 26, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Navajo Nation is not letting go of a fight against what it says are illegal hemp farms cultivated through immigrant labor. A member of the tribe and head of the operation, Dineh Benally says his business partnership with a Las Vegas dispensary has provided dozens of jobs on the vast...

Cal Fire air tankers help stop the spread of a brush fire in Larkfield Calif, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

California braces for power shutoffs and warm, windy weekend

Sep. 25, 2020 8:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters and officials at California's largest utility company braced for hot, dry and windy weather in northern and central areas of the state this weekend that may fan the flames of several major wildfires or ignite new ones. Pacific Gas & Electric warned Friday it may cut...

Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., speaks during news conference unveiling of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

US Rep. Craig asks supporters to vote despite snag in race

Sep. 25, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota congresswoman whose race has been roiled by the death of a third-party candidate urged supporters Friday to vote for her and the rest of the Democratic ticket on the November ballot, even though votes in her race won't count under current circumstances. In a statement,...

Lawyer: Client in Giuliani case hasn't paid legal fees

Sep. 25, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyer representing a man accused of conspiring with associates of Rudy Giuliani to make illegal campaign contributions has asked a judge to let him quit the case, in part because his client hasn't paid his legal bills. David Correia is among four men charged last year with using straw...

California wildfire threatening lucrative cannabis farm area

Sep. 25, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s largest wildfire is threatening a cannabis-growing enclave, and authorities said many of the locals have refused to evacuate. The wildfire called the August Complex is approaching Post Mountain and Trinity Pines, about 200 miles (322 kilometers) northwest of...

Michigan Legislature approves automatic expungement bills

Sep. 24, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would automatically expunge criminal records and ease the application process for those convicted of marijuana offenses under sweeping “clean slate” bills that received final legislative approval Thursday. Advocates said the overhaul would help hundreds of...

Minnesota candidate's death triggers special House election

Sep. 24, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

RED WING, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota congressional race won't be decided in November after one of the candidates died, triggering a provision in state law that it be pushed to a special election in February, the secretary of state said. Adam Charles Weeks, of the Legal Marijuana Now Party, was running in the...