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New Zealand lawmakers pass euthanasia bill, referendum next

Nov. 13, 2019 4:26 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill to legalize euthanasia, a watershed moment that ended a contentious two-year debate. But the final decision will rest with voters, who will need to approve the bill in a referendum next year for it to go into effect....

New Mexico sizes up potential of recreational pot market

Nov. 13, 2019 12:07 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislators in New Mexico are sizing up the potential taxable market for recreational marijuana if the state moves forward with legalization proposals next year. A panel of state lawmakers is scheduled Wednesday to hear testimony on the potential economic benefits of brining...

Commission's order supports ban on marijuana vaping products

Nov. 12, 2019 7:08 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The state's four-month ban on marijuana oil vaping products will remain in place after the state's Cannabis Control Commission issued a quarantine order Tuesday. The order targets vape pens, vape cartridges, aerosol products, and inhalers that use oil-based vaping materials. It doesn't apply...

Wisconsin Assembly passes bill helping hemp industry

Nov. 12, 2019 3:41 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a bill intended to help the state's industrial hemp industry as the program enters its second year. The bill would align the state's program with new requirements under the 2018 federal farm bill, while also allowing Wisconsin to retain control. The...

Maine investigating marijuana-related ads at arena

Nov. 11, 2019 9:59 AM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Regulators in Maine are investigating concerns about marijuana-related advertisements at a sports arena. The Portland Press Herald reports several parents whose children play sports at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston have complained about the ads. State laws prohibits...

Lawmakers seek to dismiss governor's suit over marijuana law

Nov. 10, 2019 1:38 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are asking a judge to dismiss Gov. Gina Raimondo's challenge to a new medical marijuana and hemp law. The Democratic governor wants the state Superior Court to block legislation giving lawmakers the right to veto regulations imposed on the industry. The...

Pot or not? Busts highlight growing confusion over hemp

Nov. 9, 2019 7:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The CBD craze might be leaving the war on drugs a bit dazed and confused. The extract that's been showing up in everything from candy to coffee is legally derived from hemp plants, which look and smell an awful lot like that other cannabis — marijuana. They're so similar, police...

Georgia moves closer to legal hemp production

Nov. 9, 2019 12:52 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia farmers are poised to cash in on the cannabis craze. By the end of the year, state officials plan to submit proposed rules to the federal government for growing hemp, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. That means Georgia farmers could begin legally raising the crop as early...

Black lawmakers in Virginia set to be key powerbrokers

Nov. 8, 2019 4:38 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In Virginia, where the Confederacy once had its capital and where political power has historically eluded black people, African Americans have just won unprecedented levels of clout. Black officials there give ironic credit for the change to President Donald Trump and the voter...

GOP daughter of key Democrat to run for New Mexico Senate

Nov. 8, 2019 12:15 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The daughter of Democratic New Mexico Senate leader Mary Kay Papen is running for a seat in the same chamber as a Republican — and her mom isn't supporting her. Papen, who has represented Las Cruces since 2001, said Wednesday she was not in favor of her daughter's plan to run...