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Rulings move pot, justice reform measures closer to ballot

Aug. 7, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County judges on Friday rejected challenges to two proposed voter initiatives, one implementing criminal sentencing reform and the other legalizing recreational marijuana. If the rulings are upheld after expected appeals to the state Supreme Court and if enough qualifying signatures...

North Dakota marijuana petition signature drive falls short

Jul. 22, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Supporters of amending North Dakota's constitution to legalize recreational marijuana say they will try again to collect enough signatures to get the issue on the ballot. The group had a year to gather and submit at least 26,904 valid signatures of North Dakota voters to Secretary of...

Illinois collects $52M in taxes from legal pot sales

Jul. 14, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state of Illinois has collected $52 million in taxes from legal adult-use marijuana sales. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office said Tuesday that $34.7 million is coming from excise taxes. Sales taxes that will be shared with local governments account for $18 million. Nearly $26...

Legal cannabis sales in Colorado reach all-time high in May

Jul. 13, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Cannabis sales in Colorado set a new monthly record in May, reaching their highest level since broad legalization in 2014. Dispensaries sold over $192 million worth of cannabis products that month, according to data from the state Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division...

Voters may see just 4 initiatives on November ballot

Jul. 3, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona voters are likely to see four voter initiatives on their November ballot, although all four must first survive a review of qualifying signatures turned into the Secretary of State's office this week and legal challenges that routinely are made. The four that turned in their...

FILE - This Monday, May 20, 2019, file photo, shows a marijuana leaf on a plant at a cannabis grow in Gardena, Calif. Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in Arizona have turned in more than the necessary signatures to get on this year's ballot, overcoming a pandemic to get in front of voters in November. The organizers behind the Smart and Safe Arizona Act, which would legalize recreational marijuana use for those 21 and over, said they began gathering signatures last September. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Group says it has ample signatures to get pot on ballot

Jul. 1, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in Arizona said Wednesday they turned in 420,000 petition signatures — far more than needed to get the measure on the November ballot despite challenges posed by the coronavirus. Organizers of the Smart and Safe Arizona Act, which would...

FILE - In this May 25, 2020, file photo, agents Amanda Toma and Ashley Brodeur work with customers outside in the parking lot of cannabis purveyor Berkshire Roots in Pittsfield, Mass. Laws legalizing recreational marijuana may lead to more traffic deaths, two new studies suggest, although questions remain about how they might influence driving habits. Previous research has had mixed results and the new studies, published Monday, June 22, 2020, in JAMA Internal Medicine, can’t prove that the traffic death increases they found were caused by marijuana use. (Gillian Jones/The Berkshire Eagle via AP, File)

Recreational pot laws may boost traffic deaths, studies say

Jun. 22, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

Laws legalizing recreational marijuana may lead to more traffic deaths, two new studies suggest, although questions remain about how they might influence driving habits. Previous research has had mixed results and the new studies, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, can’t prove that the traffic...

Marijuana legalization ballot committee turns in signatures

Jun. 19, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A group seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in Montana said Friday it has gathered enough signatures to put the question to voters in November’s election. Organizers for the ballot committee, New Approach Montana, said they have turned in 52,000 signatures in support of a...

Nevada to pardon thousands convicted of marijuana possession

Jun. 17, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada became the latest state with legal marijuana sales to pardon people convicted of possessing a small amount of pot. The State Board of Pardons Commissioners unanimously voted Wednesday to unconditionally pardon anyone who was convicted in the past two decades of possessing an ounce...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak speaks at a news conference in Las Vegas. Nevada could become the latest state with legal marijuana sales to pardon people convicted in the past of low-level marijuana possession. Gov. Sisolak said Thursday, June 11, 2020, he'll ask the state Board of Pardons next week to consider unconditionally lifting non-violent criminal convictions for possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana, not for purpose of sale. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada governor seeks pardons for low-level pot possession

Jun. 11, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada could become the latest state with legal marijuana sales to pardon people convicted in the past of low-level marijuana possession. Gov. Steve Sisolak said Thursday he’ll ask the state Board of Pardons next week to consider unconditionally lifting non-violent criminal...