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Recreational pot validated for ballot in South Dakota

May. 25, 2022 17:19 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota voters are set to vote again on whether they want recreational marijuana legalized for adults after the secretary of state on Wednesday validated the initiated measure for the November ballot. Secretary of State Steve Barnett announced that a...

Governor signs bill legalizing recreational marijuana

May. 25, 2022 16:08 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor signed legislation Wednesday making the state the 19th in the nation to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana, an issue that some lawmakers have been working on for years. “Together we got this job done and we got it done...

NJ sees $24M in marijuana sales, grants new licenses

May. 24, 2022 15:50 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — One month into existence, New Jersey's recreational marijuana market has done $24 million in sales and regulators on Tuesday voted to grant permits to nearly a dozen new recreational cannabis retailers in their first public meeting since the market opened to the public last...

Delaware Gov. John Carney vetoes marijuana legalization bill

May. 24, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware Gov. John Carney on Tuesday vetoed a bill to legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults for recreational use, drawing the wrath of fellow Democrats who have fought for years to make weed legal. In vetoing the measure, Carney reiterated...

2 New Mexico tribes closer to recreational cannabis sales

May. 20, 2022 15:29 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico tribes have signed an agreement with state officials recognizing the tribe’s authority to collect taxes on sales of cannabis products. The move announced by state officials Thursday after it was signed last week further formalizes potential...

Proposal for state-run pot industry fails again in House

May. 19, 2022 20:23 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Legislation to establish a state-run marijuana industry in Delaware has again failed to clear the state House. The Democrat-controlled chamber voted 23-15 on Thursday to approve the bill, which fell two votes short of the required supermajority. The proposal...

Wisconsin Republicans to vote on death penalty, elections

May. 19, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans gathering for the state convention this weekend will vote on setting the party's priorities for the next year, including resolutions calling for all ballots to be hand-counted on Election Day, imposing the death penalty for people who kill police...

Illinois APME announces winners in 2021 newspaper contest

May. 19, 2022 08:47 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Winners have been announced in the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors 2021 newspaper contest. The contest features news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns and photos from 2021. DIVISION I AWARD WINNERS: GENERAL EXCELLENCE: First...

North Carolina legislature gavels in annual work session

May. 18, 2022 14:14 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly returned on Wednesday to Raleigh for its traditional budget-adjustment work session, but lawmakers aren't getting out of the blocks quickly. The House and Senate gaveled in and out sparsely attended floor sessions at midday...

Lawmakers revise bill to legalize recreational marijuana

May. 17, 2022 15:42 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers unveiled changes Tuesday to a bill to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana, revisions that aim to ensure the legislation passes the state's General Assembly. The amended bill was released Tuesday in advance of committee votes...