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Constitutional ban on legal marijuana dies in Idaho House

Apr. 15, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment that would have prevented the legalization of marijuana and other drugs without the approval of two-thirds of the Idaho Legislature died in the House on Thursday. The legislation failed to attain the two-thirds...

Growers fret as Mexico moves to legalize marijuana

Apr. 15, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

BADIRAGUATO, Mexico (AP) — For the first time that María can remember, half of her marijuana harvest is still in storage on her ranch in Mexico’s Sinaloa state months after it should have been sold. Sitting in her wooden house tucked into the same mountains that...

Pot producers eager to ramp up, as legalization approaches

Apr. 15, 2021 00:42 AM EDT

SANTA FE, NM. (AP) — Several medical marijuana providers on Wednesday warned of a potential cannabis shortage in late June, when the first provisions of a new law go into effect to legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico. Authorized recreational cannabis sales...

Swap the crop? New York hemp farmers eager to grow marijuana

Apr. 14, 2021 08:24 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legal marijuana is coming to New York and hemp farmer Samir Mahadin sees it as a potential lifeline. Farmers dealing with depressed prices for plants that produce CBD are eager to take part in a statewide marijuana market expected to generate...

Correction: Marijuana-New Jersey story

Apr. 13, 2021 09:50 AM EDT
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — In a story April 12, 2021, about the first meeting of New Jersey's Cannabis Regulatory Commission, The Associated Press misspelled the chairperson's first name. She is Dianna Houenou, not Diana Houenou.

New Mexico governor signs bill to legalize recreational pot

Apr. 12, 2021 22:26 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation Monday legalizing recreational marijuana use within months and kicking off sales next year, making it the seventh state since November to put an end to pot prohibition. The governor, a...

Louisiana's latest legislative session moves past pandemic

Apr. 12, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Despite the coronavirus outbreak, the Louisiana Legislature opened a regular session Monday that seems more like those of pre-pandemic times, with debates planned on taxes, sports betting, transgender rights and other issues far beyond the virus' aftermath. ...

Louisiana lawmakers ready for latest session starting Monday

Apr. 10, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers return Monday to the state Capitol for their first full-length regular session since the pandemic began and with far more topics than the coronavirus on the agenda. House Speaker Clay Schexnayder and Senate President Page...

Nevada Democrats’ priorities emerge on bill deadline day

Apr. 09, 2021 23:54 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers sped through hundreds of proposals on Friday to meet another major deadline of the 2021 legislative session, which required most bills to pass out of their first committee before Saturday to remain up for consideration. ...

Nassau DA drops more than 1100 warrants after NY laws change

Apr. 08, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Warrants in more than 1,100 Nassau County cases were dropped on Thursday, as the prosecutor's office moved to dismiss them in the wake of the legalization of recreational marijuana in New York state as well as the repeal of a 1970s-era prostitution law. ...