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Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jul. 21, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

Charlotte Observer. July 15, 2021. Editorial: NC Senate leader says he wants Critical Race Theory debate. What does his bill say? The North Carolina Senate’s new bill on Critical Race Theory in schools makes an important and welcome distinction that...

Pot arrests drop but arrest rate higher for Black people

Jul. 20, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Marijuana-related arrests have dropped since the first recreational pot shops opened in Colorado seven years ago but Black people are still much more likely to get into legal trouble for cannabis offenses, according to a state report released Monday. The...

Virginia looking for its first cannabis attorney

Jul. 20, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With recreational marijuana use recently legalized, Virginia's attorney general is seeking applicants interested in serving as the state's first cannabis attorney. The person hired for the position will serve as general counsel to the newly created...

Watertown says no to marijuana sales despite NY legalization

Jul. 20, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in Watertown voted to keep retail marijuana shops from opening in the northern New York city. The city council opted Watertown out of New York's new marijuana legalization law after a marathon public hearing Monday night, according to...

Arizona launches expungement process for marijuana offenses

Jul. 17, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — In August 2011, a police officer found a marijuana roach in Carlos Diaz’s car under the seat when he was pulled over for a broken headlight. Diaz said he was sober and passed a field sobriety test. The resulting misdemeanor for marijuana possession...

Marijuana home delivery services launch in Massachusetts

Jul. 16, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Home-delivered marijuana has arrived in Massachusetts. At least two companies announced this week they have launched operations. Lantern, a sister company of the popular alcohol delivery service Drizly, says it's now serving the Boston area. Your Green...

Maryland House speaker supports cannabis referendum

Jul. 16, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s House speaker announced her support Friday for a referendum to legalize marijuana on next year’s ballot. House Speaker Adrienne Jones, a Baltimore County Democrat, also announced a panel to study how to implement a recreational...

Senate leader lends clout to marijuana legalization push

Jul. 14, 2021 22:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat is backing a bill that would strike down a longstanding federal prohibition on marijuana, embracing a proposal that has slim chance of becoming law yet demonstrates growing public support for decriminalizing the drug. ...

Judge rejects selective prosecution claim by Giuliani pal

Jul. 14, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Wednesday rejected a selective prosecution claim by a one-time associate of Rudy Giuliani who faces an October trial with two others on charges that they made illegal campaign contributions. U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken made the ruling...

New Mexico eyes higher plant limit for marijuana producers

Jul. 13, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico regulatory agency hopes to avoid a possible shortage by raising the number of marijuana plants that licensed producers could produce. The Cannabis Control Division of the state Regulation and Licensing Department last week raised the...