Attorneys: Court seat puts Montgomery in far different role
PHOENIX (AP) — Attorneys say Gov. Doug Ducey's appointment of now-former Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to the Arizona Supreme Court puts Montgomery in a new role that could silence his...
Netanyahu strikes election deal with ultra-nationalist party
JERUSALEM (AP) — A small Israeli ultranationalist party has agreed to drop out of upcoming national elections to support Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud party.
New York law softening pot penalties goes into effect
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York softened penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana and created a process for erasing certain past offenses in a state law that went into place...
New York, Connecticut governors discuss better cooperation
WILSON, N.Y. (AP) — While fishing for steelhead trout on Lake Ontario, the governors of New York and Connecticut say they chatted about how their states can work more closely together, including...
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona voters may get a chance to decide again next year whether to legalize recreational marijuana.
Legalization advocates said Friday they've filed paperwork with the...
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on recreational marijuana legalization in Illinois (all times local):
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation making Illinois the 11th state in...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a $28.8 million mid-year spending bill to help ensure an accurate 2020 census count, implement voter-approved laws and combat lead in...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's set to collect data on how ballot campaign groups pay for petition signatures under a bill signed by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills.
Capitol Watch: What didn’t get done in 2019 session
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, lawmakers ended their 2019 session on Friday with a long list of progressive accomplishments but several high-profile bills didn't get a...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine could collect data on how ballot campaign groups pay for petition signatures under a bill facing Democratic Gov. Janet Mills.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A $28.8 million mid-year spending bill that received final legislative approval Tuesday would allocate funding to help deal with tougher rules for lead in drinking water,...
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A bill to legalize marijuana in Delaware has cleared its first legislative hurdle.
The House Revenue and Finance Committee voted Wednesday after a two-hour hearing to send...
Connecticut lawmakers began the new legislative session in January with a weighty to-do list. With adjournment just days away, some of the key items on that list remain unfinished.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The push to legalize recreational use of marijuana has suffered a setback in New Hampshire.
The Senate voted Thursday to delay action on a legalization bill until late...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on action in the Illinois General Assembly (all times local):
The Illinois Senate has approved legalized recreational marijuana use.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on action regarding recreational marijuana use (all times local):
Restrictions on home cultivation have helped marijuana legalization win...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — After the movement to legalize marijuana scored several victories in New England, pot proponents have come up against unexpected stumbling blocks in New Hampshire and...
CHICAGO (AP) — In a story May 4 about Illinois marijuana legalization efforts, The Associated Press erroneously reported the last name of the president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana. His name...
Candidates discuss wide range of issues during debate
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Three Democrats running for Kentucky governor wrangled Wednesday evening in a televised debate over issues ranging from marijuana legalization to the future of Appalachian...
Bill to legalize industrial hemp in Nebraska advances
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill to legalize industrial hemp in Nebraska has won first-round approval from state lawmakers.
The measure advanced Monday on a 37-4 vote despite a filibuster waged...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Additional legislation that could ultimately lead to legalized recreational marijuana in Connecticut advanced Monday, but it remains unclear if there's ultimately enough...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on marijuana legalization bills (all times local):
Additional legislation that could ultimately lead to legalized recreational marijuana in...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state lawmakers who delivered a budget on time this past week are turning their attention to thorny debates over legalizing recreational marijuana and renewing New...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont remains optimistic Connecticut lawmakers will pass legislation legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, despite opposition from four state medical...
Winery owner turns to hemp to save his vineyard
LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — When William Hartmann opened Royal Oaks Vineyard & Winery in North Cornwall Township, Lebanon County, it was like a dream come true.
Mapping pot legalization politics: Not just red vs. blue
NEW YORK (AP) — To anyone who figured the path of legalizing recreational marijuana use ran along blue state-red state lines, a sudden setback for pot advocates in New Jersey may show the issue...
Marijuana legalization debated at Connecticut Capitol
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers received input Friday on how a legalized reactional marijuana industry might work in the state, as well as the ramifications of taking such a...
Lawmakers review proposal on marijuana legalization
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Senate Finance and Judiciary committees have held their first joint hearing on a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey took a step Monday toward legalizing recreational marijuana as lawmakers advanced a measure allowing adults to use cannabis after hours of delay and back-room...
The Latest: Governor wants to revive marijuana proposals
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on activity at the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wants marijuana legalization back on...
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota House voted Tuesday to override the governor's veto of a hemp legalization bill but the Senate didn't get the two-thirds majority needed to follow suit,...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A growing list of Democratic presidential contenders want the U.S. government to legalize marijuana, reflecting a nationwide shift as more Americans look favorably on...
HONOLULU (AP) — On the political spectrum, Hawaii is among the bluest of states. Democrats control all the levers of power at the state and federal levels, and voters back Democratic presidential...
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on marijuana legalization in Hawaii (all times local):
Legislation that would legalize marijuana in Hawaii is dying.
Alaska cannabis industry cites uncertainty with new governor
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's new governor has no plans to change marijuana legalization, a spokesman said Wednesday, even as the Republican administration's appointments and proposal for a state...
Hundreds of Michigan communities ban marijuana businesses
DETROIT (AP) — More than 250 Michigan communities have banned marijuana businesses just two months after the state became the first in the Midwest to legalize the drug for recreational use.
Maine hires point person to roll out pot sales
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's acting finance chief has named a point person tasked with creating an office to lead the roll-out of legalized marijuana sales.
Acting Department of Administrative and Financial Services Commissioner Kirsten Figueroa in a statement Tuesday says she's hiring Erik Gundersen to the post.
Gundersen previously worked as Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon's lead policy adviser for the Legislature's Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee.
Maine’s marijuana legalization timeline goes up in smoke
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine marijuana lovers hoping to put the "bake" back in clambake this summer might be out of luck.
State officials said Friday that Maine rescinded a Los Angeles consultant's winning bid to help craft the rules about key issues such as sales and packaging of marijuana.
Commission opposes marijuana legalization
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A state commission created to reduce alcohol and drug problems in New Hampshire expressed opposition Friday to a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use.
Cook County prosecutor supports marijuana legalization
CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx says she supports legalizing marijuana in Illinois and that her office will help expunge misdemeanor marijuana convictions.
Cuomo: Let cities opt out of pot shops if NY legalizes weed
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is dropping a few hints about his upcoming marijuana legalization proposal.
Speaking on public radio Monday, the Democratic governor says that if legalization moves ahead he believes local governments should have the power to prohibit retail pot shops within their boundaries. That's similar to the situation in neighboring Massachusetts, which now has six retail marijuana dispensaries.
New York lawmakers to begin 2019 session
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers are kicking off their 2019 session, a six-month work period expected to be dominated by debates about marijuana legalization, congestion tolls in Manhattan and making it easier to vote.
The work gets under way Wednesday when members of the Senate and Assembly convene in the state Capitol.
Marijuana legalization debate shifts from ‘when’ to ‘how’
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Proposed plans for the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Illinois have shifted from "when" to "how."
Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker campaigned on the legalization issue and its corresponding tax revenue of as much as $1 billion a year. And Democratic Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is on board .
Indiana governor remains against legalizing marijuana
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb remains opposed to efforts by state lawmakers to allow medical or recreational marijuana in the state, even such uses are becoming legal in a growing number of other states.
The Republican governor says he hasn't changed his mind even after voters in neighboring Michigan approved a November ballot initiative legalizing the drug's recreational use. Medical marijuana use is allowed in Michigan and Illinois and has been approved in Ohio.
Growing like a weed: A look at marijuana milestones in 2018
It took less than a week for the Trump administration to kill the considerable buzz created Jan. 1 when California's broad marijuana legalization law took effect, creating the largest legal U.S. cannabis marketplace.
Then-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a policy shielding state-licensed medical marijuana operators from federal drug prosecutions.