Update: Wisconsin Republicans reject Medicaid expansion

Health 05/09/19, 13:37

The Latest on Wisconsin budget (all times local):1:35 p.m.Wisconsin Republicans have voted to reject Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' proposals to accept federal Medicaid expansion, legalize medical marijuana and increase the state minimum wage.Wisconsin Republican state Rep. John Nygren, co-chair of the Legislature's budget committee, defends the committee's voting to kill ...

Wisconsin Republicans to vote on killing Medicaid expansion

Health 05/08/19, 23:25

Wisconsin Republicans planned to scrap expanding Medicaid, legalizing medical marijuana, raising the minimum wage and a host of other priorities of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday, as they begin dismantling his two-year budget plan. Evers and Democrats remain defiant, saying the public is on their side in support of expanding ...

Winning and losing legislation in Tennessee in 2019

Sports 05/06/19, 14:16

Over the last four months, Tennessee lawmakers pushed through bills that would create a two-county expanded education voucher program, seek federal permission to overhaul TennCare through block grant funding and allow online sports betting in the state.The Republican-supermajority General Assembly wrapped up its annual legislative last week, clearing those contentious ...

Hawaii reiterates that CBD still illegal for most people

Health 05/03/19, 09:43

The Hawaii Department of Health issued a statement Wednesday reiterating that cannabidiol has never been permitted for sale in any form in the state except for people who have medical marijuana cards and can get it at licensed dispensaries.The department said that cannabis-derived products including products containing CBD sold without ...

Michigan village seeks to sell land to medical pot industry

Business 04/20/19, 09:28

A northern Michigan village whose president wants the community to be a pioneer in the medical marijuana industry is planning to sell a portion of its taxpayer-owned land, possibly for the cultivation of cannabis.Kalkaska leaders voted this month to list nearly 10 acres (4 hectares) for sale within the industrial ...

Alternative pot legalization plan pulled back for revisions

Business 03/26/19, 10:54

A state legislator is proposing an alternative plan to legalize recreational marijuana in Rhode Island.The proposal sponsored by Democratic Rep. Scott Slater was initially scheduled to be heard Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee. The Providence Journal reports a group of licensed pot cultivators objected to parts of the bill ...

Florida governor signs smokable medical pot bill into law

U.S. 03/18/19, 16:38

Florida's ban on the use of smokable medical marijuana by eligible patients ended Monday when Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill repealing it.The Republican governor's signature on the first legislative bill he has approved since taking office in January was a top priority. DeSantis also announced the state ...

Court: Board wrong to deny workers’ comp for medical pot

U.S. 03/07/19, 10:51

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled that a labor appeals board was wrong to determine that workers' compensation insurance can't reimburse an employee for the cost of medical marijuana.Andrew Panaggio hurt his back at work and was approved by the state Health Department to participate in the therapeutic cannabis ...

Whitmer, citing ‘inefficiencies,’ reshapes pot licensing

Business 03/01/19, 13:29

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday eliminated Michigan's medical marijuana licensing board and folded its functions into a newly created agency, citing "inefficiencies" since the state began more tightly regulating the market.The Democrat issued an order establishing the Marijuana Regulatory Agency. It will take effect April 30 unless it is rejected ...

Cannabis advocates wary as Colorado considers e-cig limits

Health 02/26/19, 15:34

Cannabis advocates are watching closely as Colorado lawmakers consider limits on where e-cigarettes can be used in an effort to combat rising teen use of nicotine-containing vaping devices. A bipartisan bill getting its first hearing Wednesday would add electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices to the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, ...

In first year, Pennsylvanians paid out $132M for medical pot

U.S. 02/15/19, 13:05

State officials say Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program provided the drug nearly 600,000 times during its first year of sales.The Wolf Administration said Friday that more than 83,000 people have purchased medical marijuana at the 45 dispensaries that are up and running.Statewide medical marijuana sales totaled $132 million in the past ...

Smoke it? A medical pot idea tough for Florida to swallow

U.S. 02/04/19, 18:39

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants the Legislature to repeal a ban on smokable medical marijuana, but it became clear Monday that some fellow Republicans might not be on board.DeSantis took office last month and said firmly that he wanted lawmakers to repeal the ban signed into law by now U.S. ...

Tennessee’s legislative leaders talk top issues for 2019

Sports 02/02/19, 11:43

Tennessee lawmakers are set to tussle for months over how to change the state's criminal justice and education systems, whether they should legalize sports betting or medical marijuana, and how much they're willing to wade into hot-button topics like guns, abortion, and immigration.The Republican-supermajority General Assembly is finally digging into ...

Florida governor wants ban on smokable medical pot ended

U.S. 01/17/19, 16:50

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized the Legislature's implementation of a medical marijuana law and said Thursday that if they don't fix it quickly, he'll take matters into his own hands.DeSantis wants a new law by mid-March that will end a ban on smokable medical marijuana and loosen limits on ...

Oklahoma quickly becoming medical marijuana hotbed

U.S. 12/22/18, 14:49

The rollout of statewide medical and recreational marijuana programs typically is a grindingly slow process that can take years. Not so in Oklahoma, which moved with lightning speed once voters approved medical cannabis in June. The ballot question received 57 percent support and established one of the nation's most liberal medical ...

Missouri begins to process toward medical marijuana

U.S. 12/19/18, 15:39

Missouri has begun the move toward legalized medical marijuana by naming an outgoing lawmaker to a leadership role and announcing the start of the process for those who want to grow, make or sell marijuana products. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Wednesday it will begin accepting application ...

Patients can now use medical pot; dispensary likely in 2020

Health 12/04/18, 16:03

Utah patients can use medical marijuana legally after a compromise agreement was signed into law, but they won't likely be able to buy it legally inside the state until at least 2020, officials said Tuesday.The state will need time to first build up a database to start issuing patients medical-cannabis ...

Update: Utah medical pot dispensaries likely open 2020

Health 12/04/18, 15:07

The Latest on a legal medical marijuana in Utah (all times local):1 p.m.Utah patients can use medical marijuana legally after a compromise agreement was signed into law, but they won't likely be able to buy it legally inside the state until at least 2020.Health department spokesman Tom Hudachko said Tuesday ...

Michigan eyed as bellwether for legal pot in Midwest

U.S. 11/07/18, 17:21

Michigan is aiming to build a potentially lucrative industry from the ground up with passage of a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana.It could do more by serving as a model for the rest of the Midwest — and possibly beyond.Michigan is the first Midwestern state to legalize recreational marijuana, ...

Update: Mitt Romney wins US Senate seat in Utah

Health 11/06/18, 23:02

The Latest on Tuesday's midterm election in Utah (all times local): 8:00 p.m. Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has handily won a U.S. Senate seat in his adopted home state of Utah after a campaign where he backed off his once-fierce criticism of Donald Trump. Romney clinched the win Tuesday as soon ...

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