Survey: New Yorkers back legal pot, not immigrant licenses

New York 06/10/19, 09:01

A newly published poll from Siena College shows New York state residents strongly support legalizing recreational marijuana but not legislation that would permit driver's licenses for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally.Those two issues are among the highest-profile items on lawmakers' to-do list before they adjourn for the year next ...

OK to smoke, not to grow? States wrestle with homegrown pot

U.S. 05/29/19, 16:52

Illinois lawmakers working to legalize recreational marijuana have hit a potential snag that other states have wrestled with: whether to allow people to grow a few pot plants for personal use.The 10 states that have legalized recreational marijuana have different "home grow" rules, with Michigan allowing individuals to grow as ...

Illinois lawmakers have 5 days left, 5 big issues to settle

Sports 05/25/19, 08:45

The Illinois General Assembly is entering the final week of its spring session. And not surprisingly, lawmakers have a slate of major issues left to tackle.Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his Democratic legislative colleagues want to approve Pritzker's agenda before the legislative session's scheduled May 31 adjournment.Foremost, Pritzker is calling for ...

New Jersey will ask voters to legalize recreational pot

U.S. 05/15/19, 12:05

A measure to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey fizzled out Wednesday when the state Senate president said he would instead look to voters next year and will pursue separate bills to expand medical cannabis and wipe clean some criminal records.The Democrat vowed that adult-use marijuana — supported by fellow ...

Capitol Watch: Lawmakers return with pot, rent on the agenda

New York 04/27/19, 17:56

In New York state government news, lawmakers are returning to Albany to begin the final two months of the legislative session, and bills to legalize recreational marijuana will top the agenda.Meanwhile, a Senate investigations committee is making it easier for the public to suggest topics for future scrutiny.A look at ...

US authorities: Marijuana involvement imperils citizenship

Health 04/19/19, 16:04

Immigration authorities on Friday said that anyone with any involvement with marijuana, regardless of whether it's legal in the state where they live, can be denied citizenship because the drug is still illegal under federal law. The announcement comes weeks after officials in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal, began warning ...

Capitol Watch: Lawmakers pivot to legal pot, rent rules

New York 04/06/19, 11:20

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 York City's rent regulations.Both issues are complicated and figuring out the details is likely to dominate the remainder of the legislative session, scheduled ...

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 ...

Mapping pot legalization politics: Not just red vs. blue

New York 03/26/19, 00:11

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 isn't so black-and-white.Leaders in solidly-blue New Jersey are vowing it will still become the 11th state to legalize the drug. ...

New Jersey comes down to wire on legalizing recreational pot

U.S. 03/25/19, 09:14

A vote to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey is hours away, but the governor and legislative leaders are still courting lawmakers.The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly have scheduled votes Monday on the legislation backed by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, but its passage is far from certain.Murphy said last week he's ...

School officials don’t want pot part of New York budget

New York 03/19/19, 23:09

Education advocates are urging New York lawmakers to leave the discussion of recreational marijuana out of the state budget process.Several groups sent representatives to Albany Tuesday, including the PTA, Rural Schools Association and Association of School Business Officials.The rally came a day after the New York State School Boards Association ...

NY Gov. Cuomo: No quick vote on legal marijuana

New York 03/11/19, 13:29

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he's "no longer confident" an agreement to legalize recreational marijuana in New York will be included in the state budget that's due by April 1, raising the possibility that approval of retail sales of pot won't get passed by the Legislature this year. The Democrat told ...

Liberal Hawaii decides again not to legalize marijuana

U.S. 03/01/19, 16:30

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 candidates over Republicans by some of the widest margins in the U.S. The state has committed to the Paris climate agreement that ...

New Hampshire gives initial approval to recreational pot

U.S. 02/27/19, 12:57

The New Hampshire House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would legalize the sale and possession of recreational marijuana.Lawmakers voted 209-147 Wednesday in favor of the bill that would legalize possession up to 1 ounce (28 grams) and approve a commission that would set regulations on sales. Ten ...

New Hampshire marijuana bill gets public hearing

U.S. 02/05/19, 17:39

New Hampshire lawmakers considering whether to legalize recreational marijuana heard Tuesday from supporters arguing such a move is long overdue and opponents urging them to resist pressure from surrounding states. Ten states have legalized recreational marijuana — including the three bordering New Hampshire — while New York, New Jersey and others ...

Commission opposes marijuana legalization

U.S. 01/25/19, 16:51

A state commission created to reduce alcohol and drug problems in New Hampshire expressed opposition Friday to a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use. The Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs weighed in on a bill that would legalize marijuana use by those ages 21 and older and tax it ...

Cuomo unveils plan to make NY 11th state to legalize pot

New York 01/15/19, 17:33

New York would become the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults under a proposal unveiled Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.The measure would permit personal use as well as retail sales of the drug. Marijuana taxes would raise an estimated $300 million a year, Cuomo said. Cities and ...

Cuomo begins 3rd term with Ellis Island speech

New York 01/01/19, 20:19

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has begun 2019 and his third term with an inaugural address on Ellis Island, promising the most progressive agenda in state history.The Democrat spoke Tuesday evening on the New York side of the island, which New York shares with New Jersey.Ellis Island was the nation's ...

Look for state’s legal pot rollout to gather steam in 2019

Health 12/25/18, 13:09

It took more than two years and several delays for Massachusetts to get from a successful 2016 referendum to the first legal recreational marijuana sales in the eastern United States.As 2019 approaches, the focus for the state's cannabis regulators is expected to gradually shift from getting the industry off the ...

Budweiser maker teams up with Tilray to explore pot drinks

Business 12/19/18, 18:43

The maker of Budweiser is partnering with medical cannabis company Tilray in a $100 million deal to research cannabis-infused drinks for the Canadian market.The alliance announced Wednesday is the latest foray by a major beer company into the cannabis business in Canada, which legalized recreational marijuana in October.Anheuser-Busch InBev and ...

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