- Marijuana meeting, scholarship bill things to know about Updated: Feb-06-16 4:28 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - The board tasked with regulating Alaska's legal pot industry is set to meet as the date to begin accepting marijuana business applications nears. Also in the days ahead, lawmakers plan to discuss a bill that would require students who receive state-sponsored merit scholarships or financial aid grants to repay them if they don't complete their degrees or certification programs within six years. The chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court also is set to deliver the annual State of the Judiciary address.
- NY lawmaker: NFL should require synthetic marijuana testing Updated: Feb-05-16 4:15 pm
ALBANY, New York - A New York state lawmaker who has sponsored bills targeting synthetic marijuana is calling on the NFL to require players to take drug tests for the substance.
- Delta Junction votes to keep pot industry out of city Updated: Feb-05-16 7:29 am
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Delta Junction City Council has approved a ban on marijuana businesses in the city 100 miles southeast of Fairbanks.
- Kansas Senate approves bill to lessen marijuana penalties Updated: Feb-03-16 7:15 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas would decrease penalties for first and second-time marijuana possession under a bill overwhelmingly approved Wednesday by the state Senate, though pot users still could face stiff fines and time in a county jail.
- Public health critique offered of California pot measure Updated: Feb-02-16 8:43 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A marijuana legalization measure likely to end up on the California ballot this year does not do enough to prioritize public health over business interests with the financial incentive and political clout to downplay any adverse effects of allowing people to use pot recreationally, two researchers with expertise in curbing tobacco use said Tuesday.
- Arkansas attorney general again rejects marijuana amendment Updated: Feb-02-16 7:02 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has again rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in Arkansas.
- DC lawmakers open door to pot smoking in private clubs Updated: Feb-02-16 4:42 pm
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers in the nation's capital have opened the door to allowing people to smoke marijuana in clubs that charge a membership fee.
- Hawaii lawmakers propose dozens of marijuana laws Updated: Feb-02-16 4:23 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers are considering dozens of proposals to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, as well as a couple that could legalize recreational marijuana.
- California Medical Association backs recreational pot plan Updated: Feb-01-16 9:19 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California's largest organization of practicing physicians, the California Medical Association, announced Monday that it is backing a proposed 2016 ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
- Group faces protest as it submits petitions to legalize pot Updated: Feb-01-16 6:04 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - A group that hopes to legalize marijuana in Maine delivered petition signatures to the state Monday as opponents hectored the group's organizers.
- Report: DOJ should track its monitoring of pot legalization Updated: Feb-01-16 5:52 pm
WASHINGTON - The Government Accountability Office says the Justice Department needs to better document how it's tracking the effect of marijuana legalization in the states.
- Editorials from around Oregon Updated: Feb-01-16 12:48 pm
Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers.
- Poll: 3 out of 5 New Mexicans support marijuana legalization Updated: Jan-28-16 5:20 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - Three out of five New Mexico residents support the legalization and taxation of recreational marijuana, according to poll results released Thursday.
- Drug traffickers seek safe haven amid legal marijuana Updated: Jan-28-16 2:11 am
DENVER - Seeking a safe haven in Colorado's legal marijuana marketplace, illegal drug traffickers are growing weed among the state's sanctioned pot warehouses and farms, then covertly shipping it elsewhere and pocketing millions of dollars from the sale, according to law enforcement officials and court records consulted by The Associated Press.
- Drug abuse bill raises hopes for election-year achievement Updated: Jan-27-16 6:46 pm
WASHINGTON - In a testy election year likely to see scant collaboration between Republicans and Democrats, there's a glint of hope in Congress for a bipartisan bill aimed at fighting heroin and opioid addiction - a deadly, growing problem that afflicts states both red and blue.
- Pot testing rules difficult to meet for island communities Updated: Jan-27-16 3:37 am
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has turned down a proposed change to marijuana regulations that would have made it easier for southeast and rural Alaska communities to comply with testing requirements.
- Governor, committee chairman announce pot legalization bill Updated: Jan-26-16 6:46 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Gov. Peter Shumlin and the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee have announced legislation "to cautiously and deliberately" legalize recreational marijuana in Vermont.
- Hogan introduces bills to fight heroin epidemic Updated: Jan-26-16 2:06 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Gov. Larry Hogan wants to increase drug-trafficking penalties and strengthen Maryland's prescription drug monitoring program to help fight the state's heroin epidemic.
- NY Senate backs prohibition on synthetic marijuana Updated: Jan-26-16 3:05 am
ALBANY, New York - New York's Senate has passed legislation intending to define and prohibit the sale of synthetic cannabinoids.
- The Latest: California bill would cap abandoned oil wells Updated: Jan-25-16 8:12 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The Latest on the California Legislature (all times local):
- California marijuana growers face new crop of local bans Updated: Jan-23-16 1:20 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - When the California Legislature passed the state's first comprehensive medical marijuana regulations in September, pot advocates hoped the move heralded a new era of trust in their often-tumultuous relationship with wary local officials and police.
- Lawmakers concerned with Gov. Herbert's marijuana remark Updated: Jan-22-16 7:50 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A group of Democratic lawmakers are criticizing the Utah governor for using a Spanish phrase when discussing medicinal marijuana bills earlier this week.
- Marijuana group wins free speech lawsuit against Iowa State Updated: Jan-22-16 6:22 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - A federal judge ruled Friday that Iowa State University administrators violated the constitutional free speech rights of student members of a pro-marijuana group by barring them from using the university logos on T-shirts.
- Ex-South Texas police investigator gets 7 years in drug case Updated: Jan-22-16 3:08 pm
McALLEN, Texas - A former South Texas police investigator must serve seven years in federal prison for faking law enforcement reports about smuggled cocaine.
- Key Vermont lawmaker on legalization bill: No to homegrown Updated: Jan-22-16 3:05 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - A state where a large cadre of home brewers coexists with a booming microbrew industry won't soon have an analogous situation with marijuana, if a key Vermont lawmaker gets his way.