Marijuana legalization

February 25, 2019 - 4:12 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Over 8,000 marijuana-related convictions were erased or reduced using a technological approach that prosecutors nationwide should adopt to address a growing backlog of criminal cases eligible for modification, San Francisco's district attorney announced Monday. San Francisco is...
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February 22, 2019 - 4:56 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Add Amy Klobuchar to the list of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls who support legalizing marijuana. Klobuchar said in a statement Friday that she supports legalization and that states should have the right to determine how to handle marijuana in their territory. The...
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivers his budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 4:29 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — New Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker proposed a budget Wednesday that relies partly on tax revenues from two industries that currently aren't even legal in the state, which is saddled with billions of dollars in pension obligations and other debts. Pritzker's $39 billion...
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National Gallery of Art security cover Radical Matriarchy member Laura Newman with a blanket after she removed her clothes and sang during a protest in the museum, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 in Washington. Radical Matriarchy was protesting the fact that 90% of the art inside is by white men. In the nation’s capital, it can be hard for protesters to stand out. Fifty people _ or even 500 _ holding signs and shouting hardly merits a second glance in this city of protests. That’s why Washington activists have to get creative. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
February 18, 2019 - 7:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the nation's capital, it can be hard for protesters to stand out. A group of 50 people — or even 500 — holding signs and shouting hardly merits a second glance in this city of protests. That's why Washington activists have to get creative. There's an ethos of performative...
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FILE - In this June 27, 2017 file photo, the proprietor of a medical marijuana dispensary prepares his monthly tax payment, over $40,000 in cash, at his Los Angeles store. Congress on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, was urged to fully open the doors of the nation's banking system to the legal marijuana industry, a change that supporters say would reduce the risk of crime and resolve a litany of problems for pot companies from paying taxes to getting a loan. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
February 13, 2019 - 7:45 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bank officials and others urged Congress on Wednesday to fully open the doors of the U.S. banking system to the legal marijuana industry, a change that supporters say would reduce crime risks and resolve a litany of challenges for cannabis companies, from paying taxes to getting...
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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., looks up as he takes a selfie with an attendee after speaking attends at a get out the vote event hosted by the NH Young Democrats at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/ Cheryl Senter, File)
February 01, 2019 - 2:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Sen. Cory Booker's announcement he's running for president in 2020 (all times local): 2:15 p.m. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker says he want to help Americans "find common ground." Booker is talking to reporters in Newark hours after announcing his plans to run for...
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January 16, 2019 - 10:07 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California endorsed a rule Wednesday that will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales. The regulation by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control was opposed by police chiefs and other critics who predict it will create...
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Attorney General nominee William Barr gestures as he testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 15, 2019 - 6:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee believes the president's pick for attorney general will "do well" in a confirmation vote before the Senate. Republican Sen...
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Attorney General nominee William Barr testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. As he did almost 30 years ago, Barr is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to make the case he's qualified to serve as attorney general. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 15, 2019 - 5:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to become the next attorney general said Tuesday that he would "not go after" marijuana companies in states where cannabis is legal, even though he personally believes the drug should be outlawed. In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker speaks after he is elected over Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner in Chicago. Pritzker and Lt. Gov.-elect Juliana Stratton will be sworn in Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 in Springfield, Ill. Other constitutional officers _ all Democrats _ also will be inaugurated. Democrats also hold majorities in the Illinois House and Senate. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh File)
January 14, 2019 - 1:24 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Billionaire J.B. Pritzker took the oath Monday as Illinois governor, giving Democrats nearly unprecedented power at the Statehouse after four years of divided government only worsened the economic woes of a state billions of dollars in debt. The 53-year-old heir to the...
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