Recreational drug laws and regulations

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks to supporters at a coffee shop on Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Madison, Wisconsin. O'Rourke came in wearing a green cabbage St. Patrick's Day necklace given to him by a supporter during breakfast. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
March 18, 2019 - 2:06 am
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke told supporters Sunday that he's never taken LSD and there's "nothing" he hasn't already revealed about his past that could come back to hurt his run for office. The former Texas congressman — who has become known for his...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a campaign house party, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Salem, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
March 17, 2019 - 11:43 pm
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic race for president (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Democratic White House hopeful Cory Booker said Sunday night he would reverse President Donald Trump's ban on transgender individuals serving in the military if elected president. Speaking to a crowd...
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Former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks to local residents during a meet and greet at the Beancounter Coffeehouse & Drinkery, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Burlington, Iowa. O'Rourke announced Thursday that he'll seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
March 14, 2019 - 7:15 pm
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke jumped into the 2020 presidential race Thursday, shaking up the already packed field and pledging to win over voters from across the political spectrum as he tries to translate his sudden celebrity into a formidable White House bid. The former Texas...
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In this Thursday, March 7, 2019 photo, New Mexico state Rep. Javier Martinez of Albuquerque, right, rallies support for a bill to authorize recreational marijuana consumption and sales through state-owned stores in Santa Fe, N.M. New Mexico took a step toward legalizing recreational marijuana when its House approved a bill that would allow state-run stores and require customers to carry a receipt with their cannabis or face penalties. The measure, narrowly approved Thursday, March 7, 2019, following a late-night floor debate, mixes major provisions of a Republican-backed Senate bill that emphasizes aggressive regulation with a draft by Democrats concerned about the U.S. war on drugs. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
March 12, 2019 - 1:34 am
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would become the first U.S. state to set up its own government-operated marijuana stores and subsidize medical cannabis for the poor under a bill brokered between Republicans and Democrats, as a new wave of states weighs legislation that would legalize recreational...
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FILE - In this March 1, 2019 file photo Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, in Las Vegas. A growing list of Democratic presidential contenders want the U.S. government to legalize marijuana, reflecting a nationwide shift. Harris says it's the "smart thing to do." (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
March 09, 2019 - 6:54 pm
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 cannabis. Making marijuana legal at the federal level is the "smart thing to do," says California Sen. Kamala...
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FILE- In this April 23, 2018 file photo, Trevor Eubanks, plant manager for Big Top Farms, shovels dried hemp as branches hang drying in barn rafters overhead at their production facility near Sisters, Ore. The Idaho State Police may get funds to purchase equipment that would allow investigators to distinguish hemp from marijuana. Hemp, a cousin of marijuana, has a very low concentration of the psychoactive substance called THC that gives marijuana its high-inducing properties. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
March 02, 2019 - 3:04 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State Police may get the funding to purchase equipment that would allow investigators to distinguish hemp from marijuana after a high-profile case in the state grabbed headlines and prompted a federal lawsuit. The state legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee...
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FILE - This Feb. 17, 2016 file photo shows marijuana plants at a home in Honolulu. Hawaii is among the bluest of states, but when it comes to legalizing marijuana, it is out of step with liberal stalwarts such as California and Vermont. A bill that would legalize marijuana in the islands faces significant obstacles from leaders worried about contradicting federal law and jeopardizing Hawaii’s existing medical marijuana program. It faces a Friday, March 1, 2019, deadline to pass committee. (AP Photo/Marina Riker, File)
March 01, 2019 - 4:29 pm
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 candidates over Republicans by some of the widest margins in the U.S. The state has committed to the...
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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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Demonstrators protest against the president of the Philippines and the bloodshed on his war on drugs by tying hundreds of strips of red cloth to the trees and signs outside of the Philippines Embassy in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. 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/Jose Luis Magana)
February 18, 2019 - 2:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. There's an ethos of performative prankster-...
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February 16, 2019 - 8:20 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Activity at the Georgia legislature is picking up as the 2019 session approaches the half-way mark. Friday marked legislative day 16 of 40. The past week saw the first bill signed into law by the governor — a measure that clarifies when vehicles can pass a school bus. A new bill in...
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