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Rahm Emanuel: Decriminalize Marijuana

[caption id="attachment_31177" align="alignright" width="300"] (File Photo)[/caption]Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling on Illinois state lawmakers to decriminalize marijuana possession in ilthe state or at least reduce the penalty for possession ...

Berkeley mandates free medical marijuana for low-income

The city of Berkeley has mandated marijuana dispensaries donate at least 2 percent of their inventory to low-income patients, effectively offering free medical marijuana to the city's under-privileged. Passed in July, the measure requires medical mar ...

Colorado struggles with marijuana supply

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's pot regulators are trying to make sure the state's marijuana growers aren't producing more pot than they can legally sell — a hedge against Colorado-grown pot ending up in states where it's not legal. But a new set of marijua ...

2 California counties ask to form separate state

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Thursday for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal. Modoc and Siskiyo ...

Democrat law giving illegal aliens driver's licenses takes effect today

[caption id="attachment_11501" align="alignright" width="300"] Gov. Hickenlooper signs driver's license bill for illegal aliens. [/caption]DENVER (AP) -- Thousands of immigrants have signed up to take advantage of a Colorado law that allows them to g ...

Bumpy road ahead for Washington potheads

SEATTLE (AP) — Pete O'Neil saw Washington's legalization of marijuana in 2012 as a path to retirement, or at least to his kids' college tuition. He's paid tens of thousands of dollars in rent on possible locations for a pot-shop chain, hired lawyers ...

Conyers wants taxpayers to pay overdue water bills for Detroiters

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. John Conyers wants President Barack Obama to sanction use of an earlier multimillion-dollar award to Michigan to help pay delinquent water bills of low-income residents threatened by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department's ...

Maine governor puts squeeze on welfare, immigrants

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage wants to limit state welfare benefits to those living in Maine legally, a move that could force municipalities to drop some recipients or risk losing government funds. But opponents say the Republican would be ...

Employers worry over effects of $15 wage law

All eyes are on Seattle as it moves toward a $15 minimum wage, the highest of any major city nationwide. On June 2, the City Council unanimously passed an ordinance requiring employers to pay at least $15 an hour in the next three to seven years, rep ...

Northern California still contemplating separation from south

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Residents of California's largely rural, agrarian and politically conservative far northern counties long ago got used to feeling ignored in the state Capitol and out of sync with major urban areas. The idea of forming their ...


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