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Connecticut lawmakers may have closed out the regular legislative session on Wednesday night, but they're expected to return to the state Capitol soon to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana for adults, some remaining budget bills and possibly some other bills that didn't survive in the first round.

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With the Connecticut House of Representatives poised to take up a long-awaited bill that would legalize recreational marijuana for adults, the Republican leader on Tuesday called for an investigation into how language was tucked into the legislation that could have intentionally benefitted at least one individual.

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The state Senate was expected to vote Monday night on a long-awaited bill that will legalize the recreational use of cannabis, with lawmakers announcing they had reached a compromise on how to ensure the new industry will benefit those residents adversely affected by the nation's war on drugs.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In a demonstration of the changing opinions about marijuana use, Louisiana lawmakers have agreed that people caught with small amounts of pot for recreational use should not go to jail, voting Monday to send the bill lessening the penalties to the governor's desk.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana legislative session enters its last week with Republican leaders' main tax overhaul proposals unfinished, but most other major issues settled in a rare year where lawmakers likely won't be scrambling to finish their workload in the session's waning hours.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and Democratic legislative leaders said Friday they're close to reaching a “comprehensive understanding” on a new two-year state budget that does not raise new taxes, yet makes major investments in education, health care, municipal aid, workforce development and rent relief.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham revved up her campaign for reelection in 2022 with an opening rally at an outdoor museum amphitheater, where the sound of protesters just outside threatened to drown out a series of public speakers.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A key group of House Republicans announced Wednesday its objection to a Senate-led effort to permanently keep a 0.45% state sales tax that is otherwise scheduled to roll off the books in four years, opposition that could doom the proposal's chance of passage.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's medical marijuana program will be able to offer raw, smokable cannabis to its patients within months under a bill passed Wednesday by lawmakers trying to give the state's residents cheaper marijuana options to alleviate their medical conditions.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's top health official told lawmakers Wednesday she is trying to avoid missing a November deadline to start issuing medical marijuana ID cards by holding a series of meetings to head off any objections to its proposed rules.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — When Louisiana lawmakers passed a 0.45% sales tax in 2018 to stabilize state finances, they pledged the tax hike would be temporary, a bridge to balance the budget while lawmakers gained time to work on a larger tax overhaul. Three years later, Republican state Senate leaders instead are proposing to keep the tax on the books permanently and steer the dollars to road and bridge work.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal appeals court said Friday the nation’s largest private prison corporation can be held liable for negligence by a man who spent almost a year in solitary confinement at a southern Nevada facility without ever seeing a judge on marijuana-related charges.

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