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Senate passes bill to ban marijuana vending machines

Senate passes bill to ban marijuana vending machines and drive-throughs
Associated Press, The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington state Senate has passed a bill to forbid selling marijuana through a drive-through window or in a vending machine.

In a 47-0 vote Monday, Senators voted to add the new restriction to the state's legalized trade in recreational marijuana, which is restricted to sales in state-licensed stores. Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, said the bill would keep marijuana-laced edible products from being supplied in parks, football games and in coffee shop drive-through windows.

Swastikas displayed outside Calif. house upset neighbours

Swastikas displayed outside Northern California house upset neighbours, lawmakers
The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A Northern California man's display of poster-size swastikas outside his Sacramento house is upsetting some neighbours and state lawmakers, who plan to call on him to remove them.

The symbols used by German Nazis in World War II replace stars in one American and two Israeli flags. There is also a Palestinian flag and a statue made of wood of a figure raising its arms and dressed in army green. The display also includes Christmas lights to illuminate it at night.

Alaska quietly becomes 3rd US state to legalize marijuana

Alaska quietly becomes 3rd US state to legalize marijuana
Molly Dischner, The Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska on Tuesday became the third U.S. state to legalize marijuana. But the historic day passed with little public acknowledgement in a state with a savvy marijuana culture that has seen varying degrees of legal acceptance of the drug for 40 years.

Supporters said the day was a milestone, but unlike in Colorado and Washington state, there were no street parties and public smoking displays in Alaska's biggest cities.

Alaska becomes 3rd state with legal marijuana

Alaskans legalized marijuana, but left the rest up to regulators; native communities worried
Molly Dischner, The Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska - Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America's wildest state Tuesday, thanks to a voter initiative aimed at clearing away 40 years of conflicting laws and court rulings.

Making Alaska the third state to legalize recreational marijuana was the goal of a coalition including libertarians, rugged individualists and small-government Republicans who prize the privacy rights enshrined in the state's constitution.

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