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Why It’s Getting Easier for Marijuana Companies to Open Bank Accounts

December 6, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. State and local officials in places that recently legalized marijuana are bracing for the arrival of a sector that largely runs on cash. They’re anxiously envisioning burglars targeting dispensaries and...

'We Call It Reparative Justice: Repairing the Harms Caused by the War on Drugs'

November 20, 2017 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Sophie Quinton. When Californians voted to legalize marijuana last year, they also voted to let people petition courts to reduce or hide convictions for past marijuana crimes. State residents can now petition...

Where Buying Marijuana Is Legal, But There’s Nowhere to Smoke It

November 8, 2017 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Las Vegas’ reputation as a place where you can indulge your vices and have a good time helps it lure some 43 million visitors a year. But tourists heading to...

Why Some Cities Are Buying Trailer Parks

October 24, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Tim Henderson. BOULDER, Colo. — Here in the heart of one of Colorado’s most expensive cities, Isabel Sanchez bought a mobile home seven years ago for just $6,000. Her four-bedroom bungalow now...

Wildfires Put State Budgets Under Pressure

October 5, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. The wildfires that tore through over a million acres of Montana this year damaged homes, cloaked communities in smoke, and burned a hole in the state budget. With winter snow...

Western Towns Try to Stop Hungry Bears From Causing Havoc

September 18, 2017 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Sophie Quinton. BOULDER, Colo. — On a recent morning that was chilly with the first nip of fall, Brenda Lee went looking for knocked-over trash cans. She drove her car slowly through...

Charlottesville May Put the Brakes on Campus Free Speech Laws

August 24, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. The sight of white supremacists marching through the heart of the University of Virginia, carrying flaming Tiki torches and shouting “Jews will not replace us!” — followed by the killing...

Why States Don’t Want Trump to Make ‘Very Big Changes’ to NAFTA

August 19, 2017 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and written by Sophie Quinton. President Donald Trump says the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a disaster. “It’s been very, very bad for our companies and for our workers,” he said at the Wisconsin...

Is Changing the Constitution the Only Way to Fix Washington?

August 7, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Next month delegations of state lawmakers will travel to Phoenix, Arizona, to attend what organizers say will be the first formal convention of states since the Civil War. They’ll gather...

Reluctant States Raise Gas Taxes to Repair Roads

July 26, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Motorists don’t like to pay more at the pump, and lawmakers worry that if they raise taxes on gasoline, they’ll be voted out of office. But states rely on those...