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Trump's Environmental Actions Spark Resistance in Many States

January 22, 2018 This article is Part One of the State of the States 2018 series at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Democratic governors, attorneys general and state legislators spent 2017 fighting President Donald Trump’s environmental agenda, and the conflict shows no sign of...

Trump Administration's Shift on Marijuana Could Imperil Banking Arrangements

January 8, 2018 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. By rolling back an Obama-era memo that shielded legal marijuana users, growers and distributors from federal prosecution, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions may compel many banks and credit unions to...

Testing for Tainted Marijuana Challenges States

December 21, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. People don’t just smoke marijuana. They vaporize it, bake it into brownies, use it in eye drops, and rub extracts of it onto their skin. Some people use the drug...

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...