• Illinois considers legalizing marijuana for a fiscal boost

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Marijuana advocates are trying to lay the groundwork for Illinois to become the first state in the Midwest and the ninth nationwide to legalize recreational pot, arguing the move will help solve the state’s notorious budget crisis.

  • Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections.