Of course Oregon hipsters are cultivating a craft cannabis industry

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of articles on the legalization of marijuana, produced in partnership with the 2015 Carnegie-Knight News21 national student reporting project. PORTLAND, Ore. — Jon Tester and Jeff Myers come dressed to work each day in newsboy caps, round-rimmed glasses and suspenders — plus a…

For some in the South, defying medical marijuana laws is the Lord’s work

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of articles on the legalization of marijuana, produced in partnership with the 2015 Carnegie-Knight News21 national student reporting project. CHESTER, S.C. — She lives in the wooden house her grandfather built more than a century ago in Chester, S.C., a rural community about a two-hour drive southeast of…

In the shadow of hazy marijuana laws, Hawaiian patients rely on a network of hush-hush growers

  Editor’s note: This is one in a series of articles on the legalization of marijuana, produced in partnership with the 2015 Carnegie-Knight News21 national student reporting project. HONOLULU — Twenty minutes from the turquoise waves of White Plains Beach, Teri Heede’s garden stretches out from her Kapolei home where three…

When all else fails for their children, desperate parents drive national push for medical marijuana

Editor’s note: This report is part of the project titled “America’s Weed Rush,” produced by the Carnegie-Knight News21 initiative, a national investigative reporting project involving top college journalism students across the country and headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. PITTSBURGH — In Room 716 of the Children’s Hospital…

Eleven years after being approved, Montana’s medical marijuana industry faces an existential threat

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of articles on the legalization of marijuana, produced in partnership with the 2015 Carnegie-Knight News21 national student reporting project. BILLINGS, Mont. – Gone are the flashing green neon lights on street corners advertising $200 ounces of marijuana in Billings and Butte and…

State lawmakers to Congress: Butt out of our marijuana laws

State lawmakers are calling on the federal government to change its drug laws to let states experiment with marijuana and hemp policy. The National Conference of State Legislatures, the de facto bipartisan group of lawmakers, passed a resolution at its annual meeting Thursday calling on the federal government to amend the…

States passed 153 immigration laws in the first half of the year. Here’s what they do

States passed 153 laws in the first six months of the year, more than during the same period of any year since 2011. The laws — passed by all but nine states — affect everything from budgets to education to health care to licensing and human trafficking, according to the bipartisan National Conference…

Map: How geography affects the value of the minimum wage

Labor advocates scored a major victory on Tuesday: Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous, took a step toward raising to its hourly minimum wage to $15. A national movement has formed around raising the minimum wage to that level, but its value depends a lot on where a worker lives. While minimum wages range…

Marijuana in Alaska has long been legal. Now the state is struggling to regulate it.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of articles on the legalization of marijuana, produced in partnership with the 2015 Carnegie-Knight News21 national student reporting project. ALASKA  – Native Alaskan Leif Abel knew how to hunt, fish, trap and grow organically by the time he was eight. In the family greenhouse, marijuana plants grew…

The state public pension funding gap is approaching $1 trillion

The state pension shortfall is closing in on $1 trillion, according to new Pew Charitable Trusts research. The gap between the benefits promised and funding available to state retirement systems rose by about 6 percent to $968 billion in 2013, the latest year for which data is available. That number…