NY Governor Cuomo Forms Workgroup To Draft Legislation for Regulated Adult-Use Marijuana Program

NY Gov forms committee to study adult-use cannabis

NEW YORK: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today appointed a workgroup to draft legislation for a regulated adult-use marijuana program for the legislature to consider in the upcoming session based on the findings of a multi-agency study he commissioned in January. The study, led by the Department of Health, concluded that the positive impacts of a regulated marijuana market in New York State outweigh the potential negative Read the full article…

Roger Tilton’s Clarion Call To New Hampshire: “Let’s Be Tenth!”

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By Roger Tilton NEW HAMPSHIRE: Four years ago, I ran for state senate in the “First in the Nation Primary” state of New Hampshire on the theme: “Let’s be ‘Third in the Nation’ to legalize adult-use cannabis.” I lost. And so did New Hampshire. Since that election, every jurisdiction neighboring New Hampshire (save the Atlantic Read the full article…

Washington: Felony Marijuana Convictions Fall Nearly 90 Percent

Delaware Gov signs expungement bill

WASHINGTON:  The number of cannabis-related felony sentences in Washington fell an estimated 90 percent in the 18-months immediately following the opening of adult use marijuana retail stores, according to an analysis by the Washington Caseload Forecast Council. Investigators identified only 147 marijuana-related crimes resulting in felony sentences in this period of time, compared to 1,312 felony offenses Read the full article…

Harris Poll: Majority Of Americans Want Marijuana Legalized

"Voters believe that ending America's failed marijuana prohibition laws is a common-sense issue, not a partisan one,"

NEW YORK: Eighty-five percent of Americans believe that marijuana “should be legalized for medical use,” and 57 percent of respondents endorse regulating it for anyone over the age of 21, according to national survey data compiled by Harris Insight & Analytics. Among younger respondents (those ages 18 to 44), 68 percent agree that cannabis should be legal. Most Read the full article…

Ohio Department Of Commerce Announces Recipients Of Processor Provisional Licenses

Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program

OHIO:  The Ohio Department of Commerce is authorized to award up to 40 provisional licenses for processors. The first round of awards included applicants who met the minimum requirements of the application. 185.48 – Ohio Grown Therapies, LLC (Johnstown, Licking County) 182.00 – Fire Rock Processing Ltd. (Columbus, Franklin County) 177.28 – Ohio Green Grow LLC Read the full article…

Manhattan D.A. Vance Ends Prosecution Of Marijuana Possession And Smoking Cases

D.A. Renews Call on New York State to Legalize Marijuana

New “Decline-To-Prosecute” Policy Follows National Review of Public Safety in Jurisdictions Where Marijuana is no Longer Criminally Prosecuted NEW YORK: Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today released the D.A.’s Office’s new policy to decline to prosecute marijuana possession and smoking cases, effective tomorrow, August 1. The policy, which is included below, is expected to reduce Manhattan Read the full article…

PA Representative Wheatley To Introduce Legislation To Legalize Marijuana

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PENNSYLVANIA:  Pointing to the success similar programs are having in other states, Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said he plans to introduce legislation which would legalize the sale of marijuana in Pennsylvania. “States from coast to coast have embraced legalization and those states are reaping the economic and criminal justice benefits,” Wheatley said. “It is time Read the full article…

Roys Releases Video Outlining Benefits to Legalizing Cannabis In Wisconsin

Roys Releases Video Outlining Benefits to Legalizing Cannabis in Wisconsin

Roys’ video tells the story of a man, Heath Rush, who became addicted to opioids while experiencing back pain due to injury. WISCONSIN: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kelda Roys released a video highlighting the positive impacts that legalization of cannabis for medical and adult recreational use can have in Wisconsin.  Roys’ video tells the story of a man, Heath Rush, who Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization Could Come To These 12 States This Year

Who are next 12 states to legalize cannabis?

By Eric Weisbrot Despite strong efforts to maintain the criminalization of marijuana use in the United States, many individuals and lawmakers have taken a step in the direction of legalization over the last several years. Currently, there are 29 states that allow for medical marijuana use, under particular limitations, and a smaller percentage that give residents Read the full article…

New Bill Builds Bipartisan Momentum Behind Federal Marijuana Reform

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Representatives Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), along with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), introduced bipartisan legislation to evaluate states’ marijuana policies. The Marijuana Data Collection Act directs the National Academy of Sciences to create a federally recognized report on state-level marijuana legalization policies, including both medical and non-medical use, and their Read the full article…