In a new Hill-HarrisX poll, 84 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana. The April 12-13 survey of found overwhelming support across all ages, races, genders, and even political affiliations. 42% of respondents said that weed should be legal for any use, the same percentage said that it should be legal for medicinal purposes. A small […]

White House hopeful Andrew Yang would do more than just end the federal government’s prohibition on marijuana if elected president, the Democratic candidate said Wednesday. “I would legalize marijuana and then I would pardon everyone who’s in jail for a nonviolent, drug-related offense,” Mr. Yang said at an event in Manhattan. “I would pardon them all on April […]

As the final agreement on a state budget comes into form, legalizing pot won’t make the cut, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders said. Cuomo proposed a plan to tax and regulate marijuana as part of the budget for the fiscal year that starts Monday. But Cuomo and lawmakers indicated in recent weeks that it was increasingly unlikely a deal could […]

Garden State lawmakers are expected to vote Monday on legalization and it’s looking like it could be a close call. This may be the state’s last chance to pass the bill before legislators have to turn their attention to budget negotiations, meaning legalization could get pushed back to 2020. See the original article at Bloomberg

Alaska is the first to pass a law allowing so-called “social consumption” of marijuana at specially licensed retail locations. Essentially, it will allow people to both buy and smoke cannabis at “cannabis cafes” associated with dispensaries that get the proper licensing from the state. Alaska Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer, a Republican, signed the bill into law […]

Florida medical cannabis patients are officially able to buy and consume smokable cannabis products after Republican Gov. Rick DeSantis signed legislation this week overturning the state’s controversial smoking ban. Senate Bill 182 passed Florida’s Senate on March 7 in a 34-4 vote and was approved by the House on March 13 by a vote of […]

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he has reached an agreement with legislative leaders to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. Lawmakers expect to vote on the deal on March 25 and Murphy could sign the legalization bill later that week. Under the agreement, a state Cannabis Regulatory Commission will be established to create the rules […]

In the final weeks of its 2019 session, Virginia’s General Assembly passed three bills that would help people using cannabis-derived medications. SB 1632, sponsored by Sen. Glen Sturtevant, R-Richmond, would prohibit schools from suspending or expelling a student for using CBD or THC-A oil with valid permission. SB 1557, introduced by Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, […]

A new study evaluating data collected by the World Health Organization has found that strict drug laws don’t do anything to prevent young people from using cannabis. The study was conducted by University of Kent professor Alex Stevens and looked at data collected from over 100,000 individuals across 38 countries. While many people have argued that loosening […]

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday that his budget will include proposals to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use and legalize medical marijuana. The governor, who previously advocated for decriminalizing marijuana, noted that citizens in 16 counties and two cities in Wisconsin voted by significant margins in non-binding referendums last year […]

New Jersey mayors launched a forceful call on Jan. 30, 2019, for automatic expungements of low-level marijuana possession and distribution convictions. Democratic Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Democratic Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said at a press conference that they would exercise their municipal authority and ban dispensaries from operating in their cities if they aren’t satisfied with expungement language […]

William Barr, President Trump’s nominee to serve as the next U.S. attorney general, made headlines earlier this month when he pledged during his Senate confirmation hearing not to “go after” marijuana companies that comply with state laws. Now, in response to written questions from senators, Barr is putting that pledge on paper, in black and white. […]

As the 2020 Presidential election starts to heat up, more Democratic hopefuls are throwing their hand into the ring. The most recent addition to the rapidly growing field of nominees is New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand. Where does Kirsten Gillibrand stand on cannabis legalization? See the original article at Civilized

An end-of-year report by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts indicates that federal prosecution for cannabis crimes declined 19 percent in 2018. The news from the Supreme Court follows last week’s report that cannabis smuggling has declined significantly since the start of the cannabis legalization movement in the U.S. See the original article at Ganjapreneur

As of October 2018, legal cannabis retailers had distributed nearly $6 billion worth of cannabis and the state collected $883,885,907 in cannabis tax revenues. In Denver alone, cannabis taxes have created $12.8 million in education funding. This has led to eight different youth diversion programs, training programs in 15 different Denver public schools, and the “High Costs” youth education and prevention […]

President Trump insists that a border wall would inhibit drug smuggling from Mexico into the US, but the statistics don’t support his claim. However, legalizing marijuana would take a huge bite out of the illicit drug trade, according to a recent report published by the Cato Institute—a conservative think-tank based in Washington, DC. See the original article […]

Massachusetts State Senator Elizabeth Warren, best known for her ardent resistance against financial corruption and income inequality, has announced that she is running for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential election. But where does she stand on cannabis? Despite her vocally progressive stance on most issues, Warren’s opinion on cannabis legalization is slightly more muddled. […]

Federal, provincial and municipal legislators have made many mistakes when it comes to cannabis regulations. These mistakes have hindered consumers when it comes to price, supply and access. All of these issues come from legislators and government officials who fail to understand the versatility of cannabis as a consumer product. Cannabis isn’t just a recreational […]

Ten states have now legalized cannabis for adults, following the mid-term elections. 33 allow medical use. The tally of states that allow the use of marijuana is poised to jump in a big way again in 2019, largely because a slew of pro-legalization candidates for governor. The states most likely to legalize marijuana is 2019 are Connecticut, […]

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said that cannabis’ federal Schedule I classification should be reconsidered. “We need to look at the way we schedule different medications across the board, because one of the concerns that I have with marijuana is the difficulty that the folks have to do research on it, because of the scheduling […]

Last month voters in Utah approved a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana, only to see the state legislature pass their own bill that removed many aspects of the initiative. Pro-marijuana advocates have filed a lawsuit against the Utah government claiming that the Utah Medical Cannabis Act represents a violation of the separation of church and state […]

Normally, statisticians use polls to collect data, but since cannabis is still highly stigmatized, Stats Canada couldn’t rely on people being forthcoming about their cannabis use. So instead, the Stats Canada team turned to the nation’s toilets. From March through August of 2018, Stats Canada analyzed the wastewater of five cities: Halifax, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and […]

The Republic of Korea has become the first East Asian nation to legalize medicinal cannabis. The move will come as a surprise to many as the Republic of Korea, better known to North Americans as South Korea, has been a vocal opponent of the legalization of recreational cannabis in other countries. Not only has South […]

After the first five days of adult-use cannabis sales in Massachusetts—between only two licensed dispensaries statewide—customers purchased more than $2.2 million worth of cannabis products. The dispensaries sold 56,380 “units,” meaning 56,380 separate cannabis products. Each customer in those first five days bought an average of 3.4 items per visit. See the original article at […]

New Jersey’s legislators advanced an adult-use cannabis legalization bill Nov. 26 in a joint Senate and Assembly Budget Committee vote of 7-3 and 7-2, respectively. The vote came after four hours of public testimony and debate. Collectively, the bills comprise a trio of cannabis reform measures that have been talked about in various forms since Gov. […]

A new poll shows that most American consumers are willing to pay more for higher quality cannabis. Even if Walmart Weed were to flood the market, those companies would be hard pressed to find takers for their substandard cannabis. Half of non-consumers and more than two-thirds of consumers said they would view the cannabis industry […]

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As Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) takes over as chair, the House Rules Committee may no longer be the place cannabis reform goes to die. McGovern says he understands full cannabis reform on a federal level would be challenging, but he is committing himself providing protections from federal interference for individual states that do decide to […]

Mexico’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that an absolute ban on recreational use of marijuana was unconstitutional, effectively leaving it to lawmakers to regulate consumption of the drug. The court ordered federal health regulator COFEPRIS to authorize people seeking the right to use marijuana to do so personally, “albeit without allowing them to market it, […]

Quebec’s government-run cannabis stores have announced that their opening hours will be trimmed due to the chronic shortages the shops have experienced since marijuana became legal on October 17. The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) outlets will no longer be open Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. The SQDC says that the new hours will be in effect until the “availability of products is stabilized.” See the original […]

The Canadian online cannabis stores powered by Shopify Inc.’s e-commerce software were collectively processing more than 100 orders per minute, the Ottawa-based company said, an indication of the high demand for newly-legal marijuana. These online stores saw “millions of visitors” from Canada and around the world in the hours after they went live at 12:01 […]

Today, the Pew Research Center released the results of their newest study, which found that 62 percent of Americans now support the legalization of marijuana. Millennials were found to show the strongest support, with 74 percent in favor of ending marijuana prohibition. The least supportive group was the Silent Generation at only 39 percent — […]

The next United States Congress is likely to pass cannabis legislation, said two congressmen ring a conference Friday, even if Republicans retain control of Congress in November’s election. The lawmakers spoke specifically about the STATES (Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States) Act. Introduced in June, the bill would exempt states with legal cannabis laws […]

Despite President Trump’s public support of state-regulated legal cannabis, documents reveal he had convened a secret anti-cannabis effort to combat public support for marijuana reform efforts across the country. The group, reportedly named the Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee, has been instructed by the White House to gather data demonstrating the most significant negative trends related […]