Category: legalization

Missouri Activist Groups Submit Signatures for Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiatives

Activists in Missouri have been working hard to get medical marijuana on the ballot in 2018 – especially after efforts fell apart at the last minute before the 2016 election. This year voters may have three different chances to vote ‘yes’ to legalize medical marijuana – two of which are possible constitutional amendments, and one which would amend state law. All three groups have now submitted their signatures to the Secretary of State’s office for validation. New Approach Missouri, the group who came so close in 2016, only to come up short on valid signatures, has turned in 372,483...

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Will President Trump Keep His Pledge on Marijuana Law Reform?

Earlier this month, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) elicited a pledge from President Trump to respect the rights of states to set their own marijuana policies. This came after Gardner set up a blockade of the administration’s Justice Department nominees in response to the revocation of the fabled “Cole Memo” in early January of this year by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. On the heels of the pledge from Trump, Gardner is joining with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to introduce legislation that would reform federal marijuana laws, giving states clearance to decide their own laws on the subject. “I do believe...

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How has Marijuana Legalization Impacted Colorado Economically?

It’s been a little over four years since recreational cannabis sales began in Colorado. A lot has happened in those four years, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City recently released a report that looks at the economic impact cannabis sales have had on Colorado. An important thing to keep in mind is that some 65% of all jurisdictions in Colorado still do not allow recreational or medical sales, which means that legal marijuana cannot be bought in most places in the state (around 27% of jurisdictions allow both rec and med sales). That makes the growth of...

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Introduces Legislation to Legalize Hemp

Earlier this week, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) held a press conference in Frankfort, Kentucky to announce his plans for legislation that would legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity on the federal level and remove it from the list of controlled substances: The Hemp Farming Act of 2018. “Hemp has played a foundational role in Kentucky’s agricultural heritage, and I believe that it can be an important part of our future,” said McConnell, who was instrumental in getting approval for state-level hemp pilot programs in the 2014 Farm Bill – programs that are now up and running...

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Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism Thinks Marijuana Should be Legalized in Resort Areas

Many of you have heard quite a bit about the War on Drugs in Mexico; you’ve heard it’s not going well in terms of curbing the cartels that battle for dominance in the country. For many, it’s an abstract thing that is accompanied by shocking numbers. For example, in 2017, people in Mexico were being murdered at a rate of 69 people…per day. October 2017 was the bloodiest month in Mexico since 2011, with over 2,300 murder investigations being opened; in the first 10 months of 2017, almost 21,000 people were killed in the country. These are hard statistics...

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54 Lawmakers Call for the Trump Administration to Leave Cannabis Alone

Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the move to rescind the Cole Memo, which had been protecting states’ rights to legalize marijuana without fear of prosecution from the federal government. Since then we’ve seen an outpouring of support for legal cannabis – from Vermont’s bold move to legalize marijuana, to former Republican Congressman Ron Paul calling Sessions “un-American.” Now, 54 lawmakers, both Democrat and Republican alike, have sent a letter to President Trump, asking him to direct Sessions to back-off when it comes to state-legal cannabis. “We write with urgent concern regarding the recent steps taken...

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