Category: marijuana legalization

New Jersey’s New Governor Says He will Legalize Cannabis

Substantial changes are coming to the state of New Jersey now that active cannabis opponent Chris Christie’s term as governor is coming to an end. The current Garden State governor has made it a priority during his time in office to prevent cannabis legalization from taking place – swearing that while he had a say, it would not be legal. He even went so far as to prevent legislation that would have expanded access to medical marijuana – only allowing small (yet sometimes significant) changes to take place in recent years. That is all coming to an end, however,...

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Goodbye Chris Christie, and Good Riddance

On January 16, 2018, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be forced from his office by term limits. You can say many things about Chris Christie, but you can’t say he’s been inconsistent about cannabis policy. He hates it. Not only does he hate it, he’s never been shy about talking about how much he hates it. From calling the notion of marijuana legalization “beyond stupidity” to comparing cannabis to heroin, Governor Christie has never missed an opportunity to blast the cannabis community and industry. His latest slam, launched just a little over 2 months before the end of...

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Maine House Blocks Veto Override for Cannabis Regulation Bill

Lawmakers in Maine have been working since early this year on legislation that would regulate the sale of cannabis after voters approved the legalization of possession, use and sale of the herb a year ago during the 2016 election. However, the state’s governor, Paul LePage, vetoed this bill – forcing lawmakers to reconvene for a vote yesterday with a decision required by midnight. In vetoing the bill, Governor LePage cited his concerns over how the Trump Administration is going to handle the discrepancy between state and federal laws. This is something that many states – and the cannabis industry...

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Missouri Activists Taking Another Shot at Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Getty New Approach, a pro-cannabis activist group in Missouri, is working towards getting medical marijuana on the ballot for the 2018 election. The group came close to being on the ballot in 2016, but a judge ruled that over 10,000 of the signatures they had collected were invalid due to not having the proper county listed on the petitions. Now, to ensure that they don’t miss the same opportunity a second time, the group has started well in advance – and they have already collected over 100,000 of the roughly 170,000 signatures needed in order for their initiative to...

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Former Republican National Committee Chairman Thinks Marijuana Legalization is Coming Soon

Getty One of the more interesting aspects about following the evolution of the marijuana legalization issue over the last 8 year has been watching conservative Republicans – the cheerleaders of the “just say no” approach to cannabis issues – come around to a different way of thinking. From polls showing a majority of Republicans now favoring marijuana legalization to the journey of former drug war stalwarts like GOP Senator Orrin Hatch (UT) to the side of right – at least when it comes to medical marijuana – the last demographic group standing in the way of marijuana law reform...

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Poll Shows Republicans are Increasingly in Favor of Cannabis Legalization

Getty The latest Gallup poll reports that support for cannabis legalization has once again hit an all time high, with 64 percent of Americans in favor of legalizing cannabis for adult consumers. When Gallup first started polling on this subject back in 1969, only 12 percent of Americans believed cannabis should be legal. “It makes sense that support for ending marijuana prohibition is increasing,” Morgan Fox of the Marijuana Policy Project said in a statement. This is also the first time that a majority of voters registered as Republican are in favor of legalization – with 51 percent saying...

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