Category: marijuana legalization

Will Michigan Legislators Undercut Marijuana Legalization Before Voters Decide This Fall?

There are rumblings out of Lansing, Michigan that state legislators are considering an attempt to pass some sort of recreational cannabis legalization before voters get a chance to go to the polls this November and vote on it. It seems state Republicans are worried that marijuana legalization could increase turnout at the ballot this fall, an increase that would most likely lean Democrat in its voting patterns. So, for example, if the GOP could pass a less robust marijuana legalization bill through the legislature, it could reduce the effect that legalization would have while simultaneously taking the teeth out...

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Connecticut House Appropriations Committee Advances Cannabis Legalization Bill

Around this same time last year it became clear that cannabis legalization wasn’t going to get the chance it deserved in the Connecticut legislature. A bill had been discussed for hours, but it never made it out of committee to be heard by the General Assembly. It appears that 2018 may be a better year for the possibility of legalization in the state, as the House Appropriations Committee advanced a bill last week which would lead to eventually legalizing and regulating a recreational cannabis market. “It’s a great feeling to make it further than we ever have,” said Sam...

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New Jersey Lawmakers Need to Agree on How Cannabis Legalization Will Work

One of the states that we’re all betting is going to be one of the next to legalize recreational use of cannabis is New Jersey. The state made the decision to elect a more progressive governor, one who made legalization one of his campaign promises. Now, Governor Murphy is calling for legislators to send a bill to him for signature – hoping to have things in the works for legal cannabis as soon as January 2019. Fortunately, lawmakers are listening. Unfortunately, they don’t all quite agree on what legal cannabis should look like for the state of New Jersey....

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New Jersey Governor Calls for Recreational Cannabis Legalization

Getty The state of New Jersey implemented its medical cannabis program back in December of 2012. Since then, both the program itself and the market for medical herb in the state have seen some significant growth and improvements. Governor Phil Murphy would like to see even more advancements when it comes to cannabis freedom, as he recently proposed full legalization of the plant medicine and came out in favor of recreational sales.    “I greatly respect those in this chamber who have proposed decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, and I thank them for recognizing the importance of...

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Maryland Might Vote on Legalizing Cannabis This Year

Getty Lawmakers in Maryland may give voters the opportunity to legalize cannabis in this year’s fall election. In Maryland, ballot referendum can only be introduced by lawmakers, and this wouldn’t be their first attempt at putting a referendum for a constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis on the ballot. Last year, a similar attempt was made but failed to pass. Voters and activists hope that now that more states have legalized – including Vermont where lawmakers made the call themselves – there may be a better chance that voters will get to be heard this year. “The public is actually...

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Illinois Senate Approves Non-Binding Ballot Question on Cannabis Legalization

Voters in Illinois may get the chance to tell their state lawmakers how they feel about legalizing cannabis if a measure recently approved by the Senate makes it to the ballots this November. Chicago Democratic Senator Bill Cunningham both sponsored and introduced a non-binding referendum question that he says would act as a statewide poll to see where Illinois voters stand on the idea of legalizing the recreational use and commercial sale of cannabis. The Senate has voted 37 to 13 to approve the measure, which now heads to the House of Representatives to be considered. If approved by...

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