Category: marijuana legalization

New Jersey’s Legislative Black Caucus Told of Dire Consequences of Marijuana Legalization in Hearing

In a recent three-hour hearing of New Jersey’s Legislative Black Caucus, black lawmakers were treated to a view of cannabis legalization that would have been more at home in the 1980’s than it was in 2018. According to NorthJersey.com, the NJ lawmakers heard “a dystopian vision of a society in which babies are exposed to pot smoke, teenagers munch on marijuana-laced foods in school cafeterias, and the leaf replaces tomatoes and blueberries as a symbol of Garden State agriculture.” Seems pretty hysterical to those of us who know about cannabis and write/read about it on a daily basis –...

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Judge Dismisses Court Case Against Sessions, the DEA, and the DOJ

Earlier this month, on Valentine’s Day, a court in New York heard the initial arguments coming from 5 plaintiffs who were hoping to see cannabis removed from the Controlled Substances Act after deeming it unconstitutional. The five plaintiffs included two minors who are medical marijuana patients, a veteran with PTSD, a former NFL player who owns a CBD product line, and an activist group. The defendants in the case were Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Department of Justice. When the case was being heard last week, it was to determine whether the case would...

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Florida Voters Likely to Approve Recreational Cannabis if it Reaches the Ballot

Two years ago, before Florida voters had even approved Amendment 2 (legalizing medical marijuana), some people in the state were already looking ahead to legalizing the plant for recreational use. Back then, we had two main groups, and a third lesser-known group, who were working towards getting full legalization on the ballot – Regulate Florida, Floridians for Freedom, and Florida Organization of Reform. All three groups have a similar goal – making cannabis legal in the state of Florida – but they all have a slightly different approach to what legalization should look like. A few year ago they...

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Georgia Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Legalize Adult Use of Cannabis

When it comes to legalization of marijuana, over half of the country has legalized medical marijuana in some form. One of the states where access to legal cannabis is the most restrictive is Georgia, where a small expansion to a CBD-only medical marijuana law was passed last spring. Things have a slim chance of changing this year, though, as Senator Curt Thompson introduced a bill that would legalize cannabis for use by (and to be sold to) adults 21 and older, regulating the herb like alcohol. “The historical trends and the political trends nationally, and even here in Georgia,...

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Colorado Might Be Dismissing Non-Violent Cannabis Convictions

When a state legalizes cannabis, there is one problem that does not seem to get the attention it deserves when considering the changes to come: Marijuana convictions for crimes that would no longer be considered crimes. These records are not simply tossed because the new laws contradict the old ones – especially since federal law still conflicts with more progressive state laws – so that means a number of people still have records, and some are even still incarcerated, even after prohibition has ended in their state. In Colorado, where cannabis has been legal for adult use, sale and...

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More Marijuana Businesses Focusing Federal Lobbying Efforts on Republicans

A recent survey conducted by USA Today has found that marijuana business owners are finding a new outlet for their campaign donations: Republicans. Fearing a possible federal crackdown and taking their place among legitimate businesses in other, more established industries, cannabis business owners have shifted the focus of their campaign finance donations from the Democratic Party to the GOP. “These are legitimate, taxpaying businesses that want and deserve to be heard, and lawmakers at every level of government have become more comfortable with accepting their contributions,” said Mason Tvert, a cannabis activist who was instrumental in getting adult use...

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