Category: marijuana legalization

2017: The Year in Marijuana

When the year 2017 began, the cannabis community was still in a euphoric mood over the massive victories that took place on Election Night 2016. Spirits were high and the momentum in the cannabis law reform movement had never been greater. Everyone was expecting a big year in 2017 and in most ways, the year did not disappoint. Adult use marijuana retail sales got an early start in Nevada, where long lines and battles over distribution dominated the news from that state. Just before 2017 began, a handful of legislators in Massachusetts delayed the start of retail sales there...

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Speakers at AAA Summit Urge Caution on Marijuana Legalization in New Jersey

At a recent AAA Summit on Impaired Driving held in New Jersey, several speakers urged lawmakers in the state to wait on deciding on cannabis legalization until more is known about how marijuana impairment affects driving. “This is a big deal,” said Jake Nelson, Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research for AAA. “We’re legalizing a drug for fun without really understanding how to manage the highway safety implications of it. Not to mention all the other political and social issues that come with it.” Here we see some classic talking points from those ignorant about cannabis. The first...

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Vermont Could Legalize Cannabis As Soon As January

The state of Vermont has been on the edge of legalizing cannabis for over a year now, and each attempt puts them closer to becoming the first state to do so through the legislative process. It was just earlier this year that a bill finally passed votes in both the Senate and the House, only to be vetoed by Governor Scott at the last minute. It wasn’t all for nothing though, as Scott gave an idea of what he wanted to see changed for him to feel comfortable signing the bill. “After years of starts and stops, Governor Scott...

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Opposition to Michigan Marijuana Legalization Doesn’t Have a Leg to Stand On

Last month, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Michigan turned in some 365,000 signatures in an attempt to get on the November 2018 statewide ballot. If successful, the measure would legalize cannabis possession, growing and purchasing by those 21 years of age and older. As you can imagine, there is opposition to this plan. As you can also imagine, the opposition is having a hard time articulating exactly why the system of black market sales is better than a system of legal, regulated sales. Scott Greenlee, the president of Healthy and Productive Michigan, was recently on a...

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As Medical Marijuana Struggles in Ohio, A New Plan for Recreational Legalization Emerges

To say things have not been smooth when it comes to marijuana law reform in Ohio over the last 3 years would be an understatement. The crushing defeat of Issue 3 in November 2015 led to the legislature passing a rather restrictive medical cannabis law the following year. The process of implementing that medical marijuana law has cleared several hurdles; the latest hurdle has involved some rather high-up people in the state government calling for a delay after one of the reviewers involved in the process of approving cultivator licenses was found to have been convicted on drug charges...

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Canada’s Legalization Bill Passed Another Hurdle Towards Reality

For over a year now, Canada has been working towards the goal of legalizing cannabis throughout the country for adult use and sale. This move came with the election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2015, who promised during his campaign that legalization was on his agenda. About a year ago, the Canadian government’s legalization task force turned in their recommendations on how to go about regulating marijuana. Earlier this year, ‘The Cannabis Act’, or Bill C-45, was introduced with the goal of repealing cannabis prohibition and allowing adults 18 and older to purchase the herb from a licensed...

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