Category: marijuana legalization

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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New Yorkers Prefer Legalizing Marijuana to Raising Taxes

State budgets are getting tighter each year for many, while a select few have been reaping the benefits of legalized marijuana for a couple of years already. When it comes to finding a solution to funding issues, it seems that policymakers’ options are few and far between – with general solutions being to raise taxes or administrative fees to make up the difference. When presented with possible ways to lower the state’s $4 billion budget deficit, New Yorkers made it clear that they would rather see marijuana legalized and taxed than see another increase in taxes. A poll was...

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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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