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New Jersey Governor is Following Through on Promises of Legalization

Last November, voters in New Jersey decided to make a big change for their state when they elected Phil Murphy as their new governor. Where their previous governor, Chris Christie, was a die-hard prohibitionist, Murphy has expressed an interest in legalizing cannabis within the state – and made sure that voters knew that he was holding to his word by reminding everyone of that fact shortly after he was inaugurated. “A stronger and fairer New Jersey embraces criminal justice reform comprehensively, and that includes a process to legalize marijuana,” Gov. Phil Murphy said shortly after taking the oath of...

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Majority of Americans Want Feds to Leave State-Legal Marijuana Businesses Alone

A new poll from YouGov and The Huffington Post shows that the majority of respondents want the federal government to leave marijuana businesses alone in states where such activities have been made legal. Some 56% say they are opposed to the feds getting involved in cannabis sales in states where they are legal, with 44% of respondents being “strongly opposed” to such efforts. On the flip side, only 30% say they support the feds cracking down, with only 18% showing strong support. There has been a lot of reaction to the announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier...

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Study Finds Legalizing Cannabis Reduces Violent Crime at the Mexican Border

Some who fight against cannabis legalization use crime as the reason – claiming that violent crime will increase after the plant is made commercially available. However, many studies have proven that the riskiest thing about cannabis is its illegal status, and that violent crime surrounding cannabis is almost always due to the illegality of the plant. Now, a new study has found that legalizing medical marijuana has reduced violent crime in states along the Mexican border, rather than increasing it. According to the study titled “Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations? The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws...

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How Did U.S. Attorneys React After Jeff Sessions Opened the Door for a Marijuana Crackdown?

Earlier this month U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Department of Justice guidelines that had been put in place during President Obama’s second term, guidelines that allowed marijuana legalization to operate basically unmolested by federal authorities in states where voters had approved it. This move by Sessions opened the door for each U.S. Attorney to use their own discretion when determining which marijuana cases to prosecute since all activity pertaining to cannabis is illegal under federal law. This means the eyes of the cannabis community have moved to individual U.S. Attorneys and what their plans are, especially in states...

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Study Shows No Link Between Medical Dispensaries and Increased Crime Rates

A recent study strikes yet another blow against some age-old prohibitionist rhetoric. Some of those who are still against outright legalization at the federal, state or local levels will try to make the claim that medical cannabis dispensaries are partially to blame for increases in crime in communities. The study, published by the journal Preventative Medicine, shows that there is no link between neighborhood crime rates and the existence of locations where sales of medical marijuana take place. Locations that sell mostly tobacco and alcohol, though, are associated with an increased prevalence in local crime. Who would have thought?...

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New Hampshire House Approves Cannabis Legalization

Lawmakers in New England are not letting the latest announcement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions deter them from continuing to work towards ending the prohibition of cannabis at a state level. The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 207-139 in favor of a bill that would legalize the possession and cultivation of cannabis, less than a week after Vermont’s House passed a very similar bill. Originally, the House bill was written with the intention of full recreational legalization – including taxing and regulating the commercial sale of cannabis products – but the bill almost died before it ever saw...

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