These U.S. states are most likely to legalize marijuana in 2020

The cannabis advocacy community wants the nation to believe that 2019 was a banner year in the realm of marijuana reform. But the only things that really happened were that New York and New Jersey failed to make good on their word to legalize, Illinois followed through and the U.S. House of Representatives dilly-dallied with a couple of bills (SAFE and MORE Acts) that will never see the light of day.

This “banner” year that pro-pot organizations like NORML are so proud of really doesn’t equate to much. But we could have better luck next year. There are several states positioned to legalize marijuana in 2020. These are the five that seem to have the best chance at success.


Ohio medical marijuana companies ban two chemicals from vaping products

Ohio medical marijuana processors have voluntarily banned two substances from their products in the wake of a spate of vaping-related hospitalizations and deaths.

A group of Ohio medical marijuana processors recently identified two substances that they will no longer allow in their products, following nationwide reports of vaping-related hospitalizations and deaths.

Fifteen medical marijuana license holders, including 12 cannabis processors, voluntarily banned two chemicals: medium chain triglycerides (partially man-made fats used to reduce levels of cholesterol in the blood) and polyethylene glycol (a petroleum derivative compound made from the main ingredient in antifreeze that also can be found in skin creams and as a food additive).


Changes proposed for Ohio's medical marijuana control program

Nearly 75,000 Ohioans have registered with the state to receive medical marijuana. Of those, just over 51,000 have actually purchased the product. Those involved with the program propose some changes they say will improve it for everyone.

Erin Reed, the Board of Pharmacy’s Director of Medical Marijuana, says proposed changes to the program will make it work better.


Marijuana Legalization Could Be Coming To These States In 2020

This year has been momentous for cannabis reform, from the Illinois General Assembly becoming the first state legislature to pass a bill to regulate cannabis like alcohol to the U.S. House of Representatives passing the SAFE Banking Act and forging ahead with the MORE Act. 

It’s important to celebrate these victories, but with the end of 2019 comes the beginning of 2020, which is already shaping up to be the biggest year ever for marijuana-policy reform. 


K-9s Are Sniffing Out Vape Devices With THC In Ohio Schools

Vapes, especially portable handheld vapes, have exploded in popularity over recent years. And that includes among teens.

As a result, high schools in different parts of the country are starting to take measures to crack down on vaping on school grounds. The most recent example of this comes out of Ohio.

There, a number of schools have started installing and using vape detectors to figure out when students are vaping. Additionally, some schools have taken more extreme measures, bringing in K-9 units to sniff out vapes.


What Travelers Need To Know About Flying With Weed

With the laws surrounding cannabis -- both marijuana and hemp -- constantly changing, confusion for cannabis consumers arises when it comes to traveling to and from states where weed is legal. This is especially true when it comes to flying with weed. 

Cannabis consumers should empower themselves with an understanding of the laws and regulations concerning cannabis so that they can consume weed legally and fly safely. First and foremost, that means knowing that marijuana possession is illegal under federal law. 


Ohio's Hemp Rules May Create Barrier For Small Farmers

The proposed licensing fees and planting minimums for hemp production in Ohio could create cost barriers that exclude smaller growers, farmers and industry groups said.


Ohio’s medical marijuana program issues first mandatory recall

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program is recalling a product, the first in the program’s short history, according to Cleveland.com.

The mandatory recalled was issued Friday for Pineapple Express Rosin, processed by One Orijin.

According to the Medical Marijuana Control Program, the company did not follow the proper procedure during production.

All purchase dates are included in the recall, and the product IDs are as following:


Medical marijuana companies say their vaping products are safe

Even as health officials recommend that medical marijuana users avoid vaping products, medical marijuana companies say their products are safe.


State health officials have advised medical marijuana cardholders not to use vaping products — even those purchased at legal marijuana dispensaries — until a nationwide spate of e-cigarette-related hospitalizations and deaths is better understood.

At the same time, the Ohio medical marijuana industry is taking strides to remind consumers that their vaping products are thoroughly scrutinized to ensure their safety.


University of Denver to study neurological effects of cannabis use during pregnancy

Alcohol and pregnancy definitely don’t mix, but is it cool for expecting mothers to toke? Researchers at the University of Denver are trying to bring clarity to that question.

Pilyoung Kim, a psychology professor at the school, is leading a team that is studying the effects of cannabis on pregnant mothers and their babies. 


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