New Jersey is poised to let voters decide if marijuana should be legal

State lawmakers inched closer Thursday to letting voters decide next year if marijuana should be legal in New Jersey.

“It’s time we give the voters an opportunity to weigh in on this,” Sen. Nicholas P. Scutari (D., Union) said during the final — and constitutionally required — hearing before legislators vote on whether to put recreational marijuana legalization on the November ballot.

That vote is scheduled for Monday. Scutari said it would have been preferable to legalize marijuana through the Legislature, but that "appears to not be the avenue we can go.”


Pennsylvania medical marijuana sales top $500 million in first two years

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program has passed a half-billion dollars in sales since it began dispensing the drug nearly two years ago.

John Collins, director of the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana, said at an advisory board meeting Wednesday that about 147,000 people are certified to purchase medical marijuana at one of 72 dispensaries in operation.

He says there are about 65,000 patient visits to dispensaries per week. Their average purchase is about $120.

About 60 percent of the demand is coming from patients with pain or pain-related conditions, which Collins says is in line with other states' experience.


Hemp sees resurgence in Pa. after 80 years — but there are roadblocks

The 2019 growing season was a painful, learning process for hemp farmer Steve Pugliese.

“We had major weed issues,” said Pugliese, who planted 255 acres of industrial hemp in Jefferson Township.

Before hemp stretched as far as the eye could see on Pugliese’s Berks County farm near Bernville, the fields were planted in corn, hay and soybeans.


Pennsylvania aims to move forward both on medicinal & adult use cannabis programs

A new effort to legalize recreational cannabis is coming to the Keystone State. Pennsylvania lawmakers Daylin Leach and Sharif Street are hoping to build support for their latest proposal, Senate Bill 350 which they introduced on October 15th. The bill would allow for both home delivery and the automatic expungement of many previous criminal convictions related to marijuana. The bill’s supporters estimate it will generate $500 million in tax revenue within twelve months.

In contrast to the approach of many other states, Senate Bill 350 contains a provision allowing home grower permits for personal use. The bill also envisions “use lounges” where individuals can legally consume marijuana brought from outside the establishment.


Majority of Pennsylvania voters want legal cannabis, poll shows — just not in state stores

A majority of Pennsylvania voters support legalizing cannabis for recreational use, a new Franklin & Marshall College poll shows.

What they don’t want? Marijuana sold through the commonwealth’s more than 600 state-owned liquor stores.

The poll released Thursday shows 58 percent of voters support legalization, a number consistent with March polling by the Lancaster, Pa.-based college.

Pollsters also asked, “How likely would you be to support the legalization of marijuana if it were sold by the state liquor stores instead of by private companies?”


Pennsylvania: More than a year after whole plant went legal, medical cannabis growers struggling to keep up with demand

An eighth-ounce of bud costs $123,456 if you order online from medical cannabis dispensary Justice Grown Pennsylvania.

It’s a creative deterrent to stop patients from placing orders online amid widespread shortage of dry leaf medical cannabis.

Demand has outpaced supply ever since state regulators opened up raw cannabis sales for approved patients last August. That and other factors came to a head this week for Justice Grown when it had to throttle sales for an option that costs significantly less than concentrated products such as vape cartridges and tinctures.


Pennsylvania lawmakers introduce broad recreational marijuana Bill

Shortly after Governor Tom Wolf announced his support for legalizing recreational marijuana in the state, Pennsylvania lawmakers introduced a bill that is being hailed by cannabis advocates as the “gold standard” for weed legalization.

Democratic Senators Daylin Leach and Sharif Street filed the legislation that covers everything from social equity provisions to marijuana delivery services.


Comprehensive Marijuana Legalization Bill introduced in Pennsylvania

Less than a month after Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf called on state lawmakers to draft a bill to legalize recreational cannabis, Senators Sharif Street and Daylin Leach have delivered. And what the two Democrat lawmakers are proposing with SB350 could be the most comprehensively progressive marijuana legalization bill to date. The bill includes provisions for home grow, total expungement of prior cannabis-related convictions and delivery services. It also opens the door to the industry, making it easy for individual and small-scale growers and retailers to open businesses and placing checks on large out-of-state corporations.


Over two dozen medical cannabis growers in Pennsylvania Unionize

The employees of a Pennsylvania medical marijuana company have signed a labor contract with their employer, making them the first cannabis workers in the state to unionize. The three-year agreement between employees and management of Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Solutions was recently ratified, making about 30 production and laboratory operations workers in a Scranton manufacturing facility members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 Keystone State.


PA House Democrat wants to sell legal cannabis in State liquor stores

If Pennsylvania does legalize recreational cannabis, a union-friendly Democrat from the Philadelphia suburbs wants to give consumers a one-stop shopping experience.

On Wednesday, Rep. David Delloso, D-Delaware, rolled out a plan that would not only legalize recreational marijuana for people aged 21 and older, it would also allow cannabis to be sold through Pennsylvania’s more than 600 state-owned liquor stores.


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