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Wed
16
Jan

New York and New Jersey governors call for marijuana legalization

 
The Democratic governors of New York and New Jersey each set goals to legalize recreational marijuana as part of their 2019 agendas, declaring in separate State of the State speeches Tuesday that new laws should raise state revenue and redress past criminal and economic injustice.

 

 

 

Phil Murphy. Photographer: Allison Joyce/Bloomberg

Wed
16
Jan

Cannabis in congress: Why federally legal weed could soon be a reality

Even with the government shutdown that’s been ominously hovering over Washington these past three weeks, there’s still a fresh Congress in town. That means the nation’s 535 lawmakers are in the first stages of trying to get their favored pet issues on the radar of party leaders. That focused energy and flowery optimism that marks the start of any new Congress is different this year for marijuana proponents, because this time around they believe they can actually pass some sweeping cannabis reforms.

Wed
16
Jan

Rhode Island's recreational marijuana proposal would be one of the strictest in the nation

Yesterday Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo introduced her plan to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, writes Joseph Misulonas. However, the governor said she did so "reluctantly," and that may explain why Rhode Island's legalization proposal would be one of the strictest in the country.

Wed
16
Jan

Pot retailers forced into waiting game after Ontario's licence lottery

Some of Ontario's potential cannabis retailers say they are in wait-and-see mode after the province awarded 25 potential retailers the right to apply for cannabis retail licences on Friday.

The country’s largest cannabis retailer – National Access Cannabis Co. (META.V) - was among the many companies shut out on Friday and its CEO viewed the lottery as a flawed process.

“Taking 25 would-be, hopeful retailers, bringing them in and hoping that they’re going to be successful? That’s very low probability,” said Mark Goliger, the company’s CEO, in an interview with BNN Bloomberg on Monday.

Tue
15
Jan

Rhode Island governor to include recreational marijuana in budget proposal

Rhode Island may be the next state in New England to make recreational marijuana a reality following Governor Gina Raimondo’s announcement that she will call for legalization in her budget proposal for 2019.

Raimondo spoke with sources earlier in the week and said that her decision to include provisions for legalization is met with reluctance but that it’s the most realistic way forward as more states choose to legalize.

“I have resisted this for the four years I’ve been governor,” Raimondo told the Providence Journal. “Now, however, things have changed, mainly because all of our neighbors are moving forward [with marijuana legalization].”

Tue
15
Jan

Oregon could make history with cannabis export regulations

Oregon officials are considering a bill that would drastically change how cannabis businesses operate and could establish a historic new direction for the industry.

A bill to allow the exporting of cannabis across state lines to neighboring states such as Washington and California is being reviewed by state lawmakers. This could potentially be a huge development as no other state permits the export of cannabis.

Oregon growers have produced significantly more cannabis than its residents can consume. In fact, according to Rolling Stone, Oregon growers are currently sitting on more than one million pounds of cannabis. Currently, there is no plan to be able to sell the extra supplies to in-state consumers.

Tue
15
Jan

With no medical marijuana available in ND, lawmakers look at reciprocity

North Dakota lawmakers again wrestled with the state’s medical marijuana law Monday, amid some frustration that the drug isn’t yet available to patients almost two years after the state enacted the voter-approved statute.

Fargo Democratic Rep. Pam Anderson, an early medical marijuana proponent, pushed a bill adding several conditions that would qualify for the drug’s use, including autism, anxiety disorder and Tourette syndrome. It would also allow people from other medical marijuana states to obtain the drug here and expand the types of health care providers who could approve its use for patients.

"I think what we passed last time ... for the most part was a good bill," Anderson said. "What I think we're all trying to do now is really make it better."

Tue
15
Jan

St. Louis, Missouri will no longer prosecute marijuana possession under 100 grams

St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell will no longer prosecute cases for possession of less than 100 grams of marijuana. The new policy first came to light in an internal memo to prosecutors and staff from Bell regarding changes in prosecutorial policy. It was leaked to reporters during Bell’s first week in office. Bell was sworn in as St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney on January 1 after being elected to the position in November.

Although Bell said in a Facebook post after the memo’s release that the changes had not yet been finalized, in an email to local media, his chief of staff Sam Alton wrote that the new policy has already been enacted.

Tue
15
Jan

Last votes needed to legalize marijuana in N.J. may come from these 3 GOP moderates

With Democrats who lead the state Senate still tantalizingly short of votes needed to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey, a triumvirate of moderate Republican senators has emerged to seize the moment. The move was first reported in NJ Cannabis Insider.

Tue
15
Jan

Roads and marijuana — 2 major issues Illinois lawmakers could move on in 2019

Monday starts a new era in Illinois politics, one that area lawmakers and others say could bring major legislation such as a capital bill to fix the state’s crumbling roads and legalization of recreational marijuana.

“I think everybody feels that it's time to make some investments in some of the public infrastructure around the state,” said Ryan McCrady, president of the Economic Development Corp. of Decatur and Macon County. McCrady added state roads in the Decatur area, including U.S. 51, are in need of repair.

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