House passes sweeping reform bill to decriminalize marijuana

The House on Friday passed sweeping legislation that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, the first time either chamber of Congress has voted to legalize cannabis. The measure, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, passed on a largely party-line vote of 228-164.

In The Weeds: A Closer Look At Legalizing Marijuana - The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, joining 11 other states and D.C. Days after the election, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that he will introduce legislation to legalize the plant. According to a recent Gallup poll, 68% of Americans support legalizing marijuana, and many drug policy organizations are advocating for that.

Some Cannabis Activists Are Urging Congress To Vote 'No' On The MORE Act

With the House of Representatives preparing to vote on a landmark bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level this week, it's a sure bet that members of Congress are hearing from activists on both sides of the issue who hope to sway support in their direction.

Marijuana legalization successes pave way for national conversation on drug laws: Experts

A majority of voters in five states, both red and blue, passed ballot measures that legalized marijuana on Election Day. This show of support at the polls will put more pressure on other states and the federal government to update its drug policies, according to advocates and experts.

Four takeaways after more states legalize marijuana | Opinion

Every election cycle, versions of the same headline pop up: "Americans are united for legalizing marijuana." The implication is that federal marijuana legalization, despite its opponents in the public health and safety fields, is right around the corner. "It's inevitable," we always seem to hear. And with four U.S.

Oregon becomes first state in US to decriminalize possession of all drugs

Luke Niforatos, executive vice president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, breaks down Oregon Measure 110.

Legal marijuana backers tout potential money for states

PHOENIX - Supporters of ballot measures that would legalize marijuana are pitching cannabis as a new revenue source that can fund schools, roads and even public safety, a new appeal aimed at winning over suburban voters who might still be hesitant about the accessibility of legal pot.

The marijuana lobby spends big on bills Americans don't want | Opinion

There has been a big push to commercialize and legalize marijuana lately. And while advocates insist this push derives from a desire to increase racial equality and social justice, the real reason is far more cynical: the almighty dollar. Last year, Big Marijuana spent a record $11 million on federal lobbying, and $3.3 million in the last quarter alone.

Marijuana ads are here and largely unregulated, as the industry acts to set own guidelines

Cigarette commercials have been banned from radio and television since 1970. Liquor ads were once prohibited from TV as well. Illinois law allows marijuana advertising on the airwaves - but the federal prohibition on pot effectively limits ads to within the states where it's legal.

Pot legalization goes up in smoke as budget talks advance

ALBANY - The push to legalize marijuana by latching the measure to state budget legislation has apparently faltered, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. Cuomo suggested there was "too little time" to revive the proposal in budget bills.

Cuomo: Legal Marijuana Out Of The Budget

Governor Andrew Cuomo says legalizing recreational marijuana is not going to be part of the state budget this year. Cuomo made his comments as the budget deadline approached with no agreement on how to close a $15 billion budget gap, caused by the fallout from the coronavirus.

Citing a new study, advocacy groups say dispensaries should not be considered an essential business

DENVER - A study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is within the National Institutes of Health, reports smoking marijuana may increase a person's risk for contracting the novel coronavirus. Two national advocacy groups are citing the study as a reason for removing the "essential" designation from dispensaries in states where recreational use of marijuana is legal.

California pot dispensaries are open during coronavirus crisis. Some want them closed

In designating California's marijuana industry as essential under the state's COVID-19 stay-at-home order, the administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom has argued that the health benefits of keeping pot shops open outweigh the risks - even as opponents of the policy call it reckless.

'The legal stuff is garbage': why Canada's cannabis black market keeps thriving

Cannabis may be legal in Vancouver but visitors looking to score are likely to run into a seemingly counterintuitive suggestion: try the black market. Recreational marijuana was legalised across Canada in October 2018. And yet on Reddit, the specialist forum website used by millions every day, many of Vancouver's cannabis connoisseurs still swear by their underground supply.

Legalizing marijuana is a step backwards for social justice

The Connecticut General Assembly Judiciary Committee recently held a public hearing on Senate Bill 16, a bill to commercialize marijuana. One prevailing theme was the potential for achieving social justice, but nothing about this bill will even touch social justice - unless the goal is to make it worse.

Bloomberg's new marijuana policy is short on details - Roll Call

Posted February 18, 2020 at 4:47pm Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg formalized his stance on marijuana Tuesday, calling for decriminalization as part of a broader criminal justice platform. But the paragraph-long marijuana policy leaves a lot of questions about what federal marijuana policy would look like under a Bloomberg administration.

Hearing on Recreational Marijuana Draws Dozens

Connecticut decriminalized the use of marijuana in 2011. A new bill discussed before the judiciary committee on Monday goes a big step further, legalizing the possession and the sale of the drug for recreational use. "No one is here advocating for the use of cannabis," said Rep.

Luke Albee: Slow down on commercializing pot

Editor's note: This commentary is by Luke Albee, who worked for Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., for 20 years and was his chief of staff from 1993-2004. He consults with a non-profit organization called SAM - Smart Approaches to Marijuana. In Washington, facts have fallen on hard times.