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The latest cannabis news on legalization including laws, policies and elections.

“Weedgate” Cannabis License Controversy

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For the first time in six years and less than a week before the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDH) transferred authority to the newly created...

Billionaire Charles Koch On Why Cannabis Should Be Legal

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Depending on whom you ask, Charles Koch is a titan of industry, dark money political bogeyman or the Marcus Aurelius of the libertarian movement...

Texas Senate Approves Psychedelics And Marijuana Concentrates Bills

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The Texas Senate has approved House-passed bills to reduce criminal penalties for possessing marijuana concentrates and require the state to study...

Gov. Kay Ivey signs Alabama medical marijuana law

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Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday signed legislation creating an Alabama medical marijuana program, ending a three-year fight and reflecting a notable...

New York Lawmakers Finalize Cannabis Legalization Deal

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New York state lawmakers on Saturday night put the finishing touches on a deal to legalize cannabis products for those 21 and older while allowing...

Legal cannabis passes Minnesota Agriculture Committee

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A bill to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana is making its way through the Minnesota legislature. On Wednesday, lawmakers heard about...

New Jersey Legalizes Cannabis After Years Of Failed Efforts

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy finally delivered on a 2017 campaign promise when he signed legislation Monday that legalizes cannabis for adults...

North Dakota Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill In Committee

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A bill to legalize marijuana in North Dakota that’s being sponsored by a Republican lawmaker who personally opposes the policy change advanced...

Bill Allowing Homegrown Cannabis Gains Momentum In Washington

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Eight years ago, Washington staked a claim as the first state, along with Colorado, to legalize recreational marijuana use. More than a dozen...

Virginia Set to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis

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Adult-use cannabis could soon be legal in Virginia. Both chambers of Virginia’s legislature passed separate bills on Friday that would legalize...

Cannabis Regulatory Update: Kansas, Virginia, New Mexico

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Kansas Governor Pushes For Medical Marijuana Legalization Kansas Governor, Laura Kelly says the state is ready for medical marijuana legalization...

Lawmakers Reintroduce Recreational Cannabis Legislation At Minnesota Capitol

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On Monday, House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler and other Democrat lawmakers reintroduced recreational adult-use cannabis legislation that addresses...

Congressman Files First Federal Marijuana Reform Bill Of 2021

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The first marijuana reform bill of the new Congress was introduced this week. It’s not the comprehensive legalization legislation that advocates...

Cuomo Vows New York Will Legalize Adult-Use Recreational Cannabis

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) vowed on Monday that his state will legalize recreational cannabis as he begins ramping up efforts in the new year...

Legalizing Marijuana Takes An Important Step Forward

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In early December, the House of Representatives passed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or the MORE Act. The bill...

Illinois Governor Pardons 9,100 Low-Level Marijuana Convictions

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Gov. JB Pritzker issued 9,219 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Thursday, New Year’s Eve, while announcing the Illinois State Police...

Illinois Supreme Court to Rule on Cannabis License Dispute

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The stage is set for a decisive legal battle in Illinois’ highest court between a large, well-established company and a far smaller upstart over a...

How state marijuana legalization became a boon for corruption

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Jasiel Correia’s star was rising. The son of Cape Verdean immigrants in the working-class Massachusetts port city of Fall River — famed as the...
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