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Trump budget proposes loosening DC marijuana legalization restrictions.

Why the marijuana legalization vote got delayed in New Jersey. New Jersey marijuana legalization: The only sensible solution. Here are the high-powered influencers pushing for legal weed. Whoopi Goldberg urges New Jersey lawmakers to legalize weed. New Jersey pot bill gets Newark, Jersey City mayors’ last-minute nod. Legalizing weed will put New Jersey on the right side of civil rights history, Gov. Murphy says in plea for votes. New Jersey Gov. Murphy wants to legalize pot, but he hasn’t convinced the baby boomers. Legalizing marijuana won’t end the black market, says ex-leader of New Jersey State Police. New Jersey marijuana legalization: More stoned driving leads to higher taxes, prominent police chief warns. New group forms to fight New Jersey marijuana farming near schools. Stakes are high for governor as New Jersey nears vote on legalizing marijuana. New Jersey legal weed may be in trouble as lawmakers struggle to secure votes.New Jersey governor on marijuana legalization: “We’re not there yet.” New Jersey marijuana legalization: What you need to know from the legal weed hearings. With Committee votes, New Jersey legal marijuana one step closer to finally becoming law.

Legalized marijuana could be game changer for New York schools. Lawmakers weigh in on potentially legalizing recreational marijuana in New York. Is legal marijuana faltering in New York? Legalizing marijuana hits hurdles in Albany. New York marijuana legalization debate rages as opt-out movement grows. Nassau County lawmaker files marijuana opt-out measure. Social justice advocates say New York weed legalization bill falls short. New York bill to legalize marijuana dropped from proposed budget.

Lawmakers consider bills that would establish a framework for a legal marijuana industry in Connecticut. What’s in the bills that would legalize marijuana in Connecticut? Your questions are answered here. Five reasons to support marijuana legalization in Connecticut and five reasons to oppose it.

Rhode Island enlists former Colorado marijuana czar to help implement legal cannabis. Rhode Island law enforcement leaders disagree on marijuana legalization. Rhode Island lawmakers greet proposal for legal marijuana cautiously. You can’t own more than 3 pot shops in Massachusetts, but these companies are testing the limit—and bragging about it.

Pennsylvania senators release details on marijuana legalization bill. Another marijuana legalization bill to be introduced in Pennsylvania Senate.

For weed arrests in Baltimore, it’s catch-and-release season.

Illinois treasurer pushes for legal marijuana business to go from cash to banks. Medical marijuana growers can meet demand for recreational pot after Illinois legalization, study commissioned by growers says. Drugged driving deaths up in Iowa after nearby states legalize marijuana.

Recreational marijuana in Colorado: What the numbers say about health, safety and tax dollars. Gov. Hickenlooper takes more moderate stance on marijuana as fellow 2020 hopefuls seek legalization.

Head of Michigan marijuana agency says legalization could draw out-of-state users.

Beto O’Rourke was an early supporter of marijuana legalization.

The midwest is powering the marijuana legalization revolution. Support rises in all age groups for legal marijuana. Time to bank the unbanked legal marijuana industry. Can legal weed ever beat the black market? Legalized marijuana gives hiring managers a headache. Social responsibility in the marijuana industry. The morals and mechanics of marijuana legalization.

Canada legalization of marijuana offers a blueprint for the US.Canada National Cannabis Survey, fourth quarter 2018.

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California marijuana industry needs an intervention to avoid an “extinction event.” Employment and marijuana use among Washington adolescents before and after legalization of retail marijuana. Cannabis industry questions new Colorado system that would add chemicals to marijuana for tracking purposes.

Brookline, Massachusetts medicinal pot shop approved for recreational sales. Mission to buy weed with Connecticut lawmaker is gold for Massachusetts. Leaders offer blueprint for legal pot sales in Connecticut. Connecticut lawmakers hosted press conference on marijuana legalization. Cannabis 101 at UConn.

New York legalization fight intensifies. More New York say they will opt out of recreational marijuana. Albany County leaders undecided about participating in potential marijuana sales. Newsday readers weigh in on legalized marijuana in New York. Keep social justice in mind when pushing for New York marijuana legalization.

New Jersey governor, legislature, announce legal marijuana agreement. Don’t rush New Jersey legalization without getting answers first.

Expunge Illinois small-time pot convictions if it’s legalized. Illinois largely white marijuana industry is booming, and minority-run businesses want in. Illinois treasurer pushing to modernize “outdated” marijuana banking laws.

From casinos to cannabis: the Native Americans embracing the pot revolution. New Mexico recreational marijuana will be back in 2020 session.

Is the expungement provision of the Marijuana Justice Act constitutional?Trump claims executive privilege over agency memos on marijuana legalization. Bipartisan bill seeks to protect federal employees who use state-legal marijuana. The case for allowing interstate trade among marijuana-legal states. John Boehner was once “unalterably opposed” to marijuana. He now wants it to be legal. Legalizing marijuana, with a focus on social justice, unites 2020 Democrats.

The marijuana industry looks like the fastest-growing job market in the country. Banks don’t want to work with marijuana companies. It’s time for that to change. 7 ways marketers can break into the cannabis industry. The economic implications behind the cannabis legalization debate. Marijuana legalization must make War on Drugs’ victims whole before companies profit. As marijuana gets legalized, companies drop THC testing of employees. The cannabis industry is creating a green gold rush but obstacles to legalization still exist.

Canada marijuana companies are quietly pushing the Toronto Stock Exchange to allow them to invest in the lucrative US market and it could be transformative for the $75 billion industry.Mexico lawmakers reach across party lines to launch marijuana reform process.

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New Mexico House votes to legalize marijuana. New Mexico bill would create first state-run pot shops in US. New poll shows over half of Arizona supports legalizing marijuana. New marijuana banking bill in Congress has 108 cosponsors.

New Jersey lawmakers reach historic legal marijuana deal. New Jersey lower forecast shows marijuana no financial panacea. New Jersey marijuana legalization: Does legal weed bill include home grow, deliveries?

Illinois legal pot seems like a done deal. Some want a fair shot at the profits. Coalition works for racial equity as Illinois eyes legal marijuana. Illinois legal weed is closer than you think. Fight against legal marijuana in Illinois gets underway in Springfield.

Alaska poised to let people use marijuana at certain stores.

Minnesota senate committee torpedoes legal marijuana bill. Texas police chiefs: Marijuana legalization would only make things worse. Tulsi Gabbard pitches pot legalization bill as criminal justice reform. Majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana and expunging records, poll finds.

California cannabis marketplace is a mess. Here’s how to fix it. California agencies face cannabis licensing backlog that could hamper legal supply. Los Angeles illegal pot shops on verge of power shutoff in city crackdown.

Black lawmakers to block legalized marijuana in New York if their communities don’t benefit. Legalizing marijuana likely faces setback in New York.Home grown marijuana in New York: Will it be legal? Recreational marijuana: What schools fear most about the legalization in New York. New York bishops blaze against legalization in joint marijuana statement. Tallying the costs: New York marijuana legalization continues to divide. Nassau and Suffolk counties want to opt out of New York legal weed.

Support for Pennsylvania legal marijuana defies party politics—among residents, not lawmakers. Key Maryland committee holds hearing on two marijuana legalization bills. Here’s what legal recreational weed in Florida will look like.

Are weed churches legitimate houses of worship, or just another way around marijuana law?

British Columbia pot revenues not so high 6 months after legalization.

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Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy pleads guilty in brazen pot heist. This black church hosted a cannabis summit to address business opportunities in legal marijuana industry.

New Hampshire House approves marijuana legalization bill. Vermont Senate votes to legalize marijuana sales, setting up House fight.

What we know about New York plan to legalize marijuana. Equity, home-grown–lots of pot issues as New York legalization nears. New York Republicans aim to stop Cuomo from rushing pot legalization. New York State Police Coalition against marijuana legalization. Cuomo‘s bill to legalize mar­i­juana de­nounced by po­lice.What to know about black market forces threatening New York recreational pot. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney on New York legalization. New York pot politics.Brooklyn politicians call for fairness and equity in marijuana legalization. Legalizing recreational marijuana in New York could be delayed.

New Jersey governor will legalize marijuana only if records are expunged. Voters would decide if New Jersey legalizes weed under brand new proposal. I spent a night in the New Jersey marijuana black market: business is booming.

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor marijuana listening tour goes on, but hurdles remain for legalization. How Pennsylvania economy can benefit from the legalization of recreational marijuana. Home growing is crucial to legal pot in Pennsylvania.

Florida lawmakers consider legalizing marijuana for 21 and up. Here’s how likely recreational marijuana legalization is for Florida.

If Illinois legalizes marijuana, we might have a shortage. Why marijuana sales on the black market are blooming in Michigan after legalization. Most in Minnesota support legal marijuana, but logistical questions remain for lawmakers, law enforcement. Minnesota state senator on legalizing recreational marijuana. Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin files bill to protect Indian tribes that legalize marijuana.

Could marijuana reform finally make strides in Texas? Hawaii is very liberal, but in no rush to legalize marijuana. Colorado‘s John Hickenlooper: Federal government shouldn’t decide whether to legalize marijuana.

Junk food purchases increase after recreational marijuana legalization. How the unsteady rise of the pot industry has made dime bags a billion-dollar business. Sweet smell of success? Big business bets on a marijuana boom. Whole Foods CEO: If marijuana becomes legal, our stores might sell it. Colleges add cannabis to the curriculum.

Kamala Harris explains her evolution on marijuana legalization. Kamala Harris‘ father denounces her exploitation of Jamaican marijuana “stereotype.” Cory Booker makes federal marijuana legalization a central campaign push. Bernie Sanders: Too many lives are being destroyed by pot policy. Beto O’Rourke calls for federal marijuana legalization ahead of likely 2020 bid.

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San Francisco District Attorney to wipe out 9,000-plus pot cases going back to 1975. An algorithm is helping expunge San Francisco weed-related convictions. We take you inside a Colorado legal marijuana grow house. Colorado governor: Federal crackdown would be ‘existential threat’ to marijuana industry. Colorado governor talks cannabis and the economy.

Nearly 300 Michigan towns just say no to marijuana businesses. Michigan is looking for advice to help develop rules for legal marijuana.

New Hampshire House passes marijuana legalization bill. Vermont Senate expected to vote on legal marijuana sales bill this week. Firm that lost Maine marijuana bid undecided on appeal.

Legal in New Jersey or not, some cities ban marijuana. Brick, New Jersey to ban recreational marijuana sales? Cory Booker and four 2020 presidential rivals endorse marijuana legalization.

New York recreational marijuana legalization: What to know about drugged driving. New York law enforcement, prosecutors anticipate legalization of recreational marijuana. New York counties skeptical of marijuana legalization. New York cannabis industry jonesing to get pot legalized before state gets left out of smoking circle. Cuomo, de Blasio say New York pot sales will help fix the subway. How New York is preparing for legal weed.

DuBois, Pennsylvania speaks out on recreational marijuana legalization.

Florida lawmakers file legislation to legalize marijuana. Dueling New Mexico bills lay out different visions for recreational marijuana.

Indiana governor not in favor of legalized marijuana. Racine, Wisconsin law enforcement officials concerned about governor’s marijuana reform plan. After marijuana’s legalization elsewhere, why not Minnesota?Iowa evenly split on marijuana legalization.

All 2020 presidential candidates now support marijuana legalization efforts—even the Republicans. Democrats are unafraid to inhale in 2020’s Pot Primary. Amy Klobuchar (suddenly) backs legalizing marijuana. What Trump said in private conversations about cannabis revealed.

Congress asked the Fed chief about marijuana banking.

Why the legal cannabis industry loves the Ford Transit van. Legal cannabis poses a long-term risk to all beverage alcohol categories, says consulting group. This is the surprising reason why Americans have dramatically shifted their views on legalizing pot. Pharm to table? Martha Stewart to become cannabis adviser. The New Normal—A short by Spike Jonze. Fast-growing pot seller MedMen faces lawsuit by former insider.

US cannabis law is helping Canada make hay. Former dispensary operator sues Ontario over ‘arbitrary’ and ‘unlawful’ cannabis retail lottery. Canada co-ops springing up as smaller growers seek to compete. Nearly 1 in 6 in Canada have used marijuana since recreational pot was legalized.

Could fully legal marijuana in Thailand be next after medical marijuana approval? Advocates push home-growing, export potential.

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New push in Congress to open banks to marijuana industry. New problem for legal weed: Exploding pot factories. Growing marijuana industry struggles to attract entrepreneurs of color. Drug laws have historically been racist. Marijuana activists are helping minority dealers go legal.

New Jersey legalization timeline, licenses and other questions answered. New Jersey won’t see legal weed sales until January at earliest, top lawmaker says. Is New Jersey any closer to legalizing? Why New Jersey governor is tamping down talk of a breakthrough. New Jersey marijuana legalization: Legal weed supported by all age groups, says Monmouth Poll. Marijuana tax in New Jersey? It could be $42 an ounce.

Legalization bill approved by key New Hampshire House committee. Legalize pot? Amid opioid crisis, some New Hampshire leaders say no way. Salem, Massachusetts pot shop puts recreational sales on hold after tracking data goes up in smoke. Niagara County, New York forms committee to look at potential impact of legal marijuana. Should marijuana be sold at New York City bodegas? Staten Island weighs in. Pennsylvania lawmaker wants statewide vote on legal marijuana.

Maryland lawmakers to study legalizing recreational marijuana in 2020 with state law or by referendum. North Carolina lagging behind as marijuana legalization sweeps nation.

Illinois and Connecticut governors tout marijuana legalization in unveiling of state budget proposals. Pritzker’s budget depends on new revenue from legalizing marijuana in Illinois. How to screw up the Illinois burgeoning cannabis business. Michigan company sells books, gifts marijuana, in legal gray area. Most top Ohio officials say they haven’t tried it, don’t want it legalized for personal use.

Alaska cannabis industry concerned by uncertainty. California black market for pot is stifling legal sales. Now the governor wants to step up enforcement. Montana lawmaker proposes committee to study legalization of marijuana.

Forget Bitcoin, cannabis is the place to go, says US wealth advisor. Popular book on marijuana’s apparent dangers is pure alarmism, experts say. Is marijuana legalization driving increases in violent crime?

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Key moments from the first marijuana hearing of the new Congress. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks out on weed legalization and racial justice in congressional hearings. Cannabis industry reacts to new Attorney General.

Republican senator’s bill calls for state-run New Mexico pot shops. Big Pharma, Big Tobacco betting big on Hawaii legalization.

Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board votes on marijuana home delivery recommendations. Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Chief: Alcohol, marijuana regulation not the same. Vermont senate committee approves retail cannabis bill.

New York bodega owners rally for right to sell marijuana when its legalized. Despite New York legalization actions, marijuana money continues to bedevil banks. Big money is behind the rush to New York legalization. Assemblyman says “time has come” to legalize in New York.
Automatic sealing? Expungement? As they legalize marijuana, New York lawmakers negotiate clearing criminal records. New York police, doctors and educators fighting legalization.

New Jersey governor promised to clear weed convictions. Here’s just how hard that will be. New Jersey marijuana legalization: Lawsuit cites legal weed conflict by Point Pleasant Beach mayor. “The bad outweighs the good” says Barnegat, New Jersey mayor. He pushed for New Jersey marijuana legalization for nearly 20 years. Now the Weedman feels sidelined.

Majority at Erie County, Pennsylvania forum support legalizing marijuana. It’s high time to let Pennsylvania voters rule on marijuana.
Pennsylvania recreational weed may soon be legal one year after medical marijuana made available. Second Pennsylvania forum on legalizing again dominated by those who support it. New poll finds Maryland supports legalizing marijuana.

Let’s take another look at Ohio recreational marijuana before it’s too late. Illinois lawmakers seeking public input about legalizing. Prospect of legalizing in Illinois has developers, landlords seeing green. What could go wrong in Iowa if Illinois and Michigan legalize? Michigan marijuana use is legal but employers maintain the right to say not on the job.

Oregon leads nation in rate of marijuana consumption. Marijuana bills introduced in Colorado legislature in 2019 so far.

A marijuana banking bill finally gets a hearing in Congress. Here’s why Utah leaders are taking notice. Montana lawmaker proposes panel to study legalization.

Businesses need bank accounts—marijuana shops included. Banks want a hit of the marijuana business. Will they get to partake? Here’s why the craft cannabis industry can thrive in the face of Big Marijuana. A live conversation about the US cannabis industry. US doesn’t offer the most fertile soil for marijuana sales growth.

Will relaxing Australia laws on cannabis use help or harm?

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Australia set to legalize cannabis. Vicente Fox thinks Mexico could soon be exporting cannabis to the US, legally.

Kamala Harris supports legal pot, all of a sudden. Where Amy Klobuchar stands on marijuana. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: No shame in a president smoking weed. Why did pro-legalization lawmakers vote to ban people with drug convictions from V.A. employment? Congress moves closer to delivering protections for banks that work with the pot industry.

New York marijuana legalization fight heats up at Capitol. Slowing the New York legal weed freight train. How will New York legal marijuana be taxed, regulated? Brooklyn medical marijuana salon worried about New York legal recreational weed. Trends in Marijuana Enforcement in New York State, 1990–2017. Long Island politician fighting Cuomo’s marijuana push. Monroe County, New York marijuana advocates say police have it wrong when it comes to legalization.

Is New Jersey marijuana legalization on the way? Or will New York, Pennsylvania get there first? Pennsylvania statewide pot tour: Exercise in democracy or puffed-up political show? Pennsylvania legislators chime in on legalizing recreational marijuana. Baltimore top prosecutor seeks to right “extraordinary wrong” with pot convictions petition. Southern Maryland reacts to bills to legalize marijuana.

Colorado marijuana sales crack $6 billion since 2014 legalization, state says. Why Colorado pot money has no impact on the Denver teachers strike. Denver new program to erase low-level marijuana convictions launches. Alaska crime bill may need exemption to keep recreational marijuana industry legal. Washington marijuana legalization and traffic fatalities involving cannabinoids. California trusts the weed industry more than social media. Hawaii should be the next state to legalize marijuana. Travel agents react to possibility of legal marijuana in Hawaii.

Massachusetts lawmakers want more changes to pot law. First legal marijuana stores are open in Massachusetts, but industry is far from mature. With marijuana legal across all borders, what does it mean for New Hampshire? Rhode Island residents express displeasure with marijuana legalization.

ABC system is the right path forward for marijuana legalization in North Carolina.

Illinois lawmakers turn attention to marijuana. Legalizing marijuana in Illinois is a good idea. Marijuana legalization would save Wisconsin hundreds of millions of dollars every year.

Legalized marijuana has no impact on alcohol sales. New book sees benefits of legalized marijuana. Yes, marijuana legalization is working.

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S.420—A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the taxation and regulation of marijuana products. States would get free hand under marijuana bill. House Financial Services Committee will hear cannabis banking bill next week.

Oregon lawmakers consider interstate marijuana commerce, banning employers from forcing workers to abstain from legal substances. In Oregon border town, a windfall could come from marijuana sales to Idaho. Is proposed Oregon marijuana export plan a solution to state’s cannabis glut—or a pipe dream? California marijuana production faces “war” from Asian American communities in San Gabriel Valley.

Massachusetts bill would mandate minority inclusion among marijuana licensees. Massachusetts post offices confiscated record number of marijuana packages in 2018. Marijuana legalization showdown in New Hampshire State House. New Hampshire Democrats push for legalization of marijuana sales, growing. New Hampshire lawmakers hear arguments for, against legalizing recreational marijuana. Senate Democrats making push for legal pot in Connecticut. Connecticut pot legalization could include expungement of criminal records. UConn offers cannabis horticulture class to prepare students for future in legal pot. Connecticut coalition protests I-91 billboard advertising marijuana.

New York police unions unanimously oppose legalizing marijuana. Sheriffs across New York speak out against legalizing recreational marijuana. Law enforcement leaders in western New York warn of dangers of marijuana legalization.

Maryland lawmakers introduce marijuana legalization bills. Tennessee lawmaker proposes bill to legalize recreational marijuana. New Mexico legalization advances in House. First bill emerges this year to legalize marijuana in Illinois—would allow up to 24 plants at home. We support Illinois legalizing marijuana. Here are the hurdles we see.

Hawaii marijuana legalization bill clears committee hurdle.

John Boehner leads new marijuana lobbying effort. Pot stocks may be a bubble that needs to burst. Scientists race to make pot like booze—drinkable.

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Pennsylvania lawmaker introduces bill to legalize recreational marijuana. Latest Pennsylvania marijuana legalization proposal would clear criminal records, release inmates. First stops on Pennsylvania listening tour for marijuana legalization to be in Perry, Dauphin counties.

Will New Hampshire legalize recreational marijuana use?. Friends, foes of pot line up. Connecticut lawmakers say they’re getting closer to legalizing recreational marijuana. Why most Massachusetts marijuana sales are on the black market, two years after legalization.

Plan to legalize recreational marijuana in New York moves slowly. Cuomo holding out hope for New York marijuana legalization in budget. Times Square “marijuana justice” billboards running this weekend urge Cuomo to pursue New York legalization grounded in racial and economic justice. “Legalize marijuana without corporatized marijuana,” says New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Cuomo‘s push for New York legal pot should peel off from budget package. The scramble to profit from New York legal pot.

Portland, Oregon awards first equity grants to two minority-owned cannabis businesses. Marijuana supply far outweighs demand in Oregon legal market, new study says. California pot shops have been only open a year. They’re already lobbying for a tax cut. Colorado the example for legalization in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Illinois legislators lay out plans for recreational marijuana proposal. Illinois Catholic bishops oppose marijuana legalization, but proponent says God put pot ‘on this planet for a reason’. Advocates for Kentucky legalized marijuana to rally at the Capitol. Iowa Democrat’s proposal to legalize marijuana likely dead on arrival. Iowa should regulate marijuana like beer, wine and liquor. Minnesota Republican state senator co-authors bill to legalize cannabis.

Congress is seriously considering regulating weed like alcohol. Cory Booker calls for legalizing marijuana as he launches 2020 bid. Sen. Burr floats FDA marijuana legalization conspiracy theory. Sen. Durbin raises concerns about legalizing marijuana in break with party. Traffic deaths rose, then fell, after three states legalized marijuana. Wall Street banks face hurdles as they rush to cover the suddenly booming marijuana industry. Why do so many Americans now support legalizing marijuana.

Guam governor supports recreational marijuana bill. Guam recreational marijuana violates US law. Feds say there’s no cannabis supply shortage in Canada. So why are shops always short on pot? The Netherlands isn’t as weed-friendly as it used to be.