Category Archives: election 2018

Blumenauer: Congress Will Be ‘Better Than Ever’ on Cannabis

The top cannabis ally in Congress sounded downright giddy Wednesday as he discussed what the midterm election results could mean for cannabis reform at the federal level. “It was a big night,” US Rep. Earl Blumenauer said Wednesday on a conference call with reporters. “Three states approved: Utah, Missouri, and Michigan with adult use, continuing […]

Utah Voters Just Legalized Medical Marijuana. Will It Matter?

Utah voters came out in force Tuesday, voting by a healthy margin to legalize medical cannabis statewide. As of 10 p.m. local time, with 54% of precincts reporting, the measure had a 54.1–45.9% lead. So what happens next? RELATED STORY Election 2018: Cannabis Legalization Coverage and Results First, you celebrate. Legalization in Utah was a […]

Utah’s Grand Bargain on Medical Marijuana: Will It Work?

On the morning of Oct. 4, a number of Utah politicians, religious leaders, medical patients, and representatives from the Libertas Institute, a libertarian think tank, gathered before a packed audience in the Utah State Capitol’s ornate gold room. The group had gathered to announce a deal: In the coming months, they said, state lawmakers would […]

Utah Senator Tries First Edible: ‘Everybody, Mellow Out’

Here at Leafly, we’ve seen far too many elected officials make cannabis policy without knowing the first thing about cannabis. Which is why we were absolutely delighted to see Utah state Sen. Jim Dabakis walk the walk this week before he talked the talk. “I decided to come to Las Vegas and see what all […]

Election 2018: A Complete Guide to Cannabis on the Ballot

Measure 3, Adult Use With Measure 3, it feels like the state’s legalization advocates decided to roll the dice on a tomato-plant initiative,* the kind of measure envisioned by the cannabis pioneer Jack Herer. Measure 3 would remove “hashish, marijuana, and tetrahydrocannabinols” from the state’s list of Schedule I substances, and prohibit prosecution of anyone over 21 […]

Could Florida’s Next Governor Make It the 10th Legal Cannabis State?

In a surprise upset in the Florida state primary Tuesday night, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum defeated a heavily favored frontrunner to claim the Democratic nomination for governor. Gillum, a strong legalization advocate, shocked the political world on Tuesday night. Gillum, a 39-year-old rising political star, ran to the left of his party’s more heavily financed […]

North Dakota Will Vote on Cannabis Legalization in November

Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota have succeeded in bringing the matter to a public vote later this year. Secretary of State Al Jaeger says proponents submitted more than enough valid petition signatures to get a measure on the November general election ballot. Supporters needed to submit about 13,500 valid signatures. They had […]

Michigan Dems Hoping Legalization Drives Youth Vote

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — As both parties continue pumping funds into the 2018 race, Michigan Democrats hope to cash in on another kind of green. A proposal to legalize marijuana will be on Michigan’s November ballot, putting the state on the cusp of allowing recreational use of the drug for those 21 and older. If […]

Cynthia Nixon is making marijuana legalization a pillar of her campaign for New York governor

“There are a lot of good reasons for legalizing marijuana, but for me, it comes down to this: we have to stop putting people of color in jail for something that white people do with impunity,” she said. The post Cynthia Nixon is making marijuana legalization a pillar of her campaign for New York governor […]