Category Archives: legalization

Letters From a Pot Prisoner: Mario Ramos is Proof that Cannabis isn’t ‘Legal’

Mario Ramos of I Bud You, Inc. spent one year and 20 days in jail for growing 226 plants, also known as a non-violent cannabis crime. A multi-decade advocate and activist, he wrote us this impassioned letter while serving time at Morris County Correctional Facility in New Jersey. Details on Mario Ramos’ story is to come. […]

Does the Farm Bill Legalize CBD, Too? Not Exactly

President Trump is expected to sign the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018—also known as the farm bill—later this week, after Congress approved the measure on Wednesday. CBD is now a lot less illegal. But don’t wave it in the face of a DEA agent. With that signature, hemp will become legal nationwide. And cannabidiol (CBD) […]

US Farm Bill, Which Would Legalize Hemp, Heads to Trump’s Desk

This story has been updated. The US House has easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid. The legislation has already passed the Senate and is now headed to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it. While the federal government aims to pass a new […]

Michigan’s new legal marijuana laws could boost home values, study finds

Photo by David Downs Certain Midwest property owners could benefit from Michigan’s new recreational marijuana laws, according to experts. A new study published by the CATO Institute foresees an improvement in Michigan’s real estate values following the state’s decision to legalize marijuana for adult use and possession, reports Forbes. “Potential explanations include, but are not […]

Adult-Use Cannabis Officially Legal in Michigan, But There’s No Way to Buy It

Adult-use cannabis is officially legal in Michigan as of today, but there are not yet any legal retail outlets to buy recreational marijuana in the state. Voters legalized the use of cannabis by adults in a statewide initiative that passed with nearly 56 percent of the vote in the midterm elections held last month. Matthew […]

Utah Groups Sue to Block Medical Marijuana Compromise

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A pair of advocacy groups in Utah sued Thursday to block a compromise agreement legalizing medical marijuana, accusing the Mormon church of unconstitutional domination and interference in a process that led to the gutting of a measure approved by voters. The lawsuit alleges the revised initiative creates overwhelming obstacles for […]

New Bill Would Legalize Cannabis in New Jersey

Lawmakers across the Northeast watched closely this week as adult-use sales kicked off in Massachusetts. Judging from their reactions, it seems Massachusetts won’t be alone for long. As the East Coast’s first stores prepared to open, neighboring Vermont—which legalized possession and personal cultivation in January but still prohibits retail sales—moved forward on a plan to […]

In Massachusetts, First Legal Cannabis Sales ‘Felt Like Clockwork’

NORTHAMPTON, MA — Despite chilly temperatures and bouts of freezing rain, operators at New England Treatment Access (NETA) are declaring the first day of adult-use cannabis sales in Massachusetts a true success. RELATED STORY Massachusetts Cannabis Stores Open: Leafly’s Live Coverage Customers have been steady all day, necessitating long outdoor lines that sometimes stretched multiple […]

Massachusetts Recreational Cannabis Sales Cleared for Launch

This story has been updated. More than two years after Massachusetts voters legalized cannabis in the state, regulators have officially given the OK for retail stores to open their doors next week. The Northampton store has announced it will open for adult-use sales on Tuesday. Two shops—New England Treatment Access (NETA), in Northampton, and Cultivate, […]

Utah Cannabis Backers Could Sue Over Plan to Revise Ballot Measure

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A pair of pro-marijuana groups in Utah accused the Mormon church Thursday of “extreme undermining” of a medical marijuana ballot measure, alleging it is exerting its power to push through significant changes to the proposition. RELATED STORY Utah Voters Just Legalized Medical Marijuana. Will It Matter? In a letter, the […]