Category Archives: legalize

Q&A: Cannabis Trade Federation CEO Neal Levine on the future of federal marijuana legalization

America’s legal cannabis market owes part of its success to Neal Levine. Levine worked as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for LivWell Enlightened Health, which earned a reputation as one of the largest employers in the cannabis industry. He has since moved on to be named as the chief executive operator of the Cannabis […]

Rhode Island governor plans to legalize recreational marijuana

(via Wikimedia Commons) Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo will propose a framework to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, reports the Providence Journal. Raimondo says the proposal is an effort to keep pace with neighboring states that have already ended pot prohibition, such as such as Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont. New York and New Jersey […]

Lawmakers propose ‘H.R. 420’ bill to federally regulate marijuana

(Photo courtesy Sonya Yruel/Drug Policy Alliance) A bill introduced to the House by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) seeks to legalize marijuana and regulate the industry like alcohol. Rep. Blumenauer on Wednesday filed the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act that would effectively remove cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act, the Associated Press reports. Blumenauer […]

Alcohol industry not affected by legal marijuana, study finds

Despite fears from anti-marijuana advocates, cannabis legalization isn’t hurting the alcohol industry as many predicted, according to a new study.  A study published Thursday by The Distilled Spirits Council found that spirit sales have actually grown in states that were early adopters of legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use. “At this point, we’ve seen no […]

U.S. Virgin Islands governor signs bill to legalize medical marijuana

(photo via Wikimedia Commons) Yet another American territory has decided to end its long-lasting prohibition on medical cannabis. The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Gov. Albert Bryan on Thursday signed the Virgin Islands Medical Cannabis Patient Care Act, allowing residents to consume and possess marijuana for therapeutic purposes, reports the Marijuana Moment. Patients will be able […]

Thailand lawmakers approve medical marijuana legalization

Thailand is now poised to become the first Southeast Asian nation to legalize the licensed medical use of marijuana, reports the Associated Press. The country’s military-appointed National Legislative Assembly approved medical cannabis legislation this week with a vote of 166 to 0, with no votes objecting to the motion. There were 13 members who abstained […]

New York governor plans to legalize recreational marijuana in 2019

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is taking steps to make New York the next state to legalize recreational cannabis use for adults. Cuomo on Thursday announced plans to include marijuana legalization as part of his executive budget for 2019, reports the New York Post. “As we work to implement the report’s recommendations through legislation, […]

Congress passes farm bill to legalize hemp

The U.S. Congress on Wednesday gave final approval to a provision of the Farm Bill that removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances, according to an Associated Press report. The Farm Bill, which was introduced by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier in 2018, allows hemp farmers to buy crop insurance, apply […]

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 […]

Massachusetts set to begin recreational marijuana sales

Two years after legalizing recreational marijuana, Massachusetts will finally begin selling cannabis to the public on Tuesday. The state’s first two retail marijuana shops will be open for business Tuesday at 8 a.m., MassLive.com reports. Customers 21 years and older will be able to purchase recreational cannabis with a valid government-issued photo ID. Individuals are […]