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Marijuana Legalization ‘Drastically Changed’ Cannabis Marketing On Instagram, Study Finds

Marijuana Legalization ‘Drastically Changed’ Cannabis Marketing On Instagram, Study Finds

The marijuana legalization movement has “drastically changed” the social media landscape for cannabis marketing, according to a new research paper that focused on Instagram trends.While male-dominated, anonymous profiles have been a hallmark of illicit markets, that has largely shifted in the U.S. as more states have legalized marijuana. The researchers found that women are becoming the key “influencers” promoting cannabis through lifestyle-driven posts.The study, published last month in Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal, compared the profiles of 60 seemingly illicit sellers...

May 23
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Harris Will Give Biden ‘Honest’ Input On Legalizing Marijuana And Other Issues As Part Of ‘Deal’

Harris Will Give Biden ‘Honest’ Input On Legalizing Marijuana And Other Issues As Part Of ‘Deal’

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris says she has a “deal” with Joe Biden to candidly share her perspective on a range of progressive policies he currently opposes, including legalizing marijuana. Separately, she also recently discussed cannabis reform in a private meeting with rapper Killer Mike.During an interview on 60 Minutes that aired on Sunday, the senator was pressed on marijuana and numerous other issues where she and Biden disagree. In response, while she didn’t specifically commit to proactively advocating for comprehensive cannabis reform, she pledged in general...

October 26, 2020
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Marijuana Legalization Left Out Of New York Budget, According To Draft Summary Document

Marijuana Legalization Left Out Of New York Budget, According To Draft Summary Document

The New York legislature seems poised to eliminate a proposal to legalize marijuana through the budget this year, according to an unverified document outlining the policies included in the spending legislation currently under final negotiations ahead of a vote this week.The draft budget report, which was shared with Marijuana Moment, includes a line stating that the “Adopted Budget omits the Executive proposal to legalize adult use cannabis.”It also “eliminates $34.31 million in funding for the Office for Cannabis Management,” a government body that would have been responsible for...

March 30, 2020
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Marijuana Legalization Measure Officially Qualifies For South Dakota 2020 Ballot

Marijuana Legalization Measure Officially Qualifies For South Dakota 2020 Ballot

A measure to legalize marijuana for adult use has officially qualified for South Dakota’s November ballot, the secretary of state’s office announced on Monday.The proposed constitutional amendment, which was , would allow adults 21 and older to possess and distribute up to one ounce of marijuana. Individuals would also be allowed to cultivate up to three cannabis plants.The development comes one month after the secretary of state said that a separate campaign to legalize medical cannabis in South Dakota had also —meaning that voters in the state will see two separate marijuana measures when...

January 6, 2020
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New York Marijuana Regulators Ask TikTok To Stop Banning Cannabis Education Advertising

New York Marijuana Regulators Ask TikTok To Stop Banning Cannabis Education Advertising

New York marijuana regulators are asking the social media app TikTok to end its ban on advertising that involves the word “cannabis” as they work to promote public education on the state’s move to legalize.The state’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) sent a letter to TikTok executives on Monday, urging the company to revise its advertising policy for government entities so that they can freely talk about marijuana in a public health and safety context.OCM Executive Director Chris Alexander said that the office has launched a “Cannabis Conversations” campaign to inform New Yorkers about...

May 26
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Top New York Lawmaker Says Legal Marijuana Talks With Governor Reached Point Of Screaming

Top New York Lawmaker Says Legal Marijuana Talks With Governor Reached Point Of Screaming

Meetings between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and a top lawmaker have gotten contentious in recent days. But the conversations haven’t focused on the slew of scandals surrounding the governor that are making headlines; rather, they’ve concentrated on negotiations over marijuana legalization.During an interview with Spectrum News that was published on Tuesday, Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D) was asked about the status of budget talks with the governor’s office. She said “I’ve talked to him a couple times—I kind of screamed on him a little bit about some of the...

March 10, 2021
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Mexico’s Chamber Of Deputies Approves Revised Marijuana Legalization Bill

Mexico’s Chamber Of Deputies Approves Revised Marijuana Legalization Bill

The Mexican Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday approved a bill to legalize marijuana nationwide, though lawmakers are still debating possible amendments before it’s formally sent back to the Senate.The Senate , and the Chamber of Deputies was expected to take it up sooner—but that process was delayed, in part due to complications resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Now, two days after the Health and Justice committees , lawmakers passed it on the floor in a 316-129 vote, with 23 abstentions.While many legislators have personally advocated for the need for reform, it’s also the case that...

March 10, 2021
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Wisconsin Governor ‘Tired’ Of Marijuana Revenue Going To Illinois Next Door

Wisconsin Governor ‘Tired’ Of Marijuana Revenue Going To Illinois Next Door

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D), whose proposed state budget , says he’s sick of seeing tax revenue from cannabis sales go to neighboring states that have already legalized.“Frankly I’m kind of tired of talking to the governor from Illinois,” he said in a video posted to Twitter on Wednesday. “Whenever I get with him, he thanks me for having Wisconsinites cross the border to buy marijuana.”Later in the day, Evers held a virtual town hall-style meeting where he and other members of the administration explained the legalization proposals and other elements of the budget plan, took public...

April 15, 2021
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Missouri Activists Officially End 2020 Marijuana Legalization Campaign Due To Coronavirus

Missouri Activists Officially End 2020 Marijuana Legalization Campaign Due To Coronavirus

A campaign to legalize marijuana in Missouri is officially ending its bid for the November ballot due to the coronavirus outbreak.While activists acknowledged last month that since in-person collection was suspended as officials have shuttered many businesses and encouraged social distancing measures, they teamed up with other campaigns to explore alternative avenues to success such as pushing for electronic signature gathering.But Missourians for a New Approach ultimately determined that it wasn’t feasible and they would have to aim to for a future election cycle.“It was always a long...

April 15, 2020
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Congress Pushes Marijuana Protections For Immigrants, Advertisers And Banks In Spending Bills

Congress Pushes Marijuana Protections For Immigrants, Advertisers And Banks In Spending Bills

Congressional leaders are proposing a number of marijuana policy changes in newly released spending legislation, including protections for immigrants who use cannabis, freeing up marijuana-related advertising and providing the industry with access to the banking system. There are provisions concerning hemp.The Fiscal Year 2023 spending bills for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) and U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) each contain cannabis provisions, some of which have been included in prior appropriations measures but others that...

Jun 15
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