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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...

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Kyle Jaeger
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...

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Kyle Jaeger
January 6, 2020
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Lawmakers Push Congressional Leaders To Include Marijuana Businesses In Coronavirus Relief Bill

Lawmakers Push Congressional Leaders To Include Marijuana Businesses In Coronavirus Relief Bill

A bipartisan group of 34 members of Congress is calling on House leadership to include language in the next coronavirus stimulus bill to allow marijuana businesses to access federal disaster relief that is available to other industries.“The state-legal cannabis industry is a major contributor to the U.S. economy and workforce, employing over 240,000 workers across 33 states and four territories, and generating $1.9 billion in state and local taxes in 2019,” the lawmakers wrote. “State-legal cannabis businesses need access to CARES Act programs to ensure they have the financial capacity to...

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Kyle Jaeger
April 17, 2020
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Oregon Therapeutic Psilocybin Legalization Campaign Has A New Signature Strategy Amid Coronavirus

Oregon Therapeutic Psilocybin Legalization Campaign Has A New Signature Strategy Amid Coronavirus

An Oregon campaign to legalize psilocybin mushrooms for therapeutic purposes is within striking distance to qualify for the state’s November ballot. But with a deadline to submit signatures fast approaching, activists announced on Monday that they will be taking new steps to ensure success.So far, organizers have collected more than 130,000 signatures for Initiative Petition 34, which would make Oregon the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to implement a therapeutic legalization model for the psychedelic. While that raw total is more than is required, the signatures haven’t been certified by...

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Kyle Jaeger
April 27, 2020
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Top Minnesota Lawmaker Unveils Long-Delayed ‘Best’ Marijuana Legalization Bill In The Country

Top Minnesota Lawmaker Unveils Long-Delayed ‘Best’ Marijuana Legalization Bill In The Country

It was mid-February when Minnesota House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (DFL) pledged to introduce what he’d called “the best legalization bill in the country” within the coming weeks. Shortly after, the state plunged along with the rest of the country into the global coronavirus outbreak, and marijuana reform was put on ice.Now, as states begin taking steps toward normalcy, Winkler has finally revealed the promised bill, introduced on Tuesday with 33 cosponsors.“Our current priority is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said after filing the legislation, “but after the town halls and...

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Ben Adlin
May 6, 2020
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North Dakota Marijuana Legalization Campaign Reassesses 2020 Ballot Strategy But Concedes 2022 Is More Likely

North Dakota Marijuana Legalization Campaign Reassesses 2020 Ballot Strategy But Concedes 2022 Is More Likely

With North Dakota among the states gradually reopening business amid the coronavirus pandemic, there’s renewed hope that a campaign to legalize marijuana could soon proceed after temporarily suspending signature gathering. But because of the setback in signature gathering efforts in recent weeks, activists say it’s more likely that the initiative will appear on the state’s 2022 ballot rather than the one voters will see this November.Legalize ND, the group behind the measure, said last month that due to the risk of spreading the virus. Many businesses that carried the petition on-site were...

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Kyle Jaeger
May 5, 2020
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Pennsylvania Poll On Marijuana Legalization Reveals An Opportunity For Republicans

Pennsylvania Poll On Marijuana Legalization Reveals An Opportunity For Republicans

Nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvanians support legalizing marijuana for adults and establishing a statewide system to regulate and tax sales—including majorities of the state’s conservative, moderate and liberal voters.That’s according to a new statewide survey, commissioned by the Pennsylvania Cannabis Coalition (PCC) industry group and conducted by Harrisburg-based Harper Polling, that found 62 percent of likely voters in favor of legal, regulated sales to adults 21 and over.Published on Wednesday, the poll indicates indicates an opportunity for Republican candidates looking to win over...

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Ben Adlin
May 6, 2020
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Top Vermont Lawmaker Says Legal Marijuana Sales Bill Will Be Taken Up After Coronavirus Response

Top Vermont Lawmaker Says Legal Marijuana Sales Bill Will Be Taken Up After Coronavirus Response

A top lawmaker in Vermont says the legislature will reconsider a bill to legalize marijuana sales later this year, though she feels lawmakers and the administration are appropriately focused on responding to the coronavirus pandemic for now.House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D) was pressed on Thursday about why leaders aren’t giving more attention to the pending tax-and-regulate legislation given the revenue the state could derive and the jobs that could be created from legal cannabis sales.The speaker told Vermont Public Radio that after both chambers approved a bill to provide for retail sales...

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Kyle Jaeger
May 11, 2020
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New Mexico Governor Says Legalizing Marijuana Would’ve Funded Programs Cut Due To Coronavirus

New Mexico Governor Says Legalizing Marijuana Would’ve Funded Programs Cut Due To Coronavirus

The governor of New Mexico said last week that the state needs to explore every option for economic relief, and that includes passing marijuana legalization.Near the end of a two-hour livestream updating residents on the state’s coronavirus response efforts on Wednesday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) was asked whether she was in favor of the legislature passing adult-use legalization during an upcoming special session to generate tax revenue to offset financial challenges caused by the pandemic.“Let’s end on a high note,” the governor joked, adding that she felt suspensions of various...

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Kyle Jaeger
May 25, 2020
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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...

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Kyle Jaeger
April 15, 2020
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