In The Spotlight
More than 200 cannabis industry leaders from almost half the states in the country are converging this week on Capitol Hill to tell lawmakers it’s time to modernize federal marijuana laws.
Seven years ago medical marijuana was legal in only 17 states and the District of Columbia; recreational marijuana was legal in zero states and zero Districts of Columbia. Today, medical marijuana programs are on the books in 29 states, and the nine best states allow for some degree of recreational use.
A powerful Congressional committee on Thursday voted to extend federal protections for state-legal medical marijuana. It’s the latest example of how Congress is progressing on cannabis, one small step at a time.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced Tuesday that his office would no longer prosecute any low-level marijuana offenses, including smoking in public.
The Illinois House has sent the governor a measure legalizing industrial hemp.
Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan is co-sponsoring a bill that would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to research medicinal cannabis.
Overall support in the state for legalizing recreational marijuana grew by just 2 percentage points over the past two years, but more people said they now “strongly support” legalization, according to poll results released Tuesday by the groups that commissioned it.
Iowans looking to buy medical marijuana products could have options across the state, starting in December.
Kauai’s first medical marijuana dispensary has received approval to begin sales on the island. Have a Heart will open for business Monday after receiving approval from the state Department of Health late last week.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to instruct the New York Police Department to stop arrests of New Yorkers smoking weed in public while additionally forming a task force to ease what he sees as an inevitable full legalization of recreational marijuana.
Supporters of an Ohio marijuana legalization measure can now collect signatures to put the proposed constitutional amendment on a future statewide ballot.
Most voters in Georgia now say that marijuana should be legal for recreational purposes, according to an exclusive poll commissioned by 11Alive News and conducted by SurveyUSA.
By this time next year Arizona farmers will have the freedom to plant hemp as a major crop, as the plant is removed from contraband status.