Legalization

Will Slovenia Be the Next European Country to Legalize Cannabis?

May 27, 2024 · Cannabis Now

Slovenia’s largest party of the current ruling coalition, the Freedom Movement, was successful in its effort to place consulting referendums related to medical and non-medical cannabis on the ballot in Slovenia’s next election. Slovenia’s voters will decide on a medical cannabis referendum question and a “cultivation and possession of cannabis for limited personal use” question on June 9. The referendum votes will occur alongside the vote for the European Parliament. Initially, advocates in Slovenia’s National Assembly proposed that the referendum… Read more.

A Fox News Poll, Yes, That Fox News, Found Almost 70% of Americans Want to Legalize Weed, What Would the MSNBC Poll Say?

May 25, 2024 · Cannabis.net

The landscape of marijuana legalization has undergone significant transformations in recent years, with a growing number of states decriminalizing or legalizing its use. A recent survey by Fox News revealed that an impressive 69% of voters, including a majority of Republicans, support marijuana legalization. That survey is stunning based on the conservative bias associated with Fox News.  Imagine the polling support on the much more liberal MSNBC! This widespread support begs the question: will President Biden and former President Trump take notice and… Read more.

Americans Want Marijuana Legalization To Prioritize Equity And Benefit Workers, Poll From Advocacy Group Finds

May 22, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A new report from an equity-focused marijuana advocacy organization finds that nearly two thirds of American adults want legalization laws to prioritize social equity (68 percent), end cannabis arrests (68 percent) and ensure that people have legal access to marijuana products (65 percent). The vast majority—85 percent—also think legalization should benefit people who use marijuana as medicine, while 63 percent said the policy change should benefit those who use cannabis for pleasure. The study, “American Values and Beliefs About Marijuana… Read more.

California Just Got One Step Closer to Legalizing Amsterdam-Style Cannabis Cafes

May 22, 2024 · Thrillist

In Amsterdam, “coffee shop” holds a completely different meaning than what Americans might expect. The artistic, canal-filled city is packed with aesthetically-pleasing cafes that serve the typical coffee, tea, and sandwiches, as well as a vast array of cannabis products. As of May 20, California is one step closer to adopting this lifestyle. Assembly Bill 1775, which would allow dispensaries in California to serve food and nonalcoholic beverages, was approved by the State Assembly this week and is now headed to the State Senate.… Read more.

California Bill to Legalize Psychedelic Treatment Centers Fails

May 21, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

The California proposal to legalize treatment centers for therapeutic psychedelics has failed for the year after Democrats in the Senate Appropriations Committee last week dropped it alongside hundreds of bills, the LA Times reports. Senate Bill 1012 or the “Regulated Psychedelic Facilitators Act,” sponsored by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D), sought to legalize treatment centers where adults aged 21+ could have supervised access to psychedelic substances including psilocybin, psilocin, DMT, MDMA, and mescaline. Weiner’s attempt this year at psychedelic reforms in California was a… Read more.

Poll Finds Majority Support for Recriminalizing Cannabis In Thailand

May 20, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

A recent opinion survey by the National Institute of Development Administration in Thailand found that the majority of Thais support the government’s plan to relist cannabis as an illegal drug under federal law, the Bangkok Post reports. The poll found more than 75% majority support for the recriminalization plan, which was announced earlier this year by the health minister and then endorsed on social media this month by the prime minister. Conducted on May 14-15, the poll asked 1,310 people aged 15 and older for their… Read more.

47 Ohio Municipalities So Far Have Banned Adult-Use Cannabis Businesses

May 16, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

At least 47 Ohio municipalities had opted as of March 31 to ban adult-use cannabis operations enabled by the state legalization law passed by voters last year, according to Ohio State University research summarized by Cleveland.com. Ohio’s adult-use cannabis program is on track for sales to launch in June — ahead of schedule — after a key legislative committee this week passed a dual-licensing proposal that would let medical cannabis dispensaries start serving adult-use customers. The moratoriums have so far been mostly temporary with durations… Read more.

You Can Now Give $250 to $5,000 a Month to Fight Marijuana Legalization and Keep Weed as a Schedule 1 Drug

May 14, 2024 ·

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced last month that marijuana would be moved from Schedule I, where it was classified alongside substances like heroin as having no recognized medical benefits, to Schedule III, which permits some medical applications, as with ketamine. This news was met with approval from cannabis advocates, enthusiasts, and those who can see the logic in the decision, althoughor example. f it stopped short of full legalization or reclassification. However, within just a day of the DEA's announcement, a prominent… Read more.

Key approval paves way for Ohio’s adult-use cannabis market to open in June

May 14, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

A key legislative approval in Ohio has cleared a path for adult-use cannabis sales to begin next month. The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review issued no objections to proposed regulations on Monday, clearing the way for medical marijuana dispensaries to apply to serve recreational customers, the Associated Press reported. Under Ohio law, business applications must be available by June 7 and provisional licenses issued by Sept. 7. The latter date is when all rules overseeing adult-use retail and cultivation must be finalized. Dual… Read more.

Thailand Prime Minister Aims To Re-List Cannabis as Narcotic By End of 2024

May 10, 2024 · High Times

Looking back to early 2023, Thailand’s climate surrounding cannabis looked incredibly different than conversations surrounding the plant today. The country made major waves after becoming the first country in Southeast Asia to allow medical cannabis use in 2018, and it received global attention after decriminalizing recreational cannabis in 2022. Though, the events that followed — including an influx of tourists openly using cannabis in public, the opening of plentiful cannabis cafes and reportedly thousands of pot shops over a handful… Read more.

Florida Marijuana Legalization Measure Has Enough Support To Pass In Internal Polling, CEO Of Company Funding Campaign Says

May 10, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

The CEO of a top marijuana company is pushing back against recent surveys showing insufficient support to pass a Florida legalization ballot initiative this November, claiming internal polling shows the measure ahead by a comfortable margin. After the state Supreme Court cleared the proposal for ballot placement, rejecting a constitutional challenge from Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R), two polls came out indicating that the Smart & Safe Florida campaign didn’t have the required 60 percent support for passage. But… Read more.

Cory Booker Visits Marijuana Manufacturer In California Amid Renewed Push For Federal Legalization Bill

May 9, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) paid a visit to a marijuana manufacturing facility in Sacramento this week, touring the operation and speaking with staff as he continues his push for federal legalization. Just weeks after reintroducing the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA) with 17 other Democratic senators, Booker took a trip to Natura on Monday, gaining additional industry perspective from a leading manufacturer in the state. Josh Schmidt, vice president of business development at Natura, said the company was “thrilled” to host… Read more.

Ho-Chunk Nation Decriminalizes Cannabis

May 8, 2024 · High Times

A federally recognized tribe concentrated largely in the Great Lakes region announced last week that it will decriminalize cannabis. “The Ho-Chunk Nation recognizes that marijuana and its derivatives are natural growth plants with medicinal and industrial applications,” the tribe said in a statement, as quoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Indigenous people have used marijuana and hemp for hundreds of years for a variety of purposes and the Ho-Chunk Nation acknowledges its functional purpose.” Rob Pero, founder of the nonprofit Indigenous Cannabis… Read more.

Florida Republicans officially oppose adult-use cannabis legalization

May 7, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Republican opposition to adult-use cannabis legalization in Florida has long been presumed, and now it’s official. According to the Florida Phoenix, the executive board of the Republican Party of Florida voted at its recent quarterly meeting to oppose Amendment 3. Amendment 3, which would legalize recreational marijuana sales in the state, is among six constitutional amendments that will go before Florida voters in November. In a statement released Monday, GOP board Chair Evan Power described the adult-use initiative as an unnecessary… Read more.

Federal Cannabis Legalization Bill Filed By Senate Democrats

May 4, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate this week reintroduced the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity (CAO) Act, which seeks to end the federal prohibition of cannabis. The bill was filed by a coalition of Democrats led by Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) and Sens. Ron Wyden (OR) and Cory Booker (NJ). The CAO, which was first introduced in 2022, would remove cannabis from the federal drug schedule, automatically expunge federal non-violent cannabis offenses, and establish a grant program aimed at helping individuals who… Read more.

The Marijuana Industry’s Secret Playbook to Get Weed Legalized in All 50 States – Put Abortion Rights Vote on the Same Ballot?

May 1, 2024 · Cannabis.net

First it was Ohio with a pro-choice, pro-weed ballot and vote this year that put recreational cannabis in the hands of voters over 21 years-old in Ohio. Cannabis advocates, sensing a pro-legalization win by drawing out female, liberal, progressive voters, are trying the same tactic to get over 60% of the votes needed for recreational cannabis in Florida. Democratic strategists see an opportunity to win over voters in the state of Florida with the advent of constitutional amendment measures that would legalize marijuana… Read more.

DeSantis Will Be ‘Getting Involved’ In Effort To Defeat Marijuana Measure On Florida Ballot

April 30, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is again lashing out at marijuana legalization as voters prepare to decide on a ballot initiative in November, warning that the reform would negatively impact quality of life in the state. The governor, who has mocked legalization repeatedly in a series of recent comments, signaled that he may be taking on a more active role in the effort to defeat the cannabis reform as Election Day approaches. “We’ll be getting involved in different ways on… Read more.

The Picks and Shovels of Cannabis Legalization? – Food Delivery Apps and Pizza Orders Surge in Legal Marijuana States

April 28, 2024 · Cannabis.net

In recent years, the landscape of both cannabis consumption and food delivery has undergone a significant transformation. With the increasing legalization and normalization of cannabis use, coupled with the rise of delivery apps, a notable trend has emerged. This is the undeniable correlation between cannabis consumption and the surge in orders for fast food through delivery platforms. The Cannabis Culture Once associated with stigma and legal restrictions, cannabis has undergone a remarkable shift in public perception. The legalization of recreational… Read more.

DEA Challenges Bid To Use Psilocybin Under ‘Right To Try’ Legislation

April 27, 2024 · High Times

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has urged a federal appeals court to deny a doctor’s attempt to administer psilocybin to dying patients under so-called Right to Try legislation, arguing that such laws do not provide for exemptions to the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA).  Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, co-founder of the Advanced Integrative Medical Science Institute, a psychedelics research and treatment clinic based in Seattle, has sued the DEA several times for authorization to use psilocybin as a treatment for depression and anxiety… Read more.

Louisiana Legislative Committee Unanimously Passes Adult-Use Cannabis Framework Bill

April 26, 2024 · High Times

The Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee recently passed House Bill 707 in a unanimous vote to propose a regulatory framework for the state’s cannabis legalization. The measure, which prefiled in March, doesn’t directly legalize adult-use cannabis but it does start the process of building a foundation for reform. The goal, according to Rep. Edmond Jordan who introduced the bill, is to attempt to get HB-707 passed in the legislature in 2024, followed by introducing two other bills in 2025 which would… Read more.

The Cannabis Market Is Booming in Japan

April 24, 2024 · High Times

The nascent cannabis market in Japan has reportedly seen a massive increase in recent years.  That is according to a newly published report by Euromonitor International, which revealed a “staggering growth in Japan’s cannabis market over the past four years.” The market, according to the report, expanded “approximately sixfold from JPY4 billion (USD26.3 million) in 2019 to JPY24 billion (USD173.8 million) in 2023,” a surge that was “attributed to the rising demand for products offering relaxation, sleep improvement, and stress relief.” Euromonitor… Read more.

Illinois Governor Cites Cannabis Reform While Campaigning for Biden

April 23, 2024 · High Times

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker took to the campaign trail over the weekend to stump for President Joseph Biden, taking advantage of the 420 weed high holiday as an opportunity to tout the cannabis policy reforms made by the current administration. At a campaign stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday, Pritzker said that cannabis policy reform can have significant economic benefits in states that legalize marijuana for adults. “I wanted to come up here on 4/20, because we, too, legalized… Read more.

States With Legal Weed See Increase in College Applications

April 23, 2024 · High Times

States where recreational marijuana has been made legal are seeing upticks in college applications, including from elite students.  That is the takeaway of a study published late last year in the peer-reviewed journal Contemporary Economic Policy.  “Using a two-way fixed effects difference-in-differences model, we investigate the effects of local recreational marijuana (RMJ) policy changes on college applications and find that the three largest state public schools reaped, on average, an almost 54% increase in applications,” the authors of the study said in the… Read more.

North Dakota Committee Files Ballot Measure To Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis

April 20, 2024 · High Times

Florida has been front and center as of late, after the state Supreme Court recently ruled that its amendment to legalize adult-use cannabis is fit for the ballot in this year’s election. But the Sunshine State is not alone, as North Dakota may be taking another go this November at ushering in its own recreational market. Earlier this week, a group of 27 North Dakotans filed a 2024 ballot measure petition that would legalize adult-use cannabis in the state if… Read more.

DeSantis Again Rips Into Marijuana Legalization, Warning November Ballot Measure Would Be ‘Not Good For Families’

April 18, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

With a legalization ballot measure set to appear on Florida’s ballot in November, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) again attacked the proposal on Wednesday, warning that the changes would be “not good for families” and “not good for elderly.” He also accused the initiative’s cannabis industry backers as being profit-driven. “People aren’t putting tens of millions of dollars behind that out of the goodness of their heart,” the governor said. “They are going to be making a lot of money… Read more.

Poll: Florida Cannabis Legalization Bid Lacks Sufficient Voter Support

April 17, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

The cannabis legalization constitutional amendment set to appear before Florida voters this November does not currently have the necessary support to pass, USA TODAY reports. In a recent poll of more than 1,000 adult Floridians, less than half (49%) responded that they would support the state’s cannabis legalization initiative while 36% were opposed — meanwhile, 14% said they are either not registered to vote or are unsure on the issue. Notably, while support for legalization is leaning towards a slight majority, voter… Read more.

North Dakota recreational cannabis legalization campaign launches

April 17, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

North Dakota voters could see a “consumer-friendly, yet highly regulated” recreational cannabis legalization proposal on their November ballots. Only limited business opportunities would be available if the ballot initiative campaign that submitted initial paperwork to the secretary of state on Tuesday is successful, according to the North Dakota Monitor. If the petition is approved for circulation, organizers would need to collect 16,000 valid signatures by July 8 to qualify for the ballot. State voters rejected adult-use legalization in 2022 by a margin… Read more.

Coalition Of Justice Groups Pushes Biden To Support Marijuana Legalization Instead Of Schedule III Move

April 17, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

In a new letter to the White House, a group of 20 justice and drug reform advocacy organizations are calling on President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to publicly support the removal of marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) rather than merely a move to Schedule III, as the government is currently considering. Biden has said repeatedly during his campaign and term in office that “no one should be in jail merely for the use or possession of… Read more.

California Senators Approve Bill To Legalize Psychedelics Service Centers

April 16, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A California Senate committee has approved a bill to legalize psychedelics service centers where adults 21 and older could access psilocybin, MDMA, mescaline and DMT in a supervised environment with trained facilitators. The Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee passed the legislation from Sen. Scott Wiener (D), with an amendment, in a 7-4 vote on Monday. The “Regulated Therapeutic Access to Psychedelics Act” has been drafted in a way that’s meant to be responsive to concerns voiced by Gov.… Read more.

New Hampshire House Passes Cannabis Legalization Bill

April 15, 2024 · High Times

The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted last week to approve a bill to legalize recreational marijuana, marking the second time the chamber has passed the legislation. Members of the House voted 239-136 on Thursday to pass the measure, House Bill 1633 (HB1633), which would legalize pot for adults and set the stage for tightly regulated cannabis sales. Bills with financial elements must be passed twice under New Hampshire state law. The first time the marijuana legalization measure was up… Read more.

District attorney vows to enforce law ahead of NC tribal dispensary opening

April 10, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

A potential showdown between law enforcement and a Native American tribe is brewing in North Carolina, where a district attorney has vowed “to enforce state law” once the state’s first cannabis dispensary opens later this month. The grand opening of the Great Smoky Cannabis Co., operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (ECBI) on their 57,000-acre Qualla Boundary west of Asheville, is scheduled for April 20. It will be the first and only dispensary in North Carolina, where neither… Read more.

Florida’s Weed Laws Could Be Changing Very Soon

April 10, 2024 · Thrillist

Weed is all the buzz in Florida this spring—and not just because cannabis Christmas aka 4/20 lands this month. The Florida Supreme Court gave the final go ahead for Amendment Three to head to the ballot this fall, which would effectively legalize cannabis for recreational use in the state. While that vote won’t be until November (and if weed is important to you, register to vote in Florida now), we still have medicinal cannabis legal statewide, thanks to Amendment Two which passed in 2016.… Read more.

Is Weed Legal in New Orleans? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

April 9, 2024 · Thrillist

Whether you’re walking down Bourbon Street or chilling in one of the parks along the Mississippi River, chances are you’re going to encounter cannabis in the Big Easy. After all, New Orleans is a global mecca for having a good time. But despite the city’s feel-good status, Louisiana weed laws don’t follow that same chilled-out vibe. So before you go lighting up a joint or passing around edibles, be sure to take a moment to learn about the city’s weed laws. It’s a little complicated,… Read more.

Democrats Sense Opportunities in Florida With Weed, Abortion on the Ballot

April 8, 2024 · High Times

Democratic strategists see opportunities to attract Florida voters to the party’s candidates now that constitutional amendment initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana and guarantee broader abortion rights have qualified for the ballot. The Florida Supreme Court announced on April 1 that Amendment 3 to legalize adult-use cannabis and Amendment 4 to protect abortion rights had fulfilled state requirements and would appear on the ballot for this fall’s presidential general election. If passed, Amendment 3 would legalize cannabis for adults aged 21 and older… Read more.

Ohio One Step Closer to Legal Cannabis Sales Under Newly Unveiled Rules

April 8, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Ohio cannabis regulators last week released the latest draft rules for the state’s adult-use cannabis program, 21-WFMJ reports. Under the draft rules unveiled on April 3, only individuals aged 21+ or medical cannabis patients are allowed to enter licensed dispensaries, and the retailers must be located at least 500 feet away from schools, public libraries, and public parks and playgrounds. The latest draft rules also allow for legal online sales with in-store or curbside pick-up — the rules also allow for drive-up… Read more.

Germany Legalizes Cannabis – What Will Other European Countries Do Now?

April 7, 2024 · Cannabis.net

It seems that attitudes about Germany, which has historically been seen as one of the most conservative countries in Europe, are beginning to change significantly. Despite fierce resistance from politicians and different medical authorities, Germany became the largest EU member state to legalize cannabis for recreational use this week in a historic step. Now, those over eighteen are allowed to own up to 25 grams of dried cannabis and grow up to three marijuana plants inside. With regard to cannabis legalization, this… Read more.

UN Never Bothered Canada About Legal Marijuana Violating Treaties, Prime Minister Says As U.S. Weighs Rescheduling’s International Implications

April 5, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that his government’s concern about possible United Nations (UN) penalties for legalizing marijuana in contravention of international treaties never materialized, disclosing that no officials have as much as discussed the issue with Canada since the reform was enacted in 2018. The comments come as anti-marijuana U.S. lawmakers in Congress are pressuring the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to reject a cannabis rescheduling recommendation based on their argument that loosening restrictions would put the country at risk of… Read more.

DeSantis Says Florida Voters Will Reject ‘Radical’ Marijuana Ballot Measure, Claiming It Would ‘Reduce The Quality Of Life’

April 5, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) predicts that voters will reject a marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot in November, calling the proposal “radical” and arguing that it will “reduce the quality of life” in the state. Just days after the Florida Supreme Court cleared the cannabis measure for the ballot, rejecting the state attorney general’s constitutional challenge, the governor addressed the issue at a press conference on Thursday. DeSantis said the marijuana legalization proposal goes beyond simple decriminalization and is “basically… Read more.

Will Other European Nation’s Adopt Germany’s Legalization Model?

April 4, 2024 · Cannabis Now

On April 1, 2024, Germany became the largest country to pass a national adult-use cannabis legalization measure with CanG. It was a truly historic day for Germany’s cannabis reform movement and was the culmination of decades of hard work by dedicated German cannabis advocates. Advocates throughout Europe are hopeful that other European nations will adopt parts or all of Germany’s cannabis legalization model. In addition to the work of citizen activists, Germany’s historic legalization victory came as a result of a modern… Read more.

Donald Trump Will Decide On Marijuana Legalization As A Florida Voter, Thanks To Supreme Court Ruling

April 3, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

The Florida Supreme Court’s decision to allow a marijuana legalization initiative to appear on the state’s November ballot will likely draw unique national attention to this year’s election because of one Florida resident who will get to decide on the reform: former President Donald Trump. While both presumptive presidential nominees—Trump and incumbent President Joe Biden—can reasonably expect to be asked about the issue as they campaign in the Sunshine State, Trump will actually get to cast his vote when he fills out… Read more.

Hawaii Marijuana Activists Urge Action Ahead Of Impending Deadline For Legalization Bill

April 2, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Following a close 25–23 vote on the Hawaii House floor last week to keep a marijuana legalization bill alive, lawmakers now face a Thursday deadline to pass a bill out of the chamber’s Finance Committee, where some observers expect the proposal to receive a chilly reception if it’s taken up later this week. Legalization advocates at the group Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) asked supporters in an email on Monday to contact House Speaker Scott Saiki (D) and Rep. Kyle Yamashita (D),… Read more.

_% of Americans Now Support Marijuana Legalization in New Pew Survey? A. 90 B. 70 C. 50 D. 30

April 2, 2024 · Cannabis.net

Reflecting on just a decade ago, the landscape of cannabis legality in the United States was vastly different from what it is today. Presently, 38 states have embraced either medical or recreational cannabis laws, encompassing 74% of the American population residing in areas where cannabis is legal. Furthermore, 79% of citizens live in counties with at least one cannabis dispensary. The number of dispensaries that have sprung up across the nation is so high that it has surpassed the 13,500 McDonald's… Read more.

Teen Marijuana Use Has Declined In Washington Since Legalization, New State Research Shows

April 2, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Newly released data from a Washington State survey of adolescent and teenage students show declines in both lifetime and past-30-day marijuana use in recent years, with striking drops that held steady through 2023. The results also indicate that perceived ease of access to cannabis among underage students has generally fallen since the state enacted legalization for adults in 2012—contrary to fears repeatedly expressed by opponents of the policy change. About 8.4 percent of Washington 10th graders said in 2023 that… Read more.

Germany’s Marijuana Legalization Law Officially Takes Effect, Allowing Personal Possession And Cultivation For Adults

April 1, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Germany’s marijuana legalization law officially took effect on Monday, with personal possession and cultivation now permitted for adults. Just days after the cannabis bill was signed into law, the non-commercial legalization provisions are now in force. Social clubs where people will be able to obtain marijuana are due to launch in July. Under the new policy, adults 18 and older are allowed to possess up to 25 grams of cannabis and grow up to three plants for personal use. Germany’s marijuana… Read more.

Cannabis Is Officially Legal In Germany – What You Need To Know

March 31, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

It’s official – with the clock striking midnight in Germany, and the date changing from March 31st to April 1st, the nation’s new adult-use cannabis legalization policy has become the law of the land. Adults (18 years old and older) in Germany may now partake in the newly established freedoms created by the implementation of the first pillar of the CanG law. “It was time to initiate a paradigm shift in drug policy, ending the failed prohibition policy of the… Read more.

Pew Survey Finds 9 in 10 Americans Support Pot Legalization

March 29, 2024 · High Times

Thinking back just 10 years ago, the previous U.S. cannabis landscape stood in stark contrast to the one we enjoy today. The United States currently has 38 states with legal medical or recreational cannabis, with 74% of Americans living in a legal cannabis state and 79% living in a county with at least one cannabis dispensary.  With nearly 15,000 dispensaries throughout the nation, retail cannabis stores now outnumber the roughly 13,500 McDonald’s locations in the country. Given the prevalence of… Read more.

Virginia GOP Governor Vetoes Marijuana Sales Legalization Bill, Along With Separate Measure To Resentence Prior Cannabis Convictions

March 29, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

After sending messages for months that he had no interest in moving forward with Democratic-led plans to legalize retail marijuana sales in Virginia, Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) has now formally vetoed legal sales legislation sent to him by lawmakers about a month ago along with a separate bill to provide resentencing relief for people convicted of past cannabis crimes. In a veto message issued on Thursday, the governor wrote that “the proposed legalization of retail marijuana in the Commonwealth endangers Virginians’ health and… Read more.

New Hampshire Lawmakers Working to Meet Governor’s Demands in Latest Cannabis Legalization Bid

March 28, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Lawmakers in New Hampshire are again seeking to legalize adult-use cannabis this session, WMUR reports. This time, lawmakers are attempting to meet all of the terms set by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu – including state-run dispensaries – to avoid his veto.  Last year, Sununu laid out his vision for a legal market in New Hampshire, which included a 15-store cap and a ban on lobbying and political contributions by cannabis licensees. After years of strong opposition to the reforms, Sununu admitted in… Read more.

Adult-use cannabis is brewing in Florida, Virginia

March 28, 2024 · Green Market Report

Despite disagreements between executive branches and the arbiters of recreational bids in front of them, two states may soon become part of the growing legion of legal cannabis markets. A citizen-led initiative in Florida is awaiting final approval to appear on the November ballot, while Virginia’s governor has yet to make a decision on a bill that may still slink past him into law. Florida The decision on whether the adult-use question will go before voters this fall is in the hands… Read more.

Bipartisan Majorities Want Congress To Pass Bill Protecting States’ Rights To Legalize Marijuana, Poll Of Voters In Three States Finds

March 27, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A strong majority of voters—including more than 60 percent of Republicans—support congressional legislation to protect states’ rights to set their own marijuana laws, according to a new poll of three states. The survey, commissioned by the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation (CPEAR), focused on Missouri, Ohio and Wyoming. It asked voters 21 and older about their views on the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act. The bill, which is being led by Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH)… Read more.

New Hampshire Panel Hears Testimony On Amendment To Pivot Marijuana Bill To Governor-Backed Franchise Model

March 27, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Lawmakers in New Hampshire on Tuesday heard public testimony on a newly proposed amendment to a marijuana legalization bill that that would transform the measure into a state-controlled franchise model of commercial sales, a novel framework that has the support of Gov. Chris Sununu (R). The 38-page striking amendment from Rep. Dan McGuire (R) would replace the current text of HB 1633 from Rep. Erica Layon (R), who has warned that the franchise model—under which the state would oversee day-to-day… Read more.

Germany Approves Cannabis Reform Plan: Possession Legal April 1

March 26, 2024 · High Times

The German government last week adopted a bill to end the prohibition of cannabis for adults that will make possession and home cultivation of weed legal in Europe’s most populous nation as of April 1. The legislation, which also allows for the establishment of cannabis clubs, was given final approval on Friday in the Bundesrat, Germany’s legislative chamber representing the country’s 16 federal states. The bill has already been approved by the second chamber of parliament known as the Bundestag,… Read more.

South Dakota adult-use marijuana legalization effort launches – again

March 26, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

South Dakota legalization advocates will try for a third time to put adult-use marijuana on voters’ ballots. The campaign, South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, has until May 7 to collect 12,500 signatures from registered voters to qualify to appear on the 2024 presidential ballot in November, according to Sioux Falls-based TV station KELO. South Dakota voters have approved adult-use legalization once before. A successful 2020 ballot initiative campaign was later overturned by the state Supreme Court, thanks in part to challenges from Republican Gov. Kristi… Read more.

The UK’s Cannabis Market is Worth Over $3.3 Billion a Year, Will Cancer Headlines Push Legalization Forward in England?

March 24, 2024 · Cannabis.net

As NPR reported, Catherine, Princess of Wales, has cancer, she announced in a video message released by Kensington Palace on Friday, and is in the early stages of chemotherapy. In the video, the former Kate Middleton, 42, said the diagnosis was a "huge shock after an incredibly tough couple of months." The cancer was found during testing done after she successfully underwent major abdominal surgery in January, Kate said. She did not specify the type of cancer or its stage.… Read more.

African County of Eswatini Introduces Medical Cannabis Legislation

March 20, 2024 · High Times

The landlocked country of Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland), located in southern Africa, recently made a move to legalize medical cannabis. According to a report from VOA Zimbabwe, King Mswati III and the Eswatini government have introduced medical cannabis legislation hoping that it will help curb illegal sales and allow the country to benefit from tax revenue. “The legislation will also provide measures to guard against increasing the black market,” said spokesperson Alpheous Nxumalo. “This has robbed government taxes, Eswatini, an opportunity to grow… Read more.

8th Grade Sober – Legalizing Weed Does Not Lead to an Increase in Middle School Cannabis Use Says New Study

March 20, 2024 · Cannabis.net

An enduring argument against the legalization of cannabis suggests that legalizing access might prompt a rise in cannabis use among youth. However, as states nationwide forge ahead with reform efforts, ongoing research sheds light on the validity of this claim. Fresh from a recent study revealing the prevalence of Delta-8 THC usage among high school seniors—a hemp-derived cannabinoid readily available beyond the legal cannabis sector and in states both with and without cannabis programs—some may ponder the extent of teen cannabis… Read more.

New York Governor Begins Review of Weed Legalization Rollout

March 19, 2024 · High Times

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Monday that her administration will conduct an assessment of the state’s rollout of legal recreational marijuana, saying that the review is needed to ensure the success of the regulated cannabis market.  New York lawmakers passed legislation legalizing recreational pot nearly three years ago, but the rollout of regulated sales has been plagued by lawsuits and other delays. More than a year after the first licensed recreational pot shop opened in December 2022, only 70… Read more.

Sick of Sending Tax Dollars Out-Of-State, Pennsylvania Governor Urges Legislature to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

March 14, 2024 · Cannabis.net

Josh Shapiro, the governor of Pennsylvania, pushed state lawmakers this week to legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational use. He emphasized the need to follow the lead of nearby states that have already made this decision. In his yearly budget speech, which included a $48.3 billion spending plan, the governor urged legislators to band together and enact legislation legalizing marijuana, on the condition that the sector be subject to prudent regulation and taxes. Although there is no explicit provision for… Read more.

How close is DEA to making decision on rescheduling marijuana?

March 12, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

President Joe Biden’s mention of ongoing marijuana reform efforts during his annual State of the Union address is considered a landmark achievement for MJ policy by political observers as well as stakeholders in the $34 billion U.S. cannabis industry. But those keen to know exactly when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will issue its highly anticipated response to health regulators’ revolutionary 2023 recommendation to move marijuana from Schedule 1 to Schedule 3 of the Controlled Substances Act remain frustrated. “Anyone who says they know is full… Read more.

Native tribe to open first cannabis shop in North Carolina

March 4, 2024 · Green Market Report

North Carolina – one of the few remaining states in the U.S. that has yet to legalize medical or recreational marijuana – is about to get an operational weed store anyway, courtesy of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The Native American tribe plans to launch recreational cannabis sales on its reservation, near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, on the cannabis holiday of April 20, The Charlotte Observer reported. “Across the country, it’s the… Read more.

Thai Health Minister Predicts Recreational Cannabis Ban By December

March 2, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Thailand’s health minister said that lawmakers are aiming to make adult-use cannabis illegal again by the end of the year, Reuters reports. Under recently proposed legislation, it would be illegal to use cannabis recreationally but cannabis use for medicinal purposes would remain legal. People caught consuming cannabis would face fines of up to 60,000 baht ($1,700), and people caught illegally marketing or retailing cannabis products — or paraphernalia — would face up to a year in jail and fines up to 100,000 baht ($2,800).… Read more.

Hawaii Senate Panels Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill, Sending It To Floor Vote Expected Next Week

March 2, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A pair of Senate committees in Hawaii has advanced a bill that would legalize marijuana in the state, adopting a number of amendments to the underlying proposal before sending it to the chamber floor where a vote is expected next week. Last year the Senate passed a separate legalization bill that later stalled the House, but advocates are hopeful this year’s proposal could get further. Gov. Josh Green (D) said last month that legalization is a “big social issue that remains” to… Read more.

Das Bong! Germany Legalizes Recreational Cannabis as Europe’s Green Wave Officially Kicks Off!

March 1, 2024 · Cannabis.net

Germany has made a groundbreaking move by giving the go-ahead for personal use of recreational cannabis, signaling a notable change in the nation's drug policy. The federal parliament of Germany, the Bundestag, finalized this historic decision today. A substantial 407 MPs rallied behind the legislation; 226 stood in opposition, and four opted to abstain. Now, the ball is in the court of the Bundesrat, the legislative body representing the sixteen Länder at the federal level. They'll be taking a close look… Read more.

German Lawmakers Vote To Legalize Cannabis

February 27, 2024 · High Times

Germany’s lower house of parliament voted last week to legalize the consumption and cultivation of cannabis by adults, although the measure passed by the Bundestag does not permit commercial sales of recreational marijuana. The legislation legalizes cannabis clubs, however, allowing groups of no more than 500 adults to collectively grow weed for personal use by club members. “We have two goals: to crack down on the black market and improved protection of children and young people,” Health Minister Karl Lauterbach… Read more.

Competing Marijuana Sales Bills Move Forward In Virginia’s House And Senate, Though Key Differences Remain

February 12, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Both chambers of Virginia’s legislature have now given at least preliminary approval to separate plans that would legalize retail marijuana sales in the commonwealth. Significant differences remain between the competing proposals, however, which lawmakers will need to hammer out before sending any bill to the desk of Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R). Meanwhile, measures on resentencing people with prior cannabis convictions and preventing the legal use of marijuana from denying parental visitation or custody rights also moved forward ahead of a… Read more.

German Cannabis Legalization Expected in April

February 10, 2024 · Cannabis Now

The German cannabis legalization saga appears to finally be concluding, with members of the governing coalition in the Bundestag reportedly reaching a final agreement. If the process stays on track, cannabis cultivation, possession and consumption will be legalized in Germany starting April 1. Germany’s current legalization effort started back in September 2021 when today’s governing coalition was initially elected. Members of the coalition, often referred to as the Traffic Light Coalition, quickly announced their intent to end cannabis prohibition in Germany… Read more.

Pennsylvania Governor Calls On State Lawmakers To Legalize Weed

February 8, 2024 · High Times

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro this week called on state lawmakers to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana, saying “It’s time to catch up” with neighboring states that have already taken the step. The governor made his plea on Tuesday during an annual budget address to unveil a $48.3 billion spending plan for the state. “I ask you to come together and send to my desk a bill that legalizes marijuana,” Shapiro told state lawmakers in his address. “But that bill should ensure the… Read more.

South Carolina Senators Square Off Over Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill On Chamber Floor

February 7, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

South Carolina’s Senate convened for an initial debate on Wednesday about a bill that would allow medical cannabis access for patients with certain health conditions. It’s a renewed push by lawmakers after the body passed an earlier version of the legislation in 2022 that went on to stall in the House over a procedural hiccup. During the floor debate on the measure from Sen. Tom Davis (R), members held a lengthy discussion on the merits of the reform proposal and… Read more.

Germany’s Coalition Government Reaches Deal on Weed Legalization

February 6, 2024 · High Times

The groups that form Germany’s coalition government struck a deal last week on cannabis legalization, setting the stage for the new law to take effect in the spring.  Now, the proposal will be considered by the country’s parliament, with a vote expected later this month. Zeit, a German publication, reported last week that the “government coalition made up of the SPD, Greens and FDP has agreed on the details of the legalization of cannabis,” and that the “law could come into force… Read more.

Ireland Government Approves a Nine-Month Delay on Cannabis Legalization Vote

February 3, 2024 · High Times

The Irish government has delayed on discussing a bill that would legalize cannabis possession for nine months. A report submitted by the Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs Use completed its review of Ireland’s current drug policies in October 2023, and released a final report on Jan. 25, which includes 36 recommendations for prioritizing marginalized groups and communities, focusing on prevention and recovery, and more. On Jan. 24, 2024, one day prior to the release of the report, Taoiseach (TD) Leo Varadkar (who… Read more.

Fetterman Opposes Schumer’s Zyn Nicotine Pouch Crackdown For Same ‘Freedom’ Reasons He Backs Marijuana Legalization

January 26, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) says he doesn’t support Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) call for a crackdown on the nicotine product Zyn because it’s a matter of “freedom and personal choices,” drawing parallels to his reasons for supporting marijuana legalization. Schumer said earlier this week that he’s asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the health impacts and marketing of the nicotine pouches that have been popularized on social media in a… Read more.

CDC Suggests Cannabis Legalization Reduced Underage Access

January 26, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Teenage cannabis use in the Seattle, Washington area has dropped significantly since 2008, according to recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the state’s 2012 cannabis legalization policy likely played a role. The report, first outlined by the cannabis advocacy group NORML, noted that the observed decreases in cannabis use among eighth-, tenth-, and twelfth-grade students “might be associated with changes in the availability of cannabis among persons aged ≥21 years as well as limited opportunities to engage in… Read more.

Maine Proposal Would Legalize Cannabis Social Clubs

January 25, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Maine lawmakers are considering a proposal to legalize cannabis social clubs and other forms of on-site consumption, according to a Spectrum News report. Sponsored by state Rep. David Boyer (R-Poland), the proposal would establish a cannabis-based hospitality industry in Maine by giving tourists a place to legally consume. If approved, the bill would establish a “cannabis hospitality establishment license” that would need to be acquired before businesses could allow on-site consumption. LD 1952 appeared recently before the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee. The… Read more.

German Minister Expects Cannabis Legalization This Spring

January 24, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach says he hopes to submit the nation’s adult-use cannabis legalization proposal for a parliamentary vote this February and see the proposal come into effect by April, according to a DW report. The proposal was initially agreed upon by Germany‘s three-part government coalition last year, and Lauterbach said that lawmakers’ discussion regarding the Cannabis Act has remained positive. While legalization critics have pushed back against the proposal, Lauterbach argues that the unregulated market carries risks such as contaminated products and extremely… Read more.

Biden DOJ Tells Federal Court Not To ‘Disrupt’ Marijuana Rescheduling Decision By Allowing Industry Lawsuit To Proceed

January 24, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

The Justice Department has asked a federal court to dismiss a cannabis industry lawsuit that seeks to block the enforcement of marijuana prohibition against state-legal activity—in part, it says, because the court should not get ahead of a possible cannabis rescheduling decision that’s being considered. In a document filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Western Division, on Tuesday, lawyers for Attorney General Merrick Garland said that Congress “rationally set up an administrative process for rescheduling drugs.” “Pursuant to… Read more.

Germany to legalize marijuana by April, top official says

January 22, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Germany’s health minister believes marijuana legalization will become a reality in the country this spring. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has set a target for the Bundestag, the national parliament, to approve the nation’s long-awaited cannabis law in February. Germany would then become the first country to legalize cannabis in Europe in April, according to German news reports. “I am continuing to assume that the Cannabis Act will be passed by the Bundestag in the week between Feb. 19 and 23… Read more.

DeSantis Says Marijuana Legalization Will Be On Florida Ballot Following Court Review

January 22, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) says a marijuana legalization initiative will be on the state’s November ballot, predicting a favorable legal outcome for activists in the Supreme Court in the face of a challenge from the attorney general who is seeking to block the vote. Days before dropping out of the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, DeSantis was asked about the prospect of legalization making the Florida ballot by cannabis lobbyist Don Murphy. “I think the court is… Read more.

Adult-use marijuana legalization bids reintroduced in Virginia, West Virginia

January 19, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Virginia lawmakers this week resumed their quest to legalize adult-use marijuana retail operations in their state, the largest to legalize use and possession without also launching sales. Meanwhile, elected representatives in West Virginia reintroduced a recreational marijuana legalization proposal. In Virginia, state Sens. Adam Ebbin and Aaron Rouse introduced a bill that would allow for adult-use sales to begin in the state in 2025. It’s similar to an effort that failed last year. And the familiar standoff between Virginia’s Democratic lawmakers, who control both chambers… Read more.

Thailand Seeks Public Opinion on Draft Bill To Ban Recreational Use After Decriminalizing

January 12, 2024 · High Times

Thailand leaders believe the country’s move to decriminalize led to a surge of cannabis shops and unintended recreational use, and are backpedaling the law, clarifying several changes. A draft bill to ban recreational use of potent cannabis products was published online on Jan. 9. Under the bill proposal, anyone who smokes cannabis for recreational purposes will face a fine of up to 60,000 baht (about $1,709.53). Those selling cannabis or its extracts for recreational purposes face up to one year… Read more.

Czech Republic Published New Draft Regulations for Cannabis Program

January 12, 2024 · High Times

The Czech Republic (also referred to as Czechia) government recently published its draft regulations for cannabis cultivation and consumption on Jan. 10, but it isn’t the version that was expected. According to Expats.cz, the Czech Pirate Party (a liberal party that joined the government in 2021 and has been a strong supporter of cannabis legalization) described the new cannabis bill as a “compromise version,” but that they will further negotiate to have other important issues included as well. “The proposed bill includes rules… Read more.

Alaska Lawmakers File Bills To Create Psychedelics Task Force To Explore Legalization Frameworks And Therapeutic Uses

January 12, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Alaska lawmakers have filed a pair of bills to create a state task force responsible for studying and making recommendations on psychedelic policy issues, including frameworks for legalization and licensure for therapeutic practitioners. Sen. Forrest Dunbar (D) and Rep. Jennie Armstrong (D) introduced identical companion versions of the legislation on Monday. The bills would establish an Alaska Mental Health and Psychedelic Medicine Task Force under the state Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The body would be comprised of… Read more.

Thailand Reverses Course on Cannabis Legalization

January 11, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Thailand is on the brink of a major shift in its cannabis policy with the introduction of a new law proposed by the Minister of Public Health, Mr. Cholnan Srikaew. According to the Thai Examiner, this law aims to strictly regulate the use of cannabis, focusing solely on medical applications and effectively outlawing its recreational use.The proposed legislation stipulates that any cannabis product with a THC level above 0.2% is illegal, a stark contrast to the previous more liberal stance that… Read more.

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up – The DEA and Congress Are Bitching at Each Other about Rescheduling Marijuana

January 11, 2024 · Cannabis.net

The consumption of marijuana has surged dramatically, with a notable instance in Michigan, where recreational use has recently been legalized. In its first year, marijuana sales are poised to exceed $3 billion, propelled by a remarkable performance in July. This upswing can be attributed to Generation Z opting for marijuana over alcohol, considering it a healthier alternative. However, the industry faces challenges such as disorderly state enforcement, burdensome taxes, and restrictive regulations, including the absence of interstate commerce, leading to significant disruptions.… Read more.

GOP Virginia Governor Doesn’t Have ‘Any Interest’ In Legalizing Marijuana Sales Under New Democrat-Led Bills

January 11, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

As Virginia Democrstic lawmakers renew their push to legalize marijuana sales, the Republican governor says the issue isn’t something he’s personally interested in advancing this year. While advocates are hopeful that commercial legalization could move through both chambers of the legislature, which are now controlled by Democrats, the remarks from Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) indicate that the plan might not be enacted into law even if it is approved by the House of Delegates and Senate. Following his State of… Read more.

Florida Bill Would Cap Adult-Use Cannabis at 10% THC

January 9, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Florida State Representative Ralph Massullo has introduced a bill proposing limitations on the potency of cannabis in the event that adult-use marijuana is legalized in the state later this year. The proposed legislation seeks to set a maximum THC content of 10% for cannabis products intended for smoking and 60% for concentrates. Additionally, marijuana edibles would be subject to a cap of 200 milligrams of THC per package and 10 milligrams per serving. The text of the bill reads: Marijuana for personal… Read more.

Why the Ukraine Legalized Medical Marijuana During the Russian Invasion

January 9, 2024 · Cannabis.net

Ukraine Is Finally Legalizing Medical Marijuana On December 21st, right before Christmas 2023, the parliament of Ukraine finally voted to support the legalization of medical marijuana after a proposal by Prime Minister Denys Smyhal. The bill will regulate marijuana’s use for medical as well as scientific and industrial purposes. Certainly, Ukraine is among the world’s nations that need the healing benefits of marijuana because of the wreck the war with Russian left them in. Out of the 401 seats in Kyiv’s parliament, 248 seats… Read more.

Kentucky, Wisconsin Lawmakers Introduce Marijuana Legalization Bills

January 8, 2024 · Green Market Report

Lawmakers in two of the 12 remaining states that have yet to legalize cannabis – Kentucky and Wisconsin – will have the option of approving limited reforms which could turn the tide, but both measures still have a long way to go before becoming law. In Kentucky, Democratic Rep. Nima Kulkarni put forth a measure that would legalize the possession and consumption of recreational cannabis – including allowing home cultivation – but wouldn’t authorize cultivation or sale by private businesses. In other… Read more.

DeSantis Says He Would ‘Respect The Decisions That States Make’ On Marijuana Legalization, Despite Personal Opposition

January 8, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) says he would “respect the decisions that states make” on marijuana legalization if he’s elected president, despite his personal view that the reform has a “negative impact.” At a campaign event in Iowa on Saturday, the 2024 Republican presidential candidate briefly shared how he would navigate the growing state legalization movement from the White House, pledging to adopt a hands-off approach like that of prior administrations from both parties. DeSantis started by noting that Florida… Read more.

Wisconsin Republicans Unveil Plan To Legalize Non-Smokable Medical Marijuana With State-Run Dispensaries

January 8, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Wisconsin Republicans have unveiled a plan to legalize non-smokable medical marijuana through state-run dispensaries staffed by government-employed pharmacists, with a limited set of conditions that could qualify patients for the program. At a series of press conferences across the state on Monday, GOP state lawmakers detailed the much-anticipated legislation, which would make Wisconsin the “first state to have state-run dispensaries,” operated by the Department of Health Services (DHS). As expected, the proposal would create a restrictive system that limits patients… Read more.