Category: legalization

New York: State legislature signals support for adult-use cannabis legalization

In news that bodes well for the future of cannabis legalization in the state of New York, both chambers of the state legislature have included legalization language in their annual budget proposals. Both budget proposals also address the expedited expungement of certain marijuana-related convictions, implementing social equity programs in the state’s growing marijuana industry, and diverting tax money earned through the legal cannabis industry to benefit communities that have borne the brunt of the most brutal aspects of marijuana prohibition and the war on drugs in New York. Though Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal does not allow for the personal cultivation of marijuana plants, the NY General Assembly’s budget proposal does promote home cultivation upon the legalization of adult-use and retail…

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Rep. Lee: I Just Introduced The Marijuana Justice Act

Congresswoman Barbara Lee represents California’s 13th district First off, I want to thank you for being an active member of the cannabis reform movement and I am proud to tell you that we have never been closer to ending the counterproductive and cruel policy of marijuana criminalization than we are right now. Today, I introduced the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019 and I have every intention of moving the bill forward, but I need your help. Will you tell your member of Congress to join me as a cosponsor of the Marijuana Justice Act? The prohibition of marijuana has had a devastating effect on communities of color. Although whites and blacks have been found to use marijuana at similar rates,…

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