More than 40 U.S. states could allow some form of legal marijuana by the end of 2020, including deep red Mississippi and South Dakota — and they’re doing it with the help of some conservatives.
State lawmakers are teeing up their bills as legislative sessions kick off around the country, and advocates pushing ballot measures are racing to collect and certify signatures to meet deadlines for getting their questions to voters.
Citing concerns about a suspected connection between cannabis and psychosis, a group of Washington state lawmakers wants to slash the allowed potency of all non-medical cannabis concentrates, limiting THC levels to no more than 10%.
A Capitol Hill hearing on cannabis legislation Wednesday underscored the regulatory straitjacket that restricts research and scheduling of cannabis in the United States.
House lawmakers are growing increasingly frustrated with restrictions on federal marijuana research and are putting pressure on regulators to change the rules.
While 33 states have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, federal research is extremely restricted.
A House panel on Wednesday is set to examine some of the barriers to marijuana research amid a growing disconnect between federal and state policies.
“There is a chasm between the federal laws and what over 30 states are doing,” Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) told The Hill in an interview Tuesday.
Nearly four years have passed since Arizona voters rejected adult-use cannabis legalization—the only one of five states to reject it on the November 2016 ballot. Now advocates in the Grand Canyon State are gearing up again to legalize the plant in late 2020.
Cannabis legalization sparked interest among Floridians, who took matters in their own hands last year. Voters in Florida, along with some cannabis companies, launched campaigns to gather signatures. The signatures would qualify marijuana legalization for the November 2020 ballot. Most people wonder if cannabis is legal in Florida. The support in the state looked good. As a result, there was hope that marijuana would see daylight in the state in 2020. However, Florida faces some hurdles.
Gov. Gavin Newsom is recommending a major overhaul to how California regulates its multibillion-dollar cannabis industry, with changes aimed at streamlining oversight and tax collection included in the proposed state budget he released Friday morning.
Governor Cuomo has several priorities for New York in 2020. Chief among them: legalizing pot.
To learn more, I spoke with our Albany bureau chief, Jesse McKinley, about why the governor is making a bold move toward marijuana legalization and what it might look like.