Marijuana Legalization News

Studies Find Crash Rates Rise When States Legalize Marijuana; Suggest Link to Alcohol

Researchers report increasing evidence is that motor vehicle crash rates rise when states legalize recreational use and retail sales of marijuana, although what effects marijuana by itself has on drivers remains unclear. Crash rates spiked with the legalization of recreational …

Cannabis Legalization Debate Turns to Questions of Pot Potency

As marijuana legalization spreads across U.S. states, so does a debate over whether to set pot policy by potency. Under a law signed last month, New York will tax recreational marijuana based on its amount of THC, the main intoxicating …

Virginia Becomes First Southern State to Legalize Marijuana

Virginia became the first Southern state to legalize marijuana Wednesday, as lawmakers voted to approve Governor Ralph Northam’s proposed changes to a bill that will allow adults to possess and cultivate small amounts of the drug starting in July. Northam …

New York is Latest State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

New York adults over the age of 21 can now possess and use marijuana – even in public – under a legalization bill signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, though legal sales of recreational-use cannabis won’t start for an estimated 18 …

Wisconsin Gov. Proposes Legalized Marijuana — Recreational and Medical

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has proposed legalizing marijuana and regulating and taxing it like the state does alcohol. Evers made the proposal in his 2021-23 biennial budget, which estimates that legal marijuana would generate more than $165 million annually beginning …

Maine’s Largest City Proposes Retail Licensing Rules for Marijuana Businesses

Officials in Maine’s largest city are proposing licensing regulations for recreational and medical marijuana businesses. The Portland Press Herald reports the proposed rules include a cap of 20 recreational marijuana retail locations citywide, a $10,000 annual license fee and a …

New York, New Jersey Governors Set 2019 Goals to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

The Democratic governors of New York and New Jersey each set goals to legalize recreational marijuana as part of their 2019 agendas, declaring in separate State of the State speeches Tuesday that new laws should raise state revenue and redress …

Marijuana Legalization Advocates Seek Foothold in Midwest States

Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states. Michigan and North Dakota, where voters …

Marijuana Advocates Urge New York to Make It Legal, Affordable

Marijuana advocates told a New York panel considering legalization that it should be affordable and accessible to everyone rather than enriching corporate producers and state tax coffers. Of about 30 people who spoke at the first of 15 “listening sessions” …

With Pot Shops Opening Soon, Massachusetts Warns About Driving High

In anticipation of the first recreational marijuana stores opening within Massachusetts in the coming weeks, state officials Wednesday stepped up warnings to motorists about the risks of driving while stoned. A new public education and enforcement campaign announced by Republican …