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                        Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist (D-FL-13) said earlier this week that if he is elected governor, he vowed to legalize recreational marijuana and expunge criminals with marijuana convictions. The announcement came as part of the unveiling of Crist’s “Justice for All” criminal justice reform plan, which also...
    charliecristfl/Facebook Charlie Crist vowed Thursday to legalize recreational cannabis and expunge cannabis convictions as part of his gubernatorial campaign’s criminal justice reform plan. The ‘Justice for All’ plan would create a yet-to-be-determined tax rate for recreational cannabis. The proceeds, Crist said, would fund community investments — among other things — including police training, drug treatment programs and pay increases for teachers...
    Photo bia Adobe ImagesAfter the Florida Supreme Court struck down an earlier version, a political committee has filed a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana use. The proposal, by the committee Sensible Florida, would allow people 21 or older to grow and use marijuana, with a cap of 18 plants per household, according to a copy of...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – After the Florida Supreme Court struck down an earlier version, a political committee has filed a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana use. The proposal, by the committee Sensible Florida, would allow people 21 or older to grow and use marijuana, with a cap of 18 plants per household, according to a copy of the measure...
                        COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Ballot Board has approved an initiative petition drive seeking to legalize marijuana for adults 21 years old and older, clearing the way for supporters to collect signatures for presentation to the Ohio General Assembly later this year. The five-member panel certified the proposed...
    New laws legalizing marijuana for recreational or medical use take effect in three states on Thursday, significantly expanding the number of Americans who will have access to consumable cannabis products. The new laws may give new momentum to the push to legalize marijuana across the country as supporters begin circulating new ballot petitions and legislators drop their historical reluctance to...
    Connecticut's governor on Tuesday signed a bill legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, making his state the 19th to do so. The bill also erases certain marijuana-related convictions and reserves business licenses for people in communities impacted by the war on drugs. "For decades, the war on cannabis caused injustices and created disparities while doing little to protect public health...
    HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Ned Lamont signed a bill on Tuesday legalizing and regulating the use of recreational marijuana. That makes Connecticut the 19th state to end the prohibition on cannabis, which remains illegal under federal law. Under the state’s new law, it will be legal for individuals 21 and older to possess and use pot, beginning July 1....
    CONNECTICUT -- Governor Ned Lamont will sign a bill legalizing and regulating the adult-use of marijuana in Connecticut Tuesday.When that happens, Connecticut will become the 19th state to end the prohibition on cannabis, which remains an illegal drug under federal law."This measure is comprehensive, protects our children and the most vulnerable in our communities, and will be viewed as a...
    Democratic Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced Thursday that he will sign a bill aimed to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. “I look forward to signing the bill and moving beyond this terrible period of incarceration and injustice,” Lamont tweeted following the bill’s approval in the Connecticut General Assembly. Here’s my statement on final approval by the Connecticut General Assembly...
    As soon as the ink is dry on Gov. Ned Lamont's pen, marijuana will be legal in Connecticut after the Senate gave its final approval for the growth and sale of marijuana The new legislation, approved on Thursday, June 17, would allow adults 21 or older to purchase and possess up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana beginning on Thursday, July...
    Connecticut is poised to become the 18th state to allow residents to use marijuana for recreational purposes after a measure cleared a critical hurdle in the state legislature late Wednesday night. The state Senate is expected to ratify House amendments in a vote Thursday. The legislation passed the House on a nearly party-line vote; only one Republican voted in favor...
    Connecticut may see if the grass really is greener on the other side as lawmakers push to legalize recreational marijuana. This week, state lawmakers will return to the Capitol in Hartford for a special session to debate the merits of legalizing marijuana for adults over the age of 21. The Special Session begins on Wednesday, June 16. ...
    Mohamed Ibrahim writes for the Associated Press: “The Minnesota House passed a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana use after hours of debate Thursday night in a historic vote that marked the first time either chamber had voted on legalization. The bill — which would legalize marijuana use for adults and expunge minor marijuana convictions — passed on a 72-61 vote...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota House is expected to pass a bill today legalizing recreational marijuana in the state. Today’s vote will mark the first time the issue has advanced to the chamber floor for a vote, but today may also be the last move forward this time around. The bill is not expected to pass the Republican-controlled senate. Senate...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota House is slated to take up a bill Thursday that would legalize recreational marijuana, marking the first time that the issue has advanced to the chamber floor for a vote. The bill, which has bipartisan support in the House, would legalize cannabis use for adults and expunge the records of those convicted of...
    The Florida Supreme Court struck down a ballot initiative on Thursday that would allow Floridians to vote on the legalization of recreational marijuana.  The justices ruled in a 5-2 decision that the proposal was “misleading,” according to The Miami Herald. The ruling came after Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) asked the court to advise on whether the proposal was suitable...
    New Mexico becomes 7th state to legalize recreational pot since November
    SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO - New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation Monday legalizing recreational marijuana use within months and kicking off sales next year, making it the seventh state since November to put an end to pot prohibition. The governor, a Democrat, has supported marijuana reform as a way to create jobs and shore up state revenue. New...
    New Mexico became the 17th state to legalize recreational marijuana on Monday. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation that will allow adults over 21 to use and grow marijuana for recreational purposes by June with some restrictions. Beginning in 2022, the state will form a legal, regulated market to begin sales, aiming to shore up its state economy through an...
    Recreational marijuana smokers in Virginia may be about to hit the jackpot this summer. Senate Bill 1406, which eliminates criminal penalties for simple possession of marijuana by adults and establishes a regulatory structure for the cultivation, manufacture, wholesale, and retail sale of marijuana and marijuana products, was originally set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2024, if approved. Gov. Ralph...
    NEW York became the 15th state to legalize recreational marijuana on March 31. The state of Virginia will hope to join the mix starting July 1, 2021, according to Gov Ralph Northam. 4Recreational marijuana could be legalized in Virginia come July 2021Credit: UNSplash Will Virginia legalize recreational marijuana? Governor Northam has asked the General Assembly to speed up the legalization...
    Police officers in New York City are no longer allowed to search a vehicle simply because there is a smell of marijuana coming from it, now that the state has legalized the recreational use of the drug. The NYPD on Wednesday circulated a memo to all of its commands, explaining the new laws governing the possession, sale and use of...
    Savannah Rychcik April 1, 2021 0 Comments Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is explaining the driving force behind his proposal to legalize marijuana in his state. CNN’s John Avlon touched on the contradiction between state law and federal law regarding marijuana legalization. He noted it is still classified as a Schedule 1 narcotic along with heroin. He suggested...
    More On: new mexico Watch: Smugglers drop girls, ages 3 and 5, from border fence in New Mexico desert Off-duty firefighter rescues man from huge swarm of bees in car New Mexico sues US over proposed nuclear waste storage plans 9-year-old Mexican girl drowns crossing Rio Grande into US New Mexico’s Legislature has approved the legalization of recreational marijuana...
    New York adults over the age of 21 can now possess and use marijuana — even in public — under a legalization bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, though legal sales of recreational-use cannabis won’t start for an estimated 18 months until regulations are set. Passed after several years of stalled efforts, the measure makes New York the 16th state to...
    New Yorkers can now possess and use up to 3 ounces of cannabis under a legalization bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, while sales of recreational-use marijuana won’t become legal for an estimated 18 months until the state draws up regulations. Advocates for criminal justice reform hope it will also help redress the inequities of a system that has locked up...
    NEW YORK -- Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill legalizing recreational marijuana Wednesday, making New York the 15th state to do so after lawmakers approved the sweeping measures Tuesday.The bill makes it legal to possess small amounts of pot, launches programs to help communities that bore the brunt of the national and state drug war, and eventually allow marijuana sales...
    Taking a puff of the green stuff in New York State is one step closer to legalization after the state legislature passed a bill on Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana use.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has indicated that he plans to sign the bill into law.  Cannabis plants grow in the greenhouse at Vireo Health’s medical marijuana cultivation facility in Johnstown,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York is poised to legalize recreational marijuana, pending Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature. Lawmakers passed the sweeping bill in a historic vote Tuesday night. READ MORE: NYPD: Brandon Elliot Arrested In Brutal Assault On 65-Year-Old Asian Woman “Today, we are ending a 90-year prohibition,” said Assembly Majority Leader Crystal People-Stokes. New Yorkers 21 and older will...
    New York was poised on Tuesday to pass a bill legalizing recreational pot — with the state Senate passing the legislation and the Assembly set to vote later in the evening. The state Senate greenlit the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act by a 40 to 23 vote after hours of debate that extended into the night. The state...
    The New York state Senate passed a measure that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state Tuesday night, the Albany Times-Union reports. The bill, which is estimated to help bring in $350 million in annual revenue for New York each year, passed the Senate with a 40-23 vote Tuesday night. Three Democrats joined Republicans in voting against the bill. The measure is...
    More On: marijuana legalization Two Long Island mayors will ‘opt out’ of legal marijuana Letters to the Editor — March 29, 2021 Details hammered out on New York’s marijuana bill What NY lawmakers forgot in their drive to legalize pot New York was poised on Tuesday to pass a bill legalizing recreational pot — with the state Senate passing...
    A recreational marijuana smoker indulges in smoking weed on April 14, 2020 in the Bushwick section of the Brooklyn borough of New York City.Bruce Bennett | Getty Images The New York State Senate on Tuesday voted 40-23 to pass a bill to legalize recreational marijuana. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would sign it after agreeing with state lawmakers...
    NEW YORK -- While some have concerns about the legalization of marijuana in New York State, others hope it can bring big money.Just in New York City alone, legalizing marijuana could rake in tens of millions for the city budget because it's going to be taxed.The legislation allows for possession of up to three ounces and allows people to grow...
    New York is poised to join a growing number of states that have legalized marijuana after state lawmakers reached a deal to allow sales of the drug for recreational use. The agreement reached Saturday would expand the state’s existing medical marijuana program and set up a a licensing and taxation system for recreational sales. Lawmakers are expected to vote on...
    New Mexico legislators will meet in a special session Tuesday to debate legislation that would legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. A similar measure sputtered in the final days of the regular session after passing the state House, but a bipartisan group of lawmakers has since hammered out a deal to create what they hope will be a major industry for a...
    Governor Andrew Cuomo and leaders of the New York state legislature announced an agreement over the weekend to legalize recreational marijuana for those 21 and older. Miami World / El Diario NY The Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act (MRTA) would establish the Office of Cannabis Management, which will be in charge of determining the regulatory framework. In addition, it...
    NEW YORK -- New York is poised to join a growing number of states that have legalized marijuana after state lawmakers reached a deal to allow sales of the drug for recreational use.The agreement reached Saturday would expand the state's existing medical marijuana program and set up a a licensing and taxation system for recreational sales. Lawmakers are expected to...
    New York : The legislation will create licenses for producers and distributors, among others. Photo: Lauren DeCicca / . Governor Andrew Cuomo and leaders of the state legislature announced over the weekend an agreement to legalize recreational marijuana for those 21 and older in New York State. The Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act (MRTA) would...
    Miami : Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York state legislators reached an agreement to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for those over 21 years old, the government of this state on the east coast of the United States announced this Sunday. The deal was reached late Saturday after years of discussions and comes as Cuomo faces multiple investigations,...
    (CNN)New York state leaders announced an agreement on legislation that would legalize marijuana across the state -- a move they say would create jobs and bring in millions in tax dollars.The bill would expand New York's existing medical marijuana programs and establish the Office of Cannabis Management "to implement a comprehensive regulatory framework that would cover medical, adult-use and cannabinoid...
    ALBANY, N.Y. - Lawmakers reached an agreement late Saturday to legalize recreational marijuana sales in New York.   At least 14 other states already allow residents to buy marijuana for recreational and not just medical use, but New York’s past efforts to pass marijuana legalization have failed in recent years. Democrats who now wield a veto-proof majority in the state...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — State lawmakers reached an agreement late Saturday night to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana in New York. The deal paves the way for a potentially multibillion-dollar industry, CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reported Sunday. READ MORE: Exclusive: CBS2 Goes Behind The Scenes At Queens Cannabis Dispensary As Medical Marijuana Use Increases During Pandemic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made...
    NEW YORK -- Lawmakers in New York have announced a deal on a bill to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana in New York State.The State Assembly and the State Senate will vote on the legislation next week.The legislation would legalize recreational marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21.The bill would expunge criminal records for anyone with a...
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