Category Archives: Legalization

Poll Affirms, Again, Most Ohioans Plan to Vote ‘Yes’ on November’s Rec Weed Measure

A poll commissioned by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA)—the campaign supporting the ballot initiative—and conducted by FM3 Research surveyed likely November voters in mid-August, specifically asking about their stance on ushering in recreational cannabis laws for the Buckeye State. The results found that roughly three out of five Ohio voters support the […]

Nebraska Advocacy Group Continues Pushing for Medical Cannabis Legalization

Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana (NMM) is continuing to ramp up its medical cannabis ballot campaign for a third, and hopefully last time. NMM officially launched its campaign on Sept. 13 with two different measures: The Patient Protection Act and The Medical Cannabis Regulation Act. The former would provide protection for both patients as well as […]

Wisconsin Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Legalize Cannabis

A bid to bring legalization to the Badger State started in earnest last week, with Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin announcing legislation on Sept. 22 that would end the prohibition on recreational cannabis. The bill was introduced by state Sen. Melissa Agard and state House Rep. Darrin B. Madison. Agard, who is the minority leader in […]

North Carolina Tribe Votes To Legalize Recreational Cannabis

For North Carolina, where both recreational and medical cannabis are both illegal under the state’s law, the outcome clears the way for the Tar Heel State’s first dispensary. The Associated Press reported that unofficial results of the vote on Thursday showed “that 70% of voters said ‘yes’…in a referendum that opens the door to the […]

Number of Licensed Hemp Farms in Kansas Decreases From 200 to 41

A recent report shows that the state of Kansas once had hundreds of licensed hemp cultivators, but that number has decreased significantly. Numbers for 2023 show that there are only 41 licensed hemp cultivators currently operating in Kansas. The surge in hemp cultivators was initially caused by the passage of the 2018 Hemp Farm Bill, […]

NYC Pays Settlement to Mom Separated from Newborn for Cannabis Use

A settlement has been reached between the City of New York’s child welfare arm and a mother who had her baby taken from her just days after his birth. According to an article in the New York Daily News, The New York Administration for Children’s Services will pay Chanetto Rivers, who says she was subjected […]

Court-Mandated Cannabis Treatment Plummets After Legalization

Newly released data published in last month’s issue of the Journal of Addiction Medicine concluded that marijuana treatments for young people have declined following legalization. The data, presented by researchers at Temple University, “were extracted from the Treatment Episode Dataset—Admissions and used to calculate trends in the number and proportion of criminal justice referrals” for […]

Canadian Study Links Cannabis Legalization to an Increase in Car Accidents

The results of a recent study published in JAMA Network Open claim to have found an association between cannabis legalization and an increase in traffic accidents. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Ottawa and looked at emergency room visits in Ontario, Canada over a 13-year period (Jan 2010-Dec 2021 which is […]

Pittsburgh Advocates Unite To Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania’s second-largest city, advocates are busy working to legalize adult-use cannabis. Last month, two lawmakers introduced Senate Bill 846 to legalize adult-use cannabis in Pennsylvania. The bill currently waits for review from the Senate Law and Justice Committee for further deliberation. Next Pittsburgh reports that advocates at a local Pittsburgh branch of NORML are […]

The HHS Calls for Moving Cannabis to Schedule 3 Drug

Summary: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recommended easing restrictions on marijuana, and moving it to schedule 3 drug, following a review request from the Biden Administration last year. This recommendation was provided to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as part of President Biden’s directive to HHS. The HHS is recommending […]