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Eric Howard, who lives in Los Angeles, is a staff writer for Marijuana and the Law. His most recent book, Taliban Beach Party, appeared in 2017.
South Carolina medical marijuana

South Carolina Medical Marijuana Legislation Introduced

On January 22, Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) and Rep. Peter McCoy (R-Charleston) of the South Carolina legislature introduced companion bills to legalize medical marijuana. If they become law, South Carolina will join...
JB Pritzker

Illinois’ Gov. J.B. Pritzker Reiterates Pledge To Legalize Marijuana In Inaugural Address

On January 21 at his inauguration in Springfield, Gov. J.B. Pritzker repeated his campaign promise to work toward legalizing marijuana. He said: "In the interests of keeping the public safe from harm,...
kamala harris presidential candidate

Here’s Where Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris Stands on Marijuana

On January 21, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced that she is running for president in 2020, making her one of many pro-reform Democrats to enter the race. A former prosecutor, she has...
Menino-Survey-of-Mayors

Survey Reveals Majority Of U.S. Mayors Want Legal Marijuana

On January 22 in Washington, D.C., Boston University published its 2018 Menino Survey of Mayors, which shows that a majority of U.S. mayors surveyed support legalization. The survey...
Kirsten Gillibrand presidential candidate

Where Does Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand Stand On Marijuana?

In the 2020 presidential election, the incumbent is a Republican with sagging poll numbers, leaving the Democratic field open. By mid-January, eight candidates had already announced themselves, and several more may follow....
Kentucky senator backs medical marijuana

Kentucky Senator Backs Medical Marijuana After Experiencing Benefits First-Hand

This January, a bipartisan group of sponsors introduced House Bill 136, which would “implement and regulate” a “medicinal marijuana program in Kentucky.” Medical legalization also has the support of State Sen. Dan...
marijuana legalization red states

Marijuana Legalization Bills Already In Motion In Five Red States

When political candidates propose new platform ideas and win, other politicians notice, and in the wake of Democratic victories in 2018 by candidates backing marijuana reform, legalization bills are appearing in red...
Hawaii legalization 2019

Is Legal Marijuana In Hawaii Inevitable?

Hawaii may be known for its Maui Wowie, but adult use remains illegal in the state. Its medical program began in 2000 by allowing qualified patients to grow up to seven plants,...
West Virginia marijuana legalization

West Virginia Lawmakers Could Vote On Legal Marijuana In 2019

At the end of 2018, Delegate Shawn Fluharty (D-WV) proposed a novel reason to legalize adult use in West Virginia, where he was instrumental in securing passage of a medical cannabis bill...
Elizabeth Warren running for president

Where 2020 Presidential Contender Elizabeth Warren Stands On Marijuana

At the end of 2018, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced that she would be establishing a committee to consider a run for the presidency in 2020. If she decides to run, she...