Arizona Prosecutors Drop Existing Marijuana Possession Charges as Legalization Takes Effect

Arizona’s voter-approved ballot initiative to legalize marijuana took effect on November 30, 2020, while most of the state’s elected county attorneys confirmed they’ve now dropped all cannabis possession cases. Prior to legalization, Arizona was one of a handful of states that allowed felony charges to be brought against a person [...]

2020-12-14T04:55:54-07:00December 14, 2020|

Montana Residents Vote to Legalize Marijuana at the Ballot Box

Montana voters approved two marijuana legalization initiatives through the state’s ballot process at this year’s elections. The first, Ballot Initiative I-190, is a statutory measure to legalize cannabis possession, use and cultivation as of January 1, 2021. Possession is limited at up to an ounce of marijuana flower, and up [...]

2020-11-16T06:09:31-07:00November 16, 2020|

Marijuana Legalization Sweeps the Board at the 2020 Elections

The presidential election may be a close call, but residents of Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota overwhelmingly voted to legalize recreational cannabis. Mississippi voters said yes to medical marijuana, and voted three to one for Initiative 65 – a citizen-led proposal for the state’s medical marijuana program – [...]

2020-11-09T04:12:53-07:00November 9, 2020|

Congress Would Pursue Federal Marijuana Social Equity Programs Under Biden Presidency, Senator Says

If the Biden-Harris ticket wins the presidential election in November, Congress would look to support minority-ownership of state-legal marijuana businesses, according to Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA). Sen. Markey, who defeated Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) in the Massachusetts Democratic Senate primary on September 1, made the remarks during a Congressional [...]

2020-09-15T06:12:19-07:00September 15, 2020|

What Trump Could Gain (And Lose) By Legalizing Marijuana

President Trump has rarely commented publicly on marijuana legalization unless prompted. When asked his administration’s position on the issue, he generally says he’s happy to let states decide for themselves. His actions at times suggest otherwise though. His first pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, rescinded Obama-era memos that ensured [...]

2020-09-07T09:09:34-07:00September 7, 2020|

Joe Biden’s Drug Courts Plan Will Only Prolong The War on Drugs

Biden-Sanders task force calls for an end to the war on drugs but recommends drug court interventions that will disproportionately target people of color. When Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden established working groups to develop policy recommendations for the party’s official election platform, marijuana reform advocates were pleased he decided [...]

2020-09-07T08:24:38-07:00August 19, 2020|