New York Lawmakers Prefile Eight Marijuana Reform Bills for 2021

New York lawmakers prefiled eight medical marijuana-related bills for consideration in the upcoming legislative session. Seven of those were filed in the Assembly with the other prefiled bill introduced in the Senate. The proposed bills cover a range of issues facing qualifying medical marijuana patients in New York, including tenants’ [...]

2021-01-13T05:08:02-07:00January 13, 2021|

The 7 States Most Likely to Legalize Marijuana in 2021

One of the few bright spots in an otherwise difficult year was marijuana legalization’s progress in the US. Four states voted to legalize recreational cannabis on Election Day while Vermont and Illinois had already begun legal sales of adult-use marijuana earlier in the year. Though there won’t be any marijuana [...]

2020-12-29T07:26:59-07:00December 29, 2020|

Municipalities Increasingly Opting Against Cannabis Testing For Employees

City officials across the US are abandoning marijuana testing requirements for public employees. Rochester City Council approved legislation to remove marijuana from the list of drugs tested at pre-employment screenings, except for certain jobs owing to safety concerns such as within law enforcement. “This is an important piece of legislation [...]

2020-11-25T10:53:32-07:00June 7, 2020|

Marijuana Legalization Bills Being Shelved Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

What started as a promising year for the marijuana reform movement across the US has been set off-course by the COVID-19 pandemic. Cannabis legalization bills and petition drives for marijuana reform ballot initiatives have been put on hold as state officials and the federal government scramble to contain the spread [...]

2020-04-14T03:19:13-07:00April 15, 2020|

Marijuana Legalization On Hold in New York Due to COVID-19

Provisions to legalize adult-use marijuana didn’t make it into New York’s annual budget before the April 1 deadline. Though Gov. Andrew Cuomo said cannabis legalization was a “top priority” for this legislative session, the coronavirus outbreak in the state, particularly in the city of New York, means the push is [...]

2020-04-13T03:56:26-07:00April 13, 2020|

New York Gov Revises Marijuana Legalization Plan

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has revised his latest adult-use marijuana legalization plan, unveiled last month in his state budget proposal. In the face of lawmaker opposition, Cuomo’s amended effort includes new provisions regarding the regulation and taxation of the legal industry, and revised enforcement powers against illicit operators. This [...]

2020-04-08T08:27:29-07:00February 5, 2020|

New Yorkers Want Legalized Marijuana, New Poll Shows

A majority of New Yorkers support marijuana legalization, according to a new survey. More than 800 adults in New York were asked in phone interviews or online surveys between September 22 and October 1 2019 whether cannabis should be legalized. Siena College Poll, who carried out the survey, reported that [...]

2019-11-01T11:41:20-07:00November 1, 2019|