Latest Marijuana legalization News

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jun. 23, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

The Advocate. June 23, 2021. Editorial: Maybe it’s not ‘decriminalization,’ but new pot bill is close to it The decision of Gov. John Bel Edwards — son, grandson and brother of sheriffs in Tangipahoa Parish — to sign a bill lowering...

Rhode Island Senate approves legalizing marijuana for adults

Jun. 22, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Senate approved legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults on Tuesday, marking the first time either chamber of the state Legislature has voted on a bill to legalize cannabis. The proposal was introduced by longtime...

Connecticut governor signs recreational marijuana into law

Jun. 22, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont on Tuesday signed a bill making Connecticut the 19th state to legalize recreational use of marijuana, which remains an illegal drug under federal law. People age 21 and older will be allowed to possess and consume marijuana...

South Dakota lawmakers, cities warm to marijuana plans

Jun. 22, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — As South Dakota anticipates a state Supreme Court decision on whether recreational marijuana will become legal in July, state lawmakers and city governments are moving forward with their own pot plans. Officials across the state have warmed to...

What's next as Connecticut looks ahead toward legal cannabis

Jun. 18, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

Connecticut is poised to become the 19th state to legalize adult, recreational use of cannabis, now that a long-awaited bill has cleared the General Assembly and Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont has said he'll sign it into law. While it will be legal as of July 1 for adults 21 years and older to...

Virginia marijuana legalization timetable has many confused

Jun. 18, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's road to legalizing simple possession of marijuana has had some twists and turns, so it's not surprising that advocacy groups have been flooded with calls from people trying to understand exactly what will be allowed under state law as of July 1. ...

Legal cannabis bill clears state Senate, Lamont to sign it

Jun. 17, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Senate voted Thursday to legalize the recreational use of cannabis for adults, the final legislative action for a bill that lays the groundwork for the new industry in Connecticut and attempts to address racial inequities stemming from the nation's war...

Highlights of Connecticut's cannabis legalization bill

Jun. 17, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut state Senate on Thursday gave final legislative approval to a wide-ranging bill that legalizes the adult use of cannabis, sending the legislation to Gov. Ned Lamont, who said he will sign it into law. Following are highlights of the proposal. ...

Detroit marijuana law is suspended over license fairness

Jun. 17, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Thursday suspended a Detroit law that gives preferences to certain people who want to get into the marijuana business, based on years of residency and other factors. The ordinance gives an "unfair, irrational and likely unconstitutional...

Florida Supreme Court says no to marijuana ballot proposal

Jun. 17, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment to allow recreational marijuana use in Florida won't be on the 2022 ballot after the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the ballot language was misleading. The court, in a 5-2 decision, said proposed...