Tag Archives: marijuana

DeSantis Lies About “Extreme” Weed Ballot Measure

Florida Politics reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis isn’t holding back when it comes to initiatives that would legalize adult-use cannabis and would enshrine reproductive rights. “Once voters figure out how radical both of those are, they’re going to fail. They are very, very extreme,” DeSantis said in Davie. “Look at the weed one. For example, the weed one is not just …

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“Big Weed” Launches $15M Florida Ballot Campaign

Florida Politics reports: Smart & Safe Florida, the campaign behind a recreational marijuana amendment, announced it has raised more than $15 million. While the campaign up until now has largely been backed by Trulieve, its financial support now comes from a number of cannabis businesses and investors across the country. Those include: Verano Holdings, Curaleaf Holdings, AYR Wellness, Cresco Labs, …

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BREAKING: Florida Supreme Court Approves Ballot Measures On Abortion Rights And Recreational Weed

Florida Insider reports: The Florida Supreme Court had until the end of the day to decide whether or not voters will be able to comment on two proposed amendments that deal with marijuana use for recreational purposes and abortion rights in November. The court decided not to make its opinions public on Thursday. Over the weekend and on Friday, the …

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Cuomo Rages About NYC’s Unlicensed Weed Shops

Former NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo writes for the Daily News: “They can’t even figure out how to fix a pothole!” That was my grandfather’s rant when as a kid I would be riding in his car and he hit a pothole. It was a metaphor for a general frustration with government’s incompetence: the inability to perform simple, obvious tasks. New …

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Germans Celebrate Legal Weed With Smoke-In [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Marijuana campaigners in Germany lit celebratory joints on Monday as the country liberalized rules on cannabis to allow possession of small amounts. The German Cannabis Association, which campaigned for the new law, staged a “smoke-in” at Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate when the law took effect at midnight. Other public consumption events were scheduled throughout the country. …

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Virginia Gov Vetoes Bill Allowing Retail Weed Sales

The Associated Press reports: Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin vetoed two top Democratic legislative priorities on Thursday: bills that would have allowed the recreational retail sales of marijuana to begin next year and measures mandating a minimum wage increase. In 2021, Virginia became the first Southern state to legalize marijuana, adopting a policy change that allowed adults age 21 and …

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Florida Supreme Court Has Until Monday To Rule On Abortion Rights And Legal Marijuana Ballot Measures

Florida Politics reports: The Florida Supreme Court must make a consequential decision between now and Monday, April 1, on whether to allow two significant ballot initiatives on the November 2024 ballot. Attorney General Ashley Moody asked the court to block the marijuana amendment from the ballot, but the scope of questions during the Supreme Court hearing suggested that several Justices …

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NYC Battles Thousands Of Unlicensed Weed Shops

Gothamist reports: A new boots-on-the-ground survey from Councilmember Gale Brewer’s office found more than twice as many illicit cannabis shops operating on the Upper West Side as in late 2022, the last time her staff canvassed the area. Brewer is one of city government’s biggest crusaders against NYC’s unlicensed cannabis shops, and the informal headcount comes as city and state …

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Analysis: 74% Of Americans Have Access To Legal Weed

Changing America reports: Although marijuana is illegal under federal law, 54% of Americans live in a state where recreational use of marijuana is legal, according to an analysis from the Pew Research Center. The analysis revealed that 74% of Americans live in a state where marijuana is legal for either medical or recreational use. Additionally, 79% of Americans live in …

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FL Bill To Cap THC In Legal Weed Dies In Committee

Florida Politics reports: An effort to cap THC levels in marijuana if Florida voters legal it for adult personal use is dead this Legislative Session. The Senate Health Policy Committee bill (SB 7050) emerged earlier this month in the upper chamber. The effort had moved out of its first stop on a 7-3 vote. Just as that committee declined to …

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German Lawmakers Vote To Legalize Recreational Weed

Courthouse News reports: A divided Bundestag on Friday voted to make Germany the first major European Union country to legalize the possession and purchase of small amounts of cannabis for recreational purposes. Starting April 1, people 18 and older will be able to grow up to three marijuana plants and possess up to 25 grams (about 1 ounce) of cannabis …

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FL Moves To Cap THC In Case Weed Becomes Legal

Florida Politics reports: A bill capping the level of delta-9 THC in the event voters decide to legalize adult-use marijuana moved forward by a 13-4 vote in its first House stop in the Healthcare Regulation Subcommittee. In processed substances, such as vapes, shatter and wax, the cap would be 60% delta-9 THC if this bill passes. For practical purposes, that …

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Texas AG Sues Five Cities For Decriminalizing Weed

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing five cities — Austin, San Marcos, Killeen, Elgin and Denton — to block their ordinances decriminalizing low-level marijuana possession. In 2022, voters in the five cities approved policies that would end arrests and citations for possession of less than four ounces of marijuana. An initiative spearheaded by Ground Game …

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Senate Dems Press Biden Admin To Deschedule Weed

NBC News reports: Senate Democrats are putting new pressure on the Biden administration to ease federal restrictions on marijuana in a new letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday as it considers rescheduling cannabis after it was federally classified more than five decades ago. The letter, from 12 senators led by Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and John Fetterman, D-Pa., and …

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New York Soon To Issue Rules On Home-Grown Weed

Gothamist reports: The Cannabis Control Board will vote on regulations that would let New Yorkers who are at least 21 years old cultivate up to six mature plants — meaning they have visible buds — and six immature plants per residence. Home cultivators would be able to keep up to 5 pounds of flower that’s been trimmed from those plants, …

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DeSantis: Legal Weed Will Likely Make Florida Ballot

Marijuana Moment reports: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) says a marijuana legalization initiative will be on the state’s November ballot, predicting a favorable legal outcome for activists in the Supreme Court in the face of a challenge from the attorney general who is seeking to block the vote. Days before dropping out of the race for the 2024 Republican presidential …

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Federal Scientists Recommend Decriminalizing Weed

The New York Times reports: Marijuana is neither as risky nor as prone to abuse as other tightly controlled substances and has potential medical benefits, and therefore should be removed from the nation’s most restrictive category of drugs, federal scientists have concluded. The recommendations are contained in a 250-page scientific review provided to Matthew Zorn, a Texas lawyer who sued …

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DeSantis Repeats Claim Legal Pot May Contain Fentanyl

Florida Politics reports: During an interview on The Big Show on KCPS, the Governor pointed to Colorado as an illustration of how legalized cannabis in that early adopter state didn’t destroy the illegal market for the product. Last month on the trail, he suggested that patients in Florida’s Medical Marijuana Program use medical conditions as a “pretext” for getting high. …

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New York State To License 500 More Weed Dispensaries

Gothamist reports: New York cannabis officials will be handing out up to 1,445 new business licenses in the coming weeks, including at least 500 for dispensaries. Other licenses will go to marijuana growers, processors, wholesalers and microbusinesses after the application window for licenses closed earlier this month. In this new round, the state is prioritizing businesses that already have leases …

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Biden To Issue Pardons For Some Marijuana Offenses

NBC News reports: President Joe Biden will sign a proclamation to pardon certain marijuana offenses Friday, building on broader action he took last year for thousands of people convicted of possession under federal law, the White House said. The new pardons target “additional offenses of simple possession and use of marijuana under federal and D.C. law,” Biden said in a …

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