April 8, 2017
On Apr. 4, voters in Kansas City, Mo. approved a measure to decriminalize possession of marijuana. The new law institutes a maximum $25 fine and eliminates jail time for being caught with less than 35 grams of pot. Previously, those who got in trouble for small possession could’ve been on the hook for a $500 fine and 180 days in jail.
March 7, 2017
An investigation into Hawaii’s practice of sending prisoners to the mainland by Vice and the Nation Institute contains the heartbreaking story of a young man who would probably still be alive today if not for cannabis prohibition.
Johnathan Namauleg first got into trouble with the law after he lit a hut on fire at the local canoe club in Maui,
February 27, 2017
In his first briefing with reporters as attorney general, Jeff Sessions said he was looking into the Cole Memo. The Justice Department directive instructs prosecutors not to focus their enforcement efforts on those who are complying with state laws. While not a law itself, the directive is the basis that legal cannabis programs are built on.
February 23, 2017
Responding to questions about the state-federal conflict in cannabis laws, White House press secretary Sean Spicer indicated that the Trump administration will crack down on states that have legalized adult-use: “I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement of it,” he said.
When another reporter attempted to clarify,
January 24, 2017
Last November’s election delivered a somewhat surprising feat for supporters of cannabis legalization: eight out of nine state ballot measures passed. Four states legalized adult-use cannabis, with Massachusetts and Maine leading the way in the Northeast.
But while those successes seem like victories for legalization supporters,
December 8, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General is worrisome to many supporters of cannabis legalization, despite Trump’s campaign promise to keep out of state marijuana laws.
While some activists and cannabis professionals were hopeful due to Trump’s campaign statements that supported states’ rights,
December 3, 2016
Despite huge successes at the ballot box in November, efforts to delay the implementation of at least one cannabis legalization measure have begun.
Massachusetts became the first state in the Northeast to legalize adult-use cannabis when 53.6 percent of voters approved Question 4. But now, lawmakers are taking issue with several aspects of the measure,
November 29, 2016
Trouble is brewing in Tennessee, where city councils in Nashville and Memphis recently passed marijuana decriminalization measures. While those measures gave police too much discretion (see Freedom Leaf coverage here), they at least showed a willingness to lessen penalties in a Bible Belt state.
November 28, 2016
Opponents of Maine’s Question 1 have requested a recount after a close race. The state’s marijuana legalization measure was part of a wave of successful initiatives around the country on Election Day. It won by just 2,620 votes.
According to Ballotpedia, a non-partisan site that covers ballot initiatives,