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  • After legal weed push fails, New York goes to pot plan B

    New York state moves towards decriminalization and expungements after an effort to legalize adult-use fails.

    June 24, 2019

    This story was originally published on JUNE 21, 2019 by THE CITY

    Lawmakers mobilized Thursday to advance a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and expunge past low-level convictions, after discussions over legalization efforts stalled.

    The Senate and Assembly approved a measure that would eliminate criminal charges for possession of small amounts of marijuana,

  • Albany pols firing up medical marijuana overhaul

    As hopes for adult-use legalization dim, lawmakers look towards expanding the medical marijuana program.

    May 7, 2019

    This story was originally published on May 6, 2019 by THE CITY.

    A long-awaited push to expand New York’s highly restrictive medical marijuana program is coming as hopes for legal, recreational weed are going up in smoke.

    The same architects of the state’s 2014 law that created the medical marijuana program in New York are introducing legislation aimed at loosening restrictions on who can access the drug and how it’s sold.

  • Marijuana legalization is a rare issue where women are more conservative than men

    While 68 percent of men now support marijuana legalization, only 56 percent of women do.

    April 16, 2019

    Surveys show that on issue after issue, women are more liberal than men, save for one: Men are more likely than women to support the legalization of marijuana.

    Americans are becoming more supportive of marijuana legalization each year but the gender gap remains a constant: While 68 percent of men now support marijuana legalization,

  • Does legalizing marijuana help or harm Americans?

    A statistics professor weighs the numbers behind marijuana policy reform.

    April 8, 2019

    The legalization of marijuana has been a topic of contention and confusion for both sides of the debate.

    The federal government still deems it illegal. But marijuana has been legalized for recreational use in 10 states and the District of Columbia, and a further 21 broadly legalize medical marijuana.

  • Decades after the ‘Summer of Love,’ Canada will finally legalize weed

    Young people who tried to persuade the government of the benefits of cannabis in the late '60s finally get to see a government wake up to the harms of prohibition.

    July 24, 2018

    The legalization of marijuana in Canada comes almost a century after the drug was first declared an illegal substance in 1923, but pot didn’t explode in popularity until the 1960s when a group of rebellious people began promoting it a shortcut to peace and enlightenment.

    Concerned about the new use of this drug,

  • Marijuana use is increasing among older demographics

    Many are turning to cannabis for pain relief and other age-related health problems

    February 21, 2018

    When most people think of cannabis users, they probably think mainly of the younger generations. But it’s actually the 45 to 64 age group who show the highest proportion of household spending on cannabis.

    Recent figures on cannabis use in Canada found nearly 5m people aged between 15 and 64 spent an estimated $5.7 billion on cannabis during 2017.

  • 4 major marijuana bills on Capitol Hill

    From Democrat Cory Booker to Republican Orrin Hatch, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are introducing cannabis legislation in Congress

    October 20, 2017

    Since last February, when a bipartisan group of legislators launched the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, lawmakers have filed a flurry of bills aimed at reforming federal drug laws. Here’s a look at some of that legislation:

    Marijuana Justice Act of 2017

    Introduced by Sen.

  • House GOP leaders block medical marijuana protections

    Jeff Sessions previously asked Congressional leadership to oppose the amendment

    September 28, 2017

    For a few days in early September, marijuana policy reformers fitfully watched as Republican leaders in the House blocked a vote on the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment. The legislation, which is co-sponsored by Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), has been passed in some form since 2014 and protects state-legal medical-marijuana programs from federal interference.

  • Marijuana lounges could be coming to Denver and Alaska as Nevada lags behind

    Despite legalization measures, there are no licensed cannabis consumption lounges in any state with legal weed

    September 20, 2017

    Despite the legalization of marijuana in a number of states, one stubborn obstacle remains: There is no equivalent of bars where people can use it socially. While Colorado and Oregon have become destinations for cannabis consumers, no state allows marijuana lounges. The situation leaves tourists, who eagerly visit pot shops but have no place to light up,

  • Anti-pot group says cannabis industry violates Cole Memo

    Smart Approaches to Marijuana encouraged attorney general Jeff Sessions to 'target the big players' in the cannabis industry

    September 18, 2017

    In 2013, former deputy attorney general James Cole sent marijuana enforcement guidance to U.S. attorneys. Known as the Cole Memo, the guidance instructed federal prosecutors not to go after state-legal cannabis activities. This Justice Department policy has allowed state-legal marijuana markets to flourish.

    On Aug. 30, the nation’s most prominent anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) sent a report to attorney general Jeff Sessions,