MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Democratic Party has launched a “Free Weed” website to support its effort to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state. The site,, argues that prosecutions for small amounts of cannabis are a waste of criminal justice resources and have disproportionately affected communities of color. The party
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Friday made a “promise” to marijuana activists that he will introduce a bill to federally legalize cannabis before the congressional August recess—a statement tacitly acknowledging again that he hasn’t met deadlines previously put forward for the highly anticipated legislation. The leader and colleagues have been working on the
North Dakota activists have cleared a procedural hurdle to start collecting signatures for a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in the state. Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s office approved the measure’s formatting on Thursday about two weeks after advocates with New Approach North Dakota first filed it with the backing of the national Marijuana Policy Project
Gov. Andy Beshear revealed plans Thursday for a review of medical marijuana, signaling he’s considering whether to take matters into his own hands to legalize medical cannabis in Kentucky. The Democratic governor said he’ll seek grassroots input as his legal team explores his potential options to make medical marijuana legally accessible. He made a direct
A strong majority of Americans, including most Republicans, support drug decriminalization, according to a new national poll released on Friday. There’s also majority support overall for allowing the operation of overdose prevention centers where people can use illicit substances in a medically supervised setting and receive treatment resources. The survey from Data For Progress and
Marijuana sales for adults launched in New Jersey on Thursday to great fanfare—but a recent memo from the state attorney general clarifying that police can’t be punished for off-duty cannabis use is prompting some pushback. Regardless of the fallout, the state’s top prosecutor is standing by his office’s position, even in light of moves to
Welcome to the National Hemp Association’s In Conversation Series where we highlight our business members and affiliates.  In this installment NHA Executive Director, Erica Stark, interviews Steve Groff, Owner of Cedar Meadow Farm & Author of “The Future Proof Farm” Changing Mindsets in a Changing World In this special Earth Day Edition of our ‘In Conversation With”
“It is reasonable to predict that Ohio would collect hundreds of millions in annual cannabis tax revenues from a mature adult-use cannabis market.” By Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal Recreational marijuana in Ohio could mean up to $375 million in annual tax revenue for the state, according to new research from Ohio State University. The
A bipartisan duo of Colorado and Ohio attorneys general recently sent a letter to U.S. Senate leadership, imploring the passage of a bipartisan bill to protect banks that work with state-legal marijuana businesses. The Senate has faced significant pressure to approve the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which has cleared the House in
Florida’s agriculture commissioner on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration, arguing that the federal government is unconstitutionally depriving medical cannabis patients of their Second Amendment right to purchase and possess firearms. The suit from Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried (D), who is also running for governor, also makes a unique legal
Since Germany’s ‘traffic light coalition’ was voted in late last year, bringing with it the promise of a recreational cannabis market in Europe’s largest economy, a new wave of investment has flooded into the sector.  While the excitement surrounding the opportunity is justified, with the latest figures from Prohibition Partners estimating the German adult use
On Thursday, a bipartisan collection of congressmen introduced a bill that would require to US Attorney General to lead a commission to oversee the process of making recommendations for a cannabis regulation system comparable to the current alcohol regulation system. The bill, called the Preparing Regulators Effectively for a Post-Prohibition Adult-Use Regulated Environment Act (PREPARE
President Joe Biden still believes people shouldn’t be incarcerated over marijuana—but there’s still no “update” on any progress to fulfill his decriminalization promise from the campaign trail, the White House said on the unofficial cannabis holiday 4/20 on Wednesday. Press Secretary Jen Psaki was again asked about the president’s pledge to stop criminalizing people over
The third-highest-ranking Senate Democrat visited a credit union on the unofficial marijuana holiday 4/20 on Wednesday, reiterating her support for passing a bipartisan cannabis banking reform bill and explaining how she’ll fight to get the policy change enacted sooner rather than later. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) discussed the issue and her commitment to resolving the
A pair of Ohio Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday filed a bill to legalize marijuana that directly mirrors a proposed initiative that activists are pursuing. If the legislature fails to act by next month, advocates can collect additional signatures to put the measure directly before voters on the November ballot. Reps. Casey Weinstein (D) and Terrence