What does Biden’s licensed legit overall obtain deem about legalization? No longer unheard of—but it’ll no longer matter

With the Democrats gaining control of the US Senate in last night’s historic Georgia run-off election, President-elect Joe Biden wasted no time this morning letting word leak that US Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland will be his pick for US Attorney General. Merrick Garland as attorney general: Good or bad for cannabis? If that name…

Illinois officials express they’ve expunged 500,000 cannabis convictions

Illinois officials express they’ve expunged 500,000 cannabis convictions

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the forgiveness and expungement of about 500,000 criminal cannabis cases late last week.  Pritzker said he issued pardons for 9,210 low-level cannabis convictions, while Illinois State Police have wiped clean more than 492,000 non-felony cannabis-related arrest records.  The actions by Pritzker and state police were mandated by the…

28 cannabis predictions for 2021

Just slightly better than a coin toss! Yikes. That’s how well Leafly News predicted the future, as written in 2020. For obvious reasons, everyone’s best-laid plans got swept into history’s junk drawer—next to lawn darts, and those Easter Island statues. Our most accurate 2020 predictions were both pessimistic and optimistic. The sclerotic US Senate stymying…

California’s new Senator once did a PSA with Cheech Marin

Earlier today California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state’s current secretary of state, Alex Padilla, will fill the vacancy left by Sen. Kamala Harris, who will be sworn in as Vice President Harris on Jan. 20, 2021. The appointment bodes well for cannabis law reform on both the national and state level. Sen. Padilla…

5 takeaways from New Jersey’s cannabis legalization invoice

New Jersey’s cannabis legislation is moving fast. The Garden State will soon allow recreational use and sales, joining 14 other states in America’s recent Green Rush. The state’s passage of Question 2 in the Nov. 3 election legalized adult-use cannabis, but now it’s up to the Legislature to establish the detailed rules. Leafly went deep…

How a 6-foot-8 steel-city mayor changed into 2020’s now not doubtless legalization rock superstar

If you happened to visit the Pennsylvania state capital recently, you may have been surprised to find a large cannabis leaf flag flying high over the building’s main entrance. It’s a particularly jarring sight considering that police in Pennsylvania made 21,789 arrests in 2019 for cannabis possession, and show no signs of stopping—because Republicans in…

South Dakota police officers using taxpayer money in longshot snort to atomize marijuana legalization

Last month South Dakota became one of the latest states to legalize both medicinal and recreational use of marijuana. Fifty-four percent of the state’s voters approved Constitutional Amendment A, the adult-use legalization measure, while a medicinal marijuana initiative was approved by nearly 70%. Both measures are scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2021. Despite…