"So if we’re looking to see how our neighbors are proceeding with medical cannabis, I think that it’s important to see the fact that we have a lot more than two growers in all of our neighboring states," said Kevin Caldwell, MPP's southeast legislative manager.
"The F.B.I. is not the one doing the traffic stop. Weed is legal in New Jersey, it’s legal in New York. I think law enforcement in those particular states will mostly be concentrated on personal possession, if you’re impaired, things that violate the law in that individual state," said DeVaughn Ward, MPP's senior legislative counsel.
"The patients of Kansas have patiently waited for years and years for a workable therapeutic cannabis program to be implemented, and we are glad that the legislators on both sides of the fence can work together to create a compromise to better meet the needs of the patients of Kansas," said Kevin Caldwell, MPP's southeast legislative manager.
"Petition drives and legislative efforts for medical marijuana programs are also underway in states such as Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina and South Carolina," said Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, a lobbying and advocacy organization.
"The revenue is going to be here. The New Jersey market is going live before New York or Pennsylvania. To the extent that they’re missing out on some, they’ll make it up," said DeVaughn Ward, MPP's senior legislative counsel.
"The biggest benefits of passage would be to address what a vast majority of Americans now support, both Republicans and Democrats, and that is an end to the criminalization and prohibition of cannabis," a spokesman for MPP said.
"We’re thrilled that legalization has new life in Delaware, and that the new bills are already on the move. More than 60 percent of Delaware voters support ending the war on cannabis, and it’s imperative that the legislature find a way to make their will a reality. Too many lives have been turned upside down by prohibition," said Karen O'Keefe, MPP's director of state policies.
Karen O’Keefe, state policies director at the Washington DC-based Marijuana Policy Project, said there’s a strong chance that Rhode Island will pass a recreational marijuana bill, and South Carolina a medical marijuana measure.