"That creates a real challenge for those in federal law enforcement who may want to take shots at these state [cannabis] laws that have been adopted," said Chris Lindsey, MPP's director of government relations.
"He’s been the least progressive of all of his Democratic challengers in the primary and his own track record isn’t stellar. So we have yet to see, I think, what policies he’s going to support," said Chris Lindsey, MPP's director of government relations.
"The biggest takeaway is that we can probably run competitive campaigns on either issue [medical or recreational] in any state. It’s just a question of what are the strongest opportunities to make the greatest positive impact given the resources available," said Matthew Schweich, MPP's deputy director.
"The longer Maryland delays moving forward with legalization, the longer the state is going to continue to subject its residents to the harms of prohibition and miss out on a much-needed new source of jobs and revenue," said Olivia Naugle, MPP's legislative analyst.
"Perhaps once a MORE Act or another legalization measure passes, the makeup of the Court will have a big impact on its treatment should it face challenges, but it is hard to know how that might play out," said Chris Lindsey, MPP's director of government relations.
Steven Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, a national organization focused on legalizing cannabis, said the potential range of taxes would either make New Jersey the state with the lowest marijuana taxes — or the highest. At 15 percent, South Dakota’s tax rate is the lowest of any of the 11 states where recreational sales are already legal, while Washington State is the highest with a 37 percent base tax.
"It is great news that Governor Northam has embraced legalization. We hope that he and the General Assembly will pass a thoughtful and equitable cannabis law next year,” said Olivia Naugle, MPP's legislative analyst.
"With 68 percent support nationwide and successful voter initiatives passed in conservative states like South Dakota and Montana, there’s no good reason why Rhode Island shouldn’t be able to pass legalization in 2021," said Jared Moffat, MPP's campaigns coordinator.
"The Biden Administration can work with Congress, and this isn’t a heavy lift, to give assurance that law enforcement will not go after businesses in states that have legalized cannabis," said Steve Hawkins, MPP's executive director.