“Social equity in cannabis has to look like America.” That’s how Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, kicked off a conversation on social equity at the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference at the Fountainbleau Miami Beach.
With three adult-use cannabis legalization bills pending in the legislature and strong support from the governor, lieutenant governor and the public, Pennsylvania should have no problem legalizing this year, but advocates say leadership in the legislature will likely block any proposals from advancing before the current two-year session ends in December.
The Vermont House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday to legalize the sale of marijuana in the state. Following weeks of committee action advancing the legislation, the full chamber cleared the bill in a 90-54 vote.
A bill to legalize the personal use, cultivation and gifting of marijuana in New Hampshire is one step closer to becoming law. The state House of Representatives on Thursday approved the legislation on a 236-112 vote, advancing the measure to the Senate.
The Kentucky House of Representatives approved a bill to legalize medical marijuana in the state on Thursday. Following a successful vote in the Judiciary Committee last week, the full chamber passed the legislation in a 65-30 vote. It now heads to the Senate.
Days before an expected House vote on legal cannabis commerce legislation, a new survey commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) shows that 76 percent of Vermont residents are in favor of allowing adults to purchase marijuana “from regulated, taxpaying small businesses.”
Several states could expand their medical cannabis programs this year through new laws or regulatory policies, opening the door to additional business licenses, more sales for existing cannabis operators and fresh business for ancillary companies.