"New Mexico legislators and advocates deserve a round of applause as they are on the verge of legalizing cannabis for adult use. This year is proving to be nothing short of monumental for the cannabis policy reform movement. State legislatures across the nation are recognizing the urgent need to end cannabis prohibition and are rising to the challenge," said Steve Hawkins, MPP's executive director.
"We applaud the New York Legislature and the tireless work of advocates for their commitment to ending cannabis prohibition through a social justice-centered approach. We expect 2021 to be a record-breaking year for legislatures legalizing cannabis," said Steve Hawkins, MPP's executive director.
"With the legislature unwilling to take up legalization this year, the focus now shifts to laying the groundwork to pass legalization in 2022. We're definitely disappointed in the inaction. That means another year of thousands of life-altering stops, searches and arrests for cannabis," said Olivia Naugle, MPP's legislative analyst.
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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation this week that will allow registered patients to buy cannabis flower. The new law takes effect July 1, according to a statement from the Marijuana Policy Project.
"It’s welcomed news that legislation that compliments the governor’s opening proposal has advanced in the Connecticut legislature. Cannabis prohibition has been a failed policy that has caused significant damage to communities of color in Connecticut," said DeVaughn Ward, MPP's senior legislative counsel.
"All surveys of youth cannabis use in Colorado show rates are down since legalization. The large scale Healthy Kids Colorado survey shows high schoolers recent cannabis use decreased from 22% in 2011, which is pre-legalization, to 20.6% in 2019," said Karen O'Keefe, MPP's director of state policies.
"Great news on New York, it’s incredibly close. It’s going to be a large market with an opportunity for social equity applicants to have a stake in it. The idea is to give them the greatest possibility to succeed within the market that’s going to be created in New York," said Steve Hawkins, MPP's executive director.
"A strong majority of Delawareans agree it is time to end cannabis prohibition and legalize cannabis for adults. The committee’s approval of HB 150 today shows that elected officials increasingly agree. We hope the full House will also follow the will of their constituents and the committee’s lead by taking up and approving HB 150. Prohibition has failed, and Delaware deserves a more sensible and equitable cannabis policy," said Olivia Naugle, MPP's legislative analyst.