Topic: Recreational Marijuana

Illinois Voters Look to Bring Cannabis to Town

As we wrote about here, cannabis had a banner night across the country on Tuesday as five states passed ballot initiatives legalizing cannabis in some fashion. Additionally in Illinois, a state that legalized recreational cannabis through legislation, voters signaled their approval of legalized cannabis in a different way. While the election results are not yet final, voters in Batavia, Elk Grove, Glen Ellyn, Mount Prospect, Park Ridge, and Wilmette appear poised to approve the sale of recreational marijuana within those cities.

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Election 2020: Cannabis Wins Big Again

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the only consistent thing in the past few American elections has been support for cannabis legalization. Democrats, Republicans, and independents in red, blue, and purple states all seem ready to decriminalize and legalize cannabis. 2020 was no different; voters approved cannabis legalization measures in every state offering them on the ballot.

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Pennsylvania Governor Pushes State-Run Cannabis Dispensaries

Several states are advancing adult-use cannabis legalization efforts, but Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is again promoting a unique approach to a recreational marijuana market: state-run marijuana distribution. A recent article in PoliticoPro (subscription required) dives into the issue and provides great context and analysis on whether this proposal is feasible and its chances to succeed.

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Update: Vermont Officially Legalizes Recreational Marijuana Sales

Yesterday, Vermont became the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana sales and the second to do so via legislation (Illinois was the first in 2019). The State House of Representatives and State Senate previously approved a compromise bill legalizing marijuana sales and establishing a framework to regulate it, as we wrote about here.

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Vermont Bill Legalizing Marijuana Sales Passes General Assembly, Heads to Governor Scott

While possessing and growing small amounts of marijuana has been legal in Vermont since 2018, it is still illegal to sell marijuana. A legal retail market may be on the horizon though, as the State House of Representatives and State Senate have approved a compromise bill that would legalize marijuana sales. The bill sets up a new Cannabis Control Board that would be responsible for regulating the cannabis market, including issuing licenses. Under the bill, cannabis products would be charged a 14% excise tax in addition to the state’s standard 6% sales tax.

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Shaky Dominos: Pennsylvania Eyes Recreational Legislation and Voters in Montana, Mississippi and South Dakota Will See Marijuana Ballot Initiatives in November

In a recent post we explored where things stood at the federal level with respect to marijuana decriminalization and legalization. The takeaway was that the focus on criminal justice reform and economic variables continue to propel cannabis to the forefront of a national discussion.

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Revamped High Times Cannabis Cup Sparks Great Interest and Long Lines in Illinois

Tuesday marked not only the start of Illinois’s inaugural High Times Cannabis Cup, but also a completely new iteration of the venerable event. For the first time ever, the general public will be judging the entries and deciding the winners, prompting eager marijuana enthusiasts to line up literally around the block to buy “judge kits.”

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