Topic: Recreational Marijuana

Breaking News: Illinois to Become the 11th State to Legalize Adult Use Marijuana

It’s all over but the shouting. The Illinois House today passed the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, two days after the same billed passed through the Illinois Senate. Governor Pritzker is expected to sign the bill shortly, making Illinois the 11th state to approve marijuana for adult use, and the first to create an adult-use marijuana market via legislation. Marijuana will be legal for adult recreational use on January 1, 2020.

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California Bill Aims to Increase the Number of Cannabis Dispensaries

Earlier this year, California Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced Assembly Bill 1356 (“AB 1356”) in an effort to increase the number of cannabis dispensaries across California. The bill requires any city or county that voted 50% or more in favor of Proposition 64 (the California voter initiative that legalized adult-use cannabis) to issue one cannabis retail license for every six onsite liquor consumption licenses or for every 15,000 residents, whichever is less.

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Setbacks for Recreational Marijuana Abound in the Northeast

The news for legalization proponents has been consistently good for the past several years, but recent developments in the Northeast should perhaps take the optimism down a notch. Recreational legalization proposals in the deep-blue states of New York, New Jersey, and Vermont all appear destined to fail in 2019, raising new questions regarding the path forward for recreational use.

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Illinois introduces bill for legalized adult-use recreational marijuana, but will it pass?

After months of speculation, Governor J.B. Pritzker and allies in the General Assembly introduced a bill over the weekend to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana. The bill, if passed, would represent the first time a state has created a recreational marijuana marketplace through legislation rather than ballot initiative.

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The 2018 Midterms Continue A Positive Trend For The Marijuana Industry

Legalization of marijuana was a consistent and bipartisan winner in the past several elections and that trend continued in the 2018 midterms. Three more states—Utah, Michigan and Missouri—passed landmark legalization initiatives, with Utah and Missouri passing medical use laws, and Michigan passing a recreational use law.

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