Category Archives: marijuana legalization

The Roll-up #200: Celebrating our 200th episode with Justin Bieber

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Bruce, Alyssa, and Hannah celebrate The Roll-up’s 200th episode with a look back at their favorite past episodes and guests, plus a discussion of the Chuck Schumer legalization bill and Justin Beiber’s cannabis shopping habits. OCB is one of the world’s largest rolling paper brands. They’ve been “One With Nature,” crafted naturally since 1918, so you can […]

The Roll-up bonus episode: ‘Seeds of Change’ author Janessa Bailey

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Bruce talks with Leafly Culture Editor Janessa Bailey about Seeds of Change: Strategies to create an equitable cannabis industry, a new report that takes a multifaceted look at the the cannabis industry and social justice. The report introduces the Leafly Equity Score, which assesses the progress of individual states in implementing the policies that create […]

Connecticut legalizes marijuana, becoming 19th state to regulate adult use

Connecticut is scheduled to become the 19th state to legalize the adult use of cannabis, as the state Legislature passed a bill earlier this morning. Gov. Ned Lamont is widely expected to sign it into law as soon as today. Starting July 1, it’s legal to possess up to 1.5 ounces. Look for retail sales […]

Connecticut just legalized marijuana. Here’s what happens next

Congratulations, Connecticut! The state Legislature approved a sweeping 300-page cannabis legalization and regulation bill on June 17, 2021. With Gov. Ned Lamont’s signature, the bill will become law and take effect on July 1, 2021. The full text of the new law is available here. Here’s what happens next. Is recreational cannabis legal right now? […]

Did New York really ban delta-8 THC?

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Just weeks after it legalized adult-use cannabis, New York has joined a growing number of states that are seeking limits or prohibitions on delta-8 THC, the intoxicating cannabinoid synthesized from hemp. New York officials will prohibit the in-state production of delta-8 THC products derived from hemp. Beyond that, things get sketchy. In late May, the […]

Yes, Amazon will sell weed. Stop worrying and start acting

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The Haymaker is Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott’s opinion column about cannabis politics and culture. Yesterday’s weird Amazon marijuana news sent the cannabis world into a flurry of conflicted feelings. In case you missed it, the worldwide delivery giant announced its support for nationwide legalization via the MORE Act and said the company would stop […]

Pennsylvania cannabis legalization advocates say ‘We’re next’—but it won’t be easy

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HARRISBURG, PA—A raucous crowd of advocates marked this 4/20 by urging Pennsylvania state legislators to legalize cannabis and stop arresting 20,000 people for marijuana possession every year in the Keystone State. “Nobody deserves to be a criminal for a plant!” Jeff Riedy, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley NORML chapter, proclaimed to a cheering crowd […]

New York becomes 17th state to legalize marijuana: Weed is legal in NY starting today

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Earlier this morning, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that makes cannabis legal for all adults. The possession aspects of the law take effect immediately. It is now legal—yes, today—for adults 21 or older to possess up to three ounces of marijuana or 24 grams of concentrates. Retail cannabis stores are expected to open […]

New York lawmakers reach historic deal on a marijuana legalization bill

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New York state lawmakers have reportedly finalized an agreement to legalize marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21. The final bill would clear the way for retail sales to begin as early as 2022. The final bill would clear the way for retail sales to start in 2022. Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, […]