Category Archives: Politics

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? […]

One store’s legal battle to free the pot leaf and save Quebecois cannabis culture

Poutine, unofficially the official national food of Quebec, pairs extremely well with pot. So well, in fact, that it would be fair to assume that the Francophone province would have embraced federal cannabis legalisation when it came into effect in 2018. But Quebec has never been fond of taking directives from the federal government. True […]

A Proud Boy claimed marijuana made him storm the Capitol. Stoner Twitter owned him

Robert Gieswein, a 24 -year-old Colorado man, currently sits in jail awaiting trial on charges of assaulting police with pepper spray and a baseball bat in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol Building. A number of photographs appear to capture Gieswein marching with a group of Proud Boys and storming the Capitol on the […]

Sorry, Connecticut, no legalization for you…yet

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HARTFORD, CT — The state Legislature on Wednesday, the final day of the General Assembly’s regular legislative session, approved a two-year, $46.3 billion state budget but failed to pass an adult-use marijuana legalization bill. A special session to consider the marijuana legalization bill could happen within the next couple of weeks. While the General Assembly […]

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 […]

It’s official: Alabama legalizes medical marijuana

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MONTGOMERY, AL — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed medical marijuana legislation Monday as Republican opposition to the issue faded after decades of debate. The program will allow people with a qualifying medical condition to purchase medical marijuana with the recommendation of a doctor. The approval came eight years after a medical marijuana bill in 2013 […]

DEA finally ends fed monopoly on schwaggy research-grade cannabis

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Late last week, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) quietly made an announcement that’s expected to have a profound and long-lasting impact on cannabis research and development in the United States. In its statement, the DEA said it was “nearing the end of its review of certain marijuana grower applications, thereby allowing it to soon […]

Montana just changed its marijuana law. Here’s what you need to know

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After months of high-stakes legislative drama, adult-use cannabis is actually, really, finally coming to Montana. Retail sales are scheduled to begin on Jan. 1, 2022. Retail sales are scheduled to start on Jan. 1, 2022. Earlier today, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) signed HB701, notching an enormous victory for cannabis reform that was far from guaranteed. […]