Like many of you, I’ve never wavered from my belief that legalization was inevitable. Also like many of you, I thought it might happen sooner. But a flurry of activity nationwide this weeks suggests the state by state processing is accelerating, even as the timing of federal reform remains an open question.
Here’s an incomplete list of by no means comprehensive list of recent developments:
- Despite a REC ballot initiative in the works, a GOP Missouri lawmaker filed a REC bill.
- The Republican-controlled Virginia senate passed a bill that could have REC on sale as soon as September.
- Legal REC has majority support in Arkansas, a poll found.
- In Alabama, a decriminalization bill has momentum.
- There’s a new MED legalization push in Tennessee, where a poll showed 68% support.
- Wyoming has a new MED bill to consider.
- The New Hampshire house approved a bill to create state-run MED shops.
- The New York legislature passed a bill to allow hemp farmers to grow REC, accelerating the market’s open. The bills sponsors designed it to have equity benefits as well. “It is unclear whether existing hemp businesses will have an appetite for cultivating adult-use cannabis,” Vicente Sederberg attorney Michelle Bodian tells WeedWeek. “But if they do, I’m optimistic the state would be able to execute and deliver on the goals of this legislation.”
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