Nixon, Cuomo Offer Different Approaches To Legalizing Marijuana

13 April, 2018, 07:28 | Author: Joshua Bennett
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The state Cannabis Control Commission has finalized regulations for recreational-marijuana sales in MA, and the Select Board is planning to seek local opinion on the subject ahead of possibly enacting additional controls on the budding industry.

"There are a lot of good reasons for legalizing marijuana, but for me, it comes down to this: We have to stop putting people of color in jail for something that white people do with impunity", said Nixon in a video posted on Twitter Wednesday.

Nixon said if there was more "political courage" in Albany, the drug already would be legal.

A surprising new advocate for marijuana has stepped forward. The two said in a joint statement that they believe "the time has come for serious consideration of a shift in federal marijuana policy", specifically citing the drug's use by veterans "to self-treat PTSD, chronic pain and other ailments".

Industry analysts are viewing Boehner's decision as a watershed event that effectively announces that marijuana has finally gone mainstream and that investment in the sector could balloon in the coming years.

"The trend that we're seeing towards acceptance of cannabis has gone hand in hand with greater education and conversation around the plant, which has naturally lessened stigmatization", said Linda Gilbert, Managing Director of BDS Analytics' Consumer Insights Division.


Across the Hudson River in New Jersey, the state's new governor, Phil Murphy, took office in January after campaigning on a pledge to legalize cannabis in the Garden State.

The Department of Health's notice of appeal in the case "automatically operates as a stay of the final judgment pending appellate review", lawyers for the state agency wrote.

Nixon launched a primary challenge against Gov.

Currently, Florida allows only processed cannabis that isolates certain parts of the plant to be sold by medical marijuana treatment centers.

There is no timetable for when the NY study might be completed. The first retail marijuana stores are set to open in MA on July 1.

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