Illinois Ushers in Legal Cannabis, With a Focus on Social Justice

Calling its new law the nation’s “gold standard,” lawmakers vow to support the communities hardest hit by the drug war. Critics worry that the bill was rushed and won’t be able to deliver it promised social justice reforms.

Illinois
New Mexico

New Mexico Governor Says the State Is “Ready” for Cannabis Legalization

During her 2020 State of the State address, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham hailed legal cannabis as an economic opportunity for the state.

New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Unveils Cannabis Legalization by Budget, Again

After a failed legalization push in 2019, Cuomo is trying again—and coordinating with other northeast states.

Research

Q&A: How Are Cannabis Products Tested for Health and Safety? It Depends.

A regulatory standards expert describes a patchwork system, the need for consistent rules to protect consumers, and the need for research to properly set those rules.