Articles By Alyson Martin

New York

Analysis: Here’s the Nitty Gritty on New York’s Cannabis Legalization Plan

As it stands: No adult use home grow, no cannabis sales in bars, but the door is left open to social consumption and delivery.

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.

Congress

First Congressional Hearing on Cannabis in 2020 Focuses on Research Hurdles

DEA says legislation pending White House approval would pave the way for new, federally-approved research-grade cannabis farms.

Enforcement

CDC: One in Ten Vape Products Linked to Lung Illness Bought From “Commercial Sources”

More than 10% of vape products linked to EVALI came from medical or adult use shops, the CDC said Tuesday. But it is unclear if those shops were legal.

South Dakota

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Lays Out Hemp Plan in 2020 State of the State

The governor previously vetoed a hemp bill. On Tuesday, she shared the conditions under which she would sign a hemp bill.

Florida

Q&A: Florida Senator Introduces Cannabis Legalization Bill As Ballot Push Ends

The campaign, backed by millions from Parallel and MedMen, will try again in 2022—if the legislature doesn’t legalize first.

California

California: With Gov. Newsom’s New Budget, Big Changes Coming to Top Cannabis Market in US

Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2020-21 budget proposes to simplify cannabis taxes and create a new consolidated cannabis regulatory body.

Vermont

Key Vermont Lawmakers, Attorney General Urge Cannabis Sales Ahead of State of the State

Vermont has had legal cannabis since 2018, but still doesn’t allow sales. Some lawmakers are optimistic that 2020 will be the year that changes.