United States

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.

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.

Florida

Florida Cannabis Legalization Push Gets Millions in Contributions As Signature Deadline Nears

Make It Legal Florida shattered previous fundraising efforts last month. But the odds the adult use proposal will make it onto November’s ballot remain slim.

Utah

Utah: Harvest, Columbia Care To Lobby State Government on Cannabis

The two US companies were awarded licenses in Utah, where medical cannabis sales are set to go live in March.

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.

New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Reignites Push for Cannabis Legalization in 2020

At the annual State of the State address, Cuomo emphasized the need to legalize, and to do so with equity provisions for those hit hardest by disproportionate enforcement of cannabis laws.

Florida

Why Florida’s Medical Cannabis Industry Is Holding Its Breath

Two courts have ruled a law regulating medical cannabis is unconstitutional, and the state Supreme Court will decide. The result could open up the industry.

Arkansas

Arkansas: A Legalization Effort Faces an Uphill Climb

Voter initiatives seek to bypass an oppositional governor and an unreceptive legislature, but funding is scarce and proponents need 80,000 more signatures by July.

New York

Five Questions for New York’s New Top Cannabis Regulator

Norman Birenbaum steps into a newly created position as NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushes for a coordinated northeast approach to adult use legalization.

Illinois

Chicago Adult Use Cannabis Sales To Begin On New Years Day, Despite Last-Ditch Delay Effort

After a showdown between the mayor and Chicago’s black caucus, adult use sales will begin as scheduled.

New Jersey

New Jersey Voters to Decide on Cannabis Legalization in 2020

Both chambers of the state legislature passed a bill to send the question of adult use legalization to voters.

Florida

Florida: A Key Committee Hears Cautionary Tales About Legal Cannabis

House lawmakers heard experts warn of public health and safety dangers from legalization, while Democrats complained about a lack of balance in the presentation.