Election News

Election results: Recreational cannabis legalization strong possibility in New Jersey + wins in Detroit

By John Schroyer

New Jersey is poised to legalize recreational marijuana after a pro-cannabis candidate won the state’s gubernatorial race Tuesday, giving the MJ industry a potentially huge win in what could be a lucrative new market for businesses.

Come January, anti-marijuana Gov. Chris Christie will be out of office and Democrat Phil Murphy will be in.

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Marijuana executives making push into mainstream politics

By John Schroyer Cannabis entrepreneur Todd Mitchem announced in a late-August email blast that he’s running for Congress, and the subject line even referred to the Coloradan as a “marijuana industry leader.” He’s one of at least five current candidates for public office around the United States who have direct professional connections to marijuana.

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Multiple 2018 marijuana legalization campaigns already underway

By John Schroyer

It won’t be easy to top the landslide 2016 electoral victories for marijuana, but advocates are looking to make serious headway across the country once again on statewide ballots next year.

Campaigns are underway in at least five states to legalize either medical or recreational cannabis.

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Second Michigan recreational marijuana campaign gets OK

A second – and now competing – campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan has gotten the go-ahead from state officials to begin collecting signatures in a bid to make the 2018 ballot. The campaign, Abrogate Prohibition Michigan, was approved Thursday by the state board of canvassers to move ahead with its goal of 315,654 […]

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Poll: Utah voters overwhelmingly support medical cannabis

Over 75% of Utah voters support a proposed initiative that could appear on the 2018 statewide ballot to legalize medical marijuana, meaning the state could be one of the next to embrace MMJ. According to a poll by Dan Jones & Associates, 45% of respondents strongly support the initiative, while another 33% somewhat support it, […]

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Marijuana companies bolstering California governor’s race

Cannabis-related firms have so far thrown over $300,000 behind Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, one of the top contenders to win the state’s governor’s race next year. Newsom was one of the more prominent public officials to back recreational marijuana legalization last year when he campaigned for the successful Proposition 64 in California, and cannabis companies […]

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AG Sessions to Congress: Kill medical marijuana protections

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked four congressional leaders at the beginning of May to omit key medical marijuana industry protections from a new federal spending bill. Although the attempt was unsuccessful, the letter – first reported by cannabis-focused social media platform MassRoots – underscores that marijuana businesses are not yet totally safe from possible federal […]

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Michigan rec cannabis campaign gets OK to collect signatures

A campaign to put a recreational marijuana legalization initiative before voters in Michigan got the green light from state election officials to start collecting signatures. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced that the state board of canvassers signed off on its initiative language, clearing the way for the group to start gathering the […]

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Florida medical cannabis bills make for hazy business climate

Medical marijuana isn’t shaping up to be the big business opportunity in Florida many cannabis executives were hoping for. Although medical marijuana was approved overwhelmingly by Florida voters in November, the shape of the MMJ industry is still very much in question. And state lawmakers don’t appear to be moving toward any kind of solution. […]

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Washington state vows to fight any cannabis crackdown by feds

Washington state is ready to fight if necessary to keep its legal marijuana, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said after White House spokesman Sean Spicer hinted at a federal crackdown. “We will resist any efforts to thwart the will of the voters in Washington,” Ferguson said, according to the Associated Press. Spicer offered no details about […]

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White House press secretary’s full comments on cannabis

Asked twice by reporters on Thursday about the Trump administration’s approach to the legal marijuana industry, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had the following response. When initially asked about the disconnect between federal law and state medical marijuana laws, Spicer replied: “There’s two distinct issues here: medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. I think, medical […]

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