Could New York become the next state to legalize recreational marijuana? On Jan. 16, 2018, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his proposed FY 2019 state budget, which includes funding for the creation of a feasibility study aimed at understanding the social, health, and criminal justice impact of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.
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One of the largest veteran services organizations in the United States is making a push to change marijuana’s status as a Schedule I substance.
During a Feb. 27, 2017, meeting with reporters at the U.S. Justice Department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a new explanation of his views on marijuana and federal law. “Most of you probably know I don’t think America is going to be a better place when more people of all ages and particularly young people start smoking pot,” Sessions said.
On Jan. 9, 2017, MedMen, a turnkey marijuana management company based in California, acquired Bloomfield Industries, one of New York’s five organizations licensed to grow and distribute medical marijuana
Bloomfield Industries, one of the five organizations licensed by the state of New York to cultivate and distribute medical marijuana, is facing “financial constraints.”
Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America recently raised concerns about marijuana legalization, according to a report at Marijuana.com. The revelation of the alcohol industry’s concerns was a minor part of the WikiLeaks release of Democratic National Committee emails suggesting an orchestrated attempt to nominate Hillary Clinton instead of Bernie Sanders.
With the advent of a legal medical marijuana business in the state of New York, the pressure is on to pass federal reform. Legalization of the medical market here has forced the banking issue into the spotlight of legalization like no other.
While the rest of the country freezes, things are heating up in Florida as marijuana politics takes a sour turn.
Many Americans have actually experienced a government shutdown so the term has a less apocalyptic connotation in 2014. Fortunately, Congress was able to avert a shutdown this year at the 11th hour by signing a massive spending bill that funds the federal government.