The Week in Weed: November 16, 2018

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. After last week’s dizzying amount of news, it’s nice to settle down a bit and have more of a “regular” news flow.  Not that things haven’t been happening; the elections have led to new initiatives surrounding marijuana. […]

Weeding Out the Results–How Did Cannabis Fare in the Election?

Welcome to a special post-Election Day edition of The Blunt Truth.  Marijuana was on the ballot last night, and just like the other races, the final result was a mixed decision. Four states were deciding whether to allow recreational or medical marijuana.  Three of them voted yes. Michigan – YES – recreational marijuana North Dakota […]

Marijuana Reform Scores Big Wins in Midterms

Marijuana Reform Scores Big Wins in Midterms | NORML Marijuana reformers enjoyed numerous federal, state, and local victories on election night. Here are the highlights. STATE BALLOT INITIATIVES Florida: Sixty-three percent of Florida voters approved Amendment 4, which amends the state constitution to restore voting privileges to those with non-violent felony convictions – including tens of thousands […]

Illinois Cannabis Reform Candidates J.B. Pritzker, Kwame Raoul, Bob Morgan Cruise to Victory

Illinois Cannabis Reform Candidates J.B. Pritzker, Kwame Raoul, Bob Morgan Cruise to Victory | Kate Zawidzki Gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, who has been a vocal supporter of legalizing, taxing, and regulating cannabis for adults’ use, appears to have handily won Illinois’s gubernatorial election. While official election results are still pending, both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times reported […]

Illinois House Speaker Backs Governor-Elect on Legalization

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives said he supports Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker’s plans to legalize recreational cannabis and create a graduated income tax. Democratic Rep. Michael Madigan of Chicago said Nov. 13, 2018, that he’s had several “very friendly and very productive” conversations with Pritzker since the Democrat beat […]

Study: Marijuana Would Provide 24,000 Jobs, $1B to Illinois

Illinois voters just elected a new governor who supports legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana — and a new study indicates that the state would reap significant economic benefits if lawmakers follow through in 2019. According to an analysis from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the Project for Middle Class Renewal at the University of […]

Democratic state gains may mean tighter gun, looser pot laws

From New York to New Mexico, residents in a number of states can expect a leftward push for expanded health care coverage, gun control, education funding and legalized recreational marijuana as Democrats who gained new or stronger powers in the midterm elections seek to put their stamp on public policy. While Republicans remain in charge […]

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily HeadlinesThursday, November 8, 2018 | Curated by host Shea Gunther // Trump Fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Leafly) // Massachusetts just gave final approval to 2 marijuana labs. Here’s what that means for dispensaries opening. (Boston.com) // Pritzker to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois ‘nearly right away’ (My Stateline)     Protest […]

Pro-Marijuana Democrat Pritzker Elected Illinois Governor

Venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, beat incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to become the next governor of Illinois, NBC News projected Tuesday evening, Nov. 6, 2018. Marijuana legalization was a primary campaign promise from Pritzker, and he’s emphasized both the economic benefits of legalization as well as the racial injustice of prohibition. “Criminalizing marijuana […]

Southern Illinois U. Planning to Offer Courses in Cannabis

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University is creating new programs for students who want to know more about cannabis. The school announced in late October 2018 that it’s creating programs at the Carbondale campus to study medical marijuana and industrial hemp. Officials hope the programs will give students and farmers a chance to earn […]