Backed by Gov. Ralph Northam and supported by a Democratic majority in Richmond. Virginia has joined 17 other states that have legalized recreational or adult-use cannabis.
Ellen DeGeneres is at it again. One of the most famous cannabis haters, the daytime talk-show host told Jimmy Kimmel, "I never did like marijuana or pot. I don't partake in the wacky tobacky or I'm not a doobie brother."
Kevin Sabet is the most hated man in cannabis. His anti-marijuana book "Smokescreen," which comes out on 4/20, tells the story of Kevin Bright, who died in 2018 of an opioid overdose. But Bright's parents and Sabet blame his death on cannabis.
Members of jamgrass band Leftover Salmon have spent a good part of the pandemic in their cannabis gardens. Vince Herman and Andy Thorn tell tall green tales as they plan for a new album release.
Known for his work with Marijuana Policy Project and drafting Amendment 64 in Colorado, which legalized cannabis there in 2012, Steve Fox was an early player in the cannabis-law reform movement. He died on April 12.
New Mexico has joined neighbors Arizona and Colorado as an adult-use cannabis state. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the legislation into law on April 12.
Dr. Jason Pirozzolo, a new figure in the Rep. Matt Gaetz scandal and pro-Trumper, heads the American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association and worked with the Congress member on trying to pass cannabis research legislation.
Following New York and New Jersey's leads, Connecticut is set to become the final state in the Tri-State region to legalize marijuana. Legislation supported by Gov. Ned Lamont would end prohibition and create a regulated market in the Nutmeg State.
After a complete wipeout in 2020 due to Covid-19, cannabis-industry conferences and festivals are being planned for 2021. Some are virtual while others are in-person. Check out our 2021 event guide.
There are now 18 states that have legalized adult-use/recreational cannabis, 13 more with decriminalization laws and 47 with some form of medical-marijuana access.