Marijuana legalization in New Jersey, which passed on Election Day, is now on official after Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation on February 22.
The most arrested man in New Jersey, Ed Forchion (a.k.a. NJ Weedman), was busted for pot possession on February 6, despite the fact cannabis ha been legalized in the Garden State.
It was too good to be true - one of the most conservative U.S. states, South Dakota, voting to legalize marijuana on November 6 by a 53%-47% margin. On February 8, Amendment A was struck down by a Circuit Court judge in Pierre.
Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is one of the leading advocates for marijuana legalization in mainstream American politics. He's running to replace Pat Toomey in the U.S. Senate.
Backed by Gov. Ralph Northam, Virginia's state legislature has passed bills that will result in the legalization of marijuana for adult use (including home grow) in the Commonwealth.
There are now 14 states that have legalized marijuana recreationally, 16 more with decriminalization laws and 49 with some form of medical-marijuana access.
It doesn't get much more conservative in America than Idaho, where the legislature wants to prevent psychoactive drugs like marijuana from ever being legalized.
In 2013, Larry King told Snoop Dogg he "would legalize it," referring to marijuana, and quoted Lenny Bruce: "They're going to legalize marijuana someday because every law student I know smokes it." King passed away from Covid-19 on January 23.
BET's excellent pot doc "Smoke: Marijuana + Black America" ends with an interview with Vice President Kamala Harris during which she acknowledges her support for ending marijuana prohibition.
Marijuana-legalization nemesis Kevin Sabet is crowing that "longtime friend of SAM Regina LaBelle" has been named Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy - i.e., the Drug Czar's office.