Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson favors legalizing marijuana and says "smoking a few jays" is better for you than drinking alcohol.
There are now eight states that have legalized marijuana (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington), 14 more with decriminalization laws and 46 with medical-marijuana laws.
Gov. Phil Scott harshed the mellow buzz around legislative legalization when he refused to approve a bill that would have allowed marijuana possession and cultivation in the Green Mountain State on May 24.
Eleven senators signed a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions Mar. 2 calling on the Justice Department to continue its hand's-off approach to statewide legalization. "We respectfully request that you uphold the DOJ's existing policy," they wrote.
New York governor and potential 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Cuomo thinks marijuana should remain illegal in New York State because it "leads to other drugs and there's a lot of truth to proof that that's true."
Ultra-conservative Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions was confirmed as the country's next Attorney General by the Senate in a 52-47 vote on Feb. 8. Sessions is noted for saying, "Good people don't smoke marijuana."
Marijuana measures passed in eight states on Election Day, led by adult-use legalization victories in California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada.
Marijuana legalization measures for recreational or adult use (Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada) and for medical use (Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota) are all on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Sting, Sarah Silverman, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Etheridge, Jay Z, Harry Belafonte, Tim Robbins, Herbie Hancock, Common, Danny Glover, Bill Kreutzmann, Ricky Williams and Al Harrington are among the many celebrities who have endorsed the marijuana legalization initiative, Prop 64, in California.
During Pres. Barack Obama's first-ever appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher," he told the host that "we're going to have to have a more serious conversation about how we are treating marijuana and our drug laws in general."