The law New York State's legislature passed in June and Gov. Cuomo signed amends the one that was enacted in 1977. It's a step in the right direction, but is still not legalization.
There are now 11 states that have legalized marijuana recreationally (Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington), 15 more with decriminalization laws and 46 with medical-marijuana laws.
New Jersey's best-known legalization advocate Whoopi Goldberg is calling on the legislature to pass a bill that would tax and regulate cannabis. A vote is expected on March 25.
Now that cannabis is legal for adult use in the Bay State, New Yorkers are traveling north to sample the products at stores that have just recently opened.
Maryland's Democratic candidate for governor Ben Jealous grew up with Dave Chappelle. Now the comedian is backing his friend, who he calls a "good dude" and an "important voice."
Willie Nelson joined Rep. Beto O'Rourke for a rally in Austin on Sept. 29 to stir up support for the Congressman's campaign to win the Senate seat from incumbent Ted Cruz.
Challenger Cynthia Nixon and incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo duked it out over marijuana in the New York State Democratic gubernatorial debate on Aug. 29 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.
Now permitted by CNN to "smoke weed on camera," Anthony Bourdain travels to Uruguay, where marijuana is legal and he tries out some of the local varieties.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's main challenger in the September gubernatorial primary, Cynthia Nixon, was the main attraction at New York's famous Cannabis Parade & Rally on May 5. Nixon told the large crowd in Union Square Park that she wants to "legalize cannabis in New York State."
One of the most important political races in 2018 is Rep. Beto O'Rourke's attempt to unseat Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. On "Real Time," O'Rourke told Bill Maher that he supports ending federal marijuana prohibition.