There are now nine states that have legalized marijuana (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington), 13 more with decriminalization laws and 46 with medical-marijuana laws.
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.
Call them Cheech & Padilla. Stoner comic "Cheech" Marin and California's Secretary of State Alex Padilla have teamed up in a new TV spot about how to start a cannabis business in the Golden State. New legalization regs go into effect there on Jan. 1.
Now that pro-pot Phil Murphy has defeated Kim Gaudagno to become New Jersey's next Democratic governor, many think legalization is right around the corner for the Garden State.
Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson favors legalizing marijuana and says "smoking a few jays" is better for you than drinking alcohol.
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.