Our Latest Updates – Archive

Ohio Voters Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use
11/8/2023 -

The state joins D.C. and 23 other states in legalizing marijuana for recreational use. The state legalized medical marijuana in 2016.

HHS Recommends Rescheduling Marijuana
9/6/2023 -

A letter dated Aug. 29, 2023 from the Department of Health and Human Services to Anne Milgram, of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was leaked to Bloomberg News. The letter calls for rescheduling marijuana as a Schedule III drug under the Controlled Substances Act. 

Minnesota Legalizes Recreational Marijuana
6/5/2023 -

Minnesota joined 22 other states and D.C. in legalizing adult-use of the drug

Maryland & Missouri Legalize Recreational Marijuana
11/9/2022 -

The two states join 19 other states and DC where the drug is legal for adult use.

President Biden Pardons Thousands with Federal Marijuana Possession Convictions
10/7/2022 -

The White House Twitter account added, “Additionally, @POTUS asked @SecBecerra and the Attorney General to initiate the process of reviewing how marijuana is scheduled under federal law. Marijuana is currently classified at the same level as heroin – and above fentanyl.”

Rhode Island Legalizes Recreational Marijuana
6/6/2022 -

The law, signed on May 25, 2022 went into effect immediately

US House Passes Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana
4/1/2022 -

In a largely partisan vote, the US House of Representatives voted 220 to 204 to decriminalize marijuana, including medical and recreational use. However, neither the House bill nor a similar bill in the Senate are expected to garner enough Republican votes to be passed.

Malta Becomes First EU Country to Legalize Adult-Use Marijuana
12/15/2021 -

Malta’s legislation, passed on Dec. 14, 2021, awaits the president’s signature (a formality) to become law. The country will just beat Luxembourg, which announced in Oct. 2021 that it would legalize adult-use marijuana soon, to be the first European country, joining only Canada and Uruguay globally in legalization.

South Dakota Supreme Court Rules against Marijuana Legalization
11/29/2021 -

The South Dakota Supreme Court ruled on Nov. 24, 2021 that the amendment passed by 54% of voters in 2020 was void because of a technicality. The state’s constitution requires amendments to focus on one issue, while the court held that Amendment A included three separate issues.

Luxembourg Plans to Be First European Country to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
10/25/2021 -

The country would join just two countries with full recreational marijuana legalization: Canada and Uruguay. A handful of other countries have decriminalized the drug for recreational use but have not legalized sales.

Connecticut Legalizes Recreational Marijuana
6/22/2021 -

Connecticut joins 17 states and DC in legalizing the substance for adult use.

New Mexico Is 17th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
4/12/2021 -

The state joins just four other states in legalizing marijuana via legislation.

Virginia Becomes First Southern State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
4/7/2021 -

Governor Northam and the legislature agreed to legalize possession and growing plants on July 1, 2021, with commercial sales coming Jan. 1, 2024.

New York Legalizes Recreational Marijuana
3/31/2021 -

New York became the 15th state to legalize recreational marijuana, effective immediately, as Governor Cuomo signed legislation the same day it hit his desk. The law also adjusts the medical marijuana law, allowing for a 60-day supply and adding more qualifying conditions.

South Dakota Judge Strikes Down Voter-Approved Recreational Marijuana Amendment
2/9/2021 -

Governor Kristi Noem has worked to strike down the constitutional amendment, while advocates vow to fight to restore the voter-approved measure.