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NORML | January 14, 2020
 New Jersey: Court Affirms Employer Must Reimburse Worker for Medical Marijuana Expenses


Paul Armentano
The New Jersey Superior Court has affirmed that an employee is eligible to have his medical marijuana costs reimbursed by his employer. Justices rejected the contention that cannabis is ineligible for reimbursement under the states workers compensation laws because it is illegal federally, opining, Because we conclude the order does not require [employers] to possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana, but only to reimburse petitioner for his purchase of medical marijuana, we discern no conflict between the CSA federal Controlled Substances Act and MMA the New Jersey Com....
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Marijuana Moment | January 17, 2020
 Joe Biden Again Says No To Marijuana Legalization Without More Studies


Kyle Jaeger
Former Vice President Joe Biden reaffirmed that hes opposed to legalizing marijuana without further studying its potential health risks. In an interview with The New York Times editorial board that was published on Friday, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate was asked to explain his more moderate approach to cannabis policy when nearly all of his primary opponents, as well as the public, have embraced broad legalization. Because I think science matters, he said. I mean one of the reasons Im running against the guy Im running against is science matters, not fiction.....
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Marijuana Moment | January 14, 2020
 Bernie Sanders Urges Marijuana Industry Workers To Unionize
Sen. Bernie Sanders I-VT is bringing his pro-union message to the marijuana industry.
Sen. Bernie Sanders I-VT is bringing his pro-union message to the marijuana industry.
Kyle Jaeger
The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said on Monday that workers in the cannabis industry deserve respect and fair wages, and he encouraged employees of a grow facility owned by the major marijuana company Cresco Labs in Joliet, Illinois to vote yes for the union on Tuesday. As president, I will lead the fight to double union membership in this country, he said. About 100 workers at the cannabis cultivation facility are eligible to vote on unionization in a state where retail marijuana shops opened just weeks ago. While much of the focus has been on Illinoiss massiv....
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NORML | January 13, 2020
 Congressional Committee to Hold Marijuana Legislative Hearing This Wednesday


Justin Strekal
This Wednesday, January 15th, at 10 am EST, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a legislative hearing entitled Cannabis Policies for the New Decade. This marks the first time that members of the Energy and Commerce Committee will hear and debate issues specific to marijuana policy reform. Now more than ever, congressional action is required to end the failed criminalization of marijuana and amend federal law to ensure that state-legal cannabis programs can operate as intended. The legislative hearing notice states that six bills will be discuss.......
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Marijuana Policy Project | Jan 02, 2020
 Legal cannabis sales begin in Illinois
Theres a new law in the Land of Lincoln Yesterday, while ringing in a new decade, Illinois also saw the official start of legal cannabis sales for adults 21 and older. Illinois residents can now purchase and possess up to 30 grams of raw cannabis, cannabis-infused products containing no more than 500 mg of THC, and five grams of cannabis product in concentrated form. Visitors to the state can purchase half those amounts. More than 40 dispensaries throughout Illinois have been approved to sell cannabis to adults. MPP lobbied to improve cannabis policies in the Illinois L....
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NORML | December 31, 2019
 Illinois: Governor Issues Over 11,000 Pardons Ahead of Marijuana Legalization


Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker today issued over 11,000 pardons to those with low-level marijuana convictions. The action came on the eve of the enactment of legislation legalizing adult-use cannabis sales. As one of the authors of this historic law, I am so proud to witness equity being put into practice today, said Toi Hutchinson, Senior Advisor to the Governor for Cannabis Control. The 11,017 pardons that Gov. Pritzker is granting today are thousands of lives forever changed and hundreds of thousands more will be changed in the coming months. Those who were unfairly tar....
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