Marijuana legalization

"We want to show people that this is a positive thing,” said Ben Kovler, the CEO of Green Thumb Industries. “Lead with information: very clean look, tested, safe product."
Starting Thursday, 13 dispensaries opened to the 6.6 million New Jerseysans who are older than 21.
Some of the dispensaries seek to exploit loopholes in the state’s cannabis law to make the case that they’re operating legally. Others have thrown any pretense that they’re not really selling weed out the window.
Officials decided that the state’s medical marijuana companies are not quite ready to start selling their wares to the general public.
The acquisition will create the largest marijuana company in the United States by revenue. It’s part of a trend that some worry will squeeze out small producers.
“We acknowledge that if we want a different outcome for our equity entrepreneurs, we have to take a different approach,” said Chris Alexander, executive director of the state’s Office of Cannabis Management.
Roughly a third of the more than 1,500 municipalities in New York have opted out of allowing cannabis dispensaries and consumption sites.
Mid-Orange Correctional Facility, which once counted people locked up on drug offenses among its inmates, has now become populated by cannabis companies promising to vitalize economic activity in the area.
Marijuana legalization in other states often excluded those with black market experience and disproportionately left out people of color. Could New York break the legacy?
Emma Goodman, a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of New York, explains the path for expunging these marijuana convictions.
The U.S. Senate Majority Leader plans to bring marijuana reform to a vote, which will force some senators to publicize their long-hidden stances on the drug.
In addition to setting the tone for enforcement, the next mayor will also determine how millions of dollars of new local tax revenue from the cannabis industry will be spent.
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