New Jersey governor: Push to legalize recreational marijuana is short on votes
Back in January 2019, New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a fast-track way of legalizing marijuana in New York, by proposing an adult-use recreational marijuana law as part of the annual budget approval process. However, in a stunning turn-around, on March 20, 2019 Cuomo admits his strategy was perhaps a bit aggressive and he dropped his proposal to legalize recreational marijuana through the budget process. Instead, Cuomo hopes that the law will be passed outside of the budget process and before legislature adjourns for the year in June. (Good luck since us NY’ers have a part-time legislature).
Click here to read more about Cuomo’s realization — To think you can pass a complicated and comprehensive law in less time than it takes to grow a mature plant, “you got to be smokin’ somethin’, no?”
So much for Cuomo’s cliched timeline to have a law in place by “420” (Cuomo proposed to have the law in effect by the first of April 2020 (yes folks, “4/20”)).
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RI law enforcement leaders disagree on marijuana legalization
PROVIDENCE, R.I (WPRI) — The superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police said Wednesday he supports Gov. Gina Raimondo’s plan to tax and regulate recreational marijuana, telling lawmakers the bill addresses some law enforcement concerns about public safety.
Col. James Manni, who was sworn in earlier this month after being nominated by Raimondo, testifed before the House Finance Committee in support of Article 20, the 126-page section of the budget that addresses both recreational marijuana and changes to the current medical program.
“Rhode Island will be dealing with this issue regarding public safety because Massachusetts has already legalized marijuana to our north, and Connecticut is on track to our south,” Manni told the committee.
He praised the more restrictive elements of the legislation, including a limit on product potency and a ban on home growing.
“This policy will stifle the illicit market,” Manni said.
Medical marijuana sponsor says governor will sign bill, but Lee’s office says otherwise
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – One of the state Senate sponsors of legalizing medical marijuana says Governor Bill Lee will sign her bill, but the governor’s office carefully disputes that characterization.
“The last time I was with him, he assured me he would sign this bill,” Senator Janice Bowling told News 2 on Wednesday.
She indicated it was about two weeks ago during an economic development trip with the governor to her district.
Lee has repeatedly voiced opposition to legalizing medical marijuana or cannabis both in his campaign and most recently on Feb. 11.
“I think we ought to expand the use of low THC CBD oils first to alternative treatments before we go there,” the governor told News2 that day.
Senator Bowling says she was a “strong no” on medical marijuana before learning that so many people in her district wanted it, for diseases ranging cancer to Parkinson’s, to ease pain.
The senator thinks the governor has made the same realization.
“I think it’s important for the people to know that he pretty much has come full circle,” Senator Bowling said. “He recognizes that as the bill is written now– he can support the bill.”