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New York state legalization bill dies, but decrim is expanded

Posted on June 21st, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

New YorkA long hoped-for cannabis legalization bill died in the New York state assembly, but reform advocates got a consolation prize as lawmakers agreed to widen decriminalization and expunge thousands of low-level marijuana convictions.

Podcast: Voices of High Mi Madre

Posted on June 18th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , .

High Mi MadreIn Episode 35 of the CounterVortex podcast, Bill Weinberg interviews Emily Ramos, Pilar DeJesus and Kara Bhatti, members of the worker-owned marijuana consumer cooperative High Mi Madre, on their lobbying and activist efforts in support of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, still pending in the final countdown to the close of the current New York State legislative session. They emphasize the demand for "Day One Equity" with cannabis legalization in the Empire State—measures for reparative justice and reinvestment in the communities that had for generations been criminalized and oppressed by cannabis prohibition. Listen on SoundCloud, and support our podcast via Patreon.

Nevada bans employment discrimination over cannabis use

Posted on June 13th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

NevadaTwo years after legalizing, Nevada has become the first state to bar employers from discriminating against job applicants on the basis of a positive test for cannabis. Will other states follow the lead of the libertarian-spirited Silver State?

Last-ditch bid for New York cannabis legalization in 2019

Posted on May 29th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

New YorkWith the end of the legislative session in Albany closing in, odds for legalizing cannabis in New York state this year are fast diminishing. Now a new bill has been introduced, to reconcile rival versions pushed by the Assembly and Gov. Cuomo. It has won support from advocates—but, with the clock ticking, Cuomo equivocates on whether he will support it.

Joe Crowley vindicates AOC's critique of cannabis legalization

Posted on May 21st, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , .

AOC Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won praise from activists when she decried a white-dominated legal cannabis industry. As if to prove her point, the man she ousted in her 2018 Congressional run, Joe Crowley, is now joining an investment firm linked to the cannabis industry.

Northern Swan, a New York investment house specializing in the cannabis industry, just announced the appointment to two prominent political figures to its advisory board.

Marijuana Freedom & Opportunity Act to be reintroduced in Congress

Posted on May 16th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

capitolSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that he will reintroduce his bill to remove cannabis from the federal list of controlled substances—allowing states to set their own laws to regulate the plant without the shadow of Washington interference.

NYC Cannabis Parade draws bigshot pols —but legalization stalled in Albany

Posted on May 7th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

Jumaane WilliamsNew York City's annual Cannabis Parade, launched long ago by Yippie counterculture freaks, this year headlined one of the Big Apple's highest officials, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams—a sure sign of that the leaglization cause has hit the mainstream. However, politicking in the statehouse in Albany has stalled passage of a long hoped-for legalization bill.

421: April 21 declared day of cannabis justice

Posted on April 12th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

leafApril 20—popularly known as 420—has emerged as a global day of celebration of cannabis culture. But a group of activists have launched an effort to the make the next day the one that grapples with the challenge of creating an equitable, inclusive and diverse cannabis industry.

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