Last year a major shift occurred in the Canadian government: the long-dominant Conservative Party was out and the Liberal Party was in, with a comfortable majority in Parliament. New Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has many plans for his country, and one of them is the legalization of marijuana.
In his final State of the State address, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin called for the legalization of cannabis, something that has been introduced in the state’s legislature.
The year 2016 is upon us, and it is shaping up to be by far the most historic year the cannabis law reform movement has ever seen. From coast to coast, states will be attempting to legalize recreational marijuana for adults at some point over the course of the next year. Is your state one of them?
Last week President Obama’s Solicitor General — the lawyer that represents the federal government in cases before the Supreme Court — urged the highest court in the land to decline to hear arguments from the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma, who say cannabis legalization in the state of Colorado is causing more marijuana to flow into their states. SG Donald B. Verrilli argued that the case was outside the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.
Kentucky State Senator Perry Clark (D-Louisville) pre-filed a bill last week that would legalize and regulate cannabis in the Bluegrass State.
“It is abundantly clear to me that cannabis, while being much less harmful, should be treated the same as alcohol,” Clark said. “The Cannabis Freedom Act is an outline on how to tax and regulate the sale of marijuana to adults 21 and older in Kentucky. It is time for this discussion in our commonwealth.”