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Meanwhile, Reading, PA. mayor Wally Scott told the governor that he opposes decriminalizing marijuana. Last month, Scott walked out of a City Council meeting after a resolution passed whereby the state Legislature was encouraged to decriminalize the substance.
New Jersey—November 1
A legalization bill is sailing through the New Jersey Legislature right now and poll-leading Democrat Phil Murphy has pledged to sign it. His stance on cannabis, which includes plans to sign a bill to allow it within the first 100 days of office, is one of the most blatant differences between Murphy and his opponents in the governor’s race. If the garden state votes in his favor, it could mean the sate becomes the ninth one to legalize both medical and non-medical marijuana. Not to mention the promise of about $300M in new revenue.
New Jersey—October 30
The New Jersey state attorney general’s office is warning parents to look out for marijuana-laced candy in their children’s’ trick-or-treat bags. Marijuana advocates, on the other hand, are claiming the warning is nothing more than a “reefer madness” scare campaign. The attorney general’s office says the warning was necessary because of the similarities in the packaging of some edible cannabis products.
Authorities in northern Quebec, Canada are also warning parents after intercepting a shipment of medicated gummy bears in a vehicle that was heading to one of the Cree communities in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Territory.
New York—October 30
New York-based Constellation Brands has bought out a 9.9% stake (worth $191 million US) in Canada’s largest cannabis company, Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED). Furthermore, Corona, one of Constellation’s most recognizable beer brands, will be working with Canopy Growth to pioneer a line of alcohol-free cannabis beverages. “We are thrilled to have the backing of such a well-established and respected organization such as Constellation Brands,” said Bruce Linton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Canopy Growth Corporation. “We look forward to working with the Constellation Brands team to access their deep knowledge and experience in growing brands as we continue to expand our business.”
Rhode Island—October 30
A special legislative commission, created by the Rhode Island General Assembly in June is looking into the potential outcomes of legalizing non-medical marijuana in Rhode Island as the state’s northern neighbor, Massachusettes gets ready to regulate and tax it’s marijuana sales. The 19-member commission met for the first time Wednesday. Sen. Joshua Miller, one of the co-chairs of the group, has introduced legislation to legalize recreational marijuana for the past seven years consecutively. Another co-chair, Rep. Dennis Canario, sees the commission as an alternative to legalization. As a former Portsmouth, he says that he’s seen first-hand the effects of impaired driving due to cannabis use. The study commission is slated to come out with a report next March.
In this episode of the Vermontijuana Podcast, Host Eli Harrington speaks to Shayne Lynn, Executive Director of Champlain Valley Dispensary (CVD) and Southern Vermont Wellness (SVW), two of the state’s four licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. Lynn talks about his personal cannabis journey, insights he’s gained from his regulated cannabis dispensaries, and the future of non-medical cannabis in Vermont.
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