Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.
The big news this week comes from north of the border, as Canada moves one step closer to cannabis legalization.
- Canada Votes to Legalize Cannabis
(Ganjapreneur, 20 June 2018)
In a 52-29 vote on Tuesday afternoon, the Senate advanced bill C-45 for the last time, accepting changes put forward in the House of Commons and sending the bill onwards for Royal Assent.
Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana
(CNN.com, 20 June 2018)
Recreational marijuana use will soon be legal in Canada after the Senate passed a “historic” bill on Tuesday with a vote of 52-29.
But there was also some news here in the U.S., as New York City changes the way it will handle people smoking marijuana in public and New York State is looking at legalizing recreational use.
Mayor de Blasio, Commissioner O’Neill Unveil New Policy to Reduce Unnecessary Marijuana Arrests
(NYC.gov, 19 June 2018)
By September 1st, the majority of New Yorkers found smoking in public to receive criminal summonses which will help reduce marijuana arrests by about 10,000 per year.
- New York Moves Toward Legal Marijuana With Health Dept. Endorsement
(International Herald Tribune: Global News, 19 June 2018)
A broad turnaround on the issue by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo could pave the way for New York to join a roster of states that have already legalized the drug, including California and Colorado.
And in our continuing look at politicians who support marijuana, we turn our attention to Texas.
- Texas Republicans Come Out in Support of Marijuana Decriminalization
(High Times: News, 20 June 2018)
Texas Republicans have come out in support of marijuana decriminalization in their official party platform.