Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.
No news is big news this week, as New Jersey failed to pass legislation legalizing recreational marijuana. You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to news coverage; see for example, here, here and here.
It’s not just in New Jersey that setbacks to legalization happened this week. In New York, all eyes have turned to the legislature, as the executive budget will not include legalization. In Illinois, just over half of the state’s House of Representatives have co-sponsored a resolution that would slow down the legalization process. And in Rhode Island, a legalization plan received some strong pushback in a Senate committee hearing.
On the other hand, some states moved in the opposite direction. Connecticut has voted a legalization bill out of a House committee; a bi-partisan group of Alabama legislators is sponsoring a medical cannabis bill and North Dakota is making progress on expanding its quite restrictive medical marijuana program.
The breaking news on the federal level is that the SAFE Banking Act has been approved by the House Financial Services Committee (45-15) and will now move to the full House for consideration.
In other marijuana banking news, an Illinois Senate panel advanced a bill that would prohibit penalizing or dissuading banks and credit unions from doing business with the cannabis industry. And in West Virginia, the governor has signed a medical marijuana banking bill. Note: the governor emphasizes that he is still vehemently opposed to recreational cannabis, just so you know.
Finally, if you’re confused about how New Jersey just shot down recreational marijuana and Alabama looks poised to legalize medical cannabis, check out this article, with a handy chart to help you keep track of which red, blue or purple states are also green.
See you next week!