Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

From the “if at first you don’t succeed” files, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy stated recently that he would support a bill to legalize marijuana, rather than awaiting a ballot initiative in 2020.  States that may see ballot initiatives include: Arizona, and Idaho.

Meanwhile, a commission appointed by New Mexico‘s governor to look into legalizing recreational cannabis will hold two meetings this month.  And in Alabama, a commission is studying a medical marijuana proposal.

Turning our attention to the Presidential candidates, our gaze falls upon Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who says he would legalize marijuana by executive order if elected.

Two jurisdictions are allowing those from other states to obtain medical marijuana: New Mexico (it’s a big week for New Mexico news, obviously) and the District of Columbia.

The American Bar Association weighed in this week on the question of cannabis.  The group believes the federal government should allow the states to operate without fear of interference.

And finally, a pot grower sentenced to five years in prison, where he’s planning to work on a new career – developing a new online legal research platform.  Look out Lexis and Westlaw!

See you next week!