As the cannabis legalization movement continues to expand across the United States, we have seen some major successes over the past week. In the cannabis weekly round-up, we will take a look at some of the biggest news surrounding cannabis in the US, and some of the developments that we can expect in the near future.
To begin, the Biden administration took a huge step forward for cannabis last week when it extended its offer of clemency to thousands of non-violent drug offenders, including those convicted of federal cannabis crimes. The move has been praised by cannabis advocates and industry experts as a major victory for social justice, and will potentially open the gates for more progress in the industry.
In other news, Maryland proved to be one of the top performing states in the legalization movement, as sales exceeded $31 million in just its first five months. The state has received praise from cannabis advocates and industry leaders alike, with some stating that it will continue to lead the pack in terms of cannabis sales.
Finally, the New Jersey Assembly unanimously voted in favor of a bill that would further expand the state’s recreational cannabis market. The bill, which brings in social justice reform measures for cannabis offenders, and adds protections for medical cannabis patients, is now headed to the Senate Floor for a potential vote.
These developments all show that the cannabis industry is continuing to make big steps towards greater acceptance and bigger regulations. And as the US continues to move away from its prohibitionist past, we can be sure that there are still more exciting developments yet to come.