According to Forbes, “State legislatures across the U.S. have convened for new sessions over the past month, and a growing number of governors are taking steps to push lawmakers to include legalizing marijuana as part of their 2020 agendas.” They point to specific incidents where governors have argued for the end of cannabis prohibition in budget requests or used annual “State of the State” speeches to push for reform.
The article linked below looks at ten different governors and some of the ways that they approached cannabis reform in recent speeches. Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado, one of the first states to legalize recreational cannabis, is trying to get his state's program to evolve even more with a “roadmap” aimed at increasing the number of banks that serve legal cannabis businesses and an energy efficiency partnership between beer and cannabis firms.
Many governors of states where cannabis is not legal used recent speeches to push for changes in cannabis regulations. Some pushed for recreational legalization, others medical legalization, and still others spoke about measures such as decriminalization. These included Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers.
One of the boldest statements was by Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, a state which passed a cannabis legalization law last year. Pritzker frankly addressed the impact of Illinois' legalization and its impact on neighboring states who haven't passed legalization bills. He touted “how the new policy’s out-of-state appeal ‘gives us a chance to collect tax revenue from the residents of Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa and Indiana,’” all states which continue to prohibit recreational cannabis.
solo* applauds these efforts. Cannabis reform allows states to better protect their constituencies from the health threat of counterfeit cannabis. When states create regulatory processes and implement seed-to-sale tracking, dangerous blackmarket products are less likely to make their way into the hands of consumers. With solo* technology being dedicated to the elimination of these harmful illicit fakes, we are thrilled to see nation-wide progress on cannabis reform.