Bad News on Legalization Efforts in New Jersey and New York: Week in Review

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Adobe Stock New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney said he is giving up on the effort to legalize recreational marijuana in the legislature and will instead move ahead with a 2020 ballot initiative.

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This week, New Jersey’s top lawmaker, Senate President Steve Sweeney, said the state’s cannabis legalization bill has stalled in the legislature, and he will instead put the issue up for voters to decide next year. Legalization efforts may also be in trouble in New York, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo fears that lawmakers don’t have enough votes to pass legislation.

Here, we’ve rounded up the 10 headlines you need to know before this week is over.

Nevada: Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed a bill to post the names and records of Nevada’s cannabis retailers online. Sisolak has praised Senate Bill 32 as a major step toward ensuring booming marijuana businesses don’t fall victim to the same type of corruption that once plagued Nevada’s casinos. Read moreLawmakers have introduced legislation that would place almost all of the responsibility for overseeing Nevada’s burgeoning marijuana industry under the thumb of a new, five-member Cannabis Compliance Board with regulatory authority and an associated advisory panel, the Cannabis Advisory Commission. The board, like its model, Nevada’s gold-standard Gaming Control Board, will be responsible for everything from issuing licenses to meting out punishment when businesses deviate from established rules. Read moreOhio: A panel of physicians recommended that the State Medical Board of Ohio vote next month to include anxiety and autism spectrum disorder as qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use. The committee’s recommendation comes after the Medical Board sought online petitions from the public requesting qualifying conditions to add to the current list of 21 conditions. Read moreCalifornia: A bill moving through the California Legislature would require cities that ban cannabis stores to permit at least one marijuana retailer for every four bars or restaurants with a liquor license or one for every 10,000 residents, whichever is fewer. Assembly Bill 1356 would mandate 2,200 new cannabis stores throughout the state, more than three times the 631 shops legally operating now, state officials estimate. Read moreCalifornia lawmakers are also considering a bill that would create state-chartered cannabis banks in the state. Senate Bill 51 would allow private banks or credit unions to apply for a limited-purpose state charter so they can provide depository services to licensed cannabis businesses. Read moreIllinois: A key component of a bill that would legalize the possession and sale of marijuana for recreational use in Illinois

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