Traditionally Republican States Are Quickly Embracing Cannabis

The past year has seen quite a change of face for a number of Red states across the country. Increasingly, cannabis legalization is being embraced by conservative voters as well as Republican lawmakers.

This week saw the overturning of Maine Governor Paul LePage's (R) veto on expanding the state's medical marijuana program. The majority of Maine legislators sided with medical marijuana and they will now become one of the few states that does not have a list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana, instead relying on the discretion of doctors.

The second was the delivery of over 18,000 signatures to the North Dakota statehouse. Those signatures are attached to a petition aiming to bring legalization to the state's November ballot, a task it will likely achieve if the signatures are accepted.

Other Republican states like Utah have been back and forth on the cannabis question in recent months and voters will have their say on it on their own November ballot. Missouri also seems poised to bring cannabis to the voters this fall with a number of legalization initiatives on-going.

And that's not to mention the recent passing of some very progressive medical marijuana regulations in Oklahoma. Things are changing, and the political gap is closing when it comes to cannabis.

h/t Leafly

Cannabis for Beginners - How long will I be high?


On Flatbush Avenue, tucked amidst the nexus of four iconic Brooklyn neighborhoods (Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, and Prospect Heights), medical cannabis company Citiva opened up their newest location at the turn of the new year. Walking through the shiny glass door, you’re first struck by the sleek tidiness of the front lobby. Both the dispensary's resident pharmacist and receptionist greet visitors as they clear patients (as does any medical dispensary in the country) before allowing them through to the retail room.

Can we see some ID please?

You must be 19 years of age or older to enter.