Jay Lassiter
Jay has been covering New Jersey politics since 2005, when he founded a political journalism site and became the first credentialed statehouse blogger in America. He currently reports on politics for Leafly and the New York Observer.
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All the Cannabis Legalization Measures in Play Right Now

Most of this year’s cannabis-related politicking involves laying the groundwork for 2018, when at least a half-dozen medical and adult-use measures may go up for a vote.

Loss of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a Boost for Cannabis Legalization

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's cannabis antipathy is evidenced in word, deed, and voting record. And that could cost her at the polls.

How Did Cannabis Legalization Stall in New Jersey?

Gov. Phil Murphy’s inauguration raised the expectations of many cannabis advocates to new heights—maybe a bit too high.

Is This ‘DA Group’ Really Advising Trump on Cannabis?

Headlines out of Colorado made it sound like the President had formed an advisory group. We looked into it. It ain't so.

State of the Leaf: Congressman Urges Trump to Respect State Cannabis

State of the Leaf is Leafly’s weekly roundup of legalization news from around the nation and the world.

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How Did Cannabis Legalization Stall in New Jersey?

Gov. Phil Murphy’s inauguration raised the expectations of many cannabis advocates to new heights—maybe a bit too high.

In Maryland, Products and Patients Are Flowing to Dispensaries

Supply was tight during the first week, but patients are finding more products on the shelves at month's end.

All the Cannabis Legalization Measures in Play Right Now

Most of this year’s cannabis-related politicking involves laying the groundwork for 2018, when at least a half-dozen medical and adult-use measures may go up for a vote.

New Jersey’s Primary Was a Huge Win for Legalization. Here’s Why

The Democratic nominee, Phil Murphy, is all-in on adult use legalization. Even the Republican is for decrim.

New Jersey Pols Ready to End Prohibition When Christie Exits

State Sen. Nick Scutari introduced an adult-use legalization bill this morning, with an eye on Jan. 2018.

State of the Leaf: California Has New Regs, Arkansas Has Reciprocity, and Florida Allows No Leaf

Meanwhile, in Georgia, Rep. Allen Peake dispenses CBD oil out of his office.

State of the Leaf: Sacramento Sees 500% Drop in Cannabis Arrests

State of the Leaf is Leafly’s weekly roundup of legalization news from around the nation and the world.

State of the Leaf: Congressman Urges Trump to Respect State Cannabis

State of the Leaf is Leafly’s weekly roundup of legalization news from around the nation and the world.

State of the Leaf: Colorado Bans Co-ops, May Shelter Cannabis From Feds

State of the Leaf is Leafly’s weekly roundup of legalization news from around the nation and the world.

New Jersey Man (Kind of) Wins Medical Marijuana Insurance Coverage

It's workers comp, not health insurance. But the court victory may be a sign of things to come.

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