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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State of the Leaf: Texas Decriminalization Measure Moves Ahead, MMJ Stalls in SC

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

State of the Leaf: Tennessee Halts Decrim in Memphis & Nashville

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

State of the Leaf: Rhode Island to (Finally) Hold First MMJ Meeting

Connecticut flirts with adult-use legalization, West Virginia balks at reform, and Kenya mulls loosening bhang restrictions.

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.

Delaware Advocates Descend on Dover, Call for Legalization Now

Last year the state assembly passed a decriminalization bill. This year advocates want full adult-use legalization.

Patriot Care Panned for Felony Stand

When the Massachusetts dispensary lobbied to ban drug felons from the industry, outrage followed.

Massachusetts Celebrates Legalization, Day One

A bitter cold snap cancelled the public rally, but advocates celebrated at a private party with dabs, edibles, and legal waivers.

Strolling Boston At Midnight, At Legalization’s First Hour

Massachusetts officially ushered in adult-use cannabis legalization at 12:01am this morning. Leafly's Jay Lassiter was there. Few others joined him. It was very cold.

Cannabis Farms On the New Jersey Turnpike? Maybe Sooner Than You Think.

Gov. Chris Christie has vowed to block all progress on legalization. But he's gone in 13 months. So a delegation of New Jersey politicos visited Colorado to see regulated cannabis in action. Leafly's Jay Lassiter tagged along.

Six Reasons Why This Cannabis Voter is Going With Hillary

I'm a one-issue voter and that issue is medical cannabis. And #ImWithHer.