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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Will NJ Gov. Chris Christie Approve Cannabis for PTSD? He Might Not Have To

Christie's record on cannabis is so abysmal that the bill's prospects are still up in the air.

Pennsylvania MMJ: Meet the Devil in the Details

What will — and won’t — be allowed in Pennsylvania, the nation’s newest medical marijuana state.

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.

‘NJWeedman’ is No Joke. He’s New Jersey’s Cannabis Pioneer.

As a longtime medical marijuana advocate and cannabis chronicler, I can tell you he’s no stranger to those of us here in the Garden State. Allow me to fill you in.

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.

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.