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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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Patriot Care Panned for Felony Stand

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

Jay Lassiter - January 24, 2017

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.

Jay Lassiter - December 19, 2016

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.

Jay Lassiter - December 15, 2016

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.

Jay Lassiter - November 23, 2016

Six Reasons Why This Cannabis Voter is Going With Hillary

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

Jay Lassiter - November 7, 2016

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.

Jay Lassiter - August 16, 2016

DEA Scheduling Decision Will Kill the ‘Not Enough Research’ Excuse

The DEA’s announcement that it will remove a major roadblock to cannabis research could spur broader scientific study of a drug already being used to treat conditions in 25 states.

Jay Lassiter - August 11, 2016

Philly Cannabis Activist N.A. Poe is Winning the DNC

N.A. Poe — iconoclast, comedian, media artist, and cannabis activist — has been seemingly everywhere during this week’s Democratic National Convention.

Jay Lassiter - July 27, 2016

Cannabis Advocates Kick Off Democratic Convention in Philly’s Main Line Clubhouse

On the eve of the Democratic National Convention’s opening, America’s cannabis caucus held a fundraiser that put the party on notice: The era of legalization and legitimacy has arrived.

Jay Lassiter - July 25, 2016

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.

Jay Lassiter - July 24, 2016