Poll: California Is Set to Legalize


It’s a big step towards national legalization.

Here’s your daily round-up of pot-news, excerpted from the newsletter WeedWeek. Download WeedWeek’s free 2016 election guide here.

Boosted by support from younger voters, California is poised to legalize REC on Tuesday, creating the world’s largest cannabis market.
Manufacturers are  getting ready. So are tech start-ups. MED sales in the state climbed 132% between 2010 and 2015. Growers are bracing for a price crash.

California cities are racing to create new restrictions for pot businesses. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D) said she will vote for REC in California.

The L.A. Times looks at the billionaires supporting REC in California. Pacific Standard has a three-part series on the legal, economic and environmental future of cannabis in California.

The Christian Science Monitor asks if ballot initiatives are “ billionaire’s tools” or a more democratic way to make policy.

The Intercept investigates billionaire Sheldon Adelson who contributes to oppose legalization initiatives, but also funds cannabis research.

A pro-Donald Trump community on Reddit has launched a fake #StopThePot social media campaign designed to discourage young voters from voting for Hillary Clinton.

Two former aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were convicted of criminal charges in the “Bridgegate” scandal. Christie, who was the most vocally anti-legalization of the Republican primary candidates, remains head of the Trump transition team and is a favorite to become attorney general in a Trump administration.

A poll points to yes in the Massachusetts REC vote. Attorney General Maura Healey (D) said pot companies “ will always put profits before people.”

Maine’s agriculture commissioner says regulating REC could be expensive. The Portland Press Heraldendorses REC.

Out of state companies are supporting the Florida MED vote. NORML  lost its lawsuit  against Broward County, Fla. for omitting the MED question from some ballots.

A third company is suing Maryland for denying it a license.