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While not likely to be as historic as the legalization wave of 2016, this is expected to be a watershed year for the cannabis industry.

For the first time, from all indications, state legislatures are poised to pass recreational marijuana legalization laws, with the East Coast being the most fertile ground for such efforts.

Vermont appears to be leading the charge after state lawmakers Wednesday approved legislation permitting citizens to possess and home grow marijuana. Republican Gov. Phil Scott said he will sign the legislation.

So far, the recreational cannabis laws that exist in eight states and Washington DC have been enacted by voters.

But some state legislatures are poised to lead the way, apparently brushing off the decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rip up Obama-era protections for states with legal marijuana industries.

If those efforts are successful, it could provide the impetus for other states to follow.

“This would be a major development for the cannabis industry,” said Michael Bronstein, a marijuana industry advocate who’s involved in efforts to legalize recreational MJ in New Jersey, one of

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By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

Gov. Phil Scott reiterated Thursday, Jan. 11, he plans to sign the bill legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Vermont, but said he’s still undecided about whether to have a public signing for H.511 and did not say when the signing (public or private) would happen. The bill, H.511, cleared the Senate on Wednesday, Jan. 10, and the House the week prior.

The pot bill allows the possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana and two mature and four immature marijuana plants by people 21 or older.

During the last legislative session Scott vetoed a measure that also would have legalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana and permitted the cultivation of a few plants.

H.511 represents a compromise reached by the heads of the Senate and House Judiciary panels and Scott’s administration. Added provisions include creating enhanced criminal penalties for using pot in a vehicle with children and increasing penalties for providing marijuana to anyone underage.

“This is a libertarian approach. I’ve said I’m not philosophically opposed to it,” the governor said Thursday. “I

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a study to look at the pros and cons of legalizing recreational marijuana in New York. Cuomo’s proposal was part of his state budget address on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Jon Campbell / Albany Bureau

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What would legalized recreational marijuana mean to New Yorkers?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that he wants a study to answer that question — and not just for the adults 21 and older who choose to use. Enacting the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act or a variation would change laws regulating many aspects of life in New York.

Here are some questions that await the results of the governor’s commission:

What could the buying experience be like?

Mary Jane Kruger lived in Oregon, where recreational marijuana has been legal for personal

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Lehigh Valley, meet cannabis vape pens, tinctures, capsules and Rick Simpson Oil.

There’s going to be a learning curve for many seeking relief as Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program gets rolling, and that’s where places like Keystone Canna Remedies come in. 

Keystone, at 1309 Stefko Blvd. across from Just Born Quality Confections in Bethlehem, held its grand opening Wednesday as the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary approved for operation. 

A schedule of patient workshops begins Monday — the first “Vaporizing 101” is Jan. 26 — followed by the first prescriptions filled, expected next month. 

“We do have our grand opening today,” said Victor Guadagnino Jr., chief business development officer for Keystone Canna Remedies, during a ribbon-cutting Wednesday morning.

“We’ll be opening for educational workshops until February,” he continued. “Mid-February is what we’re hearing is when medicine will be available from the grower/processors.”

Wednesday’s event, organized by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, was packed despite snowfall overnight. Valets parked guests’ cars and inside, a table of catered munchies was set up across the room from an array of medical marijuana sample products.

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Published: Jan 17, 2018, 2:04 pm • Updated: Jan 17, 2018, 2:12 pm

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A member of the Republican leadership team in the Kentucky Senate has introduced a bill aimed at legalizing marijuana.

Sen. Dan Seum said Wednesday that Kentucky should join the legalization trend flourishing elsewhere. Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

His bill would allow adults 21 or older to legally use marijuana. It also would legalize production and sale of pot.

Seum estimates the cash-strapped state would generate between $100 million and $200 million in revenue annually by taxing the production, sale and consumption of marijuana.

His bill faces long odds in the legislature.

Senate President Robert Stivers says he’s known Seum for 20-plus years, but this is one issue he can’t agree with him on. Seum serves in GOP leadership as caucus chair.

Just last week, House Bill 166 was introduced to legalize medical marijuana.

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