Listen in as we chat with our colleague Don Murphy — director of MPP’s federal policies department — about his thoughts on our progress in 2020, as well as a preview of what lies ahead in 2021.
Some bad news first — medical marijuana is off the ballot in Nebraska. And then some encouraging news — Vermont lawmakers may be nearing a final agreement on legislation that would legalize and regulate cannabis sales for adults. Laura Subin will join us from Vermont to tell us more about this and another bill that will automatically expunge records for past offenses.
Last week MPP hosted #ReimaginingJustice, a virtual conference that brought together leading civil rights and cannabis activists to discuss the intersection between race, cannabis, and policing. Listen in as we share highlights from this event including clips from speakers such as NAACP President Derrick Johnson, Suffolk County (Mass.) District Attorney Rachael Rollins, talk show host Roland Martin, former NBA player Al Harrington, actor Seth Rogen, and more.
MPP is one day away from hosting a virtual event titled "Reimagining Justice: Race, Cannabis, and Policing" that you won't want to miss! Listen in as we discuss what this event is all about and how you can watch. Then we are joined by DeVaughn Ward, MPP's senior legislative counsel, who tells us what's going on with cannabis policy reform in Northeastern states including New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.
As cities and towns work to rebuild and strengthen their economies in the wake of COVID-19, we speak with experts about how legal, regulated cannabis markets have impacted local economies and governments in California and Colorado. First, we are joined by Hirsh Jain, the Director of Government Affairs at Caliva, who shares examples of how California municipalities have benefited from legalization. Then we speak to Kris Teegardin, former mayor of Edgewater, CO, who tells us what life was like in the first city to begin adult-use cannabis sales.