Key New York Lawmaker Says Coronavirus May Spell Doom For Marijuana Legalization In Budget | Marijuana Moment

  • Now, in the midst of the public health crisis over the coronavirus, the governor’s budget proposal maintains that the legalization of marijuana is a major policy priority, he said .
  • Meanwhile, the advocacy group Americans for Safe Access is urging lawmakers to keep medical cannabis dispensaries open to ensure patients have access to their medicine .
  • A campaign to legalize psilocybin mushrooms in California is asking the state to allow online signature gathering for their ballot petition, arguing that the coronavirus outbreak necessitates an alternative means to put the psychedelic reform measure before voters in November.
  • Outside of California, activists in Washington, D.C. behind a campaign to decriminalize certain psychedelics similarly sent a letter to the mayor and local legislators asking that they allow online signature gathering to prevent the spread of the virus .
  • Americans for Safe Access, a medical cannabis advocacy group, issued a call to action on Monday, urging individuals to contact their state governments and ask that they keep dispensaries open and take other steps to ensure patients have access to marijuana as businesses increasingly shutter.
  • In California and Washington, D.C., activists are asking officials to allow online signature gathering for petitions to amend state cannabis laws and decriminalize psychedelics , respectively.

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