Philadelphia is evolving into a safe haven for cannabis consumers even as arrests increase across Pennsylvania. Newly-elected District Attorney Larry Krasner announced Thursday that he would drop any marijuana possession cases brought to the court by police.
N.J. Assemblyman Raj Mukherji is a major player in the regional medical marijuana industry and was recently elevated to Majority Whip, but he'll be on the sidelines for the vote on full legalization to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest.
Although the national Democratic Party adopted a "pathway to legalization" for marijuana in 2016, some key figures holding up reform carry a "D" after their political title. A few have launched pointed challenges to their own party's efforts in an attempt to keep the war against cannabis consumers from going cold.
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