With neighbors on both our southern and northern borders opting for legalization, it would seem like there has never been a better moment for federal legalization. With six different proposals making their way through Congress, it does that seem that legislators are gradually, carefully, even lethargically, making their way toward either federal legalization or immunity for states that legalize. Increasingly, Leafly reports, the issue is not whether to allow for legalized cannabis, but how.
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The Compassionate Care Act was signed into law in July of 2014, amidst a national political climate that seemed to indicate increasingly relaxed views towards both medical and recreational cannabis. A number of western states (Colorado, Oregon, and Washington), as well as the District of Columbia, had recently legalized recreational cannabis, and it seemed that New York might be poised to be one of the first eastern states to put these new national attitudes into law.