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Jay Lassiter

Jay has been covering New Jersey politics since 2005, when he founded a political journalism site and became the first credentialed statehouse blogger in America. He currently reports on politics for Leafly and the New York Observer.

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All the Cannabis Legalization Measures in Play Right Now

Most of this year’s cannabis-related politicking involves laying the groundwork for 2018, when at least a half-dozen medical and adult-use measures may go up for a vote.

Jay Lassiter - September 11, 2017

Loss of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a Boost for Cannabis Legalization

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's cannabis antipathy is evidenced in word, deed, and voting record. And that could cost her at the polls.

Jay Lassiter - July 24, 2016

How Did Cannabis Legalization Stall in New Jersey?

Gov. Phil Murphy’s inauguration raised the expectations of many cannabis advocates to new heights—maybe a bit too high.

Jay Lassiter - March 6, 2018

Is This ‘DA Group’ Really Advising Trump on Cannabis?

Headlines out of Colorado made it sound like the President had formed an advisory group. We looked into it. It ain't so.

Jay Lassiter - February 2, 2017

State of the Leaf: Congressman Urges Trump to Respect State Cannabis

State of the Leaf is Leafly’s weekly roundup of legalization news from around the nation and the world.

Jay Lassiter - April 19, 2017

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How Did Cannabis Legalization Stall in New Jersey?

Gov. Phil Murphy’s inauguration raised the expectations of many cannabis advocates to new heights—maybe a bit too high.

Jay Lassiter - March 6, 2018

In Maryland, Products and Patients Are Flowing to Dispensaries

Supply was tight during the first week, but patients are finding more products on the shelves at month's end.

Jay Lassiter - December 20, 2017

All the Cannabis Legalization Measures in Play Right Now

Most of this year’s cannabis-related politicking involves laying the groundwork for 2018, when at least a half-dozen medical and adult-use measures may go up for a vote.

Jay Lassiter - September 11, 2017

New Jersey’s Primary Was a Huge Win for Legalization. Here’s Why

The Democratic nominee, Phil Murphy, is all-in on adult use legalization. Even the Republican is for decrim.

Jay Lassiter - June 7, 2017

New Jersey Pols Ready to End Prohibition When Christie Exits

State Sen. Nick Scutari introduced an adult-use legalization bill this morning, with an eye on Jan. 2018.

Jay Lassiter - May 15, 2017