Breaking News: Fans of All Music Like Weed + Will the Entire East Coast Go Legal? | MERRY JANE NEWS

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2019 may just be the year that legal weed comes to the East Coast. New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut are all considering legalizing pot, and now Pennsylvania is looking to get in on the game.

Pennsylvania Rep. Jake Wheatley Jr. just a released a memo announcing a new cannabis bill that he is calling “the most comprehensive legalization legislation to date.” This bill would create a fully taxed and regulated adult use market, and channel pot sales tax revenue into affordable housing and student debt forgiveness programs. State Senators Daylin Leach and Sharif Street are also working on their own version of an adult use bill, which they intend to file this year.

Although it’s still uncertain whether either bill has a shot at passing the state’s Republican-dominated General Assembly, Governor Tom Wolf is at least down with legal weed. In a recent tweet, Wolf said that he thinks “it is time for Pennsylvania to take a serious and honest look at recreational marijuana.”

On the other side of the country, social justice may be coming to thousands of Washington state residents who were busted for minor pot crimes before the state legalized adult use.

Last week, Governor Jay Inslee announced the Marijuana Justice Initiative – a plan to offer online pardons to adults convicted for pot-related misdemeanors between 1998 and 2012. To qualify, the applicant must have only one marijuana possession conviction, and otherwise have a clean criminal record. The new program only applies to people who have been convicted by the state, and not local authorities.

The governor’s office expects that around 3,500 people will be eligible to receive pardons under this new program. Applicants will be able to apply for pardons online, and anyone that is granted a pardon will have their public criminal records cleared by the state police.

In other news, a recent study has discovered that although fans of different genres of music prefer different kinds of drugs, fans of every genre are united by their love of weed.

A team of researchers collected waste water from several music festival sites in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and tested it for the presence of 26 different drugs. I love how they called it waste water: the perfect term to distract from the fact that you’re ladling up labfuls of poop and vom.

The study found that fans of different genres of music had different drugs of choice: dance music fans preferred ecstasy and cocaine, metal fans loved alcohol and cigarettes, and country fans chose codeine and ecstasy.

The only one I’m really surprised are the country fans. Y’all like to party!

But there was one drug that remained equally popular at each event, regardless of the genre of music – marijuana. Which just goes to show that cannabis is a great way to bring different kinds of people together.

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