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New York may loosen medical marijuana laws

New York is planning to loosen its marijuana laws to allow limited use of the drug by people suffering serious illness, the New York Times reported Saturday, citing state officials. The newspaper reported on its website that Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo — a long-time opponent of legalizing medical marijuana — was planning to announce

Just because Colorado will let you smoke pot doesn’t mean your boss will

Even though Colorado will permit the legal possession and use of marijuana starting Wednesday, employers may also legally fire workers who test positive for the drug. Amendment 64, the ballot initiative passed by voters in November 2012 that essentially legalizes marijuana, permits employers to prohibit its use both on and off the job. Pot

Group wants to give Massachusetts voters a chance to legalize pot

A group of pro-pot activists in Massachusetts are pushing a ballot measure to fully legalize marijuana. The group Bay State Repeal hopes to get the proposal on the ballot in 2016 after testing different versions of the measure by placing nonbinding referendum questions on next year’s ballot in about a dozen state representative districts.

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