The Week in Weed: April 12, 2019


Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

The big news this week was the re-introduction of the STATES Act.  The bill would protect marijuana businesses and consumers in states where it is legal, and in what is a rarity in our increasingly partisan era, the legislation was introduced by a Democrat and a Republican in both the House and Senate.  In addition, Attorney General William Barr has indicated that he supports it, saying the current federal-state law conflict is intolerable.

In an update from our story in last week’s WIW, the New Hampshire House has voted to legalize recreational cannabis.  The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.  Don’t think the Granite State will be the next state to all adult-use marijuana, however; Governor Chris Sununu has promised to veto the legislation.

In other state news, a bill to legalize recreational cannabis has died in Florida, without so much as a hearing.  However, the state’s Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services has finalized rules for licensing growers to produce medical marijuana edibles.

The New York City Council has passed a bill that would prohibit pre-employment drug testing for cannabis.  See our take on this issue here.

The mayor of Denver, Michael Hancock, is asking the Trump administration to re-think its immigration policies.  He is concerned that legal immigrants are being passed over for citizenship because they work in the marijuana industry.

And if you think you’re seeing a lot of advertising for CBD products, you’re not wrong.  Going forward, however, you may see fewer of those ads.  The Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to three companies, alerting them to the fact that they are in violation of federal law.

That’s it for this week – see you next Friday!



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