Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. This week, the big story is New Hampshire deciding not to legalize adult-use cannabis. Also, Maryland’s Governor has issued pardons for cannabis offenses. A rider prohibiting DC from setting up a retail market is back. And finally, we have an update on the Martha’s Vineyard pot shortage situation.

Continue Reading The Week in Weed: June 21, 2024

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. This week, we see New Hampshire inching closer to legalizing. Florida’s governor vetoes a ban on intoxicating hemp. Ohio prepares to launch a retail market for adult-use marijuana. Slovenia votes on cannabis. And finally, Martha’s Vineyard has a cannabis shortage.

Continue Reading The Week in Weed: June 14, 2024

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. This week, we check in on how things are shaking out in the New Hampshire legislature. We see South Dakotans will get yet another chance to vote on legalization. Looking abroad, we note that South Africa has legalized cannabis, although not a retail marketplace. And finally, the Italian agriculture minister has a message for those who are consuming less potent cannabis.

Continue Reading The Week in Weed: June 7, 2024

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. This week, we have updates on two stories from last week: the hemp loophole in the Farm Bill and the legalization legislation in New Hampshire. We also see Delaware making changes to its medical marijuana rules. There are a couple of interesting pieces of analysis we’ll point out: a look at some of the comments on cannabis rescheduling, and an interview with Natalie Fertig of Politico. And finally, we note that Willie Nelson has a cookbook – no points for guessing the main ingredient in his recipes.

FARM BILL

We reported last week that an amendment could make its way into the Farm Bill that would prohibit (illegalize?) intoxicating hemp. Late last week, the amendment was included in the bill that passed out of a House committee. So that leaves hemp growers unhappy and the marijuana industry pleased. Of course, we’re a long way from a final bill, so those smiles and frowns could turn upside down.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The New Hampshire Senate passed an adult-use cannabis legalization bill late last week. Historic news, for certain. Here’s the tricky part: the Senate’s bill is quite different than the House version of the bill, and those differences are going to have to be worked out. The House could agree to pass the Senate version, which would make the process simple and send the bill to the Governor’s desk. However, feelings on this issue run high, and not everyone is on board with what the Senate has drafted. For example, one of the principal authors of the House bill has less than complimentary things to say.

I would like to kill my own bill, because this will make things worse

Rep. Erica Layon (R-Derry)

We’ll be keeping an eye on how this all plays out.

DELAWARE

Delaware’s medical marijuana industry is seeing some changes, thanks to a bill recently signed by Governor John Carney (D). Doctors can now recommend medical cannabis for any condition, and those over 65 can self-certify. Medical cannabis cards can be issued for two or three year terms, rather than just one year, and those with terminal illnesses can get a card with no expiration date. Cards from other states will now be recognized at Delaware dispensaries.

ANALYSIS SHOUT-OUT

If you’re wondering what commenters on the cannabis rescheduling are saying, Benzinga has analyzed 4,000 of the comments (there are almost 8,000 total as of this blogging) and found most are supportive.

The PBS NewsHour on Tuesday interviewed Natalie Fertig, who writes The Morning Cannabis newsletter for Politico, on what reclassification would mean for U.S. drug policy. Check it out here.

AND FINALLY

Willie Nelson and his wife Annie have authored a cookbook that features, well, weed. Available for pre-order from wherever you most like to get your reading material, the book has recipes they use in their own kitchen and on the road, with stories about their high times.

Be well everyone, and we’ll see you next week.

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. This week, we see the official publication of the DEA’s rescheduling rule. If you’d like to offer your thoughts to the regulators, you can do that. Congress is busy dealing with the farm bill, which includes some hemp provisions. A legalization bill is progressing in the New Hampshire legislature. And finally, what exactly is growing amongst the tulips at the Wisconsin state capitol?

Continue Reading The Week in Weed: May 24, 2024

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. This week, there’s been a lot of activity in New York as regards cannabis regulation. New Hampshire’s Senate has taken up a cannabis legalization bill. Minnesota’s Legal Marijuana Now party is no longer a major party in the state. Ohio could start adult-use sales this summer. And finally, Steven Van Zandt has launched a marijuana brand.

Continue Reading The Week in Weed: May 17, 2024

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. This week, we see Senate Democrats introduce a bill to legalize cannabis at the federal level. Florida Republicans, on the other hand, are opposing the state legalization initiative on the November ballot. Speaking of ballots, South Dakota legalization advocates are trying (yet again) to put an initiative on their ballot. As we predicted, there’s already talk of a lawsuit to prevent cannabis re-scheduling. And finally, Minnesota’s first “cannabakery” is open in Minneapolis.

Continue Reading The Week in Weed: May 10, 2024

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. In what’s probably the biggest news in cannabis since Canada legalized, the Drug Enforcement Administration has decided to move cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III. But that’s not all! Kansas will not be legalizing medical marijuana. New Mexico’s governor is less than delighted with the federal government. A North Dakota ballot initiative has been cleared for signature gathering. And finally, there’s a display of bongs in a San Francisco art museum.

Continue Reading The Week in Weed: May 3, 2024

Cannabis would move to Schedule III from Schedule I under this reclassification.

In a move long awaited by the cannabis industry, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has decided to re-schedule cannabis. Currently classified under Schedule I, along with heroin, cannabis would now move to Schedule III, along with ketamine and anabolic steroids.

This would not legalize cannabis for adult-use; rules and regulations would still apply, and there would be criminal prosecution of those who deal in cannabis without a license.

Re-scheduling, although much closer than it was yesterday, is still a ways off. The DEA rule needs to be reviewed by the White House Office of Management and Budget. After that review, there would be a public comment period (which looks to be at least 60 days, although no firm timeline has yet been set), after which the DEA rule would be published and go into effect. Given the controversy surrounding both the rescheduling and legalization of marijuana, we would not be surprised if there is litigation that seeks to stop the rescheduling from going into effect.

This story was first reported by the Associated Press. More details and commentary will appear in this week’s Week In Weed.

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. This week, we check in on the New York dispensary situation. We see that Kentucky has set up a lottery to distribute medical marijuana licenses. We note Rep. Blumenauer’s prediction about cannabis re-scheduling. And finally, you know a holiday has hit the big time when it’s been commercialized by big business.

Continue Reading The Week in Weed: April 26, 2024