Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.
Protections for medical marijuana programs were included in the recently passed budget bill.
- MMJ Protection Amendment Included in Federal Budget Bill
(Ganjapreneur, 22 march 2018)
The amendment to protect state-approved medical cannabis programs, known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, has been included in the federal omnibus funding package, which would keep the programs safe from federal interference until at least September.
- Congress’ spending bill is a rude awakening for Sessions’ war on medical marijuana
(ThinkProgress: News, 22 March 2018)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be prohibited from going after state medical marijuana growers, retailers, and patients for at least another fiscal year.
Hot on hemp? Senator Mitch McConnell wants to remove it from the controlled substances list.
Mitch McConnell to introduce bill that would remove hemp from controlled substance list
(CNN Politics, 26 March 2018)
While in his home state of Kentucky, McConnell announced he will introduce a bill to legalize hemp as an “agricultural commodity.”
Sen. Mitch McConnell Pushes Bill To Legalize Hemp
(Forbes, 26 March 2018)
The head of the U.S. Senate announced on Monday that he will soon be filing a bill to legalize industrial hemp and allocate federal money for cultivation of the crop.
Thinking of majoring in marijuana in college? You can do that in Pennsylvania.
- Pennsylvania taking applications for medical marijuana research
(Marijuana Business Daily: News, 26 March 2018)
Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has released application rules for universities and hospitals in the state interested in researching medical marijuana.