Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.
Ohio’s medical marijuana market was set to open in September, but there’s been a delay.
- Ohio confirms medical marijuana delay; businesses will suffer, but costs unclear
(Marijuana Business Daily: News, 6 June 2018)
Ohio had set a Sept. 8 deadline to have a fully operational medical marijuana market. But the state confirmed this week what industry observers have predicted for a while: It’s not going to happen.
Marijuana won’t be available in Ohio on Sept. 8. The state has delayed the rollout.
(Cincinati.com, 6 June 2018)
In fact, it could take weeks more before medicinal weed is available for patients. Even then, it’s likely to be available only in limited quantities.
More politicians express support for marijuana; the latest legislation seeks to prevent the federal government from interfering in states where it is legal.
- Elizabeth Warren, Cory Gardner Launch Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill
(High TImes: News, 8 June 2018)
The Senators’ Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act isn’t a legalization bill, but it would let states chart their own course on cannabis without fear of federal interference.
- Trump signals support for legislation easing U.S. ban on pot
(Chicago Tribune: Latest news, 9 June 2018)
President Donald Trump said Friday that he was inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana, a proposal that would dramatically reshape the nation’s legal landscape for pot users and businesses.
Industrial hemp may be on its way to full legalization.
Senate Sticks To Bipartisan Path For Farm Bill, Which Includes Hemp Legalization
(KUNC.org, 8 June 2018)
Senate agriculture panel passes farm bill with hemp legalization
(CNBC.com, 13 June 2018)
The farm bill includes hemp legalization legislation that is backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. McConnell made a case during Wednesday’s agriculture panel meeting for supporting the hemp legalization.