Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.
It was a big news week, with Oklahoma voters allowing medical marijuana, and movements on the federal level as well.
First, a look at the Oklahoma vote:
- Oklahoma becomes 30th state to legalise marijuana
(The Independent: News, 28 June 2018)
‘I respect the will of the voters in any question placed before them to determine the direction of our state,’ says Oklahoma governor.
- Analysis: This feels like a tipping point on marijuana legalization
(CNN.com: Top Stories, 28 June 2018)
Voters on Tuesday in Oklahoma — Oklahoma! — became the latest in the US to approve broad access to marijuana when they approved one of the most permissive medical marijuana initiatives in the country.
Oklahoma health officials outline medical marijuana application process
(NewsOK: 28 June 2018)
Information that patients, growers and sellers need to apply for medical marijuana licenses will be available online by July 26, state Health Department officials said Wednesday.
See yesterday’s TBT post for more details on the law itself.
On the federal level, the FDA approved a drug derived from cannabis.
- FDA approves cannabis-derived medicine; DEA must weigh in
(Marijuana Business Daily: News, 25 June 2018)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a CBD drug – a landmark decision that will trigger the health agency to seek rescheduling from the DEA.
- Medical milestone: US OKs marijuana-based drug for seizures
(Star Tribune: News, 26 June 2018)
U.S. health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalization for recreational and medical use.
In other federal news, the Senate has approved medical marijuana protections for veterans, but the House still needs to sign on.
Senate Approves Medical Marijuana For Military Veterans And Advances Hemp Legalization
(Marijuana Moment, 25 June 2018)
U.S. military veterans would be allowed to receive recommendations for medical marijuana from government doctors under legislation approved by the Senate on Monday.
And finally, you may want to consider the possibility that legal marijuana in Canada may be a gateway to other Canadian behaviors.
- Stephen Colbert Skewers Reefer-Mad Canadians in Hilarious Video
(Entrepreneur: Latest, 27 June 2018)
The Late Show host says newly legalized Canadian marijuana is a gateway drug to other Canadian behaviors.