Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.
Things in New Jersey have changed considerably with the end of Chris Christie’s term as governor, especially as concerns marijuana.
A vote for legal weed in N.J. coming on this day, top lawmaker says
(NJ.com, 27 September 2018)
New Jersey’s top lawmaker has set a new date for at least one house of the state Legislature to vote legalizing recreational marijuana in the Garden State: Oct. 29.
Banking issues are a constant theme of this email, as the lack of financial services impedes the industry’s growth and states call on the federal government to step up.
- Hawaii regulator calls for federal marijuana banking solutions
(Marijuana Business Daily: News, 28 September 2018)
Hawaii’s top banking regulator joined the growing chorus of state leaders urging Congress to consider banking solutions for the cannabis industry.
Meanwhile, in California, expungement is about to get much easier.
Marijuana reform: New California law gives people with records a do-over
(USA Today, 1 October 2018)
Hailed by advocates as a chance for people to “reclaim their lives,” a new California law will soon make it easier for people with past marijuana convictions to get their records expunged completely, or their sentences significantly reduced.
And finally, if you’re intrigued at the thought of a marijuana/beer mashup, you won’t be able to try it in Michigan.
- Michigan lawmakers vote to prohibit marijuana-infused beer and liquor
(Marijuana Business Daily: News, 3 October 2018)
Legislation that would prohibit the use, possession or sale of cannabis-infused beer, wine, liquor and mixed drinks in Michigan was approved by the state House on Tuesday by a 101-4 vote.