Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.
Alaska was one of the first states to legalize cannabis, so it tends not to appear in the news very often. However, the governor has put forward a proposal to disband the Cannabis Control Board, and this is not delighting those in the industry.
You may have read about the shipment of industrial hemp that was seized in Idaho recently. After losing their case in federal district court, Big Sky Scientific has appealed to the Ninth Circuit. Further bulletins as events warrant.
The last we heard from North Dakota, it had voted down legal recreational cannabis in last November’s election. Just recently, however, the first medical marijuana dispensary opened in the state.
In other state news, the New Mexico House will be considering legislation to legalize recreational cannabis. You will doubtless recall that we reported on the New Mexico Senate’s actions in this regard just last week. Will New Mexico beat New York and Illinois to become the next state to legalize?
One of the difficulties in traveling while using medical marijuana is that dispensaries don’t generally accept out of state registrations. Lawmakers in Florida have just introduced legislation to allow patients and caregivers from other states to obtain medical cannabis in the state.
Proposition 64, the law that brought legal marijuana to California, provided for the expungement of marijuana cases. San Francisco is going to wipe out over 9,000 cases going back to 1975.
Finally, you might not think of the Oscars as being a source of cannabis news, but you’d be wrong. First, an ad for marijuana was rejected by ABC. But, cannabis infused products were included in the nominees swag bags. #alwaysacannabisangle
See you next week!