Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

Now that the public comment period for the Food and Drug Administration’s new CBD rules has closed, the agency is planning to release regulations by late summer or early fall of this year.  Any clarity for this industry would be welcome news indeed.

California may beat the FDA to the punch on CBD laws, as a bill allowing the use of CBD in food, drugs and cosmetics is making its way through the legislature.  It enjoys bipartisan support and is expected to pass.

Two weeks ago, we reported on a Senate bill to encourage research on CBD and marijuana research.  Not to be outdone, the House has introduced a similar piece of legislation.

In other federal news, the Senate Banking committee is scheduled to hold hearings on cannabis banking next week.  Watch this space for more details!

You’ll recall that lack of banking services is causing problems for West Virginia’s medical marijuana industry.  The state is now going to try again to find service providers.

Meanwhile, in Utah, there’s been a delay in announcing the winners of the state’s medical marijuana licenses.  Instead of this week, applicants will have to wait until the end of the month.

We’ve got two news items from New Hampshire this week.  Both involve the state’s governor, Chris Sununu.  First, he rejected a medical marijuana expansion bill, and second, he signed a bill allowing those with prior convictions for possession of small amounts of cannabis to have those convictions annulled.

Finally, in what has been described as “a typical Vermont story,” someone has planted 34 cannabis plants in the Vermont statehouse garden.  The plants will be removed, but law enforcement has decided not to pursue a criminal case.

See you next week!