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

Who says you can’t fight city hall?  A researcher filed suit against the DEA, claiming the cannabis she was required to use in her work was “sub-par.”  But don’t expect lengthy litigation, because the agency just announced that they will allow other organizations to grow marijuana for research.

In other federal news, the DEA confirmed that “hemp plants and cannabidiol (CBD) preparations at or below the 0.3 percent delta-9 THC threshold” are not controlled substances.

Turning our attention to election matters, we continue with our series “Where Do the Candidates Stand on Marijuana?”  Today’s entry is Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who favors the decriminalization of all drugs as a way to combat the opioid crisis.  He also favors legalizing cannabis.

Need more info on candidates and not just those running for President?  Check out the Cannabis Voter Project website.  It has info on elected officials and the status of cannabis in each state.

Speaking of states, Florida and Minnesota are both considering legalizing recreational marijuana.  Florida’s move would come via the ballot box; Minnesota’s would be through legislation.

In California, Weedmaps has announced they will no longer permit unlicensed listings on their site.  They now require a state-issued license number in order to appear in the database.

In Utah, the state-run medical marijuana system may be on its way out.  Legislators are considering turning to private dispensaries instead.  You’ll doubtless recall that the state has already had its share of problems with the program.

Finally, sometimes you just need a little help from your friends.  In this case, a fine feathered friend.

See you next week!