Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.
Virginia legalized adult-use cannabis. Could marijuana sales come to D.C.? A legalization bill moved forward in New Mexico. Pennsylvania and Connecticut are also considering permitting an adult-use market. And finally, a Canadian marijuana company has created a new way to get high.
On the last day of the session, Virginia lawmakers settled their differences and passed legislation legalizing adult-use cannabis. Governor Northam (D) supports the bill, but may send amendments back to the legislature. Sales won’t begin until 2024.
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D.C. legalized marijuana in 2014, but sales are illegal. We’ve discussed this situation here and here. Now that Democrats control Congress, the outlook for setting up a market has improved considerably. The D.C. Council has two bills to consider.
New Mexico’s Senate needs to sort out four bills on cannabis, and they’re running out of time to do it. The House passed a bill earlier in the session. Legislators have only 20 days remaining to get a bill through the Senate and reconcile it with the House version, so they need to get busy.
Two Senators in the Keystone State introduced a bipartisan adult-use cannabis bill. Senators Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) and Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) sponsored the bill, which contains social equity provisions and authorizes farmers to cultivate the crop.
Connecticut’s Governor Ned Lamont (D) released a plan to legalize cannabis in his state, but social equity advocates have problems with it. A recent all-day hearing on the measure leads many to believe the legislation will be amended to address their concerns.
Have you ever wished you could ride in a plane made of hemp that flies on cannabis oil? Well, Hempearth has you covered.
Stay safe and be well everyone – we’ll see you next week!