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

This week, we’ve got more info on ballot initiatives – probably a feature that will follow us into November. We start out in Missouri, head over to Arkansas and wind up in Oklahoma. But that’s not all! Bermuda would like to set up a cannabis industry, but the UK thinks that’s a bad idea. And finally, we see that you can build a house of hemp.

Missouri

We reported last week that legislators failed to pass a legalization bill during the legislature’s special session. This throws the question back to the ballot initiative. Now, we know that voters will have a chance to weigh in on this in November. Opponents of legal cannabis waged a court battle to keep the initiative off the ballot, but the state’s Supreme Court has now ruled that it may remain.

Continue Reading The Week in Weed: September 16, 2022

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

This week, the action is all in the states.  So many ballot initiatives, so many challenges to those initiatives.  But we start out in Pennsylvania, where pardons are the big news.  Then we have an update on the Nebraska situation, followed by additional info on Missouri and Arkansas.  And finally, that stoner stereotype just doesn’t hold up.

pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) supports legalizing cannabis in the state.  The Republican-controlled state legislature does not.  So the governor decided to take action on his own.  Late last week, Wolf announced pardons for those convicted of low-level, non-violent cannabis offenses.  The Board of Pardons is accepting applications through the end of the month.  In other Pennsylvania news, Lt. Governor/Senate candidate John Fetterman (D) met with President Biden during Labor Day festivities, and the two discussed marijuana policy.

Continue Reading The Week in Weed: September 9, 2022

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

This week, we look at the First Circuit’s decision on state cannabis regulation.  Then, we have a couple of state ballot initiatives to check in on.  We turn our gaze to Costa Rica, where cannabis legislation is on the agenda. And finally, would you buy CBD from a vending machine?

first circuit decision

Remember that old chestnut, the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment?  It prevents the Department of Justice from using its funds to prosecute state-legal medical cannabis businesses.  But apparently, that’s not all it does!  According to the First Circuit Court of Appeals, it also means that Congress has officially recognized that the medical marijuana industry exists.  And that means the Dormant Commerce Clause applies.  Without getting too far into the weeds (pun intended), this means that states can’t limit their markets to in-state companies.  Might it prohibit social equity programs as well?  Time will tell.

Continue Reading The Week in Weed: August 26, 2022

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

This week, we’re talking a lot about state ballot initiatives.  First, we have an update on the Arkansas situation.  Then, we’ll fill you in on what’s happening in North Dakota and Maryland.  But there’s also news from states where cannabis is
Continue Reading The Week in Weed: August 19, 2022

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

This week, just like last week, we start with state ballot news.  Missouri puts adult-use cannabis on the November ballot.  Arkansas initiative supporters go to the state’s Supreme Court.  Then, we look in on how Kentucky is dealing with hemp.  And
Continue Reading The Week in Weed: August 12, 2022

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

This week, we have news on state ballot initiatives in Missouri and Arkansas.  Cory Booker may be willing to support cannabis banking.  And finally, the DANK Research bill made its debut on Capitol Hill.

missouri

Will Missouri voters be deciding on
Continue Reading The Week in Weed: August 5, 2022

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

Nevada regulators approved rules for consumption lounges.  THC edibles got the green light in Minnesota.  Will the SAFE Act’s road to legalization run through the National Defense Authorization Act?  Medical marijuana users in DC will be able to self-certify.  And finally,
Continue Reading The Week in Weed: July 8, 2022