Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.
Once marijuana is legal in a state, the process for providing it is just beginning. And that process can be fraught with difficulty, as the state of Ohio is finding out.
- State auditor calls Ohio’s marijuana cultivation application process sloppy
(Marijuana Business Daily: News, 13 September 2018)
Ohio’s auditor said the state’s process for selecting medical marijuana grower applicants suffered from numerous errors and inconsistencies.
Meanwhile, the federal government is moving closer to approving more licenses to grow marijuana for research. But there’s drama here too: a provision that those with prior drug convictions need not apply.
Marijuana Bill Approved By Congressional Committee, Despite Drug Conviction Restriction Dispute
(Forbes, 13 September 2018)
A powerful U.S. House panel that oversees federal drug enforcement efforts approved a bill on Thursday to require the Department of Justice and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to begin issuing more licenses to grow marijuana for research.
This greater interest in marijuana research will be of no help to Canadian cannabis workers, who are facing a lifetime ban at the border.
- Canadians who smoke marijuana legally, or work or invest in the industry, will be barred from U.S., border official says
(Toronto Star: Top Stories, 14 September 2018)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that he will not “impress upon the U.S. who they have to let in or not.”
And finally, we couldn’t help but include this story that combines Maine lobster and marijuana.
- Baked, then boiled: Why one Maine restaurant is sedating lobsters with marijuana smoke
(Washington Post, 20 September 2018)
Lobsters in one Maine restaurant go out in a blaze of glory once they hit the pot. The owner of a lobster joint is sedating her crustaceans with marijuana smoke before cooking them — which she says gives them a blissfully humane death.