Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. This week, we note that HHS released the full text of its report on cannabis rescheduling. State attorneys general are in favor of said rescheduling. DC is cracking down on cannabis “gifting” stores. Virginia’s governor has no interest in setting up a retail market. And finally, if you’re looking for a new religious practice, check out Detroit’s Ganga Clergy. Continue Reading The Week in Weed: January 19, 2024

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

This week, we see action on a federal CBD bill. Kentucky advances a medical marijuana bill, while Kansas decides against. In other medical news, the DC Medical Cannabis Amendment Act went into effect. And finally, a marijuana company gives its employees

Continue Reading The Week in Weed: March 24, 2023

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

This week, we check in with Delaware, to see how their adult-use legislation is progressing. Then we move south to Maryland, where lawmakers are considering an adult-use market. As for the feds, the Biden administration released a budget that contains some

Continue Reading The Week in Weed: March 17, 2023

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

This week, Missouri began adult-use sales. The SAFE Banking act makes yet another appearance on the legislative stage. We have an update on the DMV and MJ. And finally, if you’re looking for a dispensary/bar/bakery combo, this store in Illinois has you covered.Continue Reading The Week in Weed: February 10, 2023

Welcome back to The Year In Weed, our annual roundup of cannabis-related stories.  As usual, we’ll adopt Dave Barry’s Year in Review format and look at stories month by month.  Last year, I hoped 2022 would provide some answers to the questions of 2021 and predicted we’d spend much of the year discussing ballot initiatives. Was I right? Well, you tell me…Continue Reading The Year in Weed: 2022 Edition

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

Circle K convenience stores might get into the medical cannabis business in Florida. Tourists in Washington, DC can self-certify to obtain medical marijuana in the city’s dispensaries. Germany considers cannabis legalization. And finally, hemp may be the future of Arizona houses.Continue Reading The Week in Weed: October 28, 2022

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

This week, the news centered on President Biden’s federal pardon and review of marijuana scheduling. Assuming you’re all up to speed on that topic, let’s have a look at what *else* is going on. The District of Columbia decided not to inspect unlicensed cannabis dealers. New York dispensaries will open this year. Major League Baseball now has an official CBD supplier. And finally, The Onion had something to say about the pardon/scheduling news.Continue Reading The Week in Weed: October 14, 2022

The District of Columbia legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes in 2010 and began to permit individuals to use the drug recreationally in 2015. Last month, on July 13, 2022, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the “Cannabis Employment Protections Amendment Act of 2022” (D.C. Act 24-483), joining the growing list of jurisdictions prohibiting most employers from taking adverse action (e.g., rejecting job applicants or terminating employees) for off-duty cannabis use. The bill must go through a congressional review period before becoming law.

About the Act

What employers may not do:

The Act will make it unlawful for most employers to refuse to hire, terminate, or take other adverse employment action based on (1) an individual’s use of cannabis or status as a medical cannabis program patient or (2) the presence of cannabinoid metabolites in the individual’s bodily fluids in any drug test, absent “additional factors indicating impairment.” On the latter point, an employer can take action against an employee for cannabis use if “the employee manifests specific articulable symptoms while working, or during the employee’s hours of work, that substantially decrease or lessen the employee’s performance of the duties or tasks of the employee’s job position,” or if such “specific articulable symptoms interfere with an employer’s obligation to provide a safe and healthy workplace as required by District or federal occupational safety and health law.”Continue Reading District of Columbia Provides Employment Protections to Cannabis Users

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.

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