Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.
Arizona’s medical marijuana sales jumped a whopping 41% in 2018 – sales are estimated to have been $400 million. Not chump change by anyone’s standards.
Regular readers will doubtless recall that Arkansas’ medical marijuana program was off to a sluggish start. They have finally issued the first dispensary licenses and cultivation sites are now all under construction.
Connecticut is looking to legalize marijuana – a new legalization bill has just been introduced. New England is rapidly giving the West Coast a run for its money as a leader in cannabis legalization.
Turning our attention to the Caribbean, Puerto Rico marijuana businesses are now without a banking option. Not surprisingly, those in the industry are concerned about the safety issues inherent in operating in a cash-only environment. Meanwhile, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, medical marijuana is now legal. The hope is that this may spur additional tourism.
CBS has announced that it will not air a medical marijuana ad during the Super Bowl. One wonders if this is the kind of decision that will provoke laughter in years to come.
And finally, if you’re a furloughed federal worker, check out the website offering free cannabis.