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

Connecticut’s legislature will hold a special session to decide on legalization.  Mississippi’s governor backs medical marijuana. Delaware teeters on the edge of legalizing adult-use cannabis.  The NFL will award $1 million in grants to research alternative

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

Yet another federal legalization bill begins its journey.  Amazon endorses legal cannabis and stops testing its employees for marijuana.  We have an update on the Mississippi situation.  Bad news emerges for legal sales in the District

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

The Mississippi Supreme Court struck down the state’s medical marijuana ballot initiative.  Alabama, moving in the opposite direction, legalized medical cannabis. On the federal level, Republicans proposed decriminalizing marijuana.  The DEA moved forward on cannabis research

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

The SAFE Banking Act passes the House – again.  A bill to allow veterans access to medical cannabis gains interest.  Marijuana legalization polls favorably.  Idaho is (again) in the news.  And finally, if you’re looking for

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

The big news this week is that New Mexico legalized adult-use marijuana.  Mississippi’s medical cannabis program faces a state Supreme Court challenge.  And South Dakota’s program is also having its day in court.  Idaho may legalize

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

Federal legislation to legalize cannabis is under consideration.  In state news, Virginia moved up its timeline to legalize possession and home grow.  New York launched a cannabis control website.  We take a look at what’s happening

Big Takeaways

Recently, when dismissing a former employee’s claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the District of Connecticut issued two welcome reminders to employers. First, to set out an ADA disability discrimination claim, a plaintiff must allege that the employer was aware of the plaintiff’s disability. Second, and just as important, the ADA does not provide protection against discrimination based solely on medical marijuana use or require accommodation of medical marijuana use (although state laws may provide some protections).

Case Summary

In Eccleston v. City of Waterbury, Case 19-cv-1614 (D. Conn. Mar. 22, 2021), Plaintiff was a firefighter for the City of Waterbury.  According to the Complaint, in 2017, Plaintiff was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Sometime thereafter, Plaintiff informed his battalion chief that he was thinking of applying for a medical marijuana card. Plaintiff was told that doing so “would not be a good idea.” Even so, Plaintiff obtained a marijuana card in January 2018. Critically, when talking to his battalion chief, Plaintiff did not mention his PTSD diagnosis, or that he sought a medical marijuana card for the purpose of treating a purported disabling condition.


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Two years ago, we detailed here legislative and other efforts in Texas to expand legal uses of cannabis.  The bill related to expanding Texas’ compassionate use registry for medical marijuana (still one of the narrowest in the nation) was successful; broader efforts at decriminalization or legalization were not.

2021 brings another legislative session (In Texas, the state legislature only meets in odd-numbered years and for a period of less than 5 months), and further prospects for opening up opportunities for the use of cannabis in the 2nd largest state in the country.

Over a dozen bills were “pre-filed” before the session began.

Here are some of the featured bills:


Continue Reading Marijuana Legislation Progresses in…Texas?

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

The new federal hemp rules take effect March 22.  The Idaho House voted in favor of industrial hemp.  Rhode Island Senators introduced a bill to legalize cannabis.  Support for adult-use marijuana grows in Maryland.  The situation

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

New Jersey (finally) passes a legalization bill.  South Dakota and Montana continue to struggle with implementing the will of the voters.  North Dakota, on the other hand, moves forward with legislation to allow adult-use cannabis.  On