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

The big news on the federal level was the reintroduction of the SAFE Banking Act, by sponsor Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat from Colorado.  Lest you think this is strictly a measure supported by Democrats from states with legal recreational marijuana, know that several Republicans and legislators from states that have not yet legalized are also co-sponsors.

As for the states, there was lots of movement this week on the legalization front.  In New Mexico, the House passed a compromise bill that would allow adult use; now it goes to the Senate.  Meanwhile, in New Jersey, the governor and Democratic legislators have reached an agreement in principle to legalize recreational cannabis.

What about New York? Well, it looks as if it won’t be the next state to legalize.  Gov. Cuomo is walking back expectations that a deal will happen in the next couple of weeks.  To continue with our survey of activity in the “New” states, the New Hampshire House has passed a bill to allow medical marijuana patients the ability to grow cannabis at home.

And the NFL is thinking of changing its policies around marijuana in the next collective bargaining agreement.  Does that mean that teams in states that have legalized cannabis would have an advantage in keeping or attracting players?

And finally, in a bit of generational irony, it turns out that the generation least likely to support legal marijuana is Boomers.  Clearly, we are a long way from Woodstock.

See you next week!

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

Let’s start with politics, with the latest in the “Where The Candidates Stand on Marijuana” series.  Senator Cory Booker (D – NJ)  has introduced the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019 that would legalize cannabis at the federal level, remove it from the schedule of controlled substances and expunge federal marijuana-related criminal records.

The biggest news from the states came from Florida, where legislation has been introduced to legalize recreational marijuana.  Obviously, introducing a bill is a long way from opening stores, but it is a step in that direction.

Other states moving to legalize include New Hampshire, where the bill is progressing in the House before it moves to the Senate, but may have problems in the Governor’s office and Vermont, where recreational use is already legal, but buying and selling is not.  This legislation would set up a retail marketplace.

Legalizing cannabis doesn’t necessarily mean smooth sailing, as the state of Michigan is finding out.  The governor has abolished the board that approves or denies applications for licenses for medical marijuana businesses and a new agency will take its place.

The Food and Drug Administration will convene a public meeting to discussion CBD regulation in April.  Of course, the FDA’s chief, Scott Gottlieb, is resigning in April, so the exact date of the meeting is now up in the air.

In international news, the Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis has announced changes in their cannabis laws: medical marijuana will now be legal and recreational use will be decriminalized.  Meanwhile, Switzerland has announced that it will begin a 10-year study of recreational marijuana; we’ll check back in with them towards the end of the next decade.

And if you were wondering what Martha Stewart’s latest business venture is, wonder no longer.  She is forming a CBD partnership with Canopy Growth.  Their first products will be pet remedies.  Who brought these two together?  Snoop Dogg, of course.

See you next week!

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

In what may become another continuing feature, another “red” state appears poised to being the marijuana legalization process.  Member of the Nebraska legislature are looking to put medical cannabis on the 2020 ballot.

Meanwhile, if there were an award for best name of a marijuana store, the Gas N’ Grass in Portland, ME would win, hands down.

The fact that Michigan has legalized cannabis, but not the sale of cannabis is not problem for one entrepreneur, who has embraced a “gifting” model.

Although New Jersey is on our “states to watch” list, adult use legalization is not going to happen this year.  We’ll see what 2019 brings.

We reported last week that Minnesota was considering marijuana legalization.  For more info and some great analysis, see this blog post from the Minneapolis Criminal Law News.

Andrew Cuomo has appeared before in our “politicians coming around on marijuana” segment.  He’s now fully in support of full legalization.

In international news, New Zealand will have a binding referendum on cannabis legalization in 2020.  We promise to follow this news and report back in a future Week in Weed.

Sometimes it seems as if everyone is in favor of legal cannabis.  This is not true.  Take New Hampshire’s governor.

See you next Friday!

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

Most employers are wary of union organizing, but a marijuana retailer in Washington is supportive of the idea.

A cannabis retailer led efforts to have his employees join a union in an unusual labor organizing drive in Washington.

Once recreational marijuana in legal in a state,  what does the state do about criminal records?

A measure passed by the legislature would require a review of all marijuana-related crimes in the state between 1975 and 2016, when pot was legalized in California.

Not everyone is in favor of expanding access to medical marijuana; the Mormon Church is opposed to allowing MMJ in Utah.

The Mormon church ramped up its opposition this week to a proposal that would allow medical marijuana in Utah, even as faith leaders insisted they support patients using it under strict controls.

Finally, just because you’re seizing someone’s illegal cannabis plants doesn’t mean you can’t also have a sense of humor about it.

Police in Marlborough, New Hampshire confiscated 25 cannabis plants growing on private land and then did something unexpected —they joked about it, reports The Boston Globe.

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

An Arizona attorney has filed a lawsuit asking the state’s Court of Appeals to decide whether the $150 patient card fee is legal, a move that could affect Arizona’s medical marijuana market.

A bill that would legalize marijuana in New Hampshire has been rejected by the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

They say the Controlled Substance Act is unconstitutional.

And finally, remember, marijuana may be legal where you live, either medically or recreationally, but it is not legal to send marijuana through the mail.  Even if you construct your own fake boulders to do it.

Police say an Oregon man shipped more than $1 million worth of marijuana to another state via UPS last week, packing the drugs inside of artificial boulders he made himself.

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