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

This week, the action is all in the states.  So many ballot initiatives, so many challenges to those initiatives.  But we start out in Pennsylvania, where pardons are the big news.  Then we have an update on the Nebraska situation, followed by additional info on Missouri and Arkansas.  And finally, that stoner stereotype just doesn’t hold up.

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) supports legalizing cannabis in the state.  The Republican-controlled state legislature does not.  So the governor decided to take action on his own.  Late last week, Wolf announced pardons for those convicted of low-level, non-violent cannabis offenses.  The Board of Pardons is accepting applications through the end of the month.  In other Pennsylvania news, Lt. Governor/Senate candidate John Fetterman (D) met with President Biden during Labor Day festivities, and the two discussed marijuana policy.

Continue Reading The Week in Weed: September 9, 2022

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

Mississippi makes some progress towards legalizing medical marijuana.  Pennsylvania lawmakers introduce an adult-use bill.  There’s more news on Illinois licensing.  And finally, a pro-cannabis rally in DC featured a really big joint and a really big dog.

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Continue Reading The Week in Weed: October 1, 2021

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

Virginia legalized adult-use cannabis.  Could marijuana sales come to D.C.?  A legalization bill moved forward in New Mexico.  Pennsylvania and Connecticut are also considering permitting an adult-use market.  And finally, a Canadian marijuana company has created a new way to get
Continue Reading The Week in Weed: March 5, 2021

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

Pennsylvania’s governor is supporting cannabis legalization.  Arizonans will have a chance to vote on legalization in November.  Vermont is considering expungement and decriminalization.  The DEA has a new hemp rule.  Senator McConnell is promoting hemp face masks.  And traffic lights go
Continue Reading The Week in Weed: August 28, 2020

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

Ballot initiatives make news in several states.  The Food and Drug Administration released guidance on marijuana research.  Two state officials publicly support legal marijuana.  We’ve got yet another report on the National Defense Authorization Act.  And there’s a new ad campaign
Continue Reading The Week in Weed: July 24, 2020

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

Let’s start off with a look at Joe Biden – what’s the campaign’s view on cannabis legalization? How is the FDA handling the mislabeling of CBD products?  Will Pennsylvania legalize marijuana?  Will Oklahoma enforce their medical cannabis rules?  What’s the latest
Continue Reading The Week in Weed: July 17, 2020

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

We begin with the claim that the Justice Department brought antitrust actions against cannabis companies due to Attorney General Bill Barr’s antipathy towards the industry.  The state of New Jersey is contemplating decriminalization, and Montana may have cannabis on the ballot. 
Continue Reading The Week in Weed: June 26, 2020

On May 11, 2020, a Pennsylvania court upheld the state Unemployment Compensation Board of Review’s order granting a CBD (cannabidiol) user unemployment benefits after being terminated for testing positive for marijuana (Washington Health System v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review). The decision highlights that employers must tread carefully before taking action against applicants or employees using medical
Continue Reading Pennsylvania CBD User Entitled to Unemployment Benefits