Welcome to our end of the year wrap-up post for The Week in Weed; it’s hard to believe another year has come and (almost) gone, but the calendar doesn’t lie.  In what we are calling an homage to Dave Barry and his always hilarious Year in Review, we’ll organize these stories by month.

Without further ado, here’s a look at the stories that grabbed our attention in 2018. Continue Reading The Week, No Make that the Year, in Weed: 2018

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

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has recently introduced legislation that would decriminalize the use of marijuana on the federal level.

Although it would not legalize marijuana, Sen. Chuck Schumer introduces bill to federally decriminalize marijuana by re-classifying it.

The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act would decriminalize cannabis by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act; however, the federal government would maintain the authority to prevent cannabis trafficking from legal states to non-legal states.

Vermont is the most recent state to allow legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes; it’s the first to do so via the ballot box.

Vermont is the ninth state in the U.S. to legalize cannabis for recreational use and also the first state in the country to do so through its legislature.

Recreational marijuana is now legal in Vermont, the ninth state to legalize it.

According to the CDC, use of tobacco is on the decline in the United States.  One of the world’s major tobacco firms is diversifying into cannabis.

Snoop Dogg, Sir Patrick Stewart and Imperial Brands: all vaguely in the same news story, thanks to a deal announced late Wednesday that an analyst called the “most significant” attempt by Big Tobacco to gain exposure to the marijuana industry.

But it’s not just Big Tobacco that’s interested; beer companies are jumping into the marketplace as well.

Some of the big dogs of the brewing world are getting into the business of creating cannabis-infused beers.

On June 14, 2018, the Vermont Attorney General released its “Guide to Vermont’s Laws on Marijuana in the Workplace,” which can be found here. The Guide is aimed at assisting Vermont employers in navigating the state’s new recreational marijuana law, although it also addresses the state’s medical marijuana law, disability discrimination law, and drug testing law. Continue Reading Vermont Attorney General Releases “Marijuana in the Workplace” Guidance

On January 22, 2018, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed H. 511, allowing adults to possess recreational marijuana, making Vermont the first state in the nation to pass such a law in the legislature rather than at the ballot box. Vermont joins eight other states that have legalized recreational marijuana, as well as Washington D.C.  Nearly 30 states, including Vermont and Washington D.C., also have medical marijuana laws on the books. Polls show that most Americans favor legalizing marijuana at the national and local levels. An October 2017 Gallup poll found national support for legalization at the federal level to be at almost 64%. Continue Reading Vermont Legislature Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.  Happily, this week was less tumultuous than last, but there’s still some news to digest.

Despite the news coming from the Justice Department last week, some states are moving to legalize weed use.

(Reuters) – Vermont’s senate on Wednesday passed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use, which would make the state the first in the nation to do so through the legislative process rather than a ballot initiative.

The marijuana movement is charging ahead. To date eight states — California, Colorado, Nevada to name a few — have legalized weed for recreational use since 2012. And the trend continues. 

Continue Reading The Week in Weed: January 12, 2018

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

Vermont’s governor on Wednesday halted, at least temporarily, efforts to become the ninth state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but offered to work with state legislators to resolve what he cited as the bill’s shortcomings.

A California retail estate investment firm and a wealthy Florida medical marijuana advocate separately pledged Tuesday to pump $100 million each into cannabis businesses, marking a notable new chapter in the MJ industry.

The bill would legalize adult use of marijuana and possession of certain amounts of pot.

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

Vermont’s Legislature has become the first in the nation to approve a recreational marijuana legalization bill.

The Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission has failed to pay the lion’s share of a $2.6 million bill incurred in large part for hiring a third party to review a deluge of applications for grower, processor and dispensary licenses.

Chris Christie, the deeply unpopular outgoing governor, is a vehement marijuana opponent but the political winds are shifting.

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

Vermont lawmakers have approved a modest expansion to the state’s medical marijuana program, permitting dispensaries to open more locations and expanding the list of medical conditions treatable with MMJ.

Walt Disney World has prohibited any marijuana on its grounds, including medical marijuana, which is legal in Florida.

Pot advocates are calling on U.S. lawmakers to legalize the substance federally as support reaches an all-time high.

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Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your source for articles on legalized marijuana.  Supporters of full legalization had a “one step forward; one step back” week.  It looks like a ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana will qualify for the November ballot in California, but in Vermont, legislation that would have legalized cannabis was defeated.  You win some; you lose some.  Also, in Hawaii, nurse practitioners would be allowed to certify patients to use medical marijuana, what the article calls medi-juana.  We’ve not heard that term before, but we like it very much.

 

Supporters of a recreational marijuana ballot measure in California handed in more than 600,000 signatures, indicating the initiative is virtually assured of going before voters in November, local media reported. Supporters amassed a comfortable…

 

State lawmakers have tweaked a medical marijuana bill to allow advanced practice registered nurses to certify patients to use medical marijuana. Previously, only physicians were allowed to qualify patients for the drug, which has been legal for…

 

As reported in this local NPR article, headlined “House Snuffs Marijuana Legalization, Issue Dead For 2016 Session,” the only state legislature that seemed to be seriously consider legalizing recreational marijuana via traditional…

 

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The medical marijuana industry is relatively small in the United States, but is increasing rapidly.  This article provides a list of investment opportunities in this market.

From our fellow blogger on all things related to law and marijuana, Douglas Berman, comes a summary of a Washington Post article on the move in the Vermont legislature to legalize cannabis; it would be the first legislature to do so – other legalization moves have come directly from voters.  Berman gives a link to the Post article, as well as a link to a previous post of his own on the topic.

Not everyone in Massachusetts is happy about the prospect of legalized medical marijuana.  The Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), the state’s largest employer group, conducted a study showing that many businesses have concerns about legal cannabis and the changes that might result in workplace laws.

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