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.

Starting off in the international sphere, the European Parliament has passed a resolution recommending the descheduling of cannabis.  The hope is that this could lead to the establishment of bloc-wide medical marijuana laws.

In South Korea, medical marijuana will be legalized in March.

Among the states moving towards legalization of cannabis or medical cannabis are: Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Vermont (which currently has a “DC-style” system: you can grow it and you can use it, but you can’t buy it or sell it).

New Jersey’s move to legalize had been held up by tax considerations.  Now that those have been worked out, look for a bill to be introduced in the legislature in the near future.

The New Mexico Senate has approved a bill allowing the use of medical marijuana in schools.  The legislation now moves to the House.

Lawmakers from Maryland have formed a bipartisan group to study legalizing recreational cannabis in 2020.  The state currently allows the use of medical marijuana, which has generated $100 million in sales in its first year.

And speaking of sales, Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis program brought in $132 million in its first year.

One of the difficulties facing cannabis businesses  is the lack of access to financial services.  Alaska’s Credit Union 1 seeks to change that next month.

The United Parcel Service is less than happy over the logo used by United Pot Smokers.  The first UPS is suing the second UPS in federal court for trademark infringement.  If High Times suggests it’s time to drop the “sassy parody brands,” it probably is…

Finally, from the “I Could Have Told You That” files, researches have discovered a correlation between recreational marijuana laws and junk food sales.

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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