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Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. Let’s start, as we so often do, with the states.   Nebraska has decided against legalizing medical marijuana.  Texas is moving towards legalizing hemp.  Iowa is one step ahead of them – hemp cultivation will begin in 2020. Delaware lawmakers have introduced a recreational legalization bill, but since the governor is opposed, that doesn’t seem terribly…
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. Chuck Schumer and Hakeem Jeffries are reintroducing the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, which would legalize marijuana nationwide.  Don’t hold your breath waiting for this bill to pass though.  Although many Democrats have indicated their support for legalization, Republicans generally and Senator Mitch McConnell specifically control the Senate, and they are not so favorably inclined. Turning our attention…
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. Starting our coverage on the federal level, the Department of Veterans Affairs is opposing three bills that would facilitate veteran access to medical marijuana in states where it is legal.  We last wrote about the “Veterans Cannabis Use for Safe Healing Act” in Week in Weed here.  Also, 30 members of Congress have asked for more federal
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. There were several interesting developments this week on the federal level.  We’ll start off with the news that the Senate may not take up the issue of banking in the marijuana industry.  Sen. Mike Crapo (R. Idaho) won’t commit to holding hearings on the SAFE Banking Act, which is currently under consideration in the House.…
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. Our first stop this week is Alabama, where the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that would revamp the state’s medical marijuana program.  This is only a preliminary step on the road to passage, of course; both chambers must approve the legislation and the governor must sign it for the measure to become law. Another state…
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. Beginning our coverage in Texas, the city of Dallas will no longer be prosecuting low-level first time cannabis offenders.  And any pending cases will be dismissed. Moving on to Georgia, we have an update on our earlier coverage.  The Governor has signed a bill lifting the ban on medical marijuana cultivation. The news for proponents of medical…
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 was the re-introduction of the STATES Act.  The bill would protect marijuana businesses and consumers in states where it is legal, and in what is a rarity in our increasingly partisan era, the legislation was introduced by a Democrat and a Republican in both the House and Senate.  In addition,…
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. Our weekly review starts in Georgia, where the governor is expected to sign a medical marijuana reform bill into law.  The law will allow grow houses and production facilities in the state, which will be heavily regulated. Moving up the East Coast, you will doubtless recall that last week, New Jersey did not legalize recreational cannabis. Now the…
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. No news is big news this week, as New Jersey failed to pass legislation legalizing recreational marijuana.  You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to news coverage; see for example, here, here and here. It’s not just in New Jersey that setbacks to legalization happened this week.  In New York, all eyes have turned to…
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening the world of legalized marijuana. The big news comes from Florida this week, as lawmakers have ended a ban on smoking medical cannabis. Florida legalized medical marijuana in 2016, but the ban on smoking led to lawsuits.  Those are presumably now moot. Moving north to New Jersey, the legislature is expected to vote next week on legalizing recreational cannabis.  Needless to say,…