The Blunt Truth

A blog chronicling the evolution and implementation of marijuana laws in the United States

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. After last week’s dizzying amount of news, it’s nice to settle down a bit and have more of a “regular” news flow.  Not that things haven’t been happening; the elections have led to new initiatives surrounding marijuana. For instance, there’s some speculation that the new governor of Illinois will seek to follow Michigan’s example and legalize cannabis
Michigan becomes the tenth state to legalize cannabis on a recreational level, and Missouri and Utah now join thirty-one other states who have legalized medical marijuana. But what’s next and how will this affect employers? Here is a quick summary of some of the major issues employers may face now that cannabis is legal in Michigan, Missouri, and Utah. Michigan. Employers can rejoice in that the recreational bill leaves their right to refuse to hire…
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.  And what a week it was! Michigan legalized recreational cannabis, Utah and Missouri voted yes on medical marijuana, and several pro-legalization candidates were elected as governors.  Meanwhile, North Dakota voted against legalization and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (sponsor of the legislation to prevent the DOJ from enforcing federal law against medical marijuana dispensaries) lost his seat. And…
A Colorado federal jury sided with the owner of a state-licensed cannabis cultivation business last Wednesday in a federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) suit brought against him by his neighbors. In 2015, Michael and Hope Reilly brought a federal RICO lawsuit in Colorado against Parker Walton and his cannabis cultivation operation that neighbored their property. The Reillys claimed that the smells and sounds from the cannabis facility caused damage to their property.…
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 comes from Colorado, where a cannabusiness has come out on the winning side of a lawsuit over declining property values. Jury finds in favor of Colorado marijuana grow in closely watched federal lawsuit (Colorado Sun, 31 October 2018) The marijuana business had been sued for damages under anti-racketeering laws. The case…
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. You may recall that the Food and Drug Administration is asking for comments on rescheduling cannabis.  Many times, agency requests for comments are met with a deafening silence.  This is not one of those times. Thousands Respond To FDA’s Marijuana Rescheduling Comment Request (Marijuana Moment, 16 October 2018) It’s not every day that the federal government requests…
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. O Canada!  Obviously, the big news this week is that marijuana is now legal in Canada. LIVE: More than 1,000 pot sales online in the first hour, says B.C. government (Vancouver Sun: News, 17 October 2018) The B.C. government is touting the success of the province’s online cannabis store, which went live shortly after midnight. Liberals
With just under four weeks until Election Day, the push to legalize medical marijuana in Utah continues to progress. After years of failed efforts in the state legislature, the issue is being presented directly to voters by way of Utah Proposition 2, the Medical Marijuana Initiative. If the referendum passes, it will legalize medical cannabis for individuals with qualifying conditions. Eligible conditions include autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and chronic pain where the patient is…
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. Here at The Blunt Truth, we are well aware of the difficulties cannabis businesses face in obtaining financial services.  It turns out, even political groups that support marijuana legalization can face a problem with banks. California marijuana PAC seeking ‘sensible regulation’ launches despite banking challenges (Marijuana Business Daily: News, 10 October 2018) A new cannabis political…