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. Once marijuana is legal in a state, the process for providing it is just beginning.  And that process can be fraught with difficulty, as the state of Ohio is finding out. State auditor calls Ohio’s marijuana cultivation application process sloppy (Marijuana Business Daily: News, 13 September 2018) Ohio’s auditor said the state’s process for selecting medical marijuana…
In a split decision last Thursday, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of Morro Bay marijuana dispensary owner Charles Lynch and remanded the case to the district court for a factual determination as to whether Lynch’s activities were in strict compliance with California law. [Link to case here.]…
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. The latest entry in our “politicians now supporting marijuana” category is Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX).  And no, he’s no relation to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Texas Rep. Pete Sessions Waffles on Cannabis, Considers Supporting MMJ Group (Ganjapreneur, 7 September 2018) The move would be a full 180 for Sessions, who has personally blocked dozens of cannabis policy amendments and bills…
On September 5, 2018, a federal district court in Connecticut granted summary judgment to a job applicant after an employer refused to hire her because she tested positive for marijuana in a pre-employment drug test. The decision, Noffsinger v. SSC Niantic Operating Co., LLC, d/b/a Bride Brook Nursing & Rehab. Ctr., should serve as a reminder to employers operating in states with medical marijuana laws to evaluate their policies and practices concerning employee use…
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. Following up on last week’s look at an expungement proposal in California, this week we note that Delaware has enacted such a statute. Governor of Delaware Signs Bill to Expunge Past Non-Violent Pot Convictions (High TImes: News, 1 September 2018) Expungement is mandatory but not automatic; eligible individuals still need to apply and pay a fee.…
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. Most employers are wary of union organizing, but a marijuana retailer in Washington is supportive of the idea. Pot Purveyor Leads Charge to Unionize His Employees (Bloomberg Law, 29 August 2018) A cannabis retailer led efforts to have his employees join a union in an unusual labor organizing drive in Washington. Once recreational marijuana in legal in…
Just two years ago, North Dakota voters passed medical marijuana legalization with 64 percent support. Now, North Dakota could join a number of sanctuary states legalizing recreational marijuana. Through an effort called Legalize ND, proponents of recreational marijuana submitted more than the required 13,452 valid petition signatures to get a measure on the November 2018 general election ballot. If passed, the measure would legalize the cultivation, possession, use, and distribution of marijuana and authorize…
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. As long time readers of this blog know, banking for cannabis companies is problematic to say the least.  California has decided not to pursue allowing state banks to handle the industry’s money. California decides against state-chartered banking for marijuana industry (Marijuana Business Daily: News, 17 August 2018) California lawmakers deferred a plan that would have allowed private banks…
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. At the risk of turning this into the “Week in Oklahoma Weed,” here’s the latest on what happening in the Sooner State. Signatures submitted for Oklahoma recreational marijuana ballot measure (Marijuana Business Daily: News, 10 August 2018) A group that wants to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma has submitted signatures to qualify the measure for a statewide…