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Five things employers should know about CBD

The CBD industry is booming and shows signs of not going away anytime soon. While more and more businesses continue to incorporate the compound with differing levels of success, people continue to be as intrigued by CBD as ever, finding it accessible enough to want to incorporate it into their lives, be that for health or fun.

With this environment in mind, it’s important for employers to understand the compound and the benefits and hindrances it could provide for employees. Since CBD has connections with marijuana and the legality of that topic remains complex, it’s best if employers are just as informed as users who consume the compound. Here are 5 things employers should know about CBD:

Wed
18
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Will legal marijuana stores close? Americans stock up on pot for coronavirus quarantine

Add marijuana to the list of essential supplies Americans are stocking up on as they prepare to confront the coronavirus outbreak.

"Apparently people need weed and toilet paper, that I am sure of," said a laughing Wanda James, 56, who owns the Simply Pure dispensary in Denver. "They are absolutely stocking up."

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Mississippi Lawmakers Make Marijuana Legalization Harder

Marijuana legalization initiatives are still taking place in US states despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus outbreak has taken a toll on the global markets and the economy. Countries and the World Health Organization are trying to contain the virus. Meanwhile, legalization efforts continue in US states. Mississippi has been trying to put a legalization initiative on the November ballot. However, lawmakers have a new strategy to make marijuana legalization difficult in the state.

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17
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Will Coronavirus Crush Ohio’s Marijuana Legalization Plan?

Three years, four months, and six days after Maine voters passed a ballot measure to legalize adult-use cannabis in November 2016, the state’s first batch of conditional licenses for cannabis businesses have finally been issued. State regulators expect retail sales to begin this summer.

A total of thirty one conditional licenses will go to sixteen cannabis stores, ten cultivation facilities, four product-manufacturing facilities, and one nursery. But Mainers can’t just drive down the road to a local shop just yet—a retail launch date has not been set, and a series of steps that business owners must take before they open their doors to the public still remain. 

Tue
17
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Michigan temporarily allowing curbside marijuana pickup amid coronavirus concerns

In order to limit exposure to the coronavirus, Michigan is temporarily allowing curbside pickup at marijuana stores across the state.

Additionally, the state Marijuana Regulatory Agency in a statement issued Monday, March 16, encouraged medical marijuana patients and recreational marijuana customers to place delivery orders when possible. There are about 15 recreational marijuana retailers and 66 medical marijuana dispensaries approved for home delivery, according to the state licensing website.

Tue
17
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NFL Eliminates Suspensions For Positive Cannabis Tests

The National Football League is about to make a dramatic change to its drug testing policy thanks to a new collective bargaining agreement that was brokered between players and owners over the weekend. 

Under the new CBA, players will no longer face suspensions for positive marijuana tests, and the drug testing period will be restricted to the first two weeks of training camp. The threshold for a positive marijuana test will now rise from from 35 to 150 nanograms of THC, according to ESPN.

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17
Mar

California Cannabis Brands Send Letter To State Requesting Exemption From Lockdown

Cannabis retailers in California haven’t had the easiest go of legalization. Issues such as illicit storefronts dotting Los Angeles as well as an ever-shifting set of regulations from the BCC have been the reality of California’s adult-use market. This past week the cannabis industry, along with the rest of North America, was hit with a new problem in COVID-19.

COVID-19, or Coronavirus, has taken the world by storm since first appearing in the Wuhan province of China more than 4 months ago. Now entering pandemic stages some states have taken drastic steps to help ‘flatten the curve’ or curb the ever-increasing infection rate. One of these steps to ‘flatten the curve’ has been social-distancing and event closures across the country.

Tue
17
Mar

Florida Legislature Rejects Proposal To Cap THC For Cannabis Patients Under 21

An effort to limit the amount of THC in medical cannabis prescriptions for patients under the age of 21 went down in flames on Friday in Florida’s state legislature.

As this year’s legislative session wound down, lawmakers in the Sunshine State passed a healthcare bill that did not include a provision that would have place a 10% THC cap for such young patients.

Tue
17
Mar

Poll Shows Most Iowans In Favor of Legalizing Marijuana

A new poll shows that the Hawkeye State is ready to embrace legalization.

The poll from the Des Moines Register and Mediacom found that 53 percent of Iowans support legalizing marijuana for recreational use. According to the Des Moines Register, it marks the first time that the survey, conducted by the pollster Selzer & Co, shows a majority in favor of legalization for recreational use. Selzer & Co. has testing the question since February 2013.

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Washington State Lawmakers Pass Cannabis Social Equity Bill

State lawmakers passed a bill last week to bring a social equity program to Washington’s cannabis industry, eight years after voters approved a ballot initiative that legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana. The measure, House Bill 2870 (HB 2870), now awaits action from Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee.

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