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Thu
16
Jan

Colorado Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Protect Employees Who Use Pot Off The Clock

Two lawmakers in Colorado are pushing for passage of a law that would protect employees in the state from being fired for their use of pot off the job. The measure, House Bill 20-1089, was introduced by Democratic Rep. Jevon Melton of Aurora.

If passed, the bill would prohibit employers “from terminating an employee for the employee’s lawful off-duty activities that are lawful under state law.” Similar legislation was enacted in California when that state legalized the recreational use of cannabis, but so far Colorado has yet to pass an equivalent measure.

Thu
16
Jan

Will the Minnesota Legislature take up recreational marijuana in 2020?

After announcing at the Minnesota State Fair that DFL lawmakers would launch a series of conversations on cannabis, the Democratic leaders of the Minnesota House appear to be ending up pretty much where they expected to be a month before the start of the 2020 session of the state Legislature.

DFL House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler said that legislation is being drafted to add Minnesota to the list of states that have legalized, taxed and regulated the recreational use of marijuana. Yet Winkler, from Golden Valley, stopped short of predicting that a legalization bill would come to a vote on the House floor.

Thu
16
Jan

Will The FDA’s Ban On E-Cigarettes Affect CBD Vaping Devices?

The sale of Hemp-CBD-infused smokable products is in a legal gray area, not explicitly allowed nor prohibited under federal law.

On January 2, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued non-binding guidance (“Guidance”) in which the agency explains how it intends to prioritize enforcement actions to tackle the growing increase in youth use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (“ENDS”)–more commonly and broadly referred to as “e-cigarettes”–as well as to address vaping-associated lung injuries.

Thu
16
Jan

Athletes Will Use CBD This Olympics And Here’s Why

Thanks to changes in WADA policies, Olympic athletes can use CBD legally for the first time.

A new champion will be crowned when the 2020 Summer Olympics debut in Tokyo. We’re not talking gold medals or world records, though. Instead, a new presence will be felt for the first time legally at the Olympics—cannabidiol, or CBD.

The World Anti-Doping Agency, an organization that monitors and fights against the use of drugs in the Olympics, announced in 2018 that CBD had been removed from its list of banned substances. Since the organization’s formation in 1999, all cannabinoids like CBD and THC had been banned for all Olympic athletes. The 2020 Olympics represents the first games in which athletes can legally use CBD without fear of consequence.

Thu
16
Jan

Advocacy committee presents two ballot initiatives to legalize cannabis in Montana

A group in Montana took the first step this week toward getting a pair of initiatives aimed at legalizing marijuana on the state’s ballot in November.

New Approach Montana submitted two separate proposals to Montana’s secretary of state on Monday after spending the past year gathering input from voters throughout the state.

Wed
15
Jan

Plan for Florida to vote on marijuana legalization this year fizzles out

Marijuana activists in Florida have decided to postpone their legalization efforts until 2022 after failing to verify the necessary signatures on time for the 2020 ballot. 

Make It Legal Florida managed to collect over 700,000 signatures, close to the target of 766,200 it needed to submit by February 1.

However, the “narrow timeframe to submit and verify those signatures has prompted our committee to shift focus to now gain ballot access in 2022,” chairman Nick Hansen said in a press release. 

The group previously sued Florida’s Secretary of State, asking for more time to submit the signatures.

Wed
15
Jan

Why marijuana prosecutions are declining across the U.S.

Data complied by the FBI suggested last year that the War on Drugs wasn’t over. Using numbers submitted by 18,586 law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, and local level, the data showed that drug-possession arrests were on the rise following a nine-year decline.

Wed
15
Jan

Oregon farm regulators seek to hire new hemp investigators

Oregon farm regulators have won approval from a key legislative committee to hire two specialists focused on hemp inspections and enforcement.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has also gotten authorization to fund an assistant water master who’d investigate claims of water law violations by hemp farmers.

Hemp production has exploded in Oregon in recent years, increasing from about 100 acres in 2015 to more than 63,000 acres in 2019.

To keep pace with the industry’s growth, the ODA has assigned employees from other segments of its natural resources program to work on hemp licensing and other hemp issues.

Wed
15
Jan

CMC calls on UK government to review medical cannabis policy

Today, the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) is calling on the UK government to urgently review medical cannabis policy relating to cannabis access.

The call comes as the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis publishes a breakdown of the largest ever UK survey showing the extent of the prevalence of use of street-available cannabis for diagnosed medical conditions amongst the general population in England, Wales and Scotland.

Wed
15
Jan

House subcommittee to hold hearing on cannabis policies for the new decade

A subcommittee on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce is set to hold a hearing titled “Cannabis policies for the new decade” this Wednesday. 

With witnesses from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the hearing will focus on several pieces of legislation. 

Among these is the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019 (MORE Act), which aims to federally deschedule marijuana and has cleared the House Judiciary Committee last year.

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