The Week In Weed: July 30, 2021 – Mondaq News Alerts

United States: The Week In Weed: July 30, 2021

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Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s
happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

We start off with an amendment to federal legislation that would
protect state-legal cannabis programs.  Then we move on to the
states, where Mississippi is holding hearings on medical
marijuana.  Ohio’s legislature may take up adult-use
legislation.  Could North Carolina also get in on the
action?  And finally, there’s a restaurant where lobsters
and cannabis mix.


An amendment to a federal appropriations bill protecting
state-legal cannabis programs from federal interference gathered some steam this week.  The
Blumenauer-McClintock-Norton-Lee amendment would prohibit Justice
Department funds from being used to enforce federal law against
marijuana in states where it is legal.  Additional cosponsors
have signed on to the language, and it could come up for a vote
next week.


Work on a medical cannabis program continues in the Magnolia State.  Lawmakers are hashing
out a bill that would establish a program similar to the one voters
approved last November.  The governor has indicated that he
will not call a special session to vote on the measure until he
sees a bill he will sign.


The Coalition to Treat Marijuana Like Alcohol wants to see
adult-use cannabis legalized in Ohio.  They are in the process
of submitting a summary of their proposed
legislation to the state’s Attorney General Dave Yost, along
with 1,000 signatures.  If he approves the measure, the group
will need to collect 133,000 signatures in order to compel the
legislature to consider it.


A medical cannabis program advanced in the North Carolina Senate
recently, passing through the body’s Finance Committee. 
It still has two more committees to get through, as well as a floor
vote, before it goes to the House.  Support has been strong so
far; we’ll see if the measure’s luck holds in future.


If you give cannabis to lobsters before cooking them, is that
more humane?  A Maine restaurant claims it is, and there may
be some science behind the idea.  Kudos to the Portland
Press-Herald for the excellent headline.

Stay safe and be well everyone – we’ll see you next

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