Weed is becoming a more economically viable industry by the minute. Nevada raked in $3 million dollars in sales revenue over the weekend, more businesses are deciding not to include marijuana in their employee drug tests (including the Seattle Times), and West Virginian farmers are looking to replace coal with hemp to revitalize their state’s sagging economy. Read on!
The Battle Over CBD Oil
The battle continues to rage as the DEA holds firm on their stance of labeling CBD and other marijuana plant-derived products like hemp seed butter as “marijuana extracts”—relegating them to a Schedule 1 substance classification. While this doesn’t mean that CBD is illegal, it does mean a whole lot of uncertainty for the future of the CBD industry in the US.
Meanwhile, a family in Indiana is waiting for a law to go into effect that will allow them to treat their epileptic daughter with CBD, and DJ Chelsea Leyland, who was diagnosed with epilepsy as a child, extolled the virtues of CBD as a powerful “anti-inflammatory for the body and the brain.”
Lawyer Wants Florida Medical Smoking Ban Thrown Out
Florida lawyer John Morgan is suing the state over a November 2016 amendment that bans smoking medical marijuana. Morgan, who actually authored the state’s voter-approved medicinal marijuana law, argues that, actually, inhalation is a perfectly acceptable method of delivering medicinal THC and CBD products, and what’s more, if they really wanted to protect the public from the negative effects of smoking, they could have taxed tobacco products instead. Leafly’s Ben Adlin has more.
You Won’t See Ads for Weed on Washington State Public Buses Anytime Soon
Because Washington just changed their advertising rules for cannabis. The changes are aimed at preventing marketing of cannabis products to children, including using “objects such as toys or inflatables, movie or cartoon characters, or any other depiction or image likely to be appealing to youth.” This also means no mascots, sign spinners, or those inflatable tubes with the wacky arms. You are NO FUN, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board!
West Virginians Can Now Grow Hemp in their Backyards
Before this law was amended, only research institutions like colleges and universities could apply for a license to grow hemp. Hopeful hemp farmers want to revitalize the state’s economy, which has been floundering under the decline of coal. As Morgan Leach, the president of the West Virginia Hemp Industries Association, put it:
“You have counties that are struggling, they’ve lost 30 percent of their job base, or more, in a year. It’s really hard to rebound from that. If we can bring something in like hemp, to help produce commodity items like food and these supplements and different things we use every day, that can really help us climb out of the hole here.”
Seattle Times Drops Marijuana from Pre-Employment Drug Testing
The Seattle Times, who drugs tests their employees, has finally removed marijuana from their list of prohibited drugs in their substance-abuse policy. As the Stranger’s Steven Hsieh explains, even their pot reporter had to get tested. More media organizations and business, like the Denver Post, are doing the same.
Denver Will Be Allowed to Open Pot Clubs Soon
Finally, after much stalling and debate, Denver is starting to figure out their rules for social use of cannabis, inching the city closer to being the Amsterdam of the US. But there are limitations: business that want to open their own pot clubs must first get the backing of a neighborhood organization, and can’t allow smoking indoors (in line with the state’s smoking ban).
And if there is alcohol involved, the business must suspend their liquor license while marijuana use is occurring—to avoid customers indulging in “dual consumption” of both. So far, the city has received applications for pot-themed bars, restaurants, yoga studios and coffee shops.
Hey Facebook, Stop Taking Down Pages of Legal Cannabis Businesses in Alaska
And start protecting Muslims and black children, instead of white men, from hate speech.