Welcome to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.
The New Hampshire House has passed a bill to legalize adult use. Several South Dakota lawmakers have introduced measures to legalize adult use. Medical marijuana is still on the table in Mississippi. Cannabis advocate Rep. Earl Perlmutter (D-CO) has announced his retirement. And finally, in Quebec, if you want your kitty, you have to get shot.
the New Hampshire representatives recently passed a bill to legalize adult use. Now the bill is moving through the Senate, where the previous measures died. The bill would allow possession and home cultivation, but not sale. Governor Chris Sununu is opposed to legalization, so the fact that the bill passed with enough votes to override a veto is significant. Other bulletins if the events justify it.
The roller coasters that are South Dakota The attempt to legalize cannabis continues as the state legislature returns to session. As we all know, despite strong voter support for adult use, the successful 2020 ballot initiative met with failure in the state Supreme Court. Undeterred by Gov. Kristi Noem (R)’s opposition to marijuana, lawmakers introduced 31 cannabis-related bills. Will either of them get enough support to override Noem’s certain veto? Again, further bulletins as events warrant.
If you haven’t followed the Magnolia State medical marijuana saga, here’s a quick recap: State passes 2020 ballot initiative allowing medical cannabis. Opponents of the measure are going to court, claiming the initiative is unconstitutional. The measurement is cancelled. Lawmakers promise to pass a bill to implement medical marijuana in a special legislative session, which is never called. Alright, now you know. In an effort to overcome Governor Tate Reeves (R)’s opposition to legalization, Sen. Kevin Blackwell (R-Dist. 19) brought 3.5 grams of hemp to the governor’s office, in a bid to show him exactly what the proposed amount of legal cannabis looks like. Like. More newsletters… well, you know the drill.
perl mutter retirement
One of the leading advocates of cannabis banking announced his retirement this week. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), author of the SAFE Banking Act, said he will not run again this year. Maybe his bill will become law before he leaves? I’m not sure I’m counting on that.
We previously reported on “Joints for Jabs,” a program in DC that distributed free cannabis to those who received COVID vaccines. Think of it as a “carrot” approach to increasing vaccination rates. In Quebec, they go the “stick” route. The rule of the province is now: no shooting; no pot. Proof of vaccination is now required to enter cannabis stores. Although some have questioned the effectiveness of this plan, appointments for vaccinations have increased from an average of 1,500 a day to 6,000 following the announcement of the policy. Hey, whatever works!
Stay safe and be well everyone – we’ll see you next week!
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