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Weed Week: July 15, 2022


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

This week, we report some dissatisfaction with the Biden administration. We have an update on the signature count for a Nebraska ballot initiative. And we have a similar story about a ballot initiative in North Dakota. We note the signing of a banking bill in Pennsylvania. And finally, we see Neil deGrasse Tyson wondering what other plants might provide a high.

disgruntled senators

A group of senators is unhappy with the Biden administration’s approach to marijuana issues, and they’re making their voices heard. They would like the White House to “use its existing authority to (i) deprogram cannabis and (ii) grant pardons to all those convicted of non-violent cannabis-related offenses.” More bulletins as events warrant, but don’t hold your breath.

Nebraska

We reported weeks ago the effort to put medical marijuana on the Nebraska ballot in 2022 sounded like a close call. Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana needed 87,000 signatures for each of its two ballot measures, and they shot in more than 90,000 for each. That’s not a huge amount of wiggle room to account for faulty signatures or other administrative issues, so no guarantee of success just yet.

North Dakota

New Approach North Dakota appears to be in a better position. They collected over 25,000 signatures giving them a cushion of over 10,000 signatures in their offer to put adult use on the ballot. Assuming the initiative comes to a vote, will Peace Garden State voters give it a thumbs up? In 2018, a similar measure failed, but that was then…

Pennsylvania

A cannabis bank bill is now law! No, not at the federal level. This bill comes courtesy of the state of Pennsylvania. The law allows banks to serve licensed medical marijuana businesses without fear of penalties under state law. The same protections extend to insurance companies. Of course, penalties could still accrue under federal law.

and finally

Neil deGrasse Tyson is well known as “your personal astrophysicist”. Recently, however, he devoted time on his “Star Talk” podcast to a discussion other plants that could provide the same high mood as cannabis. Note: scientific analysis of new plants is probably a surer way to determine their properties – don’t just start smoking whatever you find growing in your garden!

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



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