Welcome to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. We start overseas, where Thailand has decriminalized cannabis. Closer to home, we note that the DC Council has passed a new employee marijuana use bill. Nebraska legalization advocates won a favorable court ruling. The Delaware legislature failed to override the governor’s veto of a legalization bill. And finally, you can add weed museums to your summer travel plans.
June 9 marked the day Thai citizens could start growing and owning cannabis. Government officials were quick to clarify that this was intended to legalize medical marijuana, and those who light up in public could face jail time and fines. As we reported earlier, the government donates plants to revive these vegetable gardens.
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Private companies would not be allowed to fire employees who test positive for cannabis under a new bill passed by the CC Advice. The bill contains exceptions for security-sensitive positions and federal government employees. The bill now heads to the mayor’s office and then to Congress. Why Congress? We answered this question here.
Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana won a victory in court this week, when a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction removing a requirement to collect signatures. The law stipulated that ballot initiatives must collect the signatures of 5% of the residents of each of the counties in the state. The decision said this requirement resulted in discrimination between voters. The state has agreed to appeal.
As we took a break from blogging last week, the Delaware the legislature did not override Governor John Carney’s (D) veto on the legalization of cannabis. Given that the legislature has not overridden a governor’s veto in more than 40 years, no one should have been surprised. The way forward for the defenders is unclear at this stage.
If you’ve decided that a visit to the National Marijuana Museums is on your to-do list, you want to make sure you visit the best ones. we have you covered.
Stay safe and be well everyone – we’ll see you next week!
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