Welcome to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.
Things don’t look good for medical marijuana in South Carolina. Missouri advocates turn in signatures for their ballot initiative. Delaware is one step closer to legalizing cannabis. We have an update on federal legislation. And finally, Senate candidates who smoke the week in ads are not limited to Louisiana.
Caroline from the south
To legalize cannabis, it is not enough to obtain the right substance; you also have to follow the rules. We have seen this in South Dakota, where the ballot initiative for adults was rejected because it covered more than one topic. Now we see something similar in Caroline from the south. Like us reported last month, the state senate passed legislation creating a market for medical marijuana. The bill seemed to have a chance of passing the House, but it has now gone up in smoke. The Speaker of the House of Representatives declared the bill unconstitutional and an appeal was filed. The legislative session ends this week, so further action seems unlikely.
Advocates of legalization in Missouri collected twice the number of signatures needed to put a cannabis initiative on the ballot in November. Assuming the secretary of state validates enough of those signatures, about 45 percent, the measure will go on the ballot. There is some resistance from those who think the measure gives too much power to those already in the industry, so getting elected does not necessarily mean legalization. Stay tuned!
At the end of last week, the Delaware House passed a bill to legalize adult use. A Senate committee did the same this week, so the measure will go to a full Senate vote. Note that the governor has doubts about legalization, so a veto could come. Moreover, this bill only legalizes; it does not create a market – it requires a 3/5 vote, as it would create a new tax. A bill to do this is on its way to the House floor. Color this doubtful.
act of competition
Momentum keep on going build to include a cannabis banking provision in the COMPETES Act. Unfortunately, it is the violence in the clinics that is responsible. As Washington State Treasurer Mike Pellicciotti said in an interview. “Thieves go where the money is.” Again, don’t get your hopes up! Like us Noted last week, it’s far from over.
Regular readers will no doubt recall that a candidate for the United States Senate from Louisiana lit a blunt in a campaign ad. We thought it would be a once-in-a-lifetime event, but nothing like it. Tom McDermott (D), Senate candidate since Indiana, also lights up in an advertisement.
Stay safe and be well everyone – we’ll see you next week!