The week in the weeds: April 16, 2021
April 19, 2021
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
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Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s going on in the world of legalized marijuana.
The big news this week is that New Mexico has legalized adult marijuana. Mississippi’s medical cannabis program is facing a challenge from the Supreme Court. And the South Dakota program also has its day in court. Idaho can legalize hemp. And finally, Uber could get into the marijuana delivery business.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) signed a bill this week to legalize adult cannabis. That brings the total to 21 states and territories where marijuana is completely legal. Up to two ounces of ownership and home growth are permitted starting June 29th. Sales are scheduled to begin in April 2022.
Not that legalization would inevitably lead to smooth sailing. In fact, it sometimes ends up in court. Take Mississippi, for example. Medical marijuana was supported by a large majority by 70% of voters in November. So what’s the problem? Due to the legislature’s failure to update the rules for the state’s electoral initiative, opponents of the bill argue that the initiative is invalid. The state’s Supreme Court promised to rule soon – more bulletins if events warrant.
And it’s not just Mississippi. The South Dakota Supreme Court will hear a hearing in a challenge to the state’s adult election initiative later this month. Opponents claim the initiative covered two themes: legalization and establishing a path to legalization. This violates the law that electoral initiatives can only cover one topic.
Do you remember when the federal government legalized hemp? Would you have thought the states had legalized the harvest by now? If you did, you’d be mostly right. But there’s always one in the crowd, and when it comes to hemp, Idaho is this one. This could change soon. This week lawmakers passed a law allowing hemp on its way to the governor’s desk.
After more than a year of COVID, we’ve all gotten pretty used to having things delivered. But what about cannabis? Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber, says the company would start getting cannabis products on your doorstep if federal regulations allow.
Stay safe and be healthy – see you next week!
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