The Week In Weed: August 13, 2021 – Hashish & Hemp

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The Week in the Grass: August 13, 2021

August 13, 2021

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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.

Ohio’s proposal to legalize cannabis was rejected by the foreign minister. Veterans got access to medical marijuana this week. Michigan announced the winners of its Veteran Marijuana Research Scholarships. The new governor of New York could mean changes in the cannabis industry. And finally, marijuana was celebrated at the NFL Hall of Fame ceremony.


As we reported last month, proponents in Ohio proposed legislation to legalize adult cannabis in the state. Secretary of State David Yost recently disapproved of the group’s summary of the legislation, stating, “Overall, the summary does not properly indicate to a potential signatory the nature and limitations of a proposed measure.” Unabashed, a group spokesman said they plan to do so Review and resubmit comments.


Veterans’ access to medical cannabis was promoted this week by the Senate Grants Committee. The move, proposed as a change in funding for the Veterans Department, would allow doctors in Virginia to prescribe marijuana and prohibit any interference or denial of services to veterans who use cannabis in legal states.


In other veteran news, the state of Michigan announced the winners of their veteran marijuana research grants. Funding will be given to two groups, Wayne State University and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), to study the effectiveness of cannabis in treating medical problems in veterans and preventing veteran suicide.


As you may have heard, the Empire State will have a new governor in the near future. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) will move into the governor’s mansion later this month and the cannabis industry appears cautiously optimistic. However, there are concerns that a change in political leadership could cause delays in introducing the industry, which could harm smaller businesses. We just have to wait and see.


Regarding the world of sports, if you’ve seen the NFL Hall of Fame inauguration over the weekend, you may have noticed that Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions, wide receiver) urged the NFL and the sports world in general to use it accept “herbal medicines”. I think we all know what he meant.

Stay safe and stay safe everyone – see you next week!

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