The Week In Weed: July 30, 2021 – Hashish & Hemp

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The Week in the Grass: July 30, 2021

July 30, 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.

We’re starting with a change to federal law that would protect federal cannabis programs. Then it’s on to the States, where Mississippi holds medical marijuana hearings. Ohio’s lawmakers can take up legislation for adult use. Could North Carolina join in too? Finally, there is a restaurant that mixes lobster and cannabis.


An amendment to a federal funding bill protecting state cannabis programs from federal interference picked up some momentum this week. The Blumenauer-McClintock-Norton-Lee amendment would prohibit the use of Justice Department funds to enforce federal laws against marijuana in states where it is legal. Other cosponsors have registered for the language and a vote could take place next week.


Work on a medical cannabis program continues at Magnolia State. Legislators are working on a bill that would produce a program similar to the one that voters approved last November. The governor has announced that he will not convene a special session to vote on the measure until he sees a law he will sign.


The Coalition to Treat Marijuana Like Alcohol wants adult cannabis to be legalized in Ohio. You are in the process of submitting a summary of your bill along with 1,000 signatures to Attorney General Dave Yost. If he approves the measure, the parliamentary group will have to collect 133,000 signatures in order to force the legislature to examine it.


Recently, the North Carolina Senate advanced a medical cannabis program that went through the panel’s finance committee. There are two more committees and a vote in plenary before it goes to the House. The support so far has been strong; we will see if the luck of the measure holds in the future.


If you give lobsters cannabis before cooking, is it more humane? A restaurant in Maine claims it does, and there may be some science behind the idea. Kudos to the Portland Press-Herald for the excellent headline.

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

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