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News Round-Up: Nov. 15th, 2021

News Round-Up: Nov. 15th, 2021

News Round-Up | Nov. 15th, 2021
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Republicans begin push for cannabis legalization, Delta 8 THC legal again in Texas after strong public opposition, and Germany seeks legalization on heels of dubious “tainted weed” tales.

There can be a lot to keep track of when it comes to the fast-paced world of cannabis information and news. Our roundup has everything you might have missed from the last week and more.

The Texas Flag, by Pete Alexopoulos via Unsplash

Texas: Delta 8 THC Legal Again, For Now

A Travis County judge temporarily blocked the state from listing delta-8 as a Schedule I drug, which effectively made it illegal. The cannabis extract became popular because users say it produces the “high” effect of marijuana.

(Link: Texas Tribune)

Washington D.C. Capitol Building, by Quick PS via Unsplash

Sen. Elizabeth Warren & Others Again Pressure Biden To Follow Through On Cannabis Campaign Promises

The letter cites the Democratic primary debate in November 2019, during which Biden laid out his views on marijuana reform. “Number one, I think we should decriminalize marijuana, period,” Biden said at the time. “And I think everyone — anyone who has a record should be let out of jail, their records expunged, be completely zeroed out.”

(Link: The Hill)

Nancy Mace Twitter Banner

Rep. Nancy Mace To Push Republican-Led Cannabis Reform Bill

“My States Reform Act will put states in the driver’s seat and codify cannabis reforms throughout the United States. Press conference Monday: https://mace.house.gov/sra

(Link: Twitter)

Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, by Kevin Ku via Unsplash

West Virginia: First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens in Morgantown

The 2017 state law allows for medical cannabis use in pills, oils, topical gels, liquids, dermal patches and a form that can be vaporized. In order to access and buy products from a dispensary, residents must have a West Virginia medical marijuana card.

(Link: AP News)

Coalition Of State Governors Urge Congress To Pass SAFE Banking Act

“Medical and recreational cannabis sales in the U.S. were estimated to total $17.5 billion last year, but because of antiquated federal banking regulations, almost all cannabis transactions are cash-based. Not only are cash-only businesses targets for crime, cannabis businesses are further disadvantaged compared to other legal businesses by being unable to open bank accounts or obtain loans at reasonable rates.”

(Link: marketwatch.com)

The German flag, by Maheshkumar Painam via unsplash

Germany: Fast-Track Legislation To Legalize Cannabis Spurred By Hoax “Heroin Scare Stories”

The coalition parties, under Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, are in talks to make Germany – population of 83 million – one of the biggest single legal cannabis markets in the world.

(Link: vice.com)

An MMA fighter, by Hermes Rivera via unsplash

MMA Fighter Elias Theodorou First Pro Athelete To Compete In USA With Medical Marijuana Exception

The first-ever American bout, with an in-competition Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) in place for medical cannabis, will occur on December 18, 2021. The State of Colorado granted the TUE to Theodorou in May 2021.

(Link: lockerroom.com)

New California Statewide Cannabis Delivery Rule Supersedes Municipal Bans

Seth Rogan & Sarah Silverman Lend Aid To Corporate-Led National Cannabis Legislation Campaign

“Legalizing cannabis is long past due, and if we make enough noise, we can make it happen,” Rogen, co-founder of a cannabis company and enthusiastic user of the drug, says in a kickoff video.

(Link: USA Today)

A police car, by Matt Popovich via Unsplash

“Inside the Rise — and Surprising Crackdown — of the Country’s Hottest Weed Market” [Editorial]

“Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program has seen such staggering growth since it launched three years ago after voters overwhelmingly backed a ballot referendum that it has earned the wry nickname “Tokelahoma.” More than 380,000 Oklahomans — or nearly 10 percent of the state’s population — have enrolled in the program, making it by far the largest in the country on a per capita basis.”

(Link: politico.com)

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