The Week in Weed: December 2020

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[author: Susan Ryan]

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

The House will vote on the MORE Act today. The United Nations voted to reschedule cannabis. You can now get marijuana delivered in Massachusetts. A group in Virginia released a report on how to legalize. Mexico takes another step toward legalization. And finally, cannabis supplies a host of pet names.

THE MORE ACT

Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said on Wednesday that the House will vote on the MORE Act today. The legislation removes cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act. Although most marijuana activists support passage, some fear the bill adds new taxes on the industry. Since the likelihood of the Senate even considering this measure is nil, those who oppose the legislation can breathe easy.

UNITED NATIONS

The House isn’t the only body voting on cannabis this week. The United Nations Commission for Narcotic Drugs voted to remove marijuana from Schedule IV of a 1961 treaty (the most restrictive category), and place it in Schedule I (the least restrictive category). Meanwhile in Europe, CBD will not be treated as a narcotic drug.

MASSACHUSETTS

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission approved regulations allowing home delivery of marijuana. The regulations create two types of licenses. One covers delivery from a retailer or dispensary to the customer; the second covers wholesalers making deliveries from their own warehouse.

VIRGINIA

The Virginia Marijuana Legalization Work Group released a report on legalizing cannabis in the state. Social equity issues featured prominently. Other considerations include: substance abuse, protections for young people, indoor clean air and data collection.

MEXICO

Mexico’s Senate passed a marijuana legalization measure recently, by a substantial margin. The bill now proceeds to the lower chamber, and then must be signed by the President. This has been a slow process, and will require regulatory action should the legislation become law.

AND FINALLY

If you’re curious about 2020’s pet name trends, Rover.com has you covered. The name Ganja is the top trending marijuana-inspired name for dogs, followed by Hash, Sativa, Haze and Dank.

Stay safe and be well everyone – we’ll see you next week!

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