The Week in Weed: July 2021 #4

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Contact

[author: Susan Ryan]

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

Illinois’ license lottery has some ups and downs. There’s talk of a referendum on marijuana legalization in Maryland. Lawmakers introduced a legalization bill in Ohio. On the federal level, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy opined on decriminalization. And finally, if cannabis newsletters were movie characters, which characters would they be?

ILLINOIS

It’s been a while since we’ve discussed Illinois’ lottery program for dispensary licenses, but the program is back in the news this week. First, lotteries will begin next week – there will be three total. Also, the state passed a law providing more licenses to minority applicants. But, there’s a lawsuit over the process (stop me if this sounds familiar), so who knows how this will all play out. Stay tuned…

MARYLAND

Medical cannabis is legal in Maryland, and adult-use is not. But there’s significant support for full legalization; it’s just a matter of how and when. House Speaker Adrienne Jones (D) would like to see a referendum on the 2022 ballot. Senate President Bill Ferguson (D) favors legislation that would go into effect sooner than that. One thinks the prospect of legal sales in neighboring Virginia might lead to quicker action.

OHIO

When one thinks of states most likely to legalize adult-use marijuana, Ohio doesn’t leap to mind. Two state representatives, Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) and Terrence Upchurch (D-Cleveland) look to change that. Their bill would allow both personal and commercial cultivation and regulate sales. Chances for passage don’t look great in the Republican controlled legislature.

VIVEK MURTHY

Usually when the Surgeon General is in the news, it’s because of COVID. In what must have been a welcome change, Dr. Murthy spoke out on cannabis this week. When asked about a new federal decriminalization bill on CNN, he said, “When it comes to decriminalization, I don’t think that there is value to individuals or to society to lock people up for marijuana use.”

AND FINALLY

A shot from the new movie, “The French Dispatch” has become a meme. Tom Angell, of Marijuana Moment, has joined in the fun, identifying each character as a cannabis news outlet. As a regular reader of all of these, I think he’s got them pegged pretty well.

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

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Seyfarth Shaw LLP | Attorney Advertising

Written by:

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Contact
more
less

Seyfarth Shaw LLP on:

Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
Custom Email Digest
- hide
- hide

This website uses cookies to improve user experience, track anonymous site usage, store authorization tokens and permit sharing on social media networks. By continuing to browse this website you accept the use of cookies. Click here to read more about how we use cookies.