California Gov. Gavin Newsom survived a statewide recall vote by a wide margin, but now the hard work of building a successful, accessible cannabis industry only continues for him and his administration. We spoke with attorney Jared Schwass on “Beyond the Show” this week about what that means—and what we should be watching in the months ahead. https://www.cannabisbusinesstimes.com/article/beyond-the-show-jared-schwass-cannabis-conference-episode-14/
The issues that Schwass highlights—tax rates and retail licensing, among others—are things that we’ve written about at length in Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary. They are the important tentpoles of regulation that states across the U.S. are continuing ato dial in, getting closer in some cases to a more equitable industry. The recall election, in the context of the cannabis space, only serves to remind us how important it is to hold powerful politicians accountable when the health of the industry is on the line, whether it’s Newsom or anyone else.
We’ve rounded up some of the key cannabis headlines from the week right here.
- Dark Heart Nursery found that upwards of 90% of California cannabis growers are contending with hop latent viroid (HpLVd). We took a close look at what that means. Read more
- A bipartisan group of state lawmakers introduced the Michigan Cannabis Safety Act Sept. 14 to fine-tune testing, tracking and labeling regulations in the state’s medical cannabis market. Read more
- South Dakota lawmakers approved the majority of regulations for the state’s medical cannabis program Sept. 13, while rejecting a handful of rules proposed Gov. Kristi Noem’s administration. Read more
- The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission has appointed its executive director and unveiled plans to begin cultivation next year. Read more
- The FDA and CDC released advisory statements on hemp-derived products containing delta-8 THC. Read more
And elsewhere on the web, here are the stories we’ve been reading this week:
- CBS News: “The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) executive committee announced on Tuesday it will review cannabis' status as a banned substance. The announcement came two months after U.S. sprinting star Sha'Carri Richardson was disqualified from the Tokyo Olympics for using marijuana after she had learned that her mother died.” Read more
- BBC: “Three men who ran what police described as the biggest marijuana-growing operation ever found in Lincolnshire [in England] have been jailed.” Read more
- WEWS: “Ohio is watching two separate paths to adult-use legalization develop, one through the traditional legislative process and the other through an initiated statute by a group called Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol.” Read more
- Petoskey News-Review: “A vote by the Gaylord City Council has settled a dispute between two organizations that have devoted resources to building a brand involving the word ‘rise’ — at least for the moment.” Read more
- KOB4: “Growers across the state are ramping up for the anticipated demand coming April 1 with the legalization of recreational marijuana sales [in New Mexico].” Read more