New Leafly report reveals the unintended support of the illicit market
Benzinga reports on a new Leafly report which details the unintended and harmful consequences that occur when local municipalities choose to opt out of legal and regulated cannabis sales.
According to the Leafly report, “instead of reasonably regulating legal sales, it is increasingly common for leaders to opt out of legalized sales entirely, with unintended consequences that effectively create an economic protection zone for illegal street sellers to continue the business.”
It further highlights that local leaders who choose to opt out of cannabis sales are hurting their communities by:
● Indirectly encouraging adult consumers to purchase illegal products
● Putting public health at risk by allowing the circulation of untested products
● Sustaining illegal sales to local teens
● Turning away local jobs and tax revenue
● Continuing the losing War on Drugs
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Lawmakers concerned by FDA’s lack of CBD regulations
Marijuana Moment reports that Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf on Monday, expressing concerns about the protracted timeline for CBD rulemaking since the hemp-derived cannabinoid was federally legalised under the 2018 Farm Bill and the resulting “significant marketplace disruptions and regulatory uncertainly.”
“The United States currently has a robust but largely unregulated CBD market, which leads to an unsafe marketplace for consumers,” they wrote. “Consumer products that contain CBD—such as dietary supplements, food, and beverages—are currently sold across the country under a patchwork of state laws and regulations that have been developed and promulgated in light of FDA’s inaction.” The pair highlight that this has led to multiple cases of children purchasing over-the-counter CBD gummies with unsafe levels of delta-8 THC and suffering harm as a result.
Cannabis lounges come to Las Vegas
Cannabis consumption lounges were approved in Las Vegas and Clark County, a boon for the industry and the area’s crucial tourism sector, reports MJ Biz Daily.
The approval comes about two months after Nevada regulators finalized rules to open up the state’s cannabis market to an estimated 60-65 cannabis consumption lounges, with the first expected to open before the end of the year, according to the CCB. The lounges will not be able to sell alcohol.
New California law prevents workers being tested for cannabis as a pre employment check
AB 2188 would apply to any cannabis use, medical or recreational. It would prohibit employers from discriminating against “a person in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment” based on “the person’s use of cannabis off the job and away from the workplace,” reports 10News.
The anticipated law, expected to come into effect in 2024, means that employers would be banned from screening for cannabis use ahead of hiring or firing someone for use outside of work.