New year brings new laws, rules for cannabis businesses in the US
MJ Biz Daily explores how businesses in several states with legal cannabis markets, including California, Michigan, Oregon and Utah, are adapting to meet changing laws and regulations that could affect sales and how they run their operations.
The publication also explores several states that are continuing to refine their regulations, while others create entirely new frameworks – for example, New York, where recreational sales launched in late December, Nevada, approved consumption lounges in September and New York where recreational sales launched in late December.
In Utah, Greta Brandt expects regulators to keep an eye on product packaging, particularly regarding a requirement that logos can account for only 20% of a package’s face design, stating: “This is where we’re going to see a lot of change in how products are presented, as well as fluctuations as products may be pulled, reformulated and rebranded.”
Lawmakers want investigation, hearings into ‘Wild West’ of California cannabis and farm work
LA Times reports that California lawmakers are calling for a sweeping investigation into corruption in the state’s cannabis industry, legislative hearings on the exploitation of farmworkers and new laws to thwart labor trafficking.
The development is a response to revelations of rampant abuses and worker deaths, with the state’s Department of Industrial Relations examining the deaths of 32 cannabis farmworkers — never reported to work safety regulators.
Sen. Dave Cortese, a San Jose Democrat who leads the Senate Labor Committee, stated: “We should be a little bit ashamed that we’ve allowed this helter-skelter approach to commercializing and legalizing the cannabis industry.”
EUROPEAN INDUSTRIAL HEMP ASSOCIATION
A ‘momentous occasion’ for hemp with its multiple attributes recognised at the United Nations
After 60-plus years of negativity and prohibition the tide has turned for hemp at the highest levels of global governance, explain Lorenza Romanese, Managing Director and Francesco Mirizzi, Senior Policy Advisor, at the European Industrial Hemp Association, for BusinessCann.
Romanese writes: “Hemp is the perfect complementary crop to legumes and grains. Communities can rely on it to produce safe and nutritious food, garments, housing, and a wide range of other products. Synergies with other sectors are essential and easily deployable.
“Hemp is also a viable solution for raw material diversification and greening for big international players.
“We have observed how fragile global value chains are. By growing and processing more hemp across the globe, big industrial players can become more resilient.
“EIHA’s Hemp Manifesto provides a global pathway to ensure that hemp achieves its full potential and delivers multiple economic, social, and environmental benefits.”