The Week in the Grass: September 10, 2021
September 10, 2021
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
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Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s going on in the world of legalized marijuana.
We have an update on New York’s cannabis agencies. Illinois is having problems with its lottery (no surprise). South Dakota says no to growing its own medicinal cannabis. Nevada will open cannabis lounges in 2022. The DEA wants to increase the quota of marijuana production for research. Finally, Sacha Baron Cohen is suing a cannabis company for copyright infringement.
We mentioned last week that the new governor of New York has appointed members of the Office of Cannabis Management and the Cannabis Control Board. The State Senate immediately confirmed it. We’re still looking at introducing adult sales in 2022.
We have described the Illinois cannabis licensing problems as a never-ending saga, and for good reason. Today’s edition brings us news about a “corrective” lottery that will correct the mistakes made in the previous three lotteries. You just can’t make this stuff up.
It’s been a while since we visited Mount Rushmore State – let’s see what they’ve been up to for the past few weeks. A legislative subcommittee recommended that state regulations on medicinal cannabis prohibit home cultivation. In case you’re wondering where adult marijuana stands, the state Supreme Court has yet to make a decision on the legal challenge.
If you are planning a trip to Nevada, you should wait until 2022. According to a new state law, lounges that allow the consumption of cannabis should be operational next year. The state’s tourists currently have no place to consume their marijuana purchases as public consumption is against the law. However, this problem will soon be a thing of the past.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has called for an increase in marijuana production. You need to step up research to support the development of new FDA-approved drugs. More research means a lot more product. The agency aims to produce 2 million grams of cannabis, an increase of 500,000 grams over its original quota for this year. Talk about Reefer Madness …
We’ve said it over and over again: don’t say that celebrities endorse your cannabis product if they don’t. Sacha Baron Cohen is the latest famous person to go on trial for false endorsements.
Stay safe and stay safe everyone – see you next week!
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