CBD and Cannabis News Update

This week’s CBD and cannabis updates from the United States and around the globe.

April 29, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va. —Each week, NACS brings you a roundup of news and information on cannabis and CBD to help update you on the fast-moving products and their legality. Here are the topics in the news for the week of April 22 to 26:

U.S. Federal Activity

  • Ex-Drug Policy Advisor Cautions Against Rush to Legalization. Kevin Sabet—the former White House adviser for the Office of National Drug Control Policy under the Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama administrations—warned against the rush to legalize marijuana. (Source: The Hill
  • House Subcommittee to Hold Hearings on Cannabis Bills with Focus on Veterans. The House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health scheduled a hearing to discuss three cannabis bills focusing on military veterans—the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act, the Veterans Equal Access Act and the Veterans Cannabis Use for Safe Healing Act. (Source: House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs)
  • U.S. Authorities State that Marijuana Involvement Imperils Citizenship. Immigration authorities said that anyone involved in the marijuana industry, regardless of whether it’s legal in the state where they live, can be denied citizenship because the drug is still illegal under federal law. The announcement comes weeks after officials in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal, began warning residents that working for a dispensary or manufacturing operation could jeopardize their citizenship bids—even if those jobs are state-sanctioned. (Sources: Associated PressWashington Post

U.S. State and Local Activity

  • Maine Releases Draft Rules for Its Recreational Marijuana Market. More than two years after residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana, Maine released draft rules that detail how the state’s new adult-use market would be launched, monitored and regulated by the Office of Marijuana Policy. (Sources: Portland Press HeraldPortland Press Herald
  • Michigan Consolidates Oversight of Marijuana Businesses with the Marijuana Regulatory Agency. When Michigan officially consolidates pot business oversight into the Marijuana Regulatory Agency on April 30, state officials will be expected to tackle tough issues, including dealing with unlicensed medical pot shops that a judge may continue to let operate; considering and approving medical marijuana license applications; and creating new licensing rules for Michigan’s nearly five-month-old recreational adult use law. (Source: Detroit News
  • Texas House Sends Legislation Legalizing Hemp/CBD to the Senate. The Texas House unanimously approved a bill that would permit the state’s farmers to grow industrial hemp, legalize hemp-derived extracts such as CBD oil, remove hemp from the Texas controlled substance list and set up guidelines for farming the plant. The bill will next head to the Senate, where it may meet some resistance, including possibly from Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. (Sources: The HillNBC DFW
  • GNC to Sell CBD Products. GNC—a global health and wellness brand—announced that it will offer topical cream products containing CBD in select retail locations and online in 23 states and the District of Columbia. (Sources: MarketWatchPittsburgh Business Times)
  • PayPal, Constellation and Altria Join Pot Lobbying Efforts. The push to legalize marijuana has some new interested parties, including Altria (the tobacco giant better known for Marlboros), Constellation brands (which makes Corona beer) and PayPal (the payments processor). (Sources: BloombergPolitico
NACS has prepared a fact sheet (for members only) to help you navigate what’s legal and what’s not for CBD retailing.