CBD and Cannabis News Update

This week’s CBD and cannabis updates from the U.S. and around the globe.

February 26, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—NACS publishes periodic roundups of news and information on cannabis and CBD to help update Daily readers on the fast-moving products and their legality. Here are the topics in the news for the week of February 23–29.

U.S. Federal Activity

  • Trump Campaign Official Says Marijuana Should Be 'Kept Illegal' in Interview. Marc Lotter, the director of strategic communications for the Trump 2020 campaign, said marijuana needs to remain illegal at the federal level during a television interview on February 20. (Source: Washington Times)
  • Border Patrol Union Head Admits Legalizing Marijuana Forces Cartels Out of The Market. The head of the labor union that represents U.S. Border Patrol agents acknowledged on Friday that states that legalize marijuana are disrupting cartel activity as cartels then move away from smuggling cannabis and on to other substances when states legalize. (Source: Marijuana Moment)
  • ABA Supports Legislation Protecting Cannabis Lawyers. The American Bar Association’s policymaking body voted Monday to support legislation that would protect attorneys working with the marijuana industry from criminal charges. (Source: Law 360)
  • Department of Transportation Issues Compliance Notice for Safety-Sensitive Employees Using CBD. The notice reaffirmed that it remains unacceptable for any safety-sensitive employee subject to the Department of Transportation’s drug testing regulations to use marijuana. Since the use of CBD products could lead to a positive drug test result, Department of Transportation-regulated safety-sensitive employees should exercise caution when considering whether or not to use CBD products. (Source: DOT)
State and Local Activity
  • Cannabis Legalization Bill Fails in New Mexico Senate. The push to add New Mexico to the ranks of states that have legalized recreational cannabis for adult use will have to wait another year. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-4 on February 12 to table a high-profile marijuana legalization bill. (Source: Albuquerque Journal)
  • Minnesota State Lawmakers Look Again at Push to Legalize Recreational Marijuana. The push to legalize recreational marijuana has returned to the Minnesota Capitol. Supporters believe they have an opportunity to bring the debate to the greater community, such as the U.S. Senate. (Source: KARE-11)
  • Poll Results: Majority of Vermonters Support Regulated and Taxed Cannabis Sales. Three out of four Vermonters support the legalization and regulation of cannabis sales, according to a recent statewide survey. (Source: Burlington Free Press)
  • New Jersey Lawmakers Move Bills to Protect Cannabis Users, Insurers. New Jersey state legislators have advanced two cannabis-related bills, one of which would protect insurers that work with cannabis companies, while the other would require coverage of medical marijuana under workers' compensation and personal injury protection in certain cases. (Source: Law360)
  • Cambridge Reverses Stance, Will Consider Pot Applications. Harvard and MIT’s hometown will consider applications for recreational marijuana businesses after all. Officials in Cambridge, Massachusetts, announced that they won’t hold off on accepting and processing applicants seeking host community agreements with the city in order to set up shop. (Source: WHDH-7)
  • Pro-Legalization Clergy in Connecticut Make Case for Pot Sales. A year after inner-city clergy helped defeat legislation that would have legalized marijuana for adult use, a competing group of religious leaders has emerged to support this year’s version of the bill, which includes requirements that communities disproportionately affected by the war on drugs obtain a foothold in the industry. (Source: CT Post)
  • Bill To Address Racial Inequity in Cannabis Licenses Gets OK From Washington House. Washington House lawmakers passed a bill on February 16 intended to address racial inequity within the cannabis industry by issuing previously forfeited, canceled and revoked retail licenses to applicants of a new social equity program. (Source: Seattle Times)
  • SAM Launches “Towns and Cities Initiative.” Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the leading national non-profit group dedicated to opposing the commercial, addiction-for-profit marijuana industry, announced the expansion of its efforts to assist local communities in pushing back against marijuana commercialization. (Source: SAM)
NACS has prepared a fact sheet (for members only) to help you navigate what’s legal and what’s not for CBD retailing.