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United States: The Week In Weed: January 21, 2022

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Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s
happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

Mississippi continues its march (crawl?) towards legalizing
medical marijuana.  Ohio legalization advocates collect more
signatures.  A new governor in Virginia may mean changes in
the state’s cannabis program.  Could hemp help in the
fight against COVID?  And finally, marijuana makes its way
into a political ad.

MISSISSIPPI

Regular readers know we’ve been following this situation
with interest for some time now – if you need a quick recap,
see here.  This week, the Mississippi
House passed an amended version of a bill to
legalize medical marijuana.  The bill now heads back to the
Senate.

OHIO

Meanwhile, in Ohio, The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like
Alcohol turned in over 29,000 additional signatures in favor of an initiated
statute legalizing adult-use cannabis.  The group turned in
more than 200,000 signatures in December, but recently learned it
needed about 13,000 more.  Once these signatures are
validated, the statute goes to the legislature.  If lawmakers
don’t pass the statute as written, we’re looking at a
ballot initiative.  Stay tuned!

VIRGINIA

Lots has been written on what the Democrats’ defeat in
Virginia means for the party’s chances in November’s
elections.  But what does it mean for Virginia’s budding
cannabis industry?  If some pre-filed bills are
anything to go by, things could look much different than they do
right now.  The state’s social equity fund could be
eliminated; retail sales might only be allowed in those areas that
opt in, and law enforcement might be able to use the odor of
marijuana to conduct a search without a warrant.  None of
these measures are law yet, but they indicate that the road ahead
could have more twists and turns than supporters expected.

COVID

A study from Oregon State University indicates that hemp could prevent the virus that causes
COVID-19 from entering the human body.  Good news, if
true!

AND FINALLY

As cannabis becomes legal in more jurisdictions, we expected to
see more discussion of it in political ads.  We didn’t
expect to see a candidate actually smoking on camera.  Gary Chambers, a
candidate for the U.S. Senate from Louisiana, lights up a blunt and
lights in to the War on Drugs.

Stay safe and be well everyone – we’ll see you next
week!

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