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Feds Plan to Maintain Ole Miss Marijuana Monopoly
The federal government’s pot farm at the University of Mississippi need not worry about any competitors from the fifteen legal marijuana states.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse contracts with the farm at Ole Miss under international treaties that allow governments to study cannabis, so long as it is grown and processed in controlled environments.
NIDA announced last week it would be extending its contract for another year, reports Marijuana Moment.
The marijuana from that farm is supplied to federally-approved researchers. It also provides the medical marijuana supply for the two remaining patients in the now-closed Investigative New Drug program for medical marijuana that was begun in the 1970s.
Feds Plan to Continue Marijuana Drug Testing Their Workers
Marijuana Moment reports that the legalization of marijuana in fifteen states will not stop the federal government from continuing to test the urine of federal workers for the presence of THC metabolites.
Ron Flegel, director of the Division of Workplace Programs at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, wrote in a post-election memo, “While several states have made changes to their State drug laws during this year’s election, I would like to reiterate, that there have been no changes to the drug testing panel under the federal Drug-Free Workplace Program.”
SAMHSA is even warning federal workers about now-federally legal CBD products derived from hemp. In a July memo, they warned federal workers that the type of low-THC preparations now made legal by the 2018 Farm Bill could possibly lead to a failed test.
SAMHSA also is exploring expansion of federal drug testing, by adoption of hair collection techniques. In September, the agency wrote, “hair testing potentially offers several benefits when compared to urine, including directly observed collections, ease of transport and storage, increased specimen stability, and a longer window of drug detection.”
Arizona Moves Forward on Marijuana Legalization Specifics
Draft regulations for marijuana legalization in Arizona are coming together, according to Marijuana Moment.
Under the proposal crafted to comply with a January 19 deadline set in Arizona’s Prop 207, adults 21 and older will be able to possess one ounce of marijuana and cultivate six cannabis plants, invalidating for medical marijuana patients the past decade’s prohibition on cultivating cannabis if they lived within 25 miles of a dispensary.
Cannabis available in recreational shops will be taxed at 16 percent. Tax revenue will cover implementation costs and then be divided among funds for community colleges, infrastructure, a justice reinvestment, and public services such as police and firefighters. Applicants for commercial grows, processors, or dispensaries will pay a $500 fee, and licenses themselves will cost $25,000.
Montana Marijuana Opponent Says Legalizers “Lied to the Entire State”
Despite marijuana legalization passing in the state of Montana with the same level of support—57 percent—as Donald Trump received in the presidential election, one Montana man says, “I just don’t think there’s a lot of love for marijuana in Montana.”
He’s Steve Zabawa, a Billings car dealer who has long been the state’s most vocal pot critic.
Zabawa is behind a lawsuit to overturn the 2020 legalization vote. He believes the measure illegally determines the distribution of its tax revenues, a power designated to the legislature.
Zabawa believes the 14-point win for legalization was due to the advertising by proponents. “They candy-coated this deal. They lied to the entire state of Montana by saying that this would benefit veterans and fish and wildlife,” Zabawa said. “They crossed a line and we’re calling them on it.”
Jay-Z Has Some Expensive Weed to Sell You
Grammy-winning artist Jay-Z has released his new “Monogram” cannabis line in partnership with Caliva, according to Business Insider.
For just $20 per gram before tax, two grams of Jay-Z’s flower “is hand-selected and hand-finished by Monogram experts.”
For a mere $40 before tax, you can get a pack of four “Loosies Prerolls.” Each joint weighs 4/10th of a gram.
And for only $50 before tax, you may purchase a one gram “OG Handroll.” “Highly trained artisan rollers break the flower down by hand and roll using a time-honored process that was specially architected by Monogram culture & cultivation ambassador DeAndre Watson.”