The Advocate: Weekly Cannabis News

Nevada amendment would allow counties to regulate cannabis lounges

Earlier this month, Las Vegas City Council members approved a bill that would allow cannabis consumption lounges on the downtown strip. But the path to full-approval is tricky, as cannabis lounges are banned under current state laws.

This week, in response to the Council’s approval, Senate members introduced a bill that would lift the ban on cannabis lounges, allowing Nevada counties to make their own rules and regulations for a public-use and consumption market. If counties wish to participate, they will be required to create and fund their own cannabis consumption rules committee.

Other states, like Alaska, and California, have introduced similar policies, but only under individual municipalities; if the amendment is approved, Nevada would be the first state to legalize public-use consumption at the state level.

The amendment is not expected to be voted on anytime soon as lawmakers are still intensely debating Assembly Bill 533, a law change that would set up an entirely new Cannabis Advisory Board that would be tasked with overseeing all dispensaries, growers, third-party testing, and the production of cannabis.

NFL to study potential use of cannabis for pain relief

Partnering with the NFL Players Association, the NFL is set to create two new medical committees dedicated to researching and studying cannabis.

The two committees were designed to reach & study all key-areas of medicinal cannabis; with one solely researching cannabis and its use for pain management, while the other will strictly focus on the mental health and overall wellness potentials linked with the consistent usage of cannabis.

While studies begin, each team will be required to appoint a paint management specialist by the start of the 2019 season to better work with players.

The recent announcement is the first-of-its-kind from the NFL, a league that has regularly denied players requests to use medicinal cannabis as an alternative to opioids.

6 in 10 Illinoisans support adult-use cannabis

A Global Strategy Poll commissioned by Think Big Illinois was recently published in light of lawmakers expected upcoming vote on SB7.

The poll found that just 35% of Illinois residents are against adult-use cannabis, while 60% support an adult-use market that “would be regulated just like alcohol”.

“It’s time to legalize marijuana in Illinois. Legalization will create much-needed revenue and reduce the number of opioid deaths in our state,” posted Think Big Illinois on Facebook.

To encourage your local representative to VOTE YES on SB7, follow this link.

Maine regulators hold adult-use public hearing 

Adult-use cannabis is legal in Maine, but the market isn’t expected to open until next Spring.

To speed up the rule-making processes, officials in Maine have begun to hold public hearings in all major counties. At the hearings, officials hear concerns, questions, and suggestions from local advocates, while updating the public on their most recent progress.

“We have to get to market. We’re losing. As local producers we’re losing our advantage every day,” said local advocate Erin Worthing during the hearing.

The majority of debates currently taking place mostly surround two key-areas:

  1. Social equity & the restoration of communities most impacted by the War on Drugs
  2. Future licensing requirements

Local advocates are fighting for more low-barrier, craft-grow licenses, while encouraging the state to reinvest adult-use profits into communities & approved social equity applicants. After Spring hearings are finished, the Marijuana Policy of Maine is expected to release a new set of proposals that could potentially cover social equity, expungement, and future licensing applications.

John Kuster

As Social Media Coordinator, John oversees all things related to getting Revolution Enterprises' unique message out. An Iowa native, John joined the Revolution team to help educate, and inform the public on cannabis and all it has to offer. Prior to joining Revolution, John helped multiple companies grow and expand their reach, ranging from the tech industry to the world of international football. He is thrilled to be working in a rapidly expanding market, and is proud to represent Illinois patients and cannabis advocates across the globe.