The Advocate: Weekly Cannabis News

Nevada introduces protections for workers who consume cannabis

Cannabis users in Nevada can no longer face discrimination or potential fallout from failing a cannabis drug test.

AB 132, which was recently signed by Gov. Steve Sisolak, explicitly states: “It is unlawful for any employer in this State to fail or refuse to hire a prospective employee because the prospective employee submitted to a screening test and the results of the screening test indicate the presence of marijuana.”

The law does include a few exceptions, and still allows companies to drug test employees operating heavy and/or dangerous machinery. Still, it makes Nevada just the third state (behind New York, and Maine) to introduce policies that better protect cannabis users in the workforce.

Mississippi MMJ ballot initiative inching closer to 2020 target

Over the weekend, advocates in Mississippi gathered at the Mississippi Museum of Art to discuss their ongoing efforts surrounding a MMJ ballot proposal – reporting to the press that more than two thirds of the required 86,185 petition signatures have been certified by the state.

If advocates can meet the magic number of 86,185 signatures by September, the state will be required to draft a ballot proposal that would ask residents if “medical marijuana should be legalized in the state of Mississippi”. The proposal is expected be included in the 2020 general election; if approved, the State Health Department would oversee the rule-making and licensing processes for interested physicians and cultivators.

The most recent poll to gauge public interest showed that 67% of Mississippians support the 2020 ballot initiative and the use of medical marijuana – and with Arkansas’ recent MMJ program launch, demand is only expected to increase.

Production of Hemp and CBD-based products legalized in Texas

Farmers in the Longhorn State can now legally cultivate, produce, and sell hemp-derived products.

Monday morning, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a new law that will create categorical licenses and authorizing fees for interested parties.

The new law also provides for the sale of CBD-based products that contain less than 0.3 percent of THC. Texans may have found CBD-based products on the shelves prior to this bill, but those products were unlicensed and untested for quality standards, whereas now products will have to meet a specific set of labeling and quality standards.

“The Texas Legislature got at least one thing right this session when they legalized hemp. Finally, Texas farmers are no longer cut out of this lucrative agricultural market. Plus, Texans are now free to use CBD without fear of arrest,” said Heather Fazio, director of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy.

Oregon House approves interstate commerce bill

Tuesday morning, the Oregon House passed SB 582 in a 43-16 vote, legalizing the exportation and interstate commerce of cannabis. The bill would allow Gov. Kate Brown to enter special agreements with selected states, creating separate rules and regulations for each agreement.

With over a reported million pounds of excess cannabis, the state is sitting on more than a 6-year oversupply of products, leaving lawmakers eager to introduce any bill that may help increase the yearly volume of cannabis sales.

But sales to neighboring states aren’t expected to happen anytime soon as states like Washington and California are experiencing their own issues surrounding the overproduction of cannabis.

The interstate commerce strategy may not make sense now, but if Federal changes come to fruition, it could give the state of Oregon a head-start on the competition.

“We will kind of be like what bourbon is to Kentucky,” said Sen. Floyd Prozanski following the approval of the bill he cosponsored.

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.