The Week In Weed: May 10, 2019

Author:Ms Susan Ryan
Profession:Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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

Starting our coverage on the federal level, the Department of Veterans Affairs is opposing three bills that would facilitate veteran access to medical marijuana in states where it is legal. We last wrote about the "Veterans Cannabis Use for Safe Healing Act" in Week in Weed here. Also, 30 members of Congress have asked for more federal research into medical marijuana.

In the banking realm, 33 state attorneys general (along with AGs from four territories and the District of Columbia) have signed on to a letter to Congressional leaders in favor of cannabis banking reform. Eight of the signatories are Republican.

Our look at state activity begins in Illinois this week, as Governor Pritzker has proposed a marijuana legalization plan. The plan would include retail sales, expungement of previous convictions and place an emphasis on social equity.

Meanwhile, a legalization bill has passed the Connecticut House Finance Committee. It is now headed to the full House floor.

Staying on the East Coast, Vermont and the District of Columbia have legal recreational marijuana, but neither jurisdiction permits the sale of the drug. Both of them are trying to change that. In the District, Mayor Muriel Bowser (who joins the "Politicians Now In Favor of Legalized Marijuana" Club) has proposed a cannabis sales program. Note that the Mayor is not seeking to market to tourists. In Vermont, the State Senate passed a bill setting up a marketplace a while ago, it's now...

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