Cannabis news and notes: This week in cannabis

Oct 16, 2020

It’s been a big week in the cannabis world, as several states looked forward to referendums in November and the hemp industry took on the DEA. Let’s see what happened.

Hemp industry challenges DEA’s regulatory overreach

According to a statement released by The Hemp Industries Association and a South Carolina-based hemp company, RE Botanicals, a new federal action was filed which, according to the two groups, is “aimed at clarifying the scope of the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill. This is the second federal action taken by the plaintiffs, who last month filed a petition for review of the DEA’s August 21 interim final rule (IFR) in a federal appeals court.”

Can cannabis help with OCD?

A new study in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that cannabis use is associated with reduced symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). According to the authors, “[u]sing a large dataset of medical cannabis users self-medicating for symptoms of OCD, we found that for the vast majority of cannabis use sessions individuals reported reductions in intrusions [unwanted thoughts or impulses], compulsions, and anxiety. … [R]esults indicated that after inhaling cannabis, ratings of intrusions were reduced by 49 percent, compulsions by 60 percent, and anxiety by 52 percent.” 

Minorities for Medical Marijuana goes to Nevada

To better serve group members, consumers, and minority business owners in areas such as Nevada, California, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, M4MM announced in a recent statement the expansion its presence to the west coast. The group appointed Nicole Buffong as their Nevada State Director. 

“The cost of doing business in Nevada is affordable and also allows the organization to concentrate on states who have a more mature cannabis medical and adult use market. Our promise to provide education to consumers, break down social justice barriers, and uphold and uplift minority owned businesses in the space needs to be refined and concentrated in cities like Las Vegas where there’s significant growth,” said McCarthy in a press release.

Athletes embrace CBD oil on and off the field

CBD oil is taking over the sports world by storm. Athletes the world over have found that using CBD can help them not only heal faster but perform better and extend their careers on the field. That is true for women’s soccer player Megan Rapinoe. According to a new report in the Associated Press, Rapinoe is a big fan of CBD oil, as she has come to appreciate the cannabinoid after many injuries.

Rapinoe has had several knee surgeries dating back to her playing days in college. The AP reported that she tore her left ACL when playing for the University of Portland. A year later, she tore it again in her second game back. After the 2015 World Cup, she tore her other ACL in her right knee. Finally, in 2017 she had a meniscus tear in her left knee.

After four years, Maine begins recreational pot sales

Residents of Maine have waited a long time to be able to purchase recreational cannabis. Voters passed a referendum to legalize weed back in November of 2016, but it’s taken until this week for the state to begin selling the drug to the public finally. For many, it couldn’t come soon enough.

As the Press Herald reported, some residents of the northern-most state have been waiting almost their entire adult lives for this moment. Dan Comeau, a 46-year-old Portland resident, told the Press Herald that he took the day off work and dressed up in his Sunday best to celebrate the momentous occasion.

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