In this week’s edition: Federal legalization bill released in Senate FBI relaxes cannabis use rules for job applicants Nevada MMA Commission will no longer punish athletes’ use or possession of cannabis Direct-to-consumer sales and consumption spaces on the rise Apple policy change allows cannabis delivery app And more… Federal
Federal Legalization Bill Released in Senate – Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) released a discussion draft of the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, which would remove cannabis from the federal list of controlled substances and allow states to implement their own cannabis laws. The Senators’ reader-friendly discussion guide is here; the bill text itself is here. The bill provides a comprehensive federal solution for cannabis by creating a framework for regulating and taxing state-legal sales and addressing social equity and justice goals. It also proposes some legislative fixes for hemp and CBD. The draft is intended to spur discussion and inform the final bill. The sponsoring senators request comments from stakeholders and the public on a number of specific topics. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments in writing by September 1 to Cannabis_Reform@finance.senate.gov. Contact Eric Berlin if you’d like to arrange a call to discuss the bill further.
FBI Relaxes Policy on Cannabis Use for Job Applicants – The FBI recently revised its website guidance for job applicants regarding past cannabis use, shortening the time frame that would automatically disqualify would-be FBI agents to one year from three. Candidates may not have used cannabis in any form or in “any location (domestic or foreign)” within the year preceding the date of their application. Another revision states that cannabis use before the applicant’s 18th birthday does not disqualify the applicant. However, cannabis use could still disqualify an applicant, depending on the circumstances, as could any