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Cannabis News 02/19/2021

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This week’s cannabis news consists of updates for Mississippi, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. President Biden’s administration appears unwilling to ease its stance on cannabis, but U.S. cannabis jobs are at an all-time high.

Federal

Colorado Dispensary loses tax case

A Colorado pharmacy was audited by the IRS, and the IRS used the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Reporting and Compliance system, which tracks cannabis sales to see if it violates its tax reports. The pharmacy tried to lower its tax payments using a deduction rule called Section 280E, but was denied. This means that pharmacies do not get the same benefits as other companies and find it difficult for them to make a profit.

Despite President Biden’s election promises that he would temper marijuana laws and seek to cored or decriminalize cannabis, his government responded directly to the case, saying, “Marijuana is listed on Appendix I of the Controlled Substances Act … without exception for “state”. legal marijuana … Such activity is against federal law, even if it is not independently against state law (and even if state law allows it to do so positively). “

The case is disappointing as it shows that the federal government continues to hold onto its outdated views on cannabis and the Biden government has not changed its stance from previous governments.

US cannabis jobs at 321,000

A report by Leafly shows that there are currently 321,000 full-time cannabis jobs in the U.S. The industry supports a growing number of employees. To put this into perspective, there are more people in this industry than electrical engineers, paramedics or paramedics and dentists.

Status updates

Mississippi

Mississippi Senate Act 2765 was eventually passed, forming the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act last week. Your medical cannabis is taxed at 7% for government revenue. The Mississippi Department of Health has full control over the medical marijuana program. For medical marijuana, 22 diseases are allowed.

The law now needs to be passed in their House of Representatives to be final. The original Initiative 65, which was passed by voters, is still being challenged in the Mississippi Supreme Court after being challenged by Madison Mayor Mary Butler. She tries to shut down the entire initiative.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers seeks legalization of recreational and medical marijuana under a budget for 2021-2023. The proposal is expected to raise $ 165 million annually after 2023.

North Dakota

A new bill allows medical marijuana patients to purchase edible products to treat their qualified conditions. The only problem is that the products are lozenges with no more than 10 milligrams of THC. This is a very small amount and will likely cost the patient a lot of money for a drug that is not very useful. Compare this to products in California and other states that can contain hundreds of milligrams of THC. This shows how regulation tends to worsen patient care when it comes to medical marijuana.

Michigan

Medical marijuana patients who are on parole cannot be prevented from doing so, according to a recent court hearing. This is very appropriate as it is simply wrong to prevent people on parole or parole from using a drug that will help their conditions.

Pennsylvania

In a disappointing Allegheny County verdict, Andrew Reed sued the county for discriminating against him as a medical marijuana patient and denying him a position as a correction officer in Allegheny County Jail.

Pennsylvania Law 16 states that no employer can discriminate, fire, or reject an employee based solely on their status as a medical marijuana patient. However, Allegheny County said he was not denied the job for this reason. Instead, he was turned down because he failed his urine drug test. That doesn’t make sense because he failed the test for that very reason. Medical marijuana patients test positive for drug tests because they use cannabis to treat their qualified medical conditions.

The county also said the nature of the job required a higher level of standard as it would monitor criminals for federal and state criminal charges.

Mr. Reed should file another appeal with the state Supreme Court as this ruling is completely in violation of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law.

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Check back next week for more updates to keep you posted on the legalization of cannabis in each state.

If you are a patient read ours Cannabis education Section that is constantly updated with new articles. We are working on a detailed article on cannabis dosages due out next week.

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Beth Edmonds