Congratulations to CBV’s own Dylan Bishop, who recently joined the team at Eckert Seamans. This allows him access to many more resources while lobbying on behalf of CannaBizVA and the cannabis industry as a whole. Learn more.
This is definitely a win for those who support reform to the laws surrounding employee use of cannabis, especially for those that rely on it for medical conditions.
“Because Employee was allowed to perform her duties and did in fact adequately do so after being observed by her supervisors, I find that [the supervisors] did not reasonably believe that Employee’s ability to perform her job was impaired. As such, I further conclude that a reasonable suspicion referral was unwarranted,” the judge wrote in the ruling, which was published in the District Register late last month.
Banking access remains a huge hurdle to the legitimate cannabis industries in America. Given the majority support from the public, one would hope that our lawmakers would have the vision to make the necessary changes.
While we are fully in support of the legal Delta 8 market in Virginia, we also strongly support regulations that require clear and consistent packaging. Attorney General Jason Miyares addressed some of the concerns in a recent webinar.
This article highlights the hurdles of the cannabis industry when it comes to taxes, deductions, and marketing. Article excerpt …
“There are a number of specific ways that 280E impedes cannabis companies from marketing their products. For one, it prohibits them from deducting advertising expenses, which can be a significant cost for businesses. Additionally, it limits their ability to sponsor events and engage in other forms of marketing that would be beneficial for their business. As a result of these restrictions, cannabis companies often have to get creative in the ways they market their products.”
This Washington Post article goes into great detail on some of the “grey area” businesses that have been appearing throughout the state as we wait for further legislative action. As person interviewed in the article bluntly put it, “Scared money don’t make no money.”
It is important to note that even when production and sales are finally allowed in Virginia, problems still remain. Unreasonable regulations, high taxes and a thriving illicit market in California are crushing the legitimate marijuana industry in the state.
This week’s “Continuing Education” highlights a new program in Virginia that allows students access to both $1,000 scholarships for cannabis education as well as $50,000 to start businesses upon graduation.
What this shows above all else is how important it will continue to be for us for work with politicians and officials on the LOCAL level so communities will embrace cannabis industry businesses within their city and county limits. This is something we encourage ALL CannaBizVA members to continue to assist us with since it will take a statewide effort to reach as many areas as possible.
We referenced this ruling in our recent communications with the Virginia Task Force in protection and support of Delta-8 retailers in the Commonwealth.
“On Aug. 3, hemp license holders in the state got long-awaited clarity on the issue when “Boone Circuit Judge Rick Brueggemann declared delta-8 to be a legal derivative of hemp and issued a permanent injunction against law enforcement which prevents them from charging retailers and producers with criminal activity for selling delta-8,” the release states.”
Virginia’s Hemp Task Force met this past Tuesday, but did not accept public comment as the meeting. As a follow up they are now offering an online portal for public comment and we HIGHLY encourage that every CannaBizVA member (and industry supporter as a whole) take a moment to have their opinion be heard.
We encourage you to offer as in-depth an opinion as you’d like, but we also have some talking points we’d like you to consider …
1. Ask that VDACS rescind the recent change in policy until it can be enacted properly.
2. Ask VDACS to publicly provide guidance as to the acceptable amounts of Delta8 THC that occur naturally and how it relates to compliance.
3. Request a proposed amendment to Virginia code 3.2-5145.5 to conform with federal law.
Thank you for you continued support of CannaBizVA and thank you for taking the time to have your voice heard! Additionally, please see our comments delivered to Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Matthew J. Lohr.
Colorado-based hydroponic chain GrowGeneration will open their first Virginia retail space in Richmond in late September. Company spokesman Alex Salaman adds, “We are constantly evaluating our strategy and if this store does what we believe it will do, we will look to expand within Virginia.”
A look at the potential economic boost of the legal cannabis industry in the Carolinas, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. The article states, “Southern states have all it takes to be a cannabis economic powerhouse. The region possesses the skills, fertile lands, brilliant minds, and immense potential to overthrow the current highest producers of cannabis in the country.”
Part of growing our industry statewide comes with those of us within the industry (and those interested in being a part of it), continuing our education on the benefits, uses, and potential of cannabis and related products and industries. Here we offer some opportunities.
The biggest issue of the “legalities” mentioned in this article is that law enforcement and members of the judicial system are not fully informed or educated on the legitimacy of the products in question.
“The bill would expunge the record of those convicted of certain marijuana-related offenses, and reduce sentences for others. Through a tax on sales, it would also fund services in communities most impacted by prohibition and provide support for a more diverse and inclusive market.
Bans at the state level would not be changed, though the MORE Act sends a powerful signal about the importance of building on the wave of state-level reforms that have resulted in 18 states allowing legal access to marijuana for adult use in recent years.”
“A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit wrote in an opinion published Thursday that products containing delta-8 THC are generally legal because federal law defines hemp as “any part of” the cannabis plant, including “all derivatives, extracts, [and] cannabinoids,” that contains less than 0.3 percent delta-9 THC by weight.”
“When officers arrived, they found two vehicles that were struck by gunfire, but no one was inside. No injuries were reported. According to the police department, one of the vehicles was seized and found to contain 49 pounds of marijuana inside.”