Washington Governor Halts Research On Marijuana And Psychosis To Save Money Amid Coronavirus | Marijuana Moment

  • The cannabis research provision that he vetoed would have used $100,000 from the state general fund for the University of Washington and Washington State University to collaborate on cannabis policy, research, and outreach to create frameworks for future studies.
  • Michigan’s marijuana market is maturing rapidly and stands to become a major component of the state’s economy, according to a new report commissioned by the state cannabis regulators.
  • However, there are two main barriers to growth that researchers identified: 1) too many local jurisdictions have opted out of allowing marijuana businesses to operate, and 2) the process of getting cannabis products tested is excessively long.
  • A coalition of marijuana industry associations sent a letter to governors and state treasurers on Wednesday, asking them to help secure financial relief that cannabis businesses are being denied by the federal government amid the coronavirus outbreak.
  • They made two requests to the state officials: 1) encourage congressional delegations to insert language into future COVID-19 legislation that would enable marijuana companies to access federal Small Business Administration (SBA) relief loans and disaster assistance, and 2) consider creating state-level lending programs for the industry to help fill the gap in the meantime.
  • In a separate letter to governors and regulators in states with medical cannabis programs, another set of industry and advocacy organizations stressed the need to maintain access to medical cannabis for patients.

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