Major League Baseball will no longer treat cannabis as abuse drug
Marijuana will be removed from the list of drugs of abuse for Major League Baseball (MLB) players. Instead, marijuana will be treated the same as alcohol as part of changes announced Thursday by the joint drug agreement between MLB and the players association. The change could potentially open up business opportunities for cannabis companies in areas where marijuana is legal and there are MLB teams. In addition, suspensions for marijuana use will be dropped from the minor league drug program.
– Associated Press
Massachusetts lifts marijuana vaping ban for newly made products
Marijuana stores in Massachusetts may resume selling some vape products after a decision Thursday by the Cannabis Control Commission to amend its previous quarantine order. Effective Thursday, marijuana retailers can sell recently manufactured vape products that were tested for contaminants such as vitamin E acetate, MassLive.com reported.
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GOP bill would legalize medical cannabis in Wisconsin
Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin for the first time introduced a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. Democrats have unsuccessfully tried for years to get cannabis legalization passed in the GOP-controlled Legislature. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, for example, proposed legalizing medical marijuana earlier this year, but Republicans rejected the measure.
– Associated Press
Nonprofit marijuana group offers insurance to 2,000-plus members
The National Cannabis Risk Management Association (NCRMA) and Garnet Casualty Insurance Corp. announced a partnership that the groups claim will bring “normalcy” to a difficult situation for U.S. marijuana companies seeking insurance.
The insurance is available to the 2,200 cannabis companies that belong to the NCRMA. Initially, the group will offer insurance that covers:
- General liability.
- Property and casualty.
- Director and officer.
The group plans to “refine and add” to the insurance offered through the new program, according to a spokeswoman.
Marijuana charges dropped in New York hemp transport case
New York prosecutors dropped criminal charges against a CBD retailer who was arrested for trying to pick up a shipment of hemp biomass from Vermont in November. Police believed the shipment to Green Angel CBD was marijuana, not hemp. Though the charges were dropped, authorities have not yet returned the hemp.