A Minnesota law went into effect Friday legalizing edibles containing small amounts of THC, the component in cannabis that provides a high, apparently surprising some Republicans, at least one of whom said he voted for the provision unknowingly.
A surge in robberies at licensed cannabis shops — including a pistol-whipping, gunshots and killings in Washington state last month — is helping fuel a renewed push for federal banking reforms that would make the cash-dependent stores a less appealing target.
In recent months, Washington retail marijuana store owners, industry leaders and politicians have said armed robberies at pot shops have increased, endangering employees, and have emphasized that solutions are needed at both the statewide and federal levels.
A bill sponsored by state Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines, revives regulation by the Washington Liquor Cannabis Board of intoxicating products that can cause effects similar to marijuana but are derived from federally legal hemp plants. A pair of bills proposed by state regulators, and one backed by the Washington Cannabusiness Association, failed to reach the floor before a deadline last month.
A second-generation Seattleite, cannabis retailer and entrepreneur, Jim Buchanan is also president of the Washington State African American Cannabis Association and has spent months fighting for House Bill 2022, a bill that would make sweeping changes to Washington state's cannabis industry.
The rise in popularity - and strange legal position - of delta-8 THC derived from hemp prompted state regulators in Washington to attempt to rein in sales of products it wasn't clear they had authority to control. Now, with the backing of some industry players, the Liquor Cannabis Board is attempting to assert its position and initially prohibit such products until they can be studied. But at least one major industry group says that effort goes too far.