HLG week in review 5.7-5.11

New Bill Could Allow Marijuana “Tasting Rooms”, NORML Working With Cory Gardner's Office on Hands-Off-Colorado-Pot Bill

Colorado’s First-in-the-Nation Marijuana “Tasting Rooms” Bill Heads to Hickenlooper’s Desk

Licensed marijuana “tasting rooms” could be operating in Colorado by this time next year if Gov. John Hickenlooper signs a first-of-its-kind bill that state lawmakers sent to his desk Thursday. The bill allows adults at current recreational marijuana retailers to consume small amounts through edibles or by vaping — as they might a flight of fine whiskeys or craft beers. Read more.

Medical Marijuana for PTSD and Pain Signed Into Georgia Law

Georgians suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and intractable pain will soon be allowed to use medical marijuana. Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 65 into law Monday, adding PTSD and intractable pain to the list of conditions eligible for treatment by cannabis oil. It will take effect July 1. Read more.

Federal Appeals Court Says DEA Rule on Cannabis Extracts Will Stand After Challenge

DENVER – A federal appeals court panel this week rejected an appeal by a hemp industry consortium and a Denver law group that had challenged the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Final Rule classification of cannabis derivatives as Schedule I drugs. Read more.

NORML Working With Cory Gardner's Office on Hands-Off-Colorado-Marijuana Bill

In a story of strange political bedfellows, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is working with the office of Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner on an upcoming bill that would prevent the federal government from interfering with the marijuana system here and in other states that have legalized. Read more.

9th District Judges Strike Down Hemp Advocates’ Challenge to DEA Final Rule

PASADENA, Calif.–A panel of judges in the U.S. 9th District Court of Appeals earlier this week denied a petition filed by hemp industry representatives Hemp Industries Association, R.M.H. Holdings, and Centuria Natural Foods, challenging the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Final Rule, or “Establishment of New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract,” which, in 2016, classified marijuana extracts as Schedule I narcotics. Read more.