Following important cannabis news articles every day can be a real burn-out, we know. That’s why the Emerald rolls up a chronicle of the headiest news hits, and passes them to you at the end of each week. We Bring You: The Dime.
Leafly Releases Annual Cannabis Jobs Report
This week, Leafly released its annual jobs report, which the company conducted with Whitney Economics. Results showed that the legal cannabis industry currently supports nearly half a million — or 428,059 — full-time jobs. This is a rise of more than 100,000 jobs since last year’s report. However, this does not include the hemp industry jobs (which undoubtedly support tens of thousands of jobs nationwide). In addition to the nationwide cannabis employment count, the report also shares insight into individual state markets, breaking down sales and employment rates in medical and recreational states.
Biden Administration Address Some Applicants Questions About Cannabis
According to a report by Politico, the Biden Administration released a document with updates for applicants to national security positions. In it, officials clarify their standing on the use of CBD, and investments in cannabis companies for such applicants. While the document clarifies that hemp or CBD with less than .03% THC is legal, it notes caution; this is because federal officials do not regulate, and therefore cannot guarantee THC content in CBD products. In terms of whether or not an investment in a cannabis company will disqualify an applicant, Politico writes, officials may “potentially deny security clearance to individuals who have invested in companies that are involved in the marijuana business.” When it comes to Biden’s stance on cannabis, he seems to waver. For example, his administration fired employees for cannabis use. However, he has publicly supported decriminalization efforts.
Soap Company Furthers Support for Psychedelics on Product Labels
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps — famous for their natural products like their hemp-infused Castile Soap — is stepping up their support for psychedelics. According to a The New York Times report, the company is promoting the benefits of these substances on limited edition bottles of soap. This aligns with the company’s overall mission, and efforts to promote drug reform. For example, the company recently announced a partnership with the nonprofit Enthea. This partnership allows Dr. Bronner’s employees access to ketamine-assisted therapy, reports Marijuana Moment. Overall, the company’s founders have donated millions of dollars to drug reform. This includes supporting MDMA research, and state and nationwide reform (including the federal legalization of industrial hemp, and statewide efforts to decriminalize magic mushrooms), and more reports, The New York Times.
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