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World Anti-Doping Agency Will Review Cannabis Ban Next Year
On September 15th, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced plans to review its cannabis ban, reports The Washington Post. This comes just months after the International Olympic Committee officials suspended Sha’Carri Richardson for testing positive for cannabis use. According to an announcement from WADA, “following receipt of requests from a number of stakeholders, the ExCo endorsed the decision […] to initiate in 2022 a scientific review of the status of cannabis. They clarified that they still prohibit cannabis from competition until then.
California Officials Will Allow Hemp in Food, etc.
Last week, lawmakers in both the California Senate and Assembly approved AB 45. The bill would allow the addition of hemp extracts into food, beverages and other items for retail sale in California. The bill, which awaits Gov. Gavin Newsom’s approval, also includes a ban on “THC isomers such as delta-8-thc […],” reports MJ Biz Daily. Advocates are hopeful that the new regulations will boost job and economic growth.
CDC Issues Health Alert About Delta-8-THC
On Tuesday, September 14th, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a public health advisory. The advisory concerns THC isomers such as delta-8-THC, reports Marijuana Moment. The CDC writes: “Delta-8 THC exists naturally in the cannabis plant in only small quantities and is estimated to be about 50-75% as psychoactive as delta-9 THC.” However, it is rare, meaning that operators convert it from other cannabinoids like CBD “with a solvent, acid, and heat to produce higher concentrations of delta-8 THC than those found naturally in the cannabis plant,” the CDC adds. “This conversion process, used to produce some marketed products, may create harmful by-products that presently are not well-characterized.”
Celebrities ask President Biden for Pardons for Cannabis Crimes
On September 14th, 150+ celebrities, law enforcement officials, and entrepreneurs signed a letter to Biden asking him to pardon cannabis offenders. More specifically, they asked for a “full, complete, and unconditional pardon to all persons subject to federal criminal or civil enforcement on the basis of a nonviolent marijuana offense,” according to an announcement by Glass House Brands. Among its signers were Killer Mike, Deon Sanders, 2 Chainz, the former governor of New Mexico and more. The letter also details “precedent for the relief, pointing out actions taken by Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter in the 1970s to categorically forgive Americans who avoided the draft for the Vietnam War,” reports Marijuana Moment.