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.
Panama Becomes First Central American Country to Approve Medical Cannabis
On Monday, August 30th, the Panama national assembly “unanimously passed a bill [to] regulate the use of medical cannabis, making it the first nation in Central [America] to do so,” reports Reuters. The bill now heads to President Laurentino Cortizo’s desk for a signature, according to the International Cannabis Business Conference. If approved, it would set up a registry for medical patients. It would also allow medical cannabis research throughout the country.
Agreement Made to Remove Hemp Smoking Ban in California’s AB 45
This week, The U.S. Hemp Roundtable announced that advocates “[had reached a deal] with Governor Gavin Newsom to move to final passage of AB 45, our long term effort to explicitly permit the retail sale of hemp-derived extracts such as CBD in California.” More specifically, the bill originally restricted the sale of hemp in smokable (and other) products. However, the deal now means that officials will remove that provision from the bill.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul “Jumpstarts” State’s Cannabis Industry
This week, Gov. Hochul ordered a special session in the state senate to make moves on evictions, and the state’s cannabis market. In the session, Hochul appointed two members to regulatory agencies that will regulate pot sales, reports The New York Post. While more appointments are still necessary, according to Marijuana Moment, Hochul said “getting the marijuana market moving is “very important to me,” she added, “naming regulators are among the long-overdue decisions pertaining to establishing cannabis in the state of New York.”