Cannabis, Government, and Coronavirus: All the Updates You Need to Know
As new regulations and laws are being put into effectiveness nearly every day in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it can be difficult to keep up with what is happening close around you and around the world. These unprecedented times have led to several shifts in the market and within the government in several different locations.
Down below you can find recent updates for things pertaining to the coronavirus. While some may seem major, others may seem minor. We will let you decide.
Important Information to Know
- The food and drug administration (FDA) sent out a letter to former NFL player Kyle Turley’s company for their social media advertisements suggesting that CBD could help to combat coronavirus. They have 48 hours to provide proof of their compliance or they risk being forcefully closed down.
- The National Institute on Drug Abuse has announced that it will be funding research projects that will help determine how marijuana and other drugs can impact consumers who contract coronavirus.
“Because it attacks the lungs, COVID-19 could be an especially serious threat to those with histories of smoking tobacco or marijuana or of vaping.”
- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) feels that marijuana dispensaries should have the option to remain open during the pandemic, and that they should be considered “essential” if liquor stores are labeled as such.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the proposed hemp production plans of South Carolina and West Virginia.
- A federal judge ruled that the FDA’s continuous effort to create regulations for CBD does not protect companies from lawsuits who make false claims or fail to meet product labelling guidelines.
- Lincoln Chafee, a libertarian presidential candidate, former Rhode Island governor, and U.S. senator, stated on facebook:
“The marijuana industry is becoming a vital part of many state’s economies and as common sense spreads, it will soon be legal nationwide. I have no idea why some states have chosen to call liquor stores essential businesses, but not marijuana and CBD dispensaries. Not only does marijuana have more medical benefits than alcohol, it’s also safer. This is not to say marijuana or liquor stores are essential businesses, but the same policy should apply to both. The marijuana industry should not struggle as big alcohol thrives.”
- The FDA tweeted: “Do you and your family know how to avoid drug-laced foods?”
- President Donald Trump started his daily coronavirus briefing by discussing the war on drugs. He spoke of U.S. efforts to heighten a militarized drug war and is planning on sending Navy ships toward Venezuela.
- Wisconsin regulators stated that CBD stores are not considered essential businesses during shutdown, but may continue with delivery services.
- Oklahoma regulators warned about illegal medical marijuana delivery offers.
- J.B. Pritzker, governor of Illinois, issued an executive order that extends the deadlines for marijuana craft grower, transporter, and infuser licenses until April 30th.
- Arizona regulators are being urged to let medical cannabis deliveries become legal during the shutdown, and to allow doctors to give recommendations for products via telemedicine.
- Alabama regulators gave updates on their state’s hemp program.
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