In today’s HK Cannabis Law Newsletter, we present information regarding the following topics: The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, a Senate bill that would deschedule marijuana; California’s new cannabis regulatory body; studies relating to cannabis and young adults… and more!
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has unveiled the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, which would remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act, paving the way for legalization nationwide.
In an effort to streamline and simplify regulatory oversight and hopefully improve access to licensure for California businesses, California has created a standalone cannabis regulatory body, Department of Cannabis Control, which will consolidate existing regulatory programs governing cultivation, retail, and manufacturing into a single agency.
Statistical research has shown that the density of cannabis retailers is not associated with increased cannabis use by young adults.
Two recent studies have demonstrated that previous concerns as to the effects of cannabis use by young people were overblown; specifically, cannabis use by young people does not result in a significant decline of neurocognitive skills and is not predictive of depression or other mental health issues.
Unlicensed cannabis farmers are among those stealing California’s increasingly scarce water resources, further underscoring the need to encourage the development of a robust community of legal growers.