Cannabis Law Newsletter by HK Cannabis Law – July 23, 2021

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.

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