Excerpted from Lexology by Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Vermont’s governor allowed marijuana sales. Illinois faces another lawsuit over its licensing program. Colorado’s governor expunged criminal records. The Supreme Court denied cert in a cannabis pay case. The 9th Circuit may hear a challenge to the DEA’s marijuana scheduling. And finally, Silent Bob has his say on cannabis in New Jersey.


The big news this week is Vermont’s legalization of retail sales of marijuana. Governor Scott (R) allowed the bill to become law without his signature on Wednesday. Commercial sales will begin in 2022.


As we’ve reported in the past, Illinois’ cannabis licensing program has had some problems. First, the state faced a lawsuit by unsuccessful applicants. That suit was dropped after the governor announced changes to the process. Now, it’s the finalists who are suing, saying the changes are not allowed by law. Further bulletins as events warrant!


This has been a big week for state governors. Colorado’s Gov. Polis (D) issued an executive order pardoning over 2,700 people with low-level marijuana offenses. The pardons are automatic, and individuals can check a new state website to see if they’ve been pardoned.
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