New Rule Requires Cannabis Operators in Oregon to Report Suspected Human Trafficking
The Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) created a new rule for cannabis operators in the state. The measure requires licensed cannabis businesses in the state to report any suspected human trafficking occurring while on the premises. The rule also mandates employees to report if there is a reasonable suspicion of a minor working at the business. There is an amnesty provision included in the mandate that grants immunity to any employees that report such activity. The amnesty would protect employees from civil and criminal prosecution for reporting.
Doubt Looms about the Launch of New York’s Marijuana Market
Despite steps forward and assurances from Governor Kathy Hochul, cannabis industry experts in New York have expressed concern that the state’s legal marijuana market will not launch before the end of 2022. The looming doubt and stagnant progress have left applicants and newly licensed businesses in a state of uncertainty. David Pejovic, a cannabis attorney in New York, said, “A lot of the excitement died down actually because of how long it’s taken. People are losing their initiative for what’s going on.” Numerous issues are causing delays, including the fact that officials are still reviewing over 900 applicants for the conditional adult-use retail dispensary program and many regulatory policies have not been finalized.
German Government Makes Changes to Cannabis Legalization Proposal
New information about the German government’s plan to legalize cannabis has been released. Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach plans to present the regulatory framework for legalization to the Cabinet tomorrow. The initial version of the government’s legalization proposal was leaked last week. There was some criticism about regulations regarding things like THC limits that legalization advocates and lawmakers alike were concerned would hinder the transition for consumers from the black market to the legal one.