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Twitch Won’t Ban Marijuana-Themed Usernames, Michigan Renames Its Cannabis Regulatory Body, and Legislators in Maryland Move Forward with Hearing on Two Cannabis Legalization Bills

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Cannabis-Themed Usernames Will Be Treated the Same As Alchohol and Tobacco On Twitch

Last week, video game streaming service Twitch announced that it will ban certain usernames on the platform. However, marijuana-themed usernames will not be part of the crackdown. Twitch has said that they want users to feel comfortable, and usernames referencing alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco will be permitted. The service is banning usernames that refer to “hard drugs”, as well as those that could be considered “hate speech, threats of violence, and personally identifiable information.” Also, references to “sexual acts, arousal, fluids, or genitalia” are prohibited as part of the policy update.

Michigan Rebrands The State Marijuana Regulatory Agency

Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory agency began in 2019 and is responsible for overseeing the state-legal cannabis industry. The agency designed the regulatory framework and it awards the licenses to grow, sell, and test marijuana. According to The Detroit News, the office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer has changed the name of the agency to the Cannabis Regulatory Agency and added hemp regulatory activities to its scope of duties. This means the Michigan Department of Agriculture will only oversee hemp farming, but the processing, distribution, and sale of hemp products will be regulated by the Cannabis Regulatory Agency. 

Maryland Lawmakers Take First Step to Add Cannabis Legalization to 2022 Ballot 

On Monday, Maryland’s House Judiciary Committee held an initial hearing on a set of cannabis legalization bills. Both bills are sponsored by Delegate Luke Clippinger (D), who also chairs the committee. One of the measures would ask voters whether or not to legalize the use and possession of cannabis by adults age 21 and older, and the second would create the regulatory structure for the industry. An official vote was not held on the bills; instead, the committee spent several hours discussing the legislation and hearing public testimony. These measures are among five that have been introduced so far in this legislative session.