Gigi Hadid’s Arrest, MN Softens Psychedelic Stance, & Cannabis Testing Trends

July 28, 2023 08:00 am ET Estimated Read Time: 3 Minutes
Gigi Hadid’s Arrest, MN Softens Psychedelic Stance, & Cannabis Testing Trends

Gigi Hadid’s island getaway turned sour, Minnesota told officers to “ignore” psychedelic use, and companies ditched their cannabis testing policies.

Let’s dive into this week’s canna-news.

Gigi Hadid’s Cayman Island Controversy

Last week, supermodel Gigi Hadid was arrested after Customs & Border Control agents found cannabis and drug paraphernalia in her luggage. Hadid was flying into the Cayman Islands for a girl’s trip. The quantities of cannabis and utensils discovered on her were deemed to be for personal consumption.

Another member of Hadid’s group, Leah Nicole McCarthy, was also arrested on the same charges. The pair appeared in court, pleaded guilty, and were fined $1,000 each with no conviction recorded.

Hadid’s representative stated that the cannabis was legally purchased in New York City with a medical license. Medical cannabis use has been legal in Grand Cayman since 2017.

Unfazed by the incident, Hadid and her friends went on to enjoy their vacation. Hadid even took to Instagram with a post, seemingly brushing off the incident, with the caption “All’s well that ends well.”

Minnesota Set’s Sights On Psychdelic Legalization

Fresh off its historic decision to legalize cannabis, Minnesota is now setting its sights on psychedelics.

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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey issued an executive order instructing police officers to turn a blind eye to the purchase and use of certain psychedelics. The decision follows the lead of cities like Denver, Detroit, and D.C. which have also relaxed their psychedelic restrictions. This shift in policy comes at a time when more and more individuals are embracing psychedelics for their spiritual and mental health benefits.

That being said, not everyone is on-board with the psychedelic revolution. Some medical professionals and federal health officials have raised concerns about the growing unregulated marketplace of psychedelic therapies and rituals. Further, they argue that the benefits of psychedelics are being overstated while the risks are being downplayed.

Despite these concerns, states like Oregon and Colorado have proceeded to legalize psychedelic therapies. Minnesota looks to soon follow suit with lawmakers creating a task force to propose the legalization of medicinal psychedelics.

Cannabis Testing Trending Down As Legalization Sweeps Nation

U.S. businesses are ditching their cannabis testing policies. This trend was observed by Quest Diagnostics (QD), a leading drug-testing laboratory. According to QD, the trend is likely attributed to the increasing legality of cannabis.

On one hand, increased legality comes with increased cannabis use. With more and more of the population legally using cannabis, companies have had to adapt so they don’t lose out on otherwise qualified individuals.

In situations where companies still may not be inclined to hire these workers — local governments have stepped in. For example, California, New York, and Washington have implemented laws preventing employers from making hiring decisions solely based on positive cannabis test results.

The trend towards more lenient cannabis policies has been observed in unconventional workplaces as well. Sports leagues like the NBA, NHL, and MLB have recently reduced, if not completely eliminated, their drug testing policies.

Do you think this trend will continue? Let us know in the comments!

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