This week in cannabis news, fines are lowered to $1 in Wisconsin for possession. Hawaii medical allows for edibles so patients have more options. Lastly, Congress has considered giving wildfire aid to the cannabis growing industry.
In Rock County, Wisconsin cannabis possession fines previously ranged from $150 to $500, depending on the offense.
But now officials have significantly lowered small possession fines to $1
Unfortunately, the $1 fines only apply to charges that come from the county sheriff as local police jurisdictions have not adopted these new changes.
And while the fines are greatly reduced, it doesn’t mean that cannabis has been completely decriminalized. Offenses will still go on your record if you’re caught.
These new changes leave a bad taste in some mouths because residents in nearby counties could potentially face drastically different consequences.
Thankfully, Wisconsin’s governor supports legalization and measures have been introduced to decriminalize, expunge records, and prohibit vehicle searches based on smell.
Medical cannabis has been available in Hawaii for 20 years now, however, the law didn’t allow for medical edibles.
Hawaii Governor David Ige recently signed legislation that allows access to edibles for those registered in the states medical cannabis program.
This is great news for those who are unable to smoke cannabis as it now widens the options for cannabis therapy.
Recreational use is still illegal, but possession is no longer a criminal offense.
The changes are set to take effect on Jan 1, 2021
You probably know by now that the entire west coast is basically on fire
And with a large portion of the pacific northwest dedicated to large scale cannabis grows, some have been devastated by these raging fires.
Many small communities in those areas heavily rely on cannabis cultivation as a means of their livelihood.
And they aren’t eligible for any federal disaster relief
But there may be hope on the horizon!
A few Congress members from Oregon have introduced a measure to give legal cannabis businesses access to federal disaster relief.
Oregon Representative Peter Defazio pointed out that cannabis businesses employ thousands across the state
And that it’s a vital resource for the state’s economy.
If enacted, this measure will ensure that legal cannabis businesses can receive the same relief that every other business whose been gravely impacted by wildfires gets.
Our hearts go out to the entire cannabis industry out west and we hope that this measure does go through.
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