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Plants: NMED launches cannabis office

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The New Mexico Department of the Environment (NMED) recently announced the launch of a new cannabis and cannabis bureau as the fiscal year begins. The agency says the new office will help regulators ensure that hemp and hemp-based food products meet food safety standards.

According to a department press release, the Office of Hemp and Hemp is funded by a recurring $449,000 appropriation from the Legislature. NMED currently regulates 33 cannabis facilities and has processed 160 self-certifications for edible cannabis facilities throughout the state.

The new office will work closely with the Cannabis Control Division (CCD) of the Regulation and Licensing Administration (RLD), which oversees the adult cannabis abuse market in New Mexico. “The Department of Regulation and Licensing looks forward to partnering with the Office of Hemp and Hemp to ensure the overall health and safety of this strong and growing industry,” said RLD Director Linda Trujillo.

Rejection of the VA cannabis amendment in the commission

last week House Rules Committee It rejected credits amendments that would have increased veterans’ access to medicinal cannabis.

The amendment would have prevented the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from using the funds to prevent VA doctors from recommending medicinal cannabis treatments to veterans. The amendment would be similar to the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment that prevents the Department of Justice (DOJ) from spending money to sue medical cannabis companies in states that have legalized the drug.

House Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Representative Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-Fla.) argued that the issue was inappropriate for spending legislation. The House Rules Committee rejected the amendment, meaning it won’t get a House vote this year.

Cannabis Congress co-chairs Dave Joyce (R-OH), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Brian Mast (R-FL) issued a response to the committee’s decision. “We will not rest until Congress addresses the harmful impact of the failed federal ban on our nation’s heroes and their health,” they said.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has voted to include an amendment to the Defense Spending Act that would allow Virginia physicians Discussing and recommending cannabis as a medical treatment. However, doctors will still be prohibited from prescribing the drug.

European countries discuss legalization

Officials from Germany, Luxembourg, Malta and the Netherlands met earlier this month to discuss cannabis legalization.

While no political decisions were made at the meeting, plans were made for further discussions in the future and possibly involving other European countries. Officials from Germany, Luxembourg and Malta also signed a joint statement declaring their intention to re-examine their cannabis policies, noting that “the status quo is not a defensible option.”

The Netherlands notably refused to sign the statement. Malta has already legalized the cultivation and possession of cannabis, although it has not legalized the commercial marijuana market.

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