Buzz(ed) Around Town

 

There’s never a dull moment on the D.C. cannabis scene. Buzz(ed) Around Town is your weekly brief on bud, bringing you a quick and dirty update on the latest regulatory developments, policy proposals, police raids, events, and more. Brought to you by The Outlaw Report, your go-to source for credible cannabis news in the DMV.

 

Vol. 2 – Week of 12/20/21

 

  • A shooting that left two men dead on Monday at the DeSoto Apartments in D.C.’s Logan Circle may have been tied to a weed delivery gone wrong. D.C. police told NBC4 that a couple had ordered cannabis delivered to their AirBnB rental, but when the courier showed up he pulled out a handgun and tried to rob them. The incident is still under investigation.

 

  • Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Chair Brian Lopez announced he’ll be stepping down from his role at the regulatory agency on Dec. 31. “I’ve decided it’s time to pass the torch,” Lopez said at an MMCC meeting last week. His departure comes as Maryland dispensary sales are set to surpass $600 million in 2021 – a 30% increase from last year.

 

 

  • The ACLU of Maryland’s new public policy director wants to make cannabis decriminalization a top priority for the General Assembly’s legislative session next year. Lawmakers are mulling whether to legalize cannabis through a referendum vote. Recent polling shows two-third of Marylanders are in favor of legalizing recreational weed. 

 

  • Be there: Get your schmooze on with Del. Jazz Lewis at this “provocative” panel on social equity in Maryland’s cannabis industry. The event, hosted by Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, includes a complimentary drink and live jazz by D.C.’s Eric Scott. (Jan. 5; 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; $99)

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