A Maryland choose has blocked a part of the state’s leisure marijuana legislation that compelled some shops to cease promoting hemp-derived merchandise that comprise intoxicating ranges of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
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The Washington Submit reported that Washington District Courtroom Choose Brett R. Wilson issued a preliminary injunction Thursday, briefly lifting the restrictions till a lawsuit filed by the Maryland Hemp Alliance and different corporations is resolved.
The lawsuit alleges that the restrictions on the state’s leisure hashish market violate the Maryland Structure’s equal safety and antitrust provisions by excluding it from the tightly managed market. The state is attempting to dismiss the lawsuit, however the choose’s ruling will enable hashish retailers which have gone out of enterprise underneath the brand new legislation to have the ability to function.
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Maryland officers say the order harms efforts to make merchandise containing THC, together with these derived from hemp, safer for Maryland customers. The choose’s order doesn’t instantly impression the licensing course of for hashish companies.
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Voters in Maryland accepted a constitutional modification final yr to permit leisure marijuana. State lawmakers created the regulatory and licensing framework on this yr’s legislative session, and leisure hashish gross sales started in July.