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Meta to Allow Limited Advertising for CBD and Hemp on Facebook and Instagram, Virginia Governor Has No Interest in Legalizing Recreational Marijuana, and Rhode Island Cannabis Dispensary Files Lawsuit Over Labor Provision of the State’s Legalization Law

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Meta to Allow Limited Advertising for CBD and Hemp on Facebook and Instagram

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has changed its advertising policy to allow limited advertising for CBD and hemp. The company announced this update on Tuesday, stating in a notice that non-ingestible CBD products with up to 0.03 percent THC can be advertised if they meet specific criteria. Businesses wishing to promote CBD products must obtain written permission from Meta and comply with local regulations. The products must also be certified by the payment compliance entity Legitscript and the advertisements must not target any consumers under the age of 18. Non-ingestible hemp products can also be promoted in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico and businesses will not need written authorization from Meta to advertise these products as long as they comply with local laws and regulations. 

Virginia Governor Has No Interest in Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

According to a local newspaper article, the current governor of Virginia has made it clear he has no plans to legalize adult-use cannabis for his state. According to The Daily Progress, a newspaper based out of Charlottesville, Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin is not interested in taking any further steps to legalize recreational marijuana for Virginians. Former Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation that legalized adult-use cannabis in April 2021. The bill legalized marijuana possession and home cultivation and established the framework for legal sales to begin in the early part of 2024. But, before the legal cannabis market can officially launch in the state, the bill required additional action from state legislators. In November 2021, Youngkin was elected governor and Republicans took over the state’s House of Delegates. Therefore, GOP opposition to marijuana legalization has stalled any progress toward the start of legal cannabis sales for Virginia and this is not likely to change as long as Youngkin is in office. 

Rhode Island Cannabis Dispensary Files Lawsuit Over Labor Provision of the State’s Legalization Law

A cannabis dispensary in Portsmouth, Rhode Island filed a lawsuit that takes issue with the state’s recreational marijuana law. The complaint alleges that the adult-use cannabis law that went into effect in May 2022 violates national labor standards as well as the U.S. Constitution. Greenleaf Compassion Center alleges that the portion of the legalization law that requires all cannabis retailers and their workers participate in labor peace agreements “deprives employers of their bargaining power, forces them to agree to unfavorable terms, and deprives employees of their right to engage in labor activities protected under federal law, such as strikes.”