This week in cannabis news: colleges and cannabis companies working together on training programs; New York introduces bill that would require health insurance companies to cover medical marijuana treatments; Wyoming voters' support growing for adult use legalization; and Utah State Senator tries cannabis ahead of vote.
As the cannabis industry grows and legalization becomes a reality, cannabis workers will be in high demand. British Columbia's Okanagan College is working with licensed cannabis producer Sunniva on a partnership to specially train potential employees on plant biology, production cycles, and the cannabis business.
Many who require cannabis as medical treatment struggle to afford it, therefore stopping treatment or turning to the black market. New York aims to stop this for residents with a bill introduced on Monday that would require public health insurance companies to cover medical marijuana treatments.
Wyoming's overall support toward legalizing marijuana is considered low compared to the national level, however has increased significantly in the last four years. Cannabis laws in Wyoming are among the strictest in the nation, and lawmakers are working to tighten these laws despite rising levels of support.
Utah will be voting on legalization of medical cannabis in the upcoming election. State senator Jim Dabakis (D) drove to a legal dispensary in Las Vegas to try medicated candy (his first consumption of cannabis) and reported that cannabis is "no big deal," encouraging voters to approve the proposition.