Welcome back to The Week in Weed – your regular look at news concerning the marijuana industry.

For those of you interested in the intersection of marijuana and religious freedom, the Ninth Circuit has determined that the seizure of cannabis used by members of a Native American group as part of a religious ceremony did not “substantially burden” the group’s religious rights.

The government currently places marijuana in the same category as heroin and LSD.  That could soon change.

A Senate hearing on state marijuana laws Tuesday was biased and dishonest, focusing mostly on debunked claims that marijuana use leads to substances like heroin and cocaine, drug policy groups said.  Senators Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Grassley cited a recent Government Accountability Office report that criticized the Department of Justice for inadequately monitoring the effects of state marijuana policies.

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