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Another cannabis banking COVID push (Newsletter: February 3, 2021)

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Senate chairman’s marijuana plans; KS gov: Legalize medical cannabis to fund Medicaid; NM marijuana bills; Poll: VA voters back legalization

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) discussed plans to federally legalize marijuana in the 117th Congress, for which his panel will be the “lead committee.”

  • “I’m strategizing now on the next steps. We need comprehensive reform, and you need legislation to do it… You really need some kind of bedrock federal rules on, one, ending the prohibition; two, sensible tax policies; and three, sensible regulatory oversight.”

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) said  he’ll again try to insert marijuana banking protections in the next round of coronavirus relief legislation The House passed COVID bills with cannabis banking last year, and Senate Democrats filed a bill with it included as well, but it didn’t get a vote.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) announced a new plan to legalize medical marijuana and use the revenue to fund Medicaid expansion. Meanwhile, Republican-led House and Senate committees have already filed their own medical cannabis bills in recent days.

  • “The bill establishes the regulatory framework for the cultivation, testing, distribution, prescription and purchase of medical marijuana. The introduction of this bill in itself is a win for Kansans, who will benefit from medical marijuana—something that, once again, our neighbors in Oklahoma and Missouri have already recognized and addressed.”

New Mexico senators filed two new marijuana legalization bills, with more on the way soon. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) is pressing lawmakers to legalize cannabis this year.

A new poll found that 68% of Virginia voters support legalizing marijuana as lawmakers rapidly advance bills ahead of a key Friday deadline. The survey shows majority legal cannabis support among Republicans, Democrats and every other demographic.

/ FEDERAL

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health held a webinar on cannabis and workers’ compensation.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said that including equity and justice provisions in federal marijuana reform is “critically important…because the injustice involved in this…has been horrible, particularly to minority populations.”

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) tweeted, “The War on Drugs has really been a war on people—disproportionately criminalizing people of color. If we want to right the wrongs of this failed war, we need to end the federal prohibition of marijuana and focus on restorative justice.”

Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) will host a chat with a top Minnesota state lawmaker about efforts to legalize marijuana and implement restorative justice practices on February 16.

Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) tweeted, “Happy to see Oregon taking the lead by treating substance abuse as a health issue, not a crime. After nearly 50 years, the War on Drugs has clearly failed. As policymakers, we owe it to our children, neighbors, and neighborhoods to end the war and create a pathway to recovery.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Great to hear @SenSchumer, @SenBooker, & @WydenPress are moving forward with comprehensive cannabis reform legislation. The MORE Act was a foundational step toward ending the racist War on Drugs. Let’s keep up the fight!”

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) defended his vote against a comprehensive marijuana descheduling bill, tweeting, “I’ve voted multiple times and sponsored bills to eliminate the criminality of marijuana. The bill you’re likely referring to had taxes and spending in it, and was not a genuine effort to remove the federal prohibition on marijuana.”

/ STATES

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) defended her efforts to overturn the state’s voter-approved marijuana legalization measure.

Florida’s agriculture commissioner included marijuana legalization and issues related to hemp and CBD in a proposed federal-state partnership plan.

Delaware’s state auditor tweeted, “I am not in the minority on this issue: Statistics show more than 60% of Delawareans support legalizing marijuana for adult use.”

Minnesota’s Department of Agriculture is seeking $50,000 to fund an online tool for managing hemp licensing and data.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture tweeted, “Hemp = Opportunity! It’s buildings and cars, food and fuel, power for Pennsylvania’s economy. Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of the 2021 program, apply by April 1, 2021.”

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear two cases on municipalities’ authority in regulating marijuana businesses on Wednesday.

A New Jersey court heard arguments in a case brought by medical cannabis businesses that are challenging the rejection of their license applications.

California officials approved emergency regulations on processes for cannabis businesses to authorize regulators to share application and regulatory information with financial institutions.

North Dakota House committees will consider bills to legalize and tax marijuana on Wednesday.

Colorado’s Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee published a report on cannabis-related health issues.

Oregon regulators published a report on marijuana supply and demand.

Arizona regulators released tax resources for marijuana businesses.


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At least eight Vermont municipalities will vote on measures to allow marijuana businesses on March 2.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Australia’s minister for trade, tourism and investment introduced a bill to streamline medical cannabis licensing and remove regulatory barriers.

Belize’s minister of home affairs and new growth industries said the government is aiming to release draft cannabis production regulations within two months.

Aruba’s government is accepting proposals to grow and process medical cannabis.

Barbados officials outlined plans to launch a track-and-trace system for medical cannabis.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “nasal CBD [temperature-sensitive hydrogels] are safe and effective and have controlled release” and “are a novel promising option for the clinical treatment of PTSD.”

Researchers will soon be recruiting participants for a study on whether CBD “can improve pain, sleep, function and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Kansas City Star editorial board cheered Gov. Laura Kelly’s (D) plan to fund Medicaid expansion  by legalizing medical cannabis.

The Society for Psychedelic Outreach Reform and Education has a new executive director.

The Virginia American Academy of Medical Ethics is urging lawmakers to reject marijuana legalization.

The Cato Institute published a report looking at the impact of state marijuana legalization laws.

The Healing Advocacy Fund is a new nonprofit aimed at supporting the implementation of Oregon’s voter-approved psilocybin therapy law.

/ BUSINESS

Lantern will remain independent following Uber’s acquisition of its parent company Drizly.

springbig acquired BudTender.

ITG Brand LLC, which owns Kool cigarettes, is suing Bloom Brands maker Capna Intellectual for alleged trademark violation.

Planet 13 Holdings Inc. completed bought deal financing for aggregate gross proceeds of C$69 million.

Organigram Holdings Inc.’s senior vice president for operations is leaving the company.

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MN House votes to legalize cannabis (Newsletter: May 14, 2021)

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State Dept on marijuana & discrimination; NE medical cannabis ballot drive; SAFE Banking gets GOP sponsor; CO sales data

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The Minnesota House of Representatives approved the majority leader’s marijuana legalization bill. While Gov. Tim Walz (D) supports ending cannabis prohibition, leaders in the Republican-controlled Senate have indicated they’re more interested in potentially expanding medical access and reducing possession penalties than they are in the expansive reform.

A new State Department report notes how marijuana reform in a growing number of countries is helping to address religious discrimination against Rastafarians and other groups—but it ignores the U.S.’s continued criminalization of cannabis.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) became the 37th cosponsor of the SAFE Banking Act. That’s a big shift from a few years ago, when she argued against a cannabis banking amendment, saying it would be “allowing banks to essentially finance dealers of recreational marijuana.”

Nebraska activists and lawmakers are relaunching a campaign to place a far-reaching medical cannabis initiative on the 2022 ballot—one day after a minority of senators in the unicameral legislature blocked a relatively restrictive medical marijuana bill.

The Colorado Department of Revenue announced that retailers have already sold more than half a billion dollars worth of legal marijuana in the first three months of 2021. There have been more than $10.5 billion in legal cannabis sales since 2014, generating $1.7 billion in tax revenue for schools, infrastructure and more.

/ FEDERAL

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “We must finally end the federal prohibition on marijuana, advance criminal justice reform, and ensure equity for communities impacted by the War on Drugs. That is why I’m working with @SenBooker & @RonWyden on legislation for comprehensive marijuana reform.”

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) tweeted, “The devastating nationwide opioid epidemic has clearly shown we need to find alternatives to these pain medications, and that’s certainly a priority I’ve heard from many of Alaska’s #veterans. Medicinal cannabis is already in use by thousands of #veterans across the country, but we don’t yet have the data we need to understand the benefits and side effects associated with this alternative therapy.”

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) tweeted, “The reality is that the federal government’s continued cannabis prohibition is neither tenable nor the will of the American electorate. That’s why I introduced the Common Sense Cannabis Reform for Veterans, Small Businesses and Medical Professionals Act with @repdonyoung.”

Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) tweeted about Colorado cannabis sales, saying, “While states around PA move to legalize marijuana this is the type of revenue that the commonwealth could be missing out on.”

Rep. Betty McCollum’s (D-MN) campaign tweeted, “MN cannabis laws are doing more harm than good. By creating a regulatory framework, we can establish more sensible laws to improve our health care & criminal justice systems and ensure better outcomes for communities.”

Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) tweeted, “It’s time to legalize marijuana in Minnesota.”

/ STATES

PolitiFact ruled that a claim from Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) about the potential of marijuana legalization to raise revenue is mostly true. Separately, the lieutenant governor tweeted, “It’s long past time we legalized marijuana—not just because of the revenue we’ll gain—but because its criminalization will only continue to harm communities across the state.”

The New Hampshire Senate tabled a bill to allow medical cannabis patients to grow their own, effectively killing it.

The Nevada Assembly Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on bills to amend hemp rules and allow CBD-infused foods.

Pennsylvania regulators published a hemp sampling protocol.

The California Osteopathic Medical Board discussed guidelines for recommending medical cannabis.

Missouri’s medical cannabis patient count is growing rapidly.

Maine regulators released a list of licensed plant nurseries with hemp seedlings or clones.

Washington State regulators rescheduled a listen and learn session about draft conceptual rules for cannabis applicant or licensee background checks for June 1.


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/ LOCAL

The New Orleans, Louisiana City Council president is proposing to dismiss and pardon nearly 10,000 pending marijuana cases and convictions.

Denver, Colorado regulators are accepting applications to serve on the 2021 Marijuana Rulemaking Work Group.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Zimbabwe’s government repealed a rule that required co-ownership between government and private investors for medical cannabis cultivation operations.

The mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada said there’s no time to reformulate his city’s drug decriminalization proposal to the federal government to address activists’ concerns.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “cannabinoids were found to be effective in the treatment of lung, colorectal, prostate, breast, pancreas and hepatic cancers.”

A study found that “most participants expressed a positive attitude about CBD products as a treatment option, reported positive outcomes when used for multiple different conditions, and would prefer to obtain information about and prescription for CBD from their physicians.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that UK adults support decriminalizing marijuana, 41%-36%.

A poll found that Protestant pastors oppose legalizing marijuana, 76%-18%, and that 78% think it is morally wrong to get high on cannabis.

The Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party tweeted, “Today, the Minnesota House will take a historic vote on legalizing adult-use cannabis. While Republicans may be stuck in the past, DFLers know that our cannabis laws do more harm than good. It’s time to change that.” It also tweeted, “DFLers are ready to legalize adult-use cannabis in Minnesota. The vast majority of Minnesotans are ready too. It’s time for Republicans to either get with the program or get out of the way.”

The Louisiana Democratic Party tweeted about a pending marijuana decriminalization bill, saying it ” would end harsh criminal penalties that can ruin lives and families” and “will also save taxpayer dollars.”

The Collateral Consequences Resource Center and Ohio State University’s Drug Enforcement and Policy Center published a report examining expungement provisions in new marijuana legalization laws.

/ BUSINESS

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. reported quarterly revenue of $194 million.

Aurora Cannabis Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of C$55.2 million and an adjusted EBITDA loss of C$24 million.

Schwazze reported quarterly revenue of $19.3 million and a net loss of $3.6 million.

ETF Managers Group’s U.S. Alternative Harvest ETF began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. announced an $8 million private placement.

4Front Ventures Corp. announced that its retail brand, Mission Dispensaries, is partnering with Homegrown Detroit on initiatives to make the cannabis industry more equitable and accessible.

TweedLeaf employees are working to unionize.

/ CULTURE

The World Boxing Council is partnering with Wesana Health Holdings Inc. on a multi-year clinical research project to examine the therapeutic potential of psychedelics to reduce the effects and symptoms of traumatic brain injury.

Seth Rogen told Howard Stern that he doesn’t mind if employees at his marijuana company Houseplant get high at work as long as it doesn’t affect their job performance.

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New GOP federal legal cannabis bill (Newsletter: May 13, 2021)

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NE medical marijuana bill filibustered; MN House leader expects Republican legalization votes; LA smokable marijuana heads to Senate floor

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Reps. Dave Joyce (R-OH) and Don Young (R-AK) filed a new bill to federally legalize marijuana while providing specific protections for banking and military veterans. The Food and Drug Administration and Treasury Department would be required to issue cannabis regulations—modeled on those for alcohol—within a year. It also has research provisions.

Nebraska’s unicameral legislature failed to overcome a filibuster on a medical cannabis bill, only getting 31 of a needed 33 votes to advance the measure. Supporters say they’ll take the marijuana issue to the ballot in 2022.

Minnesota’s House majority leader, whose cannabis legalization bill is up for a floor vote on Thursday, told Marijuana Moment in an interview that he expects it to get Republican votes. The GOP-controlled Senate is another matter, though.

The Louisiana Senate Health and Welfare Committee approved a House-passed bill to legalize smokable medical cannabis, sending it to the floor for a final vote. Meanwhile, a House vote on recreational marijuana legalization was delayed again—until next week.

The Missouri House of Representatives approved an amendment to require regulators to disclose medical marijuana business ownership information. The vote comes after a recent analysis found instances where single entities were connected to more licenses than is allowed.

/ FEDERAL

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “Americans are sending a clear message—they want an end to marijuana prohibition. I’m working with @RonWyden and @SenBooker to end the federal prohibition and to repair the damage done by the War on Drugs.”

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) tweeted, “Decriminalizing marijuana is not enough. We must also repair the damage done to those communities most harmed by a failed Drug War and expunge records. We should be demanding restorative justice.”

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) tweeted, “Laws prohibiting adult cannabis use defy common sense and the will of the people. I respectfully urge #MNLeg to meet the moment and pass H.F. 600, joining states – Red and Blue – who have already recognized the sensibility of legalization.” He also sent a letter urging state lawmakers to approve the bill.

Rep. Betty McCollum’s (D-MN) campaign tweeted, “Legalizing cannabis for adult use will offer broad benefits across Minnesota, but we need a responsible regulatory framework to make it happen. If any state can do this right, Minnesota can.”

Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA) tweeted, “We must secure our border and ensure law enforcement have the support and resources they need if we want to stop the rising number of illegal marijuana grows and related crime in Southern California.”

The House bill to allow CBD as a dietary supplement got two new cosponsors for a total of 25.

/ STATES

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) said she is reviewing a medical cannabis bill that lawmakers sent to her desk and spoke positively about its benefits for patients.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) tweeted, “I couldn’t say it better myself: we have more than $165M reasons to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin. Legalizing, taxing, and decriminalizing marijuana—much like we do with alcohol—makes economic sense for our state and can help us create a more equitable Wisconsin.”

Minnesota’s attorney general tweeted, “Af-Am and white ppl in MN consume cannabis at v similar rates—yet while Black ppl are just 5% of MN pop they make up 30% of cannabis arrests. Criminalizing a product most ppl want legalized, and continuing a legacy of racial injustice in doing so, is not defensible.” Separately, the House Democrat-Farmer-Labor Caucus tweeted, “Legalizing adult-use cannabis in MN is a growing movement led by the House DFL in partnership with advocates and people of all backgrounds. Tomorrow, the MN House will vote to expand freedom and address harms caused by current cannabis laws.”

The Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld a life sentence for a man convicted of marijuana possession.

Hawaii regulators revoked a medical cannabis dispensary’s license over its alleged failure to submit annual independent financial audits.

Pennsylvania regulators published guidelines for hemp sample compliance testing. Separately, the Department of Agriculture tweeted, “Right now, Pennsylvania’s hemp crop is in the seedling stage. But these now-small plants pack a mighty punch! After harvest, their stalks can be used for biofuel, fire-proof building material, and even bullet-proof vests!”

Washington State regulators approved a statement of inquiry on establishing new rules for evaluating whether ingredients used in the production or processing of marijuana products pose a risk to public health or youth access.

Oregon regulators released an updated list of approved marijuana retail businesses.

Colorado’s Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee will meet on Monday.


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New York City police department sources claim that the state’s new marijuana legalization law is making it harder to take guns off the streets.

A former Buffalo, New York firefighter who was fired for medical cannabis use is suing to get his job back.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera said the country should switch from growing tobacco to cannabis.

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has received at least seven queries about listing cannabis companies.

New Zealand’s health minister said he wants drug-checking services to be widely available, but hasn’t committed funding to support it.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “cannabinoids prevent the negative effects of chronic unpredictable stress, suggesting that the development of cannabinoid-based drugs has the potential to treat stress-related disorders such as depression.”

A study of rats suggested that “marijuana may be helpful for motor disorders and synaptic changes in patients with Parkinson’s disease.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Louisiana Democratic Party tweeted about the House’s passage of a marijuana decriminalization bill.

The Alabama Democratic Party is selling a marijuana legalization sticker.

The Nebraska Democratic Party tweeted about the legislature debating a medical cannabis bill.

The United States Cannabis Council joined the alcohol-industry-funded Responsibility.org as a corporate partner.

Prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana is taking out newspaper ads aimed at influencing senators who have expressed reservations about federal legalization.

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Green Thumb Industries Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $194.4 million.

Columbia Care Inc. launched a new retail brand called Cannabist.

Wasatch Global Investors sold off its marijuana stock holdings under instructions from its compliance unit.

Flora Growth Corp. began trading on the Nasdaq.

Arkansas dispensaries have now sold more than $300 million worth of medical cannabis.

/ CULTURE

Jane Fonda spoke about her affinity for hemp and her partnership with CBD company Uncle Bud’s.

Slipknot’s Clown is launching a line of marijuana products.

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LA House votes to decriminalize cannabis (Newsletter: May 12, 2021)

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CT could hold special session on marijuana; Schumer on banking & legalization; USPTO appeal could impact cannabis & psychedelics companies

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The Louisiana House of Representatives voted to decriminalize marijuana possession. A separate bill to legalize cannabis sales is scheduled for floor consideration on Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) reiterated that he does not want to pass marijuana banking legislation ahead of a broader legalization bill.

  • “We’re not going to bargain against ourselves.”

Connecticut’s House speaker says marijuana legalization could be taken up in a special session if lawmakers run out of time during the regular session. Meanwhile, Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said it’s up to the legislature to merge competing cannabis bills into something he can sign.

A CBD drinks company is appealing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s position that businesses can’t register products that aren’t currently legal but could be soon. The result could have huge implications for marijuana and psychedelics firms.

The Aspen, Colorado City Council discussed potential measures to decriminalize psychedelics but did not take any action—with some members saying that no local moves should be made ahead of state or federal reforms.

/ FEDERAL

Former President Donald Trump excitedly posted about a pleading in a lawsuit that he says has implications for his effort to undermine the results of last year’s presidential election but which actually concerns a local ballot measure on whether to allow marijuana businesses.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse published a blog post and a FAQ about the new standard unit of THC to be used in marijuana research.

The Government Accountability Office published a report examining the Drug Enforcement Administration’s scheduling of fentanyl-related substances.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) tweeted about visiting a hemp business.

Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) tweeted, “Congress needs to address the structural disadvantages impacting entrepreneurs of color and level the playing field. That means ensuring communities of color are able to share in the success of the booming cannabis industry.”

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) tweeted, “Governor Wolf is taking a page right out of Gov. Cuomo’s playbook: Call for legal marijuana in an attempt to make people forget about his mishandling of the pandemic. Nice try, but we won’t forget how you endangered PA seniors by forcing COVID+ patients into nursing homes.”

/ STATES

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “It’s high time we legalize adult-use marijuana in Pennsylvania, clear the records of those found guilty of marijuana offenses, and work to restore justice to people caught up in the discriminatory war on drugs.”

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jennifer McClellan tweeted, “I will use my executive power to pardon anyone incarcerated for a marijuana possession offense and oversee equitable marijuana licensing and entrepreneurship for Black and Brown communities.”

Michigan’s attorney general tweeted about an upcoming event aimed at helping people to expunge past marijuana and other convictions.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services tweeted, “Florida #Hemp has a lot to be proud of in just one year, but Floridians have even more to look forward to as this industry grows for years to come!”

The Missouri House of Representatives approved an amendment requiring regulators to disclose ownership information about medical cannabis businesses.

The Massachusetts legislatures’s Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy held a hearing on bills to address issues caused by agreements between municipalities and the marijuana businesses they host, just as new research shows localities have collected at least $2.46 million more in payments from cannabis firms than is legally required.

A New Jersey court ruled that Pepsi Bottling Company must reimburse a former employee for medical cannabis costs.

Minnesota regulators will accept petitions to add new medical cannabis qualifying conditions from June 1 through July 31

Tennessee regulators published a list of companies that are licensed to see hemp seed.

The California Cannabis Advisory Committee and its subcommittees will hold three meetings this month.

Wisconsin regulators will provide an update on hemp rules on Thursday.


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A proposed Denver, Colorado ballot measure would increase marijuana taxes to fund pandemic research.

Boston, Massachusetts regulators are proposing to require marijuana businesses to get permission to partner with delivery services.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “the majority of the literature reviewed demonstrated the use of cannabis by adults with chronic pain resulted in better pain control and/or fewer opioids required to control pain in this population.”

A study found that “psilocybin has promising effects on the patients with depression/anxiety even after a single dose.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that New York voters support the state’s legalization of marijuana, 67%-27%.

The South Dakota Democratic Party tweeted about a legislative move to let law enforcement agencies block police from using medical cannabis.

The Minority Cannabis Business Association announced new board members.

The Albuquerque Journal editorial board said it is important to protect medical cannabis patients’ access as recreational legalization is implemented.

The Boston Globe editorial board decried local agreements with marijuana businesses that it says are openings to corruption.

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce published articles that are critical of social equity components in a pending marijuana legalization bill.

/ BUSINESS

Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. reported quarterly revenue $23.4 million and a net loss and comprehensive loss of $13.9 million.

MedMen Enterprises Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $32 million and a net loss of $9.7 million.

Tilray, Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $31.4 million and a net loss of $341 million.

Aleafia Health Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of C$7 million and a net loss of C$11.2 million.

A federal judge granted Canopy Growth Corporation’s move to escape a class action lawsuit alleging that the company misled investors about the strength of the Canadian marijuana market.

Pabst Labs is expanding its line of cannabis-infused drinks.

HEXO Corp. established an at-the-market equity program allowing it to sell up to C$150 million worth of shares.

A subsidiary of Curaleaf International launched a range of medical cannabis products in Germany.

Schwazze launched a research and development subsidiary, Schwazze Biosciences Ltd.

Optimi Health Corp. and Numinus Wellness Inc. submitted an application for a psilocybin extract pre-clinical trial to Canadian officials.

Harborside Inc. has a new vice president of production.

/ CULTURE

Clint Eastwood is asking a federal court to issue a default judgement against Mediatonas UAB for allegedly publishing a fabricated interview showing him endorsing CBD products.

Deepak Chopra participated in a chat about marijuana.

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