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AOC’s psychedelics measure OKed for floor vote; cannabis amendment blocked (Newsletter: June 11, 2019)

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Congressional report pushes feds on marijuana hiring policy; MS medical cannabis measure has 2/3 needed signatures; Updated cannabis banking report

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The House Rules Committee cleared an amendment from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) aimed at removing barriers to research on psychedelic drugs for a floor vote. However, a separate measure from Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) that would have shielded colleges and universities from losing federal funding for allowing medical cannabis on campus was blocked from advancing, despite prior pledges from Chairman James McGovern (D-MA) to allow marijuana amendments on the floor.

The House Appropriations Committee included language in a spending bill report urging the federal government to reconsider policies on “hiring and firing of individuals who use marijuana” in accordance with state laws.

Activists in Mississippi say they’ve already collected roughly two-thirds of the signatures they need to qualify a medical marijuana measure for the state’s 2020 ballot.

/ FEDERAL

The Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General reported that a senior Drug Enforcement Administration official “wasted and misused hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds and engaged in misconduct when he took actions to get his son and former colleagues contractor positions” and made “false entries about alcohol counseling” on a national security form.

The House Financial Services Committee released a more detailed report on marijuana banking legislation that includes the views of Republicans who argue the bill is being rushed to consideration without addressing their concerns.

The Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control will hold a hearing on international anti-drug efforts on Tuesday.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke about his support for ending the war on drugs.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted, “I think a lot about the policies I support through the lens of family: – Ending the war on drugs helps keep families together…”

Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) tweeted, “Proud to cosponsor @RepJeffries’ Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, which would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, help states expunge low-level marijuana convictions and allocate funding for minority & women-owned businesses. These measures are long overdue.”

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “Illinois is poised to become the 11th state to legalize marijuana with over 770,000 residents eligible to have their convictions removed.  Marijuana legalization is about racial justice.” He also tweeted, “Our fight to end the prohibition of marijuana must include: ✅ Expunging prior low-level offenses ✅ Making sure that communities of color are able to participate in the legal economy ✅ Investing revenue in the communities most affected by draconian drug laws”

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) tweeted, “Had the distinct pleasure of meeting Dylan Williams, of Town Farm in #Ledyard, who is the first in CT to receive a permit to grow hemp through the #CT DoA’s new hemp licensing program. Thank you to Dylan & Town Farm for hosting me, and I’m excited for the opportunities ahead.”

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed a hemp legalization bill.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed a bill creating a process to study the potential future legalization of medical cannabis and to renew the state’s limited CBD law.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) signed a bill changing marijuana tax rules. Separately, the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee held a hearing on cannabis regulations.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reiterated that he wants lawmakers to legalize marijuana this year but that he doesn’t think it is “feasible.”

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) tweeted, “Believe it or not, Congress is acting on marijuana. It is time for the @councilofdc to push forward on our #SafeCannabis legislation!”

The Nevada treasurer’s office tweeted, “Our office is excited to launch this pilot program establishing a closed loop banking solution for Nevada’s marijuana industry. We’re hopeful that this program will improve public safety and increase accountability for the industry statewide.” Separately, a judge resumed hearings in a case challenging the state’s marijuana business license awarding process.

Florida’s agriculture commissioner created a new Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee. Separately, the state Board of Medicine approved forms for doctors to recommend smoking medical cannabis.

Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner published an op-ed about Hemp History Week.

The New Jersey Senate and Assembly approved legislation to expunge marijuana convictions. Meanwhile, lawmakers delayed consideration of a bill to expand the state’s medical cannabis program while they work out disagreements with Gov. Phil Murphy (D).

Ohio regulators will consider adding anxiety and autism spectrum disorders as medical cannabis qualifying conditions on Wednesday.


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Shelby County, Tennessee commissioners approved a resolution endorsing the decriminalization of marijuana.

The Cincinnati, Ohio City Council is expected to vote on a long-delayed marijuana decriminalization proposal on Wednesday.

The chairman of the New York City Council Justice System Committee is pressing Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) about whether he has a plan to reduce racial disparities in marijuana enforcement.

Los Angeles, California officials are being asked by a cannabis industry group to crack down on unlicensed marijuana businesses.

/ INTERNATIONAL

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she is unlikely to reveal how she will vote on next year’s marijuana legalization referendum.

Paraguay’s government held a meeting about crafting medical cannabis regulations.

/ ADVOCACY

The New York Farm Bureau endorsed marijuana legalization.

The Connecticut Democratic Party tweeted, “Democrats at home pave the way for a booming industrial hemp industry; @RepJoeCourtney pushes Washington towards bank reforms that will allow growers to deposit hemp proceeds. Hemp is a 21st-century business opportunity for Connecticut.”

Here’s a look at lobbying efforts by the financial services industry in support of congressional marijuana banking legislation.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “medical cannabis appears to be a safe and effective alternative for the treatment of fibromyalgia symptoms.”

A study revisiting prior research on state medical cannabis laws and opioid overdose deaths with new data concluded that “not only did findings from the original analysis not hold over the longer period, but the association between state medical cannabis laws and opioid overdose mortality reversed direction from −21% to +23% and remained positive after accounting for recreational cannabis laws.”

/ BUSINESS

Tilray, Inc. and its parent company Privateer Holdings, Inc. are entering a downstream merger through which the subsidiary will take over.

Kroger will begin selling CBD products in some stores.

Harborside began trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange.

Oklahoma retailers sold more than $23 million worth of medical cannabis products in May.

/ CULTURE

The head of the Tokyo Olympics warned that marijuana will be banned at next year’s games.

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Federal cannabis banking data shows decline in accounts (Newsletter: February 28, 2020)

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USDA suspends hemp rule enforcement; FDA: ‘fool’s game’ to ban CBD; VT House OKs legal marijuana sales; Minority cannabis org defends Sanders

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New Financial Crimes Enforcement Network data shows that the number of cannabis-related accounts that banks are reporting to federal officials decreased at the end of 2019. But the decline seems related to removal of requirements to report legal hemp business clients, and doesn’t necessarily mean that fewer marijuana firms are accessing financial services.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will temporarily suspend enforcement of two restrictive hemp rules concerning THC testing and disposal of too-potent crops in response to concerns raised by farmers.

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn admitted that it would be “a fool’s game” to try to keep popular CBD products off the market.

The Vermont House of Representatives formally passed a bill to legalize marijuana sales, one day after it received initial approval. Prior to final passage lawmakers added a ban advertising by cannabis businesses, but rejected expanded disclosure requirements for investors as well as a proposal to give police discretion to test the saliva of drivers suspected to be under the influence. Gov. Phil Scott (R) says he would need strong impaired driving provisions in order to sign it.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a presidential candidate, took heat for comments at this week’s Democratic debate about people of color working in the legal marijuana industry—with some saying he implied all they’re good at is selling drugs. But now the Minority Cannabis Business Association is backing him up and cheering on the remarks.

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Federal agents are investigating whether a Drug Enforcement Administration agent murdered in Mexico in 1985 may have been betrayed by a Central Intelligence Agency operative and a DEA official.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “Legalizing marijuana needs to be about more than just allowing its use. We have to undo a century of racist policy, help rebuild the communities that have suffered the most harm, and ensure everyone can enjoy the opportunities this new market can provide.”

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) tweeted, “In Philadelphia, a nonprofit has decided to ignore drug laws and open a so-called ‘safe injection site’ that would normalize illegal drug use and spread addiction. There’s nothing safe about injecting heroin and Philadelphia is doing no favors to addicts by enabling this drug use. Instead of legalizing heroin & fentanyl, we should lock up traffickers and start protecting law-abiding citizens.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) discussed hemp during a meeting with Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner.

Maryland Democratic congressional candidate Mia Mason tweeted, “Wanna know how to pay for Kirwan, Infrastructure, and more? Allow for more legalization in Maryland for businesses and farmers. Alcohol bans were reaped and taxed, Cars and fuels became taxed in crisis, and Tobacco became taxed as well to help pay for healthcare.”

/ STATES

Utah lawmakers sent Gov. Gary Herbert (R) a bill to revise medical cannabis regulations.

The Idaho Senate approved a hemp bill.

The Arizona Senate unanimously approved legislation to allow surprise inspections of medical cannabis businesses.

The Missouri House of Representatives amended a bill focused on protecting medical cannabis patients’ privacy to add restrictions on the process of obtaining a recommendation.

A Wisconsin judge declined to dismiss charges against two men who say they accept “donations” in exchange for marijuana at their Rastafarian church.

Maryland regulators are being sued over their medical cannabis business licensing process.

Alabama’s Senate could vote on a medical cannabis bill on Thursday.

A Louisiana representative filed a bill to allow flower in the state’s medical cannabis program.

An analysis concluded that two-thirds of Massachusetts municipalities that have signed host community agreements with marijuana businesses require payments that exceed state limits.

Guam regulators will hold a series of public hearings on marijuana rules.

Washington State regulators will hold a public forum about draft conceptual rules on voluntary cannabis licensee consultation and education program on March 11.


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A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania safe consumption site for illegal drugs had plans to open next week following a federal court ruling, but is now delaying due to a change of heart by a landlord who no longer wishes to rent space to the facility.

San Francisco, California’s mayor announced she will file legislation to allow safe consumption sites for illegal drugs.

An Aurora, Colorado City Council member is proposing to increase marijuana taxes to help fund domestic violence, mental health and gang prevention efforts.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The head of the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board suggested that it may be time to revise global drug treaties as his body released a report criticizing the spread of marijuana legalization.

Malawi’s Parliament passed a bill to legalize medical cannabis.

Mexican regulators granted the country’s first permits to import marijuana seeds.

Bermuda’s attorney general spoke about government plans to pass marijuana legalization legislation.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that “cannabinoids exhibit antibacterial activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), inhibit its ability to form biofilms, and eradicate preformed biofilms and stationary phase cells persistent to antibiotics.”

A study found “little evidence to suggest that teen marijuana use is sensitive to changes in the state cigarette tax” and that there is “preliminary evidence that the recent adoption of state e-cigarette taxes is associated with a reduction in youth marijuana use.”

The first two participants in a Phase 3 clinical study on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder completed treatment.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

Vicente Sederberg LLP, Agricultural Hemp Solutions, American Herbal Products Association, U.S. Hemp Roundtable and Vote Hemp released a model hemp plan for states.

/ BUSINESS

Tilray Inc. is being sued by 420 Investments Ltd. for alleged breach of contract following a “change of heart” in a deal for the former company to acquire the latter one.

Acreage Holdings reportedly eliminated 40 staff positions.

WAMM Phytotherapies will begin distributing free and low-cost medical cannabis to low-income patients on March 1 under a new California law.

Sephora released a list of standards it will use for CBD products it carries.

Cresco Labs converted its New York dispensaries to the Sunnyside* brand and launched a medical cannabis delivery service in one area.

iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc.  filed a statement of claim to defend against alleged efforts to interfere in its business by Oasis Investments II Master Fund Ltd.

/ CULTURE

Here’s a look at efforts to change National Basketball Association marijuana policies.

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow discussed psychedelics in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel.

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Vermont House approves legal cannabis sales (Newsletter: February 27, 2020)

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Mexico pres. wants medical only; Warren talks cannabis in reply to tribal concern; Anti-legalization activist’s wife backs reform in congressional bid

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The Vermont House of Representatives amended and approved a Senate-passed bill to legalize marijuana sales in the state. Following another procedural vote on Thursday, the two chambers will work to reconcile the differences between their versions.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a presidential candidate, cited her marijuana reform work in a lengthy letter responding to ongoing criticism from Native Americans.

  • “Another issue that I’ve been working hard on is ensuring that states and Tribal Nations alike can set their own policies for cannabis, without federal interference.”

As Mexican Senate committees met to begin work to finalize the details of broad marijuana legalization legislation, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that he wants to focus only on medical cannabis.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said in a memo that state crime labs will not run marijuana tests in simple possession cases. That means many local agencies will either have to forego pursuing cannabis prosecutions or pay for private testing.

Democratic congressional candidate Amy Kennedy, wife of prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana cofounder Patrick Kennedy, is supporting federal cannabis rescheduling—a stance opposed by her husband’s group.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Drug Enforcement Administration reached an agreement to end the requirement in federal regulations that hemp farmers have their crops tested by DEA-licensed labs.

Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue joked that state agriculture officials at a conference could ask him about anything except hemp.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) tweeted, “The failed war on drugs began in the early 1970s.  There were less than 350K people incarcerated in America at the time. Today there are 2.2 million – disproportionately black and Latino. It’s time to #EndMassIncarceration. NOW.”

The House bill to shield military veterans from losing benefits over state-legal marijuana use got one new cosponsor for a total of 18.

Democratic Senate candidate Marquita Bradshaw tweeted, “The war on drugs is a failure, wasting money and destroying families and communities. Dependence is a medical issue. The #JusticeGuarantee will decriminalize opioids and provide overdose prevention sites and no-cost addiction and mental health treatment to everyone who wants it.”

Colorado Democratic Senate candidate Trish Zorino tweeted, “Cannabis! As a US Senate cand (D-CO) I support: ✅ Federal decriminalization, regs/oversight/tax, banking ✅ Expungement of mmj criminal records ✅ Removal from Schedule I ✅ Research funds & more”Tennessee

Texas Democratic congressional candidate Julie Oliver tweeted, “We’re going to end the federal prohibition on marijuana, and expunge the records of anyone arrested solely for possession.”

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D)  rescinded plans to speak at a California Cannabis Industry Association conference after the group was criticized for distributing what labor activists saw as an anti-union document. Separately, the state Department of Food and Agriculture’s Milk Advisory Board carried out a marketing stunt that involved distributing dairy products in a setting akin to a marijuana dispensary. And an Assembly Budget subcommittee held a hearing on a proposal to consolidate cannabis regulations.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) hosted an agricultural forum that featured several panels focused on hemp.

The Oklahoma Senate approved a bill to protect the gun rights of medical cannabis patients.

The West Virginia Senate passed a bill to revise medical cannabis regulations.

The Kentucky Senate Committee On Health And Welfare approved a House-passed resolution calling on the federal government to expedite medical cannabis research.

The Virginia House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee advanced bills to allow employees at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospices to administer CBD and THC-A oil and to remove criminal liabilities for analytical lab workers who transport those substances for work.

The Maine legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee held a hearing on state officials’ plans to create a new office dedicated to cannabis crimes.

The South Dakota Senate is expected to vote on a hemp bill on Thursday.

Washington State regulators issued an enforcement bulletin clarifying that home delivery of marijuana is not legal.

Here’s a look at where North Carolina Democratic agriculture commissioner candidates stand on marijuana and hemp.


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Denver, Colorado officials released a study showing that 81% of local teenagers do not use marijuana.

Portland, Maine City Council committees approved a local marijuana business licensing plan.

Some Albuquerque, New Mexico police officers are failing drug tests after using CBD products.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Lebanese lawmakers approved a bill to legalize cannabis cultivation for medical and industrial uses.

Colombia’s minister of justice visited a medical cannabis cultivation site.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that “add-on THC:CBD oromucosal spray (nabiximols) consistently relieves resistant spasticity across subgroups” and that “patients with moderate resistant [multiple sclerosis] spasticity benefit numerically from treatment; patients with severe resistant spasticity achieve significant therapeutic gains.”

A study concluded that “use of cannabis continues to increase among older adults nationally.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture conference featured a hemp panel.

/ BUSINESS

Acreage Holdings, Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $21.1 million and a net loss of $50.6 million.

MedMen Enterprises Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $44.1 million and an adjusted loss of $35.1 million.

The founders of Ben & Jerry’s spoke to a Washington, D.C. psychedelics decriminalization activist.

/ CULTURE

The NFL Players Association decided to let all players vote on a proposed new collective bargaining agreement that includes lower marijuana penalties and a reduced drug testing window.

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Deal on cannabis banking bill “close” (Newsletter: February 26, 2020)

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Bottle bill includes marijuana drinks; Dems debate cannabis; Smokable hemp bill to VA gov; Mexican senators work to finalize legalization plan

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) said in a speech at a credit union conference that he and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) are “close” to finalizing a deal on marijuana banking legislation.

Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) filed a beverage container recycling bill that specifically includes bottles and cans for drinks “containing marijuana or hemp” as one of just five eligible categories.

Democratic presidential candidates clashed on marijuana legalization during a debate in South Carolina, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) defending his pledge to enact legalization in all 50 states on his first day in office, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) saying she also backs ending prohibition but that it might take longer and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressing opposition to legalization but support for more modest reforms.

Virginia lawmakers sent Gov. Ralph Northam (D) a bill to legalize smokable hemp. They also passed a resolution directing a joint legislative commission to study broader marijuana legalization. Meanwhile, a cannabis decriminalization bill is advancing toward the governor’s desk.

Mexican Senate committees are meeting this week to finalize marijuana legalization legislation ahead of a Supreme Court-imposed deadline to end prohibition.

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and representatives of Disabled American Veterans discussed the potential benefits of medical cannabis at a joint congressional hearing.

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A federal judge issued an order giving final approval to a proposed Philadelphia, Pennsylvania safe consumption site for illegal drugs that the Department of Justice had opposed.

Former White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske wrote an op-ed on the challenges of regulating legal marijuana.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “Outdated federal marijuana laws prevent vets who work in a state’s legal cannabis industry from getting VA-backed home loans & immigrants who work in a state’s legal cannabis industry from getting citizenship. I have bipartisan bills to fix both problems.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) tweeted, “To recap tonight’s Democratic debate. If they are elected you will get govt controlled internet, energy, schools and health care. And as a bonus, reefer for everyone!”

Arizona Republican congressional candidate Chris Taylor suspended his campaign after overdosing on heroin.

New York Democratic congressional candidate Shaniyat Chowdhury tweeted, “My opponent  @RepGregoryMeeks does not support legalizing marijuana like his endorsed candidate Bloomberg. I DO. It has helped me through mental health and no one should be criminalized for it.”

Florida Democratic congressional candidate Jen Perelman tweeted, “I also support Marijuana Legalization. My opponent, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, does not.”

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The South Dakota Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources unanimously approved a hemp bill.

The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings this week on a bill to expunge past marijuana convictions.

Alaska regulators filed rules on oversight of marijuana testing facilities, suspension or revocation of cannabis handler permits and applications and renewals.

The Texas Department of Public Safety sent an update on its efforts to be able to test cannabis samples following confusion created by the state’s hemp law.

New Mexico regulators filed medical cannabis reciprocity rules.

California regulators approved a formal rulemaking process for marijuana track-and-trace regulations.

Illinois regulators launched a technical assistance program for social equity marijuana business license applicants.

An Arkansas judge blocked regulators from issuing additional medical cannabis dispensary licenses.

A Georgia representative filed a resolution calling for a study committee to examine equity issues in the state’s limited medical cannabis market.

A Massachusetts representative is pressing state officials to explain how marijuana revenue is being spent.


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Detroit, Michigan’s mayor spoke about the need for social equity in marijuana business licensing in his State of the City address.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Paraguayan regulators issued the country’s first medical cannabis production licenses.

The campaign of a candidate for leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada said he would not move to repeal marijuana legalization despite his concerns about the law.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “recent clinical trials added further evidence for an antipsychotic potential of cannabidiol.”

A study found that “an increase in cannabis exposures reported to the US National Poison Data System was observed following recreational cannabis commercialization in the US.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll funded by prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana found that while Long Island, New York Senate district voters are divided on cannabis policy options, “full legalization of sales, distribution, and use” was the most popular choice in five out of six districts surveyed.

African-American sorority Delta Sigma Theta included marijuana decriminalization and criminal justice reform in its agenda for a Capitol Hill lobby day.

/ BUSINESS

Eaze closed a $20 million investment.

GW Pharmaceuticals plc reported $109.1 million in quarterly revenue and a net loss of $24.9 million.

Jane Technologies hired a former Whole Foods co-CEO as retail advisor.

Green Growth Brands Inc. is selling off its CBD business to BRN Group Inc.

/ CULTURE

Actor Brian Cox spoke about how marijuana helps him relax.

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