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Biden applauds anti-cannabis rant (Newsletter: April 15, 2019)

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Another fed agency says stop calling about marijuana job; Missouri lawmakers approve decrim; Lots of new cannabis bill cosponsors

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Former Vice President Joe Biden (D), who is considering a 2020 presidential run, enthusiastically applauded an anti-marijuana speech by a former Office of National Drug Control Policy staffer at an opioids event.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse wants people to stop calling about a posting seeking a contractor to roll marijuana cigarettes for research. The request comes just days after the Drug Enforcement Administration asked people to stop inquiring about a separate cannabis burning position.

The Missouri House Special Committee on Criminal Justice unanimously approved a marijuana decriminalization bill.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington said that “even if I wanted to [crack down on marijuana businesses], I just couldn’t” but that if safe consumption sites for illegal drugs open up, “action will be swift, sure and decisive.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Los Angeles office tweeted, “Yet another example of the harm this poison (#cannabis) is doing. Smoking #marijuana is harmful and it’s a dangerous drug with no legit medical use. #SaveOurPlanet from illegal #marijuana growers.”

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang said he wants to decriminalize opiates but not cocaine.

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D), a presidential candidate, spoke about his state’s legalization of marijuana and his efforts to pardon people with past convictions.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a presidential candidate, spoke about the urgency of legalizing marijuana during his campaign launch speech.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) tweeted photos of himself visiting a CBD and hemp store.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “There’s no playing nice: the cannabis industry must include communities of color at every level. We should also pass the #MarijuanaJusticeAct now to legalize cannabis and provide restorative justice for those devastated by the failed #WarOnDrugs.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) highlighted “important [polling] data for those trying to convince @realDonaldTrump that cannabis reform could turn off voters.”

The House marijuana banking bill got five new cosponsors, for a total of 165.

The House bill to respect state marijuana laws got two new cosponsors, for a total of 29.

The House bill to regulate marijuana like alcohol got one new cosponsor, for a total of four.

The House bill to shield veterans from losing benefits for marijuana got one new cosponsor, for a total of two.

The House bill to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to study medical cannabis got two new cosponsors, for a total of 59.

The House bill to codify provisions similar to the Cole Memo got one new cosponsor, for a total of ten.

The House bill to create a federal tax on marijuana got one new cosponsor, for a total of one.

The House criminal justice bill containing Marijuana Justice Act provisions got one new cosponsor, for a total of two.

/ STATES

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said that legalizing marijuana will “stop dangerous substances from going in” to cannabis products sold on the unregulated market.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) said that while he supports medical cannabis, he opposes legalizing marijuana. He is scheduled to sign a medical cannabis expansion bill on Wednesday.

Washington, D.C.’s attorney general and a Council member are calling on Congress to remove a rider blocking the city from legalizing and regulating marijuana sales.

Rhode Island’s House speaker discussed his concerns with marijuana legalization.

Iowa’s Senate president is optimistic that a bill to expand the state’s limited CBD medical cannabis law can pass this year.

Oklahoma lawmakers sent Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) a hemp bill.

The Washington State Senate approved bills allowing medical cannabis in schools and changing requirements for marijuana testing.

A Nevada judge will hear a case on Monday concerning secrecy in the state’s marijuana licensing process.

Puerto Rico representatives held a hearing on medical cannabis.

Maryland regulators told medical cannabis businesses that they will lose their temporary approvals if they don’t begin operations by September 30.

Michigan regulators sent a health advisory about lead contamination in vape cartridges. Separately, a senator filed legislation to reduce the sentences of people convicted of marijuana offenses prior to legalization.

A progressive advocacy organization is looking at primarying New Mexico’s Senate Finance Committee chair, in part because he blocked a marijuana legalization bill from going to the floor.


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/ LOCAL

New York City’s mayor said he will sign a bill banning pre-employment marijuana testing. His office tweeted, “Marijuana laws have been used to keep people of color in prisons and out of the job market. New York City can become the Fairest Big City in America, but first we need to right the wrongs of the past War on Drugs.”  Separately, the City Council held a hearing on child custody issues related to cannabis.

Manhattan’s district attorney filed a class action lawsuit to seal the marijuana conviction records of 366 people.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is supporting a foundation’s researching medical cannabis following a law enforcement raid on its facilities.

Latvian lawmakers are considering decriminalizing drugs.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study study’s findings demonstrate the “additive effects of THC and oxycodone and suggest the potential use of THC to enhance therapeutic efficacy, and to reduce the abuse, of opioids.”

A review concluded that “there is suggestion on a molecular level and based on retrospective analyses that cannabis may have a negative impact on the cardiovascular system” but that “prospective clinical data has not confirmed these suggested findings.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Chicago Tribune editorial board wants Illinois lawmakers to slow down before legalizing marijuana.

The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board is critical of a lawsuit seeking to block marijuana deliveries across the state.

The Bismarck Tribune editorial board says North Dakota activists need to have a more carefully drafted marijuana legalization measure than the last one if they hope to pass it in 2020.

/ BUSINESS

Conagra Brands is launching a special 4/20-themed variety of Andy Capp’s Fries.

The Los Angeles Times looks at how some businesses are dropping zero-tolerance marijuana policies.

Colorado retailers sold more than $119 million in marijuana products in February.

/ CULTURE

Musician Gene Simmons spoke about his involvement in the marijuana industry.

The New York Times talked to parents who use CBD to relax.

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 15-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he founded the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. (Organization citations are for identification only and do not constitute an endorsement or partnership.)

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Federal data shows teen cannabis use not up after legalization (Newsletter: August 21, 2019)

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GOP congressman to discuss marijuana licenses with AG Barr; Warren backs legal safe injection sites; NY & CT govs discuss legalization on fishing trip

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The latest results of the federally funded National Survey on Drug Use and Health continue to show that youth marijuana use in the U.S. is lower now than when states began legalizing cannabis.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) says he will soon meet with Attorney General William Barr to discuss expanding the number of federally authorized growers of marijuana to be used in scientific research.

A new criminal justice reform plan released by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a presidential candidate, includes legalizing marijuana and safe consumption sites for illegal drugs.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) discussed their states’ pushes to legalize marijuana during a fishing trip.

/ FEDERAL

The National Credit Union Administration tweeted, “#creditunions that choose to serve hemp-related businesses in their field of membership need to understand the complexities & risks involved. @TheNCUA latest guidance outlines what credit unions should consider.”

A federal judge held the opening hearing in a case in which the Department of Justice is seeking to block the opening of a safe consumption site for illegal drugs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Florida said he won’t focus on low-level marijuana cases or prosecute medical cannabis businesses that comply with state law.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “The business model of Wells Fargo is fraud. Yet how many people at Wells Fargo are going to jail? Zero. But if you smoke marijuana in this country, you get a criminal record. That is unacceptable.”

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) spoke about the benefits of hemp.

Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) tweeted, “Cargo screening is one of the most effective tools we have to bolster national security. It pays off: @CBP officers at Otay Mesa stopped nearly four tons of marijuana from being smuggled into San Diego last week.”

/ STATES

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Gov. Ralph Torres (R) signed a marijuana regulation bill into law.

An Illinois House of Representatives report on allegations of bullying and sexual misconduct in the legislature found insufficient evidence for claims that a former representative sexually harassed and bullied a medical cannabis advocate.

The North Carolina House Rules Committee voted to ban smokable hemp as of May 1.

Michigan regulators announced they will unveil the adult-use marijuana business license application at educational sessions next month.

Colorado officials announced a work group meeting and public hearing on the state’s regulated marijuana sunset accelerator program.

An Indiana senator who has sponsored marijuana reform bills is running for attorney general.

California activists filed a proposed ballot initiative to allow individuals to grow up to 99 marijuana plants.

Massachusetts’s top marijuana regulator discussed efforts to roll out legal home delivery.


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/ LOCAL

The Livingston County, Missouri prosecuting attorney said he will no longer pursue misdemeanor marijuana possession cases.

The Little Rock, Arkansas Board of Directors rejected a measure to make marijuana possession the lowest law enforcement priority.

Two Jacksonville, Florida City Council committee rejected a marijuana decriminalization proposal.

/ INTERNATIONAL

A Mexican judge granted two people the right to possess, transport and use cocaine.

Jamaican regulators have issued at least 40 marijuana business licenses and are currently seeking bidders to provide seed-to-sale tracking software.

/ ADVOCACY

The National Foundation for Women Legislators tweeted that the organization’s “Evolution of Marijuana Policy Summit was a success! Our efforts were even featured in Marijuana Moment!”

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study suggested that “CBD may benefit dogs with osteoarthritis-associated pain.”

A study involving LSD use by healthy subjects is slated to begin in New Zealand next year.

/ BUSINESS

The boards of the ten largest publicly traded marijuana companies are less diverse than the boards of Fortune 100 firms.

BigCommerce is rolling out a suite of tools to make it easier to sell CBD products.

BDS Analytics announced it has raised the first $7 million of a $10 million funding round.

/ CULTURE

Former boxer Mike Tyson’s Tyson Ranch will reportedly fund research on using CBD to treat chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

GCH, Inc., a company co-founded by Willie Nelson and his wife, is launching a line of hemp products for dogs, cats and horses.

Golf.com looks at CBD’s popularity among professional golfers.

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Feds issue hemp banking guidance memo for credit unions (Newsletter: August 20, 2019)

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Bernie Sanders backs safe injection sites; Congressman jokes Trump tweets delay legal marijuana; Pew report examines state cannabis revenue issues

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The National Credit Union Administration, a federal financial agency, published new guidance making clear that credit unions can serve hemp businesses.

A new criminal justice plan from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a presidential candidate, includes marijuana legalization, cannabis record expungement and safe consumption sites for illegal drugs.

A report from the Pew Charitable Trusts looks at the difficulties states face in projecting marijuana tax revenue ahead of time. For example, Nevada’s early cannabis haul was 40 percent higher than anticipated, while California sales were 45 percent lower than initially projected.

In a new interview, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) joked that Congress would be able to legalize marijuana a lot sooner if President Trump stopped creating controversies and distractions with his tweets.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture tweeted, “American farmers more than quadrupled the land planted with hemp in the past year, from 27,424 acres to 128,320 acres.”

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) tweeted about attending a hemp conference.

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) spoke at a town hall about his support for medical cannabis.

/ STATES

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) said that legalizing hemp could be “reckless” ahead of a legislative study committee meeting on the issue.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) spoke about the state’s new marijuana decriminalization law.

Connecticut’s Senate president said it is “critically important” for the state to legalize marijuana soon.

The California Department of Finance is opposing pending legislation that would allow the chartering of banks to serve marijuana businesses. Separately, the state Supreme Court overturned an appeals court’s ruling on whether the enactment of a zoning ordinance allowing the operation of medical cannabis cooperatives may cause a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change to the environment for the purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act.

Florida’s agriculture commissioner tweeted that “cannabis has life-changing potential for patients and Florida’s economy, like new tax revenue for education, affordable housing, jobs, and infrastructure. Floridians should have their say on recreational marijuana.”

Alabama’s House speaker said lawmakers will take the findings of a medical cannabis study committee seriously.

The Maryland legislature’s marijuana legalization work group held its second meeting.

Missouri regulators received more than 2,100 applications for medical cannabis business licenses.

Louisiana reportedly has 5,000 registered medical cannabis patients.

Washington State regulators updated the marijuana transportation manifest form. They also sent a list of tips and workarounds for the state’s troubled cannabis tracking system.

Alaska regulators will meet to discuss marijuana licensing and regulations from September 11-13.


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/ LOCAL

The Broward County, Florida state attorney is requiring a three gram minimum for the prosecution of misdemeanor marijuana cases.

Denver, Colorado officials announced they will be randomly selecting about 25 marijuana stores from which to evaluate products for contaminants.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that medical cannabis is “blessed” and “very important thing for sick people.”

Namibia’s government said that no groups have yet taken advantage of an invitation to submit marijuana reform plans for review.

/ ADVOCACY

The Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee adopted a resolution condemning the state’s agriculture commissioner for the slow implementation of the medical cannabis program. And the Louisiana Democratic Party tweeted, “Withholding medicine shouldn’t be a political tool but @MikeStrain4LA has no problem treating it like one. We deserve an Ag Commissioner who’s committed to Louisiana, not one committed to his own self-interest. It’s time we vote him out.”

A co-founder of the Extinction Rebellion environmental movement is calling for “mass civil disobedience” involving the ingestion of psychedelic drugs.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review of marijuana’s role in cancer care concluded that “there is a reasonable amount of evidence to consider cannabis for nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, and pain as a supplement to first-line treatments,” “promising evidence to treat chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, gastrointestinal distress, and sleep disorders” and that “cannabis has multifaceted potential bioactive benefits that appear to outweigh its risks in many situations.”

A study found that “fat content of a meal can lead to significant increases in [CBD absorption] and can account for variability in bioavailability and overall drug exposure within patients with oral products.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Boston Globe editorial board is urging lawmakers to pass legislation on marijuana-impaired driving.

/ BUSINESS

MedMen Enterprises Inc. is launching a statewide marijuana delivery service in California.

Organigram Holdings Inc. will begin trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on August 22.

CannTrust Holdings Inc. announced that the Ontario Cannabis Store is returning C$2.9 million worth of noncompliant marijuana products from the company.

Sun+Earth Certified is a new organic and fair labor certification program for the marijuana industry.

/ CULTURE

UFC head Dana White reacted to fighter Nate Diaz smoking a joint on stage at an event.

Former football player Steve Morley tweeted, “Dear @JustinTrudeau, As a ‘Born Again’ Christian, I must ask you to please reconsider legalizing #Marijuana. God wants to have a relationship with us. He can not do that when we’re drunk on Marijuana. Justin, I love you and I’m always praying for you. Steve”

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FBI seeks tips on cannabis industry corruption (Newsletter: August 18, 2019)

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Conservative org ALEC’s banking/CBD measures; Warren’s Native American plan includes legal marijuana; SD legalization initiative moves forward

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is actively seeking tips on public corruption related to the marijuana industry.

  • “States require licenses to grow and sell the drug—opening the possibility for public officials to become susceptible to bribes in exchange for those licenses. The corruption is more prevalent in western states where the licensing is decentralized—meaning the level of corruption can span from the highest to the lowest level of public officials.”

The conservative lawmaker organization American Legislative Exchange Council—better known as ALEC—is floating model measures on marijuana banking and legalizing hemp and CBD for state legislatures to consider.

A new plan on the rights of Indian tribes from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a presidential candidate, includes the ability to legalize marijuana without federal interference.

  • “A number of Tribal Nations view cannabis as an important opportunity for economic development.”

South Dakota’s attorney general filed an official summary of a proposed measure to legalize marijuana. Meanwhile, activists got approval to start collecting signatures for a separate initiative focused on medical cannabis.

/ FEDERAL

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit from a Connecticut police officer who claimed he was wrongfully suspended because of his medical cannabis use.

A federal court ruled that a Florida lawyer who incorrectly told clients they could legally grow marijuana owes about $370,000 in damages.

Office of National Drug Control Policy Director James Carroll spoke critically about marijuana legalization’s impact.

Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach toured Oregon hemp businesses with Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR).

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “Hemp farmers and processors have made clear that the lack of access to the banking system is a significant hurdle to growing their business. We’ll keep working to remove this major barrier facing the hemp industry.”

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “America means freedom. How can we still be incarcerating people for using marijuana? This is counter to everything we stand for. As president, I’ll end the federal prohibition on marijuana, end mass incarceration, and reform our criminal justice system.”

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the harms of the drug war got two new cosponsors, for a total of 35.

The House bill to require the federal government to study the impact of state marijuana laws got one new cosponsor, for a total of 29.

/ STATES

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) touted the state’s national leadership on hemp at an American Herbal Products Association conference. Separately, regulators issued a health and safety advisory about potentially unsafe levels of microbial contamination in marijuana products.

The chief of staff for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said that “nothing is off the table” in negotiations about passing marijuana legalization legislation this year.

Montana’s lieutenant governor toured a marijuana testing facility and tweeted, “Learned a lot from yesterday’s tour of the longest operating state certified medical marijuana testing laboratory and how we can ensure access to safe and healthy medicine for our veterans, cancer patients, and others. Thanks for having me, Stillwater Laboratories!”

Maryland’s attorney general wants prosecutors to consider manslaughter charges for people who sell or supply drugs that cause fatal overdoses.

The California Supreme Court said it will issue an opinion on Monday in a case concerning whether the enactment of a zoning ordinance allowing the operation of medical cannabis cooperatives in certain areas may cause a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change to the environment for the purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act.

A Nevada judge heard closing arguments in a case challenging the state’s marijuana business licensing process and could issue a decision this week.

Texas’s Permanent School Fund Committee has a marijuana industry investment worth more than $700,000.

Medical cannabis implementation has become a top issue in the Louisiana agriculture commissioner race.

The South Dakota legislature’s industrial hemp study committee will meet on Monday.

Pennsylvania lawmakers hosted an anti-marijuana forum. Separately, regulators announced that a business relinquished medical cannabis dispensary permits as part of a settlement over violations.

Michigan regulators filed a formal complaint against and summarily suspended a marijuana testing lab for inaccurate results and/or unreliable testing and reporting practices. Separately, they are hosting a meeting to receive public comment on marijuana licensing and rules on August 29.

A Georgia representative tweeted, “The date rape drug is a federal Schedule V drug but marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug. That’s beyond a problem folks. 🤔☹”


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/ LOCAL

Prosecutors and candidates from St. Louis County, Missouri; Nueces County, Texas and Arlington, Virginia coauthored an op-ed defending local moves to not pursue marijuana cases and enact broader reforms.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Ugandan Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda said his government plans to issue marijuana cultivation licenses.

Lawmakers in the Czech Republic are considering legislation requiring public insurance to cover medical cannabis.

Chile’s government is militarizing its drug war.

/ ADVOCACY

The Republican Party of Kentucky tweeted, “Now we’ve got the most educated man to have ever served Kentucky, @RyanQuarlesKY! His work on hemp and to promote our #KentuckyProud agriculture industry has helped make Kentucky great and it’s time we send him back to Frankfort as our Agriculture Commissioner.”

The Possible Plan, a new nonprofit focused on inclusion in the marijuana industry, ran an ad in the the New York Times Magazine’s special issue on slavery.

Idahoans for Healthy Kids and Communities formed to oppose a proposed medical cannabis ballot measure in the state.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study of youth substance abuse treatment found that “[juvenile justice system] referrals’ retention rates were significantly higher than those of non-JJS referrals at the end of Phase I (i.e. week 7)” but that “there was no difference in abstinence rates between the groups at the end of phase I or II and any of the quarterly additional follow-up assessments up to one year from treatment onset.”

A study found that “pediatric cannabis exposure cases increased in Massachusetts after medical marijuana was legalized in 2012, despite using childproof packaging and warning labels.”

A study concluded that “recipes for cannabis edibles are easily accessible through Pinterest” but that “information about dosage, serving size, health effects, and responsible usage are all but absent.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that New Zealand adults oppose legalizing marijuana, 39%-47%.

/ BUSINESS

CannTrust Holdings Inc. announced that the Ontario Securities Commission approved its request for a management cease trade order.

A half ton of marijuana produced by Sundial Growers Inc. was reportedly returned by Zenabis Global Inc. because it contained visible mold, parts of rubber gloves and other non-cannabis material.

Legal Sea Foods launched a new marijuana-themed ad campaign.

Facebook has been suspending Ohio medical cannabis pages.

/ CULTURE

Netflix is being criticized for continuing to depict marijuana consumption in its programming even as it has pledged to cut back on showing cigarette smoking.

The World Boxing Council is partnering with Craft 1861 to create a CBD wellness protocol.

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