Connect with us


Biden pardons turkeys but not cannabis prisoners (Newsletter: November 22, 2021)



DC legalization hearing; PA cops sink medical marijuana patient protections; Interstate cannabis commerce push; Warren presses Biden on clemency

Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day.

Get our daily newsletter.

Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible…

BREAKING: Journalism is often consumed for free, but costs money to produce! While this newsletter is proudly sent without cost to you, our ability to send it each day depends on the financial support of readers who can afford to give it. So if you’ve got a few dollars to spare each month and believe in the work we do, please consider joining us on Patreon today.

  • Sam Burns: “As a U.S. veteran and current horticulture student, the legalization of cannabis is so important to me. It’s time for the lawmakers of this country to make things right and legalize cannabis!”


President Joe Biden pardoned two turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving, but he treated a question about whether he would grant clemency to humans in prison for marijuana as a joke. And White House Press Secretary Jen Psaski said she had “nothing new to update” on whether the president would follow through on a campaign pledge to give relief to people incarcerated for cannabis.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is stepping up her push to get President Joe Biden to issue mass marijuana pardons with the “stroke of a pen.”

  • “This is not making us a stronger country. It is undercutting our economy and it’s undercutting racial justice in this country.”

Washington, D.C. Council committees held a lengthy joint hearing on a bill to legalize marijuana sales in anticipation of the repeal of a congressional rider blocking cannabis commerce in the nation’s capital.

Advocacy by the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association appears to have led to the derailing of a House amendment to protect medical cannabis patients from DUI charges.

The Alliance for Sensible Markets is leading a coalition of marijuana organizations in calling on the governors of cannabis production states to ask the Department of Justice for enforcement guidance allowing interstate sales to consumer markets.

Members of the Louisiana House Medical Marijuana Commission laid into regulators over the high cost of medical cannabis for patients at a hearing, saying that “micromanagement” is creating inefficiencies in the supply chain.


Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Assistant Director Joe Jeronimo said if he were a drug cartel, “I wouldn’t waste my time with marijuana and I’d get out of the cocaine business” and would instead focus on other markets.

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) said her marijuana legalization bill can help to address rising opioid overdose rates. She also spoke about using cannabis to treat depression and reacted to opposition to her proposal from her home state South Carolina Republican Party.

Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI) spoke about his support for a new federal marijuana legalization bill.

Rep. Jay Obernolte (R-CA) tweeted about a new documentary about illegal marijuana cultivation, saying, “@RepMikeGarcia and I have worked to bring in DEA & federal support to help combat this crisis. We are making progress, but there is a long way to go.”

The Senate marijuana banking bill got one new cosponsor for a total of 40.


A spokesperson for Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) said “nothing has changed” about his opposition to legalizing marijuana.

Rhode Island’s House speaker said it’s “possible, but not probable” that lawmakers will hold a special session to pass marijuana legalization and other bills, and that negotiators have one remaining issue to decide with the cannabis legislation.

Arizona regulators are being sued over marijuana social equity rules.

California regulators proposed rules allowing the authorization and release of marijuana business license applicant information to financial institutions.

Ohio regulators said that medical cannabis products previously recalled have now been retested and passed. They also received more than 1,400 applications for new medical cannabis dispensary licenses.

Iowa regulators will ask lawmakers to allow more medical cannabis dispensary licenses to be awarded.

Massachusetts officials released a working draft of marijuana tax rules.

Montana regulators proposed marijuana testing rules.

Colorado regulators released educational materials and forms about new medical cannabis restrictions.

Nevada regulators summarily suspended the marijuana cultivation licenses of The Harvest Foundation, LLC over violations.

Utah regulators sent an update on the medical cannabis program.

Vermont regulators will release draft marijuana rules on Tuesday.

Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,200 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments.

Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access.


Buffalo, New York is being sued for allegedly improperly firing a firefighter for medical cannabis use.

El Dorado County, California officials are being sued for allegedly improperly blocking marijuana licensing.


Members of Germany’s Green Party said that a working group report on a plan to legalize marijuana by the incoming government coalition has not yet been finalized.

Mexico’s Senate majority leader is circulating a new marijuana legalization bill he hopes to pass by December 15.

The International Criminal Court temporarily suspended its investigation of the bloody Philippine “drug war” after the nation requested it do so.

A Sri Lankan lawmaker is urging the government to legalize marijuana.


A study found that “CBD is effective against the otherwise treatment-resistant cancer stem cells.”

A review concluded that “current research with medicinal psychedelics, usually as an adjunct to psychotherapy, has shown encouraging results in treating mood disorders.”


The Indiana Democratic Party tweeted, “@INDems are ready to create better opportunities for Hoosiers and Indiana’s economy. This is why it’s past time to legalize cannabis.  A *large* majority of voters support this common-sense idea. Below is why. Let’s get this done.”

The president of prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana said his recent book has been optioned for a possible film adaptation.


Amazon executives in India have been charged in a case centering on the platform’s alleged use for illegal marijuana smuggling.

Canopy Growth Corporation’s chief financial officer and chief product officer are leaving the company.

Marijuana stocks dipped last week.

HEXO Corp announced changes to its board of directors.

A federal judge denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. filed against cannabis company Terphogz LLC for allegedly violating its Skittles trademark.

Workers at several Missouri medical cannabis businesses are in the process of unionizing.


Chris Tucker said he didn’t participate in sequels to the movie “Friday” because he didn’t want to be associated with marijuana.

Make sure to subscribe to get Marijuana Moment’s daily dispatch in your inbox.

Get our daily newsletter.

Marijuana Moment is made possible with support from readers. If you rely on our cannabis advocacy journalism to stay informed, please consider a monthly Patreon pledge.
Become a patron at Patreon!

Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 20-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 and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.


Marijuana News In Your Inbox

Get our daily newsletter.

Support Marijuana Moment

Marijuana News In Your Inbox


Get our daily newsletter.