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Biden says cannabis rules could change after Richardson ban (Newsletter: July 5, 2021)

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FDA’s CBD warning for dogs; RI safe consumption bill to gov; House witness: Lawmakers should visit marijuana biz together

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President Joe Biden suggested that anti-marijuana rules for athletes could change following the runner Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension from Olympic competition due to a positive cannabis test. The comments came one day after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki declined to condemn the sanction against Richardson and as a bipartisan group of lawmakers called on sports officials to reconsider their approach to the issue.

Ahead of the 4th of July, the Food and Drug Administration warned people about using CBD to calm dogs that are scared of fireworks because it “has NOT evaluated these products.” But in doing so for the third year in a row, the agency inadvertently revealed that it’s not doing its job.

Rhode Island lawmakers sent a bill to Gov. Dan McKee (D) that would make the state the first to legalize safe consumption sites for illegal drugs.

A witness at a House hearing testified that members of Congress can get to know one another and reduce partisan bickering by visiting marijuana businesses together.

  • “It’s a little cheesy. But actually, because it’s one-on-one, it’s harder to be really demeaning.”

Sens. Alex Padilla (D-CA), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) are calling on the Department of Homeland Security to reopen the case of a Navy veteran who was deported over a marijuana conviction.

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Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) criticized both major parties for not embracing marijuana legalization.

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) tweeted, “The War on Drugs has gone on long enough. It has destroyed communities, devastated families and hasn’t put a dent in drug use. It’s time to end the punitive War on Drugs and take a health-based approach.”

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) tweeted, “Today, after decades of excessive incarceration that disproportionately targeted communities of color, marijuana is legalized in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I have called for this step for years, and will continue to support and vote for legalization at the federal level.”

Rep. Ed Permutter (D-CO) tweeted, “States’ rights and the will of the majority of voters in this country need to be respected as we look to reform federal cannabis laws. I continue to push for passage of the #SAFEBankingAct to align state and federal law and reduce the public safety risk in our communities.”

Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) tweeted, “Those who have power to make laws and rules about marijuana have damaged/destroyed countless lives due to their ignorance and lack of aloha. OC: Drop rule and end Sha’Carri’s suspension. Live aloha.”

The House bill to decriminalize all drugs got four new cosponsors for a total of 16.

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the harms of the drug war got 47 new cosponsors for a total of 52.

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) allowed a bill to require regulators to consult the public on changes to medical cannabis rules to become law without her signature.

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried, currently the state’s agriculture commissioner, tweeted, “Suspended from the @Olympics for a medicine legal in her state that doesn’t affect her performance and eased the grief of losing her mother? Enough of this. Let Sha’Carri run.”

California lawmakers sent Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) a bill to consolidate marijuana regulatory bodies and make other changes to rules.

Puerto Rico’s Senate approved a bill on workplace protections for medical cannabis patients.

Rhode Island House leaders said they “intend to continue working on legislation concerning cannabis regulation.”

Virginia’s Senate president pro tempore is a co-owner of a CBD store.

The New Jersey Supreme Court issued an order to facilitate the dismissal, vacating and expungement of marijuana cases.

A Florida appeals court ruled that an employer doesn’t have to pay for a worker’s visit to a physician to be evaluated for a medical cannabis recommendation.

A Tennessee representative said the state is “nowhere close” to legalizing marijuana.

Oregon regulators published guidance about the end of coronavirus-related restrictions for marijuana businesses.

Connecticut officials are accepting applications to serve on the new cannabis Social Equity Council.

South Dakota regulators plan to select a vendor to run the state’s medical cannabis system by the end of next month.


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South Dakota cities and counties are working to enact medical cannabis rules.

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Argentina’s Senate advanced a medical cannabis bill.

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority outlined a proposed approach to assessing and listing applications for companies with cannabis-related activities.

Paraguay’s minister of health participated in a press event to accept cannabis-based medicines on behalf of patients.

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A study found that “more than 60% of the patients with [multiple sclerosis] who started add-on treatment with cannabinoid oromucosal spray reported a clinically relevant symptomatic effect and continued treatment after 12 weeks.”

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The Wyoming Democratic Party tweeted, “The Wyoming Democratic Party supports the legalization of marijuana. (We know this makes Susan Gore a little unhappy.)”

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted, “WTF??? You’re telling me weed is somehow ‘performance enhancing’ but being born and living most of your life as a dude and then competing against women isn’t? Total bullshit!!! The woke olympics sucks! Let her compete, I’m pretty damn sure weed has never made anyone faster.” He also tweeted, “If they’re changing the rules to allow biological men to compete against women and that biology I.e. bone structure/density, lung capacity, muscle density etc… is not somehow an advantage or “performance enhancing” maybe it’s time they look at the policy on marijuana? Its time.”

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Nike issued a statement standing by Sha’Carri Richardson following her marijuana-related suspension.

Columbia Care Inc. completed its acquisition of CannAscend.

Cura Partners and Arcadian Capital LLC reached a settlement in a lawsuit over an unpaid finder’s fee related to the former company’s acquisition by Curaleaf.

The Parent Company terminated an agreement to invest $50 million in GH Group, Inc.

The Hawthorne Gardening Company announced a five-year exclusive partnership between its Max-Fan brand and Ruck Ventilatoren GmbH.

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Football player Patrick Mahomes said Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension for marijuana is “trash.”

Seth Rogen tweeted, “The notion that weed is a problematic ‘drug’ is rooted in racism. It’s insane that Team USA would disqualify one of this country’s most talented athletes over thinking that’s rooted in hatred. It’s something they should be ashamed of. Also if weed made you fast, I’d be FloJo.”

The Onion also weighed in on Richardson’s cannabis suspension.

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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 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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Feds’ cannabis interference on Indian land (Newsletter: November 26, 2021)

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AGs push Congress for marijuana cooperation with states; Study looks at dogs getting high from THC in poop

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The Pueblo of Picuris Indian tribe in New Mexico is accusing the federal government of a discriminatory double standard after a medical cannabis patient’s garden on tribal land was raided while marijuana businesses across many states operate without interference.

The bipartisan attorneys general of Arizona, Connecticut, North Dakota and Vermont sent a letter urging Congress to emphasize federal-state cooperation in any plan to legalize marijuana.

A study concluded that “ingestion of human feces containing THC may lead to marijuana toxicosis in dogs.”

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wrote in an op-ed that he discussed marijuana legalization and other issues with students at a youth summit.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) tweeted, “Including #SAFEBanking in the final NDAA will help safeguard our financial system, reduce the public safety risk & help support Veteran & minority-owned businesses now. It will help pave the way for broader, comprehensive cannabis reform & create a safer, more equitable industry.”

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A New York senator sent a press release about his new bill to add transgender and non-binary people to the marijuana equity program.

A Tennessee representative tweeted about touring a hemp and CBD business.

Ohio regulators posted a draft resolution eliminating the medical cannabis tier system and setting a 90-day supply of plant material as nine ounces, regardless of THC percentage.

Alaska regulators will host working group meetings about marijuana products next month and in January.

Colorado regulators will host a work group meeting about changing marijuana business licensee designations on December 3.

Michigan regulators will hold a public meeting on marijuana issues on December 9.

The Tennessee Medical Cannabis Commission will meet on December 10.


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Los Angeles, California regulators published a report about the city’s marijuana licensing program.

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New Zealand lawmakers passed a bill to legalize drug checking services.

Lithuanian lawmakers defeated an amendment to decriminalize drugs.

Argentina’s government approved a research project on cannabis cultivation for medical and scientific purposes.

India’s Food Safety and Security Authority approved regulations for hemp seeds and oil as food ingredients.

Luxembourg is experiencing medical cannabis supply issues.

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A study found that “recreational marijuana legalization increased the clearance rates for violent crime overall and aggravated assault” but that “the positive effect of legalization appears to shrink over time.”

A study suggested that “psychedelic-use may causally influence metaphysical beliefs—shifting them away from ‘hard materialism.’”

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Cresco Labs closed its acquisition of Bay, LLC.

Vaseline released a new hemp-infused soothing product.

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Deftones launched a line of marijuana products.

CNN will air the sixth installment of its “WEED” series on Sunday.

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SD legal cannabis blocked by court (Newsletter: November 25, 2021)

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Germany to legalize marijuana; Taliban signs cannabis deal; Former TX gov talks psychedelics’ benefits

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Germany’s incoming government coalition officially announced plans to legalize marijuana. The plan also includes broader harm reduction measures such as drug checking services.

The South Dakota Supreme Court upheld a lower judge’s ruling that a voter-approved marijuana legalization measure is invalid. Activists are already working to put another initiative on the 2022 ballot, and lawmakers are considering the issue.

Afghanistan’s Taliban regime announced it signed a cannabis production deal with a company called Cpharm, though an Australian firm of that name later denied it is involved and said it has “no connection with cannabis or the Taliban” and has “no idea where the Taliban media release has come from.”

  • The project “will be officially launched soon and hundreds of people will get job opportunities,” the Ministry of Interior Affairs said.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R)—who also served as U.S. energy secretary—spoke about his support for the therapeutic use of psychedelics to treat mental health conditions faced by military veterans.

  • “If you would have told me five years ago that Rick Perry, knuckle-dragging, right wing Republican governor of Texas, was going to be in the same sentence with the word ‘psychedelics,’ I would have bet you the farm, baby.”

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency tweeted, “Hemp offers new economic opportunities for America’s farmers, and RMA is pleased to offer coverage to hemp producers.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “The War on Drugs has been a war on people—particularly people of color. We must end the federal prohibition on marijuana and make criminal justice reforms—I’m working with @SenBooker and @RonWyden to pass our Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act to do just that.”

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) tweeted about his vote in favor of a psychedelics research amendment.

Former Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) spoke about assisting someone with obtaining psilocybin therapy for depression.

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair drug war harms got one new cosponsor for a total of 101.

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The Cayuga Nation, located within New York, began selling marijuana at tribal stores.

California generated $322.34 million in marijuana tax revenue last quarter.

Massachusetts regulators rescinded a recommendation that municipalities should prioritize approval for marijuana social equity applicants. Separately, they are accepting public comment on hemp guidance.

Virginia regulators finalized rules removing the requirement to report prior marijuana convictions for asbestos, lead and home inspectors.

Oregon regulators reviewed plans to begin accepting new marijuana business license applications and approved stipulated settlement agreements for violations.

Minnesota regulators released the results of a medical cannabis survey of healthcare providers.

Maine regulators are conducting a survey about the hemp program.

Connecticut regulators posted updated stats about the medical cannabis program.

West Virginia regulators will host medical cannabis patient signup events next week.


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Pima County, Arizona officials are having issues processing marijuana expungements.

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Luxembourg’s government gave an update on its marijuana legalization plans.

The Israeli Knesset created a new Cannabis Committee.

Ireland’s Medical Cannabis Access Program enrolled its first patient.

Mexico’s Senate hosted a forum on marijuana.

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A review concluded that “all preclinic and clinic studies that have been reported show that, through the cannabinoid system, cannabinoids, particularly CBD, have many mechanisms that are effective in the treatment of patients infected by SARS-CoV-2.”

A study found that “adults who microdose psychedelics report health related motivations and lower levels of anxiety and depression compared to non-microdosers.”

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A poll found that 61 percent of Massachusetts residents believe marijuana legalization has been positive for the state.

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Planet 13 Holdings Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $33 million and a net loss of $10.2 million.

An investor’s fraud and retaliation lawsuit against Bloom Farms was dismissed.

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VA ‘looking at’ cannabis policy change for veterans (Newsletter: November 24, 2021)

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Key senators push marijuana banking in NDAA; St. Louis decrim passes unanimously; Bipartisan AGs want federal cannabis clarity

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Veterans Affairs Sec. Denis McDonough said VA is “looking at” the possibility of a medical cannabis policy change and has discussed it with the White House after having a “profound” discussion with a veteran who says marijuana saved his life—but feels constrained by current federal law.

Five bipartisan members of the Senate Armed Services Committee sent a letter asking leaders to include House-passed marijuana banking language in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act.

Bipartisan attorneys general from Arizona and Vermont talked about the need for “cooperative federalism” in marijuana policy that sets general guidelines but respects the rights of states to set their own legalization laws.

The St. Louis, Missouri Board of Aldermen gave unanimous final passage to a measure decriminalizing marijuana possession and cultivation of up to six plants under local law.

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A former U.S. attorney for South Carolina authored an op-ed endorsing a federal marijuana legalization bill.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “A majority of Americans – regardless of political party – support legalizing marijuana. It’s time to get this done on the federal level.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tweeted, “Black and white Americans are about equally likely to use cannabis, but Black Americans are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for it. To start righting this wrong, I’m calling on President Biden to pardon everyone convicted of nonviolent federal cannabis offenses.”

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) said Democratic-led marijuana legalization bills “will not pass both chambers” and that her new legislation is a good compromise.

Florida Democratic congressional candidate Jesse Philippe tweeted, “It is radical and authoritarian to support locking people away in prison for cannabis use.”

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Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Downing tweeted, “Despite the history of embedded racism in cannabis criminalization, profits of the now-legal cannabis industry flow almost exclusively to white people. Those harmed by the era [of] criminalization must have access to opportunity within the industry… A Downing Admin will also ensure that no less than 50% of new marijuana licenses are reserved for social and economic equity applicants.”

Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Cranley, currently Cincinnati’s mayor, tweeted, “Ohio is in a rut and we deserve a comeback. I’ve got the plans to do it:… 🍃  Legalize marijuana & invest that tax revenue back into our communities…”

A former New Hampshire Senate minority leader authored an op-ed on the need to legalize marijuana.

An Illinois judge ruled that the smell of marijuana is not probable cause to search a vehicle.

Vermont regulators released proposed marijuana rules.

Michigan regulators are being sued over a recent recall of marijuana products.

Arizona regulators are facing a second lawsuit over the marijuana social equity program.

South Dakota regulators issued the state’s first medical cannabis patient cards.

New Jersey regulators published a list of impact zones and economically disadvantaged areas for marijuana licensing.

Colorado regulators released updated demographic information on marijuana business licensees.

Florida regulators posted a notice about a request from Trulieve, Inc. to waive a rule requiring medical cannabis drink powders to be individually wrapped.

New York misdemeanor and felony marijuana charges have fallen dramatically since legalization took effect.


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The Billings, Montana City Council acted on medical cannabis rules.

Brattleboro, Vermont  police issued a warning about apparent fentanyl-laced marijuana.

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Mexico’s Senate majority leader said he wants to have a draft of a marijuana legalization bill ready this week or next week and pass it by December 15.

Malawi’s agriculture minister appointed Mike Tyson as the country’s “cannabis branch ambassador.”

A UK member of Parliament is stepping up pressure on the government to reschedule psilocybin.

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A study concluded that “cannabidiol induces cell death in human lung cancer cells and cancer stem cells.”

A case series indicated that “titrated plant extract preparation of medical cannabis may be useful to control treatment-resistant pain and epilepsy in” pediatric palliative care patients.

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Marijuana Moment, NORML, Marijuana Policy Project and others will participate in a BillTrack50 webinar on cannabis legislation on December 7.

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Organigram Holdings Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of $24.9 million and a net loss of $26 million.

Curaleaf Inc. is facing another lawsuit over allegedly selling mislabelled CBD drops that contained THC.

A California court ruled in favor of MedMen Enterprises Inc. in a lawsuit brought against the company by its former chief financial officer.

Flow Cannabis Co.’s founders are threatening not to pay increased California marijuana taxes.

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Shaquille O’Neal is suing former partners in a marijuana business venture.

“Lady Buds” is a new documentary about women in the cannabis industry.

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