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Biden VA opposes cannabis research bill (Newsletter: October 14, 2021)

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Fed drug official gives MD legalization advice; NV’s $1 billion in marijuana sales; Cannabis & psychedelics on ballots across US next month

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The Biden administration’s Department of Veterans Affairs testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee that it opposes a bill to expand research on the benefits of medical cannabis for military veterans struggling with PTSD and chronic pain, calling its provisions too “prescriptive.”

A top federal official with the National Institute on Drug Abuse gave advice to Maryland lawmakers who are crafting a marijuana legalization referendum for the 2022 ballot. She has concerns about commercialization but signaled reform’s inevitability by weighing in on policy areas such as potency limits, marketing restrictions, labeling requirements, product testing mandates and other regulatory matters. She also described the need to allow public consumption of cannabis as a “social equity” issue so that people don’t get evicted from their housing.

The Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board and the Nevada Department of Taxation announced that retailers in the state sold more than $1 billion worth of legal marijuana products over the past fiscal year.

Although 2021 is an off-year election, voters in cities and states across the country will decide on ballot measures next month to decriminalize marijuana, deprioritize enforcement against psychedelics, increase marijuana taxes and more.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service sent a press release about a survey of hemp producers it is mailing out next week.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse will host a meeting to review grant applications on using cannabinoids to treat HIV-associated persistent inflammation on November 19.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “Americans are sending a clear message—they want an end to marijuana prohibition. That’s why @SenBooker, @RonWyden, and I are working to pass our Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act to end the federal prohibition and undo the harms of the War on Drugs.”

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) tweeted about visiting a marijuana dispensary, saying, “It defies common sense that dispensaries like @GoGreenMuse in Portland are denied banking services because of arcane federal laws. I’ll continue working to end the federal prohibition of cannabis and deliver much-needed relief to small businesses in Oregon and nationwide.”

Kentucky Democratic congressional candidate Morgan McGarvey, currently the state Senate minority leader, supports legalizing marijuana.

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) said there are still some details to work out on a medical cannabis bill before he is ready to call a special session.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) was pressed during a debate on why he hasn’t commuted sentences of or issued pardons to people who are incarcerated for marijuana. Meanwhile, the lieutenant governor tweeted, “New Jersey is a leader in criminal justice reform. With our approach to legalizing adult-use cannabis and recognizing how the War on Drugs disproportionately impacted our Black and Brown communities, we’re able to make our criminal justice system fairer for all.”

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “Bills are moving. It’s time to legalize marijuana. Let’s get it done.”

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) tweeted, “Promise made, promise kept: last spring I called the #NMleg into a special session to legalize recreational cannabis because I promised New Mexicans we would get it done. And now, we’ve created a new economic driver for New Mexico.”

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in two cases that employers do not have to reimburse workers for medical cannabis used to treat work-related injuries.

Montana regulators filed proposed recreational marijuana rules.

Massachusetts regulators halted marijuana sales at ACK Natural after it allegedly failed to properly test products for mycotoxins.

Missouri regulators released medical cannabis products that had been placed on an administrative hold.

Washington State regulators released an updated list of pesticides that are allowed for use in marijuana production.

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

Colorado regulators published an overview of how marijuana tax revenue funds education.

Arkansas regulators published updated data on medical cannabis patient registrations.

Tennessee’s Medical Cannabis Commission will meet on Thursday.


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Denver, Colorado’s mayor tweeted about a cannabis social equity resource fair on Saturday, saying, “Many people of color are still weighed down by past convictions for possession of marijuana and, as a result, they are barred from entering the industry. We are working to fix that.”

The Clark County, Nevada Commission is considering funding a Pathway to Ownership program aimed at increasing social equity in the marijuana industry.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Israeli Knesset gave initial approval to a medical cannabis regulation bill.

Germany’s Health Ministry reiterated opposition to marijuana legalization after a health spokesperson for the top vote-getting party in recent elections expressed support for the reform.

Western Australia’s government plans to investigate medical cannabis access issues and hemp commercialization opportunities.

A Mexican senator is hosting a series of events about marijuana.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “CBD alleviates liver injuries in alcoholics with high-fat high-cholesterol diet.”

A study examining “psilocybin administration combined with a structured smoking cessation treatment program in nicotine dependent individuals” is now recruiting participants.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that 60 percent of Britons think criminalization of drugs is ineffective in preventing use and that they are much less likely to think marijuana is dangerous as compared to alcohol or tobacco.

NORML published a report highlighting concerns about delta-8 THC products.

/ BUSINESS

Lantern transitioned to an independent corporate entity following Uber’s acquisition of its former parent company Drizly Group.

IGNITE International Brands, Ltd. is discontinuing its cannabis business in Canada.

CBD company FullSend Inc. is suing YouTube influencer firm Nelk Inc. over an alleged intimidation campaign regarding trademark infringement accusations.

Colorado retailers sold $192.9 million worth of legal marijuana products in August.

/ CULTURE

Stevie Van Zandt launched a line of cannabis products.

Conor McGregor tweeted about his use of CBD to manage pain.

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Amazon backs GOP cannabis legalization bill (Newsletter: January 26, 2022)

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MS deal to send medical marijuana to gov; VA psychedelics bill delayed; OK GOP psilocybin decrim measure filed; MO cannabis expungements

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Mississippi lawmakers reached an agreement to send a medical cannabis bill to Gov. Tate Reeves’s (R)  desk this week. A bicameral conference committee will tweak newly amended zoning provisions, with final passage expected on Wednesday.

Amazon is endorsing a GOP-led federal marijuana legalization bill. The company previously announced it would stop testing most employees for cannabis and backed a separate Democratic-led legalization measure.

A Virginia House Courts of Justice subcommittee amended a psychedelics decriminalization bill to make it focused on medical use, but then voted to table the legislation until next year. A similar measure is still pending in the Senate, with bipartisan support.

Oklahoma Republican lawmakers filed bills that would decriminalize psilocybin and encourage research into the therapeutic potential of the psychedelic for treating conditions like PTSD, severe depression and opioid use disorder.

Several competing Missouri ballot initiatives and legislative proposals to legalize marijuana contain provisions to expunge prior records—but they differ in detail, and legal experts say some could cause more harm than good.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Cornell University are launching a webinar series on hemp research.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a man’s case challenging the constitutionality of criminalizing selling drugs with medical or religious uses.

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) tweeted about visiting a hemp processing facility, saying, “This Montana business is providing good-paying jobs, boosting the local economy & supporting Montana farmers. We need to be supporting MT ag, not hindering it.”

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) said there are “three things that really bring people together—animals, Britney Spears and cannabis.” She also authored an op-ed calling on South Carolina lawmakers to pass a medical marijuana bill.

Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA) tweeted, “Good event yesterday in Leona Valley with @kathrynbarger and @LACoSheriff to discuss our continued efforts to combat the illegal marijuana grows. Since I first brought national attention to this crisis sweeping across our community, we have made significant progress.”

Missouri Democratic congressional candidate Henry Martin tweeted, “Keeping marijuana illegal has resulted in an above-ground market in many states where people sell marijuana-like products that are not regulated at all by the FDA. Let’s end this dangerous nonsense. We don’t need spice and synthetic hemp products on our streets. Just legalize it.”

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Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro, currently the attorney general, tweeted, “Legalize marijuana. Expunge records.”

Delaware’s state auditor tweeted, “It’s been one year since I released a special report on the potential revenue Delaware could see if it taxed and regulated marijuana for adult use.” The House Health & Human Development Committee will consider a cannabis legalization bill on Wednesday.

The South Dakota Senate approved several bills to amend medical cannabis rules.

The Wisconsin Senate defeated a marijuana legalization amendment.

Virginia’s Senate president pro tempore tweeted, “There was a young man running for Senate who got 6 mil+ views last week for smoking a joint. Please. I’m a 78 year grandma who legalized pot and now has her own cannibis store.  And I’m the last thing standing between The GOP and total control of Virginia… Did I mention my store is on High Street in Portsmouth?”

Minnesota’s House majority leader said he’s concerned Senate Republicans will continue to block his marijuana legalization bill.

Connecticut’s House majority leader tweeted about how youth service bureaus are working on “examining the possible impact of cannabis legislation.”

The Ohio House Health Committee advanced a bill to add autism spectrum disorder as a medical cannabis qualifying condition.

The Michigan House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a bill to allow police to conduct roadside saliva tests for THC.

Washington State lawmakers are considering several marijuana equity bills.

A New Mexico representative spoke about efforts to bring more entrepreneurs into the cannabis industry.

Alaska regulators proposed rules changes on the marijuana enforcement action process.

Vermont regulators posted marijuana guidance for municipalities.

Texas regulators published a notice of compliance with a temporary injunction on their ban on delta-8 THC.

Florida regulators issued variances on rules for hemp laboratory testing for two companies.

Nevada regulators met to act on marijuana business issues.

Tennessee’s Medical Cannabis Commission will meet on Friday.


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A full list of New York municipalities that opted out of allowing recreational marijuana retailers or social consumption areas was released by state regulators.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Thailand’s Narcotics Control Board agreed to remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances.

Costa Rica’s government is asking lawmakers to amend a medical cannabis and hemp bill to remove home cultivation and lower allowable THC amounts.

France’s Council of State suspended a ban on selling raw hemp flowers and leaves.

Philippine presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos said he supports medical cannabis.

A Guernsey lawmaker is inquiring about cannabis licensing lessons from Jersey.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study suggested that “cannabis is largely an alternative to palliative care for terminal patients” and that “for those in palliative care, it is a therapeutic complement used at higher levels of pain.”

A study of people with fibromyalgia found that “the majority of participants believed that psychedelics have potential for chronic pain treatments and would be willing to participate in a psychedelic-based clinical trial for their pain.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The South Dakota Democratic Party tweeted, ” As Democrats, we want to ensure the will of the people is followed. In 2020, 70% of voters made it clear that South Dakotans want Medical Marijuana!”

More Perfect Union released a video featuring federal marijuana prisoners asking President Joe Biden to grant them clemency.

/ BUSINESS

Ballard Partners launched a national cannabis practice group.

Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. completed its acquisition of Pineapple Express Delivery Inc.

Home Depot is being sued by an employee who says she was improperly put on medical leave after revealing she uses medical cannabis to treat PTSD.

HEXO Corp. sent an update about its strategic plan.

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Govs talk cannabis in SOTS speeches (Newsletter: January 25, 2022)

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NY OKs medical marijuana for any condition; MA gets more revenue from cannabis than alcohol; CO industry equity goal met

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At least six governors across the U.S. have talked about marijuana in their State of State speeches, inaugural addresses and budget plans this month—showing just how far cannabis has come into the mainstream alongside traditional issues like taxes, jobs and infrastructure.

New York regulators announced that doctors can now recommend medical cannabis for any condition they see fit. It’s a major expansion to the program as officials continue to work to launch the broader recreational marijuana market.

Virginia Republican House of Delegates leaders are beginning to formulate plans for the launch of legal marijuana sales, with multiple bills cutting tax rates and gutting equity and labor provisions being filed.

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue ​​reported that the state is now taking in millions of dollars more in tax revenue from marijuana than from alcohol.

The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division announced that the state has met a cannabis industry ownership diversity goal ahead of schedule—but the data shows there’s still a way to go before business ownership is on par with the state’s population demographics.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Michigan office tweeted about hemp’s role in restoring soil health.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said he couldn’t recall whether anyone asked him to cosponsor a Republican-led marijuana legalization bill.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Today is another day that thousands of people of color sit in jail for marijuana offenses while others profit. Congress must end the discriminatory laws upholding the unjust, classist, racist War on Drugs.”

Louisiana Democratic Senate candidate Gary Chambers said legalizing marijuana is a justice and equity issue. He also tweeted, “Why did I smoke a blunt in my ad? Law enforcement in Louisiana is still bragging on locking people up for cannabis. This was in north Louisiana this week. While the same front page says medical cannabis in our state isn’t affordable for citizens.  It’s inequitable & unjust.”

Missouri Democratic congressional candidate Henry Martin tweeted, “If you legalize marijuana without releasing all the non-violent possession offenders from prison, you’ve just created a caste system.”

/ STATES

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) said that while he continues to “have concerns about marijuana use for any reason,” he is willing to consider a new restrictive medical cannabis bill.

South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham, a former congressman, tweeted, “It’s time to finally pass the medical marijuana bill in the SC legislature. Grateful to @SenTomDavisSC for his years of steadfast leadership on this issue and for finally getting a vote in the Senate.”

Texas Republican lieutenant governor candidate Aaron Sorrells tweeted, “I am personally in favor of medical marijuana. In regards to all recreational use, I believe that should be decided on by the people of Texas. That is not my decision to make.”

North Dakota activists failed to collect enough signatures for a marijuana legalization ballot initiative by the deadline, but they say they have separate plans in the works.

The South Dakota House of Representatives passed a bill to ban medical cannabis home cultivation.

Minnesota’s House speaker said there’s no need to pass a marijuana legalization bill again in 2022, conflicting with recent comments from the majority leader.

Florida’s House minority leader said legalizing marijuana is “probably more a matter of time than it is anything else.” Separately, the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services tweeted, “It’s cannabis day at the FL Capitol—a day dedicated to education on all things cannabis 🍃”

A Wyoming representative authored a letter to the editor in support of a pending congressional marijuana legalization bill.

A Wisconsin senator posted, “Across the country, more states are taking action legislatively on cannabis. The economic, social, and agricultural benefits of legal cannabis cannot be overstated. Wisconsin must act now and legalize cannabis for responsible, adult usage.”

A Washington State senator spoke about efforts to build support for his bill to legalize psilocybin services.

Vermont regulators posted cannabis rules for public comment and issued a report to lawmakers.

Pennsylvania officials are directing medical cannabis toward a student loan repayment program for drug treatment providers.

Oregon’s Psilocybin Advisory Board is preparing to submit recommendations to regulators in March.

Idaho regulators posted a list of hemp labs.

Massachusetts regulators will hold a listening session on draft hemp rules on Wednesday.


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Activists in Colorado Springs, Colorado filed a local ballot measure to allow recreational marijuana sales.

Albuquerque, New Mexico officials are hosting cannabis equity events this week.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Thailand’s health ministry reportedly plans to legalize marijuana for recreational use in designated areas

Mexican lawmakers are expected to resume consideration of marijuana legalization legislation in the session that begins on February 1.

The president of Costa Rica’s Congress accused the government of throwing “smoke screens” about its decision on a medical cannabis and hemp bill that passed the legislature.

An Irish senator tweeted about support for decriminalizing drugs.

The Edmonton, Alberta, Canada City Council is considering a drug decriminalization proposal.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “CBG’s broad range of in vitro and clinical skin health-promoting activities demonstrates its strong potential as a safe, effective ingredient for topical use and suggests there are areas where it may be more effective than CBD.”

A review concluded that “published studies since 1991 largely support the hypothesis that small numbers of treatments with psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can offer significant and sustained alleviation to symptoms of multiple psychiatric conditions” and that “no serious adverse events attributed to psychedelic therapy have been reported.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The South Carolina Republican Party is paying to circulate a sheriff’s attack on a pending medical cannabis bill.

The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, Minnesota Beverage Association, Minnesota Trucking Association and other groups formed a new coalition to oppose marijuana legalization.

/ BUSINESS

MedMen claimed in a new lawsuit that the office of New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) pushed regulators to approve an acquisition by Ascend Wellness just days after an executive from the former company attended a fundraiser for the governor’s reelection campaign.

WeedMD’s former board chair is being accused by the Ontario Securities Commission of providing confidential information to a longtime friend who engaged in insider trading of the company’s shares.

The owners of Native Roots are involved in an internal legal battle.

Missouri dispensaries have sold more than $215 million worth of medical cannabis as of December.

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NE medical cannabis ‘poison pill’ bill filed (Newsletter: January 24, 2022)

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MN Dem leaders talk legal marijuana plan for 2022; PA medical cannabis homegrow bill; Study: Legalization states see increased banking activity

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A Nebraska Republican senator filed a limited medical marijuana bill that’s backed by legalization opponents, but activists say it has poison pill provisions meant to undermine more far-reaching ballot measures to provide patients with access.

Minnesota Democratic legislative leaders discussed marijuana legalization plans for 2022—including reworking a bill that cleared the House last year and the uphill climb to advance it in the GOP-controlled Senate.

A bipartisan group of Pennsylvania senators filed a new bill to allow medical cannabis patients to grow their own medicine.

A study found that despite concerns about financial services access by the marijuana industry, banking activity actually increases in states that enact legalization.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is being asked by the Hemp Industries Association to reconsider the Drug Enforcement Administration’s authority to act against processors that handle hemp in excess of the legal THC limit.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is under a “fantasy” that he has enough votes for a comprehensive marijuana legalization bill.

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) tweeted, “Opportunities to enact effective #cannabis reform keep getting derailed. That’s why I introduced the #HOPEAct with @RepAOC. Conservative in approach but progressive in scope, our bipartisan bill can reestablish a path forward. Leadership needs to put it up for a vote.”

Louisiana Democratic Senate candidate Gary Chambers spoke out how his campaign ad showing him smoking marijuana is part of an effort to “cut through the noise” and get his message out. He also tweeted, “Recreational cannabis use is legal in 19 states. Our campaign took one of the boldest stances on cannabis. Proud to do so. So who wants to host a fundraiser in a legal state? Let’s roll up & kick these facts about change. Email the team at [email protected]

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair drug war harms got two new cosponsors for a total of 105.

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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) authorized lawmakers to include changes to the state’s marijuana legalization law to the legislative agenda.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said it’s more important to get marijuana legalization implemented right than to roll it out quickly. (About 20 minutes into the video.)

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “OTD 3 years ago, @FettermanLt  launched a statewide listening tour on recreational marijuana. Here’s what you told him you wanted to see: ✅ Legalization 🚜 Cannabis grown on PA farms ⚖️ Decriminalization of nonviolent marijuana offenses. Legislators: Let’s make this a reality.”

Alabama Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Thomas, currently mayor of Springville, spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana.

The South Carolina Senate put a medical cannabis bill on special order status for this week, but a spokesperson for the House speaker disputed the sponsor’s claim that he has pledged to allow it to move through his chamber’s committee process.

The South Dakota House State Affairs Committee voted to ban medical cannabis home cultivation. Meanwhile, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee advanced several other medical marijuana bills.

The Vermont House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a drug decriminalization bill.

A Virginia House Courts of Justice subcommittee tabled a bill to defelonize drug possession.

Idaho lawmakers filed legislation to allow access to the cannabis-derived medical spray nabiximols.

A Delaware representative spoke about changes he made to his marijuana legalization bill to build support.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that people cannot be fired for off-the-job medical cannabis use.

Massachusetts marijuana regulators voted to approve a statement on pending impaired driving legislation that doesn’t endorse or oppose it, reflecting a divide on the issue among members. Separately, the state’s top cannabis regulator expressed concerns about “predatory financing deals” in the industry.

Florida regulators sent a bulletin about new medical cannabis purchase limits.

Oregon regulators sent a bulletin about new potency limits for marijuana edibles.

New York regulators plan to hold a series of community outreach events this month and next month.

Colorado Department of Revenue tweeted, “As part of Colorado’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, Social Equity Licenses are one of the many ways our Marijuana Enforcement Division is supporting diversity initiatives in the cannabis industry.”

Utah regulators sent an update on the medical cannabis program.

Arizona regulators posted a list of certified medical cannabis testing labs.

Nevada regulators will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to marijuana business rules on Tuesday.


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The Marathon County, Wisconsin Criminal Justice Collaborating Council discussed a proposal to lower the fine for marijuana possession.

A DeKalb County, Georgia commissioner spoke about his proposal to scale back drug testing for marijuana for county employees.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado is preparing a counterproposal to a medical cannabis and hemp bill that lawmakers sent him.

Colombia’s Constitutional Court blocked President Iván Duque’s plan to resume aerial fumigations of drug crops.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox spoke about plans for Paradise, a cannabis company he owns part of, to reach a total of 200 stores across 32 U.S. states by the end of this year.

Pakistan’s Ministry of Science & Technology tweeted about a Canadian company making a plane out of hemp.

The Alberta, Canada Association of Chiefs of Police said the province is “not ready” to decriminalize drugs.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study of mice found that CBD “inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication” and highlights the substance as “potential preventative agent for early-stage SARS-CoV-2 infection.”

A study concluded that “despite state-based advertising restrictions, recreational cannabis business pages use messages with youth appeal” and that “required safety message adherence is not typical on social media business pages.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Indiana Democratic Party tweeted, “@INDems have called on the state to legalize cannabis because it’s a win-win for Indiana and Hoosiers. More than 80% of voters want some form of legal marijuana, and Democrats will hit the road to discuss this common-sense issue very soon.”

The Mississippi Municipal League opposes recent changes to a medical cannabis bill.

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Dama Financial is acquiring GrowFlow Corp.

Numinus Wellness Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $0.8 million and loss of $5.4 million.

MedMen asked a California judge to order the company’s former chief financial officer to repay more than $612,000 in legal fees.

Columbia Care Inc. received consent from noteholders to increase borrowing capacity to support growth initiatives.

Metro Bank is reportedly closing accounts for CBD businesses.

Snapchat is using automated systems to identify drug-related content.

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