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Biden vs. Trump on cannabis (Newsletter: June 27, 2024)



NCAA ends marijuana testing; Congressional cannabis amendments blocked; DE marijuana banking; UN drug report

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Marijuana Moment compiled a comprehensive look at where President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump stand on cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy ahead of Thursday’s debate.

The House Rules Committee blocked floor votes on amendments to exempt federal job applicants from being tested for marijuana, prevent border patrol agents from seizing cannabis from state-licensed businesses and bar the military from removing servicemembers due to past nonviolent cannabis offenses.

The NCAA Division I Council voted to remove marijuana from the banned substances list and drug testing program for student athletes.

Delaware lawmakers sent Gov. John Carney (D) a marijuana banking bill to provide state-level protections to financial institutions that service the cannabis industry.

A new United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report acknowledges that marijuana legalization appears to be shrinking the size of illicit markets—while also noting the emergence of what it calls a “psychedelic renaissance.”

Some Illinois craft breweries say they are relieved that a push to restrict hemp-derived cannabinoid beverages has failed in the legislature, at least for now.


Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. highlighted military veterans’ pushback against a Food and Drug Administration panel’s rejection of MDMA-assisted therapy.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) said it’s hard to predict what the implications for marijuana policy would be if former President Donald Trump was elected in November.

Rep. Morgan Luttrell (R-TX) spoke about his therapeutic use of psychedelics.

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) claimed that Washington, D.C. officials who want to legalize and regulate marijuana sales “don’t seem to care about the young lives they will be ruining by making an addictive substance more widely available.”


A Pennsylvania representative tweeted, “It’s time to legalize adult-use cannabis, address the injustices, and  ensure that Pennsylvanians can benefit from this industry in the same  way our neighboring states have.”

A North Carolina senator spoke about his efforts to build support for legalizing medical cannabis.

Missouri regulators made changes to proposed rules restricting the use of marijuana in premises licensed to sell alcohol.

New York officials are being sued over an alleged scheme involving kickbacks for marijuana dispensary security contracts.

Minnesota regulators received more than 700 preapproval applications for social equity marijuana business licenses in the first 24 hours.

Washington State regulators posted the results of a cannabis consumer survey.

New Jersey regulators published a guide on using cannabis safely for National Safety Month.

Arkansas regulators declined to take further action against a medical cannabis business that had its license revoked over alleged violations.

Maryland regulators will hold a marijuana business license lottery on Friday.

Rhode Island regulators will consider data concerning disproportionately impacted areas for marijuana social equity business license applicants on Friday.

Marijuana Moment is tracking more than 1,500 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.

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A Detroit, Michigan City Council member is pushing to restrict marijuana billboards.

The Denver, Colorado Natural Medicine Work Group will meet on Thursday.


The Irish Oireachtas Joint Committee on Drugs Use will discuss drug legalization on Thursday.

Former Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is declining an invitation to attend a hearing on the nation’s bloody “drug war.”


A study found that “of 167 localities ultimately permitting recreational cannabis sales, overall restrictiveness was not associated with harmful cannabis exposures among children aged <13 years, but for people aged >13 years, a 1-standard deviation increase in ultimate restrictiveness was associated with fewer harmful cannabis exposures.”


Pope Francis spoke out against “liberalizing drug use.”

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America is asking its supporters to submit public comments in opposition to marijuana rescheduling.


Cilo Cybin is the first medical cannabis company to list on the Johannesburg, South Africa Stock Exchange’s Alternative Exchange.

Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc.’s CBD topical products are now available in 827 Walmart stores across five states.

High Tide Inc. is acquiring a retail cannabis store in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Glass House Brands Inc.  shareholders elected board members.

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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 and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.


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