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California lawmakers sent Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) a bill to legalize smokable hemp and allow CBD-infused foods, drinks and cosmetics, as well as a separate piece of legislation to allow medical cannabis use in hospitals.

A New York senator filed a bill to give localities one more year after the current December 31 deadline to decide whether to ban marijuana retailers and on-site consumption facilities.

The Arizona Department of Revenue reported that the state collected more than $20 million in marijuana tax revenue in August. Medical cannabis sales are still outpacing recreational.

The National Hemp Association is asking Congress to include $1 billion to support industry innovation in budget reconciliation legislation.


The latest report from the federal Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area again claims to detail the negative impact of Colorado’s marijuana legalization law.

A onetime associate of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of soliciting campaign donations from a foreign national as part of a plan to win marijuana business licenses.

The Congressional Research Service published a report on hemp crop insurance.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) wrote in a constituent letter that she supports medical cannabis.

Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) tweeted, “We’ve ended the war in Afghanistan, now we must pass @RepBonnie and my Drug Policy Reform Act to end the War on Drugs.”

Washington State Democratic congressional candidate Jason Call tweeted, “Black Americans incarcerated as a result of the War on Drugs are realistically political prisoners, themselves in prison for no other reason than being Black in a White Supremacist state hellbent on their subjugation by any means necessary.”


Michigan’s attorney general participated in an event to help military veterans expunge their marijuana and other convictions.

California lawmakers sent Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) a bill to end mandatory minimum jail sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.

The South Dakota legislature’s Interim Rules Review Committee will consider regulators’ medical cannabis rules on Monday.

The Delaware Supreme Court ruled that the smell of marijuana in a vehicle did not establish probable cause.

The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus is pushing regulators to ensure more minority representation in medical cannabis business licensing.

Kentucky Senate Democrats posted a TikTok video on how constituents want marijuana reform passed.

A subcommittee of the Colorado Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal Justice System Task Force decided not to move forward with a recommendation to institute a 10 percent THC potency cap on medical cannabis.

New Mexico regulators quietly opened applications for medical cannabis producer licenses just before the program was transferred to a new division.

Missouri regulators published data on cumulative medical cannabis sales to date.

Oklahoma regulators published an updated list of licensed medical cannabis laboratories.

Vermont’s Cannabis Control Board and its advisory subcommittees will hold meetings this week.

Oregon regulators will consider a marijuana violation reclassification package on September 22.

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Buffalo, New York’s mayor and other mayoral candidates discussed steps to ensure equity in the marijuana industry during a debate.

Marijuana arrests in the Richmond, Virginia region have dropped considerably since legalization went into effect.


Italian activists are collecting signatures for a referendum to decriminalize marijuana.

South Africa’s first medical cannabis prescription has been issued.


A study found that “cannabidiol effectively promoted cell death in bladder cancer” and that “CBD may become a novel reliable anticancer drug.”

A review concluded that “although psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy is in early stages of clinical testing, it thus shows promise for carefully screened patients with cancer who have persistent existential suffering.


The Alabama Democratic Party will host an event on the history of cannabis and the benefits of legalization on Thursday.


Aurora Cannabis Inc. and several of its former and current executives are being sued for allegedly fraudulently inflating earnings results.

Tilray, Inc. stockholders approved an increase in the number of authorized shares.

The Canadian Securities Exchange is sponsoring a cannabis industry conference in New York this month.

CaaMTech, Inc. completed a $22 million Series A financing round.


Lorde said each of her albums can be distinguished by drugs she was using at the time they were recorded.

The New York State Fair is considering changing its smoking policies after marijuana became “an issue” this year.

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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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