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Canada releases proposed cannabis regs (Newsletter: Nov. 22, 2017)

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Canada’s federal government launched a public consultation process on proposed legal marijuana rules.
https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/programs/consultation-proposed-approach-regulation-cannabis.html
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/pot-regulations-1.4412015
And the House of Commons advanced the government’s marijuana legalization bill to third reading by a vote of 201 to 97.
http://www.parl.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&billId=8886269

Marijuana Policy Project founder Rob Kampia stepped down as executive director and will transition to new role focused on fundraising and strategy. Staffer Matt Schweich will serve as interim executive director while a search is conducted for a full-time replacement.
https://www.mpp.org/news/press/marijuana-policy-project-announces-leadership-changes-begins-national-search-new-executive-director/

 

FEDERAL

Visitor logs and calendars released by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy show meetings and calls with active prohibitionists like Smart Approaches to Marijuana’s Kevin Sabet and Drug Free America Foundation’s Calvina Fay.
https://twitter.com/tomangell/status/933064210199740416
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https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/wh-complex#ONDCP

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is moving to grant Schedule II status for synthetic THC drug Syndros, which is developed by Insys Therapeutics, a company that donated significant funding to help defeat Arizona’s 2016 marijuana legalization measure.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/22/2017-25275/schedules-of-controlled-substances-placement-of-fda-approved-products-of-oral-solutions-containing

U.S. military forces launched airstrikes against Taliban opium processing facilities in Afghanistan.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/world/asia/airstrikes-taliban-opium.html

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) is happy that a draft Senate spending bill contains no riders on Washington, D.C. policies, including one that has prevent the city from legalizing marijuana sales.
https://norton.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/norton-elated-that-republican-senate-dc-appropriations-bill-contains-no

Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) spoke about his support for marijuana law reform.
http://www.dailyhelmsman.com/news/congressman-cohen-comments-on-impeachment-taxes-and-marijuana/article_31c105e8-ce7b-11e7-8858-2b64f73f02fb.html

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted that legalizing marijuana is a partial solution to opioid issues.
https://twitter.com/RepRoKhanna/status/933003974751543298

 

STATES

Massachusetts regulators plan to put together draft marijuana rules in December.
http://www.telegram.com/news/20171121/mass-marijuana-board-moving-toward-first-draft-of-regs

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) says he’s “concerned” about his successor’s plans to legalize marijuana, which he called “reprehensible.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCqu2SADDHA&t=46m50s

Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), a Colorado gubernatorial candidate, is proposing to use more marijuana tax money to pay for schools.
https://www.greeleytribune.com/news/local/u-s-congressman-colorado-gubernatorial-candidate-jared-polis-visits-billie-martinez-elementary-school/

Florida medical cannabis patients and a cultivation business are suing state regulators over a delay in issuing new production and sales licenses.
http://sunshinestatenews.com/story/veteran-family-files-complaint-against-florida-department-health-over-medical-marijuana
Separately, a senator filed a bill allowing medical cannabis use in schools.
https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/00986

Virginia’s Joint Commission on Health Care is supporting legislation to allow doctors to recommend THC-A or CBD medical cannabis oil for any condition.
http://www.newsleader.com/story/news/2017/11/21/support-virginia-growing-medical-marijuana/846880001
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http://jchc.virginia.gov/Decision%20Matrix%202017.pdf

In an official opinion, the Indiana attorney general’s office outlined the limitations of the state’s CBD medical cannabis law.
https://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/21/after-months-confusisattorney-general-curtis-hill-says-cbd-oil-illegal-indiana-after-months-confusio/884505001/
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https://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/files/Cannabidiol.pdf

The Kentucky secretary of state’s medical cannabis task force held its first meeting.
http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Task-force-to-discuss-legalization-of-medical-marijuana-in-Kentucky-459014683.html

Michigan regulators plan to release medical cannabis rules next week.
http://wkar.org/post/state-needs-little-more-time-release-official-rules-medical-marijuana-licenses

A South Dakota marijuana consultant had charges dismissed following a case concerning his work to help a Native American tribe open the nation’s first cannabis resort.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/south-dakota/articles/2017-11-21/tribes-marijuana-consultant-pays-fine-court-costs

A Texas medical marijuana company named a new strain and grow room after the representative who authored the state’s CBD cannabis law.
https://twitter.com/tomangell/status/933097811117084674

A New Jersey senator is pushing to “slow down” the push toward legalizing marijuana.
https://patch.com/new-jersey/bloomfield/new-jersey-senator-has-worries-legal-weed-do-you-agree

 

LOCAL

The Detroit, Michigan City Planning Commission is asking the City Council to challenge voter-approved ballot measures that will allow medical cannabis businesses to operate in more locations.
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/11/21/detroit-marijuana-proposal/886339001/

A Los Angeles, California City Council committee approved proposed marijuana regulations.
http://www.foxla.com/news/local-news/la-city-council-approves-rules-ahead-of-legal-marijuana-date

San Francisco, California public transit authorities banned marijuana ads on buses.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/muni-bans-cannabis-ads-buses/

San Diego, California cannabis businesses are playing a role in local Board of Supervisors elections.
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/sd-me-marijuana-supervisors-20171120-story.html

Police in Mart, Texas are now required to arrest people caught with small amounts of marijuana and no longer have the option to issue citations under a new zero-tolerance policy.
http://www.wacotrib.com/news/police/mart-police-end-tickets-for-misdemeanor-marijuana-possession/article_1ba1986f-1293-5ae3-942a-7dc6499e78c9.html

 

INTERNATIONAL

Statistics Canada will begin tracking marijuana industry data.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-21/statistics-canada-moves-to-include-marijuana-in-gdp-accounts

The Philippine Supreme Court is hearing a case against the nation’s bloody “drug war” policies.
http://sea-globe.com/philippine-unconstitutional/

A Brazilian senator is stalling consideration of an official petition to allow personal marijuana cultivation.
https://theintercept.com/2017/11/21/senador-ignora-apelos-e-mantem-relatorio-contra-plantio-de-maconha-para-uso-proprio/

 

ADVOCACY

Google is giving $4 million to efforts to fight back against mass incarceration.
https://twitter.com/verainstitute/status/933004563875028993

The Virginia Farm Bureau’s upcoming conference will feature a panel on cannabis cultivation.
https://www.vafb.com/membership-at-work/news-resources/convention-agenda

 

SCIENCE & HEALTH

The Open Cannabis Project says it is building an archival record of all existing cannabis strains to ensure they remain in the public domain, unrestricted by commercialization or patenting.
https://opencannabisproject.org/

An article in JAMA Internal Medicine decries the secondhand smoke effects of large 4/20 events.
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2663848

 

OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Orange County Register editorial board is cheering bipartisan work in Congress to roll back asset forfeiture and protect state marijuana laws.
http://www.ocregister.com/2017/11/21/bipartisanship-to-curb-civil-asset-forfeiture-and-marijuana-crackdowns/

 

BUSINESS

Privateer Holdings confirmed significant staff layoffs that I first reported last week on Twitter.
https://www.geekwire.com/2017/marijuana-investment-firm-privateer-confirms-layoffs-calls-master-p-lawsuit-nonsense
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https://twitter.com/tomangell/status/931681914888564736

Marijuana products from Citi-Med LLC, dba Starbuds are being recalled due to pesticide contamination.
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/HSA%20Citi-Med%2011172017.pdf

 

CULTURE     

Rapper Nelly has been ordered not to sing about marijuana, alcohol or sex during a concert in Saudi Arabia.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/11/21/rapper-nelly-is-to-perform-in-saudi-arabia-only-men-are-allowed-to-attend/

Rapper Cassidy was arrested for possessing marijuana and paraphernalia.
http://www.tmz.com/2017/11/21/cassidy-arrested-marijuana/

Rolling Stone looks at cannabis-consuming athletes.
http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/pictures/sports-all-star-stoners-20100720/nate-and-nick-diaz-w512027

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Secret Sessions cannabis meeting busted open (Newsletter: Dec. 14, 2017)

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Another fed survey: Teen use down since legalization; Feds warn VT over safe injection sites; Norway decriminalizing drugs


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Thanks to some high-tech sleuthing and the fact that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions inadvertently showed a meeting agenda to a TV camera, we now know what he and a group of anti-marijuana activists discussed behind closed doors last week.

Another federally-funded survey found that despite a slight annual uptick in youth marijuana use, consumption levels are generally lower than when states began legalizing cannabis in 2012.

 

/ FEDERAL

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) introduced legislation to continue federal funding levels and policy riders like the state medical cannabis protections through January 19.

The U.S. attorney in Vermont warned a county state’s attorney over her endorsement of safe injection facilities for illegal drugs, saying it sends the “wrong message to children in Vermont: the government will help you use heroin.”

  • “Of equal importance, the proposed SIFs would violate several federal criminal laws, including those prohibiting use of narcotics and maintaining a premises for the purpose of narcotics use. It is a crime, not only to use illicit narcotics, but to manage and maintain sites on which such drugs are used and distributed. Thus, exposure to criminal charges would arise for users and SIF workers and overseers. The properties that host SIFs would also be subject to federal forfeiture.”

The U.S. Government Accountability Office found that the Department of Justice has adopted some, but not all, previous recommendations to reduce the prison population by pursuing alternatives to incarceration for low-level nonviolent crimes.

Congressman Scott Taylor (R-VA) said he supports letting states set their own marijuana laws and that legalization comes with “the possibility to create jobs.”

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted about marijuana again.

Two Michigan men pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of conspiring to bribe local officials to get approval to open a medical cannabis dispensary.

Anthony Clark, a Democratic congressional candidate in Illinois, supports legalizing marijuana.

 

/ STATES

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) reportedly said he has no problem with medical cannabis.

Here’s a look at decisions Massachusetts regulators made this week about marijuana legalization implementation.

Maine regulators are threatening to crack down on processors that make cannabis edibles and tinctures.

An Arizona senator filed legislation to restrict outdoor marijuana advertising.

North Dakota regulators held a meeting to take public input on proposed medical cannabis rules.

Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday. In a related development, a company that failed to win a medical marijuana business license sued regulators.

West Virginia’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Board will meet on Thursday.

Alaska regulators will discuss marijuana testing next week.

Maryland lawmakers filed several bills to tweak the state’s medical cannabis program.

 

/ LOCAL

Cook, County Illinois commissioners unanimously voted to place a nonbinding marijuana legalization question on the March primary ballot.

Las Vegas, Nevada officials held a public meeting to discuss proposed regulations on marijuana social use areas.

 

/ INTERNATIONAL

The World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence has recommended not scheduling cannabidiol under international conventions.

Norway is decriminalizing drugs.

The Trump administration appears to be prioritizing drug and immigration enforcement over human rights and democracy concerns in Honduras.

 

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A survey found that “most pediatric oncology providers are willing to consider [medical cannabis] use in children with cancer.

A study concluded that “components of cannabis, including THC, may decelerate peripheral monocyte processes that are implicated in HIV-associated neuroinflammation.”

 

/ BUSINESS

MassRoots founder Isaac Dietrich successfully engineered the departure of board members who ousted him as CEO earlier this year and reinstalled himself at the helm of the company. (Full disclosure: I am  a former employee and minority shareholder.)

Bloomberg Businessweek looks at the threat that federal civil RICO suits pose for marijuana businesses.

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CO won’t cooperate with feds, governor candidate says (Newsletter: Dec. 13. 2017)

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MA equity rules OKed; ME implementation legislation;NM MMj enrollment way up;  New CO sales data

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Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), a candidate for Colorado governor, says that if he is elected he will not allow state resources to be used to assist with any federal marijuana crackdown against people following state laws.

Massachusetts regulators approved proposed rules on ensuring that people from communities targeted by the war on drugs get priority consideration for marijuana business licenses.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a law that recently generated criticism over a perception that it prevents federal drug agents from cracking down on suspicious opioid shipments.

The U.S Department of Justice is increasing enforcement against doctors who over-prescribe opioids.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) spoke on the House floor about congressional interference with Washington, D.C.’s marijuana laws and other policies.

The U.S. House bill to increase marijuana businesses’ access to banks got one new cosponsor, bringing the total to 57.

/ STATES

Colorado regulators announced that they will begin releasing monthly marijuana sales data. Until now, news organizations compiled projections based on reported tax revenue.

Maine lawmakers are making another attempt at passing marijuana legalization implementation legislation following a gubernatorial veto.

Guam lawmakers will hold a hearing on medical cannabis implementation legislation on Thursday.

Alaska regulators projected that marijuana taxes will generate $9.1 million in revenue in Fiscal Year 2018.

Enrollment in New Mexico’s medical cannabis program grew by 77% in the last year.

A Florida judge will hear a request for an injunction on a law that calls for issuing a medical cannabis license to a black farmer on Thursday.

New Hampshire senators prefiled a bills to allow medical cannabis dispensaries to open additional locations and to waive the requirement that medical marijuana patients have a three-month relationship with doctors if they are terminally ill.

Ohio’s deadline to submit medical cannabis processor business license applications is on Friday.

Pennsylvania regulators released an updated list of doctors certified to recommend medical cannabis.

/ LOCAL

Cook County, Illinois commissioners will decide on Wednesday whether to place a nonbinding marijuana legalization question on the March 20 primary ballot.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s mayor is calling on state lawmakers to decriminalize marijuana.

The San Diego, California district attorney agreed to return cash that was seized from a medical cannabis business.

/ INTERNATIONAL

A Canadian senator says he is introducing a motion for the body to hear from government representatives about the marijuana legalization bill in early February.

/ ADVOCACY

Prohibitionist group Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy put up a billboard about marijuana-related traffic deaths.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a court motion suppress evidence against 18 people charged with drug possession after being searched by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in New Hampshire.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A survey found that support for legalizing marijuana in Uruguay has increased since the country ended prohibition.

The Orange County Register editorial board is calling on Congress to pass legislation respecting state marijuana laws.

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Teen cannabis use down in legal states, fed data shows (Newsletter: Dec. 12, 2017)

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OH 2018 legalization measure details; Congressman speaks at dispensary opening; MA social use areas approved

 

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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

New federal data shows that teen use of marijuana is trending downward in most states with legalization.

Ohio advocates launched a proposed 2018 marijuana legalization ballot measure.

 

/ FEDERAL

Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) spoke at the opening of a medical cannabis dispensary.

Former Congressman Chris Cannon (R-UT) started a company to conduct research on CBD medical cannabis.

Utah State Sen. Brian Shiozawa (R), who sponsored successful legislation to increase medical cannabis research, is resigning to take a job at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will decry Congress’s interference in Washington, DC’s marijuana laws and other policies in a House floor speech on Tuesday.

Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV) tweeted that “we cannot allow federal funds to be used to go after marijuana businesses.”

 

/ STATES

Massachusetts regulators approved proposed rules allowing marijuana social use businesses and setting licensing tiers for cannabis businesses.

A consultant hired to score Ohio medical cannabis business license applications worked for businesses owned by a company awarded one of the licenses.

North Dakota regulators are holding hearings this month to collect public feedback on medical cannabis implementation.

California officials proposed an emergency regulation on marijuana tax collection.

 

/ LOCAL

Syracuse, New York Mayor Stephanie Miner (D) said she supports legalizing marijuana.

Denver, Colorado officials are reviewing the city’s first application for a marijuana social use permit.

The Hartford, Connecticut City Council approved a resolution calling on state lawmakers to legalize marijuana.

 

/ INTERNATIONAL

Here’s a look at Canada’s options for maintaining — or breaking — compliance with international drug treaties while legalizing marijuana. In a related development, the federal government agreed to provide more cannabis tax revenue to provinces than originally proposed.

Bermuda’s House of Assembly passed a marijuana decriminalization bill.

Malta’s health minister says he expects medical cannabis regulations to go into effect in February.

 

/ ADVOCACY

Servicios de la Raza and the Marijuana Industry Group released a video to educate non-citizens on the implications of federal marijuana prohibition on their ability to stay in the U.S.

 

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that state medical cannabis laws are “associated with decreases in marijuana and other drugs in early adolescence in those states.”

A review concluded that “recent randomized, placebo-controlled trials with cannabidiol support its efficacy in Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes.”

A study on the effects of state medical cannabis laws found that “for men, there is a statistically significant 2.3% increase in the rate of cardiac death following passage” and “for women, there is a 1.3% increase that is also statistically significant.”

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will study the effects of marijuana on children with autism.

 

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that 77% of Georgia Republican voters support medical cannabis.

 

/ BUSINESS

Colorado retailers sold nearly $121.6 million in marijuana products in October.

Marijuana Business Daily looks at the risks federal civil RICO lawsuits pose for cannabis businesses.

Aurora Cannabis Inc.’s takeover bid for CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. may have violated securities laws, the latter says.

 

/CULTURE     

Actor Cheech Marin appears in a PSA about California’s new system to registering marijuana businesses.

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