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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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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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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.”

/ STATES

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.

/ INTERNATIONAL

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.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

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.’”

/ BUSINESS

Cresco Labs closed its acquisition of Bay, LLC.

Vaseline released a new hemp-infused soothing product.

/ CULTURE

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.”

/ FEDERAL

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.

/ STATES

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.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

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.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

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

/ BUSINESS

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.

/ FEDERAL

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.”

/ STATES

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.

/ INTERNATIONAL

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.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

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.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

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

/ BUSINESS

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.

/ CULTURE

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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