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Cannabis advocates divided on NH legalization vote (Newsletter: May 30, 2024)



LA marijuana bills to gov; TX cannabis decrim; Study: CBD treats anxiety & depression; MN equity eligibility; RI gov picks top regulator

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New Hampshire marijuana reform activists are divided over whether the House of Representatives should accept Senate changes to a legalization bill during a final vote on Thursday or reject them and risk delaying the end of prohibition by years.

  • The lead sponsor says she will be voting against her own legislation due to the other chamber’s amendments.

Louisiana lawmakers sent Gov. Jeff Landry (R) bills to decriminalize marijuana paraphernalia and allow the governor to pardon people for cannabis possession convictions without the need for a recommendation from the Board of Pardons.

Lockhart, Texas activists say they’ve turned in more than enough signatures to put a marijuana decriminalization initiative on the local November ballot.

A new study found that CBD is “therapeutically safe with no serious adverse events, well tolerated, and effective for the treatment of mild to moderate anxiety disorders, as well as associated depression and sleep quality disturbances.”

Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee (D) appointed a top Oklahoma marijuana official to lead the state’s new Cannabis Office.

New changes to Minnesota’s marijuana laws will make it so that between 30 and 40 percent of adults in the state could plausibly qualify as social equity applicants for cannabis business licenses.


The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s Special Emphasis Panel Resource Center for Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research will hold a closed meeting to review and evaluate grant applications on July 17.

Rep. Marilyn Strickland (D-WA) discussed her support for marijuana banking legislation.

Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) expressed concerns that marijuana legalization will lead to “an even bigger mental health and addiction problem in the future”


Illinois legislation to restrict intoxicating hemp products and allow drive-thru and curbside service at dispensaries died with the end of the session.

The Florida marijuana legalization campaign released new radio ads featuring the lawyer who funded a prior successful campaign to legalize medical cannabis in the state.

The Minnesota Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation approved a $2.5 million loan to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to support cannabis business on tribal land.

Montana regulators posted guidance about marijuana sales limits.

New York regulators are seeking a contractor to “perform cannabis destruction services following the seizure of illicit cannabis products.”

Ohio regulators published updated medical cannabis patient and caregiver numbers.

Delaware regulators will host a series of marijuana social equity workshops next month.

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Detroit, Michigan officials published a report on efforts to keep marijuana out of schools.


South Korea’s Ministry of Justice issued a warning that smoking marijuana is a serious offense punishable by up to five years in prison.

Ireland’s drugs minister met with an anti-cannabis group to discuss a potential PSA campaign on risks associated with marijuana use.

The New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada City Council rejected a motion to ask the provincial government to end its drug decriminalization policy.


A study found that CBD “improves nonmotor symptoms, attenuates neuroinflammation and favors hippocampal newborn neuronal maturation in a rat model of Parkinsonism.”

A review concluded that “an increasing number of studies show that psychedelics have a very promising potential in the treatment of neuropsychiatric diseases where the desired efficiency cannot be achieved with conventional treatment methods.”


Agrify Corporation regained compliance with Nasdaq rules.

Ascend Cannabis workers in Aberdeen, Maryland voted to join Teamsters Local 570.


Musician Darius Rucker discussed his drug arrest last year.

The Daily Show joked about a new study showing that daily marijuana use outpaces daily alcohol drinking.

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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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