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Cannabis and psychedelics election results (Newsletter: November 3, 2021)

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NDAA marijuana amendment; Vote scheduled on veterans cannabis research; IL tops $1B in 2021 sales; Study: legalization reduces racial disparities

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania voters overwhelmingly approved a marijuana legalization ballot referendum that calls on state lawmakers to enact the policy change.

Detroit, Michigan voters strongly approved a ballot measure to decriminalize psychedelics such as psilocybin, ayahuasca and ibogaine.

The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee scheduled a Thursday vote on a bill to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to conduct a series of clinical trials on the medical benefits of marijuana for military veterans with PTSD and chronic pain. The Biden administration testified against the legislation last month.

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that’s aimed at streamlining marijuana research.

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Health Forum concluded that legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana are tied to “large reductions in race-based arrests” while states that kept prohibition saw “increases in arrest rate disparities.”

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced that retailers have officially sold more than $1 billion worth of legal recreational marijuana products so far this year.

/ FEDERAL

Customs and Border Protection added information about hemp and CBD products to its prior drug use guidelines for prospective employees.

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) tweeted, “Kratom is being researched and shows promise of being used to treat chronic pain with less addicting potential than opioid based drugs.”

/ STATES

Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Cranley, currently Cincinnati’s mayor, tweeted, “If we taxed and regulated marijuana like alcohol we could reinvest millions back into our communities. We could create good-paying jobs and tackle our largest challenges. It’s time we #LegalizeIt.”

The Washington, D.C. Council approved legislation to extend the validity of expired medical cannabis cards, create a new two-year card and double the amount a person can buy from four to eight ounces.

Missouri regulators have received several federal subpoenas for information about the state’s medical cannabis program.

Oklahoma regulators proposed rule changes to “help ensure the safety of medical marijuana.”

Oregon regulators filed proposed changes to hemp rules.

Delaware regulators proposed hemp rules.

Vermont regulators issued recommendations on THC caps for marijuana products and oversight of the state’s medical cannabis program.

Connecticut’s marijuana Social Equity Council discussed local marijuana commerce bans at a meeting.

Minnesota regulators began accepting 2022 applications to grow or process hemp.

The New Hampshire Medical Oversight Board will consider medical cannabis issues on Wednesday.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet on Thursday.

Kansas regulators will host a hemp outreach event on Thursday.

Tennessee’s Medical Cannabis Commission will meet on Friday.


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Gwinnett County, Georgia commissioners delayed a final vote on a marijuana decriminalization proposal.

Rapid City, South Dakota officials issued the city’s first provisional medical cannabis dispensary license.

Denver, Colorado regulators sent an update on new rules for storage of cannabis and cash and for drive-up and walk-up windows.

/ INTERNATIONAL

UK lawmakers and activists are pressing the secretary of state for health and social care to expand medical cannabis access.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “medicinal cannabis users perceive a significant improvement in insomnia with cannabinoid use, and this study suggests a possible advantage with the use of predominant indica strains compared with predominant sativa strains.”

A study found that “adults in [recreational cannabis laws] and [medical cannabis laws] states were more likely to use high-potency cannabis than those in no-[cannabis legalization] states.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A Consumer Choice Center official authored an op-ed calling on Missouri lawmakers to enact a marijuana legalization law that “free-market Republicans and social justice Democrats” can both endorse.

Americans for Safe Access has a new director of government affairs.

/ BUSINESS

JPMorgan Chase & Co told prime brokerage clients it will no longer let them buy U.S. cannabis-related securities starting next week.

Filament Health Corp. announced that it received Food and Drug Administration approval for what it says is the first clinical trial using naturally-sourced psychedelic substances.

Green Thumb Industries and Happy are partnering to offer free mental health support to military veterans and their families.

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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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‘No evidence’ of cannabis harm with casual adult use, fed official says (Newsletter: December 1, 2021)

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NYC safe consumption sites for drugs; Financial orgs want marijuana banking in NDAA; Jamaica’s new “good ganja sense” campaign

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National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora Volkow said “there’s no evidence to my knowledge that occasional [adult] marijuana use has harmful effects.”

  • “I don’t know of any scientific evidence of that.”

New York City opened the first safe consumption sites for illegal drugs in the U.S. It remains to be seen how the Biden administration, which has voiced support for harm reduction approaches in general, will respond.

The Credit Union National Association, Defense Credit Union Council and National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions sent a letter urging Congress to pass marijuana banking legislation through the National Defense Authorization Act.

Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness launched a new “Good Ganja Sense” campaign to smash myths about cannabis and boost education. It features bus ads, a website and a catchy jingle.

/ FEDERAL

A federal judge paused the deadline for filing pretrial motions in the case of an alleged Maine marijuana and money-laundering operation involving public officials to give the defendants more time to review evidence.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) said he thinks there’s a “good chance” of passing marijuana banking legislation through the National Defense Authorization Act. He also tweeted about bipartisan backing for the move, saying, “I appreciate the support of these Senators – as well as  @SenatorHick & @SenatorBennet. By including #SAFEBanking in the final NDAA, we can safeguard our financial system, reduce the public safety risk & better support small & minority-owned businesses.”

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and former Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), who did not support marijuana legalization while in office,  joined the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation as co-chairs.

Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Charles Booker tweeted, “When I get to the Senate, I will file the legislation to finally legalize cannabis, and will call it the Gatewood Galbraith Justice and Healing Act.”

Kentucky Democratic congressional candidate William Compton tweeted, “In congress, I would fully support legalizing Marijuana on the federal level. Kentucky’s cash crop had always been tobacco, why can’t we add Marijuana to create more revenue?”

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Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro, currently the attorney general, tweeted, “60% of Pennsylvanians support marijuana legalization. Every second wasted on this is another second folks who’ve possessed small amounts of marijuana spend dealing with an unjust record. Let’s get it done.”

Illinois’s lieutenant governor hosted an event about a marijuana revenue-funded grant program, saying, “The #R3 program invests 25% of adult-cannabis tax revenues back into communities that have suffered historic disinvestment. Our goal is to repair the harm by investing in these communities, and this work can only be done in collaboration with those same communities.”

Mississippi lawmakers said they plan to pass a medical cannabis bill early in 2022.

A Massachusetts senator filed a bill, by request of a citizen, that would amend alcohol regulations to mirror more restrictive marijuana ones.

The New Mexico legislature’s Finance Authority Oversight Committee discussed the cannabis microbusiness loan program at a hearing. Separately, regulators will hold a public hearing on proposed marijuana labor peace agreements and solvents rules on Wednesday.

The Oklahoma Senate will hold a hearing with medical cannabis regulators on Wednesday.

Maryland’s House Cannabis Legalization Workgroup will meet on Wednesday.

Connecticut regulators increased the acceptable amount of mold in tested marijuana products without issuing a formal rule about the change.

The California Cannabis Control Appeals Panel proposed rules changes.

New Jersey regulators posted a webinar about the marijuana business license application process.


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/ LOCAL

McGraw, New York voters narrowly approved a ballot measure to allow retail sales and on-site consumption of marijuana.

The Greensport, New York Board of Trustees voted to opt out of allowing marijuana dispensaries and on-site consumption facilities.

The Toms River, New Jersey Township Council voted to permanently ban recreational marijuana businesses.

The Missoula, Montana City Council approved marijuana regulations.

The city of Gloucester, Massachusetts is being sued by a marijuana business over allegedly excessive and illegal community impact fees that must be paid in order to operate.

The Hartford, Connecticut Planning & Zoning Commission’s draft marijuana rules would encourage dispensaries to be located downtown.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Mexico’s Supreme Court will consider a case challenging the prohibition on growing hemp on Wednesday.

Spanish lawmakers said they will seek to pass marijuana legalization legislation in 2022.

Singapore’s Court of Appeal upheld death sentences for two men convicted of conspiring to traffic marijuana.

New Brunswick, Canada’s finance minister filed a bill to allow privately run marijuana stores and direct-from-producer farmgate operations.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “high CBD cannabis extracts downregulate the expression of several key fibrotic genes indicating their anti-fibrotic potential at the transcriptional level.”

A review concluded that “both classical and a-typical psychedelics are promising treatment options in patients with terminal illness.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Marijuana Policy Project hired a communications director who previously worked for members of Congress.

The Chacruna Institute published a guide for best practices for psychedelic plant medicine churches.

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America is urging people to ask members of Congress not to include marijuana banking language in the National Defense Authorization Act.

/ BUSINESS

Harborside Inc. is acquiring UL Holdings Inc. and LPF JV Corporation and is expected to rename itself as StateHouse Holdings. The company also announced a non-brokered private placement of units worth gross proceeds of up to $10 million.

Flower One Holdings Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $14.1 million.

Headset raised an $8.6 million funding round.

The Parent Company has a new managing director of social equity ventures and chief people officer.

/ CULTURE

Aaron Carter said he smoked marijuana with Michael Jackson.

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Cannabis biz want tax amnesty after robberies (Newsletter: November 30, 2021)

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CDC gives marijuana employment advice; KY lawmaker prefiles cannabis bills; FL drug decrim measure; 2021 ‘unprecedented’ for legalization, NORML says

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering workplace marijuana policy advice to businesses that employ drivers, including that “zero-tolerance…may not be possible” due to rights granted under certain legalization laws.

A Florida representative filed a bill to decriminalize possession of all drugs and provide relief for people with existing convictions.

A Kentucky representative announced she is pre-filing bills for the 2022 session that would legalize possession, limited sales and home cultivation of marijuana. One of the measures would put the cannabis question on the ballot for voters to decide.

Members of Oakland, California’s marijuana industry community—led by Supernova Women—held a press conference calling for tax amnesty after police failed to protect their businesses from a spate of robberies.

A new review from NORML shows that marijuana reform had “unprecedented” success in state legislatures in 2021. From legalization, to decriminalization to medical access, many consumer-friendly cannabis bills were enacted this year.

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White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Rahul Gupta participated in a World Anti-Doping Agency meeting.

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) tweeted, “The #StatesReformAct is an example of legislation that can break through partisan lines. The time is now to take down the temperature in Washington and to get things done for the American people.”

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) tweeted, “Fentanyl is coming into this country from Mexico.  Fentanyl is used to spike most illegal drugs including marijuana.  It is lethal in very small doses. Close the border to drug traffickers.   It’s not a coincidence it is a record death year and a record open border year.”

Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Charles Booker tweeted, “When I was in the legislature, I sponsored a bill to legalize cannabis because I’m tired of seeing our communities criminalized. I’ll take this fight to Washington in 2022.  It’s time to get this done.”

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Maryland lawmakers may vote to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) veto of a bill to decriminalize drug paraphernalia in a special session next week.

Montana lawmakers are seeking funding to create a new subcommittee to monitor the implementation of marijuana legalization.

Massachusetts regulators are pressing lawmakers to update marijuana laws to better achieve social equity goals.

Connecticut regulators posted draft marijuana social equity criteria.

California regulators are working to standardize cannabis testing.

Florida regulators filed a notice of receiving a petition for a waiver from a requirement that hemp testing labs be registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Vermont regulators will meet to discuss marijuana issues on Tuesday and Friday.


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/ LOCAL

Only 9 percent of New York towns and villages have moved to ban marijuana retailers and on-site consumption facilities.

Detroit, Michigan officials are hosting an event about Eaze’s Momentum cannabis business accelerator on Thursday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Toronto, Ontario, Canada’s medical officer of health and police department are recommending that the city ask the federal government for permission to decriminalize drugs.

The United Arab Emirates is relaxing some drug penalties, including for travelers who bring THC-containing products into the country.

Guernsey officials began issuing medical cannabis cultivation licenses.

Malta’s opposition Nationalist Party continued to criticize the government’s marijuana reform legislation.

A Spanish court acquitted the directors of a cannabis association.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

Researchers developed a breath test for “determining recent cannabis use within the impairment window after smoking.”

A study provided “preliminary observational evidence that cannabis may mitigate some of the negative effects of subtherapeutic [methadone maintenance treatment] dosing.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that U.S. adults support legalizing marijuana, 57 percent to 27 percent.

A poll found that Germans are divided on marijuana legalization, with 43 percent in favor and 43 percent against.

The SETI Institute hosted a podcast about the therapeutic potential of psychedelics.

/ BUSINESS

Leafly reported $31.0 million in revenue for the first nine months of the year and a net loss of $6.8 million.

Atai Life Sciences increased its stake in Compass Pathways to 20.8 percent and reportedly plans to grow that to 29 percent in the coming weeks.

High Tide Inc. closed its acquisition of an 80 percent interest in NuLeaf Naturals, LLC, with a three-year option to purchase the remainder.

Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. is consolidating shares ahead of its listing on the Nasdaq.

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. issued an environmental, social and governance report.

MediaJel and Smart are partnering on a programmatic ad platform for the cannabis market.

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Mexican cannabis bill draft circulates ahead of vote (Newsletter: November 29, 2021)

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More senators push marijuana banking in NDAA; PA lieutenant gov. invites cannabis pardon applications; MD drug paraphernalia decrim override urged

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Mexican lawmakers are circulating a revised draft of a marijuana legalization bill that the Senate majority leader wants to pass by December 15.

Sens. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) sent a letter urging passage of marijuana banking legislation through the National Defense Authorization Act.

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), who chairs the Board of Pardons, is urging as many people as possible to apply to have their marijuana convictions pardoned before he leaves office.

A regional ambassador with the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition authored an op-ed urging Maryland lawmakers to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) veto of a bill to decriminalize drug paraphernalia.

/ FEDERAL

A federal judge delayed the sentencing of a former Fall River, Massachusetts mayor convicted of extorting marijuana businesses.

/ STATES

Texas’s attorney general is being asked by the Montgomery County district attorney to issue an opinion saying that possessing or selling delta-8 THC products is a crime.

Utah’s Senate minority whip and other lawmakers are criticizing regulators for delays in implementing a law to make it easier for providers to issue medical cannabis recommendations.

Florida representatives filed a bill on medical cannabis testing, delta-8 THC and other issues.

A Missouri Republican representative spoke at a psychedelics conference.

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has failed to comply with a law requiring it to conduct a public education campaign about the process for sealing marijuana conviction records.

Arizona regulators proposed revised marijuana social equity rules.

New York regulators published a checklist for cannabinoid hemp packaging and labeling.

Nevada marijuana regulators will hold a public hearing on December 14.

Colorado regulators will hold a hearing on a proposed fee increase for medical cannabis registry applications on December 15.


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San Francisco, California police were caught on tape appearing to watch as a marijuana dispensary was robbed, without taking action to intervene.

The Missoula, Montana City Council will consider marijuana rules on Monday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Italy’s labor and youth policy ministers said that the incoming German government’s commitment to legalize marijuana means that their country should also seriously consider the reform.

A Philippine vice presidential candidate said he supports allowing medical cannabis access.

Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration announced another public consultation on standards for medical cannabis imports.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study suggested an “antipsychotic medication sparing effect of CBD-cigarettes as adjunctive treatment of acute psychosis.”

A study indicated that “recreational cannabis legalization is associated with decreasing enrollment in medical cannabis programs, particularly for males.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The American Psychiatric Association is reportedly working on a policy statement about psychedelics.

/ BUSINESS

A budtender at Burnside Buds in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada who was allegedly fired for union organizing has been reinstated.

/ CULTURE

Jared Leto spoke about getting fired from working at a movie theater for selling marijuana.

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