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Cannabis ballot wins can lead to federal reform (Newsletter: November 5, 2020)

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OH cities decrim marijuana; Cannabis votes inspire nearby state officials; NJ AG enforcement discretion memo; NJ gov: congrats to other legal states

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Four more Ohio cities voted to decriminalize marijuana.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) told Marijuana Moment that the fact that every single cannabis and drug policy reform ballot measure was approved on Election Day will encourage more lawmakers from both parties to advance legalization in Congress.

Huge victories for marijuana ballot measures on Tuesday are inspiring top officials in states like Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania to step up the push to enact cannabis legalization.

  • “If we do something, we do it on a regional basis. New Jersey has done this, Massachusetts is already legal, Rhode Island is looking at it, New York is looking at it—so I’ll be talking with my fellow governors about what, if anything, we want to do on a regional basis and then talking with the legislature as well.”

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal (D) issued a memo urging police and prosecutors to use discretion when enforcing marijuana laws now that voters have approved legalization. For now, cannabis is still criminalized while lawmakers work on enabling legislation.

Fresh off a resounding victory in his own state for a marijuana legalization referendum that he campaigned heavily for, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) took time to send a series of tweets congratulating other states that also voted to end cannabis prohibition on Tuesday.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted, “Shout out to the hard work of grassroots organizers who successfully led a wave of marijuana legalization, expungement, & drug decriminalization efforts last night.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “The American people continue to lead the way on cannabis reform. It’s past time for Congress to catch up.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) responded to a tweet about marijuana and drug policy reform ballot victories by saying, “This is taking on extra import this AM.”

Rep.-elect Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) spoke about the need to legalize marijuana.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) tweeted, “Access to safe and legal cannabis is a step forward for social and racial justice.”

New Jersey Assembly Democrats posted a video touting the passage of the state’s marijuana legalization referendum.

Oklahoma regulators sent an alert about a recall of medical cannabis products that failed testing.

Maine regulators sent an advisory about marijuana businesses’ eligibility for the Efficiency Maine energy efficiency incentive program.

Michigan regulators sent guidance about common issues faced by marijuana businesses.

The Oregon Cannabis Commission’s Governance Frame Working Subcommittee met, and the Patient Equity Subcommittee will meet on Thursday.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet on Tuesday.

/ LOCAL

Portland, Maine voters approved a ballot measure to remove the city’s cap on marijuana retail licenses.

The Tulsa, Oklahoma City Council is considering allowing drive-thru service at medical cannabis dispensaries.

Oakland, California police shot a person following a robbery at a marijuana dispensary.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review of CBD as a therapy for cardiomyopathies and heart failure concluded it can “greatly limit the production of oxygen/nitrogen reactive species, thereby limiting cellular damage, protecting mitochondria, avoiding caspase activation, and regulating ionic homeostasis” and “can affect myocardial contraction by restricting the activation of inflammatory pathways and cytokine secretion, lowering tissular infiltration by immune cells, and reducing the area of infarct and fibrosis formation.”

A study found that “psilocybin-assisted therapy was efficacious in producing large, rapid, and sustained antidepressant effects in patients with major depressive disorder.”

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Dr. Bronner’s sent a press release touting the success of drug policy reform campaigns it has been supporting.

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. reported $34.3 million in quarterly revenue.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company reported that its cannabis-focused division Hawthorne saw  $351.9 million in quarterly sales.

Hackers accessed personal information of millions of users of GrowDiaries.

/ CULTURE

Filmmaker Kevin Smith tweeted, “Leaning against the Quick Stop wall all those years shmokin’ weed, Jay and Silent Bob never dreamed this day could be possible! Congrats to the good folks of the great state of New Jersey on legalizing marijuana! The Garden State is finally green!”

Google searches for “how to roll a joint” surged in New Jersey following the state’s approval of a marijuana legalization referendum.

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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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AGs push Congress for marijuana cooperation with states; Study looks at dogs getting high from THC in poop

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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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