Cannabis consumer gun ban struck down by judge (Newsletter: February 7, 2023)
Truckers org pushes Congress on marijuana; Australia legalizes psychedelic prescriptions; Study: No cannabis “hangover”; MN legalization vote
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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW
A federal judge struck down the ban on gun possession for people who consume marijuana, calling the Department of Justice’s justification for the policy “concerning” and saying their reasoning “misses the mark.”
The head of the American Trucking Association told congressional lawmakers at a House hearing to “step up to the plate” and address the federal-state marijuana policy conflict at a time when tens of thousands of commercial drivers are testing positive for cannabis.
Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration is moving to allow psychiatrists to prescribe MDMA to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression—using a petition process similar to the one that advocates in the U.S. are currently pursuing.
The Minnesota Senate Agriculture, Broadband, and Rural Development Committee approved a marijuana legalization bill—the fourth panel in the chamber to do so as companion legal cannabis legislation also advances in the House.
A new scientific review found little evidence that there’s a marijuana “hangover” effect on cognitive function and safety-sensitive tasks the day after use.
- “Most studies, including some of higher quality, have found no such effect.”
As some Texas lawmakers are filing legislation to restrict delta-8 THC, veterans advocates are pushing back—saying that the cannabinoid is useful in treating chronic pain, traumatic brain injury and PTSD.
The Food and Drug Administration said it intends to award a contract on cannabis-derived product data and related services.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration tweeted, “#MarijuanaAwarenessMonth: Marijuana use comes with real risks that can impact a person’s health and life: 🧠 Brain health ⚙️ Mental health 🚴♂️Athletic Performance 🚗 Driving 🍼 Baby’s health and development ❤️ Daily life”
Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) tweeted, “As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate our state, more must be done to combat this crisis. That’s why I joined my colleagues in urging President Biden to restore the Drug Czar – the director of @ONDCP – to a cabinet position, increasing the position’s effectiveness.”
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) spoke about the regulatory benefits of marijuana legalization.
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) tweeted, “Decriminalizing cannabis has overwhelming support not just in conservative South Carolina but across the country. As conservatives we must work to return power back to the states, and that is exactly what the States Reform Act does.”
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) discussed efforts to crack down on illegal marijuana cultivation in his State of the State speech.
Maryland’s attorney general is supporting a bill to repeal the state’s 20-year mandatory minimum sentence for unlicensed marijuana sales.
The Georgia Senate Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee held a hearing on a bill to allow people with certain convictions to grow hemp.
A Texas representative introduced a bill to allow localities to legalize marijuana.
A New York senator filed a bill to require some insurance plans to cover medical cannabis.
Here’s a look at where South Dakota marijuana reform legislation stands in the process.
A Kansas senator said the state is losing revenue as its neighbors enact legalization and it keeps the same marijuana laws on the books.
A California assemblymember posted a thread about his bill to make it easier for marijuana dispensaries to sell food and beverages. Separately, Cannabis Advisory Committee subcommittees will meet next week.
An Iowa representative tweeted that a bill to allow medical cannabis flower “is a good first step, but it cannot be our last toward legalized recreational cannabis. We’re losing the competitive edge and economic benefits of legalization to our neighbors. It’s time to go even further—let’s expunge nonviolent cannabis charges, too.”
Georgia regulators filed proposed medical cannabis rules.
Washington State regulators increased the number of disproportionately impacted areas that qualify marijuana business license applicants for social equity status.
An Oregon Health Authority report concluded that more than 60,000 people struggling with substance misuse issues were aided by services access provisions of the state’s voter-approved drug decriminalization law.
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Staten Island, New York’s district attorney pledged to crack down on illicit marijuana sales.
Denver, Colorado sent a reminder about procedures for shutting down marijuana facilities.
A Canadian court ruled that medical cannabis cultivation location information can be shielded from public disclosure.
/ SCIENCE & HEALTH
A study found that “rare phytocannabinoids exert anti-inflammatory effects on human keratinocytes via the endocannabinoid system and [mitogen-activated protein kinase] signaling pathway.”
A study found that “cannabidiol alters mitochondrial bioenergetics via VDAC1 and triggers cell death in hormone-refractory prostate cancer.”
/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS
The Boston Globe editorial board is calling on Massachusetts policymakers to repeal the state’s vertical integration requirement for medical cannabis businesses.
Financial issues at The Greenrose Holding Company could reportedly potentially disrupt Connecticut’s marijuana supply.
Missouri retailers sold $12.7 million worth of marijuana products during the first weekend of legal recreational sales.
Willie Nelson spoke about smoking marijuana with Snoop Dogg in Amsterdam.
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