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Cannabis election results (Newsletter: November 9, 2022)



Biden says marijuana reform up to youth vote; Congressional legalization hearing scheduled; States vote on cannabis & psychedelics ballot measures

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Maryland voters approved a referendum to legalize marijuana.

Missouri voters passed a cannabis legalization ballot initiative.

Arkansas voters rejected a ballot measure to legalize marijuana.

North Dakota voters defeated a marijuana legalization ballot initiative.

South Dakota voters rejected a ballot measure to legalize cannabis.

A Colorado ballot initiative to legalize psychedelics was narrowly leading but too close to call as of early Wednesday morning.

Voters in five Texas cities approved local marijuana decriminalization ballot measures.

At a rally on the eve of Election Day, President Joe Biden told college students that marijuana reform depends on their votes. The White House separately included the president’s cannabis pardons in an overview of efforts to promote “equity and fairness in the justice system” to support the Black community.

  • “With your vote, I’m keeping my promise [that] no one should be in jail for the mere possession of marijuana, and their record should be expunged. Remember, the power is in your hands.”

The House Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties scheduled a hearing for next week titled, “Developments in State Cannabis Laws and Bipartisan Cannabis Reforms at the Federal Level.”


Former President Donald Trump reiterated his support for using the death penalty against people who sell drugs.

Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) tweeted, “Over the last 10 years, Colorado has set the bar for regulating marijuana.”


Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) appointed members to the Marijuana Task Force he created.

An Indiana senator tweeted, “Substance abuse, especially opioids, continues to be a challenge across Indiana. As experts…have told us, medical cannabis can help reduce opioid use and overdoses.”

Washington, D.C. officials extended free medical cannabis patient and caregiver registrations through January 3.

The Nevada Cannabis Advisory Commission’s  Subcommittee on Market Stability met.

Oklahoma regulators will begin accepting public comments on proposed medical cannabis rules on Tuesday.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet on Thursday.

Marijuana Moment is tracking more than 1,500 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments.

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Oakland, California officials will host a cannabis Equity Week from November 14-18.

Boston, Massachusetts’s Cannabis Board will meet on November 16.


Mexico’s Senate president said the body could take up hemp legislation soon.

Thailand’s deputy prime minister addressed disagreements with other parties over cannabis legislation.

Scotland’s minister for drug policy visited safe consumption sites for illegal drugs in New York City.

A Kenyan senator responded to widespread interest in his exceptionally smooth legs by revealing that he uses CBD body butter on them.

Guyana’s government rejected a proposal to remove penalties for marijuana possession.


A study found that recreational marijuana legalization “leads to a decrease in the frequency of prescription opioid abuse” but that “this effect appears to dissipate after only 2 or 3 years.”

A study suggested “a potentially significant role of Cannabis in treatment-resistant Fibromyalgia women” and that it “may result in a beneficial short-term effect on the quality of life through its influence on pain, sleep, physical and psychological domains.”


The Texas Democratic Party tweeted, “it’s time to legalize weed, y’all.  marijuana arrests have created vast racial inequities in our criminal justice system, placed burdens on taxpayers, and diverted law enforcements’ time & attention away from violent crime.”


Tilray Brands, Inc. is acquiring the Montauk Brewing Company.

Hightimes Holding Corp. is acquiring Moxie.

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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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