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Cannabis still illegal, feds warn workers (Newsletter: December 14, 2020)

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Draft AZ marijuana regs released; SC GOP lawmakers push medical cannabis in 2021; VT seeks regulators for legal industry

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The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sent a terse post-election memo warning federal employees that they can still be drug tested for marijuana even as more states are voting to legalize it.

  • “While several states have made changes to their State drug laws during this year’s election, I would like to reiterate, that there have been no changes to the drug testing panel under the federal Drug-Free Workplace Program.”

Arizona regulators released the first draft of rules for the state’s voter-approved marijuana legalization law. They’re also conducting a survey to inform the next draft—but there’s a tight timeline, as license applications must be accepted starting on January 19.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) is now accepting applications from people who want to serve on the new Cannabis Control Board that will implement a system of legal marijuana sales in the state.

South Carolina Republican lawmakers say the state can legalize medical cannabis in 2021, and they prefiled several bills to make it happen. Other newly introduced legislation would legalize recreational marijuana, decriminalize possession and put the issue on the ballot for voters to decide.

  • “I feel there is a very good chance we get something passed this session. This bill has been fully vetted after five years of testimony and input by various stakeholders. The time has come for lawmakers to get out of the way and allow patients, in consultation with their physicians, to legally and safely access medicinal cannabis.”

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture published a report on the status of hemp-derived cannabinoids in the European Union.

A former High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program intelligence director authored an op-ed urging New Mexico officials not to legalize marijuana.

The Senate approved the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which contains a directive pushing military leaders to exercise discretion in enforcing marijuana-related penalties against service members.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) authored an op-ed on how marijuana reform can benefit Latinos and tweeted, “The burden of marijuana enforcement doesn’t fall equally: A 2018 NYT report shows Latinos were arrested on low-level marijuana charges at 5x the rate of white people. Thousands of Americans shouldn’t have their record marred for something most don’t believe should be a crime.” He also tweeted, “I’m proud the House took a historic step to pass the MORE Act. This would finally end the federal prohibition on marijuana and advance criminal justice reform. I’ll keep fighting for Senate action.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), in a Senate floor speech, criticized Democrats for including marijuana industry diversity studies in coronavirus relief legislation.

The House Republican Conference tweeted, “Instead of voting on bills to legalize marijuana or protect exotic cats, Democrats need to put the bill on the floor that will help #smallbiz — and they need to do it now. It’s time for Pelosi to stop sitting on her hands and start helping the American people.”

House Ways and Means Committee Republicans tweeted, “Small businesses and families are hurting, yet Pelosi has prioritized marijuana, lions, and tigers. Democrats continue to double down on their out of touch priorities, pushing a liberal agenda instead of offering real relief for Americans. This is unacceptable.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) wrote about the passage of his marijuana bill in a newsletter.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) spoke about the House’s passage of a federal marijuana legalization bill in a radio interview.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) alleged in a House floor speech that Democrats’ solution to coronavirus’s impact is to “just smoke some dope and you won’t be nearly as anxious about the loss of your business, the suffering of your family, and the isolation of our senior citizens.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tweeted, “The federal government urgently needs to modernize its cannabis policy. The lack of action at the federal level has paralyzed cannabis businesses that want to utilize the tax code and meet the needs of Americans who could see an improvement to their life from cannabis.”

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) tweeted, “The #MOREAct isn’t just about decriminalizing marijuana, it’s about correcting the years of injustice that federal drug policy has had on families across America. By expunging records and creating new economic opportunities, we can begin to rebuild for our communities.”

Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) tweeted, “I’d like to see more #cannabis jobs coming to #Philly & PA! That’s a major reason why I voted for the #MOREAct last week.”

/ STATES

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signed a budget bill that lets hemp farmers sell products to marijuana dispensaries. He also vetoed part of cannabis regulators’ funding.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) is set to formally receive a state task force report that includes a recommendation to decriminalize marijuana on Monday.

Oregon regulators announced a recall of marijuana products due to potentially dangerous additives.

A New Mexico judge ruled that regulators can enact rules limiting which patients can participate in the medical cannabis program through reciprocity.

A New Jersey senator authored an op-ed about his concerns that marijuana legalization enabling legislation doesn’t properly address social justice and equity.

New York senators spoke about the prospects for legalizing marijuana in 2021.

A Kentucky representative said he will file a medical cannabis bill on the first day of the new session.

California regulators proposed rules on marijuana track and trace systems.

Washington State regulators suspended Praxis Laboratory’s testing certification after determining it falsified marijuana potency results data.

Louisiana regulators proposed hemp rules changes.

The Guam Visitors Bureau argued that legalizing marijuana will cause the territory to lose hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of jobs.

Colorado regulators are hosting a town hall focused on banking, financial services, insurance and economic development for marijuana businesses on Wednesday.


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Marion County, Oregon will recount the votes on the state’s drug decriminalization ballot measure in some precincts after a precinct committee member suggested possible fraud.

The Carlisle Borough, Pennsylvania Council approved a marijuana decriminalization ordinance.

The Middlebury, Vermont Selectboard is the first in the state to refer a question about allowing marijuana sales to voters.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Canadian regulators are inviting public comment on potential changes to marijuana rules.

A UK member of Parliament said he thinks Prime Minister Boris Johnson would be willing to consider changing marijuana laws.

The governor of the British Virgin Islands said that international concerns are delaying his giving assent to a medical cannabis bill.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study of agitation/irritability, anxiety and common stress found that “the majority of patients in our sample experienced relief from distress-related symptoms following consumption of Cannabis flower, and that among product characteristics, higher THC levels were the strongest predictors of relief.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

Prohibitionist group National Families in Action appears to be acknowledging the inevitability of marijuana reform by endorsing a framework for legal cannabis control.

/ BUSINESS

Weedmaps’s CEO spoke about why he thinks the company can compete against tech giants like Amazon and Google even if marijuana is federally legalized.

BevCanna Enterprises Inc. signed an agreement to acquire Naturo Group Investments Inc.

Moxie is suing Cansortium for allegedly failing to honor the terms of an investment and not paying for consulting services.

/ CULTURE

Rapper T.I. is investing in cannabis company Harvest Connect.

Saturday Night Live joked about Jay-Z’s new line of marijuana products.

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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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MN House votes to legalize cannabis (Newsletter: May 14, 2021)

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State Dept on marijuana & discrimination; NE medical cannabis ballot drive; SAFE Banking gets GOP sponsor; CO sales data

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The Minnesota House of Representatives approved the majority leader’s marijuana legalization bill. While Gov. Tim Walz (D) supports ending cannabis prohibition, leaders in the Republican-controlled Senate have indicated they’re more interested in potentially expanding medical access and reducing possession penalties than they are in the expansive reform.

A new State Department report notes how marijuana reform in a growing number of countries is helping to address religious discrimination against Rastafarians and other groups—but it ignores the U.S.’s continued criminalization of cannabis.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) became the 37th cosponsor of the SAFE Banking Act. That’s a big shift from a few years ago, when she argued against a cannabis banking amendment, saying it would be “allowing banks to essentially finance dealers of recreational marijuana.”

Nebraska activists and lawmakers are relaunching a campaign to place a far-reaching medical cannabis initiative on the 2022 ballot—one day after a minority of senators in the unicameral legislature blocked a relatively restrictive medical marijuana bill.

The Colorado Department of Revenue announced that retailers have already sold more than half a billion dollars worth of legal marijuana in the first three months of 2021. There have been more than $10.5 billion in legal cannabis sales since 2014, generating $1.7 billion in tax revenue for schools, infrastructure and more.

/ FEDERAL

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “We must finally end the federal prohibition on marijuana, advance criminal justice reform, and ensure equity for communities impacted by the War on Drugs. That is why I’m working with @SenBooker & @RonWyden on legislation for comprehensive marijuana reform.”

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) tweeted, “The devastating nationwide opioid epidemic has clearly shown we need to find alternatives to these pain medications, and that’s certainly a priority I’ve heard from many of Alaska’s #veterans. Medicinal cannabis is already in use by thousands of #veterans across the country, but we don’t yet have the data we need to understand the benefits and side effects associated with this alternative therapy.”

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) tweeted, “The reality is that the federal government’s continued cannabis prohibition is neither tenable nor the will of the American electorate. That’s why I introduced the Common Sense Cannabis Reform for Veterans, Small Businesses and Medical Professionals Act with @repdonyoung.”

Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) tweeted about Colorado cannabis sales, saying, “While states around PA move to legalize marijuana this is the type of revenue that the commonwealth could be missing out on.”

Rep. Betty McCollum’s (D-MN) campaign tweeted, “MN cannabis laws are doing more harm than good. By creating a regulatory framework, we can establish more sensible laws to improve our health care & criminal justice systems and ensure better outcomes for communities.”

Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) tweeted, “It’s time to legalize marijuana in Minnesota.”

/ STATES

PolitiFact ruled that a claim from Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) about the potential of marijuana legalization to raise revenue is mostly true. Separately, the lieutenant governor tweeted, “It’s long past time we legalized marijuana—not just because of the revenue we’ll gain—but because its criminalization will only continue to harm communities across the state.”

The New Hampshire Senate tabled a bill to allow medical cannabis patients to grow their own, effectively killing it.

The Nevada Assembly Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on bills to amend hemp rules and allow CBD-infused foods.

Pennsylvania regulators published a hemp sampling protocol.

The California Osteopathic Medical Board discussed guidelines for recommending medical cannabis.

Missouri’s medical cannabis patient count is growing rapidly.

Maine regulators released a list of licensed plant nurseries with hemp seedlings or clones.

Washington State regulators rescheduled a listen and learn session about draft conceptual rules for cannabis applicant or licensee background checks for June 1.


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/ LOCAL

The New Orleans, Louisiana City Council president is proposing to dismiss and pardon nearly 10,000 pending marijuana cases and convictions.

Denver, Colorado regulators are accepting applications to serve on the 2021 Marijuana Rulemaking Work Group.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Zimbabwe’s government repealed a rule that required co-ownership between government and private investors for medical cannabis cultivation operations.

The mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada said there’s no time to reformulate his city’s drug decriminalization proposal to the federal government to address activists’ concerns.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “cannabinoids were found to be effective in the treatment of lung, colorectal, prostate, breast, pancreas and hepatic cancers.”

A study found that “most participants expressed a positive attitude about CBD products as a treatment option, reported positive outcomes when used for multiple different conditions, and would prefer to obtain information about and prescription for CBD from their physicians.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that UK adults support decriminalizing marijuana, 41%-36%.

A poll found that Protestant pastors oppose legalizing marijuana, 76%-18%, and that 78% think it is morally wrong to get high on cannabis.

The Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party tweeted, “Today, the Minnesota House will take a historic vote on legalizing adult-use cannabis. While Republicans may be stuck in the past, DFLers know that our cannabis laws do more harm than good. It’s time to change that.” It also tweeted, “DFLers are ready to legalize adult-use cannabis in Minnesota. The vast majority of Minnesotans are ready too. It’s time for Republicans to either get with the program or get out of the way.”

The Louisiana Democratic Party tweeted about a pending marijuana decriminalization bill, saying it ” would end harsh criminal penalties that can ruin lives and families” and “will also save taxpayer dollars.”

The Collateral Consequences Resource Center and Ohio State University’s Drug Enforcement and Policy Center published a report examining expungement provisions in new marijuana legalization laws.

/ BUSINESS

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. reported quarterly revenue of $194 million.

Aurora Cannabis Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of C$55.2 million and an adjusted EBITDA loss of C$24 million.

Schwazze reported quarterly revenue of $19.3 million and a net loss of $3.6 million.

ETF Managers Group’s U.S. Alternative Harvest ETF began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. announced an $8 million private placement.

4Front Ventures Corp. announced that its retail brand, Mission Dispensaries, is partnering with Homegrown Detroit on initiatives to make the cannabis industry more equitable and accessible.

TweedLeaf employees are working to unionize.

/ CULTURE

The World Boxing Council is partnering with Wesana Health Holdings Inc. on a multi-year clinical research project to examine the therapeutic potential of psychedelics to reduce the effects and symptoms of traumatic brain injury.

Seth Rogen told Howard Stern that he doesn’t mind if employees at his marijuana company Houseplant get high at work as long as it doesn’t affect their job performance.

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New GOP federal legal cannabis bill (Newsletter: May 13, 2021)

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NE medical marijuana bill filibustered; MN House leader expects Republican legalization votes; LA smokable marijuana heads to Senate floor

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Reps. Dave Joyce (R-OH) and Don Young (R-AK) filed a new bill to federally legalize marijuana while providing specific protections for banking and military veterans. The Food and Drug Administration and Treasury Department would be required to issue cannabis regulations—modeled on those for alcohol—within a year. It also has research provisions.

Nebraska’s unicameral legislature failed to overcome a filibuster on a medical cannabis bill, only getting 31 of a needed 33 votes to advance the measure. Supporters say they’ll take the marijuana issue to the ballot in 2022.

Minnesota’s House majority leader, whose cannabis legalization bill is up for a floor vote on Thursday, told Marijuana Moment in an interview that he expects it to get Republican votes. The GOP-controlled Senate is another matter, though.

The Louisiana Senate Health and Welfare Committee approved a House-passed bill to legalize smokable medical cannabis, sending it to the floor for a final vote. Meanwhile, a House vote on recreational marijuana legalization was delayed again—until next week.

The Missouri House of Representatives approved an amendment to require regulators to disclose medical marijuana business ownership information. The vote comes after a recent analysis found instances where single entities were connected to more licenses than is allowed.

/ FEDERAL

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “Americans are sending a clear message—they want an end to marijuana prohibition. I’m working with @RonWyden and @SenBooker to end the federal prohibition and to repair the damage done by the War on Drugs.”

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) tweeted, “Decriminalizing marijuana is not enough. We must also repair the damage done to those communities most harmed by a failed Drug War and expunge records. We should be demanding restorative justice.”

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) tweeted, “Laws prohibiting adult cannabis use defy common sense and the will of the people. I respectfully urge #MNLeg to meet the moment and pass H.F. 600, joining states – Red and Blue – who have already recognized the sensibility of legalization.” He also sent a letter urging state lawmakers to approve the bill.

Rep. Betty McCollum’s (D-MN) campaign tweeted, “Legalizing cannabis for adult use will offer broad benefits across Minnesota, but we need a responsible regulatory framework to make it happen. If any state can do this right, Minnesota can.”

Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA) tweeted, “We must secure our border and ensure law enforcement have the support and resources they need if we want to stop the rising number of illegal marijuana grows and related crime in Southern California.”

The House bill to allow CBD as a dietary supplement got two new cosponsors for a total of 25.

/ STATES

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) said she is reviewing a medical cannabis bill that lawmakers sent to her desk and spoke positively about its benefits for patients.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) tweeted, “I couldn’t say it better myself: we have more than $165M reasons to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin. Legalizing, taxing, and decriminalizing marijuana—much like we do with alcohol—makes economic sense for our state and can help us create a more equitable Wisconsin.”

Minnesota’s attorney general tweeted, “Af-Am and white ppl in MN consume cannabis at v similar rates—yet while Black ppl are just 5% of MN pop they make up 30% of cannabis arrests. Criminalizing a product most ppl want legalized, and continuing a legacy of racial injustice in doing so, is not defensible.” Separately, the House Democrat-Farmer-Labor Caucus tweeted, “Legalizing adult-use cannabis in MN is a growing movement led by the House DFL in partnership with advocates and people of all backgrounds. Tomorrow, the MN House will vote to expand freedom and address harms caused by current cannabis laws.”

The Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld a life sentence for a man convicted of marijuana possession.

Hawaii regulators revoked a medical cannabis dispensary’s license over its alleged failure to submit annual independent financial audits.

Pennsylvania regulators published guidelines for hemp sample compliance testing. Separately, the Department of Agriculture tweeted, “Right now, Pennsylvania’s hemp crop is in the seedling stage. But these now-small plants pack a mighty punch! After harvest, their stalks can be used for biofuel, fire-proof building material, and even bullet-proof vests!”

Washington State regulators approved a statement of inquiry on establishing new rules for evaluating whether ingredients used in the production or processing of marijuana products pose a risk to public health or youth access.

Oregon regulators released an updated list of approved marijuana retail businesses.

Colorado’s Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee will meet on Monday.


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New York City police department sources claim that the state’s new marijuana legalization law is making it harder to take guns off the streets.

A former Buffalo, New York firefighter who was fired for medical cannabis use is suing to get his job back.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera said the country should switch from growing tobacco to cannabis.

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has received at least seven queries about listing cannabis companies.

New Zealand’s health minister said he wants drug-checking services to be widely available, but hasn’t committed funding to support it.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “cannabinoids prevent the negative effects of chronic unpredictable stress, suggesting that the development of cannabinoid-based drugs has the potential to treat stress-related disorders such as depression.”

A study of rats suggested that “marijuana may be helpful for motor disorders and synaptic changes in patients with Parkinson’s disease.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Louisiana Democratic Party tweeted about the House’s passage of a marijuana decriminalization bill.

The Alabama Democratic Party is selling a marijuana legalization sticker.

The Nebraska Democratic Party tweeted about the legislature debating a medical cannabis bill.

The United States Cannabis Council joined the alcohol-industry-funded Responsibility.org as a corporate partner.

Prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana is taking out newspaper ads aimed at influencing senators who have expressed reservations about federal legalization.

/ BUSINESS

Green Thumb Industries Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $194.4 million.

Columbia Care Inc. launched a new retail brand called Cannabist.

Wasatch Global Investors sold off its marijuana stock holdings under instructions from its compliance unit.

Flora Growth Corp. began trading on the Nasdaq.

Arkansas dispensaries have now sold more than $300 million worth of medical cannabis.

/ CULTURE

Jane Fonda spoke about her affinity for hemp and her partnership with CBD company Uncle Bud’s.

Slipknot’s Clown is launching a line of marijuana products.

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LA House votes to decriminalize cannabis (Newsletter: May 12, 2021)

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CT could hold special session on marijuana; Schumer on banking & legalization; USPTO appeal could impact cannabis & psychedelics companies

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The Louisiana House of Representatives voted to decriminalize marijuana possession. A separate bill to legalize cannabis sales is scheduled for floor consideration on Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) reiterated that he does not want to pass marijuana banking legislation ahead of a broader legalization bill.

  • “We’re not going to bargain against ourselves.”

Connecticut’s House speaker says marijuana legalization could be taken up in a special session if lawmakers run out of time during the regular session. Meanwhile, Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said it’s up to the legislature to merge competing cannabis bills into something he can sign.

A CBD drinks company is appealing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s position that businesses can’t register products that aren’t currently legal but could be soon. The result could have huge implications for marijuana and psychedelics firms.

The Aspen, Colorado City Council discussed potential measures to decriminalize psychedelics but did not take any action—with some members saying that no local moves should be made ahead of state or federal reforms.

/ FEDERAL

Former President Donald Trump excitedly posted about a pleading in a lawsuit that he says has implications for his effort to undermine the results of last year’s presidential election but which actually concerns a local ballot measure on whether to allow marijuana businesses.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse published a blog post and a FAQ about the new standard unit of THC to be used in marijuana research.

The Government Accountability Office published a report examining the Drug Enforcement Administration’s scheduling of fentanyl-related substances.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) tweeted about visiting a hemp business.

Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) tweeted, “Congress needs to address the structural disadvantages impacting entrepreneurs of color and level the playing field. That means ensuring communities of color are able to share in the success of the booming cannabis industry.”

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) tweeted, “Governor Wolf is taking a page right out of Gov. Cuomo’s playbook: Call for legal marijuana in an attempt to make people forget about his mishandling of the pandemic. Nice try, but we won’t forget how you endangered PA seniors by forcing COVID+ patients into nursing homes.”

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “It’s high time we legalize adult-use marijuana in Pennsylvania, clear the records of those found guilty of marijuana offenses, and work to restore justice to people caught up in the discriminatory war on drugs.”

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jennifer McClellan tweeted, “I will use my executive power to pardon anyone incarcerated for a marijuana possession offense and oversee equitable marijuana licensing and entrepreneurship for Black and Brown communities.”

Michigan’s attorney general tweeted about an upcoming event aimed at helping people to expunge past marijuana and other convictions.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services tweeted, “Florida #Hemp has a lot to be proud of in just one year, but Floridians have even more to look forward to as this industry grows for years to come!”

The Missouri House of Representatives approved an amendment requiring regulators to disclose ownership information about medical cannabis businesses.

The Massachusetts legislatures’s Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy held a hearing on bills to address issues caused by agreements between municipalities and the marijuana businesses they host, just as new research shows localities have collected at least $2.46 million more in payments from cannabis firms than is legally required.

A New Jersey court ruled that Pepsi Bottling Company must reimburse a former employee for medical cannabis costs.

Minnesota regulators will accept petitions to add new medical cannabis qualifying conditions from June 1 through July 31

Tennessee regulators published a list of companies that are licensed to see hemp seed.

The California Cannabis Advisory Committee and its subcommittees will hold three meetings this month.

Wisconsin regulators will provide an update on hemp rules on Thursday.


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A proposed Denver, Colorado ballot measure would increase marijuana taxes to fund pandemic research.

Boston, Massachusetts regulators are proposing to require marijuana businesses to get permission to partner with delivery services.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “the majority of the literature reviewed demonstrated the use of cannabis by adults with chronic pain resulted in better pain control and/or fewer opioids required to control pain in this population.”

A study found that “psilocybin has promising effects on the patients with depression/anxiety even after a single dose.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that New York voters support the state’s legalization of marijuana, 67%-27%.

The South Dakota Democratic Party tweeted about a legislative move to let law enforcement agencies block police from using medical cannabis.

The Minority Cannabis Business Association announced new board members.

The Albuquerque Journal editorial board said it is important to protect medical cannabis patients’ access as recreational legalization is implemented.

The Boston Globe editorial board decried local agreements with marijuana businesses that it says are openings to corruption.

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce published articles that are critical of social equity components in a pending marijuana legalization bill.

/ BUSINESS

Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. reported quarterly revenue $23.4 million and a net loss and comprehensive loss of $13.9 million.

MedMen Enterprises Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $32 million and a net loss of $9.7 million.

Tilray, Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $31.4 million and a net loss of $341 million.

Aleafia Health Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of C$7 million and a net loss of C$11.2 million.

A federal judge granted Canopy Growth Corporation’s move to escape a class action lawsuit alleging that the company misled investors about the strength of the Canadian marijuana market.

Pabst Labs is expanding its line of cannabis-infused drinks.

HEXO Corp. established an at-the-market equity program allowing it to sell up to C$150 million worth of shares.

A subsidiary of Curaleaf International launched a range of medical cannabis products in Germany.

Schwazze launched a research and development subsidiary, Schwazze Biosciences Ltd.

Optimi Health Corp. and Numinus Wellness Inc. submitted an application for a psilocybin extract pre-clinical trial to Canadian officials.

Harborside Inc. has a new vice president of production.

/ CULTURE

Clint Eastwood is asking a federal court to issue a default judgement against Mediatonas UAB for allegedly publishing a fabricated interview showing him endorsing CBD products.

Deepak Chopra participated in a chat about marijuana.

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