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Congress rejects AOC’s psychedelics amendment but adopts CBD one (Newsletter: July 28, 2021)

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OH 2022 marijuana initiative; MA psychedelics hearing; Global sports authority: Reconsider cannabis penalties; Study on artisanal CBD benefits

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The House of Representatives defeated an amendment from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to expand research on the medical benefits of psychedelics like psilocybin and MDMA. Amid a growing national reform movement, however, the measure failed by a narrower margin than her previous attempt two years ago.

  • Separately, lawmakers approved an amendment from Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) that encourages the Food and Drug Administration to issue regulations allowing CBD as a dietary supplement and food ingredient. They also rejected a proposal from Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) to remove protections for universities that study marijuana. She argued on the floor that she’s worried schools will “offer a class called ‘Pot Smoking 101’ [that’s] dedicated to smoking pot.”

Ohio activists launched a new marijuana legalization ballot initiative campaign. The plan is to pressure lawmakers to end cannabis prohibition through the legislature, but organizers say they’re prepared to go directly to voters if need be.

The Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a bill to create a task force charged with studying the legalization of psychedelics like psilocybin and ayahuasca.

The president of global sports governing body World Athletics said it’s “sensible” to reevaluate marijuana penalties for Olympic athletes after Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension.

  • “Nothing is set in tablets of stone. You adapt and occasionally reassess.”

A new study found that epilepsy patients who use “artisanal CBD” have “higher quality of life, lower psychiatric symptom severity and improved sleep.” They also use fewer prescription medications, take fewer sick days and are less likely to visit the hospital.

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Patients made a new filing in a lawsuit seeing to force the Drug Enforcement Administration to let them use psilocybin.

A former Fall River, Massachusetts mayor who was federally convicted of extorting marijuana businesses filed a motion for acquittal or a new trial.

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and other senators sent a letter urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to press the Philippine government for human rights violations in its bloody “war on drugs.”

Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) cited the marijuana regulatory experience of a U.S. attorney nominee for the Western District of Washington.

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) spoke about the need to center social justice and equity in marijuana legalization implementation. Separately, a judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s voter-approved cannabis legalization referendum.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) office said he is in the process of appointing people to the Cannabis Control Board. Meanwhile, the Senate majority leader said the governor should “send his appointees down and we’ll take a look at them.”

Texas Democratic attorney general candidate Lee Merritt tweeted, “Due in part to the so-called ‘war on drugs’ U.S. police are the deadliest in the modern world. We can eradicate the demand for illegal drugs by providing healthcare and affordable housing. Not war.”

New Mexico regulators issued a cease and desist order to a business that has been “gifting” marijuana in exchange for the purchase of store merchandise. Separately, the top regulator told lawmakers it is ” highly likely” retailers will run out of cannabis in the first week or two of recreational sales. She also said she fears that local residents will be prevented from entering the industry due to difficulties accessing bank loans.

California regulators named a leadership team for the new Department of Cannabis Control.

Rhode Island regulators again delayed a lottery to award new medical cannabis dispensary licenses.

Oklahoma representatives discussed challenges in regulating medical cannabis on a podcast.

Vermont regulators will consider marijuana-related highway safety issues, criminal justice data and banking access on Thursday.

South Dakota regulators scheduled an August 18 public hearing on proposed medical cannabis rules.


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Brooklyn, New York’s district attorney moved to dismiss more than 3,500 marijuana-related warrant cases.

New York City’s mayor criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for the state’s slow rollout of a new marijuana legalization law. He also encouraged people to store cannabis edibles out of the reach of children.

Santa Fe, New Mexico officials are seeking public comment on marijuana rules.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Guyana President Irfaan Ali said he is focused on regulating hemp before addressing broader marijuana reform issues.

Israeli lawmakers are expected to vote on a marijuana decriminalization bill on Wednesday.

Canada’s health minister is being sued by patients who want her to act on stalled applications to legally use psilocybin.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review identified how “epigenetic modulations caused by cannabinoids lead to the suppression of inflammation.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Tennessee Democratic Party criticized Fox News hosts tying marijuana to violence, tweeting, “Reminder that this is how the Republican party views weed, violent crime, and mental health. What we actually need is to legalize it, clear all marijuana-related convictions from people’s criminal records, and provide people with the resources and healthcare that they deserve.”

Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch spoke about his support for marijuana legalization and drug policy reform.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies has a new board chair.

/ BUSINESS

Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. is being sued for allegedly failing to inform investors of the terms of its proposed acquisition by Trulieve Cannabis Corp.

Curaleaf International launched its second range of medical cannabis flower products for the UK market.

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Feds & states work on cannabis standards (Newsletter: January 17, 2022)

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SD gov wants activists to pay for anti-legalization lawsuit; VT drug decrim bill; VA psychedelics decrim; CO marijuana revenue record

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The federal National Institute of Standards and Technology and state officials are collaborating to develop national standards for cannabis products and packaging. Some of the proposals advanced at a National Conference on Weights and Measures meeting last week toward potentially being formally adopted into a federal handbook later this year.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) wants marijuana activists to pay the legal costs for a lawsuit her administration successfully waged to overturn a voter-approved legalization initiative.

42 Vermont lawmakers—nearly a third of the full House of Representatives—filed a bill to decriminalize drugs by replacing jail time with a $50 fine.

Virginia lawmakers introduced legislation to decriminalize psychedelics like psilocybin, peyote and ibogaine.

The Colorado Department of Revenue reported that the state generated a record $423 million in marijuana tax revenue last year. More than $12 billion in legal cannabis has been sold since 2014, with the state collecting over $2 billion in taxes altogether.

/ FEDERAL

The Congressional Research Service published an analysis of hemp-related issues that could be addressed in the next Farm Bill.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) blamed illegal marijuana cultivation issues in Oregon on ongoing federal prohibition.

Rep. Don Young (R-AK) tweeted, “Too many lives have been ruined by minor marijuana offenses. States w/legal cannabis should be empowered to expunge records with these minor crimes. I’m cosponsoring the HOPE Act to fund state expungement programs & roll back damage from the War on Drugs.”

Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) discussed “how changing marijuana laws will impact the safety of drivers” on a police ridealong.

Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA) tweeted, “I remain committed to combating the illegal marijuana grow crisis in #CA25. While a local reality, the causal factor is our open southern border & efforts to defund the police. I promise to fight to fund the police and secure our border!”

/ STATES

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said he would not sign a bill to legalize marijuana if approved by lawmakers, but he might be willing to support expansion of the medical cannabis program.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said one of his second term priorities is to grow the cannabis industry.

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate John King, a former federal education secretary, tweeted, “Legalizing adult-use cannabis is going to be a top priority for Maryland legislature this session and the next governor will face the important task of making sure the industry is implemented and developed in an equitable way.”

Florida House Democrats tweeted, “Addressing recreational cannabis legalization has become an important topic for Floridians.”

Kansas House Democrats tweeted, “Marijuana legalization is overwhelmingly popular and would bring a significant amount of money to the state… what’s the holdup, folks? 🤔”

A Tennessee representative filed a bill to tax and regulate hemp-derived cannabis products.

Arkansas regulators approved rules changes that will allow the issuance of two remaining medical cannabis dispensary licenses.

Montana regulators filed revised marijuana rules that correct prior drafting errors.

Illinois regulators filed updated cannabis and hemp rules.

Maine regulators sent an update on adult-use and medical cannabis rulemaking.

Virginia regulators posted a list of trained hemp sampling agents.

Vermont regulators will discuss marijuana social equity and fee issues on Tuesday.

California’s Gaming Policy Advisory Committee will consider dual licensure of the cannabis and gaming industries on Thursday.

Pennsylvania’s Medical marijuana Advisory Board posted dates of virtual meetings it will hold this year.


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/ LOCAL

Activists in Killeen and Harker Heights, Texas launched local marijuana decriminalization ballot efforts.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Malaysia’s health minister said the government is reviewing drug laws to regulate cannabis and kratom for medical use.

A UK member of Parliament said his medical cannabis bill “almost definitely” will not move forward due to a lack of support.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study’s results “do not support any considerable impact of cannabis legislation on the prevalence of recreational cannabis use among youth and young adults in Europe.”

A study concluded that psychotropic experiences caused by use of “beer made from Schinus molle…combined with the hallucinogen Anadenanthera colubrina” by ancient Andean peoples served as “an intermediate step between exclusionary and corporate political strategies.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

Americans for Prosperity endorsed a pending congressional bill to facilitate marijuana expungements.

The ACLU of New Mexico is concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection interior checkpoints threaten the state’s marijuana legalization equity goals.

/ BUSINESS

Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc. is suing MedMen NY, Inc. and MM Enterprises USA, LLC over accusations of breaching an investment agreement.

/ CULTURE

Tiffany Haddish was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of marijuana.

Samuel L. Jackson narrates a new eight-part docuseries about the war on drugs called “The Fix.”

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Lots of states could legalize cannabis & psychedelics in 2022 (Newsletter: January 14, 2022)

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MS Senate passes medical marijuana; DE legal cannabis bill filed; New OH legalization signatures; MO GOP psychedelics bill

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The Mississippi Senate voted to legalize medical cannabis despite Gov. Tate Reeves’s (R) veto threat over patient possession limits he thinks are too high. The measure now heads to the House.

Marijuana Moment’s latest analysis looks at the large number of states that are poised to legalize cannabis—and potentially psychedelics—in 2022. Between ballot initiatives and bills in legislatures, advocates see a lot of targets for advancement this year.

Ohio activists say they are “confident” they’ve collected enough signatures to force lawmakers to consider a marijuana legalization measure.  An earlier submission was deemed insufficient but they’ve now turned in nearly 30,000 more signatures.

Delaware lawmakers introduced a newly revised marijuana legalization bill that includes key changes to equity provisions meant to help ensure it gets the supermajority level of support needed to pass.

A Missouri Republican representative filed a bill to allow patients with debilitating, life-threatening or terminal illnesses to use psychedelics like MDMA, DMT, ibogaine, LSD, mescaline, peyote and psilocybin under the state’s right-to-try law.

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The U.S. Sentencing Commission published a report on recidivism by people released from prison after serving time for drug trafficking convictions.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “The criminalization of cannabis has resulted in discrimination and injustice. Moreover, it has destroyed countless Black and Brown lives. It’s long past time for the federal government to catch up and move our country forward by leading on cannabis reform.”

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) tweeted about a study showing cannabinoids can protect cells from COVID, saying, “As if we needed another reason to legalize it.”

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) spoke about growing Republican support for marijuana reform.

Rep. Jay Obernolte (R-CA) tweeted, “January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month. With cases of human trafficking linked to illegal marijuana cultivation sites rising in our community, it is critical we put an end to this modern-day slavery.”

Wisconsin Democratic Senate candidate Gillian Battino tweeted. “When I am in the Senate, I will fight to legalize recreational marijuana. We can invest tax revenues in communities torn apart by the war on drugs, farmers can diversify with sustainable practices, and patients will have the access they require.”

Texas Democratic congressional candidate Arthur DIxon tweeted, “Rich white business owners profit $100+ Billions Dollars from the cannabis industry every year while here in Texas thousands of black and brown kids get thrown into prison for possessing a few grams… We have to do better! It’s time to legalize marijuana! 🪴”

Kentucky Democratic congressional candidate William Compton tweeted, “One thing I would want to do in congress is make sure Marijuana is legalized nationwide. A majority of people support it! It’s a no brainer.”

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam touted his signing a marijuana legalization bill in his final State of the Commonwealth speech,

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) pardoned more people for marijuana and drug convictions.

California’s attorney general continued to criticize local officials’ slowness to clear marijuana convictions as required by a law he authored.

South Carolina’s Senate majority leader said it’s “time to have the debate” on a long-pending medical cannabis bill, and the House minority leader said it should have been done a long time ago.

The chairman of the Louisiana legislature’s Medical Marijuana Commission said it’s time to expand the medical cannabis program “in every direction.”

Florida Democratic lawmakers held a press conference to promote marijuana legalization bills.

Kansas House Democrats tweeted, “Kansas is 1 of 4 states where marijuana remains fully illegal. It’s 2021. This is unacceptable.”

A Missouri Republican representative discussed plans to file a marijuana legalization bill.

Maine regulators proposed medical cannabis rules changes.

New York regulators proposed emergency hemp rules.

Nevada regulators are conducting a survey to collect demographic data on the cannabis industry.

Illinois officials are hiring reviewers for grant applications for the marijuana revenue-funded  Restore, Reinvest, and Renew grant program.

Pennsylvania regulators tweeted about eggs from hemp-fed chickens, saying, “Eating hemp eggs will not get you high, but you will be filled with a healthier egg.”


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Denver, Colorado officials sent guidance on marijuana hospitality and unlicensed consumption businesses.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Costa Rican lawmakers sent President Carlos Alvarado a medical cannabis and hemp bill.

Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell said his government will introduce a medical cannabis bill ahead of the next election.

The French Assembly debated a marijuana legalization bill.

UK members of Parliament sent a letter asking London’s mayor to rescind a plan to reduce marijuana arrests.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that “consumers are interested in and are using [medical cannabis products] for dermatologic indications, most commonly for inflammatory skin disorders.”

A study demonstrated that “treatment with three infusions of ketamine was well tolerated in patients with alcohol use disorder and was associated with more days of abstinence from alcohol at 6-month follow-up.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s senior vice president for public policy joined the board of the Council for Federal Cannabis Regulation.

Supernova Women organized a rally at the California Capitol calling for tax and regulatory relief for marijuana businesses.

/ BUSINESS

Eaze opened its first dispensary storefronts.

Vangst completed a $19 million Series B funding round.

Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. completed an organizational restructuring.

Canopy Growth USA is being sued over claims that its website violates the Americans with Disabilities Act by being inaccessible to visually impaired and blind customers.

Leafly has a new senior vice president of engineering.

/ CULTURE

Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert joked about a study showing cannabinoids can protect cells from COVID,

The Onion joked about rising COVID vaccine appointments in Quebec, Canada after officials made the shots mandatory to access marijuana and liquor stores.

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MS lawmakers defy gov’s medical cannabis demands (Newsletter: January 13, 2022)

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Italy marijuana referendum certified; Prohibitionist poll shows legalization support; VA cannabis prisoners; Record AZ cannabis sales

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The Mississippi Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee approved a medical marijuana bill that defies Gov. Tate Reeves’s (R) veto threat over patient possession limits. Senate floor action is expected as soon as Thursday.

Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation certified that activists collected enough signatures to put a marijuana and psilocybin referendum before voters this spring. One more formal approval by another court is needed before it’s officially on the ballot.

A poll funded by prohibitionist group Smart Approaches to Marijuana found that a supermajority of U.S. voters support recreational and medical cannabis legalization policies that the organization lobbies against. Only 14 percent back ongoing federal prohibition.

Members of the Virginia legislature’s Cannabis Oversight Commission are divided over what—if anything—to do about people who are still serving time behind bars for marijuana convictions as legalization is implemented.

The Arizona Department of Revenue reported that retailers set a new recreational marijuana sales record in November, with adult-use transactions finally catching up to sales in the older medical cannabis program.

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general reported that New Mexico officials improperly spent funds on a staff member’s participation in an Adult Use Cannabis Task Force.

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) said she will vote against President Joe Biden’s Food and Drug Administration commissioner nominee due to the agency’s role in allowing the opioid overdose crisis to develop.

Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) tweeted, “I’m a co-sponsor of the bipartisan MORE Act because it reforms our nation’s drug laws which have disproportionately targeted communities of color. It’s time to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and provide justice for those facing marijuana charges or convictions.”

Former Rep. Jill Long Thompson (D-IN) took issue with the Indiana Democratic Party’s support for marijuana legalization.

Former Rep. Justin Amash (L-MI) reacted to a study finding that cannabinoids can protect cells from COVID infection by tweeting, “Legalize cannabis.”

Indiana Democratic Senate candidate Thomas McDermott, currently Hammond’s mayor, tweeted that a tour of an Illinois dispensary he went on “proved exactly why IN is left behind in tax and agricultural revenue. Legalizing cannabis is the right and equitable thing to do for IN farmers, business & residents.”

Montana Democratic congressional candidate Tom Winter spoke about his support for marijuana legalization and his own cannabis consumption.

The House bill to facilitate expungement of marijuana records got two new cosponsors for a total of three.

The House bill to allow CBD as a dietary supplement got two new cosponsors for a total of 38.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said a marijuana legalization referendum is preferable to lawmakers passing a bill to enact the policy change, but he did not take a position on the overall issue.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) spoke in his State of the State address about how “many jobs await in the cannabis industry.”

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “Pennsylvania is the only northeast state that hasn’t at least decriminalized marijuana. I’m pro decriminalization and legalizing recreational, adult-use marijuana. Let’s get it done.”

Illinois’s lieutenant governor tweeted, “The #R3 grant empowers local people to bring solutions and resources to their communities. With this funding, we’re repairing the harm caused by the failed war on drugs by using 25% of adult-use cannabis tax revenue to bring #equity.”

South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham, a former congressman, tweeted about discussing medical cannabis and other issues with state lawmakers. He also tweeted in support of a new bill to prevent police from using the smell of marijuana for probable cause.

Alabama Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim James criticized the state’s medical cannabis law.

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, currently a congressman, tweeted, “In November, Floridians will have a chance to elect a Governor who will legalize marijuana. I will be that Governor.”

Virginia’s House speaker called marijuana legislation a “mess” and said it’s not clear how lawmakers will proceed with legalization issues this session.

South Dakota’s Senate president pro tem said it’s “highly unlikely that the legislature passes recreational marijuana.”

The New Hampshire House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee held a hearing on a bill to decriminalize psilocybin.

Kansas House Democrats tweeted, “House D #ksleg-islators introduced 2 constitutional amendments to legalize marijuana for medicinal & recreational use. Over 6 years, CO collected $1.6 billion in marijuana taxes & fees, some from Kansans crossing the border. We need to keep that taxpayer money in Kansas.”

A Nebraska senator posted about a new study indicating that cannabinoids can protect cells from COVID.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court disbarred a cannabis attorney who serves as executive director of the Oklahoma Cannabis Industry Association for allegedly taking and not returning funds received from clients.

Louisiana regulators published an oversight report on consumable hemp products.

New York regulators will launch a new medical cannabis patient registration and certification system on January 24.

Iowa regulators published an annual report about the medical cannabidiol program and announced two new board members.

Wisconsin’s switch to federal management of its hemp program is leading to reduced costs for farmers.

California cannabis regulators are hiring an equity and inclusion analyst.


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The Los Angeles County, California Board of Supervisors voted to set a $30,000 daily fine for illegal marijuana dispensaries and grow operations.

The Denton, Texas City Council discussed, but did not vote on, a marijuana decriminalization proposal.

New York City officials circulated guidance about clearing past marijuana and other records.

Activists in Killeen and Harker Heights, Texas will launch local marijuana decriminalization ballot initiative efforts on Friday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado raised doubts about whether he would sign a medical cannabis and hemp bill that’s expected to be considered in the Assembly on Thursday.

Germany’s cabinet is expected to appoint a new drug commissioner who supports marijuana legalization.

France’s Senate debated CBD regulations.

A UK member of Parliament met with the health secretary about medical cannabis access for children with epilepsy.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “most women reported that cannabis improved pain from numerous gynecologic conditions.”

A study concluded that “commercial CBD products, especially aqueous beverages, can show inconsistent labeling, vary largely from their label claims should they make them, and show lot-to-lot variability making dosing unpredictable.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Jockeys’ Guild is urging the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority to establish regulations on medical marijuana use by jockeys.

Release published a report on guiding social equity principles for the UK’s future legal marijuana market.

/ BUSINESS

Leafly Holdings Inc. and Merida Merger Corp. delayed a vote on a proposed merger and entered into a $30 million convertible note purchase agreement with new investors.

Tilray, Inc. acquired the Alpine and Green Flash craft beer brands from WC IPA LLC.

GoFundMe shut down a fundraiser for a cannabis consulting business.

Colorado retailers sold $158.4 million worth of legal marijuana products in November.

/ CULTURE

Jay-Z’s Team Roc is working to help a man serving a 20-year prison sentence for intent to distribute marijuana.

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