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Congressional researchers say legal cannabis hurts cartels (Newsletter: August 4, 2020)

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Analyzing Congress’s recent marijuana vote; IL sees record cannabis sales in July; Senator engages with blunt-smoking constituent

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A new Congressional Research Service report says a “decline in U.S. demand for Mexican marijuana” is partly “due to legalized cannabis or medical cannabis in several U.S. states and Canada, reducing its value as part of Mexican trafficking organizations’ portfolio.”

Marijuana Moment analyzed last week’s House of Representatives vote to protect state cannabis laws from federal interference, including an examination of lawmakers who flipped from “No” last year to “Yes” this time and vice versa, as well as the 17 Republicans from legalized states who voted to let the Department of Justice arrest their constituents.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation reported that marijuana retailers shattered monthly sales records in July with nearly 1.3 million cannabis products sold, worth about $61 million. Out-of-state visitors alone accounted for $16.2 million of that.

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) reacted cheerfully to a blunt-smoking constituent who expressed support for his reelection bid.

  • “I support marijuana, by the way.”

A new ProPublica investigation reviews documents showing that “investors, many with marijuana industry ties, have seized upon the nation’s public health disaster” by flipping N95 masks amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • “It’s quick money. And the broker game in the marijuana and industrial hemp industry — it’s exactly the same.”

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency tweeted about hemp crop insurance.

Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and John Kennedy (R-LA) are pushing the Drug Enforcement Administration to lower production quotas for opioids.

Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) tweeted about her new bill to federally legalize and regulate marijuana.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) said, “Suspending driver’s licenses for unpaid fees is a misguided relic from the ‘War on Drugs’ era that punishes people who can’t pay their bills on time by making it even harder for them to make an income to pay their bills. How stupid is that?”

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) criticized House Democrats because their coronavirus relief bill “mentions marijuana more times than jobs.”

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) said he’s “working with Team Biden in conversations” about further evolving on marijuana reform.

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) tweeted, “According to the NIH, the WHO, and the American Lung Assoc., marijuana is MORE dangerous with COVID – it is NOT a treatment. Yet Speaker Pelosi insists on marijuana provisions in a COVID bill for the American people?”

Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) cheered marijuana provisions in an appropriations bill passed by the House.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) tweeted, “My colleagues on the Congressional #CannabisCaucus and I were also able to include an amendment that protects individuals who engage in the state-sanctioned use, production, and dispensing of cannabis to those over age 21 from prosecution by the Department of Justice.”

Tennessee Democratic Senate candidate Marquita Bradshaw tweeted about her support for legalizing marijuana.

Tennessee Democratic Senate candidate James Mackler tweeted, “Legalizing #MedicalMarijuana is overdue. We must find alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent offenders, reduce recidivism, end for-profit prisons & update flawed sentencing guidelines. If states want to legalize marijuana, the Federal govt shouldn’t stand in the way.”

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Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor tweeted, “It has been 313 days since @GovernorTomWolf and I called on the legislature to immediately decriminalize marijuana and work on legislation to legalize. We need action now.”

Mississippi’s agriculture commissioner announced that farmers in the state can apply for hemp licenses from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Nebraska lawmakers sent Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) a hemp bill.

California regulators sent a notice about changes to cannabis business tax return procedures.

Louisiana regulators issued an emergency rule to implement medical cannabis program changes included in recently enacted legislation.

Massachusetts regulators issued an order allowing marijuana companies to retest and potentially sell quarantined marijuana vaping products.

Ohio regulators are considering resolutions on medical cannabis business employee policies.

Oregon regulators approved marijuana business violation stipulated settlement agreements.

Washington State regulators will consider marijuana rules and a compact with an Indian tribe on Wednesday.


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San Francisco, California regulators are accepting feedback about a marijuana equity applicant grant program.

/ INTERNATIONAL

New UK Ministry of Justice data shows racial disparities in marijuana enforcement.

Mexican poppy cultivation and heroin production decreased last year, according to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study suggested “potential anti-inflammatory effects of recent cannabis use.”

A study identified the “plausible appearance of tolerance to cannabidiol-enriched oil,” which “may limit treatment efficacy in the long-term clinical management of refractory epilepsy in both pediatric and adult population.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

NORML and HeadCount launched a voter registration drive.

The Marijuana Policy Project published a voter guide for New Hampshire’s primary election next month.

/ CULTURE

Mixed martial arts fighters Tim Elliott and Jamahal Hill are reportedly facing suspensions and fines for positive marijuana tests.

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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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VT legal cannabis sales bill finalized (Newsletter: September 17, 2020)

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Lawmakers push SCOTUS to take marijuana case; MS’s confusing cannabis ballot Qs; Record IL sales; PA lt. gov. challenges NJ to grow better marijuana

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Vermont House of Representatives Senate negotiators have finally reached a deal on a bill to legalize marijuana sales. The full House is expected to vote on the final proposal as soon as Thursday, with the Senate likely sending it to the governor’s desk next week.

Seven members of Congress and several reform groups filed briefs urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a case against the Drug Enforcement Administration that challenges marijuana’s federally restricted classification.

  • The lawmakers’ brief argues the Court needs to act because enacting marijuana reform through legislation is “made practically impossible by complicated political realities”—a point that could be undermined if the House approves a cannabis descheduling bill next week.

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), appearing at a rally alongside Gov. Tom Wolf (D) said that farmers in his state can grow better marijuana than those in New Jersey can, and that’s one reason lawmakers should hurry up and legalize it before voters next door in the Garden State do so.

The way medical cannabis appears on Mississippi’s ballot is a confusing, two-step set of questions. And that was exactly the intent of lawmakers who advanced a competing measure to undermine support for the activist-driven original, advocates say.

Illinois set a new monthly marijuana sales record again in August, with more than 1.3 million cannabis products sold, amounting to nearly $64 million in total sales— with out-of-state visitors accounting for more than $17 million of that.

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Officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration met with representatives of the National Industrial Hemp Council, who shared concerns about the agency’s new proposed hemp rules.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “There are far too many racial disparities in our criminal justice system. We must keep fighting for change. If Democrats retake the Senate, I am going to do EVERYTHING I can to end the federal prohibition on marijuana and undo harms of the War on Drugs.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted, “Cannabis should be legalized & records should be expunged ASAP. It’s strange that the more conservative step of decriminalization is seen by some as too controversial or ‘risky.’ Each day we postpone is a day we let communities be ravaged & profiled. It must end. #LegalizeIt”

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) tweeted, “I’ve been a long-time supporter of legalizing marijuana, and the MORE Act gets us one step closer. Looking forward to voting YES.”

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) tweeted, “In our state the price for the failed drug war has been paid disproportionately by Black and Latino Texans. We can do much better. @RolandForTexas is running for the Texas Senate and has put cannabis legalization at the forefront of his campaign.”

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the harms of the drug war got three new cosponsors for a total of 111.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s (D) team plans to hold meetings with stakeholders who are concerned about the state’s marijuana business licensing process.

The Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee approved a House-passed bill to prevent police from conducting searches based on the smell of marijuana.

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled that a rejected medical cannabis business license applicant can see its application scores.

California regulators released a unified marijuana license search tool.

Washington State’s WorkSource program is blocking some job listings for not only marijuana businesses, but also for people who work in the cannabis industry and are looking to hire child care workers.

Colorado regulators adopted emergency coronavirus-related rules for marijuana businesses.

Florida’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee’s Seed Certification Subcommittee will meet on September 23.

Michigan regulators are holding a marijuana business social equity resource workshop on September 24.


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Portland, Maine officials sent a reminder that marijuana businesses must be licensed to operate in the city.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Barbados’s government revealed details of a marijuana decriminalization plan.

A Colombian House committee approved a bill to allow marijuana use.

Brazilian lawmakers heard presentations from Canadian and Israeli lawmakers about their countries’ experiences with medical cannabis.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study identified a “significant substitution effect between light cannabis and anxiolytics, sedatives, opioids, anti-depressants and anti-psychotics.”

The first clinical trial on psilocybin therapy with simultaneous administration and one-on-one patient support to treat depression in cancer patients was launched.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, Family Research Council and other groups sent a letter calling on House leadership to cancel a planned vote to federally legalize marijuana.

The Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis projected that legalizing marijuana would boost the state’s GDP by between $953 million and $1.7 billion and generate $188 to $223 million in new tax revenue for the state in the fifth year of sales, while creating more than 10,000 jobs within three years.

Green Flower for Business, Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards and Association of Food and Drug Officials are partnering to train state and local regulators about cannabis issues.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute published a report highlighting what it says is a “double standard” whereby marijuana is treated more favorably than nicotine.

/ BUSINESS

Playboy launched a line of CBD products.

AdvisorShares and CB1 Capital Management LLC formed a strategic partnership.

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. acquired Pennsylvania medical cannabis businesses.

MedMen Enterprises Inc. announced it got an additional $20 million from lenders and investors.

Canopy Rivers Inc. announced that its joint venture PharmHouse Inc. received creditor protection from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Vireo Health changed the name of its Minnesota Medical Solutions cannabis dispensaries to Green Goods.

A lawsuit against Travis and Leah Maurer over a venture to start a marijuana cultivation operation and dispensary that was filed by Randy Quast has been dismissed in the couple’s favor.

Terrapin donated $30,000 to help Boulder, Colorado’s live music venues impacted by coronavirus-related closures.

/ CULTURE

Musician David Crosby tweeted, “If smoking marijuana causes short-term memory loss, what does smoking marijuana do?”

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency tweeted, “CBD from hemp extract is not necessarily safer than a marijuana extract.”

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House cannabis vote schedule ‘hasn’t changed’ despite concerns (Newsletter: September 16, 2020)

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Harris talks marijuana decrim; CDC meets with medical cannabis patients; TX GOP candidate runs on legalization; Booker pushes descheduling vote

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The office of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) told Marijuana Moment the “schedule hasn’t changed” for a planned vote on a federal marijuana legalization bill next week despite rumblings of concern from moderate Democrats. Hoyer himself said, though, that while he supports the proposal, “we’ve got to get the CR and COVID-19 done, because they’re absolutely critical to the welfare of our country,” referring to legislation to keep the government funded and avoid a shutdown.

  • Meanwhile, Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said the cannabis issue didn’t come up on a caucus call today. And Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the lead sponsor of the bill, said he wants the vote to proceed as planned, while Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) indicated that a delay would be OK.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) held a virtual meeting to build support for the planned House vote to federally legalize marijuana.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) argued that a Joe Biden administration won’t be “half-steppin’” with “incrementalism” but she also stopped short of pledging marijuana legalization, saying they would only decriminalize cannabis and expunge prior records.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been meeting with medical cannabis patients as part of a broader series of listening sessions on alternative pain treatments.

Texas Republican congressional candidate Tre Pennie is calling for federal cannabis legalization and investments in communities harmed by the war on drugs, and he shared his plan exclusively with Marijuana Moment.

  • “If done right—with proper federal regulation, oversight, and training, we can begin to lift failing communities out of poverty, reduce minority incarceration rates related to marijuana offenses and create sustainable markets resistant to online marketplace monopolies.”

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “The time has come to decriminalize marijuana in this country.” He also tweeted, “I’m fighting for the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act in the Senate. ✔️ It ends federal prohibition. ✔️ It addresses much-needed criminal justice reforms. ✔️ It provides opportunities for minority- and women-owned small businesses.”

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) tweeted, “It’s past time for Congress to bring our country’s harmful and outdated marijuana laws into the 21st century. Senate Democrats are committed to doing just that.”

West Virginia Democratic Senate candidate Paula Jean Swearengin tweeted, “The addiction epidemic has taken too many lives in WV & across this nation. Now with our economy struggling, we are seeing even MORE deaths of despair. We can revitalize and diversify our economy AND present new alternative treatments by legalizing #cannabis & enacting #M4A”

New York Democratic congressional candidate Mondaire Jones tweeted, “Let’s legalize it, Senator. 2021 ✊🏿”

Indiana Democratic congressional candidate Andy Ruff tweeted, “Decriminalizing marijuana leaves the supply side illegal and does nothing to help Hoosier farmers. That’s why I support full LEGALIZATION. It gives #IN09 much needed tax revenue AND allows our ag community to tap into its unsurpassed knowledge and skills.”

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) said there’s been no date set for a marijuana business licensing tiebreaking lottery and that he’s focused on “fairness” and getting “equitable results.” Regulators said they are continuing to “review questions” that have been raised about the process.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) denied allegations in a House Democratic report that his office interfered with lawmakers’ investigation into the state’s medical cannabis program.

The Vermont House of Representatives gave its final approval to a bill to facilitate marijuana expungements and allow people to possess and grow more cannabis without the threat of jail time.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments in a case on whether redacted portions of medical cannabis business license applications should be disclosed.

The Montana commissioner of political practices is probing North Fund, which has given more than $2.9 million to a marijuana legalization campaign in the state.

Washington, D.C. continues to see racial disparities in marijuana enforcement under legalization.

Iowa regulators published a market analysis of the state’s limited medical cannabis program.

Alaska regulators will discuss marijuana enforcement issues on Wednesday.

Oregon regulators released an updated list of approved pesticides for cannabis.

Maine regulators released summaries of the marijuana sampling and testing processes.

Florida’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee’s Patient Advocacy Subcommittee will meet on September 21.


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A Dallas, Texas City Council member is planning to introduce a marijuana decriminalization proposal.

Oakland, California is funding a cannabis manufacturing incubator for social equity operators.

/ INTERNATIONAL

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern explained why she won’t reveal how she plans to vote on the country’s marijuana legalization referendum.

Colombian lawmakers debated marijuana legislation.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “CBD increases serotonin receptor activity in crayfish as seen with SSRIs, thus could be of use in treating anxiety.”

The National Science Foundation awarded a three-year, $591,628 grant to study new uses for hemp.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Nebraska Democratic Party tweeted about ongoing efforts to legalize medical cannabis in the state.

The Washington Post editorial board cheered Virginia lawmakers’ passage of legislation preventing police from conducting searches based on the smell of marijuana alone.

Sensible Change MN released a voter guide for Minnesota’s upcoming legislative elections.

/ BUSINESS

Canopy Growth Corp., Canopy Rivers Inc. and TerrAscend Corp. are being sued for allegedly committing fraud, civil conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty, among other things, as part of a cannabis supply agreement.

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. announced a dividend of $1.17 per share of common stock.

A lawsuit alleging that Canna Brand Solutions caused a vaping-related lung illness was dismissed by a Washington State judge.

/ CULTURE

Kendall Jenner admitted that she is a “stoner.”

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Feds want to test workers’ hair for cannabis (Newsletter: September 15, 2020)

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TX official wants medical marijuana for toothaches; MO funds vets’ health with cannabis money; USDA OKs hemp plans; New psychedelic science center

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The Department of Health and Human Services’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is proposing allowing federal agencies and certain regulated businesses to drug test workers’ hair—a method that science shows could disproportionately lead to people of color losing their jobs.

Texas’s agriculture commissioner said he supports expanding the state’s limited medical cannabis law to allow patients to use it for toothaches and other maladies.

  • “If it’ll help somebody, I’m for it. Whatever it is. I mean, a toothache, I don’t care. If it’s a cure, if it [alleviates] pain, we should be able to use that.”

Missouri sent $2.1 million in medical marijuana revenue to a program that funds military veterans’ health services, and legal sales haven’t even started yet. This first haul—funds left over after implementation costs—is from business and patient licensing fees.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved hemp plans for Utah and another Indian tribe. The number of state, territory and tribal hemp proposals that federal officials have signed off on now stands at 60.

The University of California, Berkeley launched a new center dedicated to research and education on psychedelics.

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Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) reiterated a pledge to decriminalize marijuana under a Biden administration.

The office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) sent a press release highlighting some apparent Democratic discontent with plans to hold a House vote on marijuana legalization next week.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pledged to move marijuana reform legislation if Democrats win control of the Senate. He also tweeted, “Senator McConnell has said he will never bring any marijuana bill to the floor of the Senate. Here’s what I told @Leafly: If Democrats retake the majority in the Senate, I am going to do everything I can to put the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act on the floor.”

Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) touted federal funding for a project to use hemp for “improving environmental effects of acid mine drainage.”

Tennessee Democratic congressional candidate Christopher Hale tweeted, “Why is that kids and veterans who smoke marijuana in rural Tennessee have criminal records, but the Wall Street executives who committed billions of dollars of consumer fraud and wrecked our economy do not? Let’s legalize weed now and invest the money in our schools and roads.”

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) appointed members to the Adult Use Cannabis Health Advisory Committee.

New Hampshire Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Feltes adopted the marijuana legalization platform of his former primary rival.

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor tweeted, “Pennsylvania’s recreational cannabis revenue? $0. Now more than ever, we need to take that money away from illegal dealers and use it to offset the burden to taxpayers. Please tell your legislators to act now.”

A Texas judge heard arguments in a case challenging the state’s ban on smokable hemp.

The California Osteopathic Medical Board discussed guidelines for the recommendation of medical cannabis.

A lawsuit challenging Utah lawmakers’ move to replace a voter-approved medical cannabis ballot measure with an alternate law is being dropped.

Maine regulators adopted amended marijuana testing rules.

Hawaii and Virginia are suspending state hemp production regulations and are directing farmers to apply for licenses from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Oregon regulators published guidance on medical cannabis caregiver issues.

Washington State regulators will consider marijuana rules on Wednesday.

Ohio regulators released updated medical cannabis patient and caregiver numbers.


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A San Francisco. California supervisor filed legislation to postpone the implementation of a voter-approved tax on marijuana sales.

Denver, Colorado’s Psilocybin Mushroom Policy Review Panel held its fourth meeting.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The British Virgin Islands’s medical cannabis industry is on hold while the governor reviews relevant legislation.

The Canadian government awarded a contract to the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs to study the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on harm reduction services.

Here’s a look at possible challenges to the European Union’s classification of CBD products.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “cannabis use worked as an alternative to prescription opioids in just over half of patients with low back pain and as an adjunct to diminish use in some chronic opioid users.”

Vaping of marijuana and nicotine by U.S. 19-to-22-year-olds more than doubled between 2017 and 2019.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board said that Missouri’s medical cannabis rollout has been a “debacle.”

Prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana is closing its Manhattan office and is selling expensive furniture, including a $1,400 dining table, $1,500 set of chairs and a $2,500 pair of lounge chairs.

The Montana Chamber of Commerce is opposing the state’s marijuana legalization ballot measures.

Americans for Safe Access filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a case challenging marijuana’s federally illegal status.

/ BUSINESS

Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc.  reported quarterly revenue of $21.6 million and a net loss of $14.4 million.

Aurora Cannabis Inc. plans to divulge “certain material weaknesses in the Company’s internal control framework” in its upcoming quarterly financial filings.

/ CULTURE

Travel writer Rick Steves is campaigning for marijuana reform ballot measures in several states.

Jeopardy had a question about the congressional marijuana bill H.R. 420.

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