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Congressional vote on descheduling cannabis this week (Newsletter: November 18, 2019)

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Biden discusses marijuana as a gateway drug; Deval Patrick’s cannabis record; Study: Hemp-derived CBD reduces opioid use

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The House Judiciary Committee plans to vote on a bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the harms of the war on drugs on Wednesday, two sources familiar with the soon-to-be-announced action told Marijuana Moment.

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D), a presidential candidate, said at a town hall meeting that he’s not sure if marijuana is a gateway drug, though he supports medical cannabis, modest rescheduling and letting states set their own policies.

  • “There’s not nearly been enough evidence that has been acquired as to whether or not it is a gateway drug. It’s a debate, and I want a lot more before I legalize it nationally.”

Marijuana Moment’s latest presidential candidate analysis looks at the cannabis record of former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), who opposed a voter-approved decriminalization measure and has been criticized for medical marijuana’s troubled implementation.

A study found that using hemp-derived CBD extract “enabled our patients to reduce or eliminate opioids with significant improvement in their quality of life indices,” with the benefits including less pain and improved sleep.

/ FEDERAL

Here’s a look at how President Trump changed his mind on supporting a ban on flavored vaping products.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “The American people are united on issue after issue. We must legalize marijuana now—and expunge all past marijuana convictions as a matter of racial and economic justice.”

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D), a potential presidential candidate, apologized for stop and frisk policing he once championed.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) tweeted, “I was for #marijuana reform before it was cool. Since 1977… #LegalizeIt”

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) tweeted, “Federal law prohibits marijuana use in federally assisted housing, even if marijuana is legal in that state. Erase the confusion. My bill would permit marijuana use in such housing in states where marijuana is legal and end unequal treatment of low-income residents living in such housing.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Glad to be at the State of Cannabis Summit to talk about the important progress we’re making in Congress on cannabis reform, legalization, and restorative justice, especially for communities of color!”

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the damage of the drug war got two new cosponsors for a total of 55.

The House bill to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to study medical cannabis got four new cosponsors for a total of 92.

/ STATES

A spokesperson for New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) said she is optimistic that a well-crafted marijuana legalization proposal will be ready for January’s short 30-day session.

Pennsylvania’s pro-legalization lieutenant governor posted a tongue-in-cheek Twitter thread about why the state shouldn’t legalize marijuana.

Florida’s agriculture commissioner tweeted, “As we continue working to get the state #hemp program running, studies and testing are key to allowing access to safe, quality #CBD — and to ensure consumers know what they’re putting into their bodies. I’m glad to see @US_FDA is working with Florida to help move this forward.”

Ohio regulators issued a mandatory recall of medical cannabis rosin “due to product development using a non-compliant process.”

Maryland regulators issued a bulletin requiring that medical cannabis products be screened for vitamin E acetate.

Idaho activists say they’ve so far certified 11,000 signatures out of the 55,057 they need to qualify a medical cannabis measure for the state’s 2020 ballot.

Virginia is poised to decriminalize marijuana next year under the legislature’s new Democratic control, lawmakers and advocates believe.

Iowa lawmakers held a press conference to push for an expanded medical cannabis program.

Michigan regulators updated a bulletin on technical information for marijuana testing remediation and fresh frozen approvals.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is hosting a hemp summit on December 17.

New Jersey marijuana arrests have soared in recent years, according to an American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey report.

Here’s a look at the large number of former politicians and public officials in Nevada who are now part of the cannabis industry.


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Chicago, Illinois officials held a lottery to select which medical cannabis businesses can begin selling recreational marijuana.

New York City’s mayor tweeted, “The so-called war on drugs put a disproportionate number of people of color behind bars. Lives and families were destroyed for no good reason. So we ended this immoral war in New York City and instead got to work bringing police and communities together.”

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Australian Senate Community Affairs References Committee launched an inquiry into barriers to patient access to medicinal cannabis.

A Brazilian judge issued an injunction allowing a Parkinson’s patient to grow and transport medical cannabis.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study of mice concluded that “CBD can be a useful drug to prevent the parkinsonism-induced nociceptive threshold reduction.”

A study looking at “changes in eye behavior as a function of recent cannabis use within a quantified virtual reality environment” is now recruiting participants.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Minnesota Medical Association voted to take no position on marijuana legalization in the state.

Members of the Cannabis Trade Federation had a Washington, D.C. fly-in and met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

The acting president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said he supports medical cannabis but believes its use should be carefully monitored.

/ BUSINESS

Apple is removing vaping-related apps from its app store.

MedMen Enterprises Inc. announced a plan to lay off more than 190 employees.

HEXO Corp disclosed that it grew marijuana in unlicensed rooms.

Canopy Growth’s New York hemp facility has qualified for a $1.7 million tax break.

Starline Tours is adding cannabis-related stops to its celebrity tours.

/ CULTURE

Actors Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen, in a promotional post for Postmates, revealed what kind of food they ordered on 4/20 and other special days.

/ CORRECTION

Friday’s issue incorrectly reported that High Times was moving to a quarterly publication schedule, but that move applies to its subsidiary Dope magazine.

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Biden’s cannabis record after a year in office (Newsletter: January 21, 2022)

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RI gov’s legalization plan; Poll: Americans not optimistic about Biden’s marijuana work; VA psilocybin bill has momentum; MO drug decrim measure

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One year into President Joe Biden’s administration, his key campaign pledges on marijuana reform remain largely unfulfilled—and he has even taken some overtly hostile actions on the issue, while at the same time overseeing some modest pro-reform developments. Marijuana Moment’s in-depth analysis takes a comprehensive look at what the Biden administration has done—and more importantly not done—on cannabis since taking office one year ago.

A new poll found that a majority of Americans say President Joe Biden has made little to no progress on his marijuana decriminalization campaign pledge—and only 5 percent think he will make a lot of headway on it in 2022.

Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee (D) again included marijuana legalization in his annual budget proposal—but this time with new automatic expungements provisions. Lawmakers say they’re close to a legal cannabis deal that could be unveiled soon.

A bill to decriminalize psilocybin got bipartisan support at a Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee hearing—including from the Republican Senate minority leader. Members are planning to advance an amended version of the legislation next week.

A Missouri representative filed a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, psilocybin, LSD, MDMA and cocaine.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service tweeted, “Thanks to work done in 2021, @usda_nass will have first-time data on hemp production, conservation practices & agroforestry to better inform decisions pertaining to the nation’s agricultural markets.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration museum is seeking new partner venues and cities to host its traveling exhibit, “Drugs: Costs and Consequences.”

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) said passing marijuana banking legislation “is one of my top priorities, and I am pursuing every possible avenue to get the bill signed into law before the end of the year.”

Louisiana Democratic Senate candidate Gary Chambers tweeted, “If you agree with me that we should legalize cannabis nationwide. Expunge the records of those who have been charged with cannabis convictions & build equity into the business for Black & Brown people.” He also tweeted, “My state is ranked #50 in crime. Policing cannabis isn’t making us safer. I’m going to keep talking about how politicians have been smoking our tax resources to benefit only a few. They’ve left us in ashes because they won’t bring meaningful change on a host of issues.” And he spoke about his decision to show himself smoking marijuana in an ad.

/ STATES

Ohio Democratic congressional candidate John Cranley, currently Cincinnati’s mayor, tweeted, “We need big, bold ideas and strategic plans to turn around Ohio. Not vague platitudes. That’s why I have plans to create an energy dividend, legalize marijuana, and create over 30k new, middle-class jobs a year for Ohioans.”

Mississippi’s agriculture and commerce commissioner thanked lawmakers for removing his department from any role in a medical cannabis program with new amendments to pending legislation.

Texas’s agriculture commissioner cut ties with a political consultant who was indicted in an alleged hemp licensing bribery scheme.

The Utah Senate approved a bill to force cities to recognize legal, medical cannabis cards held by government employees. Separately, the Department of Food and Agriculture created a Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Division.

The Wisconsin Assembly approved a bill to increase penalties for the manufacturing of resin from marijuana plants using butane extraction.

The Vermont House Judiciary Committee discussed a bill to decriminalize drugs and will take testimony on the measure on Friday.

The Maine legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee held a hearing on a marijuana delivery bill and other cannabis legislation.

A New Jersey senator said he will “push like hell” to pass a bill legalizing marijuana home cultivation.

A North Carolina senator tweeted about how his dad’s experience with cancer informs his support for medical cannabis.

South Dakota regulators issued the first medical cannabis dispensary licenses.

Hearings in a lawsuit against Georgia regulators’ medical cannabis business licensing process will begin on Friday.

Oregon regulators are inviting questions about new marijuana and hemp rules.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development tweeted, “🌿 Clothes

🌿 Biofuel 🌿 Drywall 🌿 Vinyl siding 🌿 Beauty products — More than 25K products are currently made from #hemp. Take a look at how this budding industry has impacted #Pennsylvania and created a new business sector for our PA farmers.”

Washington State regulators sent a newsletter with updates on cannabis issues.

New York regulators will discuss a marijuana social and economic equity fund and other issues on Tuesday.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will host a hemp forum on February 9.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Thai Public Health Ministry’s Food and Drug Administration proposed removing cannabis from its status as a prohibited substance.

Malta’s new top marijuana regulator spoke about plans to implement legalization after having opposed the policy change.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A series of case reports of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder suggested that “that cannabis played a complimentary role in the therapeutic regimen.”

A study concluded that “medical cannabis companies regularly use associations with academia and academic research to imply that their products are safe and effective before these claims are causally confirmed” and that “this practice may mislead patients, policymakers, and the public into believing unconfirmed claims about the safety and efficacy of cannabis and cannabis-derived products.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll of Americans who suffer from anxiety, depression or PTSD found that 65 percent believe psychedelic medicine should be made available to patients with treatment-resistant forms of those conditions.

The Tennessee Democratic Party’s chairman tweeted, “@POTUS  could cancel student debt and order the HHS and DEA to begin the process of rescheduling marijuana, while offering a blanket pardon to those with non-violent marijuana possession charges. With the stroke of a pen, this can be done without fear of Manchin and Sinema blocking.”

The South Carolina Sheriffs Association is speaking out against a pending medical cannabis bill.

A founding partner of RightForge criticized Democrats’ marijuana legalization efforts.

/ BUSINESS

Eleusis is going public through a merger with Silver Spike Acquisition Corp. II.

PharmaCann Inc. completed an additional issuance of Senior Secured Notes worth approximately $39.5 million.

Curaleaf is facing a consumer complaint about inconsistent cannabis product prices across states.

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MS House approves medical cannabis bill (Newsletter: January 20, 2022)

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NY legalization revenue; SC medical marijuana bill to floor; PA cannabis banking legislation; UT psychedelics therapy proposal; TX hemp bribery case

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The Mississippi House of Representatives approved a medical cannabis legalization bill. It now heads back to the Senate, which passed it last week, for a final vote on new amendments.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s (D) new budget plan projects that the state will generate more than $1.25 billion in legal marijuana tax revenue over the next six years.

The South Carolina Republican senator who is sponsoring a medical cannabis bill said it will be on the Senate floor next week for debate on special order, meaning that the body must vote on it before any other legislation is taken up.

The Republican chairman and top Democratic member of the Pennsylvania Senate Banking & Insurance Committee announced they’ll be filing a state-level marijuana banking bill to serve as a companion to the federal SAFE Banking Act.

A Utah Republican representative filed a bill to create a task force to study and make recommendations on the therapeutic uses of psychedelics such as psilocybin for treating mental health disorders.

A political consultant to Texas’s agriculture commissioner was indicted in an alleged hemp license bribery scheme.

/ FEDERAL

The Drug Enforcement Administration is proposing to place five tryptamine hallucinogens in Schedule I.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said licensed hemp businesses are eligible for its Rural Energy Pilot Grants Program.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case about the terms of crack offense resentencing under federal criminal justice reform legislation.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) tweeted, “41 states across America (including OR) have voted to give terminally-ill patients the freedom to choose experimental treatments. But the federal government is blocking doctors from being able to facilitate psilocybin-related therapies. I’m leading the charge to change that.”

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) tweeted about discussing her marijuana legalization bill with a Harvard class.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Marianna]e Williamson tweeted, “Legalizing cannabis is taking on added urgency now, not only because of people unjustly incarcerated but also for medicinal and environmental reasons. Time to scrap what should never have been a prohibition in the first place.”

Louisiana Democratic Senate candidate Gary Chambers spoke about his support for equitable marijuana legalization and his decision to smoke cannabis in a campaign ad.

California Democratic congressional candidate Lourin Hubbard tweeted, “The time has come to end the federal prohibition on Marijuana in this country. 91% of US want this done. Black and brown people are 4x more likely to be arrested for marijuana laws than white people with states spending $3.7 billion enforcing marijuana laws every year.”

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair drug war harms got one new cosponsor for a total of 103.

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said in his second inaugural address that “businesses in the new cannabis industry that we are setting up in the name of social justice” are part of efforts to “continue growing the innovation economy that will power our future and make us a model for the nation and the world.”

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) criticized a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate’s ad that shows him smoking marijuana.

A spokesperson for Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) said his opposition to marijuana legalization “hasn’t changed” but that he will review any bills lawmakers send him.

Hawaii’s Progressive Legislative Caucus is backing a marijuana legalization bill.

The South Dakota Senate Health and Human Service Committee voted to limit medical cannabis patients to three homegrown plants and approved other marijuana legislation.

The chairman of the Missouri House Veterans Committee said he would prefer lawmakers to pass marijuana legalization rather than have voters do it via a ballot initiative.

Kentucky lawmakers held a press conference to support marijuana legalization legislation. Separately, the representative sponsoring a medical cannabis bill said he thinks the votes are there to pass it but he must first convince Senate leadership to bring it up.

New Mexico lawmakers are only considering a handful of marijuana bills this session.

A New York assemblyman tweeted, “Since 2001, more than 30,000 veterans have died by suicide. When it comes to suicide prevention, we should have every treatment option on the table, which is why we need to pass medical Psilocybin now!”

Utah regulators launched an effort to expand medical cannabis access.

Ohio regulators suspended the medical cannabis employee license of Ancient Roots’s CEO for allegedly giving out product samples.

Montana regulators are accepting topic submissions for an upcoming roundtable discussion about marijuana.

The Washington State Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force will meet on Monday.

Nevada regulators will consider marijuana business issues on Tuesday.


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San Bernardino County, California’s sheriff and federal agencies are being sued by Empyreal Logistics for allegedly unlawfully searching transportation vehicles and seizing money from cannabis clients.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Canadian Embassy to Belgium and Luxembourg tweeted about discussing cannabis issues with a Belgian lawmaker.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “several preclinical and clinical studies have proposed that CBD may be a reliable agent to inhibit the reinforcing and rewarding impact of drugs” and that it “shows a good safety profile, mild side effects in animal preclinical and clinical research.”

A review examined the “endocannabinoid system as a promising therapeutic target in inflammatory bowel disease.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce, National Cannabis Industry Association, Minority Cannabis Business Association, United States Cannabis Council and National Cannabis Roundtable sent a letter urging Virginia lawmakers to include sentencing relief for people previously convicted of marijuana offenses in any legalization reenactment legislation considered this year.

The Weldon Project is teaming up with the Black Comics Collective and Burn1 on an NFT of a Snoop Dogg song and artwork to raise money for cannabis reform advocacy.

/ BUSINESS

Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. completed its acquisition of Bloom Dispensaries.

Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. filed a Form 40-F with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in preparation to list on the Nasdaq.

Crecco Labs terminated its acquisition of Blair Wellness, LLC.

Leafly Holdings Inc. and Merida Merger Corp. I adjourned a special meeting to approve their merger to February 1.

HEXO Corp. detailed a cost-cutting plan.

Awakn Life Sciences Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies to explore a partnership utilizing MDMA-assisted therapy to treat alcohol use disorder in Europe.

/ CULTURE

Martha Stewart’s CBD brand launched a line of topicals.

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Senate candidate smokes cannabis in campaign ad (Newsletter: January 19, 2022)

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Bipartisan lawmakers push DEA on medical psychedelic access; Austin puts marijuana decrim on ballot; KS psilocybin bill; FBI cannabis license scrutiny

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A bipartisan group of members of Congress led by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) sent a letter demanding that the Drug Enforcement Administration allow terminally ill patients to use psilocybin as an investigational treatment without the fear of federal prosecution.

Louisiana Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gary Chambers smoked a marijuana blunt in a new campaign ad that focuses on the harms of criminalization. He says he’ll back cannabis expungements and banking bills if elected to Congress.

The Austin, Texas City Council passed an ordinance referring a marijuana decriminalization proposal to the May ballot. Advocates had wanted lawmakers to adopt the measure on their own, but are confident it’ll be approved by voters.

A Kansas representative filed a bill to legalize possession and home cultivation of psilocybin.

Newly surfaced testimony suggests Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny of Missouri’s medical marijuana licensing process may be ongoing, with a businessman saying he talked about the governor, a mayor and other officials with federal agents.

/ FEDERAL

The Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility is taking a more aggressive stance in some adjudications of marijuana-related security clearance denials.

The U.S. attorney for Vermont said there are “potential matters involving marijuana that we would potentially consider prosecuting” but “as a general matter, that is not an area that’s on the top of our priority list.”

Staff for Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) defended his purchase of stock in Tilray, Inc. just days before the House voted to approve a federal marijuana legalization bill.

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) tweeted, “[email protected] gets it. Glad to have my fellow #Cannabis Caucus Co-Chair as a cosponsor of my bipartisan #HOPEAct. By redressing the consequences of the War on Drugs and reigniting the American Dream, this important bill gives Congress the chance to #passprogress.”

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) congratulated a Massachusetts cannabis regulator on her anniversary of taking the job.

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed legislation to decriminalize syringes and otherwise expand access to syringe access programs.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) said a medical cannabis bill is getting “better” with each revision that comes out. Meanwhile, the agriculture and commerce commissioner said he is taking steps to prepare for his department’s role in implementing a medical marijuana law if one is enacted.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) spoke about the job-creating and tax revenue-generating potential of the legal cannabis industry in her State of the State speech.

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried, currently the agriculture commissioner, tweeted, “As governor, I’ll legalize marijuana.”

The Maine legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee will consider bills on marijuana home delivery, edibles production and plant tracking on Wednesday.

A black Delaware representative who removed his name from a marijuana legalization bill last year after social equity provisions were stripped out says a new version of the legislation addresses his concerns and is ​​”the best one, the most complete bill that I’ve seen.”

Pennsylvania regulators readopted medical cannabis regulations.

Michigan’s top marijuana regulator said he thinks “we’re reaching a period of stabilization in the market.”

The Iowa Department of Human Rights’s Justice Advisory Board noted racial disparities in marijuana enforcement and said it will monitor legalization outcomes in other states.

A Massachusetts marijuana regulator authored an op-ed arguing for a crackdown on impaired driving.

Oklahoma regulators delayed the launch of a new medical cannabis licensing portal.

Arizona officials are accepting grant applications for funding for marijuana research.

Florida’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday.


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The DeKalb County, Georgia Commission considered a proposal to end pre-employment drug screening for marijuana, but it was blocked from advancing.

Birmingham, Alabama’s mayor reacted to criticism of his local reform advocacy from a former lawmaker by tweeting, “I will not be lectured on the rights and wrongs of pardoning people for marijuana possession by Former State Sen. Phil Williams whose major ‘accomplishments’ include voting to lower unemployment benefits, protect racist monuments, and build more prisons.”

/ INTERNATIONAL

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration is reportedly planning to propose removing marijuana from the list of controlled drugs on Wednesday.

The Bahamian minister of agriculture, marine resources and Family Island affairs said the Family Islands would be an ideal location to grow the cannabis industry.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that “medicinal cannabis may increase [quality of life] for advanced [cholangiocarcinoma] patients.”

A study’s results “support potential synergy between psychedelics and meditation.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Pima County, Arizona Democratic Party called a Louisiana Democratic Senate candidate’s advertisement in which he smokes marijuana on camera an “important campaign ad.”

/ BUSINESS

MedMen’s former CEO spoke about his departure from the company in his first interview since leaving.

Columbia Care Inc. has a new CFO.

A New York judge began a hearing on whether a lawsuit against Acreage Holdings and other defendants over a disputed medical cannabis license can proceed.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he and Mel Brooks were “both born 69 days after 4/20.”

/ CULTURE

Wiz Khalifa is partnering with Cresco Labs on a distribution deal for his Khalifa Kush cannabis brand in California.

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