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KY medical marijuana revisions; Farmers switch from chickens to hemp; VA medical cannabis wait times & high prices

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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

The Kentucky legislature’s Joint Interim Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a medical marijuana bill, and its sponsor said it will pass if leadership has the “courage” to simply allow a vote.

The McArthur, Ohio Police Department posted—and then deleted—a warning that a marijuana decriminalization measure voters will decide on next month would be “only the beginning of a downhill tumble with regards to ILLEGAL drug use.” Advocates say the chief’s use of department letterhead to “intimidate voters” amounts to illegal electioneering. Fourteen Ohio municipalities will decide on similar cannabis measures on their local ballots on November 2.

The Transfarmation project from Mercy For Animals is helping farmers switch from raising chickens for slaughter to growing hemp instead—a more ethical, environmentally friendly and profitable option in today’s economy.

  • “We decided that we would grow hemp and go from killing animals to growing something, from destroying things to creating things.”

Virginia medical cannabis patients are seeing long wait times to have their registrations approved, and they’re paying much higher prices than marijuana is sold for—in some cases by the exact same company—next door in Washington, D.C.

/ FEDERAL

Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a press release touting U.S. Department of Agriculture funding of Oregon State University research on sustainable hemp production.

Indiana Democratic congressional candidate John Stephens tweeted, “Indiana’s current marijuana laws are designed to create profits for prescription drug companies, private prisons.”

/ STATES

New Mexico Gov. Michelle LujanGrisham (D) cited marijuana legalization as a key accomplishment in her first term.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) gave a marijuana enforcement metaphor for gun control efforts, saying, “Like the War on Drugs, you don’t want to just go after that kid with a nickel bag or that kid with the pistol. We’re going to take care of them, but I want to go after the kingpins. I want to go after those pushers. I want to go after those big drug and gun wholesalers, those big guns, so to speak.”

Mississippi’s lieutenant governor said lawmakers sent Gov. Tate Reeves (R) a revised draft of a medical cannabis bill that includes changes he requested. A representative said he thinks a special session to pass the measure could be called “very soon.”

South Dakota’s attorney general and Legislative Research Council prepared analyses of several proposed marijuana legalization ballot measures filed by activists.

A Pennsylvania senator spoke about his forthcoming marijuana legalization bill, which he said will pass through the Law and Justice Committee he chairs “at some point.”

An Indiana senator authored an op-ed about her support for legalizing marijuana.

Missouri regulators are investigating medical cannabis growers, causing dozens of products to be pulled from dispensary shelves.

Illinois regulators are being sued by marijuana business license applicants who allege there was collusion to approve politically connected operations.

Michigan’s Department of Treasury published draft guidance on accounting for marijuana revenues on the local level. Separately, regulators issued bulletins on maximum THC limits for marijuana products and allowable potency variance.

An Alaska regulator said local restrictions are dissuading marijuana businesses from adding on-site consumption areas.

New York regulators published a list of top staffers at the Office of Cannabis Management.

Maine regulators will hold hemp stakeholder and medical marijuana workgroup meetings on Tuesday.

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


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/ LOCAL

The San Diego County, California Board of Supervisors approved zoning changes that will allow five existing medical cannabis businesses to sell recreational marijuana.

Denver, Colorado officials sent a reminder about a marijuana social equity resource fair taking place on Saturday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Mexico’s Supreme Court will discuss the issue of criminalizing people who do not have permits to possess marijuana on Wednesday.

The World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence heard public presentations about the potential international scheduling of kratom.

A Maltese government official said public feedback on a marijuana legalization bill has been “overwhelmingly positive.”

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “medical marijuana can potentially aid the recovery from [traumatic brain injury] by modulating the endocannabinoid system, reducing inflammation and secondary injury.

A review concluded that “psilocybin-assisted therapy could ameliorate end-of-life anxiety symptoms without serious adverse events.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

Decriminalize Nature launched a petition advocating that peyote be included in decriminalization measures.

/ BUSINESS

The Parent Company announced that its amended Form 10 registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission has become effective.

Maine retailers sold $58.5 million worth of adult-use marijuana products in the first year of legal sales.

Michigan retailers sold $161.4 worth of legal marijuana in September.

/ CULTURE

Arnold Schwarzenegger gifted Danny DeVito a marijuana-filled cigar, a reference to a prank DeVito pulled on the set of the movie Twins in 1988 by filling Schwarzenegger’s cigar with cannabis before they had to shoot scenes.

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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.

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