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CT legal cannabis vote pushed to special session (Newsletter: June 10, 2021)

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Poll: US voters back drug decrim; New TX effort to put marijuana on local ballots; Cannabis prisoner says MORE Act falls short

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Connecticut’s House speaker decided to take up marijuana legalization in a special session in the coming days after Republicans threatened to run out the clock on debate until the end of the regular session at midnight on Wednesday.

A new poll from the ACLU and Drug Policy Alliance found that two-thirds of American voters support decriminalizing drugs. The survey is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of President Richard Nixon declaring the war on drugs.

The new organization Ground Game Texas is planning to put marijuana and other progressive issues on local ballots across the state after the Republican-controlled legislature blocked reform this session.

A man who received clemency from President Donald Trump says a pending federal marijuana legalization bill would leave many cannabis prisoners behind with its resentencing provisions. He’s asking lawmakers for amendments.

/ FEDERAL

The Department of Energy is funding research and development projects, including one on hemp fiber insulation.

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) tweeted, “Thank you, @DrugPolicyOrg, for leading a letter urging Congress to remove the rider prohibiting DC from spending local funds on commercializing recreational marijuana. The letter was signed by 44 local, state + national justice reform, liberty + public health organizations.”

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Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia (NPP) signed a bill preventing medical cannabis from being considered a violation of probation.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) issued a proclamation declaring Hemp Week, and a U.S. flag made out of hemp is flying over the state capitol.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) made an appointment to the Cannabis Control Board Advisory Committee.

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor posted to Facebook about visiting a marijuana exhibition at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Wyoming’s attorney general is defending a police officer whom the state Supreme Court found lied on the stand during a case accusing hemp farmers of growing marijuana.

New Mexico Senate leadership said, in response to a complaint from the state’s health secretary, that the body will not investigate a senator’s involvement with a medical cannabis business.

The Delaware representative sponsoring a marijuana legalization bill up for a vote on Thursday says he is “uncertain” if it has enough support to pass.

The Alabama senator who sponsored a successful medical cannabis bill spoke about the implementation of the program.

Ohio regulators added Huntington’s disease, terminal illness and spasticity as medical cannabis qualifying conditions.

Montana’s top marijuana regulator said she hopes to release draft legalization implementation rules by September.

New Jersey officials discussed cannabis research with scientists from Israel.

Tennessee regulators sent a reminder about the need to renew hemp licenses.

Oklahoma regulators reported new medical cannabis tax revenue data.

/ LOCAL

The Sioux Falls, South Dakota City Council is moving to put medical cannabis business applications on hold until state officials issue regulations.

Denver, Colorado’s official Twitter account posted, in response to a discussion about people’s desire for a cannabis dispensary at the airport, “Come downtown! Denver’s A-Train departs the airport on a regular basis.😉 It’s federally illegal to transport marijuana in a plane. Thus, @DENAirport’s policy on not allowing marijuana consumption or possession.”

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “prolonged medical cannabis treatment is associated with quality of life improvement and reduction of analgesic medication consumption in chronic pain patients.”

A study found that “drivers in states that legalized medical marijuana self-reported driving after marijuana use slightly more than drivers in states where both medical and recreational were illegal” but that “marijuana users in states that legalized [recreational marijuana] self-reported driving after marijuana use less than their counterparts [in states that haven’t enacted legalization]” and that “no predominant pattern suggesting that those in states with liberal marijuana policies were more tolerant of driving after marijuana use.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapters sent a letter calling on congressional leaders to vote on a federal marijuana legalization bill this month.

The National Cannabis Industry Association published an overview of the science, history and uses of medical cannabis.

/ BUSINESS

Freshly Baked made Massachusetts’s first legal recreational marijuana delivery.

Jushi Holdings Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $32.3 million and a net loss of $156.7 million.

Goodness Growth Holdings, Inc’s subsidiary Resurgent Biosciences is expanding its intellectual property development and clinical research efforts into psychedelic medicine.

HEXO Corp won dismissal of a shareholder class action lawsuit.

Mydecine Innovations Group said it has discovered more than 40 compounds with pharmacological potential in various species of mushrooms, including varieties of psilocybe cubensis.

Cresco Labs asked a federal judge to dismiss a breach of contract claim from a proposed class action lawsuit alleging it did not pay workers for the time spent putting on and taking off required personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic.

Watco Companies is being sued by a former employee for allegedly improperly firing him over medical cannabis use.

Arkansas dispensaries have sold more than $330 million worth of medical cannabis since the program began.

/ CORRECTION

Wednesday’s issue incorrectly reported Illinois’ total year-to-date medical cannabis sales as the tally for May. The correct figure is $34.2 million.

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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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Feds’ cannabis interference on Indian land (Newsletter: November 26, 2021)

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AGs push Congress for marijuana cooperation with states; Study looks at dogs getting high from THC in poop

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The Pueblo of Picuris Indian tribe in New Mexico is accusing the federal government of a discriminatory double standard after a medical cannabis patient’s garden on tribal land was raided while marijuana businesses across many states operate without interference.

The bipartisan attorneys general of Arizona, Connecticut, North Dakota and Vermont sent a letter urging Congress to emphasize federal-state cooperation in any plan to legalize marijuana.

A study concluded that “ingestion of human feces containing THC may lead to marijuana toxicosis in dogs.”

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wrote in an op-ed that he discussed marijuana legalization and other issues with students at a youth summit.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) tweeted, “Including #SAFEBanking in the final NDAA will help safeguard our financial system, reduce the public safety risk & help support Veteran & minority-owned businesses now. It will help pave the way for broader, comprehensive cannabis reform & create a safer, more equitable industry.”

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A New York senator sent a press release about his new bill to add transgender and non-binary people to the marijuana equity program.

A Tennessee representative tweeted about touring a hemp and CBD business.

Ohio regulators posted a draft resolution eliminating the medical cannabis tier system and setting a 90-day supply of plant material as nine ounces, regardless of THC percentage.

Alaska regulators will host working group meetings about marijuana products next month and in January.

Colorado regulators will host a work group meeting about changing marijuana business licensee designations on December 3.

Michigan regulators will hold a public meeting on marijuana issues on December 9.

The Tennessee Medical Cannabis Commission will meet on December 10.


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/ LOCAL

Los Angeles, California regulators published a report about the city’s marijuana licensing program.

/ INTERNATIONAL

New Zealand lawmakers passed a bill to legalize drug checking services.

Lithuanian lawmakers defeated an amendment to decriminalize drugs.

Argentina’s government approved a research project on cannabis cultivation for medical and scientific purposes.

India’s Food Safety and Security Authority approved regulations for hemp seeds and oil as food ingredients.

Luxembourg is experiencing medical cannabis supply issues.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “recreational marijuana legalization increased the clearance rates for violent crime overall and aggravated assault” but that “the positive effect of legalization appears to shrink over time.”

A study suggested that “psychedelic-use may causally influence metaphysical beliefs—shifting them away from ‘hard materialism.’”

/ BUSINESS

Cresco Labs closed its acquisition of Bay, LLC.

Vaseline released a new hemp-infused soothing product.

/ CULTURE

Deftones launched a line of marijuana products.

CNN will air the sixth installment of its “WEED” series on Sunday.

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SD legal cannabis blocked by court (Newsletter: November 25, 2021)

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Germany to legalize marijuana; Taliban signs cannabis deal; Former TX gov talks psychedelics’ benefits

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Germany’s incoming government coalition officially announced plans to legalize marijuana. The plan also includes broader harm reduction measures such as drug checking services.

The South Dakota Supreme Court upheld a lower judge’s ruling that a voter-approved marijuana legalization measure is invalid. Activists are already working to put another initiative on the 2022 ballot, and lawmakers are considering the issue.

Afghanistan’s Taliban regime announced it signed a cannabis production deal with a company called Cpharm, though an Australian firm of that name later denied it is involved and said it has “no connection with cannabis or the Taliban” and has “no idea where the Taliban media release has come from.”

  • The project “will be officially launched soon and hundreds of people will get job opportunities,” the Ministry of Interior Affairs said.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R)—who also served as U.S. energy secretary—spoke about his support for the therapeutic use of psychedelics to treat mental health conditions faced by military veterans.

  • “If you would have told me five years ago that Rick Perry, knuckle-dragging, right wing Republican governor of Texas, was going to be in the same sentence with the word ‘psychedelics,’ I would have bet you the farm, baby.”

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency tweeted, “Hemp offers new economic opportunities for America’s farmers, and RMA is pleased to offer coverage to hemp producers.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “The War on Drugs has been a war on people—particularly people of color. We must end the federal prohibition on marijuana and make criminal justice reforms—I’m working with @SenBooker and @RonWyden to pass our Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act to do just that.”

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) tweeted about his vote in favor of a psychedelics research amendment.

Former Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) spoke about assisting someone with obtaining psilocybin therapy for depression.

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair drug war harms got one new cosponsor for a total of 101.

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The Cayuga Nation, located within New York, began selling marijuana at tribal stores.

California generated $322.34 million in marijuana tax revenue last quarter.

Massachusetts regulators rescinded a recommendation that municipalities should prioritize approval for marijuana social equity applicants. Separately, they are accepting public comment on hemp guidance.

Virginia regulators finalized rules removing the requirement to report prior marijuana convictions for asbestos, lead and home inspectors.

Oregon regulators reviewed plans to begin accepting new marijuana business license applications and approved stipulated settlement agreements for violations.

Minnesota regulators released the results of a medical cannabis survey of healthcare providers.

Maine regulators are conducting a survey about the hemp program.

Connecticut regulators posted updated stats about the medical cannabis program.

West Virginia regulators will host medical cannabis patient signup events next week.


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Pima County, Arizona officials are having issues processing marijuana expungements.

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Luxembourg’s government gave an update on its marijuana legalization plans.

The Israeli Knesset created a new Cannabis Committee.

Ireland’s Medical Cannabis Access Program enrolled its first patient.

Mexico’s Senate hosted a forum on marijuana.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “all preclinic and clinic studies that have been reported show that, through the cannabinoid system, cannabinoids, particularly CBD, have many mechanisms that are effective in the treatment of patients infected by SARS-CoV-2.”

A study found that “adults who microdose psychedelics report health related motivations and lower levels of anxiety and depression compared to non-microdosers.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that 61 percent of Massachusetts residents believe marijuana legalization has been positive for the state.

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Planet 13 Holdings Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $33 million and a net loss of $10.2 million.

An investor’s fraud and retaliation lawsuit against Bloom Farms was dismissed.

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VA ‘looking at’ cannabis policy change for veterans (Newsletter: November 24, 2021)

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Key senators push marijuana banking in NDAA; St. Louis decrim passes unanimously; Bipartisan AGs want federal cannabis clarity

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Veterans Affairs Sec. Denis McDonough said VA is “looking at” the possibility of a medical cannabis policy change and has discussed it with the White House after having a “profound” discussion with a veteran who says marijuana saved his life—but feels constrained by current federal law.

Five bipartisan members of the Senate Armed Services Committee sent a letter asking leaders to include House-passed marijuana banking language in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act.

Bipartisan attorneys general from Arizona and Vermont talked about the need for “cooperative federalism” in marijuana policy that sets general guidelines but respects the rights of states to set their own legalization laws.

The St. Louis, Missouri Board of Aldermen gave unanimous final passage to a measure decriminalizing marijuana possession and cultivation of up to six plants under local law.

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A former U.S. attorney for South Carolina authored an op-ed endorsing a federal marijuana legalization bill.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “A majority of Americans – regardless of political party – support legalizing marijuana. It’s time to get this done on the federal level.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tweeted, “Black and white Americans are about equally likely to use cannabis, but Black Americans are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for it. To start righting this wrong, I’m calling on President Biden to pardon everyone convicted of nonviolent federal cannabis offenses.”

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) said Democratic-led marijuana legalization bills “will not pass both chambers” and that her new legislation is a good compromise.

Florida Democratic congressional candidate Jesse Philippe tweeted, “It is radical and authoritarian to support locking people away in prison for cannabis use.”

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Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Downing tweeted, “Despite the history of embedded racism in cannabis criminalization, profits of the now-legal cannabis industry flow almost exclusively to white people. Those harmed by the era [of] criminalization must have access to opportunity within the industry… A Downing Admin will also ensure that no less than 50% of new marijuana licenses are reserved for social and economic equity applicants.”

Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Cranley, currently Cincinnati’s mayor, tweeted, “Ohio is in a rut and we deserve a comeback. I’ve got the plans to do it:… 🍃  Legalize marijuana & invest that tax revenue back into our communities…”

A former New Hampshire Senate minority leader authored an op-ed on the need to legalize marijuana.

An Illinois judge ruled that the smell of marijuana is not probable cause to search a vehicle.

Vermont regulators released proposed marijuana rules.

Michigan regulators are being sued over a recent recall of marijuana products.

Arizona regulators are facing a second lawsuit over the marijuana social equity program.

South Dakota regulators issued the state’s first medical cannabis patient cards.

New Jersey regulators published a list of impact zones and economically disadvantaged areas for marijuana licensing.

Colorado regulators released updated demographic information on marijuana business licensees.

Florida regulators posted a notice about a request from Trulieve, Inc. to waive a rule requiring medical cannabis drink powders to be individually wrapped.

New York misdemeanor and felony marijuana charges have fallen dramatically since legalization took effect.


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The Billings, Montana City Council acted on medical cannabis rules.

Brattleboro, Vermont  police issued a warning about apparent fentanyl-laced marijuana.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Mexico’s Senate majority leader said he wants to have a draft of a marijuana legalization bill ready this week or next week and pass it by December 15.

Malawi’s agriculture minister appointed Mike Tyson as the country’s “cannabis branch ambassador.”

A UK member of Parliament is stepping up pressure on the government to reschedule psilocybin.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that “cannabidiol induces cell death in human lung cancer cells and cancer stem cells.”

A case series indicated that “titrated plant extract preparation of medical cannabis may be useful to control treatment-resistant pain and epilepsy in” pediatric palliative care patients.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

Marijuana Moment, NORML, Marijuana Policy Project and others will participate in a BillTrack50 webinar on cannabis legislation on December 7.

/ BUSINESS

Organigram Holdings Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of $24.9 million and a net loss of $26 million.

Curaleaf Inc. is facing another lawsuit over allegedly selling mislabelled CBD drops that contained THC.

A California court ruled in favor of MedMen Enterprises Inc. in a lawsuit brought against the company by its former chief financial officer.

Flow Cannabis Co.’s founders are threatening not to pay increased California marijuana taxes.

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Shaquille O’Neal is suing former partners in a marijuana business venture.

“Lady Buds” is a new documentary about women in the cannabis industry.

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