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DEA boosts cannabis & psilocybin quotas ahead of FDA approval (Newsletter: September 2, 2021)

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NY marijuana regulatory officials confirmed; Senators get comments on cannabis bill; Seattle task force: Decrim all drugs; MA’s $2B in marijuana sales

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The Drug Enforcement Administration proposed a massive increase in the amount of marijuana and psilocybin that can be legally produced for research, which it says are “necessary steps toward potential Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of new drug products.”

Several major cannabis advocacy and industry organizations submitted comments on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) draft federal marijuana legalization bill. Marijuana Moment compiled a look at concerns about taxes, equity, interstate commerce, licensing and more that were raised by groups.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) appointed—and the Senate confirmed—two key officials who will be responsible for getting the state’s legal marijuana market off the ground.

Seattle, Washington’s Overdose Emergency Innovative Recovery task force is recommending that the city decriminalize all drugs—and says psychedelics in particular could be a promising treatment to address substance abuse disorders and mental health issues.

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission announced that retailers and delivery services have sold more than $2 billion worth of legal marijuana since legalization launched.

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The U.S. Forest Service published a post on cleaning up illegal marijuana grow sites.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) tweeted, “I will defend your right to ingest, consume, or receive any vaccine, food, drug, or treatment you want, whether the government approves it or not… I don’t care if you take mushrooms or marijuana.”

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill to exempt marijuana that is grown under a Drug Enforcement Administration research production license from state regulations. Separately, the state’s top cannabis regulator spoke about efforts to consolidate rulemaking and oversight.

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried, currently the agriculture commissioner, filed a disclosure form showing she has a roughly $130,000 investment in Harvest Health & Recreation, Inc.

The South Dakota legislature’s Medical Marijuana Subcommittee voted to recommend a ban on medical cannabis home cultivation.

An Illinois judge left in place an order blocking regulators from issuing marijuana business licenses to the winners of recent lotteries.

Colorado regulators launched new online portals for marijuana business and employee licensing.

Nevada regulators are launching an ACH payments feature for marijuana agent card applicant and license fees.

Arizona regulators published a list of certified medical cannabis testing labs.

New York regulators published a list of authorized hemp research partners.

Ohio regulators published updated medical cannabis licensing and employee data.

Michigan regulators will hold a marijuana social equity education and outreach session on Thursday.

The New Mexico Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee  will meet on Thursday.

Oregon’s Cannabis Testing Rules Advisory Committee will meet on September 9.


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New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams, asked about the state’s new marijuana legalization law, said, “bring the joints.”

A San Luis Obispo County, California review concluded that a marijuana grower’s bribes may have influenced at least two Board of Supervisors decisions.

Sonoma County, California officials are conducting a Cannabis Visioning Survey.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Canada’s Liberal Party said it would consult with medical experts on the possibility of allowing psilocybin to be used therapeutically. Separately, the Regina, Saskatchewan Board of Police Commissioners approved a resolution calling for research on the potential decriminalization of drugs.

British Virgin Islands Premier Andrew Fahie said the territory’s former governor should have expressed concerns about a cannabis bill before it passed.

A South African bill to legalize marijuana use and cultivation in accordance with court rulings is being opposed by the plaintiff in that case.

An Australian lawmaker tweeted, “Thousands of deaths from drug overdoses could be prevented if the Government had the courage to legalise cannabis and decriminalise all other drugs for personal use.”

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “medical cannabis use decreases migraine duration and frequency and headaches of unknown origin” and that “patients suffering from migraines and related conditions may benefit from medical cannabis therapy due to its convenience and efficacy.”

A study found that Canada’s legalization of marijuana “was not associated with evidence of significant post-legalization changes in traffic-injury [emergency department] visits in Ontario or Alberta among all drivers or youth drivers, in particular.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

Colorado NORML is opposing a ballot measure to increase marijuana taxes and use the revenue to fund education programs.

The National Immigrant Justice Center tweeted, “As states move to legalize marijuana, it’s essential that policymakers not lose sight of the continuing harm many people will continue to face if we don’t also address the unjust immigration laws that criminalize immigrants.”

/ BUSINESS

Amazon is encouraging its delivery partners to advertise that they don’t test employees for marijuana.

A subsidiary of The Boston Beer Company, Inc. is partnering with WeedMD RX Inc. and Peak Processing Solutions to produce non-alcoholic cannabis-infused beverages in Canada.

TerrAscend Corp. is acquiring Gage Growth Corp.

HEXO Corp. completed its acquisition of 48North Cannabis Corp.

Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. is selling a Florida medical cannabis license to Planet 13 Holdings Inc.

Green Thumb Industries Inc. acquired GreenStar Herbals, Inc.

Ayr Wellness Inc. is acquiring PA Natural Medicine, LLC.

Greenlane Holdings, Inc. and KushCo Holdings, Inc. completed their merger.

Organigram Holdings Inc. filed a final short form base shelf prospectus to qualify the distribution of up to C$500 million of shares, debt securities, subscription receipts, warrants and units.

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Rosario Dawson spoke about joining Cann’s board and the need for equity in the marijuana industry.

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Govs talk cannabis in SOTS speeches (Newsletter: January 25, 2022)

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NY OKs medical marijuana for any condition; MA gets more revenue from cannabis than alcohol; CO industry equity goal met

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At least six governors across the U.S. have talked about marijuana in their State of State speeches, inaugural addresses and budget plans this month—showing just how far cannabis has come into the mainstream alongside traditional issues like taxes, jobs and infrastructure.

New York regulators announced that doctors can now recommend medical cannabis for any condition they see fit. It’s a major expansion to the program as officials continue to work to launch the broader recreational marijuana market.

Virginia Republican House of Delegates leaders are beginning to formulate plans for the launch of legal marijuana sales, with multiple bills cutting tax rates and gutting equity and labor provisions being filed.

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue ​​reported that the state is now taking in millions of dollars more in tax revenue from marijuana than from alcohol.

The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division announced that the state has met a cannabis industry ownership diversity goal ahead of schedule—but the data shows there’s still a way to go before business ownership is on par with the state’s population demographics.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Michigan office tweeted about hemp’s role in restoring soil health.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said he couldn’t recall whether anyone asked him to cosponsor a Republican-led marijuana legalization bill.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Today is another day that thousands of people of color sit in jail for marijuana offenses while others profit. Congress must end the discriminatory laws upholding the unjust, classist, racist War on Drugs.”

Louisiana Democratic Senate candidate Gary Chambers said legalizing marijuana is a justice and equity issue. He also tweeted, “Why did I smoke a blunt in my ad? Law enforcement in Louisiana is still bragging on locking people up for cannabis. This was in north Louisiana this week. While the same front page says medical cannabis in our state isn’t affordable for citizens.  It’s inequitable & unjust.”

Missouri Democratic congressional candidate Henry Martin tweeted, “If you legalize marijuana without releasing all the non-violent possession offenders from prison, you’ve just created a caste system.”

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) said that while he continues to “have concerns about marijuana use for any reason,” he is willing to consider a new restrictive medical cannabis bill.

South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham, a former congressman, tweeted, “It’s time to finally pass the medical marijuana bill in the SC legislature. Grateful to @SenTomDavisSC for his years of steadfast leadership on this issue and for finally getting a vote in the Senate.”

Texas Republican lieutenant governor candidate Aaron Sorrells tweeted, “I am personally in favor of medical marijuana. In regards to all recreational use, I believe that should be decided on by the people of Texas. That is not my decision to make.”

North Dakota activists failed to collect enough signatures for a marijuana legalization ballot initiative by the deadline, but they say they have separate plans in the works.

The South Dakota House of Representatives passed a bill to ban medical cannabis home cultivation.

Minnesota’s House speaker said there’s no need to pass a marijuana legalization bill again in 2022, conflicting with recent comments from the majority leader.

Florida’s House minority leader said legalizing marijuana is “probably more a matter of time than it is anything else.” Separately, the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services tweeted, “It’s cannabis day at the FL Capitol—a day dedicated to education on all things cannabis 🍃”

A Wyoming representative authored a letter to the editor in support of a pending congressional marijuana legalization bill.

A Wisconsin senator posted, “Across the country, more states are taking action legislatively on cannabis. The economic, social, and agricultural benefits of legal cannabis cannot be overstated. Wisconsin must act now and legalize cannabis for responsible, adult usage.”

A Washington State senator spoke about efforts to build support for his bill to legalize psilocybin services.

Vermont regulators posted cannabis rules for public comment and issued a report to lawmakers.

Pennsylvania officials are directing medical cannabis toward a student loan repayment program for drug treatment providers.

Oregon’s Psilocybin Advisory Board is preparing to submit recommendations to regulators in March.

Idaho regulators posted a list of hemp labs.

Massachusetts regulators will hold a listening session on draft hemp rules on Wednesday.


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/ LOCAL

Activists in Colorado Springs, Colorado filed a local ballot measure to allow recreational marijuana sales.

Albuquerque, New Mexico officials are hosting cannabis equity events this week.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Thailand’s health ministry reportedly plans to legalize marijuana for recreational use in designated areas

Mexican lawmakers are expected to resume consideration of marijuana legalization legislation in the session that begins on February 1.

The president of Costa Rica’s Congress accused the government of throwing “smoke screens” about its decision on a medical cannabis and hemp bill that passed the legislature.

An Irish senator tweeted about support for decriminalizing drugs.

The Edmonton, Alberta, Canada City Council is considering a drug decriminalization proposal.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “CBG’s broad range of in vitro and clinical skin health-promoting activities demonstrates its strong potential as a safe, effective ingredient for topical use and suggests there are areas where it may be more effective than CBD.”

A review concluded that “published studies since 1991 largely support the hypothesis that small numbers of treatments with psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can offer significant and sustained alleviation to symptoms of multiple psychiatric conditions” and that “no serious adverse events attributed to psychedelic therapy have been reported.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The South Carolina Republican Party is paying to circulate a sheriff’s attack on a pending medical cannabis bill.

The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, Minnesota Beverage Association, Minnesota Trucking Association and other groups formed a new coalition to oppose marijuana legalization.

/ BUSINESS

MedMen claimed in a new lawsuit that the office of New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) pushed regulators to approve an acquisition by Ascend Wellness just days after an executive from the former company attended a fundraiser for the governor’s reelection campaign.

WeedMD’s former board chair is being accused by the Ontario Securities Commission of providing confidential information to a longtime friend who engaged in insider trading of the company’s shares.

The owners of Native Roots are involved in an internal legal battle.

Missouri dispensaries have sold more than $215 million worth of medical cannabis as of December.

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NE medical cannabis ‘poison pill’ bill filed (Newsletter: January 24, 2022)

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MN Dem leaders talk legal marijuana plan for 2022; PA medical cannabis homegrow bill; Study: Legalization states see increased banking activity

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A Nebraska Republican senator filed a limited medical marijuana bill that’s backed by legalization opponents, but activists say it has poison pill provisions meant to undermine more far-reaching ballot measures to provide patients with access.

Minnesota Democratic legislative leaders discussed marijuana legalization plans for 2022—including reworking a bill that cleared the House last year and the uphill climb to advance it in the GOP-controlled Senate.

A bipartisan group of Pennsylvania senators filed a new bill to allow medical cannabis patients to grow their own medicine.

A study found that despite concerns about financial services access by the marijuana industry, banking activity actually increases in states that enact legalization.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is being asked by the Hemp Industries Association to reconsider the Drug Enforcement Administration’s authority to act against processors that handle hemp in excess of the legal THC limit.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is under a “fantasy” that he has enough votes for a comprehensive marijuana legalization bill.

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) tweeted, “Opportunities to enact effective #cannabis reform keep getting derailed. That’s why I introduced the #HOPEAct with @RepAOC. Conservative in approach but progressive in scope, our bipartisan bill can reestablish a path forward. Leadership needs to put it up for a vote.”

Louisiana Democratic Senate candidate Gary Chambers spoke out how his campaign ad showing him smoking marijuana is part of an effort to “cut through the noise” and get his message out. He also tweeted, “Recreational cannabis use is legal in 19 states. Our campaign took one of the boldest stances on cannabis. Proud to do so. So who wants to host a fundraiser in a legal state? Let’s roll up & kick these facts about change. Email the team at [email protected]

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair drug war harms got two new cosponsors for a total of 105.

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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) authorized lawmakers to include changes to the state’s marijuana legalization law to the legislative agenda.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said it’s more important to get marijuana legalization implemented right than to roll it out quickly. (About 20 minutes into the video.)

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “OTD 3 years ago, @FettermanLt  launched a statewide listening tour on recreational marijuana. Here’s what you told him you wanted to see: ✅ Legalization 🚜 Cannabis grown on PA farms ⚖️ Decriminalization of nonviolent marijuana offenses. Legislators: Let’s make this a reality.”

Alabama Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Thomas, currently mayor of Springville, spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana.

The South Carolina Senate put a medical cannabis bill on special order status for this week, but a spokesperson for the House speaker disputed the sponsor’s claim that he has pledged to allow it to move through his chamber’s committee process.

The South Dakota House State Affairs Committee voted to ban medical cannabis home cultivation. Meanwhile, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee advanced several other medical marijuana bills.

The Vermont House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a drug decriminalization bill.

A Virginia House Courts of Justice subcommittee tabled a bill to defelonize drug possession.

Idaho lawmakers filed legislation to allow access to the cannabis-derived medical spray nabiximols.

A Delaware representative spoke about changes he made to his marijuana legalization bill to build support.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that people cannot be fired for off-the-job medical cannabis use.

Massachusetts marijuana regulators voted to approve a statement on pending impaired driving legislation that doesn’t endorse or oppose it, reflecting a divide on the issue among members. Separately, the state’s top cannabis regulator expressed concerns about “predatory financing deals” in the industry.

Florida regulators sent a bulletin about new medical cannabis purchase limits.

Oregon regulators sent a bulletin about new potency limits for marijuana edibles.

New York regulators plan to hold a series of community outreach events this month and next month.

Colorado Department of Revenue tweeted, “As part of Colorado’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, Social Equity Licenses are one of the many ways our Marijuana Enforcement Division is supporting diversity initiatives in the cannabis industry.”

Utah regulators sent an update on the medical cannabis program.

Arizona regulators posted a list of certified medical cannabis testing labs.

Nevada regulators will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to marijuana business rules on Tuesday.


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The Marathon County, Wisconsin Criminal Justice Collaborating Council discussed a proposal to lower the fine for marijuana possession.

A DeKalb County, Georgia commissioner spoke about his proposal to scale back drug testing for marijuana for county employees.

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Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado is preparing a counterproposal to a medical cannabis and hemp bill that lawmakers sent him.

Colombia’s Constitutional Court blocked President Iván Duque’s plan to resume aerial fumigations of drug crops.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox spoke about plans for Paradise, a cannabis company he owns part of, to reach a total of 200 stores across 32 U.S. states by the end of this year.

Pakistan’s Ministry of Science & Technology tweeted about a Canadian company making a plane out of hemp.

The Alberta, Canada Association of Chiefs of Police said the province is “not ready” to decriminalize drugs.

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A study of mice found that CBD “inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication” and highlights the substance as “potential preventative agent for early-stage SARS-CoV-2 infection.”

A study concluded that “despite state-based advertising restrictions, recreational cannabis business pages use messages with youth appeal” and that “required safety message adherence is not typical on social media business pages.”

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The Indiana Democratic Party tweeted, “@INDems have called on the state to legalize cannabis because it’s a win-win for Indiana and Hoosiers. More than 80% of voters want some form of legal marijuana, and Democrats will hit the road to discuss this common-sense issue very soon.”

The Mississippi Municipal League opposes recent changes to a medical cannabis bill.

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Dama Financial is acquiring GrowFlow Corp.

Numinus Wellness Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $0.8 million and loss of $5.4 million.

MedMen asked a California judge to order the company’s former chief financial officer to repay more than $612,000 in legal fees.

Columbia Care Inc. received consent from noteholders to increase borrowing capacity to support growth initiatives.

Metro Bank is reportedly closing accounts for CBD businesses.

Snapchat is using automated systems to identify drug-related content.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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