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DEA finally approving cannabis grow licenses (Newsletter: May 17, 2021)

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MS medical marijuana overturned; WA drug recrim bill signed; FDA OKs MDMA use by therapists study; Cannabis in public housing bill

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The Drug Enforcement Administration is finally ending the decades-long monopoly on growing marijuana for research. At least three cultivation license applicants—and possibly more—have been notified that they’re being approved under an expansion first announced in 2016.

The Mississippi Supreme Court, for procedural reasons, overturned the state’s medical cannabis law, which the justices acknowledge was approved by a “strong, if not overwhelming, majority of voters.”

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) filed a bill to protect people from being evicted from public housing for using marijuana in accordance with state law.

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed a bill recriminalizing drug possession as a misdemeanor after the Supreme Court overturned prohibition. Penalties expire in 2023, giving lawmakers incentive to craft comprehensive health-focused policy. Meanwhile, the governor partially vetoed one section of the new legislation.

The Food and Drug Administration approved research on MDMA use by therapists so that they can better administer psychedelic therapies to their patients.

  • “Personal experience is widely considered to be an important element in preparation and training to deliver psychedelic-assisted therapies.”

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services derailed an effort to disclose medical cannabis business ownership information that passed the House by threatening to urge Gov. Mike Parson (R) to veto it.

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s president says the state will “blow past” $1 billion in legal marijuana sales this year. One thing that could stop that, he says, is if neighboring states legalize cannabis and people can buy it closer to home.

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A federal jury found a former Fall River, Massachusetts mayor guilty of soliciting bribes from marijuana businesses and other charges.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is hiring a new legislative assistant to “spearhead his effort to end federal cannabis prohibition.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) reportedly consumed cocaine with a sex worker who also served as communications director for the American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association.

Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and nine other lawmakers sent a letter urging Attorney General Merrick Garland to devote resources to combat illegal marijuana cultivation.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tweeted, “Yesterday, the MN House passed historic legislation to legalize cannabis for adult use and expunge non-violent cannabis convictions. Now, let’s legalize cannabis and expunge records nationwide.”

Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) tweeted, “I applaud the members of the Minnesota House who took bipartisan action last night to legalize marijuana in Minnesota. Now, it’s time for the Minnesota Senate to take up and pass this legislation.” She also tweeted, “Congratulations to the @mnhouseDFL for passing this long overdue legislation! Legalizing cannabis use for adults will strengthen our economy and help account for historic inequities in drug enforcement. Now it’s time for the Senate to step up and get this across the finish line.”

The House bill to deschedule marijuana got one new cosponsor for a total of two.

The House bill to shield immigrants from being deported for marijuana got three new cosponsors for a total of five.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) California Comeback Plan includes a number of cannabis reforms, including the appointment of a deputy director of equity and inclusion, a pilot program for sustainable cultivation and measures to help process business licenses.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced a working group report that suggests the state “consider the opportunities that may be created by new initiatives, including the legalization of recreational use marijuana, as potential sources of political and financial support for the efforts to restart and recover Atlantic City.”

A spokesperson for Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) said he is “interested and intrigued” by the state Supreme Court ruling striking down the voter-approved medical cannabis program. Meanwhile, the lieutenant governor and a senator said lawmakers will work to pass a medical marijuana program in January.

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) signed legislation allowing people with non-violent felony records to own or work at medical cannabis businesses.

Virginia’s attorney general touted his leadership on marijuana legalization during a debate.

Delaware lawmakers sent Gov. John Carney (D) a bill to let nurse practitioners and physician assistants recommend medical cannabis.

Arizona lawmakers sent Gov. Doug Ducey (R) a bill to legalize drug testing strips.

Colorado’s House speaker and other lawmakers introduced a bill to enact limits on marijuana concentrates, place restrictions on medical cannabis recommendations and require the state to study the impacts of marijuana on certain health outcomes, among other changes. Former Govs. Bill Owens (R) and Bill Ritter (D) coauthored an op-ed endorsing the legislation.

The Utah Court of Appeals rejected a request to overturn regulators’ medical cannabis business licensing decisions.

Ohio regulators determined that arthritis, chronic migraines and complex regional pain syndrome qualify as medical cannabis qualifying conditions.

West Virginia regulators are considering recommending allowing medical cannabis home cultivation.

Nevada regulators issued updated coronavirus guidance for marijuana businesses.

Oklahoma regulators defended the state’s residency requirements for medical cannabis business owners in a federal court brief.

Arizona regulators published monthly marijuana program data.


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War, West Virginia’s mayor was reelected after being arrested for marijuana possession and driving under the influence, among other charges.

Hawthorne, California is considering hiring a former Los Angeles City Council member for a cannabis consulting position.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Spanish lawmakers created a subcommittee to examine medical cannabis regulations.

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare is preparing to approve cannabis-based medicines, but the government may also increase marijuana penalties.

South Africa’s government is preparing to present a cannabis master plan by the end of the month.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review of the use of cannabis in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder found “improvement in ASD symptoms, such as social communication (core symptom), noncore behaviors (self-injury, restlessness, rage attacks, agitation, aggressiveness, irritability), and comorbid conditions (anxiety, epilepsy, sleep problems/dysregulation, ADHD/hyperactivity/concentration)” and that “an additional benefit with the improvement in comorbid conditions is the reduction of medications used in some participants.”

A study suggested that “CBD presents potential therapeutic properties with respect to the treatment of obesity and related disturbances.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party tweeted, “Last night, DFLers in the MN House made history by passing a bill to legalize adult-use cannabis. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans plan to block it from becoming law. Minnesotans should know that a vote for a Republican is a vote against legalizing cannabis.” It also tweeted, “It’s simple: DFLers want to legalize adult-use cannabis. Republicans don’t. If you want to legalize and responsibly regulate cannabis in Minnesota, vote DFL.”

The Washington Times editorial board seemed to blame use of marijuana and other drugs for deadly police shootings.

/ BUSINESS

Vireo Health International, Inc. reported quarterly GAAP revenue of $13.2 million and a net loss of $7 million.

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that it misled investors about moldy products.

Tilray, Inc. is closing a cannabis cultivation facility in Ontario.

MedMen Opportunity Fund II LP is being sued over an alleged scheme by principal owners to sell licenses for its Los Angeles, California locations on terms that would harm investors.

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. closed on a property in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and entered into a partnership for it with a subsidiary of Parallel.

TILT Holdings Inc. has a new CEO.

Michigan retailers sold $154 million worth of legal marijuana in April.

/ CULTURE

Seth Rogen was asked by Stephen Colbert whether he would ever smoke marijuana with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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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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Mexican cannabis bill draft circulates ahead of vote (Newsletter: November 29, 2021)

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More senators push marijuana banking in NDAA; PA lieutenant gov. invites cannabis pardon applications; MD drug paraphernalia decrim override urged

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Mexican lawmakers are circulating a revised draft of a marijuana legalization bill that the Senate majority leader wants to pass by December 15.

Sens. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) sent a letter urging passage of marijuana banking legislation through the National Defense Authorization Act.

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), who chairs the Board of Pardons, is urging as many people as possible to apply to have their marijuana convictions pardoned before he leaves office.

A regional ambassador with the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition authored an op-ed urging Maryland lawmakers to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) veto of a bill to decriminalize drug paraphernalia.

/ FEDERAL

A federal judge delayed the sentencing of a former Fall River, Massachusetts mayor convicted of extorting marijuana businesses.

/ STATES

Texas’s attorney general is being asked by the Montgomery County district attorney to issue an opinion saying that possessing or selling delta-8 THC products is a crime.

Utah’s Senate minority whip and other lawmakers are criticizing regulators for delays in implementing a law to make it easier for providers to issue medical cannabis recommendations.

Florida representatives filed a bill on medical cannabis testing, delta-8 THC and other issues.

A Missouri Republican representative spoke at a psychedelics conference.

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has failed to comply with a law requiring it to conduct a public education campaign about the process for sealing marijuana conviction records.

Arizona regulators proposed revised marijuana social equity rules.

New York regulators published a checklist for cannabinoid hemp packaging and labeling.

Nevada marijuana regulators will hold a public hearing on December 14.

Colorado regulators will hold a hearing on a proposed fee increase for medical cannabis registry applications on December 15.


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San Francisco, California police were caught on tape appearing to watch as a marijuana dispensary was robbed, without taking action to intervene.

The Missoula, Montana City Council will consider marijuana rules on Monday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Italy’s labor and youth policy ministers said that the incoming German government’s commitment to legalize marijuana means that their country should also seriously consider the reform.

A Philippine vice presidential candidate said he supports allowing medical cannabis access.

Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration announced another public consultation on standards for medical cannabis imports.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study suggested an “antipsychotic medication sparing effect of CBD-cigarettes as adjunctive treatment of acute psychosis.”

A study indicated that “recreational cannabis legalization is associated with decreasing enrollment in medical cannabis programs, particularly for males.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The American Psychiatric Association is reportedly working on a policy statement about psychedelics.

/ BUSINESS

A budtender at Burnside Buds in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada who was allegedly fired for union organizing has been reinstated.

/ CULTURE

Jared Leto spoke about getting fired from working at a movie theater for selling marijuana.

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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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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.”

/ FEDERAL

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.

/ INTERNATIONAL

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.

/ BUSINESS

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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