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DEA-HHS cannabis dispute brought to White House office (Newsletter: December 6, 2021)

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CBD bill in Congress; MO rep wants legal marijuana on ballot; Local OH decrim measure gets signatures

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Reps. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Angie Craig (D-MN) and Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) introduced a new bipartisan bill in Congress to require the Food and Drug Administration to regulate hemp-derived CBD foods and beverages.

The White House Office of Management and Budget is being asked by the Competitive Enterprise Institute to mediate a marijuana finger-pointing dispute between the Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Health and Human Services where each agency says the other is responsible for a scientific review used in cannabis scheduling decisions.

A Missouri Republican representative filed a joint resolution to put marijuana legalization on the ballot for voters to decide in 2022. Separately, activists are collecting signatures for their own cannabis initiatives.

Activists in Kent, Ohio proved that they collected enough signatures for a local marijuana decriminalization ballot measure after officials improperly invalidated petitions. Voters will now decide on the measure in 2022.

/ FEDERAL

The Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals is considering a growing number of appeals of security clearance eligibility denial due to marijuana use.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) criticized President Joe Biden’s nominee for U.S. attorney for Massachusetts for declining to prosecute certain drug offenses and other crimes as a district attorney.

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) authored an op-ed calling on Congress to remove a rider blocking Washington, D.C. from legalizing marijuana sales.

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) tweeted, “Since I introduced the STATES Act with @repblumenauer in 2018, I’ve fought for achievable, incremental cannabis reform that can build a bipartisan consensus and directly impact the lives of Americans across the country. Congress needs to #PassProgress, not sink it. #HOPEforSAFE.” After introducing a marijuana expungements bill, he also tweeted, “Your move, @SenSchumer.”

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) tweeted, “New changes to Minnesota’s medical cannabis program will take effect next year, including providing new edible options – with required safety messaging and labeling for patients.”

FormerDemocratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang tweeted, “Talked to an investor in psilocybin-based compounds as a treatment for depression – seems very promising.”

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Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried, currently the agriculture commissioner, reiterated concerns about the medical cannabis licensing process for black farmers.

The Michigan Court of Claims partially granted and partially denied a request for an injunction on regulators’ recall of marijuana products.

California regulators proposed emergency rules that will waive licensing fees for marijuana equity businesses.

Colorado regulators issued a health and safety advisory about potentially unsafe marijuana products from Innovative Fusion LLC.

Vermont regulators decided not to recommend specific warning labels on the health effects of cannabis products. Former Gov. Howard Dean (D) tweeted, “This is a mistake. While I favor legalization, Cannabis is not benign and should be treated the way alcohol is. THC content matters and the higher the THC the more likely bad side effects which can include psychosis. Vermont has to do better here.”

Connecticut regulators reported that medical cannabis is the most common controlled substance dispensed to state residents.

Ohio regulators will consider increasing medical cannabis purchase limits this week.

New York regulators launched an online portal where cannabinoid hemp businesses can apply for licenses.

New Mexico regulators held a public hearing on proposed rules to require labor peace agreements for marijuana businesses.

Arizona state and local governments have generated more than $106 million in marijuana tax revenue in the first year of legal sales.

Nevada regulators accused a marijuana cultivation and production company of tax avoidance.

Washington State regulators sent an update and policy statement on transitioning to a new marijuana tracking system.

Vermont’s Cannabis Control Board and an advisory subcommittee will meet this week.


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The Clarksville, Tennessee City Council adopted a resolution endorsing decriminalization of marijuana and legalization of medical cannabis.

A San Antonio, Texas city councilman is pushing to adopt a formal cite-and-release policy for low-level marijuana possession.

A think tank posted an updated database of New York municipalities that are opting out of marijuana retail and on-site consumption businesses.

The Sennett. New York Town Board will hold a hearing on a proposed ban on marijuana dispensaries and social use areas on December 16.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Malta Prime Minister Robert Abela will not give his party’s members a free vote on the government’s marijuana legalization bill.

Danish lawmakers voted to permanently legalize medical cannabis.

The UK government is launching a new drug strategy.

British Virgin Islands Premier Andrew Fahie said he hasn’t had recent talks with investors who previously expressed interest in the territory’s potential medical cannabis industry.

An Australian Capital Territory legislature select committee recommended that drugs be decriminalized.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “introduction of cannabidiol (CBD) endowed the hydrogels with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects” and that “the CBD/[email protected] hydrogel showed accelerated wound healing effect in vivo.”

A study found that “across a range of psychedelic substances and doses, reported pain scores improved substantially during and after psychedelic experiences.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies and Vine Ventures launched a social impact special purpose vehicle that will infuse $70 million into psychedelic-assisted therapy and access in exchange for a share of MDMA revenue once it becomes legal.

The Drug Policy Alliance is urging Congress against “sneaking” marijuana banking language into the National Defense Authorization Act, arguing it would come at the “expense of equity and justice for Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities that have borne the brunt of prohibition.”

NORML has a new state policies manager.

The U.S. Pharmacopeia published a position statement urging more research on delta-8 THC.

ASTM International published a technical white paper on delta-8 THC products.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy will release a new report on Tuesday.

/ BUSINESS

WM Technology, Inc. registered to resell shares that were previously issued as partial consideration for acquisitions.

Schwazze entered into an agreement to sell $95 million worth of convertible notes to raise money to expand operations into New Mexico.

Nabis Cannabis drivers and fleet maintenance workers voted to unionize with Teamsters Local 630.

/ CULTURE

Former basketball player Isiah Thomas’s One World Pharma changed its name to One World Products: Sustainable Hemp and Cannabis Solutions.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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

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Cannabis banking sponsor vows to ‘get that darn thing passed’ (Newsletter: January 18, 2022)

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NIDA head: ‘train has left the station’ on psychedelics; KS medical marijuana hearings canceled; Study: Cannabis users have better sexual function

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National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora Volkow said “the train has left the station” when it comes to psychedelics’ popularity. She also spoke about how Schedule I blocks research.

  • “People are going to start to use it whether FDA approves or not.”

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), who recently announced he is not running for reelection, said he’s still “pretty irritated” that Senate Democrats have blocked his marijuana banking bill, but vowed that he’s “gonna get that darn thing passed this year while I still serve out my term.”

Kansas’s House-passed medical cannabis bill has encountered a major hurdle as the Senate president rerouted it to a committee he controls and cancelled hearings that were scheduled for this week in a separate panel.

A new study found that “young people who use cannabis frequently, regardless of gender, have better overall sexual function.”

  • “This improvement is usually associated with a reduction in anxiety and shame, which facilitates sexual relationships.”

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Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) tweeted, “Another reason to support my States Reform Act: a study found that ‘compounds found in cannabis are able to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from entering healthy human cells and causing infection.'”

California Democratic congressional candidate Roland Ernst works in the cannabis industry as a lab analyst.

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) said during her State of the State address that she’s focused on “making sure South Dakota has the safest, most responsible, and well-run medical cannabis program in the country.”

A Pennsylvania representative said she hopes to be “patient number one” to use therapeutic psilocybin under a bill she is sponsoring.

New Mexico regulators issued an emergency rule that doubles plant count limits for cultivators.

Oklahoma regulators proposed emergency medical cannabis rules.

Utah regulators proposed rules on hemp cultivation licenses and cannabis testing.

New Jersey regulators are considering complaints of alleged price gouging by medical cannabis businesses.

The Montana Legislative Services Division published an analysis of a law that allows federally recognized Indian tribes to sell marijuana across most of the state.

Washington, D.C. regulators are posting responses to questions about the medical cannabis business license application process.

Nebraska’s Criminal Justice Reinvestment Working Group considered, but was divided on, recommending defelonizing drug possession.

South Carolina regulators posted lists of permitted hemp transporters and brokers.

California’s Industrial Hemp Advisory Board will meet on Thursday.

Florida’s Hemp Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday.


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The Austin, Texas City Council will consider a marijuana decriminalization proposal on Tuesday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Costa Rican President President Carlos Alvarado is being asked by another presidential candidate not to veto medical cannabis and hemp legislation.

The UK Labour Party’s leader reiterated his opposition to legalizing marijuana.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “available evidence suggests cannabinoids may be effective for the treatment of various inflammatory skin disorders.

A study demonstrated that “states with higher levels of direct democracy – where voters can more easily initiate policy change by way of initiatives and referenda, and where state legislatures are limited in their capacity to alter voter initiatives – exhibited higher probabilities of legalizing marijuana for recreational use.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Hemp Industries Association announced new members of its board of directors.

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