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Dems’ bill protects medical cannabis but keeps DC sales block (Newsletter: Jan. 3, 2019)

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Study: Genre music fans like different drugs but they all like marijuana; NY gov to put legalization in budget; Terpenoids reduce inflammation

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House Democrats’ new spending bill aimed at ending the federal shutdown, which they intend to pass on Thursday, contains state medical cannabis protections but continues a rider blocking Washington, D.C. from spending its own money legalizing marijuana sales.

A study examining wastewater found that people attending festivals for different genres of music use different kinds of drugs, but that marijuana was prevalent regardless of music type.

A study found that the terpenoids in marijuana aren’t just good for making the plant smell nice. They can also help reduce inflammation.

A number of local news outlets around the country are picking up a Marijuana Moment analysis first published on Forbes that looks at states that are likely to legalize cannabis in 2019.

/ FEDERAL

The Senate confirmed the nomination of James Carroll to be director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Two witnesses told the House Ethics Committee that outgoing Rep. Thomas Garrett (R-VA) used marijuana with his staffers.

A federal judge threw out a racketeering and corruption lawsuit against a California marijuana business.

/ STATES

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said that his marijuana legalization proposal will be included in budget legislation.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) said that the reason he wants to more seriously consider legalizing marijuana is that New York and New Jersey are moving to end prohibition. Meanwhile, a senator tweeted that he and a colleague are putting the finishing touches on a legalization bill.

Outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said that he has “not counted on any revenue from marijuana” as the state has worked to implement legalization. Meanwhile, the state’s treasurer tweeted, “It’s time the fed govt takes action by either removing cannabis from its official list of banned narcotics or approving safe harbor legislation that protects banks serving #cannabis biz from prosecution.”

Illinois’s industrial hemp law went into effect with the new year. Another new state law requires certain medical cannabis business employees to register with the state.

Arkansas regulators said they will begin issuing patient ID cards within 30 days of next week’s Medical Marijuana Commission meeting.

Oklahoma regulators are issuing temporary medical cannabis licenses to out-of-state patients. Meanwhile, they have processed more than 30,000 licenses overall already.

A Massachusetts commission examining impaired driving issues is recommending prohibiting driving with an open container of marijuana, making it a civil infraction punishable by a $500 fine.

A Florida appeals court will hold a February 12 hearing in a case about whether a medical cannabis patient should be able to grow his own medicine.

Louisiana regulators said they will conduct testing on medical cannabis after failing to find independent companies that are qualified to do it.

Virginia advocates are pessimistic about the prospects for decriminalizing marijuana this year.

A New Jersey senator sponsoring a marijuana legalization bill wrote an op-ed saying the state should use the lessons learned from legalizing casinos in crafting cannabis policy.

A Minnesota representative says he will pursue marijuana legalization legislation in the new session.

Iowa regulators have so far issued 930 CBD medical cannabis registration cards to patients.

Oregon regulators will hold a hearing on industrial hemp rules on January 15.

A number of Michigan businesses are pursuing that they see as a loophole in the law by “gifting” marijuana to customers who purchase expensive items like t-shirts and candy.

Here’s a look at the anticipated rollout of Missouri’s medical cannabis program, including regulators beginning to accept some early application fees on Saturday.


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/ LOCAL

The new St. Louis County, Missouri prosecuting attorney announced his office will no longer criminally prosecute possession of less than 100 grams of marijuana. Possession of greater amounts will only be pursued if there is evidence of sale or distribution.

The Dayton, Ohio City Commission took a procedural step toward eliminating fines and court fees for minor misdemeanor marijuana violations.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s district attorney said he supports legalizing marijuana.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Australia now has more than 2,000 registered medical cannabis patients.

/ ADVOCACY

New Approach PAC’s Graham Boyd predicted that “within the next two years, a majority of the United States will have adult-use legal cannabis.”

The Republican Party of Kentucky tweeted, “With industrial hemp now legalized, Agriculture Commissioner @RyanQuarlesKY wants one more thing: to make Kentucky the ‘epicenter’ of Hemp in the US.”

The Democratic Party of New Mexico tweeted about local entrepreneurs being able to take advantage of hemp legalization.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review of medical cannabis claims made by popular websites found that “seventy-six percent…were inaccurate and were based on low-quality evidence,” while only “10% of websites made appropriate cause and effect conclusions” and only “approximately 3% of the medical marijuana claims were written by a healthcare professional.”

An editorial in the journal Addiction concluded that “a growing body of evidence highlights that the endogenous cannabinoid (endocannabinoid) system is a key target for seizure control” and that “plant-derived cannabinoids have several endocannabinoid and related mechanisms that may be fundamental to their anti-seizure properties.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that 72% of South Carolinians support medical cannabis.

/ BUSINESS

Westjet responded to a passenger’s tweet with tips for traveling with marijuana.

Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. announced that a former Coca-Cola executive is joining the company.

Arizona is a target market for national marijuana businesses.

/ CULTURE

Pete Davidson said during a stand-up comedy set that he took psilocybin mushrooms and engaged in “flagrant” marijuana smoking earlier in the day.  He also said that Louis C.K. tried to get him fired from Saturday Night Live for consuming too much cannabis.

Former baseball player Darryl Strawberry said marijuana is a “gateway” and that athletes should not be allowed to use if for pain management.

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Governor signs medical cannabis bill in US territory (Newsletter: Jan. 18, 2019)

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CT legalization sponsored by 1/4 of House; Senators press for hemp water rights; Portugal debates two legal marijuana bills; HI legalization in 2019

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U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Albert Bryan (D) signed a medical cannabis bill into law.

More than a quarter of Connecticut’s House of Representatives—including the majority leader and key committee chairs—jointly filed a marijuana legalization bill. It allows home cultivation and delivery services, and would expunge some prior cannabis convictions.

Hawaii’s Senate president said that considering legalizing marijuana will be a priority for the new legislative session.

U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Jon Tester (D-MT) are pressing the Bureau of Reclamation to act on hemp growers’ water rights, saying that the ongoing federal shutdown is stalling implementation of the Farm Bill’s provisions legalizing the crop.

Lawmakers in Portugal debated two separate marijuana legalization bills.

A Marijuana Moment fact check debunks a false claim on the House floor by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) that 90% of the cannabis in the U.S. is smuggled across the Southern border.

/ FEDERAL

The federal government shutdown is impeding implementation of recently enacted criminal justice reform legislation.

The Government Accountability Office found that the Department of Defense “lacks current strategy and guidance to implement the National Guard counterdrug program.”

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) tweeted, “I support adult & medical use. But that’s not enough! The failed drug war unfairly targeted the poor, veterans, brown people. It’s now not enough to just make it legal. We must have expungement. We must invest tax proceeds back into those communities targeted by the drug war.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said she will vote no on William Barr for attorney general, adding that she “fully intend[s] to hold him to these commitments” he made on “respect[ing] state laws legalizing marijuana” and other issues.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) appeared at a press conference with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and praised his moves to allow patients to smoke medical cannabis.

The House comprehensive medical cannabis bill got one new cosponsor, for a total of two.

/ STATES

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) called on state lawmakers to repeal the law that bans patients from smoking medical cannabis, adding that he will move to withdraw the state’s appeal of a lawsuit on the issue if the legislature fails to act. For now he is filing a request for a stay of opinion in the case. Meanwhile, a senator has already introduced legislation to fix the issue.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) released her budget proposal, which includes her marijuana legalization plan.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) said he wants lawmakers to hold hearings on marijuana legalization this year.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) continued to defend his position that large cities and counties should be able to opt out of allowing marijuana businesses.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) said he is working with lawmakers to properly regulate and implement medical cannabis.

The South Carolina Senate Medical Affairs Committee approved a resolution calling on the federal government to remove roadblocks to medical cannabis research.

New Hampshire lawmakers filed a marijuana legalization bill.

An Arizona representative introduced a bill to clarify that medical cannabis extracts are allowed.

A Nebraska senator who is working on marijuana reform sent a fiery letter to the state attorney general, who questioned his motives for focusing on the issue.

Utah regulators are instructing manufacturers and retailers of CBD and hemp products to register with the state.

Maine regulators will hold a hearing on an appeal filed by one marijuana implementation consulting firm that is seeking to overturn a contract awarded to another.

Oregon regulators approved fines and suspensions for marijuana business license violations.


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/ LOCAL

The mayor of Jamaica, Iowa was arrested for allegedly growing marijuana.

Pawhuska, Oklahoma police seized a shipment of industrial hemp from a Colorado company in what could be a key test case on interstate transport of the crop.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Regulators in Thailand are being criticized over its handling of medical cannabis patent applications filed by companies including GW Pharma.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Tampa Bay Times editorial board praised Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for moving to allow patients to smoke medical cannabis.

/ BUSINESS

Ohio medical cannabis dispensaries sold $75,000 worth of product in the first day of sales, amounting to 8.7 pounds of marijuana.

/ CULTURE

Former boxer Mike Tyson and Joe Rogan discussed using marijuana and psychedelics.

Fox News’s Tucker Carlson got into a heated debate about marijuana with pro-legalization author David Bienenstock.

Stephen Colbert tweeted, “Florida is legalizing medical marijuana. Finally, the people of Florida can loosen up!”

Actor Pauly Shore tweeted a pic from a “stoney” photo shoot he did.

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Trump Treasury official wants cannabis banking issues solved (Newsletter: Jan. 17, 2019)

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Congressional marijuana research bill revised; Where POTUS candidate Kirsten Gillibrand stands on cannabis; NORML grades governors on marijuana

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Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting, a top Trump administration Treasury Department official, is calling on Congress to solve marijuana businesses’ banking access issues.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) refiled a new version of his marijuana research bill that the House Judiciary Committee approved last year. The revised legislation removes language from last Congress’s bill—which was approved by the House Judiciary Committee— banning participation from people with drug convictions that advocates had strongly opposed.

Marijuana Moment compiled a comprehensive overview of where presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) stands on cannabis.

A majority of U.S. state governors got passing grades in NORML’s new report card—for the first time ever. Several newly seated governors actively campaigned on legalizing cannabis.

/ FEDERAL

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a presidential candidate, spoke about racial disparities in marijuana enforcement during a campaign appearance in New Hampshire.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) said in a Senate floor speech that legalizing marijuana, while banning menthol, “may be the route we’re on.”

Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) included marijuana policy in a list of issues he will get to work on through his new role on a key House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees the Department of Justice.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “As a co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, I will continue to work with my colleagues to end discriminatory practices in marijuana laws. The time for criminal justice reform is now.”

The House bill to codify provisions of the rescinded Cole Memo into law got two new cosponsors, for a total of eight.

/ STATES

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) said he would sign a marijuana legalization bill. Meanwhile, the state’s attorney general said he supports medical cannabis.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) announced in his State of the State speech that next week he will sign an executive order creating a Cannabis Compliance Board so the state can “grow this industry in a way our state can be proud of.” He also said he wants to spend some cannabis tax revenue on school safety measures.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) and legislators didn’t appear to get any closer to an agreement on marijuana legalization legislation during negotiations. Meanwhile, the Senate president said in response Murphy’s State of the State address that that legalizing marijuana is among the “important goals we have taken on” and “present[s] demanding legal, social & political challenges.” He added, “We have put in the hard work in the Legislature to develop a plan that addresses the complex demands of adult-use cannabis legalization. We need the cooperative work of leaders to marshal the support of legislators in order to get this done.”

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) tweeted, “Proud to get the top grade on cannabis policy from @NORML. It’s time to legalize marijuana nationally.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said he included the option for large cities and counties to opt out of allowing marijuana sales in his legalization plan “because I believe in democracy.”

California officials gave final approval to marijuana regulations, which went into effect immediately. Meanwhile, regulators released an updated marijuana business license search tool and sent a reminder about cannabis excise taxes.

The Virginia House Courts of Justice Subcommittee defeated several marijuana legalization and decriminalization bills.

The Wyoming House Judiciary Committee rejected a CBD decriminalization bill.

Vermont’s attorney general said he supports legalizing and regulating marijuana sales.

Nebraska’s attorney general is speaking out against marijuana law reform.

Virginia’s former attorney general spoke about the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws.

Michigan regulators approved a measure to allow unlicensed medical cannabis provisioning centers to temporarily reopen. They also released an updated consent and waiver form for the sale or transfer of untested marijuana products.

Ohio medical cannabis sales began.

Louisiana regulators are considering the issue of how much THC should be allowed in medical cannabis doses.

A Missouri appeals court ordered the Cole County prosecutor’s office to pay a man at least $36,000 after trying to block his request for public records about drug enforcement.

Colorado lawmakers are considering at least seven bills that seek to direct marijuana tax revenue to certain programs.

An Oklahoma senator filed a bill to allow counties to opt out of allowing medical cannabis businesses.

Arizona regulators reported that medical cannabis sales increased 40.7% in 2018 as compared to 2017.


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Denver, Colorado’s mayor walked back his support for supervised consumption sites for illegal drug users and also expressed concern about the city potentially approving a psilocybin ballot measure.

The Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin City Council approved two marijuana advisory ballot questions for the April 2 election.

Boston, Massachusetts’s mayor is concerned about a marijuana dispensary’s proximity to addiction treatment centers.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos joined the pro-legalization Global Commission on Drug Policy.

/ ADVOCACY

Minnesota marijuana legalization supporters and opponents got into a heated argument at a press conference.

Satirical activists The Yes Men included a fictional bill called the “Liberation Act To End Mass Incarceration” that would take “immediate steps to decriminalize use and possession of recreational drugs (for an estimated 1.5 million fewer arrests each year)” in a mock future copy of the Washington Post that they circulated this week to demonstrate what Democrats could and should do with their control of the House of Representatives.

Canadian cannabis activist and businessman Marc Emery issued what appears to be a pre-buttal to a pending Huffington Post article about alleged sexual misconduct.

/ BUSINESS

Oklahoma medical cannabis sales reached nearly $1 million in December, generating about $70,000 in tax revenue.

Cresco Labs and Standard Wellness both claimed in press releases that their Ohio medical cannabis dispensaries conducted the state’s first legal sales to patients.

/ CULTURE

Former boxer Mike Tyson launched a marijuana-focused podcast.

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Trump AG pick will respect state cannabis laws, he pledges (Newsletter: Jan. 16, 2019)

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Four governors talk marijuana in big speeches; NY legalization details released; Senators press FDA on CBD & hemp restrictions; WA homegrow

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William Barr, President Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general, pledged during a confirmation hearing that he would not “go after companies” complying with state marijuana laws. He also pressed Congress to act to address the growing gap between federal and state cannabis policies.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) revealed key details of his plan to legalize marijuana during a State of the State speech.

Cuomo was one of four state governors who spent time addressing cannabis reform during their State of the State speeches on Tuesday alone—and that doesn’t even count those who did so already earlier this month.

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) are warning the Food and Drug Administration about overly restrictive hemp and CBD regulations:

  • “We will be closely engaged in the ongoing implementation of our legislation, as it was Congress’ intent to ensure that both U.S producers and consumers have access to a full range of hemp-derived products, including hemp-derived cannabinoids.”

Lawmakers in Washington State have proposed bills to start letting people grow their own marijuana at home.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the first organic certification to a hemp CBD product, according to the manufacturer, RE Botanicals.

Former Obama White House Communications Director Jen Psaki expressed disappointment that Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) spent time asking U.S. attorney general nominee William Barr about marijuana.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke at length about his efforts to reform federal marijuana laws.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tweeted about broad public support for marijuana legalization.

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) tweeted that Republicans should “condemn policies that hurt people of color, like mass incarceration” and the “drug war” in addition to criticizing racist comments from Rep. Steve King (R-IA).

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tweeted, “I am glad to hear that Mr. Barr supports federalism, and will not punish state-legal cannabis businesses. Mr. Barr says that it is ‘incumbent on Congress’ to act. I look forward to pursuing meaningful cannabis reform in the 116th Congress.”

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said, “With a Democratic House, our goal now is to get the D.C. marijuana rider removed during the appropriations process so that D.C., just like states, is allowed to commercialize, free from federal interference.”

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said in a House floor speech that President Trump “has proposed doubling down on the war on drugs, which drains the African American labor pool.”

/ STATES

Wisconsin Gov Tony Evers (D) said his upcoming budget will likely contain the “first step” toward legalizing medical cannabis and that later his administration is likely to make more moves toward full legalization “or call for a statewide referendum” on the issue.

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) said that U.S. attorney general nominee William Barr’s comments on marijuana enforcement are “very positive” and that “we hope that Congress will follow through and lift the unique restriction on Washington, D.C., so that we can have a safe, regulated system for marijuana sales and drive out the illegal market.”

New York’s attorney general said she “commend[s] statewide efforts to legalize the adult recreational use of marijuana— ending a prohibition that has plagued communities of color for far too long.”

Massachusetts’s attorney general said that Charlton’s bylaw requiring a town meeting to approve contracts between the municipality and marijuana companies is “onerous and impractical.”

Vermont Senate leaders hope to vote on a bill legalizing marijuana sales within the next three weeks. The body’s Judiciary Committee took testimony on the issue on Tuesday. Separately, regulators are considering dividing hemp grown and processed in the state into two separate grades.

The Connecticut General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Research included marijuana legalization in a list of “major issues’ before lawmakers this year.

West Virginia’s Senate president and House speaker spoke about marijuana reform during a radio interview.

South Carolina lawmakers filed medical cannabis legislation.

Michigan regulators will consider allowing unlicensed medical cannabis businesses to temporarily reopen at a meeting on Wednesday. They also sent a bulletin outlining recent changes to the state’s marijuana laws.

Hawaii regulators approved the first medical cannabis dispensary on Hawaii Island to begin sales.


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The Las Vegas, Nevada City Council is considering whether legislation allowing marijuana social use areas should permit both cannabis and alcohol consumption.

Boston, Massachusetts City Council members are requesting a hearing on ensuring equity in the marijuana industry for communities historically targeted by the war on drugs.

The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Public Schools Board of Education approved a policy allowing students to use medical cannabis at schools and clarifying it will not “take any adverse action against an employee for holding a medical marijuana license.”

Denver, Colorado regulators sent guidance about tips for modifying the premises of marijuana businesses.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto took a $100 million bribe from Joaquín Guzmán Loera (“El Chapo”), according to a witness who testified in the drug cartel leader’s U.S. trial.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that legalizing marijuana makes it more difficult for kids to get their hands on it.

Philippine regulators said that they are currently restricted from studying medical cannabis.

/ ADVOCACY

The Charleston County Republican Party passed a resolution calling on South Carolina lawmakers to legalize medical cannabis.

The New York State Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics released a position statement outlining its preferred provisions for marijuana legalization.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “∆9-THC enhanced the anesthetic effect of pentobarbital through the CB1 receptor.”

A study concluded that “daily marijuana use is associated with higher odds of job loss.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll of West Virginia likely voters found that 68% support medical cannabis but only 26% back marijuana legalization.

The Providence Journal editorial board says that Rhode Island lawmakers should carefully consider Gov. Gina Raimondo’s (D) marijuana legalization plan.

/ CULTURE

Dr. Drew Pinsky said he would rather athletes use medical cannabis than opiates.

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