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FBI relaxes cannabis rules for job applicants (Newsletter: July 8, 2021)

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RI gov signs safe consumption bill; White House seeks input on drug war equity impact; NV officials end marijuana penalties for fighters

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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

The Federal Bureau of Investigation quietly loosened its employment restrictions for past marijuana use within the past month. It’s the latest sign that attitudes about cannabis are changing, even at the highest levels of federal law enforcement.

Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee (D) signed a bill creating a pilot program for harm reduction centers where people can consume illegal drugs under medical supervision. It’s the first state in the U.S. to legalize safe consumption sites.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy is inviting public comment on how drug policies can better achieve equity and remove  “systemic barriers” for “underserved communities,” as well as how to involve people who consume drugs in the policymaking process.

The Nevada Athletic Commission unanimously voted to stop punishing boxers and MMA fighters for marijuana used outside of competition.

/ FEDERAL

Marijuana was reportedly a topic of conversation at a meeting the Internal Revenue Service recently held with stakeholders.

Customs and Border Protection is being accused of violating the due process rights of We CBD LLC by destroying a shipment of its products without notice.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee tweeted about the leaders of a subcommittee pushing back against the marijuana suspension of Sha’Carri Richardson.

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) spoke about the impact of marijuana legalization in Connecticut.

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) tweeted, “Marijuana laws in this country are rooted in a racist past. They were designed and implemented to disrupt minority communities. It’s time to end the war on Drugs.”

/ STATES

Arizona lawmakers approved legislation to direct medical cannabis revenue to fund research into marijuana’s possible connection to psychosis, and to other programs.

New York’s Assembly majority leader said she thinks there is agreement on a “framework” for making appointments to the state’s new marijuana regulatory body.

Nominations to the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission have been finalized, subject to Senate confirmation.

Michigan regulators announced a recall of marijuana products manufactured by 3843 Euclid LLC due to unapproved testing and sampling.

Oklahoma officials are working with Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) to request $4 million in federal funding to combat illegal marijuana grow operations across the state.

Pennsylvania regulators identified 10 rural counties they say are underserved by medical cannabis dispensaries.

Washington State regulator records show that the state added 70 new marijuana retail licenses in 2021, with 41 pending by the end of the year.

California water officials will hold a meeting on cannabis cultivation fees on Friday.

New Jersey regulators will discuss marijuana packaging, labeling and advertising on Tuesday.


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/ LOCAL

Los Angeles County, California police said they seized $1 billion worth of illegal marijuana.

The Missoula, Montana City Council passed a resolution urging Missoula County commissioners to hold a special election on a local marijuana tax.

A Sioux Falls, South Dakota medical cannabis task force met to discuss local regulations.

Minnehaha County, South Dakota officials are considering a proposed ordinance to ban smoking marijuana, including medical cannabis, in public places.

Newark, New Jersey’s Ad Hoc Cannabis Committee will meet on Thursday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox said he thinks marijuana will be part of the new North American free-trade deal.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that “decision-making is not impaired when cannabis is used in moderation” and found “no evidence to support the presumption that cannabis consumption leads to a decline in neurocognitive ability.”

A study found that “spiritual benefit from cannabis was reported by 66.1% of the sample, and 5.5% reported it had sometimes been a spiritual hindrance.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Democratic Party of New Mexico called out a Republican state representative who is running for governor for voting against marijuana legalization.

The Brookings Institution published a proposed five-point plan for ending the war on drugs.

National Advocates for Pregnant Women  led an amicus brief signed by other organizations and comedian Amy Schumer in support of an Arizona mother who was found guilty of civil child neglect because she used medical cannabis while pregnant to treat acute hyperemesis gravidarum.

Former Marijuana Policy Project staffer Matt Simon has a new job with New Hampshire medical cannabis company Prime Alternative Treatment Centers.

/ BUSINESS

Agrify Corporation and Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. signed an agreement for a long-term research and development partnership.

Tilray, Inc.’s subsidiary Aphria RX GmbH completed the first successful harvest of medical cannabis cultivated in Germany for distribution to German pharmacies.

ETF Managers Group LLC’s ETFMG 2x Daily Alternative Harvest ETF began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

BioHarvest Sciences Inc. said it developed technology that reduces marijuana production cycle time from 14-23 weeks to 3-4 weeks and will allow 13-17 cycles per year instead of 2-4 cycles per year under conventional methods.

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. sent an update about its operating, investment and capital markets activity.

Here’s a look at the highest-paid CEOs in the marijuana industry.

/ CULTURE

Wiz Khalifa’s brand Khalifa Kush is partnering with Gage Growth Corp.

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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.

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