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FDA boss signals support for cannabis decriminalization (Newsletter: Sep. 10, 2018)

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Did Obama smoke marijuana at Disneyland?; Booker gets Kavanaugh to read drug war book; Air Force looking into Elon Musk’s cannabis consumption

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb signaled support in a TV interview for decriminalizing, but not legalizing, marijuana.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)  convinced Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to read the book “The New Jim Crow,” which exposes the racially disproportionate enforcement of marijuana criminalization and the war on drugs.

Speaking at a rally, former President Barack Obama shared a story about getting  kicked out of Disneyland for smoking when he was in college. While he explained that it was for cigarettes instead of for marijuana, some people in the crowd and on Twitter didn’t really believe it. Watch the video and you be the judge.

/ FEDERAL

A review by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel concluded that a Drug Enforcement Administration effort to license more growers of marijuana for research violated United Nations drug treaties.

The U.S. Air Force is reportedly looking into Elon Musk’s on-camera marijuana use because his company SpaceX is a federal contractor and cannabis consumption is prohibited by people with security clearances. The military branch hasn’t yet begun a formal investigation and is taking “time to determine the facts and the appropriate process to handle the situation.”

A bipartisan group of 14 U.S. House members sent a letter urging U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop blocking marijuana research cultivation applications. It is reportedly at least the 15th such letter sent to him about the issue from members of Congress.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) tweeted, “We’ve got a long way to go before we right the wrongs of America’s failed war on drugs, which has allowed the legal discrimination of communities of color for too long. But I’m co-sponsoring the Marijuana Justice Act because it’s a great start. Let’s fight for what’s right.”

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Congressman David Joyce (R-OH) expressed optimism about the future of marijuana reform at a conference.

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “Medical marijuana is the frontier for PTSD treatment for veterans and yet Congress will not allow it to be researched. I’m cosponsoring the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018 in order to begin researching how we can provide the best care possible for our nation’s bravest.”

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) tweeted, “Medical marijuana is not an answer for the #opioidcrisis.”

Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) and Democratic challenger Mitsch Bush debated military veterans’ access to medical cannabis.

The U.S. House bill to respect state marijuana laws got two new cosponsors, for a total of 29.

New York Democratic congressional candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley said she supports legalizing marijuana.

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) spoke about the success of marijuana legalization in his state and the challenges presented by federal prohibition. Separately, a former Marijuana Enforcement Division official and a former state assistant attorney general are urging the state to reconsider its restrictive rules on cannabis business ownership.

Vermont’s marijuana legalization study committee will meet on Monday.

New Mexico’s health secretary approved adding obstructive sleep apnea as a medical cannabis qualifying condition, but rejected adding opioid addiction, muscular dystrophy, Tourette’s syndrome, eczema and psoriasis. Separately, regulators are holding a series of public meeting next month to receive feedback on proposed hemp rules.

Kansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach made a reference to Doritos when discussing his opposition to medical cannabis and marijuana legalization.

New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon tweeted, “Marijuana has been legal for white people for a long time. It’s time to make it legal for everyone else.”

Utah prohibitionists are defending their radio ad against the state’s medical cannabis ballot initiative, which was been criticized as misleading.

A Pennsylvania lawyer is mounting a longshot bid to get a court to invalidate the criminalization of marijuana.

Ohio regulators missed a weekend deadline for making the state’s medical cannabis program “fully operational.”

Kentucky lawmakers held an interim hearing about medical cannabis.

California regulators released an explainer about the state’s marijuana track-and-trace system. And here’s a look at cannabis bills sitting on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown (D).

Here’s a look at ongoing efforts in North Dakota to implement medical cannabis.

/ LOCAL

Los Angeles, California officials announced they charged 515 people in connection with 105 illegal marijuana businesses.

Brooklyn, New York’s district attorney is moving to expunge thousands of marijuana convictions. And Manhattan’s district attorney is moving to vacate misdemeanor marijuana warrants.

/ INTERNATIONAL

A Nigerian presidential candidate says he will make the country a marijuana exporting hub if elected.

Scottish officials will meet with medical cannabis advocates this month.

Here’s a look at how Portugal’s drug decriminalization law is going.

/ ADVOCACY

The South Carolina Compassionate Care Alliance is ramping up the push to legalize medical cannabis in 2019.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “constituents of cannabis, such as cannabidiol and Δ-tetrahydrocannabinol, have shown anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and hepatoprotective effects both in in vitro and clinical studies, and appear to have potential in the symptom management and treatment of various liver diseases that were previously considered difficult to manage conservatively.”

JAMA Internal Medicine printed three letters debating the impact of state marijuana laws on opioid death rates.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll of Florida likely voters found that they support medical cannabis, 74%-21%, and legalizing marijuana, 49%-42%.

The Portland Press Herald editorial board is calling on Congress to pass legislation respecting state marijuana laws.

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Massachusetts health regulators ordered Good Chemistry of Massachusetts to cease activities over concerns that its medical cannabis products are tainted with pesticides.

Maryland medical cannabis business owners are demanding answers about recent Metrc tracking system outages.

The Wall Street Journal looks at how some CEOs are embracing marijuana while many remain reluctant.

/ CULTURE

Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is partnering with the Cannabis Voter Project, which tracks where politicians stand on marijuana reform.

Actors Jason Sudeikis slammed the racially disproportionate enforcement of drug laws.

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 15-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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Congressional vote on descheduling cannabis this week (Newsletter: November 18, 2019)

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Biden discusses marijuana as a gateway drug; Deval Patrick’s cannabis record; Study: Hemp-derived CBD reduces opioid use

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The House Judiciary Committee plans to vote on a bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the harms of the war on drugs on Wednesday, two sources familiar with the soon-to-be-announced action told Marijuana Moment.

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D), a presidential candidate, said at a town hall meeting that he’s not sure if marijuana is a gateway drug, though he supports medical cannabis, modest rescheduling and letting states set their own policies.

  • “There’s not nearly been enough evidence that has been acquired as to whether or not it is a gateway drug. It’s a debate, and I want a lot more before I legalize it nationally.”

Marijuana Moment’s latest presidential candidate analysis looks at the cannabis record of former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), who opposed a voter-approved decriminalization measure and has been criticized for medical marijuana’s troubled implementation.

A study found that using hemp-derived CBD extract “enabled our patients to reduce or eliminate opioids with significant improvement in their quality of life indices,” with the benefits including less pain and improved sleep.

/ FEDERAL

Here’s a look at how President Trump changed his mind on supporting a ban on flavored vaping products.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “The American people are united on issue after issue. We must legalize marijuana now—and expunge all past marijuana convictions as a matter of racial and economic justice.”

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D), a potential presidential candidate, apologized for stop and frisk policing he once championed.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) tweeted, “I was for #marijuana reform before it was cool. Since 1977… #LegalizeIt”

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) tweeted, “Federal law prohibits marijuana use in federally assisted housing, even if marijuana is legal in that state. Erase the confusion. My bill would permit marijuana use in such housing in states where marijuana is legal and end unequal treatment of low-income residents living in such housing.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Glad to be at the State of Cannabis Summit to talk about the important progress we’re making in Congress on cannabis reform, legalization, and restorative justice, especially for communities of color!”

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the damage of the drug war got two new cosponsors for a total of 55.

The House bill to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to study medical cannabis got four new cosponsors for a total of 92.

/ STATES

A spokesperson for New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) said she is optimistic that a well-crafted marijuana legalization proposal will be ready for January’s short 30-day session.

Pennsylvania’s pro-legalization lieutenant governor posted a tongue-in-cheek Twitter thread about why the state shouldn’t legalize marijuana.

Florida’s agriculture commissioner tweeted, “As we continue working to get the state #hemp program running, studies and testing are key to allowing access to safe, quality #CBD — and to ensure consumers know what they’re putting into their bodies. I’m glad to see @US_FDA is working with Florida to help move this forward.”

Ohio regulators issued a mandatory recall of medical cannabis rosin “due to product development using a non-compliant process.”

Maryland regulators issued a bulletin requiring that medical cannabis products be screened for vitamin E acetate.

Idaho activists say they’ve so far certified 11,000 signatures out of the 55,057 they need to qualify a medical cannabis measure for the state’s 2020 ballot.

Virginia is poised to decriminalize marijuana next year under the legislature’s new Democratic control, lawmakers and advocates believe.

Iowa lawmakers held a press conference to push for an expanded medical cannabis program.

Michigan regulators updated a bulletin on technical information for marijuana testing remediation and fresh frozen approvals.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is hosting a hemp summit on December 17.

New Jersey marijuana arrests have soared in recent years, according to an American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey report.

Here’s a look at the large number of former politicians and public officials in Nevada who are now part of the cannabis industry.


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/ LOCAL

Chicago, Illinois officials held a lottery to select which medical cannabis businesses can begin selling recreational marijuana.

New York City’s mayor tweeted, “The so-called war on drugs put a disproportionate number of people of color behind bars. Lives and families were destroyed for no good reason. So we ended this immoral war in New York City and instead got to work bringing police and communities together.”

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Australian Senate Community Affairs References Committee launched an inquiry into barriers to patient access to medicinal cannabis.

A Brazilian judge issued an injunction allowing a Parkinson’s patient to grow and transport medical cannabis.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study of mice concluded that “CBD can be a useful drug to prevent the parkinsonism-induced nociceptive threshold reduction.”

A study looking at “changes in eye behavior as a function of recent cannabis use within a quantified virtual reality environment” is now recruiting participants.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Minnesota Medical Association voted to take no position on marijuana legalization in the state.

Members of the Cannabis Trade Federation had a Washington, D.C. fly-in and met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

The acting president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said he supports medical cannabis but believes its use should be carefully monitored.

/ BUSINESS

Apple is removing vaping-related apps from its app store.

MedMen Enterprises Inc. announced a plan to lay off more than 190 employees.

HEXO Corp disclosed that it grew marijuana in unlicensed rooms.

Canopy Growth’s New York hemp facility has qualified for a $1.7 million tax break.

Starline Tours is adding cannabis-related stops to its celebrity tours.

/ CULTURE

Actors Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen, in a promotional post for Postmates, revealed what kind of food they ordered on 4/20 and other special days.

/ CORRECTION

Friday’s issue incorrectly reported that High Times was moving to a quarterly publication schedule, but that move applies to its subsidiary Dope magazine.

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National poll shows highest-ever support for legal cannabis (Newsletter: November 15, 2019)

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USPS’s “drug free USA forever” stamp; Congressional resolution includes marijuana legalization & drug expungements; Acreage backs home grow

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A Pew poll found that 67% of Americans now support legalizing marijuana, including 55% of Republicans and 78% of Democrats. Among Millennials, 71% of Republicans and 78% of Democrats are on board.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) filed a House resolution that calls for criminal justice reforms such as legalizing marijuana and expunging all drug-related convictions, but it appears to have been scaled back from a draft version that also included ending arrests for drug possession.

The U.S. Postal Service is launching a new “Drug Free USA Forever” stamp.

/ FEDERAL

The Senate sent President Trump a bill making technical corrections to statutes governing the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Former Department of Justice and Hillary Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon tweeted, “Marijuana for All Who Want It.”

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) tweeted, “Thank you to the 18 national organizations for their work to keep Congress from interfering with DC’s efforts to commercialize recreational marijuana. We will never tolerate restrictions unique to DC.” She also sent a press release about the issue.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) tweeted about a new Pew poll, saying, “Surveys like these tell us that it is LONG past time we legalized marijuana and addressed the injustice of non-violent marijuana offenses. I’m also on the SAFE Banking Act to ensure legal cannabis businesses have access to our financial system.”

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) tweeted about the poll, saying, “This is just more evidence and is consistent with what we’ve been hearing in state after state: adult-use cannabis should be legalized. Congress needs to get in step with the American people and end this senseless prohibition.”

Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) tweeted, “I believe it’s high time that we end #marijuana prohibition! I’ve also introduced the Homegrown Act to help people of color & small businesses to share in the growing #cannabis industry.”

/ STATES

Illinois lawmakers approved a bill to tweak and correct aspect of the state’s marijuana legalization law.

Oregon’s Court of Appeals placed a stay on Gov. Kate Brown’s (D) ban on flavored cannabis vaping products.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld a lower court ruling that found Gov. Charlie Baker (R) did not have authority to unilaterally ban vaping products. Meanwhile, the state’s  Cannabis Advisory Board voted to recommend that regulators adopt emergency vaping rules.

The North Dakota legislature’s interim Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the potential implications of legalizing marijuana.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) appointed a new interim top marijuana regulator.

Washington State regulators proposed rules on marijuana packaging and labeling, vaping and the license application process.

A Wisconsin representative filed a bill to allow the voter initiative process in the state, which he said could advance marijuana decriminalization.

Michigan regulators updated several marijuana advisory bulletins.

New Mexico’s medical cannabis program now has 78,362 enrolled patients, including 130 out-of-state residents.

Colorado lawmakers are considering introducing legislation to regulate kratom.


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/ LOCAL

Chicago, Illinois officials will determine zoning approvals for recreational marijuana businesses by a random lottery on Friday.

New York City’s comptroller tweeted, “The evidence is clear: the people are ready to legalize cannabis. There’s just no excuse anymore. New York must get this done during next year’s legislative session. It’s time.”

/ INTERNATIONAL

Thailand’s health minister said the government is moving to allow people to grow up to six medical cannabis plants at home. A new rule will also allow foreigners to bring medical marijuana into the country with them.

Trinidad and Tobago’s attorney general is bringing a marijuana decriminalization bill before the country’s Cabinet and Parliament.

New Brunswick, Canada officials are moving to privatize what has been a government-run marijuana sales operation.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “inhaled cannabis reduces self-reported headache and migraine severity by approximately 50%” but that ” its effectiveness appears to diminish across time and patients appear to use larger doses across time, suggesting tolerance to these effects may develop with continued use.”

A study concluded that “co-occurring pain, anxiety, and depression may be particularly amenable to treatment with” medical cannabis.

A study concluded that “compared with placebo, psilocybin enhanced post-intervention mindfulness and produced larger positive changes in psychosocial functioning at a 4-month follow-up, which were corroborated by external ratings, and associated with magnitude of acute self-dissolution experience” and that “meditation seems to enhance psilocybin’s positive effects while counteracting possible dysphoric responses.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Hemp Federation of America held a Capitol Hill lobby day.

The Cannabis Council of Canada is asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to address key industry challenges.

/ BUSINESS

The vice president of government affairs for Acreage Holdings published a LinkedIn post saying that allowing people to grow their own marijuana at home is “all good — for them and the industry,” though the company was part of a New York trade association that asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to keep the activity illegal in a memo that Marijuana Moment obtained.

High Times laid off most of the staff of its acquisition Dope magazine and is cutting back its publication schedule from monthly to quarterly, and the company extended its underperforming public offering for another two months.

Flow Kana is laying off up to a fifth of its workforce.

Edible Arrangements is launching a line of CBD-infused foods.

Canopy Growth Corporation reported C$76.6 million in quarterly net revenue, a 15% reduction from last quarter.

Aurora Cannabis Inc. reported net quarterly revenue of C$70.8 million.

Akerna Corp. reported quarterly revenues of approximately $3.2 million.

/ CULTURE

Drake’s Dream Crew company is trying to trademark the Canadian government’s official marijuana warning label in the U.S.

Podcaster Joe Rogan spoke to author Malcolm Gladwell about how he enjoys marijuana and psychedelics.

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CDC says cannabis prohibition slows feds’ vape crisis response (Newsletter: November 14, 2019)

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SCOTUS talks marijuana enforcement; New Mexico lawmakers consider 2020 legalization; Groups push Congress to respect DC cannabis laws

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A top Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official testified before the Senate that one reason federal officials are taking so long to investigate the cause of vaping-related lung injuries is that marijuana’s restrictive Schedule I status slows down the transfer of samples for testing.

U.S. Supreme Court justices raised questions about federal marijuana enforcement policy during oral arguments in a case concerning protections for immigrants.

  • “There’s an entire industry in a lot of states involving marijuana that would argue they’re relying on memos issued by the attorney general that we will not enforce marijuana laws… They have a lot of economic interests at stake [and] they would say our economic interests are very real, billions of dollars are at stake, we’ve relied on the attorney general’s guidance memos.”

The New Mexico legislature’s Interim Economic & Rural Development Committee began consideration of the marijuana legalization report prepared by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s (D) working group in advance of the short 30-day session beginning in January.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Competitive Enterprise Institute, R Street Institute, Drug Policy Alliance, ACLU of D.C., NORML and other groups sent a letter urging congressional leaders to let Washington, D.C. spend its own local tax money to legalize marijuana sales.

/ FEDERAL

The Environmental Protection Agency said it will remove Superfund protections from a site if it is purchased by a marijuana cultivation company.

The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s Drug Testing Advisory Board will discuss the impact of marijuana laws on drug testing on December 3.

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) further discussed the kinds of changes he wants to see to House-passed marijuana banking legislation.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “No more cash bail. No more death penalty. No more ‘war on drugs.’ No more mandatory minimums. No more private prisons and detention centers. We are going to fundamentally reform our broken and racist criminal justice system.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Decriminalization of marijuana does not go far enough because people — mostly communities of color — will still be disproportionately arrested for marijuana possession. We must provide restorative justice to those communities affected by the failed #WarOnDrugs.”

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Michigan regulators moved to allow existing medical cannabis business to transfer up to half their inventories to the recreational market, meaning that adult-use sales will begin on December 1.

California’s attorney general said he thinks the federal government is “not too far away” from catching up to states on marijuana policy.

Alaska’s top marijuana regulator was fired.

The Maryland legislature’s marijuana working group will not recommend passing a legalization bill in 2020.

Connecticut Senate Democrats are proposing legalizing marijuana and sports betting to fund transportation programs.

An Illinois House committee approved legislation making changes and fixes to the state’s marijuana legalization law.

The Washington, D.C. Council’s Health and Education Committees held a hearing on a bill to let students use medical cannabis in schools.

A proposed Florida marijuana legalization ballot measure has collected enough signatures to trigger a state Supreme Court review of its language.

Another group of Arizona cannabis businesses filed a second proposed marijuana legalization ballot measure.

Two more members of the U.S. Virgin Islands Cannabis Advisory Board received committee approval.

New Mexico regulators received petitions to add substance abuse disorder, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, and Tourette’s syndrome as medical cannabis qualifying conditions, and to allow its use to treat seizures in animals.

Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Board met, and officials reported that sales topped $500 million in the past two years.

Washington State regulators published hemp and CBD FAQs.


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/ LOCAL

The Chicago, Illinois mayor wants to lower fines for public marijuana use and end the practice of impounding vehicles found with cannabis inside.

The Santa Cruz, California City Council referred a measure to decriminalize certain psychedelics to its Public Safety Committee.

Denver, Colorado officials are conducting a study on creating equitable access to and participation in the cannabis industry.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Philippine House of Representatives Health Committee is expected to take up medical cannabis legislation next month.

Estonian lawmakers discussed marijuana legalization but decided that the country is not ready to pursue it.

The Wall Street Journal looks at how Chinese farmers are taking advantage of global interest in hemp and CBD despite the country’s strict ban on marijuana.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that when “comparing marijuana use before and after the legalization of recreational marijuana in the United States, the proportion of respondents aged 12 to 17 years reporting cannabis use disorder increased from 2.18% to 2.72%, while the proportion of respondents 26 years or older reporting frequent marijuana use increased from 2.13% to 2.62% and those with cannabis use disorder, from 0.90% to 1.23%.”

A review concluded that CBD is “recommended as both a preventative and therapeutic intervention in the management of traumatic brain injury, providing the anti-inflammatory and neuroregenerative mechanisms necessary for cerebral homeostasis.”

A study found that “despite restrictions that prohibit cannabis advertising on social media, adolescents are exposed to cannabis marketing via social media, and this exposure is associated with recent cannabis use.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The California Medical Association adopted a resolution saying its members “oppose policies of health plans, health systems, and hospitals that have pain management programs that automatically eliminate patients who use therapeutic cannabis.”

The New York Times editorial board says that prohibiting vaping devices is not a solution to the outbreak of lung injuries.

The Albuquerque Journal editorial board is urging New Mexico not to pursue covering medical cannabis through Medicaid.

/ BUSINESS

Tests by CannSafe found formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide and illegal pesticides in illicit cannabis vaping products but not those purchased from licensed dispensaries.

Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $25.1 million.

Eaze announced the winners of $50,000 grants it is issuing through an accelerator program to underrepresented cannabis business founders.

PAX Labs rolled out a new feature of its app that gives consumers access to information about the products they are vaping.

Southern Illinois University refers black students to disciplinary proceedings for drug offenses at a rate twice as high as that for white students.

Here’s a look at how the Boston Globe thinks about covering marijuana news.

The Winnipeg Free Press’s cannabis vertical The Leaf News is closing down.

/ CULTURE

Cirque du Soleil cofounder Guy Laliberte was detained for allegedly growing marijuana.

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