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Fed official pledges to clarify that hemp banking is legal (Newsletter: June 6, 2019)

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Delaware legal marijuana bill advances; POTUS candidate pledges health coverage for medical cannabis; WV voters reject decrim ballot measure

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Federal Reserve Board of Governors member Michelle Bowman pledged during a Senate hearing to proactively clarify for banks that hemp is a legal crop and they can serve hemp businesses without punishment.

The Delaware House Revenue & Finance Committee approved a marijuana legalization bill.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a presidential candidate, released a far-reaching cannabis platform that includes a plank to “require coverage for medical marijuana in all health insurance plans, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA.”

Salem, West Virginia voters rejected a marijuana decriminalization measure. But organizers behind the effort are already working to pursue similar initiatives in other localities and in three additional states.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora Volkow said, ““We have 480,000 people dying from tobacco and none have died from marijuana, but it’s a distorted argument because marijuana harms your humanity, your brain.”

Nevada’s U.S. attorney said that the state “is not safe with marijuana at every corner” and that he wouldn’t rule out cannabis-related prosecutions but that it’s not one of his top priorities.

The Department of Agriculture is being sued by the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe over its delay in reviewing state and tribal hemp regulatory plans.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams said he is concerned about increasingly potent marijuana products and that descheduling would send the wrong message.

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D), a presidential candidate, said, “We should not be putting people in prison for drug offenses.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “Trump’s Mexico tariffs aren’t about trade, it’s about a fake border ‘crisis’ to scapegoat migrants. No wonder it’s unpopular. We should be working to address migration’s root causes by ending our militarized drug war and race-to-the-bottom trade policies.”

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “A majority of states, incl. HI, have legalized #cannabis in some form. State-legal cannabis businesses generate billions of dollars/yr in sales, generate +$1 billion in tax revenue, & support the livelihood of +200k Americans—including many #veterans. These veterans should not be penalized or risk losing their VA benefits for working in the state-legalized cannabis industry. This must be corrected immediately by the VA, and Congress must pass my bipartisan Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), in a House floor speech, said that tactics used today to oppose immigration reform come from the same “playbook that was used to pass the 1994 crime bill,  mass incarceration, the War on Drugs, to target a community, to make sure to dehumanize them into increased enforcement.”

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) tweeted, “BREAKING: The #SAFEBankingAct now has 200 cosponsors in the House. Time to pass this important piece of legislation to get cash from legitimate marijuana businesses off our streets and into the banking system.” He also tweeted, “UPDATE: #SAFEBanking now has 206 cosponsors in the House, including 26 Republicans.”

Former Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (D-CA) said he thinks federal marijuana reform will happen with the support of President Trump.

The House bill to respect state marijuana laws got five new cosponsors, for a total of 52.

The House bill to deschedule marijuana got one new cosponsor, for a total of 30.

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and provide money for expungements and women- and minority-owned businesses got two new cosponsors, for a total of 37.

The House marijuana banking bill got 15 new cosponsors, for a total of 206.

The House bill to undo the 280E tax penalty on marijuana businesses got four new cosponsors, for a total of six.

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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) tweeted, “As we look to the future of our legal cannabis industry, it’s time also to provide a better future for those who face barriers to success because of an old marijuana conviction. Proud to sign this bill that will provide a better life for so many Nevadans.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) deflected a question about marijuana legalization by noting that it has been considered by lawmakers and rejected.

Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner tweeted, “Happy Hemp History Week! My great-grandfather grew hemp on the banks of the Kentucky River during World War II when the U.S. Navy needed rope, and now we’re seeing farmers growing this crop again in our Commonwealth. We have a lot to celebrate this week!”

The New York Assembly majority leader suggested that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is not currently participating in talks about marijuana legalization. Meanwhile, an informal survey of Senate Democrats found that 30  have pledged to support legalization or are leaning toward doing so—just two votes shy of the 32 needed for passage. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats are also reportedly set to discuss a legalization bill next week and a vote could soon follow.

Louisiana lawmakers sent Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) a bill to let patients inhale medical cannabis.

The North Carolina Senate Agriculture Committee approved a hemp bill that includes a delayed ban on smokable hemp.

Pennsylvania courts are ordering regulators to release information about medical cannabis license applicants and the panel that scores their proposals.

Virginia’s Supreme Court is being asked to reconsider a request from a local prosecutor who wants to be able to unilaterally drop marijuana cases despite judges’ objections.

The Ohio House of Representatives could consider a hemp bill on Thursday.

Maine regulators provisionally adopted marijuana rules, which will now go before the legislature for consideration.

Utah regulators held a public hearing about medical cannabis regulations.

Washington State regulators are being sued by the organizers of Seattle Hempfest over a bulletin they issued that discourages marijuana businesses from advertising at the event.

Vermont police have issued 42 tickets for public marijuana consumption since legalization went into effect last year.


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The St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana coroner says that a woman died of a THC overdose.

A Queens, New York district attorney candidate pledged to review “cases prosecuted during the predatory tough-on-crime and ‘war on drugs’ era.”

/ ADVOCACY

New York marijuana activist Doug Greene has died after being struck by a subway train.

Prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana released a report detailing what it sees as the failures of cannabis legalization.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review found that “CBD has proven therapeutic efficacy for serious conditions such as Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes and is likely to be recommended off label by physicians for other conditions” but that “[adverse effects] and potential drug-drug interactions must be taken into consideration by clinicians prior to recommending off-label CBD.”

A review concluded that “the evidence for cannabis acting as a causal factor for schizophrenia has so far not been established.”

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Herban Industries CA LLC is suing Eaze Technologies, Inc in a bid to block its processing of credit and debit cards over alleged violations.

Accela is working on marijuana regulatory software.

Law firm Sheppard Mullin is launching a team of 70 attorneys from 12 offices focused on the marijuana industry.

The CEO of Canopy Growth Corp. is walking back comments he made on TV about fentanyl-laced marijuana.

Minnesota medical cannabis companies lost a combined $2.4 million in 2018.

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Illinois governor signs cannabis legalization bill (Newsletter: June 26, 2019)

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State Dept. highlights anti-marijuana discrimination; Oregon gov signs cannabis export bill; Sheriffs’ org backs rescheduling

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed a marijuana legalization bill into law, making his state the 11th in the nation to end cannabis prohibition and the first to tax and regulate sales through an act of lawmakers as opposed to via a ballot measure.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed a bill allowing interstate marijuana imports and exports, though its implementation is contingent on federal policy changing.

A U.S. State Department report details discrimination faced by religious groups that use marijuana ceremonially—but only in other countries. The document makes no mention of ongoing cannabis prohibition in the U.S.

The National Sheriffs’ Association adopted a resolution supporting the rescheduling of marijuana under federal law—although the group continues to oppose broadly legalizing cannabis.

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The Federal Aviation Administration tweeted, “Simply put … we need to understand much more before considering the use of marijuana and its derivatives for airman certificate holders because there is more at risk.”

The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia tweeted, “Black market grows in legal marijuana markets. Unfortunately, a legal framework doesn’t reduce illegal activity.”

Surgeon General Jerome Adams said he is concerned about marijuana potency.

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D), a presidential candidate, spoke about his state’s legalization of marijuana and his move to pardon people with cannabis convictions.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “It’s not enough to simply decriminalize marijuana—we must repair the damage done to those communities that have been most harmed by the failed War on Drugs. That means bringing the thousands who are serving unjust sentences home.”

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a hemp bill. The state agriculture commissioner cheered the move.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) vetoed a bill to let medical cannabis dispensaries to operate as for-profit companies.

The Maryland legislature’s marijuana legalization task force held its first meeting.

Idaho activists began the process to place a medical cannabis measure on the state’s 2020 ballot.

Massachusetts regulators approved draft rules on marijuana delivery services and social use areas.


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The Louisville, Kentucky Metro Council approved an ordinance making marijuana possession the lowest law enforcement priority.

Queens, New York voters appear to have elected a district attorney candidate who pledged to stop prosecuting low-level marijuana and drug cases.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Global Commission on Drug Policy, which is comprised by former heads of state of Brazil, Portugal, New Zealand and other countries, released a report criticizing the current classification of drugs around the world.

Ireland’s health minister signed legislation allowing medical cannabis access.

Switzerland’s government is proposing to increase access to medical cannabis.

The leader of Canada’s Conservative Party said he wouldn’t seek to change marijuana’s legal status but would direct more funding to research and reducing youth access.

A Philippine medical cannabis bill is not likely to be revived in the new Congress, a lawmaker said.

/ ADVOCACY

Canadian marijuana activist Dana Larsen launched a service to provide microdoses of psilocybe mushrooms for therapeutic purposes.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that “cannabis consumption may produce a protective effect against liver steatosis in psychosis, probably through the modulation of antipsychotic-induced weight gain.”

A study found that “women who screened positive for THC during preconception, or self-reported use during the past year had reduced fecundability, though no associations were observed with live birth or pregnancy loss.”

A review concluded that “cannabidiol was reported as well tolerated and epilepsy was the most frequently studied medical condition, with all 11 studies demonstrating positive effects of cannabidiol on reducing seizure frequency or severity” but that “there was no signal of positive activity of CBD in small randomised controlled trials assessing diabetes, Crohn’s disease, ocular hypertension, fatty liver disease or chronic pain.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll asked senior executives at top investment firms which industry shows the greatest growth potential this year, with 37% selecting cannabis.

/ BUSINESS

Tilray Inc. imported its first batch of medical cannabis oil into the UK.

Dr. Bronner’s tweeted that “Facebook disabled our advertising account for promoting #hemp. Despite the fact that hemp farming is now fully legal in the United States, hemp is still considered illegal under Facebook’s ad policy.”

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa is partnering with the Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. to launch a line of cannabis oils.

Comedian Chelsea Handler tweeted, “Congrats to Illinois on becoming the 11th state to legalize the purchase and possession of recreational marijuana. I hope the reputation of Chicago being the windy city brings second hand smoke to the rest of the nation.”

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More banks working with cannabis businesses, feds say (Newsletter: June 25, 2019)

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USDA announces hemp regs target date; Analyzing Congress’s marijuana vote; POTUS candidate Joe Setak on cannabis; Hawaii decrim

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Marijuana Moment conducted a deep analysis of Congress’s recent vote to block the Department of Justice from interfering with state marijuana laws. Find out who flipped their votes from the amendment’s last consideration in 2015, how state legalization laws made a difference in the tally and which lawmakers from legal states voted to let the feds arrest their constituents.

New data from the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network shows a huge uptick in the number of banks willing to work with marijuana businesses as cannabis financial services legislation gains momentum in Congress.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture quietly noted in a larger regulatory update document that it is aiming to publish legal hemp rules by August.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) said he will allow a legislature-passed bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana to take effect.

Marijuana Moment’s latest presidential candidate overview takes a look at the cannabis record of former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA).

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Leaked Trump transition team documents obtained by Axios mention the marijuana policy positions of former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and former Homeland Security Secretary and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams said “there’s no such thing as medical marijuana.” He also published a Twitter thread laying out his concerns about marijuana use by pregnant women. And he tweeted a photo of himself discussing marijuana with public health and law enforcement officials and posted another tweet saying, “The increased potency of #marijuana today does not only pose major dangers to our physicality, but it poses major dangers to our communities as well.”

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “While more and more people are making money from the legalization of marijuana, in some states, thousands sit in prison for doing the same thing. It’s time for those people to come home.”

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said voting for the 1994 crime bill and its drug war provisions was “the worst vote I ever gave since being in Congress.”

Rep. Donald McEachin  (D-VA) spoke in support of decriminalizing marijuana, vacating sentences and expunging records.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tweeted, “If our economy can afford endless wars, a GOP tax scam and the war on drugs, we can afford to end the student debt crisis.”

Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (I-CNMI) wrote in his newsletter about voting for an amendment to protect state and territory marijuana laws from federal interference.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed a bill to establish a process to expunge marijuana convictions.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed a budget bill including funding to implement marijuana legalization.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said that marijuana won’t be legalized while he is governor and that it has a “detrimental effect” on young people. Separately, the agriculture commissioner said her department is working on CBD regulations that may force currently marketed products out of stores.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) said he doesn’t think legalizing marijuana “will lead anyone to the promised land” and that he’s “asked the federal government to enforce the law as it is, and I’ve let them know that we’re a law-and-order state.”

The New York Assembly majority leader spoke about lawmakers’ passage of a bill to expand marijuana decriminalization and provide for record expungements.

Puerto Rico’s Senate approved a medical cannabis reform bill.

The Utah Senate unanimously voted to confirm members of the state’s Compassionate Use Board for medical cannabis.

The Washington, D.C. Council Health Committee marked up a bill to increase access to medical cannabis and allow safe-use facilities.

Massachusetts regulators announced that starting on July 1, medical cannabis patients will be able to enter dispensaries and access medicine while their formal registration cards are being processed.

Guam regulators are holding a labor clinic focused on marijuana businesses on July 9.

Washington State regulators included information about returning marijuana products, intellectual property contract reviews and other issues in a newsletter.


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Denver, Colorado police made zero psilocybin arrests in the month following decriminalization.

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The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs held preliminary discussions on the World Health Organization’s recommendations to reschedule marijuana and its derivatives.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern about killings related to the bloody “war on drugs” in the Philippines.

Canadian regulators announced funding for community-based organizations to carry out marijuana public education projects.

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A study found that “cannabidiol possesses surprisingly effective activity as an antibiotic, comparable to widely used antibiotics…but with retention of activity against bacteria that have become resistant to these drugs” and that “the combination of inherent antimicrobial activity and potential to reduce damage caused by the inflammatory response to infections is particularly attractive.”

A study on children with epilepsy found a “reduction in seizure frequency” and suggested “improved seizure control when a whole plant [cannabis herbal extract] is used.”

A study on using “an eye tracking sensor to detect cannabis-related impairment” will soon be seeking participants.

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A poll found that U.S. adults support legalizing marijuana, 63%-27%, and that 32% believe CBD is similar to marijuana while 40% say it is different.

A poll funded by prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana found that when given options, 38% of U.S. registered voters want to legalize marijuana, 15% support decriminalization, 29% back medical cannabis and 14% want to outlaw marijuana altogether.

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High Times Holding Corp. fell far short of raising its $50 million funding target.

Aurora Cannabis is urging UK regulators to let general practitioners prescribe medical marijuana oil.

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy launched a master of science in medical cannabis science and therapeutics program.

Weedmaps is opening a Museum of Weed in Hollywood in August.

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Filmmaker Ken Burns spoke about his experiences with psychedelic drugs.

Comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted about receiving a package of cannabis products.

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Veterans’ cannabis amendment withdrawn without vote (Newsletter: June 24, 2019)

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Senators ask about marijuana-impaired driving; SBA urges cannabis companies to submit FDA CBD comments; DOJ enforces anti-cannabis bankruptcy rule

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) withdrew his amendment to let military veterans get medical cannabis recommendations from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors without bringing it to a vote on the House floor. While the measure has advanced in Congress before, VA is raising new concerns it could put physicians at risk of Justice Department prosecution.

The Small Business Administration is urging cannabis firms to submit CBD regulation comments to the Food and Drug Administration.

The deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testified at a Senate hearing that “most users of marijuana who have participated in market research we have developed are saying they believe they drive safer when they’re high because they’re very focused and they’re being very cautious.”

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The Department of Justice’s U.S. Trustee Program is increasingly enforcing a ban on bankruptcy protections for marijuana-related businesses and people associated with them.

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D), a presidential candidate, spoke about his plans for criminal justice reform, ending mandatory minimum sentences and private prisons, bail reform, decriminalizing marijuana and expunging records.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “The War on Drugs is a war on people, but not all people. It has disproportionately affected Black communities, low-income people, veterans, people living with mental illness. As president, I will fight to reform the criminal justice system like I’ve been doing in the Senate.” He also tweeted that New York’s move to expunge cannabis records “is great news, we can’t talk about decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana without talking about expunging records.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a presidential candidate, spoke about how he was ahead of many other politicians in endorsing legalizing marijuana.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a presidential candidate, spoke about her support for ending marijuana prohibition.

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) said that four Republicans who voted against marijuana banking legislation in committee will support the bill on the floor because of an amendment.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) tweeted, “The failed war on drugs must end! The bipartisan vote to pass my amendment is the most significant vote on #marijuana reform policy the House has ever taken.”

Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) tweeted a video of himself describing the CBD amendment he attached to a spending bill.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) tweeted, “This week, 267 of my colleagues in the House voted to prevent DOJ from taking action against businesses and individuals in states which have legalized marijuana. We need to continue to respect states’ rights and pass #SAFEBanking.” He also tweeted, “Marijuana industry sales are estimated to reach $23 billion by 2022. We need #SAFEBanking to get cash off our streets and into the banking system.”

Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) predicted that “all kinds of big players” will get involved in the marijuana industry following the end of federal prohibition.

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and punish states with discriminatory enforcement got three new cosponsors, for a total of 43.

The House bill to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to study medical cannabis got one new cosponsor, for a total of one.

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New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) signed a bill allowing physician assistants to recommend medical cannabis.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) plans to sign a marijuana legalization bill on Tuesday.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) intends to sign a bill setting marijuana regulations soon.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) spoke about progress implementing marijuana legalization. Separately, regulators launched a public education campaign urging people to buy marijuana only from licensed businesses. Meanwhile, lawmakers are amending legislation to reduce an extension of the period during which cannabis businesses can operate on provisional permits through 2022 instead of 2025.

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor estimated that 65%-70% of the state’s residents support legalizing marijuana after he conducted a statewide listening tour on the issue.

New York lawmakers sent Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) a bill regulating hemp and CBD. The governor rejected a request from lawmakers to make a procedural move allowing a medical cannabis expansion bill to pass before the end of the session, and he criticized the legislature for failing to include legalization in the budget earlier in the session.

Virginia’s Senate majority leader spoke about his support for decriminalizing marijuana but declined to back legalization. Separately, regulators published frequently asked questions about access to CBD and THC-A medical cannabis oil.

The Rhode Island House minority leader spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana. Meanwhile, lawmakers approved budget that adds new medical cannabis dispensaries and makes other changes to the program.

A Missouri judge rejected regulators’ request to dismiss a newspaper’s lawsuit seeking to force the publication of the names of medical cannabis business license applicants.

A Montana judge said that a new law complicates a lawsuit challenging regulators’ decision to deny medical cannabis business licenses.

Nebraska regulators are accepting hemp applications.


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Brooklyn, New York’s borough president said that marijuana decriminalization is “long overdue” but that he hopes lawmakers go further by  legalizing cannabis.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Canadian legislation to expedite marijuana pardons received royal assent.

An Argentinian judge revoked the authorization for eight mothers to grow medical cannabis for their children and instead ordered the government to import cannabis-based medicines from Canada.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study on an animal model of multiple sclerosis found that “cannabinoid treatment produces improvements in neurological disability scoring” and “improves behavioral assessments of neuropathic pain.”

A study concluded that “long-term administration of pharmaceutical grade CBD is overall cognitively well-tolerated in adults with” treatment-resistant epilepsy.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll showed that U.S. adults favor legalizing marijuana, 63%-34%, that they back medical cannabis 87%-11%, that 26% are interested in purchasing marijuana and that 39% are interested in buying CBD products.

A poll found that 84% of Duval County, Florida voters support decriminalizing marijuana.

The Los Angeles Times editorial board said marijuana should be legal but advertising should be restricted.

/ BUSINESS

Constellation Brands Inc. disclosed that its share of Canopy Growth Corp. quarterly losses amounted to $106 million.

/ CULTURE

Comedy Central’s Jordan Klepper took at look at marijuana social equity efforts in California.

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