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Top Dem’s primary challenger talks marijuana & drug decrim; USDA report on Canadian hemp; Tax court rejects cannabiz 280E argument

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A federal grant from the National Science Foundation will be used to develop methods to remove dangerous pesticides from marijuana.

Marijuana Moment spoke to congressional candidate Mckayla Wilkes about how cannabis fits into her primary challenge against House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), as well as her experience getting arrested for marijuana in college. She backs decriminalizing all drugs, whereas he says marijuana is a gateway to “the use of harder, very harmful drugs.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture published an overview of neighboring Canada’s hemp market.

/ FEDERAL

A U.S. Tax Court judge denied a Colorado marijuana business’s move to restore tax deductions it claimed were not impacted by the 280E provision.

National Credit Union Administration Chairman Rodney Hood authored an op-ed about hemp banking guidance his agency recently issued.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R), a presidential candidate, spoke about racial disparities in marijuana law enforcement.

Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) said she supports decriminalizing marijuana but not other drugs.

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “Here are the areas of the country where marijuana records are automatically being expunged: ➡️ California ➡️ Chicago ➡️ New York ➡️ Denver Step-by-step our movement is undoing the harm of the so-called ‘war on drugs.’ Next we must end the prohibition of marijuana in the U.S.”

/ STATES

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) tweeted, “For years, marijuana possession has been a pipeline to prison for people of color. We must replace that pipeline with jobs, equity, and pathways to prosperity.”

New Hampshire lawmakers will attempt this month to override vetoes from Gov. Chris Sununu (R), including of a bill aimed at making it easier for patients to get medical cannabis recommendations.

Utah’s Senate majority leader said lawmakers are considering changes to medical cannabis packaging requirements.

Minnesota’s Senate majority leader said marijuana legalization is “not going to happen.”

Arizona’s auditor general found that the state Department of Health Services did not follow procurement requirements in awarding a contract for medical cannabis mapping services.

Massachusetts transportation officials are consulting with marijuana regulators about whether cannabis companies can purchase “sponsor-a-highway” signs.

California’s Employment Development Department tweeted about a cannabis career fair.

A Pennsylvania senator filed a bill to create a medical cannabis tax credit.

South Dakota activists are circulating three different proposed marijuana initiatives they hope to qualify for the 2020 ballot.


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Israeli health officials are casting doubts on the likelihood the country will actually pass the expanded medical cannabis legislation that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu negotiated in exchange for a rival party dropping out of this month’s elections.

South Africa’s government plans to have draft cannabis regulations ready by October.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study of rodents found that “Δ8‐THCV may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of nicotine dependence.”

A study found that “adoption and diffusion of [medical marijuana laws] is mainly determined by the opinions of citizens rather than the political ideology of elected officials or the government’s fiscal health conditions.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Drug Policy Alliance and Local Progress published a short report on local opportunities for drug policy reform.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial board cheered efforts to develop a marijuana breathalyzer.

/ BUSINESS

The CEO of the Boston Beer Company said the company is looking at entering the marijuana business.

Canna Culture Shop started a program to collect and properly dispose of marijuana packaging waste.

Sheepscot General Store and Farm is launching a “pick your own” hemp farm.

The Chicago Tribune looks at marijuana businesses’ trademark difficulties.

/ CULTURE

Bob Marley’s son Rohan Marley is seeking a New Jersey medical cannabis dispensary license.

Cartoonist Scott Adams dismissed the alleged link between marijuana use and violence, tweeting, “All of the mass shooters masturbated too. Should we investigate the link?”

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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Illinois cannabis banking bill filed (Newsletter: November 13, 2019)

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Kamala Harris jokes about CBD body rubs; Senator tours marijuana chocolate factory; USDA gets hundreds of hemp comments

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a presidential candidate, made a joke about CBD body rubs while making a more serious point about the need for equity in the marijuana industry.

  •  “Let’s talk about CBD, right? All these products, right? That are all of a sudden going to relieve every problem I have, because I’m going to rub it all over my body, right?”

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) toured a marijuana-infused chocolate factory operated by Grön Cannabis Confections.

  • “I will keep fighting for this growth industry so it can continue to generate jobs in Oregon and nationwide.”

An Illinois representative filed a bill that would allow marijuana businesses to access some basic banking services and create “special purpose checks” that cannabis operators could use to pay taxes and rent.

More than 500 people have already submitted official comments on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed hemp regulations, weighing in on issues relating to THC testing, “hot” hemp disposal procedures, the implementation of a ban on participation by people with felony drug convictions and more.

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Former Veterans Affairs Sec. David Shulkin again spoke in support of medical cannabis research that the department blocked under his leadership.

Sen. Angus King (I-VT) tweeted, “Maine’s hemp farmers are building businesses the right (and legal) way, but outdated federal regulations are blocking their access to vital financial services. This is backwards – we should be encouraging new businesses, not holding them back.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “#Veterans and their doctors should be empowered to make informed decisions about medical marijuana without political interference. My Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act would allow veterans to use medicinal marijuana in states where it’s legal.”

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) said in a Veterans Day message that “protecting care for our wounded warriors and giving vets recovering from PTSD and chronic pain safer alternatives to opioids through medical cannabis should be a top priority.”

/ STATES

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), the lieutenant governor and the House speaker appointed members to a body charged with expanding the state’s medical cannabis program.

Massachusetts regulators issued a quarantine order on all marijuana vaping products except for devices intended for vaping medical cannabis flower.

The Wisconsin Assembly approved a bill aligning the state’s hemp regulations with new proposed federal rules.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled against doctors who challenged state investigations into their medical cannabis recommendation practices.

Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation to undo a lifetime ban on legislators and their immediate family members from investing in marijuana stocks or owning cannabis business licenses that was mistakenly included in the legalization bill.

A proposed Florida marijuana legalization ballot measure raised more than $1 million in donations from MedMen and Surterra, while a competing measure received a $5,000 contribution from a Trulieve official.

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office estimated that a proposed psilocybin decriminalization ballot measure would reduce criminal justice costs by a sum “not likely to exceed a few million dollars annually” and could potentially raise some revenues.

A Connecticut representative hosted a press conference to discuss opposition to federal marijuana banking legislation.

Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee will meet on December 12.


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The El Paso, Texas City Council voted to take steps toward implementing a policy to let police issue citations instead of make arrests in marijuana possession cases.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Canadian Securities Administrators issued guidance warning the cannabis industry about “deficient” corporate governance disclosures.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “cannabinoids exhibit antibacterial activity against MRSA, inhibit its ability to form biofilms and eradicate stationary phase cells persistent to antibiotics.”

A review concluded that “large-scale surveys suggest that cannabis may be effective in reducing anxiety, however, these results stand in contrast to equivocal findings from clinical trials.”

A study found that “CBD promoted cell death in gastric cancer.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

Drug Policy Alliance Executive Director Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno spoke about the organization’s recent restructuring and layoffs in an interview at its biennial conference.

Texas Veterans for Medical Marijuana was barred from participating in Austin’s Veterans Day parade.

The Chicago Tribune editorial board is urging people to be cautious about marijuana vaping as legalization comes online in Illinois.

/ BUSINESS

Leafly launched a program to assess and certify marijuana testing labs for accuracy and quality.

Terrapin Care Station announced a guaranteed $15/hour minimum wage for all employees.

Acreage Holdings, Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $22.4 million.

Tilray, Inc. reported $51.1 million in quarterly revenue.

Cronos Group Inc. reported $12.7 million in quarterly revenue.

4Front Ventures Corp. announced preliminary quarterly revenue of $16.9 million.

/ CULTURE

Family Feud had a question about where grandma hides her marijuana stash.

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