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First look at cannabis banking bill Dems plan to pass in 2019 (Newsletter: Feb. 12, 2019)

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Kamala Harris smoked weed & listened to Snoop Dogg; POTUS candidate Klobuchar on marijuana; Fmr. DOJ official: Trump should order DEA to stand down

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Congressional Democratic leaders revealed the draft text of a marijuana banking bill they plan to pass this year. The document’s release comes ahead of a Wednesday hearing on the issue by a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee. The proposed legislation contains several new provisions that weren’t part of cannabis banking bills filed in years past, including protections for ancillary businesses and those regulated by Indian tribes.

Marijuana Moment’s latest analysis takes a comprehensive look at where presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) stands on cannabis.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a presidential candidate, said in an interview that she listened to Tupac and Snoop Dogg while smoking marijuana in college.

  • “I think that it gives a lot of people joy, and we need more joy in the world.”

Former Bush administration Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General John Yoo—perhaps best known for authoring torture memos—says President Trump can and should order the Drug Enforcement Administration to stand down in states where marijuana is legal.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia tweeted, “Research is coming fast & furious against safety of marijuana. Links of marijuana to mental illness, violence, health, drugged driving, teen truancy, and other serious health issues. More research needed to ensure public safety.”

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon said he is “obsessed with the hempcrete,” referring to his plan to build part of a privately funded Mexican border wall with hemp.

H.R. 420, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, was the seventh-most-viewed bill on Congress.gov over the past week.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) tweeted, “It’s time for the federal government to respect the will of the voters in Oregon and across the country by ending failed prohibition of marijuana. My bill would do just that.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) tweeted, “Let me be clear: it’s time we legalized marijuana at the federal level. Marijuana laws are not applied or enforced in the same way for all Americans, many whose lives have been ruined by these regressive policies. We must change the system.”

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) tweeted, “Looking forward to having broad, bipartisan support for the SAFE Banking Act this Congress and to Wednesday’s first-ever congressional hearing on the issue of #cannabis banking.”

/ STATES

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker created a Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative that will focus in part on marijuana legalization. And here’s a look at where the prospects for legal cannabis legislation stand.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) spoke about the “incredible environmental damage and environmental degradation” caused by illegal marijuana growers.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) reiterated his opposition to legalize medical cannabis but said that he’s working on legalizing hemp.

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Gov. Ralph Torres (R) spoke about steps toward implementing marijuana legalization.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) bashed presidential candidate Kamala Harris for laughing about smoking marijuana.

The South Carolina House of Representatives voted to approve an industrial hemp bill despite opposition from Gov. Kristi Noem (R).

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor held the first event of a statewide marijuana legalization listening tour. Meanwhile, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) spoke about why the state needs to at least consider ending prohibition.

Kentucky’s attorney general, who is running for governor, said he thinks marijuana, in some form, has a future in the state.

Wisconsin’s attorney general reiterated his support for legalizing medical cannabis.

Vermont’s agriculture secretary sent a letter asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the use of CBD food products.

Missouri regulators said they have “no legal authority to bar the use of CBD oil in combination with alcohol beverages as long as the oil contains no THC.”

The Idaho House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to introduce a bill to lower marijuana possession penalties.

A Connecticut court is considering a lawsuit filed by a man disqualified from becoming a firefighter due to his legal medical cannabis use.

Michigan regulators added additional products to a medical cannabis recall list.


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Dayton, Ohio’s police chief told officers to generally abide by a new city marijuana decriminalization policy and not issue charges under state law except in limited circumstances.

New York City’s City Council speaker testified at the state legislature in support of marijuana legalization but said that more local control and a focus on benefiting communities harmed by the war on drugs is needed.

Hartford, Connecticut’s City Council is considering forming a working group to study equity in marijuana licensing.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Sri Lankan government is advertising to hire hangmen as is prepares to ramp up a bloody “war on drugs.”

Legislation to legalize marijuana in Canberra, Australia is being slowed down by parliamentary rules.

/ ADVOCACY

Here’s a look at how the Distilled Spirits Council, the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, the Beer Institute and other alcohol industry groups are working to shape marijuana laws.

The president of the American Bankers Association called for “Congress to step in and reconcile the gap between state and federal law when it comes to banking cannabis.”

The South Dakota Democratic Party tweeted, “Glad to see HB 1191, to legalize the growth, production, and processing of industrial hemp and derivative products in the state, pass by a 65-2 margin in the House today, despite the objections of Gov. Noem. We hope Gov. Noem will change her mind on this issue and join the overwhelming bipartisan majority of people in our state who are in favor of this bill.”

The Republican Party of New York criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) “reckless plan to ram through legalizing recreational marijuana” and said, “Democrats are ignoring the risks and data to score political points.”

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that “many African Americans experience mental health issues (specifically depression and anxiety) due to direct and indirect consequences of drug penalties.”

A study’s findings “suggest marijuana legalization may not contribute to the increase in traffic fatalities” in Washington State.

The Canadian Journal of Cardiology published a case study of a 70-year-old man who had a heart attack after eating a cannabis edible. The journal also ran a related editorial.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Kansas City Star editorial board is calling on Kansas lawmakers to legalize medical cannabis.

/ BUSINESS

Barneys New York announced it will start selling cannabis products.

Aurora Cannabis Inc. reported a second-quarter loss of $237.8 million on revenue of $54.2 million (in Canadian dollars).

MedMen was asked to resign from the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association over allegations of racist and sexist comments from company leadership.

Harborside Health Center and Apothecarium both announced reverse takeover deals with Canadian companies.

Dan Bilzerian’s Ignite Cannabis Company is under fire for its ad campaign that focuses on scantily clad women.

/ CULTURE

Actor Patrick Stewart spoke about how he uses medical cannabis to treat arthritis.

A man who broke into an empty house to smoke marijuana found an abandoned, obese tiger.

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Alabama lawmakers approve cannabis decrim in committee (Newsletter: April 18, 2019)

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McConnell touts hemp legalization in campaign ad; Study: CBD helps epileptic dogs; Georgia medical marijuana expansion signed

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The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a marijuana decriminalization bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) reelection campaign launch ad prominently touts his leadership on hemp legalization.

A study on treating epileptic dogs with CBD found that “seizure frequency improved considerably and owners reported a positive impression.”

/ FEDERAL

A Farm Services Agency official is being sued in federal court for allegedly threatening Oklahoma farmers who express interest in growing hemp.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “The effort to legalize marijuana –and I can’t emphasize this enough– MUST include criminal justice measures like expunging records & investing in communities hurt by the failed war on drugs. I will not support legalization efforts that don’t address this.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “The failed War On Drugs disproportionately affects communities of color – we have to take real steps to right the wrongs of history.”

/ STATES

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed a bill allowing in-state cultivation and sales of low-THC medical cannabis products.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) signed a spending bill containing start-up funding for the state’s medical cannabis program. Separately, the House of Representatives defeated a marijuana decriminalization amendment.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed off on a settlement deal to approve eight new medical cannabis nurseries so that a lawsuit challenging how the state’s determines awards such licenses will be dropped.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “3 YEARS AGO TODAY: I signed the law that legalized medical marijuana in PA. Now, more than 100,000 Pennsylvanians with serious illnesses have a medical marijuana patient certification and can access life-changing medication.” Separately, regulators revoked the medical license of a prolific medical marijuana doctor.

Alaska lawmakers rejected Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s (R) nomination of a cannabis opponent to serve on the state Marijuana Control Board.

The Arizona House of Representatives defeated a bill to require the release of more information about medical cannabis businesses.

The Texas House Public Health Committee amended and approved a bill to expand the state’s limited medical cannabis program.

Nevada regulators shuttered marijuana dispensaries over a failure to pay taxes.

The Massachusetts Securities Division charged an investment adviser with allegedly soliciting funds for medical cannabis projects that were never licensed.

Louisiana regulators are working to test medical cannabis in time for a planned May rollout of legal sales to patients.

Here’s a look at why New Mexico’s marijuana legalization bill died this session and the future prospects of legislation to end prohibition.


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The Daytona Beach, Florida City Commission voted to approve a marijuana decriminalization ordinance.

The Los Angeles, California city attorney sued an unlicensed marijuana dispensary for allegedly selling product tainted with an unapproved pesticide.

Jefferson County, Alabama’s district attorney is working with other officials on a plan to end low-level marijuana arrests.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Ghana’s Mental Health Authority is raising concerns about the possible legalization of marijuana.

A Malaysian medical cannabis advocate who faced the death penalty for trafficking was instead sentenced to 15 years in prison and 10 strokes of the cane.

Vice looks at the prospects for marijuana reform in countries around the world.

/ ADVOCACY

The Kansas Democratic Party tweeted about Gov. Laura Kelly (D) signing a hemp bill.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

Commentator Geraldo Rivera tweeted, “Agree with @BetoORourke His Big Ideas and gymnastic speaking style aside, he is right about ending marijuana prohibition, halting all arrest for pot now, and purging criminal records that are small scale pot related. This appeals to right and left, stop #ReeferMadness”

/ BUSINESS

Canopy Growth Corp. is reportedly nearing a deal to buy Acreage Holdings Inc.

The Vitamin Shoppe began selling CBD products.

Carl’s Jr. is testing a CBD burger.

Bank of America began covering marijuana stocks.

/ CULTURE

Musician Jimmy Buffett’s marijuana product brand is launching on Friday.

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State officials press Congress to pass cannabis banking bill (Newsletter: April 17, 2019)

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Denver begins voting on psilocybin measure; Dems discuss how, not whether, to legalize marijuana; Colorado US attorney supports Cole memo rescission

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Congressional Democrats held a panel focused specifically on how—not whether—to legalize marijuana at their retreat last week.

The top financial officials from 25 states and U.S. territories sent a letter urging Congress to pass marijuana banking legislation.

The nation’s first vote to decriminalize psilocybin is happening right now, as mail ballots containing the mushroom measure were sent to Denver, Colorado voters this week.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. attorney for Colorado said he agrees with the rescission of the Cole Memo and has concerns about marijuana concentrates.

Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders coauthored an op-ed on modern-day “Reefer Madness.”

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D), a presidential candidate, implied that he consumed high-quality marijuana in the 1970s.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “Let us not just end the prohibition of marijuana and expunge the records of those arrested solely for possession but let us also end cash bail, prisons for profit, mandatory minimums, and the schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline.”

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a presidential candidate, said he is working with the sponsors of the STATES Act to try to add criminal justice reform components to the bill.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “In my view, it is long past time that we in the United States end the federal prohibition on marijuana. Now is the time to decriminalize marijuana and expunge criminal records associated with the drug.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “We must not only legalize and regulate marijuana, but we need to expunge nonviolent marijuana-related offenses from the records of the millions who have been arrested or incarcerated.”

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) tweeted, “Nevada’s cannabis businesses are operating as cash-only because of federal laws blocking access to financial services. I’m supporting the #SAFEBankingAct to give marijuana businesses access to the banking services they need to continue to grow.”

Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) spoke in support of marijuana banking access in a speech before the Nevada legislature.

Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) tweeted a photo of herself meeting with marijuana business owners who “are worried that the feds could step-in at any moment and shut them down. Marijuana is now a multi-billion-dollar industry in our state. We shouldn’t have to worry about suddenly losing a key part of our economy.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Despite dozens of states legalizing some form of cannabis, thousands of people continue to be criminalized for possession. It’s critical we do more than just legalize – we need to address the legacy of the failed War on Drugs too.”

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and punish states with discriminatory enforcement got two new cosponsors, for a total of 36.

The House bill to prevent federal agencies from spending money to interfere with state marijuana laws got two new cosponsors, for a total of nine.

The House bill to federally legalize medical cannabis for military veterans got one new cosponsor, for a total of one.

The House resolution calling on states to provide for equity in the marijuana industry got one new cosponsor, for a total of six.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed a bill to streamline the process for applications for lower-level medical cannabis and hemp business owners.

The office of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has drafted a list of eight nurseries that would be allowed to cultivate medical cannabis under a tentative settlement of a lawsuit challenging how the state awards such licenses.

The Washington State House of Representatives approved a bill to vacate past marijuana convictions.

Montana’s House of Representatives approved legislation to change medical cannabis testing requirements.

The Oregon Senate defeated a bill to limit marijuana cultivation to reflect supply and demand.

The Colorado House Appropriations Committee approved a bill to defelonize drug possession. Meanwhile, the state Department of Transportation is launching a survey to inform future ad campaigns discouraging marijuana-impaired driving.

North Carolina representatives filed a marijuana decriminalization bill.

A Wisconsin representative plans to introduce a marijuana legalization bill on Thursday.


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Here’s a look at the road to the ballot for Denver, Colorado’s psilocybin measure.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Philippine Supreme Court reiterated its request for documents related to the government’s bloody “war on drugs.”

/ ADVOCACY

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin tweeted, “83% of Wisconsinites support legalizing medical marijuana — Governor Evers has proposed doing just that.”

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “odds of reporting a greater number of adverse health outcomes were 1.83 times higher for children of families with indoor cannabis smoking vs families without cannabis smoking, after controlling for exposure to cigarette smoke and other covariates” but that “our results do not indicate a statistically significant association.”

A study of police officers’ exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke at open-air stadium events found “measurable amounts of THC in personal and area air samples” and that “small amounts of THC-COOH, a chemical marker of THC exposure, were detected in urine samples, but not in blood samples,” but that “the amount found in the urine would not be considered positive in a routine drug screening test.”

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A poll found that when given options, 42% of Americans support legalizing marijuana, 42% back medical cannabis, 3% want it illegal with distributors prosecuted and 13% want consumers and sellers prosecuted.

A poll found that 46% of U.S. adults would consider investing in the marijuana industry.

/ BUSINESS

Urban Outfitters will begin selling CBD products.

Citigroup is considering ending its practice of testing job applicants for marijuana.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Ned L. Siegel joined the board of Maridose LLC.

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Congressional Dems play cannabis trivia at retreat (Newsletter: April 16, 2019)

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Study: Marijuana motivates people to exercise; POTUS candidate Eric Swalwell on cannabis; Kansas hemp bill signed

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Congressional Democrats participated in a marijuana-themed trivia round at their retreat last week. The cannabis category was called “Green New Deal” and one question was about gravity bongs.

Marijuana Moment’s latest presidential candidate analysis looks at the cannabis record of Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA).

A new study smashes “lazy stoner” stereotypes, finding that marijuana consumption helps motivate people to exercise.

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Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) tweeted, “Did you know that legal cannabis businesses don’t get to use banks like the rest of us? This week I introduced a bipartisan bill to give cannabis businesses access to banking. It’s crazy that legal cannabis businesses are forced to carry around cash in gym bags. Let them bank!”

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) tweeted, “The #SAFEBankingAct would recognize the will of Nevada voters by creating an infrastructure that would allow the marijuana industry in Nevada to operate legally and provide legitimate cannabis-related businesses with access to the banking system.”

Sen. Jacky Rosen, (D-NV) tweeted, “We should be helping our new industries thrive in Nevada, not stifle them with outdated federal laws. I’m co-sponsoring the #SAFEBankingAct to give our marijuana businesses access to the financial services they desperately need.” She also tweeted, “Nevada’s marijuana businesses are bringing in millions of dollars in revenue and creating thousands of jobs for our state, yet they continue to operate on an archaic cash-only basis as a result of outdated federal laws. I’m co-sponsoring the #SAFEBankingAct to put an end to this.”

Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), a cofounder of prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana, sent an open letter urging state lawmakers not to legalize cannabis.

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) signed a hemp bill into law.

The office of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) said she doesn’t believe a bill she signed will allow incarcerated people to use medical cannabis.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) shared an update on the marijuana legalization listening tour that Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) is conducting.

New Jersey’s Senate president said that Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) threat to expand medical cannabis if marijuana legalization doesn’t pass is “not helping.”

Florida’s agriculture commissioner and some lawmakers want health insurance plans to cover medical cannabis.

The Montana House of Representatives approved a bill to make a number of changes to the state’s medical cannabis program.

The Nebraska Senate approved a hemp bill. Separately, here’s a look at efforts to enact medical cannabis in the state, either through a ballot measure or legislation.

The Iowa Senate passed a hemp bill.

The Vermont House Committee on Government Operations has begun marking up a bill to legalize marijuana sales.

A Nevada judge delayed a hearing on lawsuits seeking to force regulators to release more details about their marijuana license awarding process.

The Bay Mills Indian Community is the first tribe in Michigan to legalize marijuana. Separately, regulators released guidance on cannabis product testing and RFID tag requirements.


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The Cook County, Illinois state’s attorney is talking to Code for America about assisting with her office’s effort to expunge marijuana convictions.

Denver, Colorado marijuana regulators and cannabis industry representatives are teaming up to urge people not to bring kids to a 4/20 festival. Separately, the City Council voted to initially approve a measure to lessen distance requirements for cannabis social use areas.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Australia’s first taxpayer-funded medical cannabis cultivation facility has opened.

Panamanian lawmakers are considering medical cannabis legislation.

/ ADVOCACY

The Nebraska Democratic Party cheered lawmakers’ approval of a hemp bill.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “cannabinoid-based treatments are a promising avenue of new research for medications that may help the Tourette syndrome population” but that “given the limited research available, the overall efficacy and safety of cannabinoid-based treatments is largely unknown.”

A study concluded that “compared with people who did not regularly use cannabis, people who regularly used cannabis required an amount of sedation for endoscopic procedures that was significantly higher.”

A study breaks down county-by-county marijuana arrest rates across the U.S.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll of U.S. adults found that 62% expect marijuana to be legal across the country within 10 years, 50% support legalization and 72% back medical cannabis, among other findings.

A poll found that New York voters support legalizing marijuana, 52%-42%.

The Baltimore Sun editorial board is calling out both Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) and marijuana activists who are feuding with him for acting in a “petty and pointless” manner.

/ BUSINESS

Aphria Inc. shares dropped.

PAX Labs is in talks to raise over $400 million.

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