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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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Wisconsin governor reveals cannabis reform details (Newsletter: Feb. 19, 2019)

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Barbara Lee questioned for Kamala Harris support; Study: Bees love hemp; Connecticut gov expected to talk marijuana & budget

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) held a press conference to announce details the marijuana decriminalization, medical cannabis and expungement provisions he is including in his budget proposal.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)—one of Congress’s strongest marijuana reform champions—endorsed Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) for president, and she’s seeing a backlash from legalization supporters who are upset about the candidate’s prosecutorial record.

A study found “industrial hemp can play an important role in providing sustained nutritional options for bees during the cropping season.”

/ FEDERAL

Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao published a blog post on drug-impaired driving, writing that “the number of drivers killed in crashes who tested positive for marijuana doubled from 2007 to 2015.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a presidential candidate, decried the “failed war on drugs” and called for decriminalizing marijuana during a campaign speech in South Carolina.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) published an op-ed about his legislation that would use funds seized from El Chapo and other drug cartel leaders to pay for a Mexican border wall.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) tweeted photos of themselves celebrating a local business’s new hemp-based CBD donut.

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) called on New Mexico state lawmakers to legalize marijuana in a speech in the state House chamber. (Around timestamp 12:28 in the linked video.)

/ STATES

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) is expected to discuss legalizing marijuana during his budget address on Wednesday.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) wants to repeal the board charged with regulating marijuana and instead give authority to the commissioner of commerce, community and economic development.

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) spoke during a speech in New Hampshire about how the fears he had about marijuana legalization didn’t come to fruition. Separately, the state’s Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee will meet on February 25.

A South Dakota Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee vote on legalizing hemp has been postponed at the request of Gov. Kristi Noem (R).

Delaware’s attorney general announced a series of criminal justice reforms, including “emphasis on diversion and alternatives to prosecution for several categories of low-level offenses, including simple possession of marijuana.”

The North Dakota House of Representatives approved a bill to add new medical cannabis qualifying conditions, allow edibles and authorize physician assistants to recommend the drug, among other changes.

The New Mexico Senate approved a bill allowing students to use medical cannabis in schools. Separately, Democratic legislative leaders are including hemp legalization in their plans to boost the state’s economy.

The Iowa Senate subcommittee approved a bill to add new CBD medical cannabis qualifying conditions.

A Utah representative wants the state to spend approximately $300,000 to study the “adverse human health effects from acute and/or chronic exposure to marijuana” as well as cannabis use by pregnant women.

U.S. Virgin Islands regulators are expected to make medical cannabis available to patients by the fall.

Wisconsin regulators are hiring a hemp regulatory specialist.

Arkansas activists are preparing to file language for a proposed marijuana legalization ballot measure.

Here’s a look at the prospects for Hawaii marijuana legalization legislation.


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Fairbanks, Alaska officials removed ads for CBD products from public buses.

/ INTERNATIONAL

A South Korean law allowing medical cannabis exports goes into effect next month.

Canadian hemp and cannabis producers are pushing to ease restrictions on CBD.

/ ADVOCACY

Former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile said there are a “substantial number of Americans who are in prison because of recreational use of marijuana.”

The president of the American Bankers Association published an op-ed calling on Congress to let marijuana businesses access financial services.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce is urging Gov. Tony Evers (D) to rethink his plan to decriminalize marijuana and legalize medical cannabis.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “dronabinol and/or medicinal cannabis are promising therapies for palliation of night sweats in cancer patients.”

A case study indicated that “cannabidiol might have led to a striking response in a patient with lung cancer.”

A survey of parents of adolescents with type 1 diabetes, rheumatic disease or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder found that 27.9% would approve of medical cannabis by their children.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll of U.S. parents found that 74% support banning medical cannabis dispensaries within a certain distance of schools, with 68% saying the same of daycare centers and 44% feeling that way about places of worship.

A poll of New Jersey residents found that they support legalizing marijuana possession, 62%-32%, and that they back legal sales by a margin of 50%-34%, while 68% say it would help the state’s economy and 74% support clearing criminal records of past convictions in the event of legalization.

/ BUSINESS

Politico looks at the issue of explosions at marijuana hash oil extraction facilities.

Facebook blocked a hemp food company from boosting its posts.

/ CULTURE

Gift bags for the Oscars will include a number of CBD- and THC-infused products.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and former player Charles Barkley discussed the similarities between debates on legalizing marijuana and sports betting.

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson tweeted, “Great to see the growing chorus of voices calling for sensible drug policy reform. Decriminalisation and regulation is the way to go.”

Bill Ray and Tish Cyrus are facing a backlash for posting a photograph of their sizable marijuana stash on Instagram.

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Trump issues medical cannabis signing statement (Newsletter: Feb. 18, 2019)

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WI gov puts medical marijuana & decrim in budget; VT legal sales bill advances; McConnell pushes USDA on hemp; WV cannabis banking bill approved

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In a signing statement for annual federal spending legislation, President Trump singled out the provision that protects state medical marijuana laws from federal interference.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) will include marijuana reforms in his first budget this month, including legal medical cannabis, broader marijuana decriminalization, criminal record expungement and CBD access without a doctor.

The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to legalize marijuana sales. Meanwhile, representatives filed additional legalization legislation in the House, along with a bill to expunge cannabis convictions.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) teamed up on a letter pushing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement hemp legalization “expeditiously.”

A handful of New Mexico Republican senators filed a bill to legalize marijuana—but they want it sold in government-run stores only.

The West Virginia House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved a bill on medical cannabis banking, which goes so far as to say the state would defend any official prosecuted by the federal government for handling legal marijuana proceeds.

/ FEDERAL

President Trump, in a speech announcing his emergency declaration to build a Mexican border wall, spoke fondly of China’s use of the death penalty for drug offenses.

Former Drug Enforcement Administration and Office of National Drug Control Policy officials criticized the border wall as an anti-drug tactic.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R), who is exploring a primary challenge to President Trump, claimed in his announcement speech that the Department of Veterans Affairs denies benefits to veterans who use medical cannabis. (About 9:50 into the linked video.) The department’s policy states, “Veterans will not be denied VA benefits because of marijuana use.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted, “You can’t separate marijuana legalization from the injustices of the War on Drugs. If you do, those who profit from private prisons can get another payday w/ marijuana. $ is a justice issue. Communities decimated by mass incarceration need to see investments w/ legalization.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “More people are arrested for marijuana than for all other violent crimes combined. Marijuana has long been a driving force for mass incarceration in this country and I’m fighting to end it.”

The House bill to require the Department of Justice to license more growers of marijuana for research got one new cosponsor, for a total of seven.

The House bill to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to study medical cannabis got four new cosponsors, for a total of 38.

/ STATES

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) and legislative leaders have reportedly reached a deal on marijuana legalization details.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) plans to include revenues from marijuana legalization in his first budget.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) announced that more than 80,000 patients have legally purchased medical cannabis in the program’s first year, with more than 1,000 physicians certified to recommend the drug. Separately, a senator authored an op-ed calling for the state to allow voters to decide on marijuana legalization through a referendum.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) tweeted photos of a health lab drug locker and said, “Bursting at the seams. Legalizing industrial hemp would flood our lab with more tests, strain law enforcement, require untested regs & lead us down the path to legalizing marijuana. SD isn’t ready to legalize industrial hemp.” She also posted a separate Twitter thread on her reservations about legalizing hemp.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis praised a state senator for a bill allowing reimbursement for medical cannabis used for pain management and spoke about medical marijuana as a possible solution to the opioid epidemic. Meanwhile, a bill that would allow police to arrest drivers “for the presumption that a driver is under the influence of marijuana” was withdrawn by its sponsor.

Here’s a look at California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) plans to crack down on unlicensed marijuana operations.

The Nevada advisory panel developing a Cannabis Compliance Board held its first meeting.

The Oklahoma Senate Health and Human Services Committee will consider several medical cannabis reform bills on Monday.

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands House Cannabis Committee will meet on Saturday to consider marijuana legalization amendments. Meanwhile, another member of the territory’s cannabis regulatory commission was sworn in.

Massachusetts lawmakers are considering legislation that would make it easier for municipalities to allow marijuana social consumption areas.

Ohio regulators awarded two more medical cannabis dispensary certificates of operation.

Michigan regulators released guidance on medical cannabis testing requirements and package RFID tags.


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A lawsuit alleges that Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey’s mayor improperly failed to disclose that he served as a paid lobbyist for the state affiliate of prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana as he instituted a local ban on cannabis businesses and encouraged other municipalities to do the same.

Buffalo, New York’s mayor announced during his State of the City address that he ordered police to stop enforcing low-level marijuana possession offenses.

New York City officials plan to start fining restaurants that sell CBD products.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The UK’s first legal medical cannabis import has been received.

The Cyprus House passed a bill legalizing and regulating medical cannabis.

Singapore is considering allowing medical cannabis.

/ ADVOCACY

The South Dakota Democratic Party tweeted, “Gov. Noem doesn’t have her facts straight on industrial hemp, or the legislation. The plants don’t look identical and the bill includes the federal government’s definitions for both industrial hemp and marijuana to differentiate what is being legalized.”

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party tweeted a poll about legalization, saying, “4:20 on a Friday? No better time to talk marijuana.”

United Bodegas of America is pushing New York lawmakers to let its members sell marijuana in their stores.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “a cannabis galenical preparation may be therapeutically effective and safe for the symptomatic treatment of some chronic diseases.”

A group of 75 scholars and clinicians release a public letter pushing back against author Alex Berenson’s claims about marijuana and psychosis.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll of Maryland residents found that they support legalizing marijuana, 57%-37%.

A poll of Massachusetts residents found that 56% now support marijuana legalization and that 55% want the state to allow cannabis social consumption areas.

/ BUSINESS

UPS is suing cannabis companies United Pot Smokers, UPS420 and THCPlant for trademark infringement.

Aphria Inc. announced the results of an internal report into allegations made against the company about its acquisition of Latin American assets.

Barron’s published two skeptical pieces about the prospects for marijuana businesses and stocks.

/ CULTURE

The American Motorcyclist Association is banning sponsorships by CBD companies.

The New York Times Magazine offered brief tips on how to grow hemp.

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Medical cannabis states see lower teen use, new study finds (Newsletter: Feb. 15, 2019)

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Missouri lawmakers approve expungement bill; NYC Councilmembers file 12 marijuana proposals; How cannabis ruined Ronald Reagan’s Valentine’s Day

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A study found that states that legalize medical marijuana experience reduced teen cannabis use rates.

  • “Some people have argued that decriminalizing or legalizing medical marijuana could increase cannabis use amongst young people… However, we saw the opposite effect.”

The Missouri House Special Committee on Criminal Justice approved a bill to expunge past marijuana convictions for medical cannabis patients.

New York City Council members filed a dozen separate marijuana-related proposals, including measures on equity for people harmed by drug war, ending pre-employment drug testing, child custody for cannabis consumers and endorsing the federal Marijuana Justice Act.

Marijuana once completely ruined a romantic Valentine’s Day evening in the White House for Ronald and Nancy Reagan. In a 1981 diary entry, the president steamed about depicted cannabis use in a film the couple watched that night.

  • “A truly funny scene if the 3 gals had played getting drunk but no they had to get stoned on pot.”

/ FEDERAL

The House and Senate approved an appropriations bill that continues protections for state medical cannabis laws, as well as a rider blocking Washington, D.C. from spending its own money to legalize marijuana sales, through September.

President Trump will declare an emergency to build his proposed Mexican border wall and will reportedly shift money from the Department of Defense’s drug interdiction account, as well as asset forfeiture funds, to pay for it.

The Senate voted to confirm William Barr as attorney general. He has pledged—both in writing and during his confirmation hearing—that he would not go after state-legal marijuana businesses.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved a bill to prohibit the federal government and its contractors from asking about criminal histories of job applicants prior to conditional offers of employment.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams tweeted about how people who broke in an abandoned home to smoke marijuana found a tiger inside, adding that in addition to cannabis’s potential health risks, another danger is that “you could get eaten by a tiger.”

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) sent a press release about his cosponsorship of legislation to legalize medical cannabis for military veterans.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) said he thinks marijuana banking legislation, as well as other reforms, will pass this Congress.

Former Rep. John Delaney (D-MD), a presidential candidate said he’s “supportive of medical marijuana” and that “everyone should have it available to them as prescribed by their doctor.”

The House bill to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to study medical cannabis got three new cosponsors, for a total of 34.

/ STATES

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) appointed a senior advisor on cannabis in the Office of Business and Economic Development. Meanwhile, the state hasn’t allocated any money to pay for an expected youth marijuana prevention program.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) is reiterating her request that lawmakers not legalize hemp.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) said that more than 12,000 people have already used an online form to send feedback about marijuana legalization. Meanwhile, the state attorney general declined to state his position on legalizing cannabis.

The Virginia House of Delegates approved legislation allowing registered agents to procure CBD or THC-A medical cannabis products for patients, sending it to the desk of Gov. Ralph Northam (D). Other legislation that is advancing would protect students who use medical cannabis from being punished by schools for it and increase the amount of THC that can be included in legal products.

The Maryland State Prosecutor charged a marijuana activist with illegal wiretapping for surreptitiously  streaming a meeting with a staffer for U.S. Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) on Facebook Live, a prosecution that would not have been possible if the meeting took place over the border in Washington, D.C., where only one party needs to consent to the recording of a conversation.

The Washington State Senate Law and Justice Committee approved a bill to erase certain marijuana convictions.

New Mexico senators filed a bill to legalize marijuana and sell it through state-run stores.

Georgia lawmakers introduced legislation to expand the state’s CBD medical cannabis law to allow cultivation and dispensaries.

North Carolina senators filed a bill to exempt up to three ounces of marijuana from being considered a controlled substance.

New Jersey’s Senate president toured a medical cannabis cultivation facility.

The Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy has a new chair who is expected to be more supportive of efforts to ensure equity in the cannabis industry. Meanwhile, the state’s Cannabis Advisory Board voted to recommend the creation of a new license type for marijuana delivery companies and that for a period of five years those licensees should only be granted to co-ops, microbusinesses and people disproportionately harmed by the drug war.

Louisiana medical cannabis program might be delayed again due to a dispute about background checks.


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/ INTERNATIONAL

Jamaica’s government plans to lobby the U.S. to ease restrictions on banks’ ability to work with marijuana businesses.

Mexican regulators still haven’t granted permits for the sale of medical cannabis products.

/ ADVOCACY

Americans for Prosperity – Georgia, a Koch-funded group, announced its support for legislation to expand the state’s limited medical cannabis law.

The Republican Party of New York tweeted, “Teachers and law enforcement are speaking out against @NYGovCuomo and Albany Democrats’ rush to legalize marijuana. Cuomo is hellbent on ignoring facts and dangers to appease the far-left.”

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “the impact of decriminalization of marijuana did not seem to affect the incidence of drugged driving with marijuana in CA.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll of Canadians found that 48% support decriminalizing all drugs and 66% back supervised injections sites.

/ BUSINESS

Flow Kana raised $125 million.

Canopy Growth Corporation reported $83 million in quarterly net revenue.

Maine medical cannabis sales dropped for the second year in a row.

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