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FL cannabis legalization has enough sigs for ballot (Newsletter: June 2, 2023)



Military psychedelics bill in Congress; CA Senate votes to shield marijuana use history in job apps; CO gov signs cannabis professional protections

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The Florida Division of Elections says that a marijuana legalization campaign funded by Trulieve has now collected more than enough valid signatures to put its initiative on the 2024 ballot—but the state attorney general is asking the Supreme Court to block voters from having a chance to decide on the measure.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed a bill to bolster marijuana-related protections for working professionals by making sure they can’t be denied certifications, registrations or licenses based solely on cannabis activity that’s now legal.

The California Senate passed a bill to prohibit employers from asking job applicants about prior marijuana use—building on cannabis-related worker protections signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D)last year.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and a bipartisan group of cosponsors filed a bill to direct the Department of Defense to spend $75 million on grants supporting research on the therapeutic potential of psychedelics for active duty military service members with PTSD and other conditions.

Here’s a look at how Missouri spends its legal marijuana revenue: Of the nearly $100 million taken in through the medical and recreational cannabis programs, funds have paid for expungements processing, drug treatment and supporting veterans.


Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) spoke about the defeat of veterans medical marijuana research he is supporting, saying, “anytime the issue of cannabis comes up, it’s always a wild card.”

Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) said “there very well may be good medicinal uses” of marijuana and he would like to see more research done on it, but that he has concerns about how medical cannabis has been legalized in some states so far.

The Senate marijuana banking bill got one new cosponsor for a total of 40.

The House marijuana banking bill got four new cosponsors for a total of 34.


New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) signed legislation to allow conditional adult-use cultivators and processors to continue minimally processing and distributing marijuana products. Separately, regulators’ settlement with a company whose lawsuit had prevented them from issuing cannabis dispensary licenses in parts of the state was approved by a federal judge.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) tweeted, “New Jersey’s first recreational-only cannabis retailers are now open for business! 📍Earth & Ivy, New Brunswick 📍Nova Farms, Woodbury This is a huge milestone for our growing cannabis industry.” Separately, regulators revoked Harmony Foundation’s marijuana cultivation and manufacturing licenses over unpaid fees, while approving cannabis licenses for other companies. Meanwhile, it was reported that a former attorney general represented Curaleaf in its successful effort to get regulators to reverse a decision denying a renewal of the company’s license to sell recreational marijuana.

An Illinois representative discussed the failure of legislation to regulate delta-8 THC products.

An Ohio representative said it’s “silly” that the state’s medical cannabis program prohibits smoking.

A Minnesota representative who championed harm reduction measures enacted this session said that “stigma and the criminalization, especially of serious drugs, of opiates, kills people.”

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has a new director.

Missouri regulators published microbusiness application instructions and sample forms a few days ahead of the deadline to do so.

Rhode Island regulators launched an online medical cannabis registration system.

The California Department of Industrial Relations issued a reminder that cannabis businesses must comply with labor law requirements.

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Lenawee County, Michigan officials are distributing lock bags for safe storage of marijuana.


Former Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who oversaw a bloody “war on drugs” during his time in office, said he is not interested in being appointed to handle drug issues by current President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

A U.S. federal judge will hold a hearing on Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by conservative activists who are seeking the release of the UK’s Prince Harry’s immigration records to determine whether he lied about drug use on his visa application.

Victoria, Australia lawmakers are seeking to launch an inquiry into the state’s hemp industry.

A Nepali lawmaker cheered the finance minister’s announcement that the government is studying the issue of legalizing medical cannabis cultivation.


A study found that “in many patients with [multiple sclerosis], [medical cannabis] was well tolerated, eased pain and spasticity, improved sleep and other symptoms, and reduced use of concomitant opioid analgesics.”

A study found “a favorable effect of long-term CBD use in patients with [treatment-resistant epilepsy] who may experience various convulsive and nonconvulsive seizure types.”


A poll of U.S. adults found that 50 percent would be likely to consider a mental health treatment involving marijuana, 59 percent said they are unlikely to consider a treatment involving psychedelics.

The Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus is calling on Gov. Tim Walz (D) to sign an executive order barring state agencies from enforcing the federal ban on firearms possession by marijuana consumers.


Trulieve Cannabis Corp. is closing its operations in Massachusetts.

Cronos Group Inc. is winding down its U.S. hemp-derived CBD-focused operations.

Shangri-La workers in Columbia, Missouri received National Labor Relations Board approval to hold a unionization election.

Arkansas dispensaries sold $23.9 million worth of legal medical cannabis products in April.

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 20-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 and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.


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