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Former AG warns Sessions against cannabis crackdown (Newsletter: Nov. 24, 2017)

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Feds seize marijuana at polling place; IL legalization hearing; UK PM on drug war

 

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Former Bush administration U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is warning Jeff Sessions not to crack down on marijuana.
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/former-republican-g-warns-sessions-marijuana-crackdown/

Illinois lawmakers will hold a hearing on marijuana legalization’s economic impact on Tuesday.
http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51609/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1365083

U.S. Border Patrol agents seized marijuana that two Maine women were giving away to voters at a polling station this month.
http://thecounty.me/2017/11/22/news/seizure-of-marijuana-on-election-day-highlights-contradiction-in-state-federal-laws/

 

FEDERAL

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to “allow medical marijuana to serve as an alternative pain management treatment to opioids to help curb the ongoing opioid epidemic.”
https://gabbard.house.gov/news/press-releases/rep-tulsi-gabbard-facebook-urging-hhs-use-medical-marijuana-curb-opioid-abuse

Former Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), who was the initial sponsor of the state medical cannabis protection amendment that later became enacted and known as Rohrabacher-Farr, has died.
http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/2017/11/22/breaking-maurice-hinchey-former-ny-representative-dead-79/890412001/

The U.S. House bill to remove the 280E tax penalty on marijuana businesses got one new cosponsor, bringing the total to 40.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1810/cosponsors?pageSort=lastToFirst

 

STATES

Here’s a look at what new Colorado marijuana regulations going into effect on January 1 mean for business and consumers.
http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/11/21/colorado-marijuana-enforcement-division-new-rules-2018/92884/
The state’s former “marijuana czar” spoke about lessons learned from implementing legalization.
http://www.krdo.com/news/top-stories/marijuana-mistake/660945084

Here’s a look at the prospects for legalizing marijuana in New Jersey in 2018.
http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/2017/11/24/marijuana-could-coming-new-jersey/849505001/

A Virginia senator prefiled a bill to remove a requirement of receiving federal assurances before exempting people from losing driver’s licenses as a punishment for marijuana possession.
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+sum+SB33

North Dakota regulators are accepting proposals for a medical cannabis track-and-trace system.
http://www.inforum.com/news/4363803-nd-health-department-wants-medical-marijuana-tracking-system-proposals

A licensed Connecticut medical cannabis producer is facing charges of diverting product to the illegal market.
http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/First-misuse-of-medical-marijuana-heading-to-court-12378460.php

 

LOCAL

Here’s a look at how Dallas County, Texas plans to implement a new “cite and release” program for people caught with marijuana after December 1.
https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2017/11/22/happens-peoplecaught-marijuana-dallas-dec-1

 

INTERNATIONAL

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she thinks it’s important to “continue to fight the war against drugs.”
http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/9851d847-d695-4764-b919-29948da956af?in=12:30:17
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http://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2017/november/prime-ministers-questions-22-november-2017/

A Canadian Supreme Court case on government-run alcohol monopolies could have implications for the soon-to-be-legal marijuana market.
https://globalnews.ca/news/3876894/provincial-marijuana-monopoly/

Officials from Caribbean nations met to discuss marijuana policy issues.
http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/156472

 

SCIENCE & HEALTH

An article in JAMA Internal Medicine says that marijuana’s high makes it hard to do blind studies on its effects.
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/marijuanas-high-makes-blind-studies-difficult/

 

BUSINESS

Cannabis Business Executive canceled a planned Washington, D.C. conference.
https://www.cannabisbusinessexecutive.com/2017/11/know-hold-em-know-fold-em/

Here’s a look at the marijuana industry’s ongoing banking issues.
http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/177362

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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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Group representing 19,000 US cities pushes cannabis rescheduling (Newsletter: Nov. 14, 2018)

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Michelle Obama talks smoking marijuana; New veterans & cannabis bills in Congress; Why women back legalization less than men

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The National League of Cities—which represents the U.S.’s 19,000 cities, towns and villages— adopted resolutions calling for federal marijuana rescheduling and access to banks for cannabis businesses.

Top lawmakers in Illinois and New Mexico expressed optimism about newly elected governors’ plans to legalize marijuana in 2019.

In a new filing, the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicates it wants to hire a new company to:

  • Grow 2,000 kg of marijuana
  • Develop new cannabis cultivation methods
  • Produce THC/CBD extracts
  • Make oral solutions, oils, vaping fluids, capsules/tablets

Former First Lady Michelle Obama wrote about smoking marijuana in her new memoir released on Tuesday, a subject she also discussed in a TV interview.

A new study examines why women are less likely to support legalizing marijuana than men. Contrary to one hypothesis, it has nothing to do with motherhood.

Reps. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) are filing three new separate bills on medical cannabis for military veterans.

/ FEDERAL

President Trump is reportedly leaning in favor of backing congressional criminal justice reform legislation.

Newly released documents show that shortly after 9/11 the Central Intelligence Agency considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks.

The federal trial against Mexican drug cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman began.

Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) tweeted, “I’ve long supported legislation to give our #veterans access to medical #cannabis. We should empower VA medical personnel to discuss all options for treatments with their patients and promote research. The R’s have blocked this from progressing.”

/ STATES

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura met with Gov.-elect Tim Walz (D) and urged him to push for marijuana legalization. He also suggested the slogan “pot for potholes.”

Ohio regulators released an update on the rollout of the state’s medical cannabis program.

Colorado regulators released guidance about new marijuana rules going into effect on January 1.

Oklahoma regulators have already collected nearly $6.57 million in medical cannabis application fees.

A Wisconsin representative plans to file a marijuana legalization bill in January.

The Washington, D.C. Council chairman said that smoking marijuana doesn’t have victims and shouldn’t be a crime.

Arkansas regulators are responding to public criticism about a lack of transparency in the medical cannabis licensing process.

/ LOCAL

The Jackson County, Missouri prosecutor said she will stop pursuing most marijuana possession cases.

Some Michigan municipalities are already moving to opt out of allowing legal marijuana sales, at least temporarily.

Here’s a look at how Oregon municipalities voted on marijuana regulation ballot measures last week.

Two people were shot and killed in an apparent attempted robbery at an unlicensed Los Angeles, California marijuana dispensary.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Thailand’s cabinet approved medical cannabis legislation.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found “an advantage of [medical cannabis therapy] in [fibromyalgia] patients with [low back pain] as compared with [standardised analgesic therapy].

The University of Mississippi Medical Center is conducting a study on CBD and youth seizures.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll of Indiana adults found that when given options, 39% support legalizing marijuana, 42% back medical cannabis and 16% don’t want it legal at all. Separately, 78% said that if marijuana is not legalized, people still should not be sent to jail for it. The survey also showed that people see cannabis as less of problem than other drugs, including alcohol.

A poll found that the majority of Canadians want the minimum age for cannabis use to be higher than 18 years old.

/ BUSINESS

Tilray’s earnings report showed lower than expected sales.

Bloomberg Businessweek looks at the growing number of companies interested in making cannabis beverages.

/ CULTURE

Actor Michael Colyar spoke about visiting Mike Tyson’s marijuana farm.

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Texas cannabis decrim bill filed for new session (Newsletter: Nov. 13, 2018)

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Marijuana opponents’ misleading ad allegedly pulled off air; Feds researching lesser-known cannabinoids & terpenes; Ojeda running for president

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A Texas representative pre-filed a marijuana decriminalization bill for the upcoming 2019 legislative session. Several other cannabis-related pieces of legislation were also introduced.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a federal agency, announced that it is funding research into how minor cannabinoids and terpenes in marijuana like CBN, CBG, limonene and others can treat pain.

It appears that several Michigan TV stations pulled anti-marijuana ads off the air in the lead-up to Election Day after being informed that prohibitionists were making factually incorrect claims about the state’s legalization ballot measure.

/ FEDERAL

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators reached a deal on criminal justice reform legislation, with support from the White House potentially coming this week.

The Department of Health and Human Services said a letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration that two chemicals in kratom should be classified as Schedule I substances.

The Food and Drug Administration is pursuing a ban on menthol cigarettes.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is optimistic about the chances of passing marijuana banking legislation.

West Virginia State Sen. Richard Ojeda (D), who sponsored the state’s successful medical cannabis bill and support broader marijuana legalization, filed to run for president just days after losing a congressional race.

/ STATES

Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Walz (D) and the incoming House speaker said that the state will consider legalizing marijuana in 2019.

Opponents of Michigan’s successful marijuana legalization ballot measure are vowing to fight to ban cannabis commerce in municipalities across the state. Meanwhile, Michigan State University said marijuana possession will remain prohibited on campus.

An Indiana senator plans to file several marijuana reform bills.

Concerns are being raised over Oklahoma regulators’ decision to publish information about medical cannabis license holders.

The Colorado man who murdered his wife after eating a marijuana edible in 2014 continued to insist that cannabis is to blame in an interview from behind bars.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Here’s a look at how public outcry over a Malaysian death sentence for a man selling cannabis oil has prompted the country to rethink capital punishment.

The Israeli health ministry is allowing pharmacies to fill prescriptions for medical cannabis beginning in March.

Canadian political observers say that support for marijuana legalization could put Liberal members of Parliament who represent districts with high proportions of Chinese-Canadians at risk of not being reelected.

The Thai government is shooting down a foreign company’s bid to monopolize patents on cannabis.

Ecuadorian lawmakers are considering medical cannabis legislation.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study of medical cannabis patients found that about two-thirds “reported at least one moderate or severe withdrawal symptom” and that “the most commonly observed symptom was sleep difficulties (50.3%), followed by anxiety (27.8%), irritability (26.7%), and appetite disturbance (25.2%)” but that “no association was observed between physical functioning and withdrawal symptom endorsement.”

A study concluded that “legalization of recreational cannabis does not affect compliance rate in patients treated with opioid therapy for chronic pain.”

The National Institute on Drug Abuse released a funding opportunity for researchers to study “the impact of a state marijuana policy on health and other social/environmental outcomes with the ability to obtain pre/post data on exposures and outcomes of interest otherwise not available with standard review timelines.”

/ BUSINESS

Aurora Cannabis reported better-than-expected fiscal Q1 earnings.

Southern University is moving ahead with its medical cannabis production facility after having problems with its initial partner, Advanced Biomedics.

/ CULTURE

Actress Mindy Kaling tweeted about confusing the smell of marijuana with that of skunks.

The Onion had some fun with recent marijuana reform victories.

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McConnell “guarantees” hemp legalization (Newsletter: Nov. 12, 2018)

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VA secretary talks medical cannabis; Feds issue marijuana joint rolling contract; Legalization would give Illinois big economic boost, study finds

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued a “guarantee” that hemp legalization will be in the finalized Farm Bill.

Veterans Affairs Sec. Robert Wilkie said his department is open to exploring medical cannabis as an option for veterans, but only if federal law changes.

The federal government posted a notice that it is seeking to hire professional marijuana joint rollers…kind of. Part of a new National Institute on Drug Abuse contract is to produce “standardized marijuana cigarettes” with strains of various potencies.

A new analysis on the benefits of legalizing marijuana in Illinois found that it would:

  • Create 24,000 jobs
  • Generate more than $500 million in tax revenue
  • Infuse about $1 billion into the state economy overall by 2020

/ FEDERAL

Incoming House Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern (D-MA) says he will allow floor votes on marijuana amendments.

Acting U.S Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has voiced support for the right of states to nullify federal laws, a prospect that has obvious implications for marijuana legalization.

Customs and Border Protection officials said they have seen a spike in marijuana seizures at the Canadian border.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) tweeted, “We need to decriminalize marijuana. The fight to pass the Marijuana Justice Act is about combating discrimination against communities of color. It’s about putting a stop to injustice. It’s about creating a fairer, more equal society.”

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “Michigan has just become the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana. Missouri and Utah also passed medicinal marijuana. The tide is turning. As long as we keep pushing forward, cannabis prohibition will become a thing of the past.” He also tweeted, “After decades of failed drug policies, any effort to legalize marijuana must include expunging low-level offenses and reinvesting in communities of color.”

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) tweeted, “Thankful for the service of our armed forces this Veterans Day. Our vets must receive the respect and care that they have nobly earned and should be given equal access to medical marijuana if they choose.”

/ STATES

Utah lawmakers are expected to consider a compromise medical cannabis bill during a special session beginning December 3.

New Jersey lawmakers are aiming to vote on marijuana legalization on the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Florida Democratic agriculture commissioner candidate Nikki Fried, who supports marijuana reform, declared victory in a narrow race.

Vermont election results could bolster the chances of legalizing marijuana sales.

Here’s a look at the prospects for Illinois marijuana legalization in 2019.

Colorado regulators proposed rules changes for recreational marijuana and medical cannabis.

Ohio regulators are considering petitions to add new medical cannabis qualifying conditions.

A New York senator says it is important to protect the state’s medical cannabis program if marijuana is legalized.

/ LOCAL

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who has been floated as a potential 2020 presidential candidate, said that voters in Indiana are ready for marijuana legalization.

/ INTERNATIONAL

A UK lord is calling for the legalization of drugs as a violence reduction measure.

/ ADVOCACY

The Fraternal Order of Police announced its support for limited criminal justice reform legislation.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “CBD shows similar efficacy to established antiepileptic drugs.”

A study on driving found that “chronic marijuana users had slower reaction times, deviated less in speed, and had difficulty matching a lead vehicle’s speed compared to nonusers.”

/ BUSINESS

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged Greenview Investment Partners L.P. with defrauding investors.

The Brink’s Company entered into a multi-year agreement to provide secure logistics and cash management services for Canopy Growth Corporation.

/ CULTURE

Jimmy Kimmel Live did a segment from a Las Vegas marijuana dispensary.

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