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NJ gov talks marijuana in State of the State; ND 2022 cannabis ballot measure; MI prosecutor drops psychedelics cases; USDA hemp approvals

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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said in his State of the State address that “we are on the verge” of implementing the voter-approved legalization of marijuana—but he did not mention the latest legislative blow up that’s impeded cannabis progress.

Washtenaw County, Michigan’s prosecuting attorney announced that his office won’t pursue most marijuana and psychedelics cases—”regardless of the amount at issue.”

North Dakota activists filed a proposed marijuana legalization measure they hope to qualify for the state’s 2022 ballot.

Activists in Washington, D.C. are launching a “Joints for Jabs” campaign that involves giving away free marijuana to reward people for getting coronavirus vaccines.

  • “We are looking for ways to safely celebrate the end of the pandemic and we know nothing brings people together like cannabis.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved hemp plans from Rhode Island and another Indian tribe, bringing the number of federally cleared hemp proposals to 72.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed a lower judge’s ruling that had determined a proposed safe consumption site for illegal drugs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania would not violate federal law.

Drug Enforcement Administration employees reported low confidence in the agency’s coronavirus safety measures, compared to those who work for other federal law enforcement agencies.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) issued a statement responding to criticism about his efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election that, among other things, points out that he has “never taken illegal drugs.”

/ STATES

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) posted on Facebook about his budget proposal to “help entrepreneurs in the marijuana industry, specifically those who have been disenfranchised by the failed war on drugs.”

New York’s lieutenant governor tweeted, “It’s time for New York State to legalize adult-use recreational cannabis. 15 states have already passed this common-sense legislation. Disproportionate policing has harmed communities of color & this is an important step in the right direction.”

Massachusetts’s attorney general appointed a new member of the Cannabis Control Commission.

A Connecticut Supreme Court justice was pressed on his views about marijuana legalization during a re-confirmation hearing.

The Virginia Crime Commission recommended eliminating mandatory minimum sentences.

Nevada regulators set updates about marijuana business agent card applications and fingerprint submission forms.

Puerto Rico representatives filed legislation to protect medical cannabis patients from employment discrimination.

Maine regulators will give hemp presentations at several upcoming conferences.

Missouri’s top medical cannabis regulator spoke about efforts to implement the program.

Montana regulators published a FAQ on the implementation of the state’s marijuana legalization law.

Oregon regulators published an updated list of cities and counties that prohibit marijuana businesses.


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/ LOCAL

A Decatur, Illinois advisory referendum on the April ballot on allowing marijuana sales is facing an objection.

Dallas, Texas police brief the City Council’s Public Safety Committee on marijuana testing.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Mexican government published medical cannabis regulations.

Thai lawmakers are moving to fast-track legislation to legalize kratom.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that the “vast majority of caregivers found CBD to be effective in managing behavioral symptoms of [Alzheimer’s disease] and believed that healthcare professionals should offer CBD oil as a part of treatment.”

A review concluded that “classic psychedelics dose-dependently impair memory task performance but may enhance autobiographical memory.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

Anti-marijuana funder Sheldon Adelson died.

/ BUSINESS

Organigram Holdings Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of C$19.3 million and a net loss of C$34.3 million.

Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. announced it closed its previously announced overnight marketed offering of subordinate voting shares for proceeds of C$317.

Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. received two utility patents for its hemp genetics from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

MedMen Enterprises Inc announced it closed another $10 million under its senior secured convertible facility led by funds affiliated with Gotham Green Partners.

HempFusion Wellness Inc. announced that it received U.S. Department of Agriculture organic certification for its CBD tinctures.

Verano NJ employees voted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers.

Perkins Coie LLP hired the National Cannabis Industry Association’s public policy director as a senior counsel.

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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 Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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