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GOP chair says let states decide on cannabis (Newsletter: August 28, 2020)

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NE cannabis ballot challenge rejected; Lee: Biden must evolve on marijuana; Concerns on DEA’s hemp & CBD rules; Markey & Kennedy talk legalization

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Nebraska’s secretary of state rejected a last-minute legal challenge to a medical cannabis initiative that collected enough signatures from voters, clearing its path to the November ballot.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a new interview that marijuana “should be left up to the states.”

  • “That’s going to be left up to the states and our legislators and I’m not going to engage in something that hasn’t been vetted through our full platform and the ability for our delegates to meet to discuss an issue like that.”

Congressional Cannabis Caucus Co-chair Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) said that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is going to have to come around to supporting marijuana legalization at some point.

  • “Just as President Obama evolved around marriage equality, Joe Biden’s gonna have to evolve around legalization.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration issued hemp and CBD rules last week that the agency said are meant to simply put it in compliance with the crop’s federal legalization. But industry advocates suspect that something more sinister—perhaps a crackdown on businesses—could be in the works.

Primary rivals Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) spoke about marijuana issues in a forum, with the senator predicting that federal legalization would happen next year under a Democratic administration and both addressing cannabis industry equity issues for communities targeted under the war on drugs.

/ FEDERAL

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a webinar called “Marijuana and Driving: How to Keep Your Fleet Safe” on September 16.

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) touted his reelection endorsement from Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and said he is “helping lead the charge” on “decriminalization of marijuana.”

/ STATES

A spokesperson for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said he doesn’t support legalizing marijuana to help with economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Separately, regulators issued emergency rules allowing medical cannabis edibles.

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor discussed his support for legalizing marijuana.

A California court ruled that a man convicted of auto theft should not have been barred from using marijuana as a condition of his probation.

Colorado regulators issued a health and safety advisory about potentially unsafe levels of microbial contamination on marijuana flower produced by Sundance Gardens.

A member of Massachusetts’s marijuana regulatory body is stepping down.

It’s not clear how many people are benefitting from a New Hampshire law that allows people to annul past marijuana convictions.

Michigan regulators issued guidance about the procedure for dropping off hemp samples for testing and for the use of hemp in animal and pet feed.

Rhode Island regulators released guidance on warnings that dispensaries must display when selling medical cannabis products.


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/ LOCAL

Buffalo, New York’s mayor said he won’t allow no-knock drug raids in the city.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “use of CBD as an adjunct resulted in decreased seizure frequency, and secondary benefits observed included improvement in mood, alertness and sleep.”

A review concluded that “treatment of existential distress using classical psychedelics or ketamine in patients with terminal illness seems auspicious.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association supports decriminalizing marijuana but opposes legalization.

/ BUSINESS

Jushi Holdings Inc. reported $14.9 million in quarterly revenue and a net loss of $9.3 million.

Tilray is recalling additional batches of medical cannabis extracts that were mislabeled with incorrect THC content in Germany.

/ CULTURE

Family Feud did a question about what kind of plant a “mean wife might replace her husband’s marijuana stash with.”

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NY gov wants legal cannabis “soon” (Newsletter: October 26, 2020)

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2022 NE medical marijuana effort launched; SD gov’s anti-cannabis ad; USDA sends & rescinds hemp loan guide; John Legend backs drug decrim

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said the state will legalize marijuana “soon” to help with the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

  • “We need revenue and we’re going to be searching the cupboards for revenue. And I think that is going to put marijuana over the top.”

Nebraska medical marijuana activists are already collecting signatures for a 2022 ballot measure after the state Supreme Court blocked this year’s initiative last month. The justices ruled the proposal violated the state’s single-subject rule by covering too many topics, so the new one is just one sentence long.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) appears in a new ad urging voters to reject a marijuana legalization initiative that’s on the state’s ballot.

  • “The fact is, I’ve never met someone who got smarter from smoking pot.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released—and then quickly rescinded—guidance on providing loans to hemp businesses. The reversal was a result of Congress extending the federal hemp pilot program.

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) sent a letter pushing back against the Drug Enforcement Administration’s proposed hemp rule, saying it “criminalizes the intermediate steps of hemp processing” and is “wholly inconsistent with Congress’s clearly stated purpose.”

Musician John Legend endorsed Oregon’s drug decriminalization ballot measure.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that a Minnesota congressional election can be held on November 3 despite the death of the Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) tweeted, “Legalizing marijuana is the right thing to do. We must also expunge the records of those arrested for marijuana offenses and reinvest proceeds from legalization directly back into our communities.”

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said he opposes legalizing marijuana, while Democratic opponent Abby Broyles said she backs federal decriminalization.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said that it is “not the time to be addressing marijuana sales or usage or research.”

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) spoke about his support for Arizona’s marijuana legalization ballot measure.

Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) authored an op-ed on why he opposes Mississippi’s medical cannabis ballot measures.

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the harms of the war on drugs got one new cosponsor for a total of 118.

The House bill to let Department of Veterans Affairs doctors recommend medical cannabis got one new cosponsor for a total of 21.

West Virginia Democratic Senate candidate Paula Jean Swearengin tweeted, “This isn’t a partisan issue- it’s a greed issue. People from all walks of life want to legalize cannabis, except for those who want to make money off our backs instead of empowering our farmers, small businesses, & working people. We need restorative #cannabis legalization NOW”

California Democratic congressional candidate Shahid Buttar tweeted, “We strongly support the transpartisan movement to end the illegitimate criminalization of cannabis. It’s a civil rights imperative, a pathway to green jobs, and an opportunity to help address the opioid crisis, all in one.”

/ STATES

New Jersey’s Assembly speaker said that if voters approve a marijuana legalization ballot measure they might not be able to buy legal cannabis until well into 2021.

New Hampshire Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Feltes spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana.

Indiana Democratic attorney general candidate Jonathan Weinzapfel spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana.

An Illinois judge rejected a request for an immediate ruling in a case seeking to force regulators to issue marijuana craft cultivation licenses.

Missouri regulators are being accused of illegally concealing documents and violating open records laws to undercut a lawsuit challenging their medical cannabis business licensing process.

Delaware’s top medical cannabis regulator said that production will double over the next two years to meet patient demand.

Colorado regulators issued a compliance tip for medical cannabis cultivators and manufacturers.


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/ LOCAL

The West Norriton Township, Pennsylvania Board of Commissioners approved a marijuana decriminalization ordinance.

Kansas City, Missouri’s mayor tweeted, “I agree with [Joe Biden’s] position on eliminating incarceration for stand alone drug offenses, but that’s a strong position. It’s welcome.  Ending the war is a good thing.”

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Mendoza, Argentina Chamber of Deputies approved medical cannabis legislation.

Ontario, Canada police said the country’s medical cannabis law has a loophole that drives criminal activity.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “replacing current shampooing practices with a broad-spectrum cannabidiol-containing shampoo significantly reduces both severity and symptoms of scalp inflammation within 2 weeks, with excellent tolerability and treatment satisfaction in subjects with mild to moderate scalp psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Tennessee Democratic Party tweeted, “[email protected] will address the damage the War on Drugs has inflicted on the Black community. “

Opponents of Oregon’s drug decriminalization ballot measure want new ballots to be sent to voters in Washington County because a typographical error misstates the result of a “no” vote.

/ BUSINESS

Organigram Holdings Inc. made an additional $2.5 million investment in Hyasynth Biologicals Inc.

Agro Dynamics LLC is suing the Drug Enforcement Administration for allegedly improperly destroying its hemp crops.

/ CULTURE

Jay-Z came out with a new line of marijuana, but wasn’t even quoted in the company’s launch press release.

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MT court rejects cannabis measure challenge (Newsletter: October 23, 2020)

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PA House OKs medical marijuana DUI protection; CO gov jokes TX shouldn’t legalize; Reps slam DEA hemp rule; Expungements hinge on AZ prosecutor race

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The Montana Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit claiming that a marijuana legalization initiative that’s on the state’s ballot violates the state constitution by appropriating funds. The justices didn’t rule on the merits of the claim, but said opponents failed to demonstrate the need for the high court to take it up. A lawyer for the opposition campaign said they will be pursuing the matter in a lower court soon.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved an amendment to protect medical cannabis patients from being charged with DUIs for using their legal medicine.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) jokingly told Texas not to legalize marijuana so that his own state can keep getting more cannabis tourism.

Nine members of Congress sent a letter pushing back against proposed Drug Enforcement Administration rules they say “will likely have the effect of inhibiting these nascent state hemp programs.”

  • “Our offices have received countless calls from constituents involved in the hemp industry who are extremely fearful that simply following the provisions of the Farm Bill will result in criminal liability.”

The result of a prosecutor race in Maricopa County, Arizona—the state’s most populous county—will determine whether many people with past marijuana convictions will be able to get them expunged.

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said, at a debate with President Trump, that “no one should be going to jail because they have a drug problem. They should be going to rehabilitation, not to jail. We should fundamentally change the system, and that’s what I’m going to do.” He also admitted in response to attacks from Trump about his record as a senator that “it was a mistake to pass those laws relating to drugs.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), in a debate, again criticized Democrats for mentioning marijuana more than jobs in their coronavirus relief legislation.

Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) said he supports legalizing marijuana and expunging convictions.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) said he polled voters in Kentucky about medical cannabis.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) tweeted, “We can’t allow ourselves to be a country where people are locked up for possessing marijuana but Pharma executives get rich off fueling an opioid crisis. Big Pharma should know: your days of profiting off people’s pain are numbered. There will be justice.”

Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins tweeted, “The Green Party has always been clear about the need to End the War on Drugs, starting with legalization of marijuana and reparations for the communities that have been most negatively impacted.”

Florida Democratic congressional candidate Christine Olivo tweeted, “Legalizing Marijuana is becoming more and more popular. I am 100% for the legalization as well as expunging the records of people with past marijuana related convictions! #LegalizeIt”

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed a bill that will require judges to dismiss marijuana charges if prosecutors and defendants want to do so.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said he has a “huge passion” for the state’s marijuana legalization referendum and that it will be “a gamechanger particularly for young persons of color.”

New Hampshire Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Feltes talked about marijuana legalization as a racial justice issue during a debate.

Utah’s attorney general spoke about his support for medical cannabis in a debate.

Missouri regulators concluded an investigation into a report of moldy medical cannabis without finding any evidence of health and safety concerns.

Here’s a look at campaign finance contributions for and against Arizona’s marijuana legalization measure.

An Oregon judge rejected a lawsuit filed by two vineyards that claimed their businesses would be damaged by a neighboring marijuana growing and processing operation.

The Michigan Parole Board granted a November 17 hearing to a man who is serving decades in prison on marijuana charges.

California’s Veterinary Medical Board discussed using cannabis products to treat animals.


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The Delaware County, Pennsylvania Council amended a proposed marijuana decriminalization ordinance, pushing back the timetable for being able to enact it.

The city of San Diego, California is suing a marijuana business for allegedly failing to pay taxes.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Bahamian Economic Recovery Committee recommended legalizing marijuana.

A Brazilian judge ruled that importing small amounts of marijuana seeds is not a crime.

Italian regulators added flower-derived CBD to a table of medicines in its narcotics law.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “oil solution and sublingual wafer formulations of the extract standardised with CBD were well tolerated and achieved equivalent concentrations of CBD when compared to an available commercial nabiximols formulation.”

A study “demonstrated selective, beneficial effects of low doses of LSD on mood and cognition in the majority of observations.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry authored an op-ed opposing the state’s marijuana legalization ballot measure.

Decriminalize Nature Portland is holding an event on Sunday to highlight why it opposes Oregon’s psilocybin therapy legalization ballot measure.

Real Action for Cannabis Equity launched a campaign to push back against what it says are racist attacks against a black-owned marijuana business in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association is a new group made up of the state’s medical marijuana businesses.

The Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network published a voter guide for next month’s elections.

/ BUSINESS

Delic Corp. reached an agreement for a reverse takeover of Molystar Resources Inc.

/ CULTURE

Former basketball player Shawn Kemp is opening a marijuana dispensary in Seattle, Washington.

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Addiction doctors org backs federal cannabis reforms (Newsletter: October 22, 2020)

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Regulators push Congress to legalize marijuana; NJ Senate cancels referendum hearing; VA gov wants cannabis odor bill change; SD cop’s legalization ad

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The American Society of Addiction Medicine adopted a new marijuana platform calling for rescheduling cannabis and exempting people who comply with state legalization laws from federal prohibition, as well as expunging prior convictions.

  • A portion of the new policy paper appears to have largely copied and pasted language from an Elizabeth Warren press release about her STATES Act—which would exempt people complying with state marijuana laws from federal prohibition—to describe its new stance. ASAM previously partnered with prohibitionist group Smart Approaches to Marijuana to oppose marijuana rescheduling and Obama-era moves to respect state laws. SAM has now removed mentions of ASAM from some pages on its website, though it downplayed the new stance when contacted.

A coalition of state and local marijuana regulators sent a letter urging the House of Representatives to move forward with plans to pass a bill to legalize cannabis and fund programs to repair the harms of the war on drugs. The expected vote has already been delayed once.

The New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled and then canceled a Thursday hearing meant to get a head start on considering how to implement marijuana regulations if voters approve the state’s legalization referendum. A staffer told Marijuana Moment it is “unknown” if the event will be rescheduled.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is asking lawmakers to make some changes to a bill they sent him to ban police searches and seizures based on the smell of marijuana. His suggested amendment is about the unrelated issue of break lights and headlights, however.

A retired South Dakota police officer appears in a new TV ad urging the state’s voters to approve separate marijuana legalization and medical cannabis ballot measures.

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The Internal Revenue Service is building special audit teams focused on enforcing marijuana industry tax compliance.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit upheld the Internal Revenue Service’s ability to investigate and impose tax consequences on marijuana businesses.

The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy is highlighting the opportunity to submit feedback on a U.S. Department of Agriculture plan to survey hemp businesses.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) touted his efforts to successfully extend the federal hemp pilot program.

Sen. John Barasso (R-WY) touted the fact that Senate Republicans’ coronavirus relief bill doesn’t include marijuana banking provisions.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) and his challengers discussed marijuana during a debate.

Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) cited his work on CBD legislation during a debate as an area where he has bucked his party.

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) tweeted, “Legalizing marijuana in New Jersey will create jobs and save our state money. While I often argue for legalization from a criminal and racial justice standpoint, there is a strong argument to be made for the economic benefits of legalizing marijuana.”

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the harms of the drug war got one new cosponsor for a total of 117.

Mississippi Democratic Senate candidate Mike Espy, a former U.S. agriculture secretary, endorsed the activists-driven medical cannabis measure on his state’s ballot.

/ STATES

Pennsylvania’s agriculture secretary was announced as the opening speaker for a Hemp Summit being held in December.

The Louisiana Senate Education Committee amended a House-passed bill that would have allowed school personnel to administer medical cannabis to students by replacing it with language to simply conduct a study on the issue.

The campaign pushing to pass South Dakota’s marijuana legalization and medical cannabis ballot measures has raised five times as much funding as opponents have.

Missouri regulators are investigating a complaint about moldy medical cannabis sold at a dispensary.

Maine regulators are being sued by small local marijuana businesses for allegedly improperly granting licenses to other businesses with out-of-state owners.

Nevada regulators filed complaints against marijuana businesses for violations, including having unlicensed employees and failing to maintain proper documentation.

Oregon regulators published updated guidance on disclosing interests in marijuana businesses.

West Virginia regulators selected Metrc to run the state’s medical cannabis track and trace system.

Michigan regulators made updates to several marijuana application forms due to changes in ownership disclosure rules.


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Allegheny County, Pennsylvania officials are being sued for allegedly discriminating against a job applicant over his medical cannabis use.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The UK boy whose story prompted the government to begin allowing cannabis-based medicines is receiving his first legal prescription.

The Court of Justice of the European Union will rule on the legality of France’s CBD ban on November 19.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found “further evidence for the effects of [medical cannabis] on chronic pain and related symptoms, demonstrating an overall mild to modest long‐term improvement of the tested measures.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police is urging voters to reject the state’s activist-driven medical cannabis ballot measure.

A leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published an op-ed on why the religious group opposes Arizona’s marijuana legalization ballot initiative.

CNBC’s Jim Cramer predicted that the marijuana industry will see a boost if Democrats win the White House and Senate.

/ BUSINESS

Workers at DC Holistic Wellness signed a collective bargaining agreement.

Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. announced it is raising C$30,000,144 selling shares at a price of C$2.26 each.

Jushi Holdings Inc. is offering 10,000,000 subordinate voting shares at a price of C$3.55 per share.

/ CULTURE

Baseball player Luis Campusano was arrested on felony marijuana possession charges.

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