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GOP Senate chair plans cannabis banking vote (Newsletter: September 13, 2019)

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Dems debate drugs; DEA marijuana stall tactics in court; Legalization boosts Colorado population; Black Caucus cannabis focus; New rescheduling bill

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Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) said he plans to hold a vote on a marijuana banking bill in his panel by the end of the year.

Democratic presidential candidates clashed on marijuana and drug policy at a debate, with former Vice President Joe Biden (D) saying that cannabis should remain illegal as a misdemeanor.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation is holding four separate panels focused on marijuana at its conference this week.

Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL), who strongly opposed marijuana reform in the 1990s as secretary of health and human services during the Clinton administration, joined with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) to introduce a bill that would reschedule cannabis and expand research opportunities.

A research group that applied to get Drug Enforcement Administration approval to grow marijuana to be used in scientific studies accused the agency of delay tactics in a federal court filing.

A study examined how cannabis factors into people’s decision to move to a new state and found that “marijuana legalization increased Colorado’s population by 3.2% as of 2015” because “potential migrants view legalized marijuana as a positive amenity.”

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Members of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology discussed detecting marijuana-related impairment among drivers at a hearing.

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) blamed the Obama and Trump administrations for “a failure of political leadership not to deal with the marijuana issue.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted, “Systemic racism is a root ideology that propped up an extractive economic system that prioritizes profit over human & environmental considerations. The injustices of slavery evolved into Jim Crow, redlining, the War on Drugs, mass incarceration, & beyond.”

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “Even in states where marijuana is legal, many people don’t have the time or money to individually petition the court to expunge their marijuana records. More communities need to join Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago in automatically clearing marijuana offenses.”

Police raided an illegal marijuana growing operation at a building whose owners include former Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA).

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and direct money to programs to begin repairing the harms of the drug war got two new cosponsors for a total of 39.

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California lawmakers sent Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) a bill to exempt medical cannabis compassion programs from taxes as well as legislation allowing terminally ill patients to use medical marijuana in healthcare facilities. They also approved a bill to let cannabis businesses deduct expenses on their state tax returns and legislation to ban marijuana party buses.

Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner said that when people think of his state he wants “them to think the same thing they think about hemp like they do Idaho potatoes and Florida orange juice.”

The New Jersey Senate did not vote as expected on Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) suggested changes to a marijuana expungement bill he conditionally vetoed, instead filing a new proposal for consideration.

Washington, D.C. officials moved to allow patients to use a REAL ID driver’s license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles as proof of residency for the medical cannabis program in lieu of two other forms of acceptable identification.

Massachusetts regulators voted to require marijuana companies to disclose all specific ingredients in vaping cartridges. They also approved a requirement that body cameras be used to film cannabis home deliveries while limiting how the video footage can be used and moved to expand the reach of delivery services.

Utah’s Procurement Policy Board rejected an appeal from a medical cannabis company that was denied a cultivation license but said that regulators may have erred in selecting only eight growers.


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A judge is accusing New York City police of lying about smelling marijuana to justify vehicle searches.

The Miami Beach, Florida City Commission approved a proposal to treat public marijuana smoking at the same level as an open container violation.

Denver, Colorado police issued a bulletin about an uptick in burglaries at marijuana facilities.

/ INTERNATIONAL

A party in Thailand’s ruling coalition is circulating legislation to allow medical cannabis home cultivation.

South Africa’s government is considering expunging past marijuana convictions.

Paraguayan regulators began a process to license medical cannabis businesses.

Vancouver, Canada’s City Council defeated a measure to crack down on the sale of psilocybin mushrooms.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “use of cannabis and cannabinoids via certain administration routes could reduce different types of pain.”

A study found that in “US community samples of cannabis initiates studied soon after first use, the vast majority were free of individual [side effect] experiences counted toward Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition cannabis use disorder diagnoses.”

A review determined that while “standard field sobriety tests have advantages over per se tests for cannabis-impaired driving, limitations of both leave cannabis users and law enforcement officials little guidance in assessing an individual’s driving fitness after recent cannabis use.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

An analysis from prohibitionist group Smart Approaches to Marijuana found that cannabis industry participants donated $305,675in campaign contributions  to members of Congress in the first half of 2019, compared with $248,504 last year.

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing New Jersey over a law requiring tax-exempt organizations to disclose information about donors, saying that it will expose the names of people supporting marijuana legalization and criminal justice reform efforts.

/ BUSINESS

Aurora Cannabis Inc.’s stock sunk after reporting lower-than-expected earnings.

Some Oregon marijuana retailers began pulling vaping products from their stores over uncertainty about ingredients.

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Mark Wahlberg and Sean “Diddy” Combs will serve as brand ambassadors for Alkaline Water Company Inc., which sells CBD products.

The Outline look at why some South American indigenous tribes give psychedelic drugs to dogs.

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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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Cannabis descheduling approved by congressional committee (Newsletter: November 21, 2019)

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Booker’s marijuana debate slam on Biden; Air Force bans CBD; GOP senator says he tried CBD but it didn’t work

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The House Judiciary Committee, in a historic vote, approved a bill to deschedule cannabis and fund programs to begin repairing the damage of the war on drugs.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) attacked former Vice President Joe Biden’s (D) opposition to marijuana legalization during a Democratic presidential debate, while Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) pledged to end the broader war on drugs.

The U.S. Air Force issued a notice banning service members from using CBD products, regardless of their federal legality.

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) revealed during a Senate hearing that he has tried CBD to treat knee pain at his wife’s urging—though he says it didn’t work for him—and the follicly challenged lawmaker joked about the cannabis compound’s hair regrowth potential. Also, he and another senator asked Stephen Hahn, the nominee for Food and Drug Administration commissioner, about regulating cannabidiol.

Marijuana Policy Project Executive Director Steve Hawkins wrote in an op-ed for Marijuana Moment that Joe Biden’s view on cannabis as a potential “gateway drug” are scientifically wrong and represent a political liability.

  • “It’s the criminalization of marijuana that’s the real gateway. Forcing marijuana consumers into the illicit market increases the probability that they will be exposed to other, far more dangerous drugs.”

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The Department of Justice finally responded to Marijuana Moment’s Freedom of Information Act request for records about a March 3, 2017 phone call then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions held with Kevin Sabet of prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana, but the resulting documents don’t reveal much.

Former Housing and Urban Development Sec. Julian Castro, a presidential candidate, tweeted, “Legalize it. Expunge the records of the victims of the war on drugs.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “There are thousands of people labeled felons for life for selling marijuana, while people out there are making a fortune from the marijuana industry. This is an injustice, and as president, I’ll fix it.”

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “💰 U.S. legal marijuana industry tax revenue in 2018: Over $1 billion 👮 Arrests for marijuana possession in 2018: 663,367 While investors profit from cannabis, people continue to get criminal records. Ending the prohibition of marijuana must be a priority.”

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) cheered a move to expand cannabis industry equity in Boston, Massachusetts, tweeting, “The People’s #JusticeGuarantee calls for reinvesting in communities of color who were devastated by the war on drugs. As @HouseJudiciary considers the MORE Act to reverse the harms of the war on drugs, I’m proud to see #MA7 & my sister @Kim_Janey leading on #cannabis #equity.”

Delaware Democratic Senate candidate Jessica Scarane supports legalizing marijuana.

Texas Democratic congressional candidate Julie Oliver tweeted, “This is a no brainer. End the federal prohibition on marijuana.”

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the harms of the drug war got two new cosponsors for a total of 57.

The House bill to shield military veterans from losing benefits over marijuana use got one new cosponsor for a total of 14.


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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) said he opposes decriminalizing marijuana.

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura tweeted, “Joe Biden says  there’s ‘not nearly been enough evidence’ to determine whether or not marijuana is a gateway drug. Are you kidding me? Cigarettes and alcohol ARE the gateway drugs, yet they’re legal. Google, Joe.”. Meanwhile, the state’s Agriculture Department held another hemp listening session.

New Jersey legislative leaders said they plan to vote on a marijuana legalization referendum bill in the lame duck session.

Oregon regulators will consider violation stipulated settlement agreements and other marijuana issues on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, located in the state, submitted a hemp regulation plan to federal officials.

Washington State fiscal officials said that marijuana revenue growth is “expected to moderate.”

The Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Task Force held its final meeting.

Michigan regulators will hold a public meeting on marijuana issues on December 9.

A South Dakota representative said he is “very confident” lawmakers will pass hemp legislation next year. Separately,, the legislature’s Industrial Hemp Study Committee is set to meet on December 2.

Here’s a look back at the first year of Massachusetts legal marijuana sales, during which regulators reported that retailers generated $393.7 million in gross sales.

/ LOCAL

The Boston, Massachusetts City Council approved a proposal to overhaul the marijuana business approval process with an eye toward equity for communities harmed by the drug war.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The UK’s Liberal Democrats released a platform that calls for legalizing marijuana and “imposing civil penalties rather than imprisonment” for people caught possessing other drugs. Party leader Jo Swinson spoke about how she enjoyed consuming cannabis.

A Trinidad and Tobago senator is pushing for marijuana legalization.

Australia’s former minister for trade and investment authored an op-ed on the need to reclassify psychedelics.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study of sickle cell patients found that “marijuana use was associated with lower instances of [acute chest syndrome]” and that “the fact that mortality, length of stay and total charges were the same amongst the two groups may indicate that during a crisis, the disease process is the same, however outside of having a crisis, marijuana use may help with pain control given later presentation.”

A study concluded that “regular marijuana use is associated with prevalent tinnitus.”

A study examining whether CBD “is effective in treating alcohol use disorder in individuals with comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder” is recruiting participants.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that New York voters support legalizing marijuana, 54%-40%.

The American Medical Association is calling for a ban on vaping products that aren’t approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The Drug Policy Alliance is hiring a managing director of communications.

The Boston Globe editorial board cheered the City Council’s move to overhaul the marijuana business approval process as a “first step toward equity.”

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Certified Ag Labs slammed Nevada regulators’ move to suspend its marijuana testing license.

American Marijuana says it is hiring a cannabis product reviewer for up to $3,000 a month.

Arkansas dispensaries have now sold more than $20 million worth of medical cannabis.

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Comedian Adam Carolla said that former Vice President Joe Biden’s (D) comments on marijuana as a potential gateway drug are “antiquated.”

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Key chairman works to clear path for cannabis floor vote (Newsletter: November 20, 2019)

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AOC blasts Biden’s marijuana comments; Virginia decrim bill filed for 2020; Yang predicts Biden evolution beyond “gateway” theory

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) told Marijuana Moment that he’s actively talking to other chairs about waiving their jurisdiction on his cannabis descheduling bill so it can go to the floor after Wednesday’s vote in his panel.

In an interview with Marijuana Moment, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted former Vice President Joe Biden’s comments on cannabis being a potential gateway drug as “Reagan-era talking points”:

  • “That rhetoric is rhetoric of mass incarceration. The only thing that marijuana, due to the failures of U.S. policy, is a gateway to is our mass incarceration system.”

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang predicts that former Vice President Joe Biden will stop thinking about marijuana as a potential “gateway drug” and will come around to supporting legalization once he takes a look at more evidence.

A Virginia senator prefiled a marijuana decriminalization bill for the 2020 session—a proposal that stands a good chance of being enacted with the support of the governor and the legislature’s newly elected Democratic leadership.

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The House of Representatives approved a bill to extend funding for the federal government—including riders such as the provision that protects state medical cannabis laws from federal interference—through December 20.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is taking issue with a provision in proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture hemp regulations concerning the listing of approved testing labs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated guidance for healthcare providers on vaping-related lung injuries.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a presidential candidate, spoke about the need to ensure equity in the marijuana industry. She also tweeted, “The War on Drugs was an abject failure. It’s time to legalize marijuana and bring justice to people of color harmed by failed drug policies. Grateful for @RepJerryNadler’s partnership on this issue. I look forward to getting our bill one step closer to becoming law.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “The criminalization of marijuana has been a disaster. We are going to legalize it, expunge past convictions and invest in communities of color that have been devastated by the War on Drugs.”

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a presidential candidate, said she supports allowing interstate cannabis commerce and marijuana social use areas.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D), a potential presidential candidate, criticized President Trump for backing off of a plan to ban flavored vaping products, tweeting, “If President Trump won’t take steps to protect our children, then we need someone in the office who will.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joked at an event honoring former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) that “if his interests in marijuana started earlier he might have even enjoyed a more relaxing speakership.”

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) said she removed language from a draft resolution on replacing drug possession arrests with civil citations because fines “can lead to further involvement in the justice system,” but she didn’t explain why the introduced measure no longer calls for ending arrests.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) spoke about her support for federal marijuana law reform.

The House comprehensive medical cannabis bill got one new cosponsor for a total of 13.

The House bill to legalize medical cannabis for military veterans got one new cosponsor for a total of four.

The House bill to shield military veterans from losing benefits due to marijuana use got one new cosponsor for a total of 13.

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Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) issued an executive order allowing hemp to be transported across the state.

Minnesota’s House majority leader is consulting with Colorado officials to inform the drafting of a marijuana legalization bill he plans to introduce. Meanwhile, the Senate majority leader criticized Democrats for pursuing cannabis legalization

The Washington, D.C. Council approved a bill to remove the plant count cap at medical cannabis cultivation facilities.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that cities can regulate medical cannabis businesses.

A former Arizona House minority leader called out out the hypocrisy of a prosecutor who is blaming the opioid crisis in part on legal marijuana—when she led an anti-legalization campaign in 2016 that took in half a million dollars from an opioid company.

Michigan regulators awarded the state’s first recreational marijuana business licenses, clearing the way for sales to begin on December 1.

Florida’s agriculture commissioner spoke about how marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol.

Kentucky’s Agriculture Department will host a hemp summit on December 4.

West Virginia regulators will begin accepting medical cannabis business license applications on December 19.

Illinois regulators approved another group of medical cannabis dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana.

A New York senator tweeted, “On marijuana, the assignment is far from complete. In spite of some progress, heavily racialized enforcement continues in NYS. We must finally end the failed policy of prohibition and ensure that deeply impacted communities are helped to be made whole.”


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People of color made up more than 90 percent of New York City marijuana possession arrests last quarter.

The Brooklyn, New York district attorney is planning to drop marijuana charges in a case in which police seized what a business said was legal hemp.

The Minneapolis, Minnesota mayor tweeted, “People in our state living with chronic pain shouldn’t be collateral damage in the war on drugs. Neither should victims of mass incarceration. Prohibition on cannabis has failed. It’s past time MN responsibly legalizes and begins righting these wrongs.”

/ INTERNATIONAL

Malta’s economy minister said the government is working on legislation to allow the production of cannabis for veterinary medical use.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

An epilepsy study found that “CBD treatments were effective compared with placebo, regardless of the dose administered.”

A review found “no consensus among studies that cannabis use is associated with reduced opioid use or longer treatment retention when used during methadone maintenance therapy in patients with opioid use disorder.”

A study found that “people with more severe [multiple sclerosis], and men, are more likely to use cannabis for MS.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

Organized crime and drug policy academic Bruce Bagley has been charged with alleged involvement in a scheme to launder $2.5 million in proceeds from bribery and corruption in Venezuela.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies is reportedly considering getting involved in the creation of a network of psychedelic psychotherapy clinics.

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Merida Capital Partners  and the Minority Cannabis Business Association announced the recipients of $500,000 in investments for minority-owned marijuana businesses.

Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. reported $61.8 million in quarterly earnings.

Heavenly Rx is doing reverse takeover of Nasdaq-listed Therapix Biosciences.

Eaze launched a new data portal for its brand and retail partners.

Leafly published an investigation into CBD product manufacturing and labeling.

A survey of marijuana investors found that “while 86 percent of individual investors are concerned about a global recession over the next 12-18 months, they remain bullish on the cannabis sector.”

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Rapper Fab 5 Freddy tweeted, “Shocking that @JoeBiden said he would not legalize cannabis and that it may be a ‘Gateway’ drug. He’s right in that its a Gateway to Prison for people of color like it still is here in NYC! He needs to watch my #GrassIsGreenerFilm & LEARN!”

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NJ lawmakers to put legal cannabis on ballot for voters to decide (Newsletter: November 19, 2019)

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Congress schedules marijuana vote; Sanders pledges legal cannabis ‘in every state’; AOC backs drug decrim

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The House Judiciary Committee has officially scheduled a vote on a bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the harms of the war on drugs for a vote this Wednesday, and Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) filed a new amendment to the legislation that addresses racially disproportionate enforcement and the need for equity in the cannabis industry.

New Jersey lawmakers are giving up on efforts to pass marijuana legalization during the lame duck session and instead filed referendum legislation to put the question before voters on the 2020 ballot.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a presidential candidate, said he wants to “make marijuana legal in every state in the country.” Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden (D) is facing a backlash over his comments on cannabis as a potential gateway drug from rival contenders Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Andrew Yang, as well as from Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is calling for the decriminalization of possession of all drugs—a difference with her favored presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who has said several times this year that he doesn’t favor decriminalizing drugs beyond marijuana.

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The U.S Supreme Court declined to take up an appeal of a forfeiture case involving head shops that allegedly sold synthetic cannabinoid products.

National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg expressed concerns about the challenges of detecting marijuana-impaired driving.

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “There is a lot of talk out there on where I stand when it comes to our marijuana laws. Here are the facts:” and added a graphic that lays out some of his positions.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a presidential candidate, spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana and expunging records.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D), a presidential candidate, said that he supports medical cannabis and getting the federal government out of the way of state marijuana laws.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) tweeted, in response to former Vice President Joe Biden (D) saying marijuana could be a gateway drug, “It is not. Prohibition is a gateway to racist policing practices and mass incarceration, though.”

Former Rep. Gwen Graham (D-FL) tweeted, “Repeatedly Floridians vote overwhelmingly for constitutional amendments to protect our environment, allow medical marijuana, restore felony voting rights (to name a few) & Republican legislatures & Republican governors do whatever the hell they want.”

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The Colorado Supreme Court unanimously ruled that people on probation can use medical cannabis unless there is evidence that doing so would undermine the goals of their sentence.

Indiana Senate Democrats said that a top priority for the 2020 session is to pass a marijuana decriminalization bill.

Washington State regulators banned vaping products containing vitamin E acetate.

Ohio regulators expanded a medical cannabis recall to include additional products over their “development using a non-compliant process.”

Nevada regulators suspended the license of a marijuana testing lab found to have reported inaccurate and misleading potency results.

Oklahoma regulators denied a public records request for a list of medical cannabis dispensary locations.

Florida regulators have not yet released an expected report on the state’s medical cannabis program. Separately, a representative filed a bill to add sickle cell disease as a medical marijuana qualifying condition.

The new chair of the Illinois Senate Revenue Committee said that one of her priorities is “ensuring cannabis revenue helps communities hurt by failed drug policies.”

The U.S. Virgin Islands’s medical cannabis program will likely be delayed due to contention about the confirmation of regulatory body members.

Minnesota regulators held a hemp listening session.

Here’s a look at New Mexico’s lax security regulations for medical cannabis businesses.

The South Dakota Department of Social Services launched a public service campaign about methamphetamine featuring the slogan, “Meth: We’re On It.”


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The Boston, Massachusetts City Council is expected to vote on a proposal to overhaul the approval process for marijuana businesses on Wednesday.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that recreational marijuana laws are “linked to decreased binge drinking prevalence among students age 21 and older” but are “associated with increased sedative misuse among minors.”

A study suggested that “ayahuasca may show potential as an intervention for suicidality.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

Anti-marijuana organization Smart Colorado is floating potential amendments to cannabis banking legislation it wants the Senate to consider.

Members of the North Dakota Young Republicans voted to back a proposed marijuana legalization ballot measure.

MomsRising tweeted, “Marijuana, like alcohol and tobacco, does not belong as a federally scheduled substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Descheduling cannabis would permit states to establish their own marijuana regulations absent undue federal interference. #WeWantMORE”

Prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana praised former Vice President Joe Biden’s (D) comments about cannabis’s potentially being a gateway drug.

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Trulieve Cannabis Corp. reported $70.7 million in quarterly revenue.

Colorado retailers sold more than $155 million worth of marijuana products in September.

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