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Hawaii AG’s office describes cannabis plan (Newsletter: March 27, 2024)



DE marijuana banking bill; SD legalization initiative; NH cannabis amendment; CT, ME & VT psychedelics; Poll: bipartisan support for federal reform

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Top staffers in Hawaii Attorney General Anne Lopez’s (D) office spoke to Marijuana Moment about how they approached drafting a cannabis legalization bill that lawmakers are now advancing toward passage this session.

South Dakota marijuana activists say they’ve crossed the halfway point toward collecting enough signatures to put a legalization initiative on the November ballot.

Delaware’s Treasurer Colleen Davis (D) is supporting a new bill to provide state-level protections to banks that service cannabis businesses, saying it will lead to “a safer and more transparent marijuana industry.”

The Connecticut legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee approved a bill to decriminalize psilocybin—though Gov. Ned Lamont’s (D) office says he has “concerns” about the reform.

The Vermont Senate gave initial approval to a bill to create a Psychedelic Therapy Advisory Working Group to “examine the use of psychedelics to improve physical and mental health” and make recommendations for legal access.

The Maine legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee approved an amended bill to create a commission charged with recommending a “legal framework for the therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs, including but not limited to psilocybin.”

The New Hampshire House Finance Committee held a hearing on an amendment to a marijuana legalization bill that would include a state-run franchise model of cannabis stores that is favored by Gov. Chris Sununu (R).

A new poll of voters in Missouri, Ohio and Wyoming found bipartisan majority support for a bill in Congress to let states enact their own marijuana laws without federal interference.

A National Labor Relations Board official ruled that workers at Missouri marijuana business BeLeaf Medical have the right to count ballots in a union election that the company is challenging.


Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) posted on Facebook about President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign focusing on marijuana to reach young voters, saying, “It is about damn time. I use every opportunity to point out the political benefits of embracing cannabis reform. Thankfully, it is not too late for them to reverse course.”

New York Democratic congressional candidate Paula Collins spoke about how her role as a cannabis tax attorney would be useful in helping to shape federal legalization legislation.


Maine Gov. Janet Mills’s (D) brother reportedly aided in the transfer of a property involved in illegal marijuana cultivation to a Chinese national.

Idaho’s attorney general claimed that legalization of marijuana and other drugs has “ruined other states, and Idaho demands just a bit better for our citizens and communities.”

Florida’s agriculture commissioner is calling on Congress to enact restrictions on intoxicating hemp products.

The Missouri Senate debated a bill to restrict hemp-derived products.

The Minnesota House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee held a hearing on a bill to provide medical cannabis patients with increased home cultivation limits.

New York lawmakers who are part of a group called Socialists in Office are supporting drug decriminalization legislation.

A Guam senator is calling for a temporary pause of marijuana testing requirements.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, located within North Carolina, said the launch of their marijuana dispensary on 4/20 will only be open to medical cannabis patients.

A Washington, D.C. Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Administration official said that federal law does not interfere with implementation of the District’s medical cannabis program.

Pennsylvania regulators posted an update on the medical cannabis program.

Washington State regulators published a newsletter with updates on various cannabis issues.

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Saint Lucia’s commerce minister said establishing a robust cannabis industry is a priority for the government.

Ireland’s health minister provided lawmakers with an update on the nation’s medical cannabis program.


A review concluded that “CBD has shown promise in managing pain, moderating immune responses, and mitigating ischemia/reperfusion injury, underscoring its potential in postoperative care” for cardiac surgery.

A study’s results suggest considering cannabis use by patients in opioid maintenance treatment “as a harm reduction strategy to reduce the intake of more dangerous drugs.”


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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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