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Hemp legalization included in final Farm Bill (Newsletter: Nov. 30, 2018)

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More banks working with marijuana businesses; Air Force warns about cannabis-infused foods; Rohrabacher touts marijuana work in farewell speech

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Hemp legalization language is included in the final conference report on the Farm Bill that will be voted on in Congress as soon as next week.

A report from the U.S. Treasury Department shows that the number of banks that are actively maintaining accounts for marijuana businesses has grown by nearly 20 percent since the beginning of this year.

The U.S. Air Force sent a memo to military members warning that “your friend’s grandma’s miracle sticky buns” might be infused with marijuana and could get them dishonorably discharged.

Outgoing Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) spoke about his legislative achievements on marijuana reform during a half-hour farewell address on the House floor.

/ FEDERAL

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Elon Musk’s on-camera marijuana smoking “did not inspire confidence, and the leaders of these organizations need to take that as an example of what to do when you lead an organization that’s going to launch American astronauts.”

A U.S. Tax Court judge ruled against Harborside Health Center in a case about 280E.

A federal judge ruled that denying methadone to prisoners violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) said he thinks hemp is “going to be a good crop everywhere.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) sent a press release about hemp legalization being included in the Farm Bill.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) wrote an op-ed calling on Congress to pass criminal justice reform legislation.

/ STATES

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) tweeted, “Our administration is committed to social justice and breaking the cycle of non-violent, low-level drug offenses that disproportionately affect people, especially people of color. That is why I support the legalization of adult-use marijuana.”

Kentucky’s Senate president said lawmakers are “open to” medical cannabis if evidence on its efficacy can be presented.

Missouri officials are currently considering whether medical cannabis patients should be denied welfare benefits.

Virginia regulators gave final approval to four CBD oil processors.

Michigan regulators set new maximum THC concentrations for medical cannabis products. Meanwhile, the Senate majority leader filed a bill to eliminate legal marijuana home cultivation. And the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider hemp and CBD bills on Tuesday.

Alaska officials warned consumers about unregulated CBD products.

A California senator filed a bill to exempt compassionate care programs that give free medical cannabis to low-income people from taxes.

New Mexico State University regents signed off on state regulations for a hemp research program.

Washington State officials released a survey on driving under the influence of marijuana and alcohol.


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Luxembourg’s incoming government plans to legalize marijuana.

Mexican regulators said they expect commercial sales of cannabis medicines in the last quarter of 2019. Separately, the nation’s secretary of economy rejected medical cannabis regulations.

Lawmakers in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are expected to debate three marijuana bills on December 10.

Scotland’s health secretary said she would look into the case of a young boy would could benefit from medical cannabis.

/ ADVOCACY

The Republican Party of New York tweeted, “[email protected]’s pay to play has now entered the marijuana business with friends of the Governor’s top ally getting a coveted state contract worth tens of millions. Another gross abuse of power that demands investigation.”

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

Researchers are recruiting participants for a study on the use MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in treating PTSD.

New Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows that drug overdoses killed more than 70,000 Americans in 2017, an annual record.

/ BUSINESS

Tobacco company Turning Point Brands is buying a stake in Canadian American Standard Hemp Inc.

Credit Union 1 said it will work with Alaska marijuana businesses.

Reuters looks at patenting in the marijuana industry.

Massachusetts marijuana retailers are seeing their Facebook and Instagram accounts shut down.

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DEA whines about hemp legalization (Newsletter: March 5, 2021)

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Feds: Marijuana banking slowdown levels off; TN medical cannabis advances; CT poll; MD legalization hearing

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A new Drug Enforcement Administration report argues that the broadly popular bipartisan legalization of hemp creates complications for police and has been used as a cover for drug cartels. But it also admits that as more states legalize marijuana, illicit trafficking is shrinking.

After months of declines in the number of banks working with marijuana businesses, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network reported that the trend has “leveled off.”

The Tennessee Senate Government Operations Committee approved a bill to legalize medical marijuana while also rejecting a separate measure to simply study the issue until federal law is changed.

The Maryland Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on a marijuana legalization bill sponsored by the body’s president, majority leader and key committee chairs. Discussion centered around merging its provisions with a separate legal cannabis bill in the House of Delegates.

A new poll found that 66% of Connecticut adults support legalizing marijuana as Gov. Ned Lamont (D) and lawmakers step up the push to enact the reform this year. The survey also shows broad backing for expunging prior cannabis records.

Momentum for South Carolina medical cannabis legislation is building ahead of a March 18 Senate Medical Affairs Committee hearing.

The state of Michigan Department of Treasury is sending nearly $10 million in marijuana revenue back to local governments. Municipalities and counties get about $28,000 for every cannabis retailer or microbusiness in their jurisdiction.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture tweeted about the availability of revenue protection insurance for hemp.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “I am working alongside @SenBooker and @RonWyden on legislation for comprehensive marijuana reform. We must end the federal prohibition on marijuana, make criminal justice reforms, and ensure equity for communities—especially those of color—impacted by the War on Drugs.”

Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA) expressed concerns with marijuana legalization and said lawmakers should wait to see how medical cannabis rolls out first.

The Senate bill to expand marijuana research got one new cosponsor for a total of 10.

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) said voters’ approval of dual medical and recreational marijuana ballot measures was “unprecedented,” and dodged a question about whether she supports an affirmative defense for patients that was added to a bill to delay the medical cannabis measure’s implementation. Here’s a look at where marijuana legislation stands in the session.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) appointed members to the Cannabis Advisory Commission.

Florida’s agriculture commissioner authored a blog post on NORML’s website opposing Republican lawmakers’ efforts to institute THC caps on medical cannabis.

The New Mexico House of Representatives approved a bill to legalize safe consumption sites for illegal drugs.

The Wisconsin Assembly minority leader said he’s unsure if a standalone medical cannabis bill could pass the chamber.

The Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to lower marijuana penalties.

An Idaho senator revised his proposed constitutional ban on legalizing marijuana or other drugs to now require a two-thirds vote of both chambers of the legislature before any Schedule I or II drug could be legalized.

A Colorado representative filed a bill to revise rules for marijuana delivery services.

An Alabama representative said he thinks a Senate-approved medical cannabis bill is “more likely to pass than not” in the House.

Michigan regulators published a bulletin on common issues experienced by marijuana businesses.

California water officials hosted a webinar on cannabis permitting.

Washington State regulators released an updated list of recreational marijuana retailers with a medical endorsement.

Oregon regulators will consider revised marijuana violation rules on March 16.


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The Clarksville, Tennessee City Council is considering a resolution calling for marijuana decriminalization.

Denver, Colorado officials will participate in a marijuana equity event on Friday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Bermuda’s Senate rejected a marijuana legalization bill.

Morocco’s government is postponing consideration of legislation to legalize medical cannabis.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with an immediate decrease in marijuana and methamphetamine seizures, and then increases throughout 2020 with some months exceeding the number (and weights) of seizures from the previous year.”

Researchers determined the crystalline structure of THC-A for the first time.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

JustLeadershipUSA included passage of a federal marijuana legalization bill in its roadmap for criminal justice reform.

/ BUSINESS

Bevcanna Enterprises Inc. appointed a former PepsiCo executive as president.

Stripe reportedly won’t service businesses that are “providing information and resources to individuals who may be using marijuana.”

atai Life Sciences closed a $157 million Series D financing round.

Delic Holdings Inc. is acquiring Homestead.

Illinois retailers sold more than $80 million worth of recreational marijuana products and nearly $30 million worth of medical cannabis in February.

/ CULTURE

Gwyneth Paltrow is partnering with Green Thumb Industries Inc. on a line of THC- and CBD-infused sparkling waters.

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WV gov would sign legal cannabis to combat opioids (Newsletter: March 4, 2021)

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HI & MN legal marijuana bills advance; AL decrim vote; Senate report slams DEA research block; IA psilocybin hearing

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The U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control released a report on marijuana that expresses concerns about youth use and impaired driving—and calls for federal officials to consider recommending THC potency limits for states— but also highlights some benefits of legalization and criticizes the Drug Enforcement Administration for blocking research.

  • The panel, co-chaired by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and John Cornyn (R-TX), recognizes the “increasing popularity” of legal marijuana, says the “U.S. cannabis industry is thriving”  and admits that “cultivation and sales have largely shifted from Mexican cartels to U.S.-based businesses operating in licit, state markets.”

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) said he would sign a marijuana legalization bill if lawmakers sent him one. While he has some concerns, he noted that medical experts say legal cannabis can reduce “drug-type problems” amid the opioid overdose crisis.

The Hawaii Senate Judiciary and Ways & Means Committees approved a marijuana legalization bill, sending it to the Senate floor as its next step. Lawmakers also advanced back-up legislation to expand the state’s existing cannabis decriminalization law.

The Minnesota House Workforce and Business Development Finance and Policy Committee approved the majority leader’s marijuana legalization bill. It’s the third panel to clear the measure in as many weeks.

The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve a bill to decriminalize marijuana possession. Last week, the full Senate passed a medical cannabis bill.

An Iowa House Public Safety subcommittee held a first-ever hearing on a bill to decriminalize psilocybin. People who have benefited from using the psychedelic testified, as did a therapist, but lawmakers did not advance the legislation.

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A top National Security Council official reportedly told Mexican officials that the two countries need a “new strategy” in the war on drugs.

The Drug Enforcement Administration warned about scammers impersonating agents demanding money or personal information.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted, in response to an image of the back of former House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) book, “🍷🚬🌿💨420”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) spoke about plans to introduce psychedelics research legislation.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) said she is “determined” to enact justice-focused marijuana legislation.

/ STATES

Florida’s agriculture commissioner tweeted, “While other states move forward on marijuana, Florida Republicans want to restrict access and force a new tax on patients. We should be improving our medical program and legalize marijuana for adult use.”

The Georgia Senate approved a bill to clarify the definition of hemp processing.

The South Dakota Senate Health and Human Services Committee amended a bill to delay implementation of the state’s medical cannabis law to add an affirmative defense for patients who are charged in the meantime. Meanwhile, the House State Affairs Committee killed a bill to enact regulations allowing recreational marijuana sales.

The Idaho House Agricultural Affairs Committee approved a hemp legalization bill.

The Missouri Senate Seniors, Families, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee held a hearing on a bill to prohibit family courts from discriminating against a parent or custodian for using medical cannabis.

The chairman of the Washington, D.C. Council said the body will be ready to pass marijuana legalization “as soon as Congress lifts its prohibition.”

Colorado Senate Republicans tweeted, “Democrats are pushing a bill to spend $4 million on growing the marijuana industry instead of helping currently struggling businesses.” They also tweeted supportively about the advancement of legislation to let students access cannabis medicines at schools.

Wyoming representatives introduced a marijuana legalization bill.

A Maine representative is filing a bill to allow small medical cannabis providers to form cooperatives.

Alaska regulators are considering doubling the amount of THC allowed in marijuana edibles. Separately, a member of the Marijuana Control Board was not reappointed.

Oklahoma generated $5.5 million in medical cannabis tax revenue in February.

Oregon regulators will consider changes to streamline marijuana licensing on March 15.


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The Las Vegas, Nevada City Council voted to allow marijuana dispensaries to have drive-thru windows.

A lawsuit has been filed against Detroit, Michigan’s residency rules for marijuana business owners.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Fiji’s attorney general said the government has no plans to legalize medical cannabis.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “lifetime cannabis use, 12‐month cannabis use and 12‐month cannabis use frequency were not associated with the incidence of hypertension.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Democratic Party of Virginia tweeted about the legislature’s passage of a marijuana legalization bill.

Representatives of the American Medical Association, New York State PTA and law enforcement agencies held a press conference to express opposition to legalizing marijuana in New York.

/ BUSINESS

Eaze’s vice president of operations testified under an immunity agreement in a federal criminal case that he worked with a defendant to disguise billing for marijuana transactions from banks and credit card companies.

Columbia Care Inc. preliminarily reported $87 million in quarterly combined revenue.

Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. entered into an option purchase agreement with Stanley Brothers USA Holdings, Inc.

Terra Tech Corp. entered an agreement to acquire UMBRLA, Inc.

MedMen’s cofounders are reportedly now working for Coastal Dispensary.

Schwazze completed its acquisition of the five remaining Star Buds dispensaries in Colorado that it did not already own.

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Schumer lists cannabis as Dem priority (Newsletter: March 3, 2021)

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Mexico legalization vote; USDA hemp survey; TX voters back legal marijuana; IA cannabis penalty bill; Canada decrim push

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote in a fundraising email to supporters that federal marijuana legalization is a priority part of “Democrats’ bold agenda for change this year.”

Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies plans to vote on a marijuana legalization bill next week. The Senate voted to legalize cannabis back in November, and committees in the other chamber are now considering revisions before bringing it to the floor.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans to survey 20,000 farmers about hemp acreage and production.

The Mississippi House Ways and Means Committee replaced the provisions of a Senate-passed bill creating an alternate medical cannabis program with the exact text of the ballot measure that voters approved in November.

An Iowa Senate Judiciary subcommittee approved a bill to lower marijuana possession penalties.

A new poll found that 60% of Texas voters support legalizing marijuana—a big increase over the past decade.

Canada’s federal government is moving to end mandatory minimum sentences for drugs—but a majority of voters, a major police chiefs group, the province of British Columbia and some lawmakers want full decriminalization instead.

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The U,S, Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that an Arizona man’s prison sentence was incorrectly enhanced on the basis of a prior marijuana conviction, saying that the state’s law was out of step with the federal legalization of hemp.

The House of Representatives—including a majority of Democrats and all Republicans—voted against an amendment to allow incarcerated people to vote.

The House Rules Committee blocked a floor vote on an amendment to temporarily ban police from forcibly drugging arrestees with ketamine and to study the health effects of doing so.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) spoke about his home state of New Jersey enacting marijuana legalization legislation.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) will speak at the start of a cannabis research conference on March 13.

The House bill to allow CBD as a dietary supplement got two new cosponsors for a total of 21.

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) spoke about public support for marijuana reform proposals that he included in his budget and said he thinks at least medical cannabis should be approved.

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) appointed a new chair of the Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Florida’s agriculture commissioner criticized a legislative proposal to institute THC caps on medical cannabis.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that workers’ compensation must reimburse him for the cost of medical cannabis.

The Illinois Supreme Court tweeted about a state program that helps people clear their past marijuana convictions.

The West Virginia Senate defeated an amendment to remove marijuana from drug testing for TANF recipients.

The composition of New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission is being challenged by the state’s NAACP chapter.

Colorado officials are putting marijuana industry workers in line with the general public for access to coronavirus vaccines.

Maine regulators proposed new medical cannabis rules.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission met.

New York regulators published a list of authorized hemp research partners.

A Pennsylvania Republican senator spoke about why he thinks legalizing marijuana is “pretty much inevitable” and said he thinks his new bill will at least get a committee vote this year.

Ohio regulators will consider chances to medical cannabis rules on March 12.


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Voters in several Vermont towns approved ballot measures to allow marijuana sales.

The Dallas, Texas police chief presented a plan to reduce marijuana arrests in front of the City Council Public Safety Committee.

Denver, Colorado officials unveiled draft bills allowing marijuana delivery services and social use areas.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Zambia’s cabinet approved a bill to legalize cultivation of marijuana for cannabis for medical, scientific and research purposes.

A public consultation on marijuana by the French Parliament found that more than 80% of respondents support legalization.

Zimbabwe’s secretary for information tweeted, “We have to declare a war on drugs. They are frying our young people’s brains. The amount of money some of these young people are spending on these immoral ventures debunks the ‘jobless’ argument. Other young people are into farming, others into mining let’s help the lost ones.”

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study suggested “potential anti-inflammatory effects of recent cannabis use.”

A study suggested that “anecdotal benefits of microdosing [psychedelics] can be explained by the placebo effect.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The South Dakota Democratic Party tweeted about the Senate minority leader’s views that the state’s drug laws are “archaic.”

/ BUSINESS

Amazon is facing a federal lawsuit for allegedly improperly firing a worker for medical cannabis use.

Canopy Growth Corporation launched a CBD-infused sparkling water in the U.S.

Lowell Farms Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $9.2 million.

Schwazze closed its most recent tranche of preferred equity with a round of $34 million.

BDSA estimated that global cannabis sales exceeded $21 billion in 2020.

/ CULTURE

Alyssa Milano tweeted, “Just a reminder: weed is now a multi-billion dollar industry  and hedge fund managers make millions off of the legal sale of marijuana while too many people (mostly black and brown people) are incarcerated on weed related charges.”

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