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House passes tribal cannabis protection amendment (Newsletter: June 20, 2019)

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Committee debates small marijuana biz issues; Senator gets FDA to admit psychedelic benefits; Studies examine dispensary impact on youth cannabis use

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The House of Representatives debated amendments to protect state and territory marijuana laws, as well as those of Indian tribes, from federal interference. Both passed in voice votes, but a roll call vote was requested on the first measure, likely to occur on Thursday.

The House Small Business Committee held a hearing on opportunities and challenges for small marijuana businesses.

In a letter to Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health acknowledged that studies have shown medical benefits of psychedelic drugs but that the federal government doesn’t currently have any plans to reschedule substances like psilocybin, MDMA and LSD.

Three separate new studies published this month examine the impact of nearby marijuana dispensaries on youth cannabis use in Los Angeles—with differing findings.

/ FEDERAL

The Food and Drug Administration is extending the deadline to comment on CBD regulations to July 16.

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), a presidential candidate, spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana and concerns about racial disparities in prohibition enforcement.

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) tweeted, “It is not safe to walk around with duffel bags full of cash – but that’s what’s happening right now. The SAFE Banking Act is a common-sense bill that will allow the marijuana industry to use banks. The Federal gov’t must recognize legitimate businesses.”

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “Marijuana legalization is a racial justice issue and all low-level offenses should be expunged. As the $1 billion in state revenue in Colorado shows, it’s also about creating jobs and economic growth.”

The House bill to force the Department of Justice to license more growers of marijuana for research got one new cosponsor, for a total of 11.

/ STATES

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed a bill letting regulators deny marijuana business licenses based on supply and demand.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) signed a bill on certifying marijuana testing facilities.

New York lawmakers failed to reach a deal of marijuana legalization legislation, but a backup plan to expand decriminalization and provide for record expungements is still under consideration.

Massachusetts’s secretary of state warned about marijuana-related fraud cases and charged one company with securities violations. Separately, agriculture regulators are cracking down on CBD products. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives approved a hemp bill.

Ohio’s House speaker said that lawmakers will not vote on a hemp bill before the summer break.

California lawmakers are putting a bill to allow safe consumption sites for illegal drugs on hold until next year.

Michigan regulators released updated guidance for marijuana testing facilities.

Pennsylvania Senate Democrats held a press conference about marijuana reform.


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The Louisville, Kentucky Metro Council Public Safety Committee approved a measure to make marijuana possession the lowest law enforcement priority.

New York City’s Council speaker said he is “disappointed our outdated marijuana laws will remain on the books for now but the fight to end them is NOT over.”

The Clark County, Nevada Commission voted to spend more than $6.1 million raised from marijuana business license fees to add hundreds of beds for homeless families with children.

Denver, Colorado hired a cannabis process navigator to “help the industry navigate the rules, to fortify and expand trust and transparency between the cannabis industry and Denver’s marijuana regulatory agencies, and serve as a point-of-contact between marijuana businesses and the City of Denver.”

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Canadian Senate gave final approval to a bill to expedite pardons for cannabis possession convictions.

French lawmakers are filing a marijuana legalization bill that gives the government a monopoly on production and sales.

Colombia’s Prosecutor General’s Office ordered that electricity be cut off to a region of the country in an attempt to disrupt marijuana cultivation.

Thai regulators are developing medical cannabis rules.

/ ADVOCACY

A representative from prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana will debate a pro-legalization Pennsylvania senator on July 8.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that “cannabis-exposed hospitalized patients with [acute pancreatitis] had lower age-adjusted, mortality, morbidity, and hospitalization-cost than non–cannabis-exposed patients.”

A study of rats found that hemp extract “improves semen parameters by reducing plasma prolactin and enhancing plasma anti-oxidant status” and that “its pro-fertility potential might be associated with its deficiency in the widely known gonadotoxic phytocannabinoids.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll funded by the AAA Foundation surveyed Americans’ attitudes about driving under the influence of marijuana.

The New York Times editorial board endorsed a Queens district attorney candidate who has pledged to stop prosecuting low-level marijuana and drug cases.

/ BUSINESS

Canopy Growth Corp. and Acreage Holdings Inc. shareholders both voted to approve the former company’s planned acquisition of the latter in the event of U.S. federal marijuana legalization.

Thrive Market is ceasing to sell CBD and hemp products at the demand of its merchant processor.

Shoppers Drug Mart and TruTrace Technologies are partnering to use blockchain technology to track marijuana products.

Quiznos launched a “Magic Mushroom Melt” sandwich in Denver.

/ CULTURE

Musician Willie Nelson joked about how he is the chief tester of his brand Willie’s Reserve’s marijuana products.

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Biden DEA pick open to medical cannabis laws (Newsletter: April 14, 2021)

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IL marijuana revenue outweighs alcohol; Tribute to cannabis pioneer Steve Fox; CT legalization poll; CO sales data

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Anne Milgram, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Drug Enforcement Administration, called a New Jersey medical cannabis bill “workable” while serving as the state’s attorney general. Those are very limited comments, but a DEA head who potentially understands the medical benefits of marijuana would undermine its ongoing status as a Schedule I drug.

Longtime marijuana activist Steve Fox, who was a driving force behind Colorado’s historic cannabis legalization measure and so many other movement wins, has passed away. His colleagues have launched a GoFundMe to support his family during this difficult time.

The Illinois Department of Revenue reported that as of last quarter the state now takes in more tax revenue from marijuana sales than from alcohol.

A new poll found that 67% of Connecticut residents support legalizing marijuana. The public backing comes as two cannabis legalization bills are advancing in the legislature.

Colorado retailers sold $167 million worth of legal marijuana in February. Cannabis sales for the first two months of 2021 are $78 million higher than for the same period last year.

/ FEDERAL

The Biden administration is reportedly expected to support a temporary extension of a Trump-era policy expanding mandatory minimum sentencing for a range of fentanyl-related substances.

Sen. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) tweeted, “By legalizing adult-use cannabis, New Mexico is taking bold steps to get our economy moving again, create new jobs and economic opportunities, and begin to undo the disparate harm of criminalization.”

The House resolution that calls for legalizing marijuana, expunging drug convictions and allowing safe consumption sites got one new cosponsor for a total of 18.

/ STATES

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) sent a press release about an auction of marijuana-themed license plates to benefit the state Disability Funding Committee.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “The war on drugs has forever been a story of racial injustice. Even last year — during a global pandemic — a disproportionate number of Black PA’ians were arrested for marijuana. It’s time we #LegalizeIt and stop locking people up for possession.” He also tweeted, “Yesterday, New Mexico became the seventh state since November to legalize adult-use marijuana. Pennsylvania is falling behind. Residents want legalization.”

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) authored an op-ed criticizing pending marijuana reform legislation.

Michigan’s attorney general launched a new webpage to inform people about a new law that expunges prior marijuana and other convictions.

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that a construction company needs to pay for the cost of its injured worker’s medical cannabis.

Virginia’s House speaker posted a video of herself singing the recently approved marijuana legalization bill.

Connecticut House leaders are working to craft a marijuana legalization bill that can get enough votes to pass even if a number of Democrats oppose it.

The Illinois House of Representatives is expected to vote on a bill to regulate CBD and Delta-8-THC products this week.

The Iowa Department of Human Services is being sued by a woman who says she is being blocked from becoming a preschool teacher due to an expunged prior marijuana charge.

Oklahoma regulators revoked the license of a medical cannabis testing lab.

A member of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is stepping down.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will hold a training session on Thursday.


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/ LOCAL

San Francisco, California’s mayor held a press conference to emphasize that the annual 4/20 rally in Golden Gate Park is canceled.

New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams criticized rivals for supporting drug policy reform.

/ INTERNATIONAL

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she wants a bipartisan approach to treating drugs as a health issue, but the opposition National Party doesn’t seem interested.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “all studies exhibited anxiolytic and antidepressant activities after CBD use.”

A study found that “the vast majority of patients self-selecting into cannabis use for treatment of nausea likely experience relief within a relative short duration of time, but the level of antiemetic effect varies with the characteristics of the cannabis products consumed in vivo.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The New Mexico Republican Party criticized Democrats for enacting a marijuana legalization law.

Americans for Safe Access launched an action alert urging House and Urban Development Sec. Marcia Fudge to issue guidance allowing patients to use medical cannabis in federal housing.

AAA is hosting an event about New Jersey marijuana laws on 4/20.

/ BUSINESS

Organigram Holdings Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of C$14.6 million and a net loss of C$66.3 million.

Mydecine Innovations Group says it has identified previously uncharacterized compounds in psilocybin mushrooms and is going to screen them to test for therapeutic effects.

/ CULTURE

South Park is partnering with adidas to launch a Towlie shoe on 4/20.

Actor Jaleel White launched a Purple Urkle cannabis brand with 710 Labs.

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NM gov signs legal cannabis into law (Newsletter: April 13, 2021)

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4 more states could legalize marijuana in 2021; Uber CEO open to cannabis delivery; MN legalization advances

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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) signed a marijuana legalization bill into law—making her state the third to enact the reform in recent days. She also signed separate cannabis expungements legislation.

Four more states still have a good shot of legalizing marijuana this year, following the enactment of new laws in New Mexico, New York and Virginia.  2021 could set a record for legalization—even though nothing is on the ballot this year.

The Minnesota House Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee approved a marijuana legalization bill—the fifth panel to do so. The majority leader, who is sponsoring the legislation, said a floor vote is coming next month—but at least one more committee is set to take it up this week first.

Uber’s CEO said the company will “absolutely” explore entering the marijuana delivery space once federal laws change.

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President Joe Biden is dropping plans to create a national police oversight commission.

The Internal Revenue Service, through a Freedom of Information Act request, released documents about how it handles marijuana businesses.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “I’m working in the Senate with @SenBooker and @RonWyden on comprehensive marijuana reform legislation. It’s long past time to end the federal prohibition on marijuana and ensure equity for communities—especially those of color—impacted by the War on Drugs.”

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) tweeted, “The failed drug war must end, and that begins with legalizing marijuana. It’s time to turn the page on this sad chapter in American history and undo the devastating consequences of discriminatory policies that have ruined countless lives and communities.”

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) said he supports Virginia’s new marijuana legalization law but has remaining concerns about impaired driving.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “It’s time to legalize cannabis, expunge records for non-violent crimes, & invest in economic opportunities for Black & brown communities hit hardest by the War on Drugs.”

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) tweeted about a marijuana event he is hosting on Wednesday.

Guam’s attorney general is waiting for regulators to send draft legal marijuana rules.

Mississippi’s Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case challenging the state’s voter-approved medical cannabis law on Wednesday.

The California Senate approved a bill to end mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.

Connecticut’s House speaker said he still thinks there’s a 50-50 chance of passing a marijuana legalization bill this year.

A North Dakota legislature conference committee accepted amendments to a hemp bill that were proposed by the attorney general’s office.

The Montana Senate Select Committee on Marijuana Law held a hearing on House-passed legalization implementation bills.

The Rhode Island House Committee on State Government & Elections held a hearing on a bill to allow veterinarians to recommend medical cannabis for pets.

A Maryland delegate said he thinks the state will legalize marijuana next year.

New Jersey marijuana regulators held their first meeting and launched a new website.

Massachusetts regulators launched a public catalog of marijuana products that are legally available in the state.

Illinois regulators sent a bulletin about a new cannabis retailer occupation tax in Kane County.

A Michigan law that automatically expunges prior marijuana and other convictions took effect.


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The Denver, Colorado City Council gave initial approval to a proposal to allow marijuana delivery services and social consumption areas.

The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority is facing a possible lawsuit from an employee who says he was forced into drug rehabilitation classes due to his medical cannabis use.

Detroit, Michigan officials are being sued over a decision to prevent a medical cannabis facility from operating near a church.

The Sonoma County, California Board of Supervisors is considering accepting state funding to help people enter the marijuana industry.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Mexico’s Senate majority leader published a blog post explaining why lawmakers need more time to pass marijuana legalization legislation.

A French lawmaker who chaired a parliamentary committee that examined marijuana issues says it should be legalized.

Malawi’s government issued 86 cannabis cultivation licenses.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “most driving-related skills are predicted to recover within ∼5-hs (and almost all within ∼7-hs) of inhaling 20 mg Δ9-THC” and that “regular cannabis users experience less Δ9-THC-induced impairment than occasional users.”

A study found that “psilocybin increased ratings of (spontaneous) creative insights, while decreasing (deliberate) task-based creativity” and that “seven days after psilocybin, [the] number of novel ideas increased.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The American Medical Association published a post outlining its concerns about legalizing marijuana.

Vanderbilt University’s Robert Mikos published an article arguing that it is not within the power of the president to legalize marijuana through executive action.

/ BUSINESS

Aphria Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of C$153.6 million and a net loss of C$361 million.

Weedmaps launched a new service that tracks individual cannabis consumption habits.

Curaleaf workers in Hanover, Massachusetts voted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Local Union 328.

/ CULTURE

311’s Nick Hexum recorded a video message to a “tattletale” who posted on Nextdoor to complain about marijuana odors.

Jay-Z’s cannabis brand MONOGRAM launched a campaign of new photographs by Hype Williams depicting how “the good life” can involve consuming marijuana.

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NM gov could sign cannabis bill today (Newsletter: April 12, 2021)

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TX marijuana decrim vote; NV social use lounge bill advances; Biden gets another letter on cannabis firings; EPA funds hemp bricks

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The office of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) sent a “save the date” notice for Monday to sponsors of the marijuana legalization bill that’s on her desk—signaling that its formal signing into law is imminent.

The Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee voted to approve a bill to decriminalize marijuana, as well as separate legislation to lower penalties for cannabis concentrates.

The Nevada Assembly Judiciary Committee approved bills to allow marijuana social consumption lounges and to protect people from getting DUI charges just for having cannabis metabolites in their blood.

Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) sent a letter urging President Joe Biden to stop firing White House staff over past marijuana use. It’s the third such letter the president has received from lawmakers about the cannabis employment issue in recent weeks.

  • “Minnesotans and the American people are demanding change to our harsh and unequally applied cannabis laws. I look forward to seeing your Administration reverse course on this harmful and unnecessary hurdle to hiring diverse and talented public servants.”

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded a company nearly $100,000 to support the development of sustainable bricks made from hemp. The hempcrete is a “durable, lightweight, carbon-negative” alternative to traditional construction bricks.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that the Internal Revenue Service was within its right to issue a summons to a data services company seeking information about marijuana business clients..

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “It’s time to legalize marijuana on the federal level.”

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) tweeted, “Kudos to my friend @RepAngieCraig for penning a letter to @POTUS that a majority of Americans would likely sign. It’s high-time to remove cannabis from the Schedule I substance list, allow for research, legalization, federal excise taxation, and fact based decision making.”

A new House Ethics Committee investigation into possible misconduct by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) includes allegations of illicit drug use. Current and former congressional officials reportedly told media outlets about occasions in which he has apparently smelled of marijuana on the House floor.

The House marijuana banking bill got seven new cosponsors for a total of 147.

The House bill to allow CBD as a dietary supplement got one new cosponsor for a total of 22.

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Florida’s agriculture commissioner tweeted, “April is #NationalCannabisMonth, and the future is bright for #cannabis in Florida! With $370M in est. economic impact in year one, our state #hemp program is bringing new crops and products to Floridians.” She also authored an op-ed criticizing Republican lawmakers’ efforts to restrict medical cannabis patients’ rights.

The Montana House of Representatives passed three marijuana legalization implementation bills.

The Vermont House of Representatives approved a bill to decriminalize small amounts of buprenorphine.

The South Dakota Senate president pro tempore said an upcoming special session should not make substantial or controversial changes to the state’s voter-approved medical cannabis law.

Alaska lawmakers are considering legislation to bring the state’s hemp program into compliance with federal law. Separately, a resolution calling on Congress to pass marijuana banking legislation is also advancing.

The California Senate Governance & Finance Committee approved a bill to let cities and counties opt into letting the state manage marijuana regulations for them.

A North Carolina senator posted a Twitter thread about how his experience with cancer in his family motivated his work on a new medical cannabis bill.

Oregon regulators modified marijuana licensee violations and approved changes to streamline the licensing process.

Illinois regulators sent an alert about tax compliance for marijuana concentrates.

Mississippi regulators discussed medical cannabis implementation issues at a meeting.

The North Carolina Department of Justice published another podcast on hemp and law enforcement.


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A federal judge blocked Detroit, Michigan officials from processing recreational marijuana business license applications while a dispute on the city’s residency requirements for owners is challenged.

The Denver, Colorado City Council is scheduled to take up bills to reform marijuana ordinances on Monday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Ukraine legalized some cannabis extracts and synthetic cannabinoid medicines.

The New Zealand government permanently legalized drug checking services.

Mexico’s Senate majority leader spoke about the need for “extensive reflection” in forming marijuana legalization legislation.

An American businessman who legally smoked marijuana in Nevada before taking a plane to Dubai is now facing up to three years in prison there.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “marijuana use is not a reliable gateway cause of illicit drug use” and “as such, prohibition policies are unlikely to reduce illicit drug use.”

A case study reported the “successful use of medical marijuana for treating chronic pruritus.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that 58% of Americans don’t know the difference between CBD and THC.

The South Dakota Democratic Party tweeted, “Another Noem-led assault on South Dakotans: The same taxpayers who voted to legalize recreational marijuana in South Dakota are now paying to fight it in the state’s highest court.”

The Washington Times editorial board expressed concerns about the growing number of states that are legalizing marijuana.

/ BUSINESS

Glass House is going public.

ATAI Life Sciences acquired a majority stake in Psyber.

Planet 13 is planning to hire hundreds of workers.

Terra Tech Corp. appointed a new member to its board of directors.

/ CULTURE

Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Mike Tyson, Too $hort and others will participate in a 4/20 event hosted by Weedmaps.

The Onion joked that Colorado temporarily recriminalized marijuana for a statewide tolerance break.

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