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Illinois lawmakers sent Gov. J.B.  Pritzker (D) budget legislation that contains provisions to let marijuana businesses take state-level tax deductions that they are prohibited from utilizing at the federal level due to 280E.

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley said she thinks marijuana legalization is “best decided at the state level” regardless of ongoing federal prohibition.

  • “It’s where people can show the power of their voice.”

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) filed a bill to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to study the benefits of medical cannabis for military veterans with chronic pain, PTSD and other conditions.

Texas House-passed bills to decriminalize marijuana, facilitate expungements and allow chronic pain patients to access medical cannabis as an opioid alternative died with Senate leadership refusing to schedule votes ahead of the end of the session.

In a new Marijuana Moment op-ed, Ari Hoffnung of Bridge West Consulting argues that unique aspects of Minnesota’s forthcoming cannabis legalization law will make the state a great place to build a marijuana business.


The National Institute of Justice will host an event about THC isomers on June 15.


The Connecticut House of Representatives passed a bill to allow social equity cannabis cultivators to open outdoor grow facilities in areas beyond locations designated as disproportionately impacted by the drug war.

Wisconsin’s Senate minority leader spoke about how her state’s residents are spending money on legal marijuana in neighboring states.

A New York senator is calling on Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) to support safe consumption sites for illegal drugs.

California regulators are moving to adopt emergency regulations related to tracking cannabis goods that leave licensed retail premises in delivery vehicles.

Mississippi regulators filed proposed changes to rules on medical cannabis certification.

Michigan’s top cannabis regulator spoke about the tax revenue the state is generating from legal sales.

Oregon’s Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council terminated a grant agreement with a substance misuse recovery nonprofit accused of finance violations related to use of funds provided by the state’s voter-approved drug decriminalization law.

Vermont regulators will host a Q & A session about the medical cannabis program on Thursday.

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San Diego, California officials will hold a public workshop on proposed cannabis equity rules on Thursday.


The Czech Republic’s national drug policy coordinator said the government’s marijuana legalization plan may end up before the European Court of Justice.

The Philippine justice secretary said the government will soon review the country’s drug policies with the aim of treating substance use as a health issue.


A study “the potential of use of cannabinoids or/and cannabis extracts for the reduction of inflammation.”

A study found that use of psychedelics was associated with “substantial changes” in use of other drugs, with 43.8% decreasing or ceasing alcohol use, 42.5% ceasing or decreasing antidepressant use, and 42.4% decreasing or ceasing cocaine use.”


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board is calling on Pennsylvania lawmakers to pass legislation shielding medical cannabis patients from DUI charges.


Canopy Growth Corporation is being targeted with a class action lawsuit alleging that it failed to disclose to investors that there were material weaknesses in its internal controls over accounting and financial reporting, among other claims.

Aleafia Health Inc. launched a strategic review process “with the goal of maximizing value” for shareholders.

Carnival Cruise Line’s brand ambassador said it will continue to employ drug detection dogs in light of “people thinking it is legal and allowed to use marijuana on their cruise.”


Football player Le’Veon Bell said he has smoked marijuana before games.

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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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