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IN GOP leader’s legal cannabis bill (Newsletter: December 28, 2021)

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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

An Indiana Republican representative who serves in House leadership says she will be introducing a marijuana legalization bill for the 2022 session.

Marijuana Moment obtained a full slide presentation on the Taliban-approved plan to grow cannabis in Afghanistan, but the company involved—CPharm of Germany—says the whole thing is contingent on international recognition of the new regime.

A new study found that more than one-third of software developers “regularly use cannabis while programming”—with many saying that it helps promote creativity and get them into the “programming zone.” Others say it helps to “mitigate programming-related pain.”

/ FEDERAL

The Fish and Wildlife Service noted the harms that illegal cannabis cultivation can pose to foothill yellow-legged frog populations.

/ STATES

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed a bill requiring medical cannabis business license applicants to have liability insurance policies.

Mississippi’s House minority leader said he thinks lawmakers will take up a medical cannabis bill early in 2022.

Montana regulators adopted new marijuana rules.

Minnesota regulators are “actively working” to let retailers know their position that some hemp-derived products are illegal.

Illinois regulators issued new marijuana infuser and transporter licenses.

New York regulators released guidance about hemp license applications.

Ohio regulators released updated medical cannabis patient and caregiver numbers.


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/ LOCAL

San Francisco, California officials will host a roundtable meeting on safety issues faced by cannabis businesses on Tuesday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Mexico’s Senate is expected to take up a marijuana legalization bill in the new year.

Ireland’s High Court is considering a case alleging that the country’s anti-drugs laws conflict with European Union regulations on the free movement of goods.

Alberta, Canada’s government will allow online marijuana sales and deliveries as of March 8.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that emergency medicine physicians “believe cannabis has medical value and would prefer using cannabis over opioids if provided with equivalent findings.”

A study found that “a​​mong younger individuals (18-49 years), informal caregiving was associated with higher odds of marijuana use,” and that “higher prevalence of marijuana use was positively associated with care intensity” but that “there was no detectable association between caregiving and marijuana use among older individuals (50 years or older).”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Indiana Democratic Party tweeted, “A better future will be created for Indiana and Hoosiers once cannabis is legalized. @INDems are happy some @indgop’ers want a bipartisan solution to this opportunity. Let’s hope the INGOP’s partisanship doesn’t halt this possibility.”

The president of prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana was elected as a member of the Council on Criminal Justice.

/ BUSINESS

A Las Vegas, Nevada jiu-jitsu studio is suing to block Zen Leaf Dispensary from relocating nearby.

/ CULTURE

Kate Hudson appears in an ad for Cann’s  cannabis-infused beverages.

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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 Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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