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New Jersey regulators approved initial rules for recreational marijuana.

Actress Rosario Dawson is joining the board of cannabis beverage company Cann at the same time her romantic partner Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is leading the charge for federal marijuana legalization in the Senate.

Basketball player Kevin Durant teamed up with Weedmaps on a multi-year effort to destigmatize marijuana in sports.

A new study found that “psychedelics confer potential benefits in decreasing [racial trauma] symptoms” for people of color. While psilocybin and MDMA obviously won’t solve structural racism, the psychological flexibility they confer can be a tool for healing, the researchers said.


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “Americans want an end to marijuana prohibition. That’s why @SenBooker, @RonWyden, and I released our Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act to work to end the federal prohibition and undo the harms of the War on Drugs.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) posted a Twitter thread criticizing federal funding for a study on edible cannabis consumption by Baby Boomers.


Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) tweeted in support of his new top medical cannabis regulator appointment, saying, “Adria Berry is the right leader to help guide @OMMAOK through the major challenges caused by our state’s growing marijuana industry. She will protect Oklahomans and make sure foreign nationals and drug traffickers are not exploiting our laws!”

California Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder is being accused by his former fiancee of waving a gun at her while high on marijuana.

Illinois regulators held another lottery to award marijuana business licenses.

Louisiana regulators provided an update on medical cannabis rules implementation.

Arizona regulators launched registration for required training for marijuana social equity businesses.

Missouri regulators published an annual report on the medical cannabis program.

Florida’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee will meet on Friday.

Nevada regulators will discuss marijuana business issues on Tuesday.

Oregon regulators will host a workgroup meeting on inhalables, artificially derived cannabinoids and concentration limits on Tuesday.

The Washington State Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force’s Licensing Workgroup will meet on Tuesday.

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Mayors in Connecticut municipalities with populations of more than 50,000 are considering how to implement a provision in state law that requires them to designate areas where public marijuana use is allowed.

The Trenton, New Jersey City Council voted to double the number of allowed marijuana dispensaries.


Costa Rican lawmakers considered hemp and medical cannabis legislation in committee.


A study found that dry-powder inhaler CBD “provided more rapid onset and increased bioavailability than oral CBD.”


Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. received approval from a Canadian court for its acquisition by Trulieve Cannabis Corp.

TerrAscend Corp. reported quarterly revenue of $58.7 million and a net loss of $23.1 million.

HEXO Corp announced a proposed overnight marketed public offering.

Facebook said the second-most popular link on the platform in the second quarter of this year was to an online CBD products store.

Tilray, Inc. held a shareholder meeting to approve proposals to increase the number of shares of common stock and to make governance changes to the company.

Workers at Solar Therapeutics in Somerset, Massachusetts filed for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board.

Mydecine Innovations Group signed a five-year psychedelic research agreement with Johns Hopkins University.

Canopy Growth Corporation’s vice president of global government relations authored an op-ed criticizing President Joe Biden’s opposition to marijuana legalization.


The National Cannabis Festival is instituting COVID vaccination and testing requirements for its August 28 event.

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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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