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Interesting non-legalization cannabis bills in state legislatures (Newsletter: Jan. 31, 2019)

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Scientists generate electricity with marijuana consumers’ urine; NJ mayors want expungements or else; Survey: Military veterans back cannabis reforms

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Several New Jersey mayors are threatening to ban marijuana stores from their cities if legalization legislation doesn’t include strong provisions to expunge past cannabis convictions.

In a new study, scientists used marijuana consumers’ urine to generate electricity.

A survey of Iraq and Afghanistan military veterans found that 83% support medical cannabis, 55% back full marijuana legalization, 89% are interested in using cannabinoid medicines and 90% want medical marijuana research, among other results.

While full legalization bills get the most attention, a new Marijuana Moment analysis takes a look at a number of other interesting cannabis proposals that state lawmakers are currently considering, including legislation to require insurance coverage for CBD, protect medical marijuana patients’ gun access, authorize veterinarians to recommend marijuana for animals and allow interstate sales.

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A press release from the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington seemed to go out of its way to note that a marijuana distribution business it prosecuted was “unlicensed.”

Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer joined the board of directors of Seedo Corp., which makes marijuana cultivation equipment.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said he’s “confident” about the prospects for federal marijuana reform.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) said marijuana is the “least harmful drug.”

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) tweeted, “We shouldn’t kid ourselves – veterans use marijuana. We have an obligation to make it safe, regulate it, and protect the benefits of vets who would like to discuss it with their doctors. @mattgaetz and I intro’d legislation that would do all of the above.”

Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dina Titus (D-NV) spoked about marijuana legalization in interviews with Pod Save The People.

The House bill to direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to study medical cannabis got eight new cosponsors, for a total of 25.

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) tweeted about a study showing that counties with marijuana dispensaries see fewer opioid overdoses.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) appointed additional members to the advisory panel working on creating a Cannabis Compliance Board.

Oregon’s secretary of state released an audit that calls into question the effectiveness of regulations on tracking and testing of marijuana.

Nebraska’s attorney general tweeted about the potential harms of marijuana.

Florida’s House speaker said he has hesitations about allowing the smoking of medical cannabis. Separately, the state agriculture commissioner plans to announce new medical marijuana and hemp advisory committees soon.

Connecticut’s House speaker and majority leader said there’s no guarantee marijuana legalization will be passed this year.

New York’s Assembly speaker spoke about the importance of equity provisions in marijuana legalization.

Wyoming’s House majority floor leader filed a medical cannabis bill.

Guam lawmakers introduced legislation to legalize marijuana.

Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner tweeted about Facebook’s deletion of hemp pages.

Vermont’s Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on marijuana sales legalization.

The Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a bill to expand the state’s limited low-THC medical cannabis law.

An Illinois law allowing patients to substitute medical cannabis for opioids takes effect on Thursday.


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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared the country’s war on drugs “over.”

A spokesman for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he thinks a recently approved medical cannabis bill is “good for those who are sick.”

The Canadian government’s marijuana point man says edibles might not hit the shelves right when their sales become allowed, because provinces need time to prepare.

Jamaica’s minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries is encouraging the production of low-THC, high-CBD medical cannabis.

/ ADVOCACY

The Democratic Party of New Mexico tweeted, “Decades of research has proven that the ‘War on Drugs’ was a colossal failure — under a new bill being considered in the Roundhouse, drug addiction would be treated as the health crisis it is.”

Canadian marijuana activist and businessman Marc Emery is being disinvited from cannabis events in the wake of media reports about alleged sexual misconduct towards employees.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “pre‐transplant marijuana use, past or current, does not appear to impact liver transplant outcomes; however, tobacco smoking remains detrimental.”

A study concluded that cannabisin F, a compound in hemp seed, reduces “inflammatory response and oxidative stress” in cells.

The  ASPCA Poison Control Center says it has seen a 756 percent increase in calls about accidental marijuana ingestion by pets over the last decade.

The University of California, Berkeley launched a new Cannabis Research Center.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that 79% of Colorado voters want the state to focus more on prevention and treatment for drug issues and less on incarceration and punishment.

The Kansas City Star editorial board is encouraging Missouri lawmakers to pass legislation expunging marijuana records.

/ BUSINESS

Turkish firm TechnoArge developed an x-ray scanner for airports made with a cannabis-based composite that the company says prevents radiation from spreading to the environment.

Tilray insiders are offloading some of their stock holdings.

Hexo Corp. said it raised $43.3 million in a stock sale.

Ohio dispensaries sold more than  $300,000 worth of medical cannabis products in the first 12 days of operations.

/ CULTURE

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell mostly dodged a question about allowing players to use medical cannabis.

Musician David Crosby tweeted, “If smoking marijuana causes short-term memory loss, what does smoking marijuana do?”

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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. (Organization citations are for identification only and do not constitute an endorsement or partnership.)

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China will import more U.S. hemp under Trump trade deal (Newsletter: January 17, 2020)

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RI gov wants state-run marijuana stores; Congressman backs psilocybin ballot measure; NFL panel says CBD is “hype”; NM legal cannabis bill filed

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) submitted a 2021 budget proposal to lawmakers that includes a plan to legalize marijuana and sell it through state-run stores.

China has agreed to import more hemp from the U.S. over the next two years under the trade deal President Trump this week. Historically, the U.S. has purchased a lot of the nonintoxicating cannabis crop from China.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who has been a leading cannabis reform champion on Capitol Hill, told Marijuana Moment in an interview that he supports a 2020 ballot measure to legalize psychedelic mushrooms for therapeutic use in his home state of Oregon.

One day after New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) put marijuana legalization on the legislature’s 2020 agenda, lawmakers filed a new bill to make it happen. With a short 30-day session starting next week, votes will likely happen soon.

An expert committee created by the National Football League and NFL Players Association published a report saying that CBD is mostly “hype” instead of a proven treatment for the pain experienced by football players, and also taking the stance that medical cannabis itself is “a substance to approach with extreme caution.”

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture filed a Federal Register notice about a new data collection system it is creating to keep track of hemp production license applications.

The Government Accountability Office found that the quality of information in Treasury Department reporting about individuals and entities sanctioned for involvement in narcotics trafficking could be improved.

The Drug Enforcement Administration published a guide aimed at helping to reduce drug misuse by college students.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation tweeted, “Raise a glass—today is the 100th anniversary of Prohibition, which led to the #FBI’s pursuit of the American gangster. During the Roaring Twenties, mobsters spent their profits from bootlegging & speakeasies on ‘Tommy’ guns & bribes.”

Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) tweeted, “At a House Subcommittee on Health hearing, I voiced support for medical cannabis research and highlighted the obstacles that current federal regulations pose to universities and research institutions hoping to study the health benefits of cannabis.”

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) tweeted, “We must decriminalize cannabis & expunge the records of those unfairly harmed by outdated and racist cannabis policies. We must also ensure adequate scientific research around the potential effects and benefits of cannabis use.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “As the first woman and African American co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, I’m fighting with everything I’ve got to update our nation’s outdated and discriminatory marijuana laws.”

Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) tweeted, “Nearly 75% of all people arrested for cannabis related offenses are under the age of 30. 1/4 of those are 18 or younger. That’s almost a quarter of a million teenagers arrested for these types of offenses each year.”

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (R-AZ) is seeking treatment for alcohol dependence.

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the harms of the drug war got one new cosponsor for a total of 68.

The House bill to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to study medical cannabis got one new cosponsor for a total of 102.

The House bill to legalize medical cannabis for military veterans got one new cosponsor for a total of five.

The House bill to remove barriers to marijuana research got one new cosponsor for a total of 17.

California Democratic congressional candidate Emanuel Gonzales tweeted, “Legalize marijuana across the USA, expunge previous offenses, use tax revenue to fund infrastructure projects and apprentice programs, put marijuana dispensaries in @DeptVetAffairs hospitals and clinics.”

New Jersey Democratic congressional candidate Hector Oseguera tweeted, “Many lives have been ruined by the failed #WarOnDrugs & I sincerely look forward to destroying that unjust & racist policy.”

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) tweeted a video about a man who benefits from medical cannabis, saying, “We’ve made incredible strides expanding access to medical marijuana to help patients like Darren live fuller, healthier lives. We will continue to expand access to medicine and compassionate care.”

Utah’s Senate majority leader is supporting forthcoming legislation to remove special medical cannabis packaging requirements and allow patients to have prior marijuana convictions expunged.

An Ohio legislative committee approved hemp rules. Meanwhile, the state’s medical cannabis program has 78,000 registered patients one year into legal sales.

New Mexico regulators held a public hearing on proposed medical cannabis rules changes.

California’s Osteopathic Medical Board discussed guidelines for recommending medical cannabis.

Illinois regulators approved another group of medical cannabis dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana.

Nevada regulators released an annual tax report that includes information on marijuana revenue.

Pennsylvania regulators are conducting a survey of medical cannabis patients and caregivers.

Oklahoma lawmakers have filed several bills to enact medical cannabis restrictions.

The Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy will hold a hearing on January 28.

/ LOCAL

Kansas City, Missouri’s mayor spoke about his move to pardon thousands of misdemeanor marijuana convictions before the Missouri Black Legislative Caucus.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Canada’s health minister said it is premature to consider decriminalizing drugs.

Malta’s parliamentary secretary predicted that marijuana will be legalized within two years.

The UK’s justice secretary said the government will not legalize marijuana anytime soon.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study of cannabis laws in the Netherlands found that zero tolerance policies are “related to a reduction in jobs and a growth in crime related to hard drugs.”

A study suggested that “psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy holds promise in promoting long-term relief from cancer-related psychiatric distress.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The National Cannabis Industry Association, Cannabis Trade Federation and dozens of other industry groups sent a letter responding to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo’s (R-ID) concerns about marijuana banking legislation.

A top staffer for prohibitionist group Smart Approaches to Marijuana stepped down to work for the presidential campaign of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D).

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is partnering with Fight for the Future on a campaign to ban facial recognition technologies from college campuses.

Several Mississippi doctors issued a response to the state Board of Health’s opposition to a medical cannabis ballot measure.

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As Eaze plans to soon announce a pivot to launching its own marijuana products, the company has reportedly undergone unannounced layoffs and scrambled to raise a round of funding to address low cash reserves.

High Times plans to open marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics published a report finding that global cannabis sales rose 48% to $15 billion in 2019.

​​​​​​Wikileaf Technologies Inc. has a new CEO.

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Actor Brian Cox was dumped as a patron of an elderly care center over his admission that he enjoys consuming marijuana.

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Congressional cannabis hearing planned with prohibition victims (Newsletter: January 16, 2020)

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NM gov presses lawmakers to legalize marijuana in 2020; VT gov more open to legal cannabis sales; VA decrim bill advances

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The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on six marijuana bills, including two that would federally legalize cannabis. Much of the focus was on research, with the Drug Enforcement Administration revealing that it has a cultivation licensing proposal pending before the White House Office of Management and Budget, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse decrying roadblocks created by marijuana’s Schedule I status.

At the hearing, formerly anti-legalization Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) announced that committee leadership has agreed to hold a second yet-to-be-scheduled committee discussion focused on people harmed by cannabis prohibition.

  • “There are also critical stakeholders who are missing: those whose lives have been directly touched by our broken marijuana policies, people unjustly incarcerated, patients who rely on medical cannabis, researchers with expertise who are yearning to learn more, small business owners trying to find fair footing in a new industry.”

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) formally asked lawmakers to legalize marijuana during the short 30-day legislative session beginning this month by including the issue in her written session call, meaning that the state could be the next in the U.S. to end prohibition. She is also pushing for legislation to limit the state’s medical cannabis program to residents only.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) seems more and more open to legalizing marijuana sales after years of reluctance, and now appears to be counting on cannabis revenue to support an after-school program he’s pushing. One key lawmaker said he wants to get a bill to the governor’s desk by early March.

The Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee referred a marijuana decriminalization bill to a subcommittee with an expectation it will be amended to address certain issues and return to the full panel for a vote on moving it to the floor. The development comes despite the state ACLU chapter taking the position that the “status quo” would be preferable to simple decriminalization.

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Surgeon General Jerome Adams said he is worried about syringe exchange programs being harmed by getting conflated with supervised injection sites, and said he has visited one of the former facilities in Canada.

A federal judge is considering a request to issue a final judgement declaring that a proposed safe consumption site for illegal drugs would not violate federal law.

Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), a presidential candidate, spoke about his support for decriminalizing drug possession and said that people would “be much better off, frankly, with regular marijuana” than using synthetic cannabinoids.

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) said that Attorney General William Barr did not respond to a letter from lawmakers about improving marijuana research.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) announced that Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Information Center is receiving $2.5 million in federal funds.

Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) is circulating draft legislation that would federal direct federal agencies to develop plans to address illegal water diversion for marijuana cultivation and create a structure for funding remediation of cannabis grow sites that threaten to impact watersheds and water quality.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) spoke about the racially disproportionate harms of the war on drugs and the need to treat addiction as a health issue.

The House bill to make it easier for scientists to study marijuana got one new cosponsor for a total of 16.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) said he hasn’t used marijuana since its legalization, and he also discussed the importance of equity in the industry. Separately, the state Supreme Court heard arguments in a case on whether the smell of marijuana grants police the right to conduct warrantless vehicle searches.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) appointed a new member to the state’s marijuana regulatory body.

California’s attorney general tweeted about the state’s Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, which he said is “the nation’s largest illegal #marijuana eradication team” that works to “destroy illegal grow sites on public and private land.”

Pennsylvania’s agriculture commissioner spoke about the state’s history with hemp prior to prohibition.

Kentucky’s House speaker said that if medical cannabis is legalized it won’t be taxed.

Tennessee’s House speaker discussed his opposition to medical cannabis.

New York’s Assembly speaker tweeted, “Industrial hemp has become an important part of our agricultural economy, growing in 4 years from 60 to 20,000 acres farmed by 480 growers. We’ll keep working to attract processors & manufacturers of popular hemp products and invest in our agriculture & upstate economy.”

A New Jersey court said regulators cannot review new medical cannabis business licenses while applicants who were rejected on technicalities challenge the process.

The South Carolina House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee’s Health and Environmental Affairs Subcommittee will hold a hearing on a medical cannabis bill on Tuesday.

Oregon regulators will consider marijuana rules changes and violation stipulated settlement agreements on Thursday.


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The Cleveland, Ohio City Council’s Safety Committee unanimously approved a marijuana decriminalization proposal.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The European Commission is proposing a unified European Union vote on pending World Health Organization cannabis scheduling recommendations.

French lawmakers launched a fact-finding mission on cannabis.

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said he is “very disturbed” that a draft marijuana commission report leaked.

The Australian Capital Territory government launched a public education campaign about marijuana in advance of a local legalization law taking effect.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “pre-clinical research using animal models of innate fear and anxiety-like behaviors have found anxiolytic, antistress, anticompulsive, and panicolytic-like effects of CBD” and that “preliminary evidence from human trials using both healthy volunteers and individuals with social anxiety disorder, suggests that CBD may have anxiolytic effects.”

Researchers developed a process that “furnishes psilocybin in five steps in 23% overall yield from an inexpensive acetoxyindole starting material” that us “amenable to providing high-quality psilocybin.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The American Psychological Association is calling on Congress to remove roadblocks to marijuana studies, and specifically wants the Drug Enforcement Administration be relieved of its role in reviewing requests to conduct such research.

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Cornbread Hemp announced it is the first Kentucky CBD company to have received organic certification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program.

Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. announced it closed a $300 million Senior Secured Term Loan Facility from a syndicate of lenders.

COMPASS Pathways announced that it received a patent relating to methods of treating drug-resistant depression with a psilocybin formulation.

Michigan retailers have sold more than $10 million worth of recreational marijuana products in the first six weeks of legal sales.

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Musician Carlos Santana is partnering with Left Coast Ventures to develop CBD products.

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Bernie Sanders pushes cannabis workers to unionize (Newsletter: January 15, 2020)

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New bill would force FDA to allow CBD; NH lawmakers take new legalization approach; Fed prosecutor says marijuana causes society’s downfall

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A new bill filed by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and bipartisan cosponsors would force the Food and Drug Administration to allow the marketing of CBD as a dietary supplement.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a presidential candidate, urged marijuana business employees to unionize—and they seemed to listen, with an “overwhelming majority” at a Cresco Labs cultivation facility in Illinois voting on Tuesday night to do so.

New Hampshire lawmakers, frustrated with the initial advancement but ultimate failure of marijuana legalization bills in past sessions, are taking a new approach in 2020 that would legalize low-level cannabis possession and home cultivation without adding a commercial market—similar to neighboring Vermont’s law.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) weighed in on Wednesday’s congressional cannabis hearing in an interview with Marijuana Moment, saying that the Veterans’ Affairs Committee risks being seen “asleep at the switch” if it lets the Energy and Commerce panel vote on a veterans marijuana bill before they get around to it.

  • “I hope they get their act together and move quickly.”

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah said he’s worried that marijuana legalization is going to “bring down our society.”

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The National Institute on Drug Abuse said that for its upcoming International Forum in June it will give priority to abstracts that “address any aspect of cannabis or cannabinoids, including but not limited to routes of administration, prevalence, neurobiology, drugged driving, potential therapeutic benefits, and harms.”

Customs and Border Protection’s Great Lakes Region office tweeted, “#TravelAdvisory All travelers are prohibited from possessing marijuana when crossing the border. If caught you may be subject to seizure, fines, arrest, or in the case of aliens, denial of admission into the U.S.”

A federal judge ruled that CBD maker Green Roads shouldn’t face liability claims in a class action lawsuit until the Food and Drug Administration completes a review of policies for such products.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) tweeted, “I had a great meeting this weekend with @LtGovStratton, @toihutchinson & other local leaders on how Illinois is working to make legalization of recreational cannabis equitable for all. I’ll keep working with them to make sure equity & justice are at the forefront of this process.”

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) tweeted, “The war on drugs has been a spectacular failure. Families have been broken up and communities decimated. It’s time to decriminalize marijuana and #EndMassIncarceration. NOW.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Congress must pass my Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act to provide protection for veterans and their doctors in using medical marijuana where it’s legal. It’s past time we acknowledged the benefits of marijuana to help our struggling veterans heal.”

Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) tweeted, “I am proud to co-sponsor @RepAlexMooney’s 2nd Amendment Protection Act which allows law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms as they legally use medical marijuana in their home state. Use of medical marijuana should not infringe on 2A rights.”

The House bill to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to study medical cannabis got four new cosponsors for a total of 101.

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) discussed her willingness to sign a hemp bill that falls within certain “guardrails” during her State of the State speech.

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor facetiously tweeted, “I’m grateful alcohol 🍷 🍺 is illegal, because it’s so deadly. 😳🚨Thankfully in PA, marijuana -a plant- is perfectly legal, accessible, regulated, and taxed, with zero documented overdose deaths. So we’re good. and safe. 😎”

Texas’s agriculture commissioner will host a public hearing on proposed hemp rules on January 22.

The Florida Senate asked the state Supreme Court to dismiss as moot a review of a proposed marijuana legalization ballot measure after organizers said they would not continue to seek to qualify the initiative for 2020.

Kentucky’s Senate president said he thinks “there’s a path forward on medicinal marijuana.”

Oregon lawmakers approved regulators’ request for funding to hire two specialists focused on hemp inspections and enforcement.

Minnesota’s Office of the Legislative Auditor found that regulators’ “internal controls were generally not adequate to safeguard financial assets and ensure compliance with selected legal requirements for the medical cannabis program.”

Illinois regulators posted the application for social equity cannabis business development fund loans. They also announced areas across the state that are eligible for Restore, Reinvest and Renew Program grant funding aimed at investing in communities that have been disproportionately harmed by the war on drugs.

Michigan regulators will hold a public hearing about proposed marijuana rules on February 12.

A Tennessee representative filed a bill to decriminalize marijuana and allow counties to hold cannabis legalization referendums.

Colorado lawmakers introduced legislation to protect workers from being fired for using marijuana on their own time.

A Maine representative filed a resolution calling on the federal government to increase marijuana businesses’ access to banks and insurance coverage.

Nevada collected $9.8 million in marijuana tax revenue in October.

Washington State regulators removed a marijuana transportation manifest form from their website due to “low to no utilization.”


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Barbados’s agriculture minister said the government plans to begin issuing medical cannabis cultivation licenses next month.

A Mexican judge ordered regulators to provide cannabis-based oil to a girl suffering from epilepsy within 10 days.

Several Danish political parties are calling for drug decriminalization.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on vaping-related lung injuries found that “among 809 (50%) patients reporting data on the source of THC-containing products, 131 (16%) reported acquiring their products from only commercial sources (i.e., recreational dispensaries, medical dispensaries, or both; vape or smoke shops; stores; and pop-up shops), 627 (78%) from only informal sources (i.e., friends, family, in-person or online dealers, or other sources), and 51 (6%) from both types of sources.”

A study found that “cannabis use worked as an alternative to prescription opioids in just over half of patients with low back pain and as an adjunct to diminish use in some chronic opioid users.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll of Ohio adults found that 17% have sought information about whether they have a medical condition that can be treated with medical cannabis, and that 46% know a friend or family member who regularly uses marijuana.

The National Cannabis Industry Association, Cannabis Trade Federation, Minority Cannabis Business Association, National Cannabis Roundtable and Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce teamed up on a letter about federal marijuana reform to House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders.

/ BUSINESS

Hightimes Holding Corp.’s CEO said the company will soon be opening retail stores and may get involved in cannabis delivery.

Tilray, Inc. hired a new chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

The CEO of GW Pharmaceuticals, plc said the company’s primary focus for 2020 is increasing insurer coverage for its CBD epilepsy drug Epidiolex.

MedMen Enterprises Inc. announced the closing of a $78 million senior secured term loan and the closing of a $20 million offering of shares.

Arcview Group brought on a new president.

/ CULTURE

Actor Brian Cox said marijuana is “absolutely great and I recommend it to everyone.”

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