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A federal judge acknowledged plaintiffs’ claims that “medical marijuana has, quite literally, saved their lives,” but dismissed their lawsuit challenging cannabis’s Schedule I status.

Massachusetts regulators agreed to delay considering proposed rules allowing marijuana social use areas and delivery services until a later date after receiving intense pressure over those license categories from state officials. But the commission also decided that when it does authorize the services, initial licenses will only be available to people with past drug convictions or who live in neighborhoods with high drug arrest rates.

/ FEDERAL

An unnamed U.S. Department of Justice official says there are “rumblings” that the Trump administration will issue further marijuana guidance.

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) said he’s working with a bipartisan group of senators on marijuana legislation.

The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on responses to opioid issues on Wednesday.

Illinois Democratic congressional candidate Benjamin Thomas Wolf holds a lit joint in a campaign ad.

Virginia Democratic congressional candidate Justin Santopietro supports legalizing marijuana.

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A number of governors visiting Washington, D.C. spoke about efforts to implement marijuana laws in light of federal enforcement policy changes:

  • New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D): “It has not impacted us and we believe it will not, although that doesn’t mean we’re not paying attention… We’re proceeding apace, again, beginning to make sure we get the medical piece right because it’s life or death. And then we will deliberately and steadily get to the recreational side.”
  • Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D): “I think that it would be great if at the federal level they could change the schedule of marijuana so that we can get more data on it – do more research. I remind people all the time that probably over 100 medicines that we use routinely in health care come from plants, so let’s be a little bit more open minded and look at potential uses for medicinal marijuana.”
  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R): “It’s something that we’re weighing with our attorney general to see what the U.S. attorney general’s doing too. But we do think that if it’s implemented there are some guidelines, as far as licensing and how it is regulated in the state of Oklahoma, that will have to be addressed by our legislature.”
  • Utah Gov. Gary Herbet (R): “[The Obama administration]  turned a blind eye to it. They just let states do it in open violation of the federal law. That’s not how we do things in this country. I think that’s bad process. It’s bad form and sends a bad message… It ought to be a controlled substance just like anything else. It ought to be approved by the FDA. It ought to be in fact prescribed by a doctor and administered by a pharmacist. We probably ought not to have self-medication. The physiology of different people would require probably different quantities of the medicine, and I just think that’s prudent.”
  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper: “I tried [to ask U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions a question about marijuana], but I couldn’t get called on. He only took about six questions. There were probably 40 governors in the room.”
  • Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D): “As Canada moves in that direction, as Massachusetts and Vermont, it’s going to be a neighborhood thing, and I understand that… I told [Sessions] to stop messing around with marijuana, because it really isn’t important. I have not taken the opportunity to endorse marijuana, but that’s very different than spending resources trying to combat marijuana use. And, quite frankly, if you’re going to be serious about opioids, you can’t be screwing around with marijuana.”
  • Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D): “It’s a shame that [Sessions] has a closed mind, and he’s much more attentive to his old ideology than to the new facts. The fears that he might have had 30 years ago have not been realized, and we wish he would just open his eyes to the reality of the situation. If he did, I think he would no longer try to fight an old battle that the community and the nation is moving very rapidly forward on.”

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed into law a bill fixing a drafting error in marijuana tax legislation.

The Georgia House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee approved legislation to add PTSD and intractable pain as medical cannabis qualifying conditions.

The Oklahoma Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved a bill to restrict medical cannabis if voters approve a June ballot measure.

Tennessee’s House speaker and Health subcommittee chair signed on as cosponsors of medical cannabis legislation.

A Utah representative filed a bill to delay implementation of any ballot measure enacted this November, including the medical cannabis proposal.

Many New Jersey African-American lawmakers are skeptical of marijuana legalization.

Washington State lawmakers’ budget proposals include money to resume issuing and renewing hemp cultivation and processing licenses, contrary to a request from Gov. Jay Inslee (D) to zero out funds.

The Connecticut Board of Physicians approved albinism and osteogenesis imperfecta medical as cannabis qualifying conditions.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet on Tuesday.

/ LOCAL

Denver, Colorado regulators approved the city’s first marijuana social use area license.

New York City Council committees held a hearing on marijuana enforcement.

Seattle, Washington Mayor Jenny Durkan (D), a former U.S. attorney, tweeted in support of opening safe injection facilities for illegal drug consumers.

The Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Urban County Council will vote on a resolution endorsing medical cannabis on Tuesday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that the country’s police oppose allowing medical cannabis exports.

Canadian military officials are grappling with how to handle the country’s impending legalization of marijuana.

Here’s a look at three marijuana bills being considered by German lawmakers.

/ ADVOCACY

The California Democratic Party approved several marijuana platform planks and withheld a reelection endorsement from prohibitionist U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) at its convention.

Hundreds of students from across the world with participate in Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s conference and Capitol Hill lobby day this weekend.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that “cannabis as a palliative treatment for cancer patients seems to be well tolerated, effective and safe option to help patients cope with the malignancy related symptoms.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Boston Herald editorial board is happy that Massachusetts regulators delayed some marijuana rules.

/ BUSINESS

Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics project in a new report that global consumer spending on legal cannabis will reach $57 billion by 2027.

Canadian firm Cronos Group will be the first marijuana stock listed on Nasdaq.

Massachusetts regulators suspended sales at Healthy Pharms dispensaries after finding pesticide contamination in medical cannabis products.

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National Football League teams reportedly don’t care as much about marijuana use by recruits as they used to.

Actress Charlize Theron says  she was “a wake-and-baker for most of my life” and “really appreciated marijuana way more than alcohol or anything else.” She stopped using it because she “just became boring on it,” but is open to “retrying it again because now there’s all these different strains and you can be specific with it.”

Comedian Lewis Black spoke about his consumption of marijuana edibles.

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House lists & cancels cannabis research vote (Newsletter: September 28, 2020)

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The marijuana election has already started; 1st NJ legalization ad & new poll; Mexican official gifted cannabis plant; VT Dems back drug decrim

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House Democratic leaders briefly listed a bill to expand marijuana research—including by allowing scientists to study cannabis from dispensaries—in a group of legislation that could receive a floor vote this week. But, hours later, they deleted it. 

  • “It was just an error,” a spokesperson for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) told Marijuana Moment. The scheduling snafu comes shortly after Democratic leaders delayed a vote on a separate federal legalization bill.

Election Day is November 3, but the marijuana election has already started in several early voting states. Marijuana Moment compiled information about how people can get registered and make their voices heard in key states with drug policy reform measures on the ballot.

The campaign to pass New Jersey’s marijuana legalization referendum on the November ballot launched its first ad. Meanwhile, a new poll shows that 65% of likely voters back the cannabis measure.

A top Mexican government official accepted a gifted marijuana plant from a senator—and pledged to plant it in her own garden. Lawmakers are expected to pass legislation legalizing cannabis by mid-December.

The Vermont Democratic Party formally adopted a platform that calls for decriminalization of all drugs and the legalization of marijuana sales.

/ FEDERAL

President Trump tweeted, “I will be strongly demanding a Drug Test of Sleepy Joe Biden prior to, or after, the Debate on Tuesday night. Naturally, I will agree to take one also. His Debate performances have been record setting UNEVEN, to put it mildly. Only drugs could have caused this discrepancy???”

The White House tweeted, “[email protected] seized nearly twice as many hard drugs—narcotics that do not include marijuana—at the U.S.-Mexico border during President @realDonaldTrump’s first term than in the last administration’s two terms.”

The Food and Drug Administration said it needs more time to respond to a petition to allow CBD products as dietary supplements.

The Library of Congress published a post about a new French law allowing police to issue immediate fines for drug possession.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) tweeted, “Hemp holds so much potential for Oregon. Glad that OSU was able to receive this NIFA grant to move their program and our state forward. I’ll keep fighting for the federal support they need.”

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) tweeted, “New Jersey’s marijuana laws ruin lives and waste money. Marijuana legalization is on the ballot in New Jersey and it’s time to right this wrong.”

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) and Democratic challenger Mia Mason spoke about their differing views on marijuana policy.

Mississippi Democratic congressional candidate Antonia Eliason tweeted, “I want to see cannabis legalized recreationally and medically at a federal level. But right now, in Mississippi, we have a chance to take the first step and legalize medical marijuana. Vote for Initiative 65 NOT for Initiative 65A.”

/ STATES

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) vetoed a bill that would have sunsetted the Bureau of Cannabis Control.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) included updating the state’s hemp law in a list of priorities for a special legislative session.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) received a letter from attorneys representing successful marijuana social equity business license applicants who are concerned that a revised process could make it less likely they will be able to open their businesses.

New Jersey lawmakers sent Gov. Phil Murphy (D) a bill to allow medical cannabis recommendations via telemedicine.

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor tweeted, “Today marks one full year since @GovernorTomWolf and I called on our state’s legislature to earnestly examine legalizing adult-use cannabis. Why haven’t they gotten started? Please tell your state representatives and state senators to get started, now.”

The legal firm that brought a case that kicked a Nebraska medical cannabis initiative off the November ballot is refusing to disclose who paid for its work.

Massachusetts regulators adopted draft marijuana delivery rules.

Missouri regulators announced that a medical cannabis testing lab passed its commencement inspection and touted the speed with which the system is getting off the ground compared to those in other states.

A Colorado law allowing the governor to unilaterally pardon people for certain past marijuana convictions took effect.

Hawaiian regulators approved additional medical cannabis dispensary licenses.

Georgia’s Access to Medical Cannabis Commission met.

Michigan regulators will hold a marijuana business resource workshop on Wednesday.


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/ LOCAL

The New York City Police Department is being sued for allegedly forcing an officer off the job for using medical cannabis.

The Sacramento, California City Council’s Law and Legislation Committee will consider steps to add 10 social equity marijuana dispensaries on Tuesday.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that whole plant medical cannabis “does not have a widespread impact on cognition in older chronic pain patients.”

A study concluded that “prenatal cannabis exposure after maternal knowledge of pregnancy was associated with greater psychopathology during middle childhood, even after accounting for potentially confounding variables.”

/ BUSINESS

Nature’s Medicines and AMMA Investment Group are being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over allegations that a dispensary manager sexually harassed employees.

WeedMD Inc. secured a C$30 million loan from the LiUNA Pension Fund of Central and Eastern Canada.

The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of $9.5 million and a net loss of $33.3 million.

Playboy launched a marijuana reform advocacy campaign.

/ CULTURE

Basketball player Malik Beasley was arrested on charges of possessing marijuana and receiving and concealing stolen property.

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Bill would let cannabis biz get disaster aid (Newsletter: September 25, 2020)

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New Congressional marijuana reports; CA cannabis-funded community grants; OR Dems back legal psilocybin & drug decrim; Cannabis sales spike amid COVID

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Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) filed companion bills to make marijuana businesses harmed by recent wildfires and other disasters eligible to receive federal relief funds on a retroactive basis.

Two new reports from the Congressional Research Service analyze marijuana expungements and cannabis-related consequences for immigrants.

The Democratic Party of Oregon endorsed two far-reaching drug policy reform measures on the state’s November ballot. One would legalize psilocybin therapy, and the other would decriminalize possession of all drugs and increase treatment funding.

The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development announced it’s accepting applications for $30 million in grants—funded by marijuana tax revenue—to help communities targeted and harmed by the war on drugs.

A report from the Oregon  Office of Economic Analysis shows how marijuana sales during the coronavirus pandemic are way higher than previous projections and says that “expectations are that some of these increases will be permanent.”

  • “Factors leading to increases in sales include higher incomes due to federal support, increased stressors in everyday life, reductions in other forms of entertainment or recreational opportunities, and simply more time on one’s hand be it due to a COVID-related layoff, or increased working from home.”

/ FEDERAL

The death of Minnesota Legal Marijuana Now Party congressional candidate Adam Weeks means that a special election for the seat will have to be held in February and that no results from Election Day in November will be reported.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) again slammed Democrats for mentioning cannabis more times than jobs in their coronavirus relief bill.

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) criticized House leadership’s decision to delay a vote on a bill to federally legalize marijuana.

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) reported that roughly a tenth of constituent messages she received last week were about a marijuana legalization bill.

Tennessee Democratic congressional candidate Christopher Hale tweeted, “Why is it that kids and veterans in Tennessee who smoke marijuana have criminal records, but those who committed billions of dollars of fraud on Wall Street and wrecked our economy do not?”

/ STATES

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed an executive order extending the expiration date for medical cannabis cards to the end of the year.

Michigan lawmakers sent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) legislation to streamline the process for  expunging marijuana and other convictions. Separately, regulators issued a health and safety advisory bulletin about the presence of Vitamin E acetate in cannabis vape cartridges.

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor tweeted, “Right here in Pennsylvania, we should be offering high-paying cannabis-related jobs in this growing industry. Pennsylvania needs action now. Contact your state legislators and advocate for change.”

Ohio’s attorney general tweeted about the state’s testing method to differentiate between hemp and marijuana.

Nevada regulators extended the expiration date for marijuana temporary agent cards.

Florida’s Hemp Advisory Committee met.


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Denver, Colorado officials are holding a marijuana licensing work group on Tuesday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

UK officials rejected the European Commission’s preliminary finding that CBD should be regulated as a narcotic.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “30 percent of migraine patients in the U.S. have used cannabis to relieve migraine pain and 82 percent of those who used cannabis found it useful to reduce the pain level.”

A study of rats found that “Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol administration following repeated mild traumatic brain injury was beneficial to three of the six behavioural outcomes affected by injury (reducing anxiety and depressive-like behaviours while also mitigating injury-induced deficits in short-term working memory)” and that “Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol may have potential therapeutic benefit on post-concussive symptomology when administered post-injury, but not pre-injury.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The National Cannabis Industry Association announced the former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang will deliver a keynote address at its November virtual conference.

Decriminalize Nature made a Facebook post calling out psychedelic reform funder David Bronner for allegedly “resorting to divide and conquer tactics to control the Decriminalize Nature movement.”

The UK Labour Campaign for Drug Policy Reform and Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group endorsed legalizing marijuana and decriminalizing drugs.

/ BUSINESS

4Front Ventures Corp. announced it completed its sale of three Maryland medical cannabis dispensaries to Ethos Cannabis.

California regulators filed a complaint against Vertical Bliss, Inc., aka Kushy Punch for allegedly conducting unlicensed marijuana operations.

/ CULTURE

Actor Brian Cox said using marijuana helped get him through coronavirus lockdown.

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New FDA guidance to ease path for CBD medicines (Newsletter: September 24, 2020)

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NM lawmakers debate marijuana revenue; Cannabiz hurt by wildfires can’t get fed aid; WA cops might lose cannabis money; WV legalization plan

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The New Mexico legislature’s joint Interim Revenue Stabilization & Tax Policy Committee held a hearing on the economic potential of legalizing marijuana.

  • “We can’t legalize for the sake of legalizing without making a commitment to righting the wrongs of the past.”

The Food and Drug Administration published draft guidance that’s meant to streamline the process for approving generic CBD-based oral medications.

The Small Business Administration confirmed that marijuana businesses impacted by recent wildfires in Oregon are ineligible for federal relief funds. Cannabis operators whose homes have been damaged may still be able to get some assistance, the agency told Marijuana Moment.

The King County, Washington State executive is proposing stripping $4.6 million in marijuana tax revenue from the sheriff’s department and reinvesting some of those funds into helping people vacate their prior cannabis convictions.

Candidates for the West Virginia House of Delegates held a press conference in a hemp field to announce the details of a far-reaching marijuana legalization bill they plan to introduce if elected. Among other things, it would expunge cannabis records dating back to 1937.

/ FEDERAL

Surgeon General Jerome Adams discussed his concerns about marijuana use by young people.

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Democratic challenger Cal Cunningman debated marijuana policy and both admitted that they have consumed cannabis in the past.

Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) said he is “adamantly opposed” to legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana, which he says is “nothing more than a gateway drug.”

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) cheered the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s move to make hemp farmers eligible for coronavirus relief funds.

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 114.

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “Instead of taking votes on meaningless bills, the Republican legislature should take action on my plan to help PA by providing child care and hazard pay funding, passing sick leave legislation, and legalizing adult-use marijuana to help businesses impacted by the pandemic.” The state’s lieutenant governor tweeted, “Last year, nearly 22,000 people in PA were arrested for having less than 30 grams of cannabis. Imagine how we could better devote that time and those resources, instead of prosecuting people for something most of us don’t even think should be illegal.”

Indiana Democratic gubernatorial candidate Woody Myers tweeted, “Thank you again to @INORML for giving me the “Best Cannabis Politician in Indiana” award this year.  We need criminal justice reform and legal medicinal marijuana to ensure a healthy and just society.”

Vermont’s lieutenant governor cheered the passage of legislation to legalize marijuana sales and expunge past convictions.

The New Jersey Senate and Assembly are expected to vote on legislation to allow medical cannabis recommendations via telemedicine on Thursday.

A lawsuit challenging Illinois regulators’ marijuana business licensing approval process is being dropped after unsuccessful applicants got a chance to rework their proposals.

California regulators released a proposed hemp regulatory plan.

New York regulators published guidance about medical cannabis research.

Nevada regulators approved complaints against several marijuana companies.

Maine regulators sent a letter to medical cannabis caregivers about program updates.

The Albuquerque Journal asked several New Mexico House and Senate candidates about their positions on marijuana policy.

Colorado regulators published a mid-year update on marijuana licensing, cultivation and sales.


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Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s police chief said he is open to lobbying state lawmakers to lessen marijuana penalties.

Providence, Rhode Island’s mayor said he’s interested in using marijuana revenue to fund housing as a form of reparations.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón reportedly admitted in private remarks that legalizing drugs is the only solution to cartel violence.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte defended his country’s bloody “war on drugs” in a speech before the United Nations.

Swiss lawmakers approved legislation allowing local legal marijuana pilot projects.

The Colombian government declared the medical cannabis industry to be a Project of National and Strategic Interest.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that people living with HIV “with past cannabis use have similar or better neurocognition across domains compared to PLWH without past use.”

A study demonstrated a proof of concept “for preservation, augmentation, and replenishment of terpenes to cannabis inflorescence over various storage durations.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that North Carolina voters support legalizing marijuana, 48%-39% and back medical cannabis, 73%-19%.

Decriminalize Nature released dozens of pages of communications with the Native American Church and the Indigenous Peyote Conservation Initiative over a dispute about the inclusion of peyote in reform legislation.

The Nevada Dispensary Association hired a new executive director.

/ BUSINESS

GW Pharmaceuticals plc announced that Australian officials approved its CBD-based EPIDYOLEX medicine for treatment of certain forms of epilepsy.

Hightimes Holding Corp. reportedly lost the leases for marijuana dispensary properties that were part of its deal to acquire Harvest Health and Recreation.

Canopy Growth Corporation and Acreage Holdings, Inc. announced the implementation of an amended agreement between the companies.

Aurora Cannabis Inc.’s new CEO spoke about plans to turn the company’s financial situation around.

Terrapin Care Station is suing the Hoboken, New Jersey Planning Board over allegations that the approval process for rival Harmony Foundation skipped over several requirements.

New Frontier Data projected that more than $9 billion in new revenue will be generated from 2022-2025 if five states approve marijuana ballot measures in November.

/ CULTURE

Lenny Kravitz wrote in his new memoir about how he discovered marijuana and Led Zeppelin on the same day.

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