Connect with us

Newsletter

Key chairman to file federal cannabis bill again (Newsletter: March 12, 2021)

Published

on

RI gov’s legal marijuana plan; DOJ nom’s drug decrim flip; Top NY lawmaker optimistic for deal; HI legalization imperiled; VA gov weighs bill changes

Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day.

Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible…

Wait a sec! I could use your help. We need more subscribers to ensure the best possible cannabis news coverage as 2021 legislative sessions unfold. If you can kick in a few dollars a month, we’d have funding to increase our reporting capacity in time.

  • Caitlin Cooper Schneider: “Like everyone, I am extremely busy (I’m a JD/PhD student), so a succinct roundup of the most important issues in cannabis news is vital to starting my day informed about the issues that are most important to me. I decided to pledge mostly because I wanted to support this small journalistic endeavor that enriches my daily life. I also believe that, given my current financial ability and my strong support for marijuana legalization and drug policy reform, it was important for me to contribute to Marijuana Moment, which is raising awareness and working towards those goals.”

Subscribe to us on Patreon and gain access to our Bill Tracker, exclusive audio from our interviews and more: https://www.patreon.com/marijuanamoment

/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

Vanita Gupta, President Biden’s nominee for assistant attorney general, supported decriminalizing drugs as an activist with the American Civil Liberties Union, but that’s no longer her position, she told senators at a confirmation hearing—a shift she said she’s “not too proud to admit.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said at a hearing on drug enforcement that he plans to refile his federal marijuana legalization bill this year.

Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee (D) included a marijuana legalization plan in his budget proposal—two days after Senate leaders released a legal cannabis bill of their own.

New York’s Assembly majority leader said she’s “really encouraged” about “fruitful” marijuana legalization negotiations with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) office and that the reform could happen this month outside of the budget process—comments that came one day after she said talks with the governor were so contentious they’ve reached the point of screaming.

The chairman of Hawaii’s House Judiciary Committee is signaling that he may kill a Senate-passed marijuana legalization bill by simply refusing to give it a hearing.

Under the marijuana bill on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) desk, legalization of possession isn’t set to take effect until 2024 when sales begin. But top staffers for the governor say he is considering speeding up the timeline as lawmakers pressure him to do so.

/ FEDERAL

The federal coronavirus relief and stimulus bill signed into law by President Biden contains $30 million in emergency funding for harm reduction programs.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture sent a notice about the finalization of hemp rules.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education held a hearing on the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on substance use and mental health issues.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), in a floor speech, criticized San Francisco for paying for marijuana and alcohol for homeless people.

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) criticized efforts to enact THC potency caps on marijuana, with Gaetz authoring an op-ed urging Florida Republican state lawmakers to drop plans to advance legislation on the idea.

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) tweeted, “We’ve seen hundreds of thousands of Americans organizing for DC statehood, marijuana legalization, and a $15 minimum wage. We’ve never seen a single person organizing for preserving the filibuster. We should adjust our priorities accordingly.”

/ STATES

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) said she has no plans to pursue further legislation on medical cannabis after her plan to delay its implementation failed to be approved by lawmakers, but she expressed continuing concerns about home cultivation. She also said she hasn’t decided whether to sign or veto a hemp bill on her desk. Meanwhile, the House majority leader said the legislature could establish a summer study committee on medical cannabis.

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor posted a tweet with an image that he described as himself acting as the “anger translator” for Gov. Tom Wolf (D) and saying, “There’s already a thriving marijuana industry in PA: a black market that makes criminals rich while we SPEND taxpayer money to prosecute regular people.”

The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed legislation to cap medical cannabis business licenses and create a lottery system for awarding them and to strengthen compliance enforcement.

Montana House Republican leaders expect that a bill to implement the voter-approved legalization of marijuana will be filed soon.

The Idaho House State Affairs Committee approved a proposed constitutional amendment to require a two-thirds vote of both chambers of the legislature before any Schedule I or II drug could be legalized.

The Arkansas Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee advanced a bill to extend medical cannabis taxes for another two years.

The New Jersey Assembly Health Committee approved legislation to revise ownership restrictions on medical cannabis dispensaries.

The Georgia Senate Agriculture Committee approved a bill to revise hemp farming and processing rules.

A Colorado lawmaker is revising planned legislation to institute marijuana potency caps.

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that regulators must consider a medical cannabis cultivation company’s request to expand.

Arizona regulators reportedly confirmed that every existing nonprofit medical cannabis dispensary in the state applied for and received a recreational marijuana license.

Maine regulators issued guidance on E. coli testing requirements for marijuana.

Florida regulators are conducting a survey of hemp businesses.

Texas regulators posted updated information about the state’s hemp program.


Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 800 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments.

Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access.

/ LOCAL

People of color accounted for 94% of New York City marijuana arrests last year.

Detroit, Michigan regulators have received nearly 600 applications for marijuana dispensary licenses.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Canadian government launched a public consultation on medical cannabis home cultivation.

Hungary’s government is opposed to legalizing medical cannabis.

The UK’s Food Standards Agency updated its criteria for which CBD products can stay on the market as of April 1.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that”endocannabinoids are better candidates than endorphins to explain a runner’s high in humans.”

A study of rats found that “CBD prevents cellular metabolic disturbances, protecting the epidermis against UV damage.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Albuquerque Journal editorial board is urging New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujam Grisham (D) to play a more active role in shaping marijuana legalization legislation making its way to her desk.

The New York State PTA sent an email asking its members to urge lawmakers not to legalize marijuana.

The Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation is a new organization backed by  Altria, Constellation Brands, Molson Coors Beverage Company and other businesses, and is run by a consultant whose firm has advised governors on criminalizing home cultivation and delaying medical cannabis implementation.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, Consumer Federation of America and Consumer Reports are urging Congress to reject a bill to allow CBD as a dietary supplement.

/ BUSINESS

British American Tobacco is acquiring a nearly 20% stake in Organigram Holdings Inc.

Cresco Labs announced that the required waiting period for it to acquire Bluma Wellness Inc. has expired.

Akerna is acquiring Viridian Sciences.

Silver Spike Acquisition Corp II priced its initial public offering at $250 million.

A Green Thumb Industries employee was reportedly fired after reporting to human resources that managers allegedly stole cannabis products and cash for personal use and then directed him to cover up the theft.

/ CULTURE

The website for Seth Rogen’s marijuana brand Houseplant crashed due to heavy interest.

Make sure to subscribe to get Marijuana Moment’s daily dispatch in your inbox.

Marijuana Moment is made possible with support from readers. If you rely on our cannabis advocacy journalism to stay informed, please consider a monthly Patreon pledge.

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.)

Newsletter

Amazon backs GOP cannabis legalization bill (Newsletter: January 26, 2022)

Published

on

MS deal to send medical marijuana to gov; VA psychedelics bill delayed; OK GOP psilocybin decrim measure filed; MO cannabis expungements

Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day.

Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible…

Before you dig into today’s cannabis news, I wanted you to know you can keep this resource free and published daily by subscribing to Marijuana Moment on Patreon. We’re a small independent publication diving deep into the cannabis world and rely on readers like you to keep going.

Join us at https://www.patreon.com/marijuanamoment

/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

Mississippi lawmakers reached an agreement to send a medical cannabis bill to Gov. Tate Reeves’s (R)  desk this week. A bicameral conference committee will tweak newly amended zoning provisions, with final passage expected on Wednesday.

Amazon is endorsing a GOP-led federal marijuana legalization bill. The company previously announced it would stop testing most employees for cannabis and backed a separate Democratic-led legalization measure.

A Virginia House Courts of Justice subcommittee amended a psychedelics decriminalization bill to make it focused on medical use, but then voted to table the legislation until next year. A similar measure is still pending in the Senate, with bipartisan support.

Oklahoma Republican lawmakers filed bills that would decriminalize psilocybin and encourage research into the therapeutic potential of the psychedelic for treating conditions like PTSD, severe depression and opioid use disorder.

Several competing Missouri ballot initiatives and legislative proposals to legalize marijuana contain provisions to expunge prior records—but they differ in detail, and legal experts say some could cause more harm than good.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Cornell University are launching a webinar series on hemp research.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a man’s case challenging the constitutionality of criminalizing selling drugs with medical or religious uses.

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) tweeted about visiting a hemp processing facility, saying, “This Montana business is providing good-paying jobs, boosting the local economy & supporting Montana farmers. We need to be supporting MT ag, not hindering it.”

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) said there are “three things that really bring people together—animals, Britney Spears and cannabis.” She also authored an op-ed calling on South Carolina lawmakers to pass a medical marijuana bill.

Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA) tweeted, “Good event yesterday in Leona Valley with @kathrynbarger and @LACoSheriff to discuss our continued efforts to combat the illegal marijuana grows. Since I first brought national attention to this crisis sweeping across our community, we have made significant progress.”

Missouri Democratic congressional candidate Henry Martin tweeted, “Keeping marijuana illegal has resulted in an above-ground market in many states where people sell marijuana-like products that are not regulated at all by the FDA. Let’s end this dangerous nonsense. We don’t need spice and synthetic hemp products on our streets. Just legalize it.”

/ STATES

Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro, currently the attorney general, tweeted, “Legalize marijuana. Expunge records.”

Delaware’s state auditor tweeted, “It’s been one year since I released a special report on the potential revenue Delaware could see if it taxed and regulated marijuana for adult use.” The House Health & Human Development Committee will consider a cannabis legalization bill on Wednesday.

The South Dakota Senate approved several bills to amend medical cannabis rules.

The Wisconsin Senate defeated a marijuana legalization amendment.

Virginia’s Senate president pro tempore tweeted, “There was a young man running for Senate who got 6 mil+ views last week for smoking a joint. Please. I’m a 78 year grandma who legalized pot and now has her own cannibis store.  And I’m the last thing standing between The GOP and total control of Virginia… Did I mention my store is on High Street in Portsmouth?”

Minnesota’s House majority leader said he’s concerned Senate Republicans will continue to block his marijuana legalization bill.

Connecticut’s House majority leader tweeted about how youth service bureaus are working on “examining the possible impact of cannabis legislation.”

The Ohio House Health Committee advanced a bill to add autism spectrum disorder as a medical cannabis qualifying condition.

The Michigan House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a bill to allow police to conduct roadside saliva tests for THC.

Washington State lawmakers are considering several marijuana equity bills.

A New Mexico representative spoke about efforts to bring more entrepreneurs into the cannabis industry.

Alaska regulators proposed rules changes on the marijuana enforcement action process.

Vermont regulators posted marijuana guidance for municipalities.

Texas regulators published a notice of compliance with a temporary injunction on their ban on delta-8 THC.

Florida regulators issued variances on rules for hemp laboratory testing for two companies.

Nevada regulators met to act on marijuana business issues.

Tennessee’s Medical Cannabis Commission will meet on Friday.


Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,000 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments.

Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access.

/ LOCAL

A full list of New York municipalities that opted out of allowing recreational marijuana retailers or social consumption areas was released by state regulators.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Thailand’s Narcotics Control Board agreed to remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances.

Costa Rica’s government is asking lawmakers to amend a medical cannabis and hemp bill to remove home cultivation and lower allowable THC amounts.

France’s Council of State suspended a ban on selling raw hemp flowers and leaves.

Philippine presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos said he supports medical cannabis.

A Guernsey lawmaker is inquiring about cannabis licensing lessons from Jersey.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study suggested that “cannabis is largely an alternative to palliative care for terminal patients” and that “for those in palliative care, it is a therapeutic complement used at higher levels of pain.”

A study of people with fibromyalgia found that “the majority of participants believed that psychedelics have potential for chronic pain treatments and would be willing to participate in a psychedelic-based clinical trial for their pain.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The South Dakota Democratic Party tweeted, ” As Democrats, we want to ensure the will of the people is followed. In 2020, 70% of voters made it clear that South Dakotans want Medical Marijuana!”

More Perfect Union released a video featuring federal marijuana prisoners asking President Joe Biden to grant them clemency.

/ BUSINESS

Ballard Partners launched a national cannabis practice group.

Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. completed its acquisition of Pineapple Express Delivery Inc.

Home Depot is being sued by an employee who says she was improperly put on medical leave after revealing she uses medical cannabis to treat PTSD.

HEXO Corp. sent an update about its strategic plan.

Make sure to subscribe to get Marijuana Moment’s daily dispatch in your inbox.

Marijuana Moment is made possible with support from readers. If you rely on our cannabis advocacy journalism to stay informed, please consider a monthly Patreon pledge.
Continue Reading

Newsletter

Govs talk cannabis in SOTS speeches (Newsletter: January 25, 2022)

Published

on

NY OKs medical marijuana for any condition; MA gets more revenue from cannabis than alcohol; CO industry equity goal met

Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day.

Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible…

Free to read (but not free to produce)! We’re proud of our newsletter and the reporting we publish at Marijuana Moment, and we’re happy to provide it for free. But it takes a lot of work and resources to make this happen.

If you value Marijuana Moment, invest in our success on Patreon so we can expand our coverage and more readers can benefit: https://www.patreon.com/marijuanamoment

/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

At least six governors across the U.S. have talked about marijuana in their State of State speeches, inaugural addresses and budget plans this month—showing just how far cannabis has come into the mainstream alongside traditional issues like taxes, jobs and infrastructure.

New York regulators announced that doctors can now recommend medical cannabis for any condition they see fit. It’s a major expansion to the program as officials continue to work to launch the broader recreational marijuana market.

Virginia Republican House of Delegates leaders are beginning to formulate plans for the launch of legal marijuana sales, with multiple bills cutting tax rates and gutting equity and labor provisions being filed.

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue ​​reported that the state is now taking in millions of dollars more in tax revenue from marijuana than from alcohol.

The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division announced that the state has met a cannabis industry ownership diversity goal ahead of schedule—but the data shows there’s still a way to go before business ownership is on par with the state’s population demographics.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Michigan office tweeted about hemp’s role in restoring soil health.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said he couldn’t recall whether anyone asked him to cosponsor a Republican-led marijuana legalization bill.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Today is another day that thousands of people of color sit in jail for marijuana offenses while others profit. Congress must end the discriminatory laws upholding the unjust, classist, racist War on Drugs.”

Louisiana Democratic Senate candidate Gary Chambers said legalizing marijuana is a justice and equity issue. He also tweeted, “Why did I smoke a blunt in my ad? Law enforcement in Louisiana is still bragging on locking people up for cannabis. This was in north Louisiana this week. While the same front page says medical cannabis in our state isn’t affordable for citizens.  It’s inequitable & unjust.”

Missouri Democratic congressional candidate Henry Martin tweeted, “If you legalize marijuana without releasing all the non-violent possession offenders from prison, you’ve just created a caste system.”

/ STATES

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) said that while he continues to “have concerns about marijuana use for any reason,” he is willing to consider a new restrictive medical cannabis bill.

South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham, a former congressman, tweeted, “It’s time to finally pass the medical marijuana bill in the SC legislature. Grateful to @SenTomDavisSC for his years of steadfast leadership on this issue and for finally getting a vote in the Senate.”

Texas Republican lieutenant governor candidate Aaron Sorrells tweeted, “I am personally in favor of medical marijuana. In regards to all recreational use, I believe that should be decided on by the people of Texas. That is not my decision to make.”

North Dakota activists failed to collect enough signatures for a marijuana legalization ballot initiative by the deadline, but they say they have separate plans in the works.

The South Dakota House of Representatives passed a bill to ban medical cannabis home cultivation.

Minnesota’s House speaker said there’s no need to pass a marijuana legalization bill again in 2022, conflicting with recent comments from the majority leader.

Florida’s House minority leader said legalizing marijuana is “probably more a matter of time than it is anything else.” Separately, the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services tweeted, “It’s cannabis day at the FL Capitol—a day dedicated to education on all things cannabis 🍃”

A Wyoming representative authored a letter to the editor in support of a pending congressional marijuana legalization bill.

A Wisconsin senator posted, “Across the country, more states are taking action legislatively on cannabis. The economic, social, and agricultural benefits of legal cannabis cannot be overstated. Wisconsin must act now and legalize cannabis for responsible, adult usage.”

A Washington State senator spoke about efforts to build support for his bill to legalize psilocybin services.

Vermont regulators posted cannabis rules for public comment and issued a report to lawmakers.

Pennsylvania officials are directing medical cannabis toward a student loan repayment program for drug treatment providers.

Oregon’s Psilocybin Advisory Board is preparing to submit recommendations to regulators in March.

Idaho regulators posted a list of hemp labs.

Massachusetts regulators will hold a listening session on draft hemp rules on Wednesday.


Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,000 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments.

Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access.

/ LOCAL

Activists in Colorado Springs, Colorado filed a local ballot measure to allow recreational marijuana sales.

Albuquerque, New Mexico officials are hosting cannabis equity events this week.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Thailand’s health ministry reportedly plans to legalize marijuana for recreational use in designated areas

Mexican lawmakers are expected to resume consideration of marijuana legalization legislation in the session that begins on February 1.

The president of Costa Rica’s Congress accused the government of throwing “smoke screens” about its decision on a medical cannabis and hemp bill that passed the legislature.

An Irish senator tweeted about support for decriminalizing drugs.

The Edmonton, Alberta, Canada City Council is considering a drug decriminalization proposal.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “CBG’s broad range of in vitro and clinical skin health-promoting activities demonstrates its strong potential as a safe, effective ingredient for topical use and suggests there are areas where it may be more effective than CBD.”

A review concluded that “published studies since 1991 largely support the hypothesis that small numbers of treatments with psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can offer significant and sustained alleviation to symptoms of multiple psychiatric conditions” and that “no serious adverse events attributed to psychedelic therapy have been reported.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The South Carolina Republican Party is paying to circulate a sheriff’s attack on a pending medical cannabis bill.

The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, Minnesota Beverage Association, Minnesota Trucking Association and other groups formed a new coalition to oppose marijuana legalization.

/ BUSINESS

MedMen claimed in a new lawsuit that the office of New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) pushed regulators to approve an acquisition by Ascend Wellness just days after an executive from the former company attended a fundraiser for the governor’s reelection campaign.

WeedMD’s former board chair is being accused by the Ontario Securities Commission of providing confidential information to a longtime friend who engaged in insider trading of the company’s shares.

The owners of Native Roots are involved in an internal legal battle.

Missouri dispensaries have sold more than $215 million worth of medical cannabis as of December.

Make sure to subscribe to get Marijuana Moment’s daily dispatch in your inbox.

Marijuana Moment is made possible with support from readers. If you rely on our cannabis advocacy journalism to stay informed, please consider a monthly Patreon pledge.
Continue Reading

Newsletter

NE medical cannabis ‘poison pill’ bill filed (Newsletter: January 24, 2022)

Published

on

MN Dem leaders talk legal marijuana plan for 2022; PA medical cannabis homegrow bill; Study: Legalization states see increased banking activity

Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day.

Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible…

Free to read (but not free to produce)! We’re proud of our newsletter and the reporting we publish at Marijuana Moment, and we’re happy to provide it for free. But it takes a lot of work and resources to make this happen. 

  • Graham Farrar of Glass House Brands: “I just wanted to take a minute and say thank you for everything that you and the team at Marijuana Moment do. The amount I learn from you guys, the news, the commentary, it’s really amazing. It’s valued and I appreciate it. Thank you to you and the team.”

If you value Marijuana Moment, invest in our success on Patreon so we can expand our coverage and more readers can benefit: https://www.patreon.com/marijuanamoment

/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

A Nebraska Republican senator filed a limited medical marijuana bill that’s backed by legalization opponents, but activists say it has poison pill provisions meant to undermine more far-reaching ballot measures to provide patients with access.

Minnesota Democratic legislative leaders discussed marijuana legalization plans for 2022—including reworking a bill that cleared the House last year and the uphill climb to advance it in the GOP-controlled Senate.

A bipartisan group of Pennsylvania senators filed a new bill to allow medical cannabis patients to grow their own medicine.

A study found that despite concerns about financial services access by the marijuana industry, banking activity actually increases in states that enact legalization.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is being asked by the Hemp Industries Association to reconsider the Drug Enforcement Administration’s authority to act against processors that handle hemp in excess of the legal THC limit.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is under a “fantasy” that he has enough votes for a comprehensive marijuana legalization bill.

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) tweeted, “Opportunities to enact effective #cannabis reform keep getting derailed. That’s why I introduced the #HOPEAct with @RepAOC. Conservative in approach but progressive in scope, our bipartisan bill can reestablish a path forward. Leadership needs to put it up for a vote.”

Louisiana Democratic Senate candidate Gary Chambers spoke out how his campaign ad showing him smoking marijuana is part of an effort to “cut through the noise” and get his message out. He also tweeted, “Recreational cannabis use is legal in 19 states. Our campaign took one of the boldest stances on cannabis. Proud to do so. So who wants to host a fundraiser in a legal state? Let’s roll up & kick these facts about change. Email the team at [email protected]

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair drug war harms got two new cosponsors for a total of 105.

/ STATES

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) authorized lawmakers to include changes to the state’s marijuana legalization law to the legislative agenda.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said it’s more important to get marijuana legalization implemented right than to roll it out quickly. (About 20 minutes into the video.)

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “OTD 3 years ago, @FettermanLt  launched a statewide listening tour on recreational marijuana. Here’s what you told him you wanted to see: ✅ Legalization 🚜 Cannabis grown on PA farms ⚖️ Decriminalization of nonviolent marijuana offenses. Legislators: Let’s make this a reality.”

Alabama Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Thomas, currently mayor of Springville, spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana.

The South Carolina Senate put a medical cannabis bill on special order status for this week, but a spokesperson for the House speaker disputed the sponsor’s claim that he has pledged to allow it to move through his chamber’s committee process.

The South Dakota House State Affairs Committee voted to ban medical cannabis home cultivation. Meanwhile, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee advanced several other medical marijuana bills.

The Vermont House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a drug decriminalization bill.

A Virginia House Courts of Justice subcommittee tabled a bill to defelonize drug possession.

Idaho lawmakers filed legislation to allow access to the cannabis-derived medical spray nabiximols.

A Delaware representative spoke about changes he made to his marijuana legalization bill to build support.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that people cannot be fired for off-the-job medical cannabis use.

Massachusetts marijuana regulators voted to approve a statement on pending impaired driving legislation that doesn’t endorse or oppose it, reflecting a divide on the issue among members. Separately, the state’s top cannabis regulator expressed concerns about “predatory financing deals” in the industry.

Florida regulators sent a bulletin about new medical cannabis purchase limits.

Oregon regulators sent a bulletin about new potency limits for marijuana edibles.

New York regulators plan to hold a series of community outreach events this month and next month.

Colorado Department of Revenue tweeted, “As part of Colorado’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, Social Equity Licenses are one of the many ways our Marijuana Enforcement Division is supporting diversity initiatives in the cannabis industry.”

Utah regulators sent an update on the medical cannabis program.

Arizona regulators posted a list of certified medical cannabis testing labs.

Nevada regulators will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to marijuana business rules on Tuesday.


Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,000 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments.

Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access.

/ LOCAL

The Marathon County, Wisconsin Criminal Justice Collaborating Council discussed a proposal to lower the fine for marijuana possession.

A DeKalb County, Georgia commissioner spoke about his proposal to scale back drug testing for marijuana for county employees.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado is preparing a counterproposal to a medical cannabis and hemp bill that lawmakers sent him.

Colombia’s Constitutional Court blocked President Iván Duque’s plan to resume aerial fumigations of drug crops.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox spoke about plans for Paradise, a cannabis company he owns part of, to reach a total of 200 stores across 32 U.S. states by the end of this year.

Pakistan’s Ministry of Science & Technology tweeted about a Canadian company making a plane out of hemp.

The Alberta, Canada Association of Chiefs of Police said the province is “not ready” to decriminalize drugs.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study of mice found that CBD “inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication” and highlights the substance as “potential preventative agent for early-stage SARS-CoV-2 infection.”

A study concluded that “despite state-based advertising restrictions, recreational cannabis business pages use messages with youth appeal” and that “required safety message adherence is not typical on social media business pages.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Indiana Democratic Party tweeted, “@INDems have called on the state to legalize cannabis because it’s a win-win for Indiana and Hoosiers. More than 80% of voters want some form of legal marijuana, and Democrats will hit the road to discuss this common-sense issue very soon.”

The Mississippi Municipal League opposes recent changes to a medical cannabis bill.

/ BUSINESS

Dama Financial is acquiring GrowFlow Corp.

Numinus Wellness Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $0.8 million and loss of $5.4 million.

MedMen asked a California judge to order the company’s former chief financial officer to repay more than $612,000 in legal fees.

Columbia Care Inc. received consent from noteholders to increase borrowing capacity to support growth initiatives.

Metro Bank is reportedly closing accounts for CBD businesses.

Snapchat is using automated systems to identify drug-related content.

Make sure to subscribe to get Marijuana Moment’s daily dispatch in your inbox.

Photo courtesy of Chris Wallis // Side Pocket Images.

Marijuana Moment is made possible with support from readers. If you rely on our cannabis advocacy journalism to stay informed, please consider a monthly Patreon pledge.
Continue Reading
Advertisement

Marijuana News In Your Inbox

Support Marijuana Moment

Marijuana News In Your Inbox

Marijuana Moment