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LA House votes to decriminalize cannabis (Newsletter: May 12, 2021)

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CT could hold special session on marijuana; Schumer on banking & legalization; USPTO appeal could impact cannabis & psychedelics companies

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The Louisiana House of Representatives voted to decriminalize marijuana possession. A separate bill to legalize cannabis sales is scheduled for floor consideration on Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) reiterated that he does not want to pass marijuana banking legislation ahead of a broader legalization bill.

  • “We’re not going to bargain against ourselves.”

Connecticut’s House speaker says marijuana legalization could be taken up in a special session if lawmakers run out of time during the regular session. Meanwhile, Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said it’s up to the legislature to merge competing cannabis bills into something he can sign.

A CBD drinks company is appealing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s position that businesses can’t register products that aren’t currently legal but could be soon. The result could have huge implications for marijuana and psychedelics firms.

The Aspen, Colorado City Council discussed potential measures to decriminalize psychedelics but did not take any action—with some members saying that no local moves should be made ahead of state or federal reforms.

/ FEDERAL

Former President Donald Trump excitedly posted about a pleading in a lawsuit that he says has implications for his effort to undermine the results of last year’s presidential election but which actually concerns a local ballot measure on whether to allow marijuana businesses.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse published a blog post and a FAQ about the new standard unit of THC to be used in marijuana research.

The Government Accountability Office published a report examining the Drug Enforcement Administration’s scheduling of fentanyl-related substances.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) tweeted about visiting a hemp business.

Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) tweeted, “Congress needs to address the structural disadvantages impacting entrepreneurs of color and level the playing field. That means ensuring communities of color are able to share in the success of the booming cannabis industry.”

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) tweeted, “Governor Wolf is taking a page right out of Gov. Cuomo’s playbook: Call for legal marijuana in an attempt to make people forget about his mishandling of the pandemic. Nice try, but we won’t forget how you endangered PA seniors by forcing COVID+ patients into nursing homes.”

/ STATES

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “It’s high time we legalize adult-use marijuana in Pennsylvania, clear the records of those found guilty of marijuana offenses, and work to restore justice to people caught up in the discriminatory war on drugs.”

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jennifer McClellan tweeted, “I will use my executive power to pardon anyone incarcerated for a marijuana possession offense and oversee equitable marijuana licensing and entrepreneurship for Black and Brown communities.”

Michigan’s attorney general tweeted about an upcoming event aimed at helping people to expunge past marijuana and other convictions.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services tweeted, “Florida #Hemp has a lot to be proud of in just one year, but Floridians have even more to look forward to as this industry grows for years to come!”

The Missouri House of Representatives approved an amendment requiring regulators to disclose ownership information about medical cannabis businesses.

The Massachusetts legislatures’s Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy held a hearing on bills to address issues caused by agreements between municipalities and the marijuana businesses they host, just as new research shows localities have collected at least $2.46 million more in payments from cannabis firms than is legally required.

A New Jersey court ruled that Pepsi Bottling Company must reimburse a former employee for medical cannabis costs.

Minnesota regulators will accept petitions to add new medical cannabis qualifying conditions from June 1 through July 31

Tennessee regulators published a list of companies that are licensed to see hemp seed.

The California Cannabis Advisory Committee and its subcommittees will hold three meetings this month.

Wisconsin regulators will provide an update on hemp rules on Thursday.


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/ LOCAL

A proposed Denver, Colorado ballot measure would increase marijuana taxes to fund pandemic research.

Boston, Massachusetts regulators are proposing to require marijuana businesses to get permission to partner with delivery services.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “the majority of the literature reviewed demonstrated the use of cannabis by adults with chronic pain resulted in better pain control and/or fewer opioids required to control pain in this population.”

A study found that “psilocybin has promising effects on the patients with depression/anxiety even after a single dose.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that New York voters support the state’s legalization of marijuana, 67%-27%.

The South Dakota Democratic Party tweeted about a legislative move to let law enforcement agencies block police from using medical cannabis.

The Minority Cannabis Business Association announced new board members.

The Albuquerque Journal editorial board said it is important to protect medical cannabis patients’ access as recreational legalization is implemented.

The Boston Globe editorial board decried local agreements with marijuana businesses that it says are openings to corruption.

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce published articles that are critical of social equity components in a pending marijuana legalization bill.

/ BUSINESS

Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. reported quarterly revenue $23.4 million and a net loss and comprehensive loss of $13.9 million.

MedMen Enterprises Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $32 million and a net loss of $9.7 million.

Tilray, Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $31.4 million and a net loss of $341 million.

Aleafia Health Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of C$7 million and a net loss of C$11.2 million.

A federal judge granted Canopy Growth Corporation’s move to escape a class action lawsuit alleging that the company misled investors about the strength of the Canadian marijuana market.

Pabst Labs is expanding its line of cannabis-infused drinks.

HEXO Corp. established an at-the-market equity program allowing it to sell up to C$150 million worth of shares.

A subsidiary of Curaleaf International launched a range of medical cannabis products in Germany.

Schwazze launched a research and development subsidiary, Schwazze Biosciences Ltd.

Optimi Health Corp. and Numinus Wellness Inc. submitted an application for a psilocybin extract pre-clinical trial to Canadian officials.

Harborside Inc. has a new vice president of production.

/ CULTURE

Clint Eastwood is asking a federal court to issue a default judgement against Mediatonas UAB for allegedly publishing a fabricated interview showing him endorsing CBD products.

Deepak Chopra participated in a chat about marijuana.

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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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Mexican cannabis bill draft circulates ahead of vote (Newsletter: November 29, 2021)

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More senators push marijuana banking in NDAA; PA lieutenant gov. invites cannabis pardon applications; MD drug paraphernalia decrim override urged

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Mexican lawmakers are circulating a revised draft of a marijuana legalization bill that the Senate majority leader wants to pass by December 15.

Sens. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) sent a letter urging passage of marijuana banking legislation through the National Defense Authorization Act.

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), who chairs the Board of Pardons, is urging as many people as possible to apply to have their marijuana convictions pardoned before he leaves office.

A regional ambassador with the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition authored an op-ed urging Maryland lawmakers to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) veto of a bill to decriminalize drug paraphernalia.

/ FEDERAL

A federal judge delayed the sentencing of a former Fall River, Massachusetts mayor convicted of extorting marijuana businesses.

/ STATES

Texas’s attorney general is being asked by the Montgomery County district attorney to issue an opinion saying that possessing or selling delta-8 THC products is a crime.

Utah’s Senate minority whip and other lawmakers are criticizing regulators for delays in implementing a law to make it easier for providers to issue medical cannabis recommendations.

Florida representatives filed a bill on medical cannabis testing, delta-8 THC and other issues.

A Missouri Republican representative spoke at a psychedelics conference.

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has failed to comply with a law requiring it to conduct a public education campaign about the process for sealing marijuana conviction records.

Arizona regulators proposed revised marijuana social equity rules.

New York regulators published a checklist for cannabinoid hemp packaging and labeling.

Nevada marijuana regulators will hold a public hearing on December 14.

Colorado regulators will hold a hearing on a proposed fee increase for medical cannabis registry applications on December 15.


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/ LOCAL

San Francisco, California police were caught on tape appearing to watch as a marijuana dispensary was robbed, without taking action to intervene.

The Missoula, Montana City Council will consider marijuana rules on Monday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Italy’s labor and youth policy ministers said that the incoming German government’s commitment to legalize marijuana means that their country should also seriously consider the reform.

A Philippine vice presidential candidate said he supports allowing medical cannabis access.

Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration announced another public consultation on standards for medical cannabis imports.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study suggested an “antipsychotic medication sparing effect of CBD-cigarettes as adjunctive treatment of acute psychosis.”

A study indicated that “recreational cannabis legalization is associated with decreasing enrollment in medical cannabis programs, particularly for males.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The American Psychiatric Association is reportedly working on a policy statement about psychedelics.

/ BUSINESS

A budtender at Burnside Buds in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada who was allegedly fired for union organizing has been reinstated.

/ CULTURE

Jared Leto spoke about getting fired from working at a movie theater for selling marijuana.

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Feds’ cannabis interference on Indian land (Newsletter: November 26, 2021)

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AGs push Congress for marijuana cooperation with states; Study looks at dogs getting high from THC in poop

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The Pueblo of Picuris Indian tribe in New Mexico is accusing the federal government of a discriminatory double standard after a medical cannabis patient’s garden on tribal land was raided while marijuana businesses across many states operate without interference.

The bipartisan attorneys general of Arizona, Connecticut, North Dakota and Vermont sent a letter urging Congress to emphasize federal-state cooperation in any plan to legalize marijuana.

A study concluded that “ingestion of human feces containing THC may lead to marijuana toxicosis in dogs.”

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wrote in an op-ed that he discussed marijuana legalization and other issues with students at a youth summit.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) tweeted, “Including #SAFEBanking in the final NDAA will help safeguard our financial system, reduce the public safety risk & help support Veteran & minority-owned businesses now. It will help pave the way for broader, comprehensive cannabis reform & create a safer, more equitable industry.”

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A New York senator sent a press release about his new bill to add transgender and non-binary people to the marijuana equity program.

A Tennessee representative tweeted about touring a hemp and CBD business.

Ohio regulators posted a draft resolution eliminating the medical cannabis tier system and setting a 90-day supply of plant material as nine ounces, regardless of THC percentage.

Alaska regulators will host working group meetings about marijuana products next month and in January.

Colorado regulators will host a work group meeting about changing marijuana business licensee designations on December 3.

Michigan regulators will hold a public meeting on marijuana issues on December 9.

The Tennessee Medical Cannabis Commission will meet on December 10.


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Los Angeles, California regulators published a report about the city’s marijuana licensing program.

/ INTERNATIONAL

New Zealand lawmakers passed a bill to legalize drug checking services.

Lithuanian lawmakers defeated an amendment to decriminalize drugs.

Argentina’s government approved a research project on cannabis cultivation for medical and scientific purposes.

India’s Food Safety and Security Authority approved regulations for hemp seeds and oil as food ingredients.

Luxembourg is experiencing medical cannabis supply issues.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “recreational marijuana legalization increased the clearance rates for violent crime overall and aggravated assault” but that “the positive effect of legalization appears to shrink over time.”

A study suggested that “psychedelic-use may causally influence metaphysical beliefs—shifting them away from ‘hard materialism.’”

/ BUSINESS

Cresco Labs closed its acquisition of Bay, LLC.

Vaseline released a new hemp-infused soothing product.

/ CULTURE

Deftones launched a line of marijuana products.

CNN will air the sixth installment of its “WEED” series on Sunday.

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SD legal cannabis blocked by court (Newsletter: November 25, 2021)

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Germany to legalize marijuana; Taliban signs cannabis deal; Former TX gov talks psychedelics’ benefits

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Germany’s incoming government coalition officially announced plans to legalize marijuana. The plan also includes broader harm reduction measures such as drug checking services.

The South Dakota Supreme Court upheld a lower judge’s ruling that a voter-approved marijuana legalization measure is invalid. Activists are already working to put another initiative on the 2022 ballot, and lawmakers are considering the issue.

Afghanistan’s Taliban regime announced it signed a cannabis production deal with a company called Cpharm, though an Australian firm of that name later denied it is involved and said it has “no connection with cannabis or the Taliban” and has “no idea where the Taliban media release has come from.”

  • The project “will be officially launched soon and hundreds of people will get job opportunities,” the Ministry of Interior Affairs said.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R)—who also served as U.S. energy secretary—spoke about his support for the therapeutic use of psychedelics to treat mental health conditions faced by military veterans.

  • “If you would have told me five years ago that Rick Perry, knuckle-dragging, right wing Republican governor of Texas, was going to be in the same sentence with the word ‘psychedelics,’ I would have bet you the farm, baby.”

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency tweeted, “Hemp offers new economic opportunities for America’s farmers, and RMA is pleased to offer coverage to hemp producers.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “The War on Drugs has been a war on people—particularly people of color. We must end the federal prohibition on marijuana and make criminal justice reforms—I’m working with @SenBooker and @RonWyden to pass our Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act to do just that.”

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) tweeted about his vote in favor of a psychedelics research amendment.

Former Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) spoke about assisting someone with obtaining psilocybin therapy for depression.

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair drug war harms got one new cosponsor for a total of 101.

/ STATES

The Cayuga Nation, located within New York, began selling marijuana at tribal stores.

California generated $322.34 million in marijuana tax revenue last quarter.

Massachusetts regulators rescinded a recommendation that municipalities should prioritize approval for marijuana social equity applicants. Separately, they are accepting public comment on hemp guidance.

Virginia regulators finalized rules removing the requirement to report prior marijuana convictions for asbestos, lead and home inspectors.

Oregon regulators reviewed plans to begin accepting new marijuana business license applications and approved stipulated settlement agreements for violations.

Minnesota regulators released the results of a medical cannabis survey of healthcare providers.

Maine regulators are conducting a survey about the hemp program.

Connecticut regulators posted updated stats about the medical cannabis program.

West Virginia regulators will host medical cannabis patient signup events next week.


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Pima County, Arizona officials are having issues processing marijuana expungements.

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Luxembourg’s government gave an update on its marijuana legalization plans.

The Israeli Knesset created a new Cannabis Committee.

Ireland’s Medical Cannabis Access Program enrolled its first patient.

Mexico’s Senate hosted a forum on marijuana.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “all preclinic and clinic studies that have been reported show that, through the cannabinoid system, cannabinoids, particularly CBD, have many mechanisms that are effective in the treatment of patients infected by SARS-CoV-2.”

A study found that “adults who microdose psychedelics report health related motivations and lower levels of anxiety and depression compared to non-microdosers.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that 61 percent of Massachusetts residents believe marijuana legalization has been positive for the state.

/ BUSINESS

Planet 13 Holdings Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $33 million and a net loss of $10.2 million.

An investor’s fraud and retaliation lawsuit against Bloom Farms was dismissed.

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