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LA lawmakers vote for legal cannabis (Newsletter: April 28, 2021)

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TX House advances marijuana & psychedelics bills; HI legislature wants DEA exemption; MN legalization takes another step; NY cannabis recycling

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The Louisiana House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee approved separate marijuana legalization and decriminalization bills, sending them to the floor.

The Texas House of Representatives advanced bills to reduce cannabis penalties and study the medical benefits of psychedelics like psilocybin and MDMA. The full House is also set to vote on a marijuana decriminalization bill later this week.

The Minnesota House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee approved the majority leader’s marijuana legalization bill—the ninth panel to do so. A floor vote is expected in May.

Montana lawmakers sent Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) a bill to implement the voter-approved legalization of marijuana.

The Hawaii legislature adopted a resolution seeking a federal exemption from the Drug Enforcement Administration for the state’s medical cannabis program. Separately, the Senate passed resolutions calling on officials to develop a legal psilocybin therapy program.

A New York assemblymember filed a marijuana packaging recycling bill to require dispensaries to collect bottles and jars from consumers who wish to return them after use and to ensure they’re made from at least 50% recycled materials.

/ FEDERAL

The Department of Health and Human Services released new buprenorphine guidelines.

A former U.S. attorney for Kansas is working to ask a federal judge for compassionate release for a man serving 23 years in federal prison for a marijuana offense.

The Library of Congress published an overview of Switzerland’s marijuana laws.

Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Dan Crenshw (R-TX) filed a resolution that claims marijuana use increases the risk of infertility.

Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) tweeted, “It’s time to legalize marijuana on the federal level. The war on drugs was a colossal failure, which did nothing to combat genuine health problems, like addiction, while criminalizing and disrupting whole communities. We need to invest in undoing those harms.”

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) tweeted, “State-legal marijuana use should not be used as a pretext to bar individuals from purchasing firearms, which is a well-defined Constitutional right. I’ve long believed that laws regulating marijuana should be left to the states, not the federal govt.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Medical marijuana can help our veterans manage chronic pain, PTSD, and a host of other injuries common to those who served our country. I’m proud to take this step forward in Congress in support of caring for our veterans.”

Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) again spoke about his reasons for changing his position on marijuana.

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) tweeted, “legalizing medical marijuana is a commonsense measure that’s supported by a majority of Wisconsinites, will be good for our state’s wallet, and can help Wisconsinites struggling with chronic pain or debilitating illness.”

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf tweeted, “Marijuana is legal in: Alaska Arizona California Colorado Illinois Maine Massachusetts Michigan Montana Nevada New Jersey New Mexico New York Oregon Vermont Virginia Washington D.C. I want to add Pennsylvania to this list. Tell your legislator it’s time to #LegalizeIt.”

Florida’s agriculture commissioner tweeted, “Reminder: marijuana is medicine. States with legalized marijuana had a reduction in opioid prescriptions.” She also tweeted, “Today marks the one-year anniversary of Florida’s state #hemp program, overseen by @FDACS! With an estimated $370M in economic impact, 9,000 jobs supported, and $17M in tax revenue generated, Florida Hemp is off to a great start.”

The Oregon Senate approved a bill to waive medical cannabis fees for disabled veterans.

Tennessee’s House speaker is supporting a medical cannabis bill, but the Criminal Justice Committee defeated the legislation.

Rhode Island’s House speaker said it is “very possible” a marijuana legalization bill will not pass this year.

Alabama lawmakers removed language from a bill that would have banned delta-8-THC and delta-10-THC.

The New Hampshire Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a bill to add insomnia and autism spectrum disorder as medical cannabis qualifying conditions, as well as separate legislation restricting who can become a registered patient.

The Colorado Disability Funding Committee raised nearly $50,000 by auctioning marijuana-themed license plates.

South Dakota regulators issued a request for proposals to run the state’s medical cannabis patient registry, verification and licensing system.

Missouri regulators rolled out the final phase of the online system for electronic physician certification of medical cannabis patients.

Nevada regulators are extending the expiration of all active marijuana temporary delivery vehicle identification cards until June 30.

Michigan regulators posted information about hemp sample testing.


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A New Orleans, Louisiana City Council member is planning to introduce legislation to reduce marijuana possession fines to $1.

Rochester, New York’s mayor will host a forum on businesses opportunities in the legal marijuana industry on Thursday.

Orlando, Florida officials posted information about participating in a diversionary program for marijuana possession.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Colombia’s justice minister participated in a briefing on medical cannabis legislation.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “cannabis’ effects are not specific to [multiple sclerosis], arthritis, or cancer as much as they impact processes common among these distinct conditions” and identified “evidence that cannabis may be a viable alternative to opioids for those with these conditions and experiencing pain.”

Researchers developed a method that “is suitable for the quality control of cosmetic products containing CBD, being able to quickly and easily determine this compound, ensuring that its concentration in the finished product is the desired one.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Alabama Democratic Party called out a Republican senator who said he will never support legalizing marijuana.

The U.S. Cannabis Council appointed a director of social equity and inclusion.

/ BUSINESS

Amazon is seeking to dismiss a breach of contract claim filed by a temporary employee who says he was not hired for a full-time position after failing a drug test due to medical cannabis use.

Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. reported quarterly revenue of $43.2 million and a net loss of $11.4 million.

TIME listed Tilray as one of the 100 most influential companies.

Steep Hill announced its expansion into Mississippi.

Pennsylvania dispensaries sold $909.4 million worth of medical cannabis in the past 12 months, according to an analysis.

Maryland medical cannabis sales have now exceeded $1 billion since the program’s launch.

Missouri dispensaries sold more than $3.3 million worth of medical cannabis last week.

/ CULTURE

Bill Nye hosted a podcast about the science of marijuana.

Miss America Camille Schrier appeared in a public service announcement urging people not to use drugs.

Former basketball player Paul Pierce posted a video of himself visiting a marijuana grow operation.

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DEA finally approving cannabis grow licenses (Newsletter: May 17, 2021)

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MS medical marijuana overturned; WA drug recrim bill signed; FDA OKs MDMA use by therapists study; Cannabis in public housing bill

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The Drug Enforcement Administration is finally ending the decades-long monopoly on growing marijuana for research. At least three cultivation license applicants—and possibly more—have been notified that they’re being approved under an expansion first announced in 2016.

The Mississippi Supreme Court, for procedural reasons, overturned the state’s medical cannabis law, which the justices acknowledge was approved by a “strong, if not overwhelming, majority of voters.”

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) filed a bill to protect people from being evicted from public housing for using marijuana in accordance with state law.

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed a bill recriminalizing drug possession as a misdemeanor after the Supreme Court overturned prohibition. Penalties expire in 2023, giving lawmakers incentive to craft comprehensive health-focused policy. Meanwhile, the governor partially vetoed one section of the new legislation.

The Food and Drug Administration approved research on MDMA use by therapists so that they can better administer psychedelic therapies to their patients.

  • “Personal experience is widely considered to be an important element in preparation and training to deliver psychedelic-assisted therapies.”

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services derailed an effort to disclose medical cannabis business ownership information that passed the House by threatening to urge Gov. Mike Parson (R) to veto it.

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s president says the state will “blow past” $1 billion in legal marijuana sales this year. One thing that could stop that, he says, is if neighboring states legalize cannabis and people can buy it closer to home.

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A federal jury found a former Fall River, Massachusetts mayor guilty of soliciting bribes from marijuana businesses and other charges.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is hiring a new legislative assistant to “spearhead his effort to end federal cannabis prohibition.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) reportedly consumed cocaine with a sex worker who also served as communications director for the American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association.

Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and nine other lawmakers sent a letter urging Attorney General Merrick Garland to devote resources to combat illegal marijuana cultivation.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tweeted, “Yesterday, the MN House passed historic legislation to legalize cannabis for adult use and expunge non-violent cannabis convictions. Now, let’s legalize cannabis and expunge records nationwide.”

Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) tweeted, “I applaud the members of the Minnesota House who took bipartisan action last night to legalize marijuana in Minnesota. Now, it’s time for the Minnesota Senate to take up and pass this legislation.” She also tweeted, “Congratulations to the @mnhouseDFL for passing this long overdue legislation! Legalizing cannabis use for adults will strengthen our economy and help account for historic inequities in drug enforcement. Now it’s time for the Senate to step up and get this across the finish line.”

The House bill to deschedule marijuana got one new cosponsor for a total of two.

The House bill to shield immigrants from being deported for marijuana got three new cosponsors for a total of five.

/ STATES

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) California Comeback Plan includes a number of cannabis reforms, including the appointment of a deputy director of equity and inclusion, a pilot program for sustainable cultivation and measures to help process business licenses.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced a working group report that suggests the state “consider the opportunities that may be created by new initiatives, including the legalization of recreational use marijuana, as potential sources of political and financial support for the efforts to restart and recover Atlantic City.”

A spokesperson for Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) said he is “interested and intrigued” by the state Supreme Court ruling striking down the voter-approved medical cannabis program. Meanwhile, the lieutenant governor and a senator said lawmakers will work to pass a medical marijuana program in January.

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) signed legislation allowing people with non-violent felony records to own or work at medical cannabis businesses.

Virginia’s attorney general touted his leadership on marijuana legalization during a debate.

Delaware lawmakers sent Gov. John Carney (D) a bill to let nurse practitioners and physician assistants recommend medical cannabis.

Arizona lawmakers sent Gov. Doug Ducey (R) a bill to legalize drug testing strips.

Colorado’s House speaker and other lawmakers introduced a bill to enact limits on marijuana concentrates, place restrictions on medical cannabis recommendations and require the state to study the impacts of marijuana on certain health outcomes, among other changes. Former Govs. Bill Owens (R) and Bill Ritter (D) coauthored an op-ed endorsing the legislation.

The Utah Court of Appeals rejected a request to overturn regulators’ medical cannabis business licensing decisions.

Ohio regulators determined that arthritis, chronic migraines and complex regional pain syndrome qualify as medical cannabis qualifying conditions.

West Virginia regulators are considering recommending allowing medical cannabis home cultivation.

Nevada regulators issued updated coronavirus guidance for marijuana businesses.

Oklahoma regulators defended the state’s residency requirements for medical cannabis business owners in a federal court brief.

Arizona regulators published monthly marijuana program data.


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/ LOCAL

War, West Virginia’s mayor was reelected after being arrested for marijuana possession and driving under the influence, among other charges.

Hawthorne, California is considering hiring a former Los Angeles City Council member for a cannabis consulting position.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Spanish lawmakers created a subcommittee to examine medical cannabis regulations.

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare is preparing to approve cannabis-based medicines, but the government may also increase marijuana penalties.

South Africa’s government is preparing to present a cannabis master plan by the end of the month.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review of the use of cannabis in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder found “improvement in ASD symptoms, such as social communication (core symptom), noncore behaviors (self-injury, restlessness, rage attacks, agitation, aggressiveness, irritability), and comorbid conditions (anxiety, epilepsy, sleep problems/dysregulation, ADHD/hyperactivity/concentration)” and that “an additional benefit with the improvement in comorbid conditions is the reduction of medications used in some participants.”

A study suggested that “CBD presents potential therapeutic properties with respect to the treatment of obesity and related disturbances.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party tweeted, “Last night, DFLers in the MN House made history by passing a bill to legalize adult-use cannabis. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans plan to block it from becoming law. Minnesotans should know that a vote for a Republican is a vote against legalizing cannabis.” It also tweeted, “It’s simple: DFLers want to legalize adult-use cannabis. Republicans don’t. If you want to legalize and responsibly regulate cannabis in Minnesota, vote DFL.”

The Washington Times editorial board seemed to blame use of marijuana and other drugs for deadly police shootings.

/ BUSINESS

Vireo Health International, Inc. reported quarterly GAAP revenue of $13.2 million and a net loss of $7 million.

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that it misled investors about moldy products.

Tilray, Inc. is closing a cannabis cultivation facility in Ontario.

MedMen Opportunity Fund II LP is being sued over an alleged scheme by principal owners to sell licenses for its Los Angeles, California locations on terms that would harm investors.

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. closed on a property in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and entered into a partnership for it with a subsidiary of Parallel.

TILT Holdings Inc. has a new CEO.

Michigan retailers sold $154 million worth of legal marijuana in April.

/ CULTURE

Seth Rogen was asked by Stephen Colbert whether he would ever smoke marijuana with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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MN House votes to legalize cannabis (Newsletter: May 14, 2021)

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State Dept on marijuana & discrimination; NE medical cannabis ballot drive; SAFE Banking gets GOP sponsor; CO sales data

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The Minnesota House of Representatives approved the majority leader’s marijuana legalization bill. While Gov. Tim Walz (D) supports ending cannabis prohibition, leaders in the Republican-controlled Senate have indicated they’re more interested in potentially expanding medical access and reducing possession penalties than they are in the expansive reform.

A new State Department report notes how marijuana reform in a growing number of countries is helping to address religious discrimination against Rastafarians and other groups—but it ignores the U.S.’s continued criminalization of cannabis.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) became the 37th cosponsor of the SAFE Banking Act. That’s a big shift from a few years ago, when she argued against a cannabis banking amendment, saying it would be “allowing banks to essentially finance dealers of recreational marijuana.”

Nebraska activists and lawmakers are relaunching a campaign to place a far-reaching medical cannabis initiative on the 2022 ballot—one day after a minority of senators in the unicameral legislature blocked a relatively restrictive medical marijuana bill.

The Colorado Department of Revenue announced that retailers have already sold more than half a billion dollars worth of legal marijuana in the first three months of 2021. There have been more than $10.5 billion in legal cannabis sales since 2014, generating $1.7 billion in tax revenue for schools, infrastructure and more.

/ FEDERAL

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “We must finally end the federal prohibition on marijuana, advance criminal justice reform, and ensure equity for communities impacted by the War on Drugs. That is why I’m working with @SenBooker & @RonWyden on legislation for comprehensive marijuana reform.”

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) tweeted, “The devastating nationwide opioid epidemic has clearly shown we need to find alternatives to these pain medications, and that’s certainly a priority I’ve heard from many of Alaska’s #veterans. Medicinal cannabis is already in use by thousands of #veterans across the country, but we don’t yet have the data we need to understand the benefits and side effects associated with this alternative therapy.”

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) tweeted, “The reality is that the federal government’s continued cannabis prohibition is neither tenable nor the will of the American electorate. That’s why I introduced the Common Sense Cannabis Reform for Veterans, Small Businesses and Medical Professionals Act with @repdonyoung.”

Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) tweeted about Colorado cannabis sales, saying, “While states around PA move to legalize marijuana this is the type of revenue that the commonwealth could be missing out on.”

Rep. Betty McCollum’s (D-MN) campaign tweeted, “MN cannabis laws are doing more harm than good. By creating a regulatory framework, we can establish more sensible laws to improve our health care & criminal justice systems and ensure better outcomes for communities.”

Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) tweeted, “It’s time to legalize marijuana in Minnesota.”

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PolitiFact ruled that a claim from Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) about the potential of marijuana legalization to raise revenue is mostly true. Separately, the lieutenant governor tweeted, “It’s long past time we legalized marijuana—not just because of the revenue we’ll gain—but because its criminalization will only continue to harm communities across the state.”

The New Hampshire Senate tabled a bill to allow medical cannabis patients to grow their own, effectively killing it.

The Nevada Assembly Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on bills to amend hemp rules and allow CBD-infused foods.

Pennsylvania regulators published a hemp sampling protocol.

The California Osteopathic Medical Board discussed guidelines for recommending medical cannabis.

Missouri’s medical cannabis patient count is growing rapidly.

Maine regulators released a list of licensed plant nurseries with hemp seedlings or clones.

Washington State regulators rescheduled a listen and learn session about draft conceptual rules for cannabis applicant or licensee background checks for June 1.


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The New Orleans, Louisiana City Council president is proposing to dismiss and pardon nearly 10,000 pending marijuana cases and convictions.

Denver, Colorado regulators are accepting applications to serve on the 2021 Marijuana Rulemaking Work Group.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Zimbabwe’s government repealed a rule that required co-ownership between government and private investors for medical cannabis cultivation operations.

The mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada said there’s no time to reformulate his city’s drug decriminalization proposal to the federal government to address activists’ concerns.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “cannabinoids were found to be effective in the treatment of lung, colorectal, prostate, breast, pancreas and hepatic cancers.”

A study found that “most participants expressed a positive attitude about CBD products as a treatment option, reported positive outcomes when used for multiple different conditions, and would prefer to obtain information about and prescription for CBD from their physicians.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that UK adults support decriminalizing marijuana, 41%-36%.

A poll found that Protestant pastors oppose legalizing marijuana, 76%-18%, and that 78% think it is morally wrong to get high on cannabis.

The Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party tweeted, “Today, the Minnesota House will take a historic vote on legalizing adult-use cannabis. While Republicans may be stuck in the past, DFLers know that our cannabis laws do more harm than good. It’s time to change that.” It also tweeted, “DFLers are ready to legalize adult-use cannabis in Minnesota. The vast majority of Minnesotans are ready too. It’s time for Republicans to either get with the program or get out of the way.”

The Louisiana Democratic Party tweeted about a pending marijuana decriminalization bill, saying it ” would end harsh criminal penalties that can ruin lives and families” and “will also save taxpayer dollars.”

The Collateral Consequences Resource Center and Ohio State University’s Drug Enforcement and Policy Center published a report examining expungement provisions in new marijuana legalization laws.

/ BUSINESS

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. reported quarterly revenue of $194 million.

Aurora Cannabis Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of C$55.2 million and an adjusted EBITDA loss of C$24 million.

Schwazze reported quarterly revenue of $19.3 million and a net loss of $3.6 million.

ETF Managers Group’s U.S. Alternative Harvest ETF began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. announced an $8 million private placement.

4Front Ventures Corp. announced that its retail brand, Mission Dispensaries, is partnering with Homegrown Detroit on initiatives to make the cannabis industry more equitable and accessible.

TweedLeaf employees are working to unionize.

/ CULTURE

The World Boxing Council is partnering with Wesana Health Holdings Inc. on a multi-year clinical research project to examine the therapeutic potential of psychedelics to reduce the effects and symptoms of traumatic brain injury.

Seth Rogen told Howard Stern that he doesn’t mind if employees at his marijuana company Houseplant get high at work as long as it doesn’t affect their job performance.

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New GOP federal legal cannabis bill (Newsletter: May 13, 2021)

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NE medical marijuana bill filibustered; MN House leader expects Republican legalization votes; LA smokable marijuana heads to Senate floor

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Reps. Dave Joyce (R-OH) and Don Young (R-AK) filed a new bill to federally legalize marijuana while providing specific protections for banking and military veterans. The Food and Drug Administration and Treasury Department would be required to issue cannabis regulations—modeled on those for alcohol—within a year. It also has research provisions.

Nebraska’s unicameral legislature failed to overcome a filibuster on a medical cannabis bill, only getting 31 of a needed 33 votes to advance the measure. Supporters say they’ll take the marijuana issue to the ballot in 2022.

Minnesota’s House majority leader, whose cannabis legalization bill is up for a floor vote on Thursday, told Marijuana Moment in an interview that he expects it to get Republican votes. The GOP-controlled Senate is another matter, though.

The Louisiana Senate Health and Welfare Committee approved a House-passed bill to legalize smokable medical cannabis, sending it to the floor for a final vote. Meanwhile, a House vote on recreational marijuana legalization was delayed again—until next week.

The Missouri House of Representatives approved an amendment to require regulators to disclose medical marijuana business ownership information. The vote comes after a recent analysis found instances where single entities were connected to more licenses than is allowed.

/ FEDERAL

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “Americans are sending a clear message—they want an end to marijuana prohibition. I’m working with @RonWyden and @SenBooker to end the federal prohibition and to repair the damage done by the War on Drugs.”

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) tweeted, “Decriminalizing marijuana is not enough. We must also repair the damage done to those communities most harmed by a failed Drug War and expunge records. We should be demanding restorative justice.”

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) tweeted, “Laws prohibiting adult cannabis use defy common sense and the will of the people. I respectfully urge #MNLeg to meet the moment and pass H.F. 600, joining states – Red and Blue – who have already recognized the sensibility of legalization.” He also sent a letter urging state lawmakers to approve the bill.

Rep. Betty McCollum’s (D-MN) campaign tweeted, “Legalizing cannabis for adult use will offer broad benefits across Minnesota, but we need a responsible regulatory framework to make it happen. If any state can do this right, Minnesota can.”

Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA) tweeted, “We must secure our border and ensure law enforcement have the support and resources they need if we want to stop the rising number of illegal marijuana grows and related crime in Southern California.”

The House bill to allow CBD as a dietary supplement got two new cosponsors for a total of 25.

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) said she is reviewing a medical cannabis bill that lawmakers sent to her desk and spoke positively about its benefits for patients.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) tweeted, “I couldn’t say it better myself: we have more than $165M reasons to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin. Legalizing, taxing, and decriminalizing marijuana—much like we do with alcohol—makes economic sense for our state and can help us create a more equitable Wisconsin.”

Minnesota’s attorney general tweeted, “Af-Am and white ppl in MN consume cannabis at v similar rates—yet while Black ppl are just 5% of MN pop they make up 30% of cannabis arrests. Criminalizing a product most ppl want legalized, and continuing a legacy of racial injustice in doing so, is not defensible.” Separately, the House Democrat-Farmer-Labor Caucus tweeted, “Legalizing adult-use cannabis in MN is a growing movement led by the House DFL in partnership with advocates and people of all backgrounds. Tomorrow, the MN House will vote to expand freedom and address harms caused by current cannabis laws.”

The Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld a life sentence for a man convicted of marijuana possession.

Hawaii regulators revoked a medical cannabis dispensary’s license over its alleged failure to submit annual independent financial audits.

Pennsylvania regulators published guidelines for hemp sample compliance testing. Separately, the Department of Agriculture tweeted, “Right now, Pennsylvania’s hemp crop is in the seedling stage. But these now-small plants pack a mighty punch! After harvest, their stalks can be used for biofuel, fire-proof building material, and even bullet-proof vests!”

Washington State regulators approved a statement of inquiry on establishing new rules for evaluating whether ingredients used in the production or processing of marijuana products pose a risk to public health or youth access.

Oregon regulators released an updated list of approved marijuana retail businesses.

Colorado’s Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee will meet on Monday.


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New York City police department sources claim that the state’s new marijuana legalization law is making it harder to take guns off the streets.

A former Buffalo, New York firefighter who was fired for medical cannabis use is suing to get his job back.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera said the country should switch from growing tobacco to cannabis.

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has received at least seven queries about listing cannabis companies.

New Zealand’s health minister said he wants drug-checking services to be widely available, but hasn’t committed funding to support it.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “cannabinoids prevent the negative effects of chronic unpredictable stress, suggesting that the development of cannabinoid-based drugs has the potential to treat stress-related disorders such as depression.”

A study of rats suggested that “marijuana may be helpful for motor disorders and synaptic changes in patients with Parkinson’s disease.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Louisiana Democratic Party tweeted about the House’s passage of a marijuana decriminalization bill.

The Alabama Democratic Party is selling a marijuana legalization sticker.

The Nebraska Democratic Party tweeted about the legislature debating a medical cannabis bill.

The United States Cannabis Council joined the alcohol-industry-funded Responsibility.org as a corporate partner.

Prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana is taking out newspaper ads aimed at influencing senators who have expressed reservations about federal legalization.

/ BUSINESS

Green Thumb Industries Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $194.4 million.

Columbia Care Inc. launched a new retail brand called Cannabist.

Wasatch Global Investors sold off its marijuana stock holdings under instructions from its compliance unit.

Flora Growth Corp. began trading on the Nasdaq.

Arkansas dispensaries have now sold more than $300 million worth of medical cannabis.

/ CULTURE

Jane Fonda spoke about her affinity for hemp and her partnership with CBD company Uncle Bud’s.

Slipknot’s Clown is launching a line of marijuana products.

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