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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

A new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that legalizing marijuana for recreational or medical use has a general impact on teen use that is “statistically indistinguishable from zero.” The analysis also shows that legalization is tied to even lower adolescent cannabis use under certain measures.

Federal courts in the U.S. territories Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are hosting a forum on marijuana next week—including a focus on how legalization affects tourism, tax revenue and banking.

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board rejected a CBD tea company’s case on registering its brand because the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t gotten around to regulating the cannabinoid yet. That could have broader implications for trademarking soon-to-be-legal marijuana and psychedelics products.

A lobbying firm founded by a former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato (R-NY)—who had a record of supporting the war on drugs in Congress—announced it is launching a new practice group focused on serving marijuana businesses.

/ FEDERAL

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is soliciting bids for a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer to analyze cannabis samples.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL) tweeted in support of Rahul Gupta’s nomination to be director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Washington State Democratic congressional candidate Jason Call tweeted, “Marijuana legalization is CRITICAL to beginning a process of justice for BIPOC in our nation, but it’s only a half measure unless we ALSO fight to clear the criminal records of all those convicted with marijuana charges and release those imprisoned by them.”

/ STATES

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) tweeted, “We delivered on legalizing recreational cannabis and opened up a whole new economic industry for New Mexico. This is just one way we’re building a diverse economy with opportunities for all.”

The South Dakota Supreme Court expanded professional conduct rules so lawyers can more thoroughly advise clients on marijuana issues.

The New York Workers’ Compensation Board changed the method for submitting medical cannabis prior authorization requests.

A third of newly awarded Illinois marijuana business licenses went to companies associated with politicians or existing cannabis operations.

West Virginia regulators published an updated list of hemp licensees.

Vermont’s Cannabis Control Board and its advisory subcommittees will hold several meetings this week.

New Jersey marijuana regulators will meet on Tuesday.

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


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/ LOCAL

New York City Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa tweeted a video of himself chatting with unlicensed marijuana sellers and criticizing states that tax cannabis too much.

A Siskiyou County, California ban on trucks delivering water to Hmong cannabis farmers was overturned by a federal judge.

The Minnehaha County, South Dakota Commission advanced preliminary medical cannabis rules.

Oakland, California officials will discuss loan and grant programs for cannabis equity operators on Wednesday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

UK lawmakers debated medical cannabis access.

Panamanian President Nito Cortizo is being asked by a lawmaker to veto a medical cannabis bill.

Ontario, Canada courts have withdrawn or stayed 85 percent of drug possession cases over the past year.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that medical cannabis patients “suffering from [chronic musculoskeletal pain] or other chronic non-cancer pain perceived more benefits than harms.”

A study “provides evidence supporting an association between recent cannabis use and history of [myocardial infarction] in young adults.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

Three of BillTrack50’s ten most-viewed pieces of legislation so far this year are marijuana bills.

/ BUSINESS

Ayr Wellness Inc. is acquiring Cultivauna, LLC.

Acreage Holdings, Inc. announced that Hurricane Ida caused extensive damage to its cultivation center in Sewell, New Jersey.

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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.

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