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Mexican lawmakers approve legal cannabis (Newsletter: March 11, 2021)

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GOP backs legal marijuana in more states; Contentious NY negotiations; DEA sued over psilocybin; WY legalization bill; MS alternate blocked

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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies voted to approve an amended marijuana legalization bill, sending it back to the Senate, which passed an earlier version late last year.

A new Marijuana Moment analysis shows that while marijuana legalization has been largely driven by Democratic lawmakers and voters, that’s starting to shift. Republican legislators in at least 10 states have sponsored bills to legalize cannabis this year.

New York’s Assembly majority leader said marijuana legalization negotiations with Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) have become so contentious that they’ve reached the point of screaming.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is being sued by a doctor who wants permission to give psilocybin mushrooms to terminally ill cancer patients.

A marijuana legalization bill sponsored by Wyoming’s Republican House speaker and Judiciary Committee chairman is expected to get a hearing this week.

The Mississippi House of Representatives killed a Senate bill to create an alternate medical marijuana program—appearing to leave the issue’s fate up to the state Supreme Court, which is weighing a challenge to the cannabis ballot measure that voters approved in November—but then the Senate inserted its language into an unrelated bill, keeping the matter alive.

/ FEDERAL

The Government Accountability Office conducted a review of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s final hemp rules.

Customs and Border Protection sent a press release on the “concealment methods criminals use to peddle their drugs.”

A former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington authored an op-ed on the need to decriminalize drugs.

Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Bobby Scott (D-VA), Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) and Don Bacon (R-NE) introduced a bill to eliminate the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine.

Former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) tweeted, “If Virginia had a primary, I would be the #VA05 Rep. For the record, I voted for SAFE, STATES and MORE Acts. I’m on the board of the Veteran’s Cannabis Project. This @RepBobGood letter [urging a veto of a marijuana legalization bill] is amateurish and over-wrong. I own a distillery. I already deal in controlled substances.”

/ STATES

A spokesperson for New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) said she supports an amended House-passed marijuana legalization bill “as the path forward for a compromise cannabis legalization bill that addresses varied concerns that have been presented and is hopeful senators will move quickly to adopt and advance them.”

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) and other officials held a press conference to express opposition to marijuana reform ahead of a Judiciary Committee hearing on a bill to legalize medical cannabis.

Texas’s lieutenant governor said, “They must have legalized marijuana in the White House and they’re all smoking it, because these people are clueless.”

New Jersey’s attorney general issued an updated FAQ about the state’s new marijuana laws.

The South Dakota House and Senate failed to reconcile the differences in legislation to delay and implement the voter-approved legalization of medical cannabis, meaning that the ballot measure will take effect as written. Separately, activists formally appealed a judge’s ruling that invalidated the separate marijuana legalization initiative, asking the state Supreme Court to take up the case.

Montana’s House majority leader said a recreational marijuana framework bill will likely go before a committee in the next 10 days.

Arkansas’s House speaker filled a vacancy on the Medical Marijuana Commission.

Florida Senate Democrats tweeted, “The state’s medical marijuana program has had opponents in the Republican-led Legislature ever since Floridians overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment in 2016 to allow medicinal use of the drug. Some things never change.”

The Tennessee House Criminal Justice Subcommittee approved a proposed constitutional amendment to block the legalization of marijuana or other drugs.

The Alabama House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a Senate-passed medical cannabis bill but will wait until next week to consider votes and amendments.

The Illinois Senate Executive Committee is creating a new subcommittee on cannabis. Separately, a representative filed a bill to strengthen conflict of interest policies to prevent lawmakers, regulators and their families from profiting off the marijuana industry.

A Guam senator introduced a bill to require candidates for public office to take drug tests.

A Pennsylvania representative posted a video meant to combat “several myths and misconceptions surrounding adult-use cannabis.”

Georgia regulators released a list of approved hemp processors.

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

Alaska regulators will consider the marijuana fine schedule on March 18.


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/ LOCAL

Shreveport, Louisiana’s mayor filed a marijuana decriminalization proposal before the City Council.

Detroit, Michigan’s mayor tweeted, “We lobbied until we were sure that the City received their fair share of Marijuana to long-time Detroiters. Today, Legacy Detroiters receive 50% preference to recreational businesses licenses.”

/ INTERNATIONAL

The chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, India said the state is considering legalizing hemp cultivation.

A Canberra, Australia lawmaker wants the state to allow psychedelic-assisted therapy.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that “CBD appears to have durable efficacy and tolerance in treatment resistant epilepsy.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Cactus Conservation Institute is urging California lawmakers to legalize peyote cultivation.

Questions are being raised about whether New Zealand marijuana opponents violated campaign finance spending caps by separating their efforts into multiple groups.

/ BUSINESS

Aurora Cannabis Inc. filed a new preliminary short form base shelf prospectus allowing it to raise up to $1 billion.

Tilray, Inc. got approval to launch its medical cannabis products in New Zealand.

HEXO Corp announced it won a complete dismissal of a federal shareholder class action lawsuit against it.

Psychedelic investors are having a public debate about the appropriateness of patents in the industry.

A federal judge ruled against Oregonized Hemp Co. LLC’s request for damages resulting from a raid by police searching for illegal marijuana.

/ CULTURE

The Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports recommended that marijuana penalties should be reduced for athletes.

Football player Marshawn Lynch is launching a cannabis brand.

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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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