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MN House passes final cannabis legalization bill (Newsletter: May 19, 2023)



NH legalization commission; NE 2024 medical marijuana ballot; Stock market access in SAFE; Fed psychedelic study funds

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The Minnesota House of Representatives gave final passage to a bicameral marijuana legalization deal. The Senate is expected to act on the legislation imminently, sending it to the desk of Gov. Tim Walz (D) to be signed into law.

Nebraska activists filed two complementary medical cannabis legalization initiatives that they hope to qualify for the 2024 ballot.

The New Hampshire Senate voted to create a new Commission to Study State-Controlled Sales of Cannabis that would issue a report by the end of the year on legalizing marijuana through state-run stores. The body also tabled bills to legalize marijuana with no regulations and to allow medical cannabis patients to grow their own medicine

  • Meanwhile, House lawmakers are working on compromise legalization legislation that includes provisions for both state-run and privately licensed stores that is set to be taken up next week.

The SAFE Banking for Equity coalition is pushing senators to expand a marijuana banking bill by adding provisions to let the industry access capital markets and stock exchanges—but some justice advocates say that’s a bridge too far as long as Congress continues to refuse to end prohibition..

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is providing $1.5 million in funding to support research on the potential of psychedelics to treat drug addiction.

A new survey found that 30 percent of young people have either declined to apply or withdrawn applications for government jobs due to strict marijuana policies required for security clearances.

Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee (D) finally announced his appointments to the new Cannabis Control Commission after a lengthy delay.


The National Park Service sent a press release about efforts to clean up trash and chemicals left behind from an illegal marijuana grow site in Death Valley National Park.

The Environmental Protection Agency included information about marijuana in resources about secondhand smoke and e-cigarette aerosols.

Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Raphael Warnock (D-GA), along with Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN) and John Rutherford (R-FL) introduced legislation to repeal the lifetime ban on receiving SNAP benefits for people with felony drug convictions.

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) discussed the floor vote failure of his bill to encourage the Department of Veterans Affairs to study medical cannabis.

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) discussed his support for a marijuana banking bill at an Independent Community Bankers of America event. Separately, he said he backs a veterans medical cannabis research bill despite voting against allowing it to advance.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) tweeted, “It’s absurd that cannabis businesses don’t have access to banking. @RepBlumenauer and I are trying to change that!”


Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove (D) spoke about his involvement with a medical cannabis testing business.

Wisconsin’s Senate minority leader said that “because the Republicans in the Capitol building appear to be suffering from ‘reefer madness’ and misinformation, we’re not able to march forward” on marijuana reform.

The California Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill to reform cannabis tax laws. Separately, Department of Tax and Fee Administration data shows that a significant percentage of marijuana businesses failed to make any tax payment by a May 1 deadline.

The Florida Financial Impact Estimating Conference will host events about a proposed marijuana legalization ballot initiative in June and July.

The Wyoming Supreme Court rejected a man’s appeal of his sentence for marijuana and meth possession charges after the substances were found in his vehicle during a traffic stop.

Michigan regulators are proposing changes to marijuana rules.

Nevada regulators will consider changes to marijuana rules on Tuesday.

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Costa Rican officials approved the country’s first medical cannabis cultivation and processing license.

British Columbia, Canada municipalities are enacting local laws that advocates say undermine the province’s drug decriminalization pilot program.

Gandaki Province, Nepal’s chief minister discussed the economic benefits of legalizing marijuana.


A study found that “cannabidiol-rich non-psychotropic Cannabis sativa L. oils attenuate peripheral neuropathy symptoms by regulation of CB2-mediated microglial neuroinflammation.”

A review concluded that psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy “has the potential to serve as an effective treatment in” amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.


The Cannabis Association of New York State’s former veterans’ committee chairman said he was ousted from his position for publicly “complaining about the lack of cannabis licenses given to veterans” as compared to those issued to people with past convictions.


TILT Holdings Inc. closed an offering of up to $4.5 million in aggregate principal amount of senior secured promissory notes.

An Akerna Corp. investor is suing to prevent the company’s merger with Gryphon Digital Mining Inc.

Quest Diagnostics, which provides employment drug testing services, said that positive marijuana results hit a quarter-century high last year.

Houston’s Restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee is facing a federal racial discrimination lawsuit from a Black couple who were kicked out for allegedly smelling like 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 and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.


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