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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.

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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.”

/ STATES

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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Govs talk cannabis in SOTS speeches (Newsletter: January 25, 2022)

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NY OKs medical marijuana for any condition; MA gets more revenue from cannabis than alcohol; CO industry equity goal met

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At least six governors across the U.S. have talked about marijuana in their State of State speeches, inaugural addresses and budget plans this month—showing just how far cannabis has come into the mainstream alongside traditional issues like taxes, jobs and infrastructure.

New York regulators announced that doctors can now recommend medical cannabis for any condition they see fit. It’s a major expansion to the program as officials continue to work to launch the broader recreational marijuana market.

Virginia Republican House of Delegates leaders are beginning to formulate plans for the launch of legal marijuana sales, with multiple bills cutting tax rates and gutting equity and labor provisions being filed.

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue ​​reported that the state is now taking in millions of dollars more in tax revenue from marijuana than from alcohol.

The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division announced that the state has met a cannabis industry ownership diversity goal ahead of schedule—but the data shows there’s still a way to go before business ownership is on par with the state’s population demographics.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Michigan office tweeted about hemp’s role in restoring soil health.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said he couldn’t recall whether anyone asked him to cosponsor a Republican-led marijuana legalization bill.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Today is another day that thousands of people of color sit in jail for marijuana offenses while others profit. Congress must end the discriminatory laws upholding the unjust, classist, racist War on Drugs.”

Louisiana Democratic Senate candidate Gary Chambers said legalizing marijuana is a justice and equity issue. He also tweeted, “Why did I smoke a blunt in my ad? Law enforcement in Louisiana is still bragging on locking people up for cannabis. This was in north Louisiana this week. While the same front page says medical cannabis in our state isn’t affordable for citizens.  It’s inequitable & unjust.”

Missouri Democratic congressional candidate Henry Martin tweeted, “If you legalize marijuana without releasing all the non-violent possession offenders from prison, you’ve just created a caste system.”

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) said that while he continues to “have concerns about marijuana use for any reason,” he is willing to consider a new restrictive medical cannabis bill.

South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham, a former congressman, tweeted, “It’s time to finally pass the medical marijuana bill in the SC legislature. Grateful to @SenTomDavisSC for his years of steadfast leadership on this issue and for finally getting a vote in the Senate.”

Texas Republican lieutenant governor candidate Aaron Sorrells tweeted, “I am personally in favor of medical marijuana. In regards to all recreational use, I believe that should be decided on by the people of Texas. That is not my decision to make.”

North Dakota activists failed to collect enough signatures for a marijuana legalization ballot initiative by the deadline, but they say they have separate plans in the works.

The South Dakota House of Representatives passed a bill to ban medical cannabis home cultivation.

Minnesota’s House speaker said there’s no need to pass a marijuana legalization bill again in 2022, conflicting with recent comments from the majority leader.

Florida’s House minority leader said legalizing marijuana is “probably more a matter of time than it is anything else.” Separately, the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services tweeted, “It’s cannabis day at the FL Capitol—a day dedicated to education on all things cannabis 🍃”

A Wyoming representative authored a letter to the editor in support of a pending congressional marijuana legalization bill.

A Wisconsin senator posted, “Across the country, more states are taking action legislatively on cannabis. The economic, social, and agricultural benefits of legal cannabis cannot be overstated. Wisconsin must act now and legalize cannabis for responsible, adult usage.”

A Washington State senator spoke about efforts to build support for his bill to legalize psilocybin services.

Vermont regulators posted cannabis rules for public comment and issued a report to lawmakers.

Pennsylvania officials are directing medical cannabis toward a student loan repayment program for drug treatment providers.

Oregon’s Psilocybin Advisory Board is preparing to submit recommendations to regulators in March.

Idaho regulators posted a list of hemp labs.

Massachusetts regulators will hold a listening session on draft hemp rules on Wednesday.


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Activists in Colorado Springs, Colorado filed a local ballot measure to allow recreational marijuana sales.

Albuquerque, New Mexico officials are hosting cannabis equity events this week.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Thailand’s health ministry reportedly plans to legalize marijuana for recreational use in designated areas

Mexican lawmakers are expected to resume consideration of marijuana legalization legislation in the session that begins on February 1.

The president of Costa Rica’s Congress accused the government of throwing “smoke screens” about its decision on a medical cannabis and hemp bill that passed the legislature.

An Irish senator tweeted about support for decriminalizing drugs.

The Edmonton, Alberta, Canada City Council is considering a drug decriminalization proposal.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “CBG’s broad range of in vitro and clinical skin health-promoting activities demonstrates its strong potential as a safe, effective ingredient for topical use and suggests there are areas where it may be more effective than CBD.”

A review concluded that “published studies since 1991 largely support the hypothesis that small numbers of treatments with psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can offer significant and sustained alleviation to symptoms of multiple psychiatric conditions” and that “no serious adverse events attributed to psychedelic therapy have been reported.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The South Carolina Republican Party is paying to circulate a sheriff’s attack on a pending medical cannabis bill.

The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, Minnesota Beverage Association, Minnesota Trucking Association and other groups formed a new coalition to oppose marijuana legalization.

/ BUSINESS

MedMen claimed in a new lawsuit that the office of New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) pushed regulators to approve an acquisition by Ascend Wellness just days after an executive from the former company attended a fundraiser for the governor’s reelection campaign.

WeedMD’s former board chair is being accused by the Ontario Securities Commission of providing confidential information to a longtime friend who engaged in insider trading of the company’s shares.

The owners of Native Roots are involved in an internal legal battle.

Missouri dispensaries have sold more than $215 million worth of medical cannabis as of December.

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NE medical cannabis ‘poison pill’ bill filed (Newsletter: January 24, 2022)

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MN Dem leaders talk legal marijuana plan for 2022; PA medical cannabis homegrow bill; Study: Legalization states see increased banking activity

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A Nebraska Republican senator filed a limited medical marijuana bill that’s backed by legalization opponents, but activists say it has poison pill provisions meant to undermine more far-reaching ballot measures to provide patients with access.

Minnesota Democratic legislative leaders discussed marijuana legalization plans for 2022—including reworking a bill that cleared the House last year and the uphill climb to advance it in the GOP-controlled Senate.

A bipartisan group of Pennsylvania senators filed a new bill to allow medical cannabis patients to grow their own medicine.

A study found that despite concerns about financial services access by the marijuana industry, banking activity actually increases in states that enact legalization.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is being asked by the Hemp Industries Association to reconsider the Drug Enforcement Administration’s authority to act against processors that handle hemp in excess of the legal THC limit.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is under a “fantasy” that he has enough votes for a comprehensive marijuana legalization bill.

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) tweeted, “Opportunities to enact effective #cannabis reform keep getting derailed. That’s why I introduced the #HOPEAct with @RepAOC. Conservative in approach but progressive in scope, our bipartisan bill can reestablish a path forward. Leadership needs to put it up for a vote.”

Louisiana Democratic Senate candidate Gary Chambers spoke out how his campaign ad showing him smoking marijuana is part of an effort to “cut through the noise” and get his message out. He also tweeted, “Recreational cannabis use is legal in 19 states. Our campaign took one of the boldest stances on cannabis. Proud to do so. So who wants to host a fundraiser in a legal state? Let’s roll up & kick these facts about change. Email the team at [email protected]

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair drug war harms got two new cosponsors for a total of 105.

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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) authorized lawmakers to include changes to the state’s marijuana legalization law to the legislative agenda.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said it’s more important to get marijuana legalization implemented right than to roll it out quickly. (About 20 minutes into the video.)

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “OTD 3 years ago, @FettermanLt  launched a statewide listening tour on recreational marijuana. Here’s what you told him you wanted to see: ✅ Legalization 🚜 Cannabis grown on PA farms ⚖️ Decriminalization of nonviolent marijuana offenses. Legislators: Let’s make this a reality.”

Alabama Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Thomas, currently mayor of Springville, spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana.

The South Carolina Senate put a medical cannabis bill on special order status for this week, but a spokesperson for the House speaker disputed the sponsor’s claim that he has pledged to allow it to move through his chamber’s committee process.

The South Dakota House State Affairs Committee voted to ban medical cannabis home cultivation. Meanwhile, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee advanced several other medical marijuana bills.

The Vermont House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a drug decriminalization bill.

A Virginia House Courts of Justice subcommittee tabled a bill to defelonize drug possession.

Idaho lawmakers filed legislation to allow access to the cannabis-derived medical spray nabiximols.

A Delaware representative spoke about changes he made to his marijuana legalization bill to build support.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that people cannot be fired for off-the-job medical cannabis use.

Massachusetts marijuana regulators voted to approve a statement on pending impaired driving legislation that doesn’t endorse or oppose it, reflecting a divide on the issue among members. Separately, the state’s top cannabis regulator expressed concerns about “predatory financing deals” in the industry.

Florida regulators sent a bulletin about new medical cannabis purchase limits.

Oregon regulators sent a bulletin about new potency limits for marijuana edibles.

New York regulators plan to hold a series of community outreach events this month and next month.

Colorado Department of Revenue tweeted, “As part of Colorado’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, Social Equity Licenses are one of the many ways our Marijuana Enforcement Division is supporting diversity initiatives in the cannabis industry.”

Utah regulators sent an update on the medical cannabis program.

Arizona regulators posted a list of certified medical cannabis testing labs.

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


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The Marathon County, Wisconsin Criminal Justice Collaborating Council discussed a proposal to lower the fine for marijuana possession.

A DeKalb County, Georgia commissioner spoke about his proposal to scale back drug testing for marijuana for county employees.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado is preparing a counterproposal to a medical cannabis and hemp bill that lawmakers sent him.

Colombia’s Constitutional Court blocked President Iván Duque’s plan to resume aerial fumigations of drug crops.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox spoke about plans for Paradise, a cannabis company he owns part of, to reach a total of 200 stores across 32 U.S. states by the end of this year.

Pakistan’s Ministry of Science & Technology tweeted about a Canadian company making a plane out of hemp.

The Alberta, Canada Association of Chiefs of Police said the province is “not ready” to decriminalize drugs.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study of mice found that CBD “inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication” and highlights the substance as “potential preventative agent for early-stage SARS-CoV-2 infection.”

A study concluded that “despite state-based advertising restrictions, recreational cannabis business pages use messages with youth appeal” and that “required safety message adherence is not typical on social media business pages.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Indiana Democratic Party tweeted, “@INDems have called on the state to legalize cannabis because it’s a win-win for Indiana and Hoosiers. More than 80% of voters want some form of legal marijuana, and Democrats will hit the road to discuss this common-sense issue very soon.”

The Mississippi Municipal League opposes recent changes to a medical cannabis bill.

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Dama Financial is acquiring GrowFlow Corp.

Numinus Wellness Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $0.8 million and loss of $5.4 million.

MedMen asked a California judge to order the company’s former chief financial officer to repay more than $612,000 in legal fees.

Columbia Care Inc. received consent from noteholders to increase borrowing capacity to support growth initiatives.

Metro Bank is reportedly closing accounts for CBD businesses.

Snapchat is using automated systems to identify drug-related content.

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Biden’s cannabis record after a year in office (Newsletter: January 21, 2022)

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RI gov’s legalization plan; Poll: Americans not optimistic about Biden’s marijuana work; VA psilocybin bill has momentum; MO drug decrim measure

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One year into President Joe Biden’s administration, his key campaign pledges on marijuana reform remain largely unfulfilled—and he has even taken some overtly hostile actions on the issue, while at the same time overseeing some modest pro-reform developments. Marijuana Moment’s in-depth analysis takes a comprehensive look at what the Biden administration has done—and more importantly not done—on cannabis since taking office one year ago.

A new poll found that a majority of Americans say President Joe Biden has made little to no progress on his marijuana decriminalization campaign pledge—and only 5 percent think he will make a lot of headway on it in 2022.

Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee (D) again included marijuana legalization in his annual budget proposal—but this time with new automatic expungements provisions. Lawmakers say they’re close to a legal cannabis deal that could be unveiled soon.

A bill to decriminalize psilocybin got bipartisan support at a Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee hearing—including from the Republican Senate minority leader. Members are planning to advance an amended version of the legislation next week.

A Missouri representative filed a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, psilocybin, LSD, MDMA and cocaine.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service tweeted, “Thanks to work done in 2021, @usda_nass will have first-time data on hemp production, conservation practices & agroforestry to better inform decisions pertaining to the nation’s agricultural markets.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration museum is seeking new partner venues and cities to host its traveling exhibit, “Drugs: Costs and Consequences.”

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) said passing marijuana banking legislation “is one of my top priorities, and I am pursuing every possible avenue to get the bill signed into law before the end of the year.”

Louisiana Democratic Senate candidate Gary Chambers tweeted, “If you agree with me that we should legalize cannabis nationwide. Expunge the records of those who have been charged with cannabis convictions & build equity into the business for Black & Brown people.” He also tweeted, “My state is ranked #50 in crime. Policing cannabis isn’t making us safer. I’m going to keep talking about how politicians have been smoking our tax resources to benefit only a few. They’ve left us in ashes because they won’t bring meaningful change on a host of issues.” And he spoke about his decision to show himself smoking marijuana in an ad.

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Ohio Democratic congressional candidate John Cranley, currently Cincinnati’s mayor, tweeted, “We need big, bold ideas and strategic plans to turn around Ohio. Not vague platitudes. That’s why I have plans to create an energy dividend, legalize marijuana, and create over 30k new, middle-class jobs a year for Ohioans.”

Mississippi’s agriculture and commerce commissioner thanked lawmakers for removing his department from any role in a medical cannabis program with new amendments to pending legislation.

Texas’s agriculture commissioner cut ties with a political consultant who was indicted in an alleged hemp licensing bribery scheme.

The Utah Senate approved a bill to force cities to recognize legal, medical cannabis cards held by government employees. Separately, the Department of Food and Agriculture created a Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Division.

The Wisconsin Assembly approved a bill to increase penalties for the manufacturing of resin from marijuana plants using butane extraction.

The Vermont House Judiciary Committee discussed a bill to decriminalize drugs and will take testimony on the measure on Friday.

The Maine legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee held a hearing on a marijuana delivery bill and other cannabis legislation.

A New Jersey senator said he will “push like hell” to pass a bill legalizing marijuana home cultivation.

A North Carolina senator tweeted about how his dad’s experience with cancer informs his support for medical cannabis.

South Dakota regulators issued the first medical cannabis dispensary licenses.

Hearings in a lawsuit against Georgia regulators’ medical cannabis business licensing process will begin on Friday.

Oregon regulators are inviting questions about new marijuana and hemp rules.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development tweeted, “🌿 Clothes

🌿 Biofuel 🌿 Drywall 🌿 Vinyl siding 🌿 Beauty products — More than 25K products are currently made from #hemp. Take a look at how this budding industry has impacted #Pennsylvania and created a new business sector for our PA farmers.”

Washington State regulators sent a newsletter with updates on cannabis issues.

New York regulators will discuss a marijuana social and economic equity fund and other issues on Tuesday.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will host a hemp forum on February 9.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Thai Public Health Ministry’s Food and Drug Administration proposed removing cannabis from its status as a prohibited substance.

Malta’s new top marijuana regulator spoke about plans to implement legalization after having opposed the policy change.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A series of case reports of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder suggested that “that cannabis played a complimentary role in the therapeutic regimen.”

A study concluded that “medical cannabis companies regularly use associations with academia and academic research to imply that their products are safe and effective before these claims are causally confirmed” and that “this practice may mislead patients, policymakers, and the public into believing unconfirmed claims about the safety and efficacy of cannabis and cannabis-derived products.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll of Americans who suffer from anxiety, depression or PTSD found that 65 percent believe psychedelic medicine should be made available to patients with treatment-resistant forms of those conditions.

The Tennessee Democratic Party’s chairman tweeted, “@POTUS  could cancel student debt and order the HHS and DEA to begin the process of rescheduling marijuana, while offering a blanket pardon to those with non-violent marijuana possession charges. With the stroke of a pen, this can be done without fear of Manchin and Sinema blocking.”

The South Carolina Sheriffs Association is speaking out against a pending medical cannabis bill.

A founding partner of RightForge criticized Democrats’ marijuana legalization efforts.

/ BUSINESS

Eleusis is going public through a merger with Silver Spike Acquisition Corp. II.

PharmaCann Inc. completed an additional issuance of Senior Secured Notes worth approximately $39.5 million.

Curaleaf is facing a consumer complaint about inconsistent cannabis product prices across states.

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