MS gov suggests medical cannabis veto (Newsletter: December 29, 2021)
NH legalization bills filed for 2022; WI gov pardons people for marijuana & drugs; IL cannabis tax revenue outpaces alcohol
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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) hinted he may veto a medical cannabis bill that lawmakers have been negotiating to replace the overturned voter-approved ballot measure unless there’s a sharp reduction in the amount of marijuana that patients can purchase.
New Hampshire lawmakers have already pre-filed at least six marijuana legalization bills for the 2022 session—including one from Republican House leaders and others that would put cannabis on the ballot for voters to decide.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) announced he has granted pardons to 30 people, most for marijuana and other drug offenses. He has now issued more pardons in his first three years in office than any governor in the state’s recent history.
Illinois Department of Revenue data shows the state has collected nearly $100 million more in tax revenue from adult-use marijuana sales than from alcohol so far in 2021, and cannabis totals have exceeded those for liquor in every single month since February.
Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz coauthored a column discussing the possible impact of marijuana use on sperm counts and pregnancy.
In a year-end review, Missouri’s attorney general highlighted a restitution order he issued to a medical cannabis business earlier in the year.
New York’s hemp plan received federal approval.
New Mexico regulators finalized marijuana retail, manufacturing and courier business rules.
Illinois regulators adopted a rule establishing processes to deny marijuana dispensary business licenses due to tax delinquency.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation uploaded a form to apply for pardons for certain marijuana convictions.
Michigan regulators issued guidance about new proof of financial responsibility insurance requirements for medical cannabis businesses.
Vermont regulators held a hearing to receive public comment on proposed marijuana rules.
A Massachusetts regulator said her time working with incarcerated people while employed at a sheriff’s office informs her approach to cannabis rules.
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Rochester, New York’s mayor-elect spoke about plans to use marijuana tax revenue to support a guaranteed basic income program.
The Rapid City, South Dakota City Council discussed medical cannabis dispensary license applications.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Science & Technology tweeted about the revenue potential of THC and CBD products.
/ SCIENCE & HEALTH
A study found that medical cannabis users “reported improved pain, sleep, and mood symptoms at follow-up after cannabis use.”
A survey found that 75 percent of addiction specialists support legalizing psychedelic therapy.
/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS
A survey found that 40 percent of Australians support legalizing marijuana.
The Boston Globe editorial board is urging Massachusetts lawmakers to update marijuana-impaired driving laws.
An American Enterprise Institute senior fellow authored an op-ed arguing that smaller communities within cities should have a say in opting out of allowing marijuana businesses.
Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. is acquiring Bloom Dispensaries.
Trulieve Cannabis Corp. acquired PurpleMed Healing Center.
Former football player Marvin Washington spoke about the value of medical cannabis and psilocybin for athletes and military veterans.
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