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Navy bans use of CBD and hemp products for sailors and marines (Newsletter: August 9, 2019)



NASA also warns against CBD use; Federal court says state officials can block marijuana ballot measures; Study: Legal cannabis reduces opioid deaths

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The U.S. Navy banned sailors and marines from using CBD and hemp products “regardless of the products’ THC concentration, claimed or actual, and regardless of whether such product may lawfully be bought, sold, and used under the law applicable to civilians.”

NASA is warning its workers that they could be fired as a result of using CBD products.

  • “The lack of standards means there are CBD products being marketed that contains a sufficient level of THC to cause a positive drug test result.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that Ohio officials were within their rights to try to block marijuana decriminalization measures from appearing on local ballots even though organizers collected enough signatures to qualify.

Two new studies find that marijuana legalization leads to huge reductions in opioid overdose deaths.

  • “We estimate that [recreational marijuana laws] reduce annual opioid mortality in the range of 20%–35%, with particularly pronounced effects for synthetic opioids.”


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), a presidential candidate, spoke about his support for cannabis banking legislation and a system of legalization that “uses the power of the law to disincentivize corporations and to support small businesses and community-based businesses.”

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang (D) tweeted, “We need more evolved approaches to opiate addiction. Overdose prevention sites would save lives – they are already helping people struggling with substance abuse in other countries. ‘You can’t recover if you’re dead.'”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “We have to ensure that communities of color—who were disproportionately affected by the failed War on Drugs—have a chance to participate in the legal marijuana industry. That’s why I introduced a bill to decriminalize marijuana & bring economic opportunities to these communities.”

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) tweeted, “Federal law prevents legal marijuana business owners from getting comprehensive and affordable insurance coverage. The CLAIM Act will ensure that these small businesses can access insurance, so they can thrive—just like any other business.”


Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced that the city’s medical cannabis dispensaries can accept patient cards from any state.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said he welcomes another shot to pass a marijuana legalization bill later this year.

Nevada’s attorney general launched a public information campaign about how people can seal prior marijuana convictions.

Nebraska regulators are being sued over the denial of a hemp license to a farm equipment dealer.

Oregon regulators are proposing rules changes relating to the categorization of certain marijuana products for tax purposes.

An Oklahoma prosecutor dropped trafficking charges against two men who were arrested transporting an industrial hemp shipment that police said also included marijuana.

Michigan regulators announced changes to the fee structure for medical cannabis business licenses. Separately, they are holding public meetings about the state’s marijuana social equity program this month.

Massachusetts regulators fined Curaleaf $250,000 for failing to get permission for a merger, and also fined M3 Ventures $50,000 for allegedly lying about using banned pesticides on marijuana.

California regulators published fact sheets on marijuana distributor licenses.


The Gwinnett County, Georgia solicitor general is dropping marijuana cases in light of the state’s new hemp law.

The Clark County, Nevada school board is considering ending a strict ban on employee marijuana use.


The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published restrictive guidelines for medical cannabis.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández is being accused by U.S. prosecutors of participating in a conspiracy in which $1.5 million in illegal drug proceeds allegedly went toward  his first presidential campaign.

Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said kratom could be legalized if it proves useful. Separately, officials performed a group dance ahead of a press conference about medical cannabis becoming available.

Mexico’s Supreme Court postponed a debate in a case on medical cannabis regulations.


A study identified “synergistic and antagonistic effects between CBD and THC regarding to their antioxidant activities.”

A survey of marijuana consumers found that “all respondents but medical cannabis users perceived price as the most important attribute, whereas medical cannabis users perceived CBD as the most important attribute.”


The Toledo Blade editorial board is calling for the resignation of the Ohio representative who blamed recent shootings in part on marijuana legalization.


Job-listing site Indeed said that posting for cannabis positions have quadrupled in the past three years.

Organigram Holdings Inc. was given conditional approval to trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

New Leaf Data Services LLC is suing Humboldt Marijuana Exchange LLC for alleged trademark infringement.

Cresco Labs got approval to acquire a New York medical cannabis license.

Tilray began shipping CBD to New York University researchers studying its effects on alcohol and post-traumatic stress disorders.

SOL Global Investments Corp. is changing its name to Bluma Wellness Inc. and will alter its focus from an international cannabis investment company to a U.S. multi-state marijuana operator.

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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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