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NC & SC medical cannabis bills advance (Newsletter: February 22, 2023)



Where presidential candidate Nikki Haley stands on marijuana; MN legalization measure clears another committee; OK cannabis campaign ads

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The North Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to legalize medical cannabis.

The South Carolina Senate Medical Affairs Committee advanced legislation to legalize medical cannabis.

The Minnesota House Health Finance and Policy Committee approved a marijuana legalization bill, while the Senate Health and Human Services Committee adopted amendments to a companion measure but postponed a final vote until a subsequent meeting. Former Gov. Jesse Ventura testified before both panels.

Oklahoma marijuana activists are airing a new TV ad and engaging in door-knocking efforts to build support for the legalization initiative on the state’s March 7 ballot.

Marijuana Moment compiled a look at where presidential candidate Nikki Haley stands on marijuana and drug policy. As South Carolina governor she signed medical CBD and hemp bills into law, but has also expressed support for border crackdowns to stop the flow of drugs even as she separately acknowledged the futility of interdiction efforts.

The Nebraska legislature’s Agriculture Committee held a hearing on two bills to amend hemp rules.


Drug Enforcement Administration agents were sent back to the U.S. after Australian Federal Police complained to the U.S. ambassador about the investigation methods they used there.

Maine’s U.S. attorney is encouraging people to watch a local TV program about high-potency marijuana.

Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Steve Daines (R-MT), along with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), spoke about the prospects for cannabis banking legislation.


Texas’s agriculture commissioner is calling on lawmakers to repeal the state’s ban on producing smokable hemp products.

The New Mexico House Health and Human Services Committee approved a bill to allow safe consumption sites for illegal drugs.

Iowa representatives filed a marijuana legalization bill.

A Wisconsin senator will participate in a forum on marijuana legalization on March 2.

Michigan regulators issued a bulletin about regulated marijuana cannabis products that were combined with illicit marijuana, and suspended the licenses of the company in question.

New York regulators posted an overview of components they review in the marijuana dispensary license application process that may be of interest to localities.

Vermont generated $800,000 in cannabis tax revenue in December.

Oregon regulators published a list of active retail marijuana licenses.

Marijuana Moment is tracking hundreds of cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments.

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A Louisville, Kentucky police memo says that people who obtain medical cannabis in accordance with the governor’s executive order can still be charged with possession of marijuana and that its presence can still be used as probable cause for searches.

The Denton, Texas City Council received a presentation on the city’s voter-approved marijuana decriminalization law.

New York City’s public advocate will host an event about the impact of the war on drugs on Black communities on Thursday.

Denver, Colorado officials are hosting a marijuana industry check-in event on March 2.


The European Medicines Agency is inviting people to submit scientific data on cannabis.

A former Mexican minister of public security was found guilty in U.S. court of taking bribes to protect drug cartels.

Spanish lawmakers rejected a cannabis legalization bill.

Queensland, Australia’s police minister filed a bill to decriminalize drugs.

The Philippine House Dangerous Drugs Committee held a hearing on a marijuana legalization bill filed by the former speaker.


A study found that “people with cannabis purchases after legalization reduced significantly and persistently their cash spending and electronic transfers, indicating a shift from the black to the legal cannabis market.”

A study found that “the vast majority of patients with [Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease] reported that cannabis was effective to manage pain symptoms.”


The Democratic Attorneys General Association cheered New Jersey’s attorney general for arguing a case before the state Supreme Court that clarified how marijuana expungements laws affect pretrial intervention eligibility for people who commit new offenses.


Canopy Growth Corporation entered into an agreement with an institutional investor for the purchase and sale of up to $150 million aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured convertible debentures.

MariMed, Inc. is acquiring the operating assets of Ermont, Inc.


Wiz Khalifa said he thinks smoking marijuana gives him better “breath control” during workouts.

Actor Brian Cox said his “Succession” costar Jeremy Strong should go “back to your trailer and have a hit of marijuana” instead of insisting on remaining in character under method acting.

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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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