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New congressional bills on small biz aid for cannabis firms (Newsletter: July 1, 2019)

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McConnell’s FDA CBD push; NM gov preps for legal marijuana; Senate cannabis research bill; Malaysia to decrim drugs; Hickenlooper legalization claim

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Heads up from Tom: I’ll be taking a bit of “vacation” time on some days this week and next week, so the newsletter might go out a little bit later in the day, and also be slightly thinner, than usual.

Congress is also on recess during this period, so there’s not likely to be a lot of major national legislative developments—but we’ll still be sending you the newsletter most days, and will be publishing stories on the Marijuana Moment website every day.

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Reps. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY),  Jared Golden (D-ME) and Dwight Evans (D-PA) filed three new bills aimed at helping small marijuana firms by making them eligible for loans and other Small Business Administration services.

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Charles Grassley (R-IA) and others introduced legislation to remove barriers to research on marijuana and CBD.

In a meeting, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pressed the head of the Food and Drug Administration to hurry up and enact regulations allowing CBD in foods and dietary supplements.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) formed a working group to prepare the state to legalize marijuana next year. The announcement says she “will place the matter of legalization on her call for the Second Session of the 54th Legislature, a 30-day session which will begin January”—meaning that the state could be the next to end cannabis prohibition, very early in 2020.

During last week’s Democratic presidential debate, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) claimed credit for the marijuana legalization law his state’s voters enacted in 2012—even though he actively campaigned against it…and advocates are not happy about it.

The health minister in Malaysia—which has hundreds of people on death row for drug offenses—says the government is now considering decriminalizing drugs.

/ FEDERAL

Surgeon General Jerome Adams again laid out his concerns about marijuana.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released a report finding that youth use of marijuana and other drugs is down in areas with Drug-Free Communities-funded programs.

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D), a presidential candidate, said, “We should not be sending anyone with a drug problem into a prison, They should go into rehabilitation system.” He also reiterated his support for decriminalizing marijuana and expunging records.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “Congratulations to Illinois for legalizing marijuana and expunging 770,000 marijuana-related cases. It is time to legalize marijuana nationwide.”

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), a presidential candidate, cited the war on drugs as a reason people from South and Central American countries are seeking to immigrate to the U.S.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said she will keep fighting to remove barriers to psychedelic research.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tweeted, “While states continue to legalize cannabis, we must do the same on the federal level. Let’s pass the Marijuana Justice Act, legalize cannabis, and implement restorative justice for people whose lives have been decimated by the War on Drugs.”

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “Instead of spending billions locking people up for using marijuana, we could earn billions in tax revenue by legalizing cannabis and taxing at the same levels of alcohol and tobacco. With most Americans in support, this should be a no-brainer.” He also said he hopes marijuana “will be one of the top issues that candidates run on,” giving the next president a “mandate to implement change.”

The House bill to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to study medical cannabis got two new cosponsors, for a total of 68.

The House bill to protect Second Amendment rights for medical cannabis patients got one new cosponsor, for a total of one.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill allowing the CBD drug Epidioloex. Separately, a new hemp law takes effect on Monday.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said he will sign a medical cannabis expansion bill on Tuesday.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) spoke about the economic benefits of marijuana legalization in his state.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) said she “won’t be the governor” to legalize marijuana.

Delaware lawmakers sent Gov. Jay Carney (D) a bill to expand the decriminalization of marijuana possession to juveniles.

Rhode Island lawmakers sent Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) a budget bill that increases the number of medical cannabis dispensaries in the state.

Wisconsin’s Assembly speaker said lawmakers may take up medical cannabis legislation in the fall, but the Senate majority leader might not be on board.

The North Carolina House Agriculture Committee approved a bill with a ban on smokable hemp starting in December.

Massachusetts regulators unanimously approved draft rules allowing marijuana delivery services and social consumption, among other changes. Separately, the state awarded grant funding to a startup that has developed a method to detect THC in saliva. Meanwhile, lawmakers filed a bill to legalize CBD products.

Missouri regulators received more than 500 medical cannabis patient applications on the first day.

Monday is the deadline for California’s Department of Justice to complete a review on prior marijuana convictions that are eligible for reduction or expungement.


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The South Miami, Florida City Commission adopted a resolution endorsing marijuana legalization.

The Bexar County, Texas district attorney is implementing a program to replace arrests for some low-level marijuana offenses with citations.

A report found that Fayetteville, Arkansas marijuana arrests increased 284% in the decade since voters approved a ballot measure making it the lowest law enforcement priority.

/ INTERNATIONAL

A Zambian court rejected a case seeking to force regulators to grant a medical cannabis license.

A Philippine representative refiled a medical cannabis bill for the new session.

Thirty-nine kilograms of cocaine were found on the plane transporting the team of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to the G20 meeting.

/ ADVOCACY

The Democratic Governors Association tweeted about Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signing marijuana legalization into law.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies issued a critical response to a recent National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration letter about psychedelic research.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study on cannabis consumption and alcohol drinking noted a “significant interaction between marijuana use and type of user” such that “recreational users drank more on marijuana use days, but medicinal users drank less.”

A study found that “associations between problem-gambling severity and psychopathologies were weaker among the lifetime-cannabis-using group as compared to the never-using group” and that “cannabis use moderates the relationships between problem-gambling severity and psychiatric disorders.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Tulsa World editorial board says that the large number of registered Oklahoma medical cannabis patients shows that voters’ approval of the legalization ballot measure last year wasn’t a fluke.

/ BUSINESS

Facebook is now allowing some CBD ads.

Eaze removed in-app purchases to comply with a new Google Play Store policy.

U.S. marijuana stocks dropped for the third month in a row.

/ CULTURE

The Onion has some fun with Illinois’s move to legalize marijuana.

Musician Liam Gallagher spoke about his decision to stop consuming marijuana.

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Trump talks cannabis on secret recording (Newsletter: January 27, 2020)

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Andrew Yang pushes legal psilocybin for veterans; Tom Steyer backs decriminalizing opioids; Austin police to continue marijuana arrests

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President Trump can be heard saying marijuana use makes people “lose IQ points” in a new secretly recorded video in which he also discusses cannabis businesses’ access to banks and marijuana’s role as a potential opioid alternative.

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang said at a town hall meeting that he wants to legalize psychedelic mushrooms for military veterans. He also spoke about ending federal cannabis prohibition, pardoning people incarcerated for weed on 4/20 and high-fiving them on their way out of jail.

Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer’s new criminal justice reform plan includes legalizing marijuana, decriminalizing opioids, banking for cannabis businesses and ending the crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity, among other reforms.

  • “Tom believes we must end the failed War on Drugs. Based on the flawed idea that incarceration is the answer to addiction, federal and state elected officials passed severe sentencing laws that encouraged incarceration for low-level drug offenses. Unfortunately, communities of color were and continue to be disproportionately affected and targeted by these laws, even when other ethnicities were committing the same drug crimes at the same rates.”

The Austin, Texas police chief said marijuana arrests will continue in the city despite a unanimous City Council vote aimed at ending such cannabis enforcement.

/ FEDERAL

A Department of Health and Humans Services clerical error meant that the Trump administration’s public health emergency on opioids lapsed for nine days.

The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia tweeted, “Concerned that people with serious health issues may defer real treatment to self-treat based on UNPROVEN health claims by CBD sellers. FOLLOW ADVICE OF REAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. Don’t rely on UNPROVEN claims that might be wrong or worse. Could be very dangerous or fatal.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D), a presidential candidate, spoke about clearing marijuana records.

Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) cited the case of a child being separated from their mother over a prior marijuana possession charge in a letter to Acting Homeland Security Sec. Chad Wolf.

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the harms of the drug war got one new cosponsor for a total of 69.

/ STATES

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) said she will use diplomacy instead of hardball tactics to win over skeptical lawmakers on marijuana legalization.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) spoke about efforts to ensure equity in the marijuana industry for communities harmed by the drug war.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s (R) office is expected to propose an amendment to pending hemp legislation.

California’s insurance commissioner said his department will use its discretion on applications from people with past marijuana convictions who want to be licensed to become an insurance agents or brokers. Separately, here’s a look at how the state’s cannabis revenue is allocated.

Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner tweeted about meeting with the Kentucky Hemp Industries Association and the Kentucky Hemp Farmers Association.

The Louisiana Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on Monday in a case challenging a life sentence over selling $30 worth of marijuana.

A Massachusetts judge granted a temporary injunction against Cambridge’s plan to give economic empowerment marijuana business license applicants a two-year head start over existing medical cannabis dispensaries. Separately, the legislature’s Joint Committee on Cannabis approved a bill to let regulators review agreements and payments between marijuana businesses and the communities that host them. And regulators moved the medical cannabis dispensary license application process to an online portal.

The Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee and House Judiciary Committee will hold Tuesday hearings on legislation to overhaul medical cannabis regulations.

Florida regulators filed hemp seed rules.

Questions are being raised about the propriety of a top Michigan marijuana regulator being married to the head of a lobbying firm that works on cannabis issues. Separately, regulators sent a bulletin about temporary marijuana events.

Montana regulators provided updated medical cannabis patient statistics.

Missouri regulators released the final scores for medical cannabis dispensary license applicants.

A Tennessee senator filed a marijuana legalization bill.

Washington State regulators discussed hemp regulations and other cannabis issues in a newsletter.


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Denver, Colorado police will host an event on marijuana retail outlet safety on Wednesday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Uganda’s health minister will put a proposal on guidelines for growing cannabis before the Cabinet on Monday.

Several Irish lawmakers are acknowledging their past marijuana use.

A Philippine senator speculated that the cancellation of his U.S. visa may have been due to extrajudicial killings in the nation’s bloody “drug war” during his time as chief of the Philippine National Police.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that “in addition to the symptomatic therapy of cancer patients, the antitumor effects of cannabinoids (whether in monotherapy or in combination with other cancer therapies) have promising potential in the treatment of cancer patients.”

A study found that “smartphone-based marijuana testing is more accurate than urine-based tests but slightly less accurate than oral fluid based testing.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that 45% of U.S. adults are more likely to support criminal justice reform if it meant nationwide legalization of marijuana, while 22% would be less likely to support it.

/ BUSINESS

Aphria Inc. secured a $100 million strategic investment from an institutional investor.

Levi Strauss & Co. has developed an optimized method of making clothing out of hemp.

MediPharm Labs Corp. is suing an unnamed Canadian marijuana producer relating to outstanding payment of approximately $9.8 million.

Coda Signature’s marijuana products will be included in gift bags given to Academy Award nominees.

Someone stole cannabis from a marijuana amnesty box at Chicago Midway Airport.

/ CULTURE

Wrestler Fred Rosser said he has used CBD to deal with pain.

Rapper Snoop Dogg visited a Massachusetts marijuana dispensary.

Police said they found marijuana in the car of football player Kareem Hunt.

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Virginia cannabis decriminalization bill advances (Newsletter: January 24, 2020)

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WI gov slams lawmakers over marijuana; CT Senate president: legalization a 2020 priority; Austin decrim approved; Sanders campaign’s marijuana op-ed

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) used part of his State of the State speech to blast lawmakers for failing to legalize medical marijuana despite overwhelming public support.

  • “When more than 80 percent of our state supports medical marijuana…and elected officials can ignore those numbers without consequence, folks, something’s wrong.”

Connecticut Senate leaders announced at a press conference that legalizing marijuana is a priority for the 2020 session.

  • “I think the time has come. We need to recognize it. There’s broad based public support for it.”

The Virginia Senate Judiciary Criminal Law Subcommittee approved a marijuana decriminalization bill.

The Austin, Texas City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to effectively end low-level marijuana arrests.

The New Hampshire House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee held a hearing on a bill that would legalize marijuana possession and home cultivation—although no retail dispensaries would be allowed. A vote is expected in the panel as soon as next week.

The Nevada co-chair of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) presidential campaign submitted a new op-ed to Marijuana Moment about the senator’s plans to legalize cannabis and ensure equity in the marijuana industry for communities harmed by the drug war.

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The newly appointed Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice is charged with examining “refusals by State and local prosecutors to enforce laws or prosecute categories of crimes,” among other issues.

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer raised hypothetical questions about state marijuana legalization laws during oral arguments in a case on the definition of a “serious drug offense.”

Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) are pushing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to quickly approve Virginia’s hemp plan.

Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke about marijuana policy with a group of Illinois mayors.

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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) is backing legislation to limit the medical cannabis program to only state residents. Separately, the Senate Public Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on marijuana legalization on Tuesday.

Vermont’s attorney general is scheduled to speak at a marijuana education event on Sunday.

The West Virginia House of Representatives rejected a move to discharge a marijuana legalization bill from an unfavorable committee.

A second Montana group of activists filed a proposed marijuana legalization ballot measure.

Alaska regulators approved the state’s first on-site marijuana consumption areas at dispensaries.

California regulators adopted emergency rules requiring marijuana businesses to post QR code certificates so consumers can identify licensed operations.

Missouri regulators began issuing medical cannabis dispensary licenses.

Washington State regulators approved rules on marijuana quality control testing and penalties. They also sent an update on the ban on flavored vaping products.

A New York senator who opposed marijuana legalization last session is now in support.

Indiana senators held a press conference to build support for marijuana decriminalization legislation.

Louisiana regulators gave a presentation detailing the state’s hemp program.

Michigan regulators posted a video of their marijuana social equity program presentation.

Massachusetts regulators hosted a forum to receive feedback from marijuana license applicants.


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The Springfield, Illinois City Council approved the state’s first marijuana social consumption area.

Kansas City, Missouri’s mayor spoke about plans to pardon people with past marijuana convictions.

A Spokane, Washington city councilwoman violated the city’s ethics code by advocating on behalf of a marijuana business, a volunteer panel determined.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis told the Department of Correctional Services to get ready to “free our young people” who are locked up on marijuana possession charges.

New Zealand’s Health Ministry said that edibles won’t be allowed under the country’s medical cannabis program.

French regulators announced that a medical cannabis pilot program will launch in September.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that medical cannabis use “may have an overall positive effect on maintaining sleep throughout the night in chronic pain patients” but that “tolerance towards potential sleep-inducing properties of MC may occur with frequent use.”

A study found that “adolescents with any cannabis use history have significantly higher rates of [major depressive disorder]” but that “the directionality between frequency of use and MDD is counter to what was expected.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Texas Democratic Party cheered Austin’s move to end most marijuana arrests.

The American Bar Association is hosting a webinar on what it’s like to be a marijuana lawyer on Friday.

/ BUSINESS

The personal information of more than 30,000 marijuana business customers were exposed via a data leak in the THSuite point-of-sale system.

MedMen’s CEO spoke about the company’s struggles to pay vendors.

Microsoft Advertising Support tweeted that “at this time, drugs and related paraphernalia, including CBD Oil, can’t be advertised, according to our Disallowed Content Policies.”

Cresco Labs announced it entered into an agreement for a $100 million loan that can be extended to $200 million.

/ CULTURE

Musician Neal Young’s U.S. citizenship application was approved despite a delay due to his admission of marijuana consumption.

The professional minor league basketball team the Rochester RazorSharks is partnering with the Rochester, New York NORML chapter.

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Connecticut leaders plan legal cannabis push in 2020 (Newsletter: January 23, 2020)

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Congressman tours dispensary for Bernie Sanders; Mexican marijuana bill circulating; Vermont statewide psychedelics decrim filed

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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) and top lawmakers are saying that 2020 could be the year the state legalizes marijuana, with the Senate Democratic caucus expected to outline the details of a cannabis plan on Thursday.

Mexican lawmakers are circulating a new draft marijuana legalization bill ahead of the start of a new session next month. The nation’s Supreme Court set a deadline of April 30 to end cannabis prohibition.

Vermont representatives filed a bill to decriminalize psychedelics—such as psilocybin, ayahuasca and peyote—at the state level. Kratom is also included.

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) toured a Las Vegas marijuana dispensary as part of a delegation representing the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

/ FEDERAL

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s chief of operations and other law enforcement officials were appointed to a new Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice.

Former Drug Enforcement Administration and Food and Drug Administration officials are part of a Consumer Brands Association advisory board on CBD products.

Former Veterans Affairs Sec. David Shulkin said that medical cannabis is part of a “multifaceted” approach to prevent suicides by military veterans.

A former Maryland delegate pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of soliciting and accepting bribes from marijuana businesses.

Rep. Lori Trahan (D-MA) toured a marijuana cultivation facility.

Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) tweeted about discussing hemp at the Virginia Agriculture Growers Association conference.

Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidates discussed marijuana policy during a debate.

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Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor tweeted that medical cannabis for military veterans “was a fundamentally recurring theme throughout our 67 county tour.  Vet after Vet, often in tears, describing their anguish and how marijuana was the only thing that made them feel “normal” enough to embrace other therapeutic avenues. Marijuana is truly, truly bipartisan.”

Texas’s agriculture commissioner hosted a public hearing on proposed hemp rules.

South Carolina’s House majority leader called for medical cannabis legalization in his response to Gov. Henry McMaster’s (R) State of the State address.

The new chairman of the New Mexico Senate Judiciary Committee opposes legalizing marijuana.

Key New York senators are expressing concerns about including marijuana legalization in the state budget.

The Idaho Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted to take up hemp legislation.

Pending U.S. Virgin Islands marijuana legalization legislation is being amended to remove a requirement that adult-use consumers register with the territory, among other changes.

Michigan regulators issued a health and safety bulletin about the recall of marijuana vaping cartridges that contain vitamin E acetate.

Oklahoma’s interim top medical cannabis regulator was named to the position permanently.

Alaska’s interim top marijuana regulator is proposing that boards that regulate cannabis and alcohol each get their own administrators instead of sharing one.

Massachusetts cannabis regulators will hold a public forum on Thursday to “to enable applicants to discuss their experience with the licensing process and related concerns.”


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Austin, Texas’s police chief said the City Council “does not have the authority to direct APD not to enforce a state law” through a marijuana decriminalization proposal up for a vote on Thursday.

The Alexandria, Virginia commonwealth’s attorney said he will continue pursuing marijuana cases until the state decriminalizes it.

New York City’s City Council speaker tweeted, “Albany must legalize and regulate marijuana and provide justice to the communities that have been and continue to be harmed by decades of misguided drug laws.”

/ INTERNATIONAL

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said he supports releasing people who are incarcerated for possessing small amounts of marijuana. He also moved the National Commission on Marijuana from the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health following a leak of its draft report.

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the mother of an American-Israeli tourist jailed on marijuana charges and told her that “everything will be okay,” hinting at a possible pardon.

Dutch lawmakers and other leaders issued a manifesto calling for major drug policy reforms.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “unlike [medical marijuana laws], which are associated with fewer fatal crashes, cities experienced a relative increase in fatal crashes involving young male drivers following marijuana decriminalization.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Drug Policy Alliance raised concerned about a lack of specificity in equity provisions in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) marijuana legalization budget proposal.

The Drug Policy Alliance published a report warning against moves to ramp up punishments for fentanyl.

The legislative director of Concerned Women for America wrote a white paper criticizing federal marijuana reform legislation.

South Carolina medical cannabis supporters held a rally.

/ BUSINESS

MedMen Holdings Inc. is reportedly struggling to pay owed sums to vendors.

The CEO of Powerplant Global Strategies, a cannabis-focused PR firm, endorsed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) for president even though he opposes legalizing marijuana.

Canopy Growth Corporation named a Constellation Brands, Inc. director as the chair of its board.

Investor Peter Thiel discussed his involvement with Atai Life Sciences AG, a company developing psychedelic medicines.

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