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New IRS tax guidance for cannabis biz (Newsletter: September 14, 2020)

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VA & VT marijuana expungements advance; NM gov: cannabis can fund Medicaid; NE 2022 ballot push begins; DC legalization protects man in fed court

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The Internal Revenue Service released a new memo on marijuana industry tax issues, including making payments with large sums of cash. The move seems to be in response to a Treasury Department inspector general’s report from earlier this year that slammed the agency for not having cannabis-specific guidance.

Virginia’s House of Delegates and Senate both approved bills to help people expunge prior marijuana convictions. This comes after both chambers also cleared legislation to stop police from conducting searches or seizing property based on the smell of cannabis alone.

The Vermont House of Representatives advanced a bill providing for expungements of marijuana convictions and letting people grow and possess more cannabis without the threat of jail time than is currently allowed.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) argued that legalizing marijuana could help fund Medicaid amid a budget crunch the state is experiencing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • “Recreational cannabis is one of those areas where that’s $100 million. It doesn’t fix it, but it plugs one of those holes [and] potentially would be enough to do a whole lot in the Medicaid gaps.”

Nebraska medical cannabis activists announced they will pursue a 2022 ballot initiative with “no limitations” after the state Supreme Court ruled their measure this year violated single subject laws with its regulatory and licensing structure.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned an intent to distribute conviction against a man busted by U.S. Park Police for having marijuana, scales and baggies—and it’s thanks to the legalization law D.C. voters approved.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released several audio spots promoting its reopening of the public comment period on hemp regulations.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) tweeted, “Here we go again. Dems block a #COVID19 relief bill with *billions* for school safety, unemployment benefits, liability protection & much more. Why? They want to cling to their demands for cannabis research, checks for illegal immigrants & tax cuts for blue state millionaires.”

Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) said he plans to vote against a marijuana legalization bill on the House floor this month.

Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA) tweeted, “Our federal #Marijuana laws have achieved nothing for the American people besides generations of incarcerated black & brown kids. It’s time to admit that ugly truth and right this wrong. I support @RepJerryNadler’s #MOREAct”

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) tweeted about Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris’s (D-CA) marijuana record as a prosecutor.

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

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the harms of the drug war got nine new cosponsors for a total of 108.

Georgia Democratic congressional candidate Barrington Martin II tweeted, “When Marijuana is legalized on the federal level, all of those prosecuted and incarcerated for marijuana offenses should be IMMEDIATELY released and paid out a percentage of the revenue accumulated by marijuana conglomerates. This is a non-negotiable.”

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Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor tweeted, “The majority of Pennsylvanians in Democratic and Republican represented districts want adult-use cannabis legalized now! It is time for legislators to listen to their constituents. There is support in all 203 House Districts and all 50 Senate Districts.”

Ohio regulators disputed reports that they are in active conversations with Michigan officials about a possible agreement for patients to buy medical cannabis in the other state and bring it home.

Illinois lawmakers proposed a compromise to end a dispute about marijuana license application issues.

New Oklahoma medical cannabis rules took effect.

Oregon regulators approved permanent rules for marijuana curbside delivery.

Maine regulators issued additional marijuana business licenses.

An Alabama judge denied a motion to divert a disabled Iraq War veteran from prison to a community supervision program over a marijuana possession conviction.

Massachusetts regulators discussed whether to allow marijuana delivery services to “white label” and rebrand products.

The Virginia Marijuana Legalization Work Group’s Health Impacts Subgroup will meet on Monday.

Michigan regulators published a FAQ about annual financial statements that must be filed by medical cannabis businesses.

Tennessee regulators sent a reminder to hemp farmers about a deadline to report crop acreage to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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San Francisco, California cannabis regulators are accepting proposals for technical assistance providers and will hold a bidders conference on Monday.

Harrison County, Kentucky’s judge-executive authored an op-ed calling out the Food and Drug Administration for hurting the hemp industry by slow-walking CBD regulations.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez vetoed a marijuana decriminalization bill.

The Philippine Dangerous Drugs Board warned against using cannabinol-infused vapes.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “cannabis use was significantly associated with greater subsequent total sleep time” and “was not related to a change in sleep efficiency nor sleep fragmentation on days with cannabis use versus days without cannabis use,” concluding that “cannabis use may have a positive effect on sleep duration in middle-aged and older adults.”

A review concluded that “although preliminary findings suggests that low-dose, short-term medical cannabis does not carry significant risk of serious mental health and cognitive adverse effects in older adults without prior psychiatric history, epidemiological studies find a correlation between past-year cannabis use and poor mental health outcomes in community-dwelling older adults.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Tennessee Democratic Party tweeted, “The War on Drugs unfairly targeted Black Tennesseans. @Brandon4Tenn will fight to end this New Jim Crow. Cash bail, private prisons, and long sentences for marijuana use—they’re on the chopping block.”

New Jersey marijuana activists are campaigning for a legalization referendum using banner planes.

Wrong for Montana is a new group campaigning against the state’s marijuana legalization ballot measures.

/ BUSINESS

Colorado retailers sold $226.3 million worth of marijuana products in July, a new record.

Arkansas medical cannabis patients are now collectively spending an average $600,000 a day at 29 dispensaries.

/ CULTURE

A judge granted Clint Eastwood’s request for a temporary restraining order against CBD companies from using his name or likeness to advertise their products.

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TN sends limited medical cannabis bill to governor (Newsletter: May 6, 2021)

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CO gov signs medical marijuana bill for schools; MN legalization advances again; French lawmakers displays joint in Parliament

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed a bill requiring schools to store medical cannabis for use by students who need it. Lawmakers also recently sent separate legislation to his desk that will double the amount of marijuana that is legal to possess.

Tennessee lawmakers sent Gov. Bill Lee (R) legislation to add new low-THC medical cannabis qualifying conditions and create a commission to study enacting a more robust medical marijuana program if federal law changes.

The Minnesota House Taxes Committee approved the majority leader’s marijuana legalization bill. That’s 11 committee approvals so far, and there’s just one more to go before it’ll be on the floor this month.

A French lawmaker caused a stir by waving around a marijuana joint on the floor of the National Assembly as a new parliamentary report recommended that the county legalize cannabis.

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Marijuana business owners testified in the federal trial against a former Fall River, Massachusetts mayor.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse and other federal agencies are accepting grant applications to support research on the “effects of changes in the legal status of cannabis on health-related behaviors and outcomes” and the “effects of variations in the legal provisions applicable to legalized cannabis.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he’s “putting together the final touches” on his federal marijuana legalization bill and that “you’ll see it very soon.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) tweeted, “The SAFE Banking Act is not only an economic bill, it’s about equity too. This bill will make it easier for cannabis entrepreneurs without wealthy friends and families to get banking services and loans they need to get their businesses off the ground.”

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) wrote about his support for marijuana reform in a constituent letter.

The House bill to legalize medical cannabis for military veterans got one new cosponsor for a total of 13.

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) commuted the sentence of a man serving a 22-year prison sentence for a marijuana crime.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “Doylestown is the latest Pennsylvania municipality to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. Municipalities shouldn’t have to do this individually; instead, our state legislature should pass comprehensive marijuana reform, including legalization.”

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) tweeted, “Legalizing and taxing marijuana, much like we do with alcohol, just makes sense. Doing so would generate an estimated $165M in revenue for our state starting in 2022, and now—as we recover from #COVID19—is not the time to be leaving dollars on the table.”

Kansas’s House majority leader said it will be “pretty tough” to pass a medical cannabis bill this year, though the chamber does plan to debate the legislation on Thursday.

The New Jersey Assembly Health Committee approved a bill to change ownership restrictions for medical cannabis businesses.

The Idaho Senate approved a bill to prohibit marijuana advertising that advocates say could also silence cannabis policy reform efforts.

A Utah bill allowing more providers to recommend medical cannabis took effect.

California regulators are extending the public comment period on proposed safe harbor warnings for marijuana smoke and THC exposures.

Colorado regulators sent a bulletin on new marijuana testing and decontamination rules.

Michigan regulators sent a bulletin about annual financial statements that medical cannabis businesses must file.

Mississippi regulators will hold a hearing on proposed medical cannabis testing rules on Tuesday.

The Washington State Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force’s Technical Assistance & Mentorship Workgroup will meet on Tuesday.


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Durham, North Carolina police released data on misdemeanor marijuana enforcement.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “cannabidiol confers neuroprotection in rats in a model of transient global cerebral ischemia.”

A study identified “a disparity between the common terms used by researchers in academia and those used by cannabis consumers.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Marijuana Policy Project hired a director of social equity and inclusion.

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Credit Suisse Group AG said it will no longer execute transactions in shares of marijuana companies with U.S. operations or hold them on behalf of clients.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company’s cannabis-focused Hawthorne unit reported quarterly net sales of $364 million.

Jushi Holdings Inc. closed its acquisition of Dalitso LLC.

Sundial Growers Inc. entered into an agreement to acquire Inner Spirit.

Massachusetts retailers have now sold more than $1.5 billion worth of legal marijuana since sales began.

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AL House filibusters medical cannabis (Newsletter: May 5, 2021)

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AG Garland talks marijuana; KS medical cannabis bill advances to floor; IA asks DEA for federal marijuana guarantees

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Attorney General Merrick Garland reiterated during a House hearing that he does not think going after people who use marijuana in compliance with state laws is a good use of Justice Department resources.

A Senate-passed medical cannabis bill got filibustered on the floor of the Alabama House of Representatives. A small number of opponents ran out the clock on the legislative day so that a vote could not be held, but supporters hope it will be brought back up on Thursday.

The Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee amended and approved a medical cannabis bill. Advocates are hopeful it can pass the legislature within the next few days as part of the veto session.

The Iowa Department of Public Health formally requested that the Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal agencies guarantee protections for the state’s medical cannabis program participants after Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) was sued by an activist over her administration’s inaction.

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The U.S Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case on the impact of sentencing reform legislation on certain people with drug convictions.

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging Drug Enforcement Administration hemp regulations.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse posted updated information about its marijuana cultivation contract with the University of Mississippi.

Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) filed a bill that includes provisions to clean up land and water damaged by illegal marijuana cultivation.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) wrote about his support for marijuana banking legislation in a constituent letter.

Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI) tweeted, “Veterans across the country continue to suffer from chronic pain & PTSD as a result of their service, and too many are being lost to opioid overdose & suicide here at home. We owe it to them to pursue alternative treatment that could be safer & more effective. There remains a need for increased research & trials on cannabis as an alternative treatment. Our bill will help ensure that the VA moves forward with these studies expeditiously. Proud to join colleagues in this bipartisan, bicameral effort.”

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Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed a bill to provide grant funding to marijuana social equity business license applicants.

Florida’s agriculture commissioner said she is concerned that the scandal involving Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) could leave a “bad taint” on the marijuana industry.

Colorado lawmakers sent Gov. Jared Polis (D) a bill to double the legal marijuana possession limit to two ounces.

The Tennessee Senate approved a limited medical cannabis bill, with a House vote expected on Wednesday.

Illinois lawmakers are filing legislation to add new marijuana retail licenses with a focus on increasing minority ownership in the industry.

The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission is considering a complaint filed by activists who allege that a sheriff committed a felony by failing to disclose who paid for his successful lawsuit to remove a medical cannabis measure from last year’s ballot.

A New Mexico judge ruled that regulators must restore reciprocity to out-of-state medical cannabis patients. Separately, the top medical marijuana regulator said patients should not expect purchase limits to be expanded.

New Wisconsin hemp rules went into effect.

Vermont’s Cannabis Control Board is hiring an executive director.

New Jersey regulators met to accept public comment on social equity issues.

Subcommittees of the Oregon Cannabis Commission will meet on Wednesday.

Michigan regulators will host a marijuana social equity business resource workshop on Thursday.


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San Francisco, California’s mayor filed legislation to change regulations for marijuana social equity businesses.

Ardmore, Oklahoma police are investigating a shooting during a robbery at a medical cannabis dispensary that left the suspect dead.

Oakland, California’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission will meet on Thursday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Swiss National Council’s Health Committee advanced a parliamentary initiative to engage the Federal Council in drafting legislation allowing legal marijuana markets.

The European Union’s Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction published an overview of newly enacted U.S. marijuana laws.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “due to its wide range of pharmacological activities (e.g., antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties), CBD is considered a multimodal drug for the treatment of a range of neurodegenerative disorders, and various cancer types, including neoplasms of the neural system.”

Scientists developed a method that “predicts hallucinogenic potential” of compounds using a fluorescent sensor.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The National Consumers League launched a public service announcement raising concerns about CBD products.

/ BUSINESS

Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. completed its acquisition of Maryland Compassionate Care and Wellness, LLC.

Jushi Holdings Inc. closed on its acquisition of two California marijuana dispensaries.

TerrAscend Corp. completed its acquisition of HMS Health, LLC and HMS Processing, LLC from Curaleaf Holdings, Inc.

Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. sued Terphogz LLC for allegedly violating the Skittles trademark with its Zkittlez product and marketing.

BDSA and Apex Trading launched a cannabis wholesale pricing data product.

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The Florida State Boxing Commission removed marijuana from its prohibited substances list.

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Mexico misses legal cannabis deadline (Newsletter: May 4, 2021)

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LA House votes to legalize medical marijuana flower; NY legalization revenue projection; IL sees record sales; Study: Cannabis consumers aren’t lazy

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Mexican lawmakers missed the Supreme Court’s deadline to legalize marijuana by April 30, and they didn’t ask for another extension. Now there is talk about a special session after June’s elections—but the court could issue a new ruling striking down criminalization in the meantime.

The Louisiana House of Representatives voted to legalize medical cannabis flower under the state’s existing limited program. The body also advanced a bill to prepare for broader recreational marijuana legalization as well as separate hemp regulation legislation.

A new analysis by New York’s state comptroller projects that legalizing marijuana will generate $245 million in annual revenue by fiscal year 2024-2025.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation reported that marijuana sales set another monthly record in April, with nearly 2.5 million cannabis items purchased—worth almost $115 million.

A new study smashes lazy stoner stereotypes by finding that frequent marijuana consumers “engaged in more physical activity than non-current users.”

  • “Our findings do not support the mainstream perception of cannabis users as living sedentary lifestyles.”

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The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from marijuana businesses that want to challenge their tax bills despite late filings.

The federal trial into allegations that a former Fall River, Massachusetts mayor solicited bribes from marijuana businesses entered its second week.

The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee tweeted, “Last week, @RepLouCorrea introduced a bill to ensure VA employs the scientific rigor of a clinical trial framework as it continues to research cannabis use for veterans. It is vital for VA to investigate if, when, & for whom, various forms and doses of cannabis may be effective.”

House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) tweeted, “No legitimate & legal small business — including a cannabis business — should be excluded from support. I’m working to ensure they have access to loans that won’t just help their businesses, but address inequities facing small business owners of color.”

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) touted his efforts to force roll call votes on a marijuana banking bill and other legislation.

Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) tweeted, “Criminal justice reform also means resetting the balance. I used to work with ATF agents who knew how to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. But there were always more dollars & manpower for the war on drugs. That has to change.”

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Tennessee’s lieutenant governor and House speaker said there’s still a chance some form of medical cannabis legislation could pass this year.

North Dakota’s secretary of state notified marijuana activists and other groups that they now need to collect a higher number of signatures to qualify ballot initiatives due to population growth as reflected in recent census data.

Illinois’s House speaker tweeted, “For too long, communities of color have been victimized by the ‘War on Drugs.’ Illinois needs cannabis licensing that is equitable and prioritizes small providers in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by cannabis criminalization.”

A Minnesota legislature conference committee will decide whether expansions to the medical cannabis program will be included in the final version of an omnibus health and human services bill.

The Washington, D.C. Council is expected to consider a bill on Tuesday to help formerly incarcerated people get marijuana business licenses.

Here’s a look at where Colorado cannabis reform bills stand in the legislative session.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments in a case on the scope of local marijuana ordinances.

New Mexico regulators sent a notice to medical cannabis patients about how the new marijuana legalization law will affect home cultivation limits. They also sent guidance about the re-licensing process for existing medical marijuana businesses.

Washington State regulators sent a clarifying statement about their position on delta-8-THC.

Utah regulators sent an update on the medical cannabis program.

West Virginia regulators sent a press release about the ability of patients and physicians to register for the medical cannabis program.

Nevada regulators sent a renewal reminder about marijuana business licenses that are expiring at the end of next month.

Oklahoma regulators published an updated list of licensed medical cannabis dispensaries.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet on Tuesday.

South Dakota regulators will hold a hearing on proposed medical cannabis regulations on May 17.


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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s mayor signed an ordinance banning most employers from conducting pre-employment marijuana testing.

San Diego, California officials are conducting a review of ways to increase equity in the cannabis industry.

Baltimore, Maryland’s state’s attorney spoke about her move to stop prosecuting many drug cases.

The San Francisco, California Board of Supervisors confirmed new members of the Cannabis Oversight Committee.

Denver, Colorado regulators will hold marijuana social enquiry licensing information sessions on Tuesday and Thursday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The possession limits in Vancouver, British Columbia’s drug decriminalization proposal to the Canadian federal government are being criticized by advocates as too low.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “medical cannabis authorization showed intermediate effects on opioid use, which was dependent on initial opioid use” and that “greater observations of changes in [oral morphine equivalent] appear to be in those patients who were on a high dosage of opioids.”

A forthcoming study reportedly found that people with PTSD who received MDMA during therapy experienced a significantly greater reduction in the severity of their symptoms compared to those who received therapy and an inactive placebo.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A survey of Alabama doctors found that 70% support allowing medical cannabis and 42% support legalizing marijuana.

The Bangor Daily News editorial board highlighted the benefits of a proposed drug decriminalization bill.

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Tilray, Inc. will begin trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday following its merger with Aphria Inc.

Green Thumb Industries withdrew as a member of the Cannabis Business Association of Illinois.

The CEO of Organigram Holdings Inc. is stepping down.

Acreage Holdings, Inc. and Medterra CBD, LLC are partnering on a CBD venture.

Aleafia Health Inc. secured a cannabis research license from the Canadian government.

TerrAscend Corp. closed its acquisition of GuadCo, LLC and KCR Holdings LLC.

Cresco Labs announced that the waiting period on its acquisition of Cultivate Licensing LLC and BL Real Estate LLC has expired.

GW Pharmaceuticals plc received a UK Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2021 in the innovation category.

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