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NH House passes legal cannabis bill (Newsletter: April 7, 2023)



Bipartisan congressional psychedelics push; IN House legalization vote; Cleveland marijuana expungements; Alcohol industry cannabis reform call

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a marijuana legalization bill—sending it to the Senate for consideration.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in sending a letter urging House Appropriations Committee leaders to instruct federal health agencies to include active duty military service members in psychedelic studies.

Indiana Democratic representatives forced a vote on a measure to effectively legalize marijuana after Republican leadership has blocked the issue from advancing in session after session—but the amendment to remove all THC limits from legal hemp failed on the floor.

A Massachusetts lawmaker who describes himself as the “most conservative” member of the legislature filed three new psychedelics bills—including proposals to legalize substances like psilocybin and reschedule MDMA while setting a price cap on therapeutic access.

Cleveland, Ohio Mayor Justin Bibb (D) is moving forward with plans to expunge thousands of marijuana records under a new state law that took effect this week.

Top executives at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America are urging alcohol industry colleagues to join the association’s push for federal marijuana legalization.

A former Michigan House speaker and three other people pleaded guilty to federal charges related to an alleged marijuana business licensing bribery scheme.


The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy is partnering with social media influencers to warn about the dangers of fentanyl and educate people about the lifesaving potential of naloxone.

The Senate passed a resolution commemorating National Poison Prevention Week that notes the issue of accidental edible cannabis ingestion.

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) spoke about her marijuana reform legislation.


Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee (D) said he will sign legislation to extend the state’s pilot program allowing safe consumption sites for illegal drugs.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) hosted an event on the need to decriminalize fentanyl test strips.

Louisiana’s House speaker filed a bill to address issues relating to the sale of intoxicating hemp-derived products.

An Arkansas senator introduced a marijuana legalization bill.

A Delaware senator authored an op-ed calling on Gov. John Carney (D) to veto marijuana legalization bills.

New York regulators filed proposed rules for cannabis research licenses.

Florida regulators are being sued by a doctor who they tried to strip of his medical license after accusing him of violations related to medical cannabis recommendations.

Washington, D.C. regulators will begin accepting applications from unregulated marijuana “gifting” shops to become licensed medical cannabis cultivators or retailers on November 1.

California regulators posted guidance on new record-keeping and track-and-trace requirements for cannabis deliveries.

An Oregon regulator spoke about ongoing efforts to launch psilocybin services.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture posted an article about the “Hempcrete Revolution” in architecture.

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San Antonio, Texas’s mayor is urging voters to reject a local ballot measure that would decriminalize marijuana, block enforcement of abortion laws and make other reforms.

Kansas City, Missouri’s mayor celebrated voters’ approval of a ballot measure to institute a local tax on marijuana sales.

San Francisco, California cannabis industry operators held a press conference to raise alarm about a string of armed robberies and kidnappings.


The Czech government announced a drug strategy that includes a regulated recreational marijuana market.

Australian lawmakers are circulating a draft marijuana legalization bill.

Himachal Pradesh, India officials formed a committee to study the issue of legalizing cannabis cultivation.


A study of mice found that a “single dose of psilocybin facilitated rapid and sustained fear extinction,” indicating that “psilocybin may be a useful adjunct to exposure-based therapies for PTSD and other mental disorders characterized by failure of fear extinction.”


A poll found that Florida voters support a potential marijuana legalization ballot initiative, 50 percent to 45 percent.

A poll of New Jersey residents found that 63 percent support legalizing marijuana home cultivation.

The Association of Minnesota Counties is pushing to give counties a share of marijuana tax revenue under pending legalization legislation.


Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc., AJNA BioSciences PBC and a subsidiary of British American Tobacco PLC formed a joint venture to seek Food and Drug Administration approval of a proprietary full spectrum hemp extract botanical drug.

A lawsuit accusing Steep Hill, Growers Bold Team, Osage Creek Cultivation and NSMC-OPCO of overstating medical cannabis THC potency levels in Arkansas has been moved to federal court.

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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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