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NH House votes to legalize cannabis (Newsletter: Feb. 28, 2019)

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FDA heads reveals CBD plans; Researchers press DOJ on marijuana cultivation; HI decrim advances; OR social use bill; NYC hearing

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to approve a marijuana legalization bill.

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb revealed more details about the agency’s plans for regulating hemp-derived CBD during a hearing in which several members of Congress pressed him about the cannabis compound. He said that public meetings and working groups in development.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and several rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination are joining forces to reintroduce the Marijuana Justice Act, which would deschedule cannabis and withhold funding from states with discriminatory enforcement of marijuana laws. House companion legislation is also being filed.

The Hawaii House Judiciary Committee voted to approve a marijuana decriminalization bill.

The American Psychological Association is urging Attorney General William Barr to “take immediate action” on pending marijuana cultivation license applications that languished under Jeff Sessions.

Several New York City Council committees held a lengthy joint hearing on marijuana legalization and related reform proposals, with the Bronx district attorney announcing that his office would no longer prosecute most cannabis possession and consumption cases.

The Oregon Senate Business and General Government Committee is scheduled to hold a Thursday hearing on legislation to allow social consumption of marijuana at licensed lounges and events, and to let cannabis producers lead public tours of their facilities.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. attorney for Massachusetts said that the opening of recreational marijuana stores in the state doesn’t change his enforcement priorities.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) said he has spoken to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) about moving marijuana legislation.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Happy to see San Francisco expunge more than 9,000 marijuana-related convictions. Marijuana has long been a driving force of mass incarceration in this county — it’s past time time we change that.”

/ STATES

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) touted a House committee’s passage of a bill to expand the state’s industrial hemp program.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) said he used marijuana in college.

The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill to allow vertical integration for medical cannabis companies, among other reforms.

The Utah Senate approved a bill to amend the state’s medical cannabis law.

The Georgia House of Representatives passed a hemp legalization bill.

A South Carolina senator sponsoring a medical cannabis bill is working to incorporate changes suggested by stakeholders.

Florida representatives filed marijuana legalization legislation.

Some Washington, D.C. public employees say they are being inappropriately prevented from using medical cannabis.

Oregon officials projected that the state is “poised for strong growth” in marijuana revenue and that major economic impacts will “come from higher value-added products like oils, creams, and edibles, in addition to niche, specialty strains.”

Colorado regulators released guidance on signage requirements for marijuana cultivation facilities.

The opening of North Dakota’s first medical cannabis dispensary has been delayed a day, until Friday.

A consulting firm initially awarded a Maine marijuana legalization implementation contract before a competitor appealed and won the bid instead is considering an appeal of its own.


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/ LOCAL

Voters in several Chicago, Illinois wards approved nonbinding ballot questions saying that the city should “appropriate tax or other revenues it receives from the sales of marijuana to fund neighborhood reinvestment in low-income, disenfranchised communities hit hard by the war on drugs.”

The Baltimore, Maryland state’s attorney’s office has begun releasing, without charges, anyone brought in by police for marijuana possession.

Members of the Louisville, Kentucky Metro Council are considering making marijuana one of the lowest police priorities.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Canada’s public safety minister is filing a bill “to provide no-cost, expedited pardons for simple possession of cannabis.”

Thailand’s first legal marijuana farm has begun operations.

/ ADVOCACY

The Minority Cannabis Business Association will hold a lobby day on Capitol Hill on April 9, and the group is expressing concerns with what it sees as the “shortcomings” of legislation like the STATES Act.

The New York State Conference of Mayors hosted a conference on marijuana legalization.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

Researchers developed a method to produce THC and CBD using yeast.

A study found that “parental sharing of negative experiences with cannabis use in fact predicted increased adolescent cannabis use.”

A qualitative study found that “several factors appear to promote marijuana vaporization, including device aspects (e.g., discreet, convenient), the subjective high, economical efficiency, and perceived harm-reducing and health-promoting effects.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Des Moines Register editorial board is calling on Iowa lawmakers to expand the state’s limited CBD medical cannabis program.

/ BUSINESS

Walmart Canada removed a cannabis vaporizer from its online store.

MedMen reported quarterly revenue growth and reduced losses.

Here’s a look at an Eli Lilly and Company shareholder’s effort to encourage the company to advocate for marijuana reform by bringing attention to its little-known past involvement with cannabis medicines.

/ CULTURE

The PGA Tour adopted a policy barring golfers from making endorsement deals with marijuana companies.

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Legal cannabis reduces illegal growing in national forests, study finds (Newsletter: July 16, 2019)

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Former GOP rep says Trump will help legalize by 2020; BVI considers legal marijuana bill; SXSW wants cannabis panel ideas

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A study found that legalizing marijuana reduces illegal cultivation on public lands.

  • “Outright, national recreational cannabis legalization would be one means by which illegal growing on national forests could be made to disappear.”

Former Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) spoke to Marijuana Moment in a recent interview about why he believes President Trump will help achieve broad cannabis reform in 2020. He also addressed former House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) industry involvement, decriminalizing psychedelics and the role marijuana played in his failed reelection effort last year.

Officials in the British Virgin Islands are reviewing draft marijuna legalization legislation.

SXSW is asking people to suggest marijuana-focused panel ideas for the Cannabusiness Track at next year’s festival. The deadline for submissions is this Friday.

/ FEDERAL

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a presidential candidate, and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) introduced legislation allowing certain federal prisoners to petition courts to take a “second look” at their cases. Booker tweeted, “There are hundreds of thousands of people behind bars–most of them people of color–who were sentenced under draconian laws during the height of the War on Drugs that we have since recognized were unfair. But many of the changes we’ve made to these laws have not been retroactive.”

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), a presidential candidate, spoke about his support for letting states set their own marijuana laws during an Iowa campaign appearance.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a presidential candidate, made a joke about marijuana legalization.

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang signed a bong.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said he is “going to bring the Food and Drug Administration kicking and screaming and hollering in to getting [hemp-derived CBD] issues resolved.”

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke with local law enforcement officials about marijuana issues.

Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) said he supports legalizing marijuana.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “People of color are disproportionately targeted in marijuana-related offenses. We should all follow Illinois’ lead to expunge these discriminatory and unnecessary offenses.”

/ STATES

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) tweeted, “I’m all about connecting the dots. It’s time to connect the dots between racial disparities and economic inequity by legalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.”

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) discussed medical cannabis on his podcast.

An Oklahoma representative is pushing for an interim study on the safety of medical cannabis.

A New Mexico senator said it’s been difficult to get marijuana incarceration data from state officials.

Ohio regulators published updated medical cannabis patient and caregiver numbers.

Hawaii medical cannabis patients can apply for two-year registration renewals starting on Thursday.


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/ LOCAL

Columbus, Ohio City Council members unveiled the text of a marijuana decriminalization proposal they intend to vote on soon.

Los Angeles, California officials released a report on the health implications of marijuana regulatory options for local jurisdictions.

Denver, Colorado officials announced that the city is hosting a marijuana management symposium in October.

/ INTERNATIONAL

A spokesman for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he is “seriously considering” severing ties with Iceland over its United Nations resolution criticizing human rights violations in the nation’s bloody “war on drugs.”

CNBC looks at growing momentum for medical cannabis in Asia.

/ ADVOCACY

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture urged the Food and Drug Administration “to expeditiously create a clear regulatory framework for hemp products.”

A representative of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials testified in a congressional hearing that “marijuana legalization and opioid addiction may lead to more people driving while impaired.”

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “a 12-week course of nabiximols, a combination of tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol, resulted in significantly fewer days of illicit cannabis use compared with placebo, and was well tolerated by participants.”

A study found that “the number of foster care entries attributable to parental drug use increased substantially from 2000 to 2017 (from 39,130 to 96,672 removals, an increase of 57,542 removals [147.05%]), even when entries for other removal reasons mostly declined.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Wisconsin State Journal editorial board is calling on lawmakers to legalize medical cannabis.

The Bismarck Tribune editorial board said it wouldn’t be wise to legalize marijuana in North Dakota.

The Columbus Dispatch editorial board said it supports the City Council’s cautious consideration of decriminalizing marijuana.

/ BUSINESS

CBD company Heavenly Rx now owns a quarter of Jones Soda.

/ CULTURE

Former basketball player Paul Pierce is facing a lien from someone who loaned money for his CBD business.

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FDA is expediting CBD regulation process (Newsletter: July 15, 2019)

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House GOP leader notes bipartisan marijuana banking support; Obama writes to former drug war prisoner; POTUS candidate speaks on cannabis panel

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) noted bipartisan support for marijuana banking legislation.

The Food and Drug Administration announced that it is “expediting” its work on CBD regulations.

  • “We plan to report on our progress around end of summer/early fall.”

Food and Drug Administration Principal Associate Commissioner for Policy Lowell Schiller will deliver a keynote address at a hemp conference next month. Presumably he’ll be discussing the agency’s efforts to formulate CBD rules.

Former President Barack Obama sent a note to a former drug war prisoner whose sentence he commuted, congratulating her on an academic achievement she earned during her first year in college.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), a presidential candidate, spoke on a marijuana panel at the Netroots Nation conference alongside Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and others.

/ FEDERAL

The House of Representatives approved a bill to prohibit the federal government and its contractors from asking about the criminal history of a job applicant prior to conditional offer of employment.

Attorney General William Barr visited a federal prison and said the Department of Justice is “all in” on criminal justice reform.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the National Institute on Drug Abuse disagree on proposed rules concerning the scheduling of fentanyl analogues.

The U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said that legalizing marijuana would be a “bad idea” but praised the state’s medical cannabis law.

Former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-AK), a presidential candidate, is proposing a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana.

Sixty-four current and former prosecutors, police chiefs, sheriffs, U.S. attorneys, and Department of Justice officials filed an amicus brief opposing a federal case seeking to prevent a safe consumption site for illegal drugs from opening.

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “In suburban America, a white kid caught with marijuana gets a slap on the wrist and a call to their parents. But for too many Black and brown students across the country, a single offense can destroy their entire future. Marijuana legalization is about racial justice.”

The House bill to deschedule marijuana got one new cosponsor, for a total of 31.

/ STATES

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) signed legislation letting people apply to annul certain past marijuana possession convictions, but vetoed another bill to remove a requirement for a long-term relationship between doctors and medical cannabis patients.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) tweeted that he is “proud” of the medical cannabis expansion law he recently signed.

A spokesperson for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) said there are still “more tough questions than we have good answers when it comes to hemp.”

More than 30 cannabis plants were found on the lawn of Vermont’s State House.

Another group of North Dakota activists filed an additional proposed marijuana legalization ballot measure.

Banking access for West Virginia medical cannabis businesses is expected to be an issue in the state treasurer’s race.

Florida prosecutors say that the state’s new hemp law is complicating marijuana cases.

A Nevada judge suggested that hearings in a case challenging the state’s marijuana license awarding process could conclude this week.

Utah regulators are delaying a decision on medical cannabis cultivation licenses.

Maryland regulators set steep fines for medical cannabis advertising violations.

California regulators announced an enforcement action against an unlicensed marijuana shop.

New Mexico regulators held a hearing to receive public testimony about proposed medical cannabis rules changes.

Michigan regulators published a marijuana licensing report.


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/ LOCAL

The Columbus, Ohio City Council is considering a marijuana decriminalization proposal.

/ ADVOCACY

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party tweeted, “Medical Marijuana has already helped thousands of Pennsylvanians lead healthier, more comfortable lives, and this change will help thousands more. Thank you to @GovernorTomWolf for bringing #MMJ to PA and @SecretaryLevine for leading its continued growth.”

The Maryland Democratic Party tweeted about the Baltimore state’s attorney’s congressional testimony in support of legalizing marijuana.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “CBD can protect against cardiac injuries, mainly through its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-apoptotic effects on the basis of non-clinical studies.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that UK adults support legalizing marijuana, 48%-24%, and back allowing cannabis-based medicines, 77%-4%, among other findings.

The Boston Globe editorial board is urging caution about CBD.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial board said that medical cannabis was just “smoke and mirrors” and a step toward full marijuana legalization.

/ BUSINESS

BlackRock Inc. is reportedly likely to start a marijuana-focused exchange-traded fund.

Christian Book Distributors changed its name to Christianbook to avoid confusion with CBD.

/ CULTURE

Jimmy Kimmel did a 7/10-themed segment featuring a Las Vegas marijuana dispensary with a drive-thru window.

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Congress votes to let veterans in cannabis industry get home loans (Newsletter: July 12, 2019)

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Senate marijuana banking hearing soon?; Closed-door House cannabis meeting; AOC housing bill’s drug war provisions; Tom Hanks quashes CBD fake news

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The House of Representatives voted to end a Department of Veterans Affairs policy that blocks military veterans who work in the marijuana industry from getting home loans.

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) said a marijuana banking hearing could happen soon, with a source close to the financial services industry saying it could be within the next two weeks.

Members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a closed-door meeting to discuss issues related to medical cannabis and military veterans.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a presidential candidate, filed new bills to end a federal policy blocking people with certain drug convictions from accessing public housing and scale back a punishment that even evicts residents for marijuana use by their guests.

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), a presidential candidate, released a racial-justice-focused “Douglass Plan” that would legalize marijuana and decriminalize drug possession.

Actor Tom Hanks took to Twitter to deny a fake quote that showed him appearing to praise a CBD company.

/ FEDERAL

Vice President Mike Pence met with Coast Guard members who recently seized 39,00 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse said that federal government is growing its largest crop of marijuana for research in five years.

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands held a hearing on legislation that would address marijuana cultivation on public lands.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a presidential candidate, spoke about white privilege in the context of marijuana enforcement.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “Encouraged @HouseJudiciary held a hearing on the racial disparities in marijuana enforcement. To be clear though, pointing out the *vast* racial disparities in marijuana enforcement is not ‘playing the race card.’ It’s the ugly truth.” Separately, PolitiFact ruled that a claim he made about marijuana arrests exceeding violent crime arrests is true.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) launched an online petition “against racial injustice caused by federal marijuana laws.”

Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) tweeted, “With the addition of Hawaii, the number of states legalizing or decriminalizing #marijuana keeps growing – all the more reason to pass my Homegrown Act & @HouseSmallBiz Chair Velazquez & @RepGolden bills to open SBA programs to legal #cannabis businesses!”

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “Our justice system should stop putting people in jail for ❌ Using marijuana ❌ Being unable to pay bail and start focusing on ✅ Corporations who engage in wage theft ✅ Billionaires who evade taxes ✅ The Wall Street CEOs who caused the financial crisis.”

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) tweeted, “After decades of prohibition, Congress needs to have these important conversations and work to address the issues that come with the misalignment of state and federal laws as it relates to cannabis.”

The Senate marijuana banking bill got one new cosponsor, for a total of 31.

The House bill to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to study medical cannabis got one new cosponsor, for a total of 70.

The House bill to respect tribal marijuana laws got three new cosponsors, for a total of three.

/ STATES

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) criticized lawmakers for leaving cannabis legalization out of budget legislation, saying the bill “fails to address the root causes of marijuana entering the black market while also taking the responsibility of writing regulations away from professionals and putting it into the hands of legislators.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill allowing research on marijuana-impaired driving. Separately, the state’s treasurer spoke about cannabis banking and taxes.

Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner tweeted, “Hemp has created over 500 full time jobs, is being grown by 1,000 farmers and Kentucky will have over $100,000,000 in hemp product sales in 2019.”

Iowa Republican legislative leaders rejected a Democratic request to create an interim study committee on medical cannabis.

The chairman of Missouri’s House Committee on Crime Prevention and Public Safety suggested that the state could decriminalize marijuana soon.

The North Carolina House Finance Committee considered farm legislation defining smokable hemp as the same as marijuana, but adjourned without taking action.

The South Dakota legislature’s hemp study committee held its first meeting.

Pennsylvania regulators added anxiety disorders and Tourette syndrome as medical cannabis qualifying conditions. The state’s lieutenant governor called it “a truly powerful expansion of our excellent medical cannabis program here in PA.”

Alaska regulators rejected the state’s first application for on-site marijuana consumption.

Ohio regulators are investigating two medical cannabis companies for allegedly lying on their license applications and violating rules.

Washington State regulators sent an update about the rollout of marijuana tracking software.


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/ LOCAL

New York City’s police commissioner said he knows marijuana legalization is coming but he has concerns about youth use, driving under the influence and illegal growing operations.

/ INTERNATIONAL

French officials approved medical cannabis trials.

The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution expressing concern about the bloody Philippine “drug war” and requesting that the UN prepare a report on human rights in the country.

Canadian regulators reported that the price gap between legal and illegal marijuana is widening.

/ ADVOCACY

Jackson County Democrats endorsed a proposed Oregon psilocybin ballot measure.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “nearly one-half of CBD users experienced [adverse drug events], which displayed a general dose-response relationship” and that “common ADEs include transaminase elevations, sedation, sleep disturbances, infection, and anemia.”

/ BUSINESS

CannTrust Holding Inc. suspend all its marijuana sales after Canadian regulators found violations.

American Eagle Outfitters said it will start selling CBD products this year.

Dairy Queen fired a Georgia worker who made a marijuana-themed cake after mishearing a customer’s request for a Moana design.

CBD companies have found creative loopholes around Facebook’s ad ban.

Headset and Marijuana Business Daily announced a data-sharing partnership.

The Wall Street Journal looks at NiaMedic Healthcare & Research Services, which advises seniors about medical cannabis.

/ CULTURE

Musician Marilyn Manson asked a crowd at a Pennsylvania concert whether marijuana was legal in the state and when audience members responded that it wasn’t, he said that the cigarette he was smoking on stage was not cannabis but, “um, something medicinal.”

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