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NJ cannabis sales to start soon, gov says (Newsletter: February 25, 2022)

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SD gov could veto legalization bill; CO psychedelics ballot text approved; Study: Marijuana consumers are motivated

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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said he expects recreational marijuana sales to launch at existing medical cannabis dispensaries “within weeks”—as soon as March. He also said he’s open to allowing consumers to grow their own at home.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) isn’t ruling out vetoing a marijuana legalization bill that passed the Senate. She also suggested voters don’t back legal cannabis—even though they already approved it in a ballot measure that was later overturned in court through a lawsuit her administration funded.

Colorado’s secretary of state cleared the language of activists’ latest proposed psilocybin legalization ballot initiatives. Now the campaign must decide which of the four separate measures they’ve filed they’ll actually collect signatures for.

A new study found that marijuana consumers show signs of greater motivation than people who don’t consume and are “more likely to expend effort to obtain reward.”

  • “These results do not support the amotivational syndrome hypothesis.”

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture published a blog post on floral hemp production.

/ STATES

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “Pennsylvania is ready and waiting for legalized marijuana. Let’s get it done.”

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) tweeted about the medical cannabis tax holiday bill she signed into law.

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler, a former state attorney general, tweeted that lawmakers’ consideration of a marijuana legalization bill “is an important step toward legalizing cannabis, which in turn will make Maryland a more just and equitable place.”

Colorado Democratic State Board of Regents candidate Wanda James highlighted her experience as a marijuana business owner in a campaign ad.

Wisconsin’s Assembly speaker pulled a scheduled vote on a bill to legalize kratom.

South Dakota’s House majority leader said a Senate-passed marijuana legalization bill is “going to have a decently tough path going forward.” Separately, House lawmakers revived a bill to gut affirmative defense protections for medical cannabis patients.

South Carolina House leaders are reportedly working on a strategy to try to slow down and block a Senate-passed medical cannabis bill.

Virginia’s Senate president pro tempore, who co-owns a cannabis store, tweeted about Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) declaring state holidays in honor of certain people, saying, “​​He’s saving me for 4/20.”

The West Virginia House of Representatives preliminarily approved a bill on security and surveillance requirements for medical cannabis businesses.

The Nebraska legislature’s Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a limited medical cannabis bill.

The Georgia House Low THC Subcommittee held a hearing on a bill to increase the number of medical cannabis business licenses.

An Illinois representative discussed his resolution calling on Congress to remove marijuana from Schedule I.

A New Hampshire representative authored an op-ed expressing concerns about marijuana legalization.

U.S. Virgin Islands regulators are expected to unveil proposed medical cannabis rules on Monday.

The Colorado Board of Health adopted rules changes in line with a medical cannabis restriction bill.

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration reported that the state generated $308.56 million in quarterly marijuana tax revenue.

Oregon regulators sent a compliance bulletin about marijuana retesting, remediation and destruction of failed packages.

Arizona regulators reached a settlement with a cannabis testing lab over alleged violations.


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/ LOCAL

San Francisco, California’s mayor appointed a top marijuana regulator.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado Quesada tweeted, “The approval in the 1st debate of the Medicinal Cannabis and Industrial Hemp project with the changes that we had suggested means that we are very close to it becoming law. I thank the deputies who voted in favor of the new text, which will be of great benefit to 🇨🇷 “

Canadian regulators seized more than 35 million grams of cannabis products as well as thousands of plants from licensed businesses due to violations during the 2019-20 fiscal year.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review on cannabis in sports “confirms that CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) do not enhance performance” and that “CBD possesses anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which have not been adequately evaluated in the area of sport.”

A study of nematodes suggested that “cannabidiol protects against Alzheimer’s disease.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce’s president and CEO authored an op-ed calling on lawmakers to legalize marijuana.

The Cannabis Business Association of Illinois is opposing legislation to allow social equity-owned cannabis craft cultivation businesses to increase their canopy size.

/ BUSINESS

Harborside Inc. announced it will undergo a mandatory conversion of all of issued and outstanding multiple voting shares to subordinate voting shares.

Organigram Holdings Inc. announced the results of its board of directors election.

Ohio dispensaries sold more than $381 million worth of medical cannabis in 2021.

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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 Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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