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NJ mayors push for equity in cannabis legalization law (Newsletter: Sep. 7, 2018)



Baby boomers’ marijuana use rises; MO gov thinks medical cannabis will pass; ND legalization oppo campaign launches

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Several New Jersey mayors are pushing lawmakers to include key social equity provisions in a soon-to-be-filed marijuana legalization bill. Among other things, they want record expungements and provisions to ensure that people harmed by the drug war can participate in the legal cannabis industry.

While youth marijuana use is declining in the age of legalization, a new study found that cannabis consumption by baby boomers is sharply on the rise.

Elon Musk smoked marijuana with Joe Rogan during a podcast taping.


The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on opioids legislation next week.

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on fentanyl trafficking from China.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) tweeted, “Our veterans have put everything on the line for our country and should have access to all available medical treatments – including medical marijuana. I just filed legislation that would allow doctors at the VA to recommend this treatment as they see fit.”

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) sent a press release about new veterans medical cannabis legislation he is cosponsoring:

  • “In the 31 states where medical marijuana is legal, patients and doctors are able to see if marijuana helps with pain management. Our veterans deserve to have that same chance. This bill does right by our veterans, and it can also shed light on how medical marijuana can help with the nation’s opioid epidemic.”

Delaware Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kerri Evelyn Harris, in conceding the primary to incumbent Sen. Tom Carper, noted his recent evolution in support of marijuana law reform.

New Hampshire Republican congressional candidates debated marijuana legalization.


Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) said he thinks there’s a “good chance” voters will legalize medical cannabis in November.

Michigan officials finalized ballot summary wording for the state’s marijuana legalization initiative.

North Dakota prohibitionists launched a coalition aimed at defeating the state’s marijuana legalization ballot measure.

Florida Democratic agriculture commissioner candidate Nikki Fried had her bank account canceled by a second financial institution over marijuana industry contributions.

Massachusetts’s top marijuana regulator said recreational stores could open by early fall.

The Michigan House majority leader filed legislation to classify hemp-derived CBD as industrial hemp.

Nevada Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak tweeted, “One of my first priorities as #NVGov is to make sure all revenue generated by our new and booming cannabis industry goes straight where it belongs: to our classrooms.”

Kansas independent gubernatorial candidate Greg Orman tweeted about his support for medical cannabis.

Pennsylvania regulators released applications for medical cannabis research centers.

Washington State fiscal officials said that marijuana tax revenue “continues to be volatile.”

Oregon regulators will meet to discuss “issues surrounding the processing of marijuana” on Friday.


The Salt Lake County, Utah Board of Health voted to stay neutral on the state’s medical cannabis ballot measure.

A top New York City police official spoke about the department’s new marijuana enforcement policy.


The Canadian Department of National Defence released details on how long military members will have to abstain from using marijuana when legalization goes into effect, ranging from eight hours before duty to 28 days, depending on one’s role.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines lawmakers are considering medical cannabis legislation.

Colombian police broke up a marijuana legalization rally after protesters began smoking joints.

The UK’s Prince William, reviewing seized marijuana and other contraband at Heathrow Airport, made a joke about drug testing.


A study identified “pre-clinical evidence for a safe and beneficial effect of peripubertal and treatment with CBD on preventing positive and cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia.”


A poll found that Republicans in Florida’s 1st Congressional District support medical cannabis and that most said Congressman Matt Gaetz’s (R-FL) support for marijuana reform made no difference in their primary votes.


O’Connor Brewing Co. is hosting a five-day festival pushing for marijuana legalization in Virginia.

Cresco Labs launched a mock vending machine ad campaign to highlight medical cannabis’s role in reducing opioid issues.

A research brief from CB Insights looks at alcohol companies’ interest in the marijuana industry.


The commissioner of the NHL said the league will not change its marijuana policies in light of legalization in Canada.

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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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