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

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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.

/ FEDERAL

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.

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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.

/ LOCAL

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.

/ INTERNATIONAL

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.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

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.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

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.

/ BUSINESS

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.

/ CULTURE

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

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Group representing 19,000 US cities pushes cannabis rescheduling (Newsletter: Nov. 14, 2018)

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Michelle Obama talks smoking marijuana; New veterans & cannabis bills in Congress; Why women back legalization less than men

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The National League of Cities—which represents the U.S.’s 19,000 cities, towns and villages— adopted resolutions calling for federal marijuana rescheduling and access to banks for cannabis businesses.

Top lawmakers in Illinois and New Mexico expressed optimism about newly elected governors’ plans to legalize marijuana in 2019.

In a new filing, the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicates it wants to hire a new company to:

  • Grow 2,000 kg of marijuana
  • Develop new cannabis cultivation methods
  • Produce THC/CBD extracts
  • Make oral solutions, oils, vaping fluids, capsules/tablets

Former First Lady Michelle Obama wrote about smoking marijuana in her new memoir released on Tuesday, a subject she also discussed in a TV interview.

A new study examines why women are less likely to support legalizing marijuana than men. Contrary to one hypothesis, it has nothing to do with motherhood.

Reps. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) are filing three new separate bills on medical cannabis for military veterans.

/ FEDERAL

President Trump is reportedly leaning in favor of backing congressional criminal justice reform legislation.

Newly released documents show that shortly after 9/11 the Central Intelligence Agency considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks.

The federal trial against Mexican drug cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman began.

Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) tweeted, “I’ve long supported legislation to give our #veterans access to medical #cannabis. We should empower VA medical personnel to discuss all options for treatments with their patients and promote research. The R’s have blocked this from progressing.”

/ STATES

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura met with Gov.-elect Tim Walz (D) and urged him to push for marijuana legalization. He also suggested the slogan “pot for potholes.”

Ohio regulators released an update on the rollout of the state’s medical cannabis program.

Colorado regulators released guidance about new marijuana rules going into effect on January 1.

Oklahoma regulators have already collected nearly $6.57 million in medical cannabis application fees.

A Wisconsin representative plans to file a marijuana legalization bill in January.

The Washington, D.C. Council chairman said that smoking marijuana doesn’t have victims and shouldn’t be a crime.

Arkansas regulators are responding to public criticism about a lack of transparency in the medical cannabis licensing process.

/ LOCAL

The Jackson County, Missouri prosecutor said she will stop pursuing most marijuana possession cases.

Some Michigan municipalities are already moving to opt out of allowing legal marijuana sales, at least temporarily.

Here’s a look at how Oregon municipalities voted on marijuana regulation ballot measures last week.

Two people were shot and killed in an apparent attempted robbery at an unlicensed Los Angeles, California marijuana dispensary.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Thailand’s cabinet approved medical cannabis legislation.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found “an advantage of [medical cannabis therapy] in [fibromyalgia] patients with [low back pain] as compared with [standardised analgesic therapy].

The University of Mississippi Medical Center is conducting a study on CBD and youth seizures.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll of Indiana adults found that when given options, 39% support legalizing marijuana, 42% back medical cannabis and 16% don’t want it legal at all. Separately, 78% said that if marijuana is not legalized, people still should not be sent to jail for it. The survey also showed that people see cannabis as less of problem than other drugs, including alcohol.

A poll found that the majority of Canadians want the minimum age for cannabis use to be higher than 18 years old.

/ BUSINESS

Tilray’s earnings report showed lower than expected sales.

Bloomberg Businessweek looks at the growing number of companies interested in making cannabis beverages.

/ CULTURE

Actor Michael Colyar spoke about visiting Mike Tyson’s marijuana farm.

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Texas cannabis decrim bill filed for new session (Newsletter: Nov. 13, 2018)

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Marijuana opponents’ misleading ad allegedly pulled off air; Feds researching lesser-known cannabinoids & terpenes; Ojeda running for president

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A Texas representative pre-filed a marijuana decriminalization bill for the upcoming 2019 legislative session. Several other cannabis-related pieces of legislation were also introduced.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a federal agency, announced that it is funding research into how minor cannabinoids and terpenes in marijuana like CBN, CBG, limonene and others can treat pain.

It appears that several Michigan TV stations pulled anti-marijuana ads off the air in the lead-up to Election Day after being informed that prohibitionists were making factually incorrect claims about the state’s legalization ballot measure.

/ FEDERAL

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators reached a deal on criminal justice reform legislation, with support from the White House potentially coming this week.

The Department of Health and Human Services said a letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration that two chemicals in kratom should be classified as Schedule I substances.

The Food and Drug Administration is pursuing a ban on menthol cigarettes.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is optimistic about the chances of passing marijuana banking legislation.

West Virginia State Sen. Richard Ojeda (D), who sponsored the state’s successful medical cannabis bill and support broader marijuana legalization, filed to run for president just days after losing a congressional race.

/ STATES

Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Walz (D) and the incoming House speaker said that the state will consider legalizing marijuana in 2019.

Opponents of Michigan’s successful marijuana legalization ballot measure are vowing to fight to ban cannabis commerce in municipalities across the state. Meanwhile, Michigan State University said marijuana possession will remain prohibited on campus.

An Indiana senator plans to file several marijuana reform bills.

Concerns are being raised over Oklahoma regulators’ decision to publish information about medical cannabis license holders.

The Colorado man who murdered his wife after eating a marijuana edible in 2014 continued to insist that cannabis is to blame in an interview from behind bars.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Here’s a look at how public outcry over a Malaysian death sentence for a man selling cannabis oil has prompted the country to rethink capital punishment.

The Israeli health ministry is allowing pharmacies to fill prescriptions for medical cannabis beginning in March.

Canadian political observers say that support for marijuana legalization could put Liberal members of Parliament who represent districts with high proportions of Chinese-Canadians at risk of not being reelected.

The Thai government is shooting down a foreign company’s bid to monopolize patents on cannabis.

Ecuadorian lawmakers are considering medical cannabis legislation.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study of medical cannabis patients found that about two-thirds “reported at least one moderate or severe withdrawal symptom” and that “the most commonly observed symptom was sleep difficulties (50.3%), followed by anxiety (27.8%), irritability (26.7%), and appetite disturbance (25.2%)” but that “no association was observed between physical functioning and withdrawal symptom endorsement.”

A study concluded that “legalization of recreational cannabis does not affect compliance rate in patients treated with opioid therapy for chronic pain.”

The National Institute on Drug Abuse released a funding opportunity for researchers to study “the impact of a state marijuana policy on health and other social/environmental outcomes with the ability to obtain pre/post data on exposures and outcomes of interest otherwise not available with standard review timelines.”

/ BUSINESS

Aurora Cannabis reported better-than-expected fiscal Q1 earnings.

Southern University is moving ahead with its medical cannabis production facility after having problems with its initial partner, Advanced Biomedics.

/ CULTURE

Actress Mindy Kaling tweeted about confusing the smell of marijuana with that of skunks.

The Onion had some fun with recent marijuana reform victories.

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McConnell “guarantees” hemp legalization (Newsletter: Nov. 12, 2018)

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VA secretary talks medical cannabis; Feds issue marijuana joint rolling contract; Legalization would give Illinois big economic boost, study finds

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued a “guarantee” that hemp legalization will be in the finalized Farm Bill.

Veterans Affairs Sec. Robert Wilkie said his department is open to exploring medical cannabis as an option for veterans, but only if federal law changes.

The federal government posted a notice that it is seeking to hire professional marijuana joint rollers…kind of. Part of a new National Institute on Drug Abuse contract is to produce “standardized marijuana cigarettes” with strains of various potencies.

A new analysis on the benefits of legalizing marijuana in Illinois found that it would:

  • Create 24,000 jobs
  • Generate more than $500 million in tax revenue
  • Infuse about $1 billion into the state economy overall by 2020

/ FEDERAL

Incoming House Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern (D-MA) says he will allow floor votes on marijuana amendments.

Acting U.S Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has voiced support for the right of states to nullify federal laws, a prospect that has obvious implications for marijuana legalization.

Customs and Border Protection officials said they have seen a spike in marijuana seizures at the Canadian border.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) tweeted, “We need to decriminalize marijuana. The fight to pass the Marijuana Justice Act is about combating discrimination against communities of color. It’s about putting a stop to injustice. It’s about creating a fairer, more equal society.”

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “Michigan has just become the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana. Missouri and Utah also passed medicinal marijuana. The tide is turning. As long as we keep pushing forward, cannabis prohibition will become a thing of the past.” He also tweeted, “After decades of failed drug policies, any effort to legalize marijuana must include expunging low-level offenses and reinvesting in communities of color.”

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) tweeted, “Thankful for the service of our armed forces this Veterans Day. Our vets must receive the respect and care that they have nobly earned and should be given equal access to medical marijuana if they choose.”

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Utah lawmakers are expected to consider a compromise medical cannabis bill during a special session beginning December 3.

New Jersey lawmakers are aiming to vote on marijuana legalization on the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Florida Democratic agriculture commissioner candidate Nikki Fried, who supports marijuana reform, declared victory in a narrow race.

Vermont election results could bolster the chances of legalizing marijuana sales.

Here’s a look at the prospects for Illinois marijuana legalization in 2019.

Colorado regulators proposed rules changes for recreational marijuana and medical cannabis.

Ohio regulators are considering petitions to add new medical cannabis qualifying conditions.

A New York senator says it is important to protect the state’s medical cannabis program if marijuana is legalized.

/ LOCAL

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who has been floated as a potential 2020 presidential candidate, said that voters in Indiana are ready for marijuana legalization.

/ INTERNATIONAL

A UK lord is calling for the legalization of drugs as a violence reduction measure.

/ ADVOCACY

The Fraternal Order of Police announced its support for limited criminal justice reform legislation.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “CBD shows similar efficacy to established antiepileptic drugs.”

A study on driving found that “chronic marijuana users had slower reaction times, deviated less in speed, and had difficulty matching a lead vehicle’s speed compared to nonusers.”

/ BUSINESS

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged Greenview Investment Partners L.P. with defrauding investors.

The Brink’s Company entered into a multi-year agreement to provide secure logistics and cash management services for Canopy Growth Corporation.

/ CULTURE

Jimmy Kimmel Live did a segment from a Las Vegas marijuana dispensary.

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