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‘No evidence’ of cannabis harm with casual adult use, fed official says (Newsletter: December 1, 2021)

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NYC safe consumption sites for drugs; Financial orgs want marijuana banking in NDAA; Jamaica’s new “good ganja sense” campaign

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National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora Volkow said “there’s no evidence to my knowledge that occasional [adult] marijuana use has harmful effects.”

  • “I don’t know of any scientific evidence of that.”

New York City opened the first safe consumption sites for illegal drugs in the U.S. It remains to be seen how the Biden administration, which has voiced support for harm reduction approaches in general, will respond.

The Credit Union National Association, Defense Credit Union Council and National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions sent a letter urging Congress to pass marijuana banking legislation through the National Defense Authorization Act.

Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness launched a new “Good Ganja Sense” campaign to smash myths about cannabis and boost education. It features bus ads, a website and a catchy jingle.

/ FEDERAL

A federal judge paused the deadline for filing pretrial motions in the case of an alleged Maine marijuana and money-laundering operation involving public officials to give the defendants more time to review evidence.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) said he thinks there’s a “good chance” of passing marijuana banking legislation through the National Defense Authorization Act. He also tweeted about bipartisan backing for the move, saying, “I appreciate the support of these Senators – as well as  @SenatorHick & @SenatorBennet. By including #SAFEBanking in the final NDAA, we can safeguard our financial system, reduce the public safety risk & better support small & minority-owned businesses.”

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and former Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), who did not support marijuana legalization while in office,  joined the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation as co-chairs.

Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Charles Booker tweeted, “When I get to the Senate, I will file the legislation to finally legalize cannabis, and will call it the Gatewood Galbraith Justice and Healing Act.”

Kentucky Democratic congressional candidate William Compton tweeted, “In congress, I would fully support legalizing Marijuana on the federal level. Kentucky’s cash crop had always been tobacco, why can’t we add Marijuana to create more revenue?”

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Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro, currently the attorney general, tweeted, “60% of Pennsylvanians support marijuana legalization. Every second wasted on this is another second folks who’ve possessed small amounts of marijuana spend dealing with an unjust record. Let’s get it done.”

Illinois’s lieutenant governor hosted an event about a marijuana revenue-funded grant program, saying, “The #R3 program invests 25% of adult-cannabis tax revenues back into communities that have suffered historic disinvestment. Our goal is to repair the harm by investing in these communities, and this work can only be done in collaboration with those same communities.”

Mississippi lawmakers said they plan to pass a medical cannabis bill early in 2022.

A Massachusetts senator filed a bill, by request of a citizen, that would amend alcohol regulations to mirror more restrictive marijuana ones.

The New Mexico legislature’s Finance Authority Oversight Committee discussed the cannabis microbusiness loan program at a hearing. Separately, regulators will hold a public hearing on proposed marijuana labor peace agreements and solvents rules on Wednesday.

The Oklahoma Senate will hold a hearing with medical cannabis regulators on Wednesday.

Maryland’s House Cannabis Legalization Workgroup will meet on Wednesday.

Connecticut regulators increased the acceptable amount of mold in tested marijuana products without issuing a formal rule about the change.

The California Cannabis Control Appeals Panel proposed rules changes.

New Jersey regulators posted a webinar about the marijuana business license application process.


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McGraw, New York voters narrowly approved a ballot measure to allow retail sales and on-site consumption of marijuana.

The Greensport, New York Board of Trustees voted to opt out of allowing marijuana dispensaries and on-site consumption facilities.

The Toms River, New Jersey Township Council voted to permanently ban recreational marijuana businesses.

The Missoula, Montana City Council approved marijuana regulations.

The city of Gloucester, Massachusetts is being sued by a marijuana business over allegedly excessive and illegal community impact fees that must be paid in order to operate.

The Hartford, Connecticut Planning & Zoning Commission’s draft marijuana rules would encourage dispensaries to be located downtown.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Mexico’s Supreme Court will consider a case challenging the prohibition on growing hemp on Wednesday.

Spanish lawmakers said they will seek to pass marijuana legalization legislation in 2022.

Singapore’s Court of Appeal upheld death sentences for two men convicted of conspiring to traffic marijuana.

New Brunswick, Canada’s finance minister filed a bill to allow privately run marijuana stores and direct-from-producer farmgate operations.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “high CBD cannabis extracts downregulate the expression of several key fibrotic genes indicating their anti-fibrotic potential at the transcriptional level.”

A review concluded that “both classical and a-typical psychedelics are promising treatment options in patients with terminal illness.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Marijuana Policy Project hired a communications director who previously worked for members of Congress.

The Chacruna Institute published a guide for best practices for psychedelic plant medicine churches.

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America is urging people to ask members of Congress not to include marijuana banking language in the National Defense Authorization Act.

/ BUSINESS

Harborside Inc. is acquiring UL Holdings Inc. and LPF JV Corporation and is expected to rename itself as StateHouse Holdings. The company also announced a non-brokered private placement of units worth gross proceeds of up to $10 million.

Flower One Holdings Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $14.1 million.

Headset raised an $8.6 million funding round.

The Parent Company has a new managing director of social equity ventures and chief people officer.

/ CULTURE

Aaron Carter said he smoked marijuana with Michael Jackson.

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MS House approves medical cannabis bill (Newsletter: January 20, 2022)

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NY legalization revenue; SC medical marijuana bill to floor; PA cannabis banking legislation; UT psychedelics therapy proposal; TX hemp bribery case

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The Mississippi House of Representatives approved a medical cannabis legalization bill. It now heads back to the Senate, which passed it last week, for a final vote on new amendments.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s (D) new budget plan projects that the state will generate more than $1.25 billion in legal marijuana tax revenue over the next six years.

The South Carolina Republican senator who is sponsoring a medical cannabis bill said it will be on the Senate floor next week for debate on special order, meaning that the body must vote on it before any other legislation is taken up.

The Republican chairman and top Democratic member of the Pennsylvania Senate Banking & Insurance Committee announced they’ll be filing a state-level marijuana banking bill to serve as a companion to the federal SAFE Banking Act.

A Utah Republican representative filed a bill to create a task force to study and make recommendations on the therapeutic uses of psychedelics such as psilocybin for treating mental health disorders.

A political consultant to Texas’s agriculture commissioner was indicted in an alleged hemp license bribery scheme.

/ FEDERAL

The Drug Enforcement Administration is proposing to place five tryptamine hallucinogens in Schedule I.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said licensed hemp businesses are eligible for its Rural Energy Pilot Grants Program.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case about the terms of crack offense resentencing under federal criminal justice reform legislation.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) tweeted, “41 states across America (including OR) have voted to give terminally-ill patients the freedom to choose experimental treatments. But the federal government is blocking doctors from being able to facilitate psilocybin-related therapies. I’m leading the charge to change that.”

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) tweeted about discussing her marijuana legalization bill with a Harvard class.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Marianna]e Williamson tweeted, “Legalizing cannabis is taking on added urgency now, not only because of people unjustly incarcerated but also for medicinal and environmental reasons. Time to scrap what should never have been a prohibition in the first place.”

Louisiana Democratic Senate candidate Gary Chambers spoke about his support for equitable marijuana legalization and his decision to smoke cannabis in a campaign ad.

California Democratic congressional candidate Lourin Hubbard tweeted, “The time has come to end the federal prohibition on Marijuana in this country. 91% of US want this done. Black and brown people are 4x more likely to be arrested for marijuana laws than white people with states spending $3.7 billion enforcing marijuana laws every year.”

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair drug war harms got one new cosponsor for a total of 103.

/ STATES

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said in his second inaugural address that “businesses in the new cannabis industry that we are setting up in the name of social justice” are part of efforts to “continue growing the innovation economy that will power our future and make us a model for the nation and the world.”

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) criticized a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate’s ad that shows him smoking marijuana.

A spokesperson for Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) said his opposition to marijuana legalization “hasn’t changed” but that he will review any bills lawmakers send him.

Hawaii’s Progressive Legislative Caucus is backing a marijuana legalization bill.

The South Dakota Senate Health and Human Service Committee voted to limit medical cannabis patients to three homegrown plants and approved other marijuana legislation.

The chairman of the Missouri House Veterans Committee said he would prefer lawmakers to pass marijuana legalization rather than have voters do it via a ballot initiative.

Kentucky lawmakers held a press conference to support marijuana legalization legislation. Separately, the representative sponsoring a medical cannabis bill said he thinks the votes are there to pass it but he must first convince Senate leadership to bring it up.

New Mexico lawmakers are only considering a handful of marijuana bills this session.

A New York assemblyman tweeted, “Since 2001, more than 30,000 veterans have died by suicide. When it comes to suicide prevention, we should have every treatment option on the table, which is why we need to pass medical Psilocybin now!”

Utah regulators launched an effort to expand medical cannabis access.

Ohio regulators suspended the medical cannabis employee license of Ancient Roots’s CEO for allegedly giving out product samples.

Montana regulators are accepting topic submissions for an upcoming roundtable discussion about marijuana.

The Washington State Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force will meet on Monday.

Nevada regulators will consider marijuana business issues on Tuesday.


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/ LOCAL

San Bernardino County, California’s sheriff and federal agencies are being sued by Empyreal Logistics for allegedly unlawfully searching transportation vehicles and seizing money from cannabis clients.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Canadian Embassy to Belgium and Luxembourg tweeted about discussing cannabis issues with a Belgian lawmaker.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “several preclinical and clinical studies have proposed that CBD may be a reliable agent to inhibit the reinforcing and rewarding impact of drugs” and that it “shows a good safety profile, mild side effects in animal preclinical and clinical research.”

A review examined the “endocannabinoid system as a promising therapeutic target in inflammatory bowel disease.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce, National Cannabis Industry Association, Minority Cannabis Business Association, United States Cannabis Council and National Cannabis Roundtable sent a letter urging Virginia lawmakers to include sentencing relief for people previously convicted of marijuana offenses in any legalization reenactment legislation considered this year.

The Weldon Project is teaming up with the Black Comics Collective and Burn1 on an NFT of a Snoop Dogg song and artwork to raise money for cannabis reform advocacy.

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Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. completed its acquisition of Bloom Dispensaries.

Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. filed a Form 40-F with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in preparation to list on the Nasdaq.

Crecco Labs terminated its acquisition of Blair Wellness, LLC.

Leafly Holdings Inc. and Merida Merger Corp. I adjourned a special meeting to approve their merger to February 1.

HEXO Corp. detailed a cost-cutting plan.

Awakn Life Sciences Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies to explore a partnership utilizing MDMA-assisted therapy to treat alcohol use disorder in Europe.

/ CULTURE

Martha Stewart’s CBD brand launched a line of topicals.

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Senate candidate smokes cannabis in campaign ad (Newsletter: January 19, 2022)

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Bipartisan lawmakers push DEA on medical psychedelic access; Austin puts marijuana decrim on ballot; KS psilocybin bill; FBI cannabis license scrutiny

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A bipartisan group of members of Congress led by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) sent a letter demanding that the Drug Enforcement Administration allow terminally ill patients to use psilocybin as an investigational treatment without the fear of federal prosecution.

Louisiana Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gary Chambers smoked a marijuana blunt in a new campaign ad that focuses on the harms of criminalization. He says he’ll back cannabis expungements and banking bills if elected to Congress.

The Austin, Texas City Council passed an ordinance referring a marijuana decriminalization proposal to the May ballot. Advocates had wanted lawmakers to adopt the measure on their own, but are confident it’ll be approved by voters.

A Kansas representative filed a bill to legalize possession and home cultivation of psilocybin.

Newly surfaced testimony suggests Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny of Missouri’s medical marijuana licensing process may be ongoing, with a businessman saying he talked about the governor, a mayor and other officials with federal agents.

/ FEDERAL

The Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility is taking a more aggressive stance in some adjudications of marijuana-related security clearance denials.

The U.S. attorney for Vermont said there are “potential matters involving marijuana that we would potentially consider prosecuting” but “as a general matter, that is not an area that’s on the top of our priority list.”

Staff for Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) defended his purchase of stock in Tilray, Inc. just days before the House voted to approve a federal marijuana legalization bill.

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) tweeted, “[email protected] gets it. Glad to have my fellow #Cannabis Caucus Co-Chair as a cosponsor of my bipartisan #HOPEAct. By redressing the consequences of the War on Drugs and reigniting the American Dream, this important bill gives Congress the chance to #passprogress.”

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) congratulated a Massachusetts cannabis regulator on her anniversary of taking the job.

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed legislation to decriminalize syringes and otherwise expand access to syringe access programs.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) said a medical cannabis bill is getting “better” with each revision that comes out. Meanwhile, the agriculture and commerce commissioner said he is taking steps to prepare for his department’s role in implementing a medical marijuana law if one is enacted.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) spoke about the job-creating and tax revenue-generating potential of the legal cannabis industry in her State of the State speech.

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried, currently the agriculture commissioner, tweeted, “As governor, I’ll legalize marijuana.”

The Maine legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee will consider bills on marijuana home delivery, edibles production and plant tracking on Wednesday.

A black Delaware representative who removed his name from a marijuana legalization bill last year after social equity provisions were stripped out says a new version of the legislation addresses his concerns and is ​​”the best one, the most complete bill that I’ve seen.”

Pennsylvania regulators readopted medical cannabis regulations.

Michigan’s top marijuana regulator said he thinks “we’re reaching a period of stabilization in the market.”

The Iowa Department of Human Rights’s Justice Advisory Board noted racial disparities in marijuana enforcement and said it will monitor legalization outcomes in other states.

A Massachusetts marijuana regulator authored an op-ed arguing for a crackdown on impaired driving.

Oklahoma regulators delayed the launch of a new medical cannabis licensing portal.

Arizona officials are accepting grant applications for funding for marijuana research.

Florida’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday.


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The DeKalb County, Georgia Commission considered a proposal to end pre-employment drug screening for marijuana, but it was blocked from advancing.

Birmingham, Alabama’s mayor reacted to criticism of his local reform advocacy from a former lawmaker by tweeting, “I will not be lectured on the rights and wrongs of pardoning people for marijuana possession by Former State Sen. Phil Williams whose major ‘accomplishments’ include voting to lower unemployment benefits, protect racist monuments, and build more prisons.”

/ INTERNATIONAL

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration is reportedly planning to propose removing marijuana from the list of controlled drugs on Wednesday.

The Bahamian minister of agriculture, marine resources and Family Island affairs said the Family Islands would be an ideal location to grow the cannabis industry.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that “medicinal cannabis may increase [quality of life] for advanced [cholangiocarcinoma] patients.”

A study’s results “support potential synergy between psychedelics and meditation.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Pima County, Arizona Democratic Party called a Louisiana Democratic Senate candidate’s advertisement in which he smokes marijuana on camera an “important campaign ad.”

/ BUSINESS

MedMen’s former CEO spoke about his departure from the company in his first interview since leaving.

Columbia Care Inc. has a new CFO.

A New York judge began a hearing on whether a lawsuit against Acreage Holdings and other defendants over a disputed medical cannabis license can proceed.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he and Mel Brooks were “both born 69 days after 4/20.”

/ CULTURE

Wiz Khalifa is partnering with Cresco Labs on a distribution deal for his Khalifa Kush cannabis brand in California.

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Cannabis banking sponsor vows to ‘get that darn thing passed’ (Newsletter: January 18, 2022)

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NIDA head: ‘train has left the station’ on psychedelics; KS medical marijuana hearings canceled; Study: Cannabis users have better sexual function

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National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora Volkow said “the train has left the station” when it comes to psychedelics’ popularity. She also spoke about how Schedule I blocks research.

  • “People are going to start to use it whether FDA approves or not.”

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), who recently announced he is not running for reelection, said he’s still “pretty irritated” that Senate Democrats have blocked his marijuana banking bill, but vowed that he’s “gonna get that darn thing passed this year while I still serve out my term.”

Kansas’s House-passed medical cannabis bill has encountered a major hurdle as the Senate president rerouted it to a committee he controls and cancelled hearings that were scheduled for this week in a separate panel.

A new study found that “young people who use cannabis frequently, regardless of gender, have better overall sexual function.”

  • “This improvement is usually associated with a reduction in anxiety and shame, which facilitates sexual relationships.”

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Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) tweeted, “Another reason to support my States Reform Act: a study found that ‘compounds found in cannabis are able to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from entering healthy human cells and causing infection.'”

California Democratic congressional candidate Roland Ernst works in the cannabis industry as a lab analyst.

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) said during her State of the State address that she’s focused on “making sure South Dakota has the safest, most responsible, and well-run medical cannabis program in the country.”

A Pennsylvania representative said she hopes to be “patient number one” to use therapeutic psilocybin under a bill she is sponsoring.

New Mexico regulators issued an emergency rule that doubles plant count limits for cultivators.

Oklahoma regulators proposed emergency medical cannabis rules.

Utah regulators proposed rules on hemp cultivation licenses and cannabis testing.

New Jersey regulators are considering complaints of alleged price gouging by medical cannabis businesses.

The Montana Legislative Services Division published an analysis of a law that allows federally recognized Indian tribes to sell marijuana across most of the state.

Washington, D.C. regulators are posting responses to questions about the medical cannabis business license application process.

Nebraska’s Criminal Justice Reinvestment Working Group considered, but was divided on, recommending defelonizing drug possession.

South Carolina regulators posted lists of permitted hemp transporters and brokers.

California’s Industrial Hemp Advisory Board will meet on Thursday.

Florida’s Hemp Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday.


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The Austin, Texas City Council will consider a marijuana decriminalization proposal on Tuesday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Costa Rican President President Carlos Alvarado is being asked by another presidential candidate not to veto medical cannabis and hemp legislation.

The UK Labour Party’s leader reiterated his opposition to legalizing marijuana.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “available evidence suggests cannabinoids may be effective for the treatment of various inflammatory skin disorders.

A study demonstrated that “states with higher levels of direct democracy – where voters can more easily initiate policy change by way of initiatives and referenda, and where state legislatures are limited in their capacity to alter voter initiatives – exhibited higher probabilities of legalizing marijuana for recreational use.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Hemp Industries Association announced new members of its board of directors.

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