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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon supports legalizing marijuana.

The sponsor of a pending Tennessee medical cannabis bill withdrew the legislation because it didn’t have enough support to pass.

/ FEDERAL

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) tweeted, “The opioid epidemic is killing more than 90 Americans every day. We need new solutions. Ending federal marijuana prohibition is the right thing to do for criminal justice reform, to end our overreliance on opioids, & put people before Big Pharma’s profits.”

/ STATES

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) spoke about the need to expand the state’s medical cannabis program during a speech about opioids issues.

North Dakota’s attorney general said that medical cannabis cultivation license applicants are “not presumed” to be subject to the state’s anti-corporate farming law.

Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox (R) said he opposes a proposed medical cannabis ballot measure but that “it’s better than opioids.”

Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez says health insurance should cover medical cannabis.

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous tweeted that legalizing marijuana “improves our public safety, our public health, and will help bring about an end to this era of mass incarceration.”

Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidates debated legalizing marijuana.

Alaska regulators will discuss allowing on-site marijuana consumption at dispensaries this week.

A Maine legislative committee voted to extend residency requirements for marijuana business license holders.

The California Assembly Public Safety Committee approved a bill to require that butane sold in certain quantities contain an odorant, which lawmakers believe will render it useless for making illegal marijuana extracts.

The Maryland House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Senate-passed legislation to increase the amount of marijuana that is decriminalized. And here’s a look at the prospects for legislation to expand medical cannabis licensing and allow medical marijuana use in jails.

The Missouri House Rules – Legislative Oversight Committee is scheduled to hear a medical cannabis bill on Wednesday.

Montana regulators filed proposed medical cannabis rules.

A Texas Health and Human Services Commission advisory council is exploring expansion of the state’s medical cannabis law.

Massachusetts regulators say that 218 priority applications for marijuana business licenses were started in the first 24 hours.

New Mexico regulators are being sued by a medical cannabis testing lab claiming that the state improperly gave away its secret trade practices to a competitor through a public records request.

A Florida medical cannabis business is suing the state over a law that limits the number of dispensary locations licensees can open.

Iowa’s sole medical cannabis business wants an expansion of the state program, but the governor and legislative leaders are skeptical.

/ LOCAL

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s mayor tweeted, “Marijuana legalization is a criminal & racial justice issue. It is an economic issue. And, as researchers are demonstrating, it is an opioid issue that could save lives. We can’t risk even one life being lost as collateral damage in the failed war on drugs.”

/ INTERNATIONAL

New Zealand lawmakers held a hearing on a medical cannabis bill.

The South Korea National Assembly’s Health and Welfare Committee is expected to review a medical cannabis bill this month.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that most medical cannabis patients are interested in participating in clinical trials on the drug.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that 67% of U.S. adults say Girl Scouts should be allowed to sell cookies outside marijuana dispensaries.

The Boston Herald editorial board is criticizing Massachusetts regulators’ decision to give priority licensing to businesses hiring a significant number of people with past drug convictions.

Former Clinton pollster Mark Penn looks at the evolution of marijuana politics and business.

/ BUSINESS  

MedMen launched a new ad campaign to dispel “stoner” myths.

Marijuana Business Daily examines cannabis businesses’ use of blockchain technology.

Bloomberg looks at Alterna Savings & Credit Union’s work to bank the marijuana industry in Canada.

/ CULTURE     

The Onion has a fun video titled, “Congress Hears Testimony From Rob’s Older Cousin About The Benefits Of Marijuana.”

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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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