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NY legal cannabis bill unveiled, with votes this week (Newsletter: March 29, 2021)

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VA could speed up legal marijuana; NM gov calls cannabis session; MX lawmakers to legalize; NY mayor wants cannabis-funded reparations

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and top lawmakers unveiled a revised marijuana legalization bill that they intend to enact into law this week.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) formally called lawmakers into a special session for Tuesday to finish the job of getting a marijuana legalization bill to her desk “for the good of the people and future of our great state.”

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is signaling he’ll push to legalize marijuana possession as of July 1—years ahead of the current plan. Advocates also want Northam to push lawmakers to amend the legal cannabis bill in other ways—for example to remove new penalties and speed up the legal sales date as well. His proposed changes are due to lawmakers on Wednesday, then they’ll vote on them on April 7.

  • “I personally don’t think we should be arresting or penalizing somebody for something we’re getting ready to legalize.”

Meanwhile, leaders in Virginia’s House of Delegates also joined the call to move marijuana legalization up to July 1 from the original 2024 date—a reversal of the stance the chamber took in negotiations with the Senate last month.

A top Mexican lawmaker said the Senate is likely to approve a marijuana legalization bill as amended by the Chamber of Deputies and then work on potential further changes to cannabis laws through separate legislation. The deadline for passage is April 30.

The mayor of Rochester, New York is proposing using revenue from the impending statewide legalization of marijuana to fund a reparations program for black residents—including universal basic income and homeownership efforts.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture posted a webinar on new federal hemp rules.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “BIG: Leaders in Albany just announced a deal to legalize marijuana and work to repair the harm of prohibition. I look forward to seeing leaders in equity and justice appointed to lead the new entities this bill creates. I’ll keep working to end the federal marijuana prohibition.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL) tweeted, “Barring legal cannabis businesses from traditional banking services puts unnecessary risk on business owners & the community. I’m joining my colleagues to introduce the SAFE Banking Act to allow legal cannabis businesses owners access to banking services.”

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) tweeted, “It’s not enough to just legalize marijuana—we must go further to restore the lives and communities that have been destroyed by the failed war on drugs.”

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) tweeted, “Legal marijuana businesses in Nevada and across the country deserve full access to banking services. That’s why I’m joining the bipartisan SAFE Banking Act.”

House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) tweeted that a deal on legalizing marijuana in New York is “good news for New York. But our communities have been devastated by unjust marijuana convictions. When we legalize, we must also expunge records and use this industry to reinvest in our neighborhoods.”

Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) said, “I have in the past smoked marijuana. I do not currently smoke marijuana, but if I did it wouldn’t be a problem.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tweeted, “The federal government has lied to the people of this country about marijuana for a generation. Now, the de facto leader of the Democratic party is firing White House staffers for using it .PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS: are you happy now? Is this what you wanted?” He also tweeted, “Failing wars Joe Biden refuses to pull out of: -War in Syria -War in Afghanistan -War on Drugs”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “No one should be prevented from getting a job, voting, or contributing to society because of cannabis use, which is now legal in states across the country. My colleagues and I called on @POTUS  to address the unfair and inconsistent policies related to cannabis.”

The Senate marijuana banking bill got one new cosponsor for a total of 31.

The House marijuana banking bill got 15 new cosponsors for a total of 124.

/ STATES

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed a bill requiring police to notify the parents of minors who are caught with marijuana or alcohol.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) excluded a marijuana decriminalization provision that her office had previously floated from a formal proposed medical cannabis reform bill she wants lawmakers to pass. Separately, the legislature’s Cannabis Caucus chair said he thinks the state can implement the voter-approved medical cannabis system on time.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) said she “feel[s] really good” about the prospects of legalizing marijuana this week. Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers criticized her for holding a special session on legalization during Holy Week.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) signed a bill excluding hemp-derived cannabinoid products that are used for research or are approved by the Food and Drug Administration from the definition of marijuana.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) said he has an “open mind” on medical cannabis, saying, “it’s clear that it alleviates a lot of suffering.”

Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) said he has “big concerns” about legalizing marijuana.

Florida’s agriculture commissioner tweeted, “No one using medical marijuana to avoid deadly opioids should be fired for ‘drug use’ — and definitely not our public school teachers. This is wrong.”

Indiana lawmakers sent Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) a bill to provide a defense to prosecution for people who operate vehicles with marijuana or its metabolites in their blood under certain conditions.

The North Dakota Senate defeated a House-passed bill to expand the state’s current marijuana decriminalization law.

The Montana House of Representatives unexpectedly defeated a capital gains tax proposal after one lawmaker argued it could entice out-of-state marijuana companies to come to the state. Separately, the House Business and Labor Committee held a meeting to begin examining legislation to amend and implement the voter-approved legalization of cannabis.

Maine’s Senate president is sponsoring a bill to put a moratorium on new medical cannabis regulations.

The Minnesota House Rules and Legislative Administration Committee granted a waiver for a marijuana legalization bill and other pieces of legislation that have not yet cleared all of their committee stops ahead of a deadline.

California regulators extended the public comment deadline for proposed marijuana appellations rules.

Nevada regulators are accepting public comments on proposed marijuana rules changes.

Washington, D.C. regulators will host an information session on submitting letters of intent for available medical cannabis business registrations on Monday.


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Baltimore, Maryland’s state’s attorney is making permanent a policy under which her office has declined to prosecute all drug possession, prostitution, minor traffic and misdemeanor cases.

Buffalo, New York’s mayor said he is open to using marijuana revenue to fund reparations.

Denver, Colorado’s official Twitter account tweeted, “In honor of the anniversary of the two-hour ‘prohibition’ of 2020, we encourage you today to safely & responsibly support your favorite local liquor store, watering hole, brewery, distillery, or dispensary. Happy 420, it’s five-o’clock-somewhere and TGIF.”

/ INTERNATIONAL

France launched a two-year medical cannabis pilot program.

The Canadian government is instituting new penalties on travelers who fail to properly declare marijuana.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “recreational cannabis use increased among patients with pelvic pain after legalization in Canada” and that “postlegalization, cannabis users were less likely to require daily opioids compared with cannabis users before legalization.”

A review concluded that “research points towards medicinal psychedelics as a potential new class of psychiatric treatments when used within a medically supervised framework with integrated psychotherapeutic support.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that Iowa adults support legalizing marijuana, 54%-39%, and back expanding the state’s limited medical cannabis law, 78%-14%.

The Wisconsin Democratic Party tweeted, “Here’s your weekly reminder that Governor Evers’ 2021-2023 budget calls for legalizing marijuana.”

/ BUSINESS

Vireo Health International Inc. closed on the first $23.5 million tranche of a loan from Green Ivy Capital affiliate Chicago Atlantic Group and a group of lenders.

Bluma Wellness Inc. obtained a final order from a Canadian court approving its acquisition by Cresco Labs Inc.

The Caucus Club Detroit restaurant told customers that “if you smell like marijuana don’t even think of stepping inside.”

/ CULTURE

Seth Rogen said not smoking marijuana “would be like saying you can’t wear clothes any more” and “would make it really hard for me to do what I need to do in the world.”

Bill Maher said that if there is a new “Roaring Twenties” it should not include a failed prohibition of drugs like the last century’s alcohol ban.

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CA psilocybin ballot measure cleared to collect signatures (Newsletter: September 17, 2021)

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NJ expunges 300k+ marijuana cases; House panel votes to undo drug penalty; MO sends cannabis revenue to veterans; SD legalization signature drive

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The House Ways and Means Committee voted to repeal a penalty that prevents students with certain drug convictions from utilizing the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which can be used for tuition and other higher education expenses.

California’s attorney general issued a ballot title and summary for a psilocybin legalization initiative that activists want to put on the 2022 ballot. The Decriminalize California campaign is now cleared to begin collecting signatures for the measure.

The New Jersey Judiciary announced that it has expunged more than a third of a million marijuana cases since July 1. Courts will also be launching a public education campaign next week to help even more people understand the opportunities for cannabis record relief.

South Dakota activists are preparing to launch a massive signature gathering drive to put marijuana legalization on the 2022 ballot if the state Supreme Court overturns the cannabis measure that voters approved last year.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced that the state has transferred more than $6.8 million in medical cannabis revenue to support programs for military veterans.

/ FEDERAL

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “Americans want an end to marijuana prohibition. That’s why @SenBooker, @RonWyden, and I released our Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act to work to end the federal prohibition and undo the harms of the War on Drugs.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted that the World Anti-Doping Agency’s move to reconsider its marijuana ban is “welcome news after my letter with @repblumenauer calling on USADA to reconsider its out of date and discriminatory cannabis policies.”

/ STATES

Missouri lawmakers did not override Gov. Mike Parson’s (R) veto of a bill that would have allowed medical cannabis operators to deduct business expenses from their taxes.

Virginia dispensaries began selling botanical medical cannabis.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court declined to take up a case on whether a public housing agency needs to create rules for medical cannabis.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that hemp-derived cannabinoids in liquid form are illegal.

The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that petitions for a measure to increase the number of marijuana businesses in Mount Pleasant have technical flaws.

Ohio regulators approved rules allowing medical cannabis dispensaries to have drive-through windows.

Washington State regulators acted on rules for marijuana packaging and labeling, flavored vapor products and immature plants and clones.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering technical assistance to marijuana growers.

Massachusetts regulators extended the deadline to apply for the third cohort of the marijuana social equity program.

Guam regulators are preparing to review changes to marijuana rules proposed by the territory’s attorney general.

Iowa regulators sent an update about the medical cannabidiol program.

The Nevada Cannabis Advisory Commission Subcommittee on Public Health will meet on Monday.


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/ LOCAL

Clarksville, Tennessee is including marijuana decriminalization in its official state legislative agenda.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “moderate to high certainty evidence shows that non-inhaled medical cannabis or cannabinoids results in a small to very small improvement in pain relief, physical functioning, and sleep quality among patients with chronic pain, along with several transient adverse side effects, compared with placebo.”

A study found that “Δ9–tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-rich compositions from cannabis have cytotoxic activity against ovarian cancer cells.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Alabama Democratic Party tweeted, “We’re blazing the trail to recreational cannabis legalization and we need you with us on the journey!”

Virginia Marijuana Justice sent a letter calling on Gov. Ralph Northam (D) to grant clemency to people incarcerated for marijuana.

/ BUSINESS

HEXO Corp announced that it has become carbon neutral.

Acreage Holdings, Inc. is divesting from its Oregon Cannabliss & Co. dispensary chain.

Tilray, Inc. is closing its Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada marijuana cultivation facility.

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Cannabis banking & psychedelics amendments in Congress (Newsletter: September 16, 2021)

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NH lawmakers want marijuana on ballot; WA drug decrim initiative; Local TX cannabis ballot push

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Congressional lawmakers are seeking to attach amendments on marijuana banking, psychedelic research for active duty military personnel and other cannabis-related reforms to the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act. Decisions on floor votes will be made next week.

Three New Hampshire lawmakers are taking steps to refer separate marijuana legalization questions to voters on the 2022 ballot.

Washington State activists announced an effort to place an initiative to decriminalize all drugs on next year’s November ballot.

Activists in San Marcos, Texas announced that they plan to put a marijuana decriminalization measure on the local 2022 ballot.

/ FEDERAL

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “Cities across the nation are sending a clear message—they want an end to marijuana prohibition. @SenBooker,@RonWyden, & I are working to pass our Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act to end federal prohibition & undo the harms of the War on Drugs.”

Florida Democratic congressional candidate Jesse Philippe tweeted, “Hemp was criminalized to preserve the paper industry monopoly. Cannabis was only criminalized to oppress black people and leftists. It’s 2021, we know how corrupt the war on drugs has been, it’s time to end it.”

/ STATES

Texas Democratic attorney general candidate Lee Merritt tweeted, “At the start of the #WARONDRUGS there were 100K prisoners in the entire country. Today 7.6 million people are in prison, probation or parole—With NO correlating increase in crime. Only the policy changed. Lets change it again: Decriminalized cannabis, addiction & poverty.”

Michigan lawmakers filed legislation to restrict and regulate medical cannabis caregiver home cultivation. Meanwhile, activists held a rally to push back against the proposals.

California regulators are accepting public comment on proposed emergency regulations to consolidate, clarify and make consistent marijuana rules.

New Jersey regulators voted to streamline the licensing of new marijuana businesses and approved an additional cannabis cultivation license but did not act on two dozen other pending businesses.

Montana’s top marijuana regulator spoke about ongoing efforts to propose and finalize rules for the legal market.

Iowa regulators announced that two new medical cannabidiol dispensaries will open on or around October 1.

Ohio regulators are accepting requests from medical cannabis cultivators who want to expand their grow space.

Minnesota regulators tweeted about a medical journal’s article on the issue of adding anxiety disorder as a medical cannabis qualifying condition.

Oregon regulators published an updated list of licensed marijuana businesses.

Nevada regulators will consider changes to rules on remediation and labeling of marijuana on September 28.


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/ LOCAL

The Oshkosh, Wisconsin City Council voted to lower the fine for first-time marijuana possession offenses.

The Denver, Colorado mayor’s budget proposes to use $5.7 million in marijuana tax revenue to establish a new business development program for minority- and women-owned businesses.

Lompoc, California voters approved a ballot measure to increase taxes on marijuana manufacturing and distribution.

The Santa Cruz County, California Board of Supervisors instituted a temporary emergency moratorium on cannabis cultivation permits.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The International Criminal Court opened an investigation into the bloody Philippine “drug war.”

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that medical cannabis “may be related to a significant yet small reduction in opioid prescription medication.”

Mount Sinai’s Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research received a $5 million grant to support a clinical trial using MDMA-assisted therapy to treat veterans with PTSD.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Alabama Democratic Party tweeted, “The ADP is committed to bold ideas and we’re not settling for policy that skirts around the edges of change. That’s why we came out firmly for recreational cannabis legalization.”

/ BUSINESS

COMPASS Pathways plc acquired an intellectual property portfolio including patent applications for psychedelic substances.

The University of California, Berkeley is creating psychedelics journalism fellowships to be overseen by author Michael Pollan using funding from Tim Ferriss’s Saisei Foundation.

Vicente Sederberg LLP launched an environment, health, and safety practice for cannabis businesses.

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. declared a quarterly dividend of $1.50 per share.

The president of Solar Therapeutics Inc. asked to be dismissed from a lawsuit filed by Sacha Baron Cohen for allegedly violating his copyright by putting an image of his Borat character on a billboard without permission.

Green Flower launched a credential program for marijuana industry workers.

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Feds warn about delta-8 THC (Newsletter: September 15, 2021)

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National Urban League backs legal marijuana; Celebs push Biden on cannabis clemency; WADA reviews athlete cannabis ban; MI homegrow restrictions fight

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The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued health warnings about delta-8 THC.

  • “Historical use of cannabis cannot be relied upon in establishing a level of safety for these products in humans.”

Detroit, Michigan voters will decide on a ballot measure to decriminalize psychedelics this November.

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s Executive Committee announced it will review marijuana’s status as a banned drug for athletes. The move comes in the wake of criticism it received after Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension from the Olympics for cannabis.

The National Urban League, a 100-plus-year-old civil rights organization, is calling for cannabis legalization with a focus on social equity—including reserving half of business licenses for impacted communities.

  • “Marijuana enforcement is more harmful than marijuana itself.”

Drake, Killer Mike, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Ty Dolla $ign, T.I., Kevin Garnett, Deion Sanders and others sent a letter calling on President Joe Biden to issue a “full, complete and unconditional pardon” to anyone convicted of a nonviolent marijuana offense.

  • “Enough is enough. No one should be locked up in federal prison for non-violent marijuana offenses.”

Michigan medical marijuana patients and caregivers will hold a rally on Wednesday to push back against what they say is a greedy corporate effort to restrict home cultivation rights that’s being mounted by big cannabis businesses.

/ FEDERAL

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing on President Joe Biden’s nominee for director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Rep. Jay Obernolte (R-CA) tweeted, “The @sbcountysheriff is working hard to shut down large-scale illegal cannabis grows. Unfortunately, California laws are standing in the way of a long-term solution to this problem. We need to continue working until this illegal activity no longer threatens our community.”

Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman, currently the state’s lieutenant governor, tweeted, “It’s 4:20 on 420 days until the election and our most recent hotel room on the campaign trail was room 420. That’s the tweet.”

Maryland Democratic congressional candidate Mckayla Wilkes tweeted, “27 years since the 1994 Crime Bill. This bill, the crime bills of the 80s, and similar state-level policies led to the U.S. having the highest incarceration rate on the planet. Let’s be clear: @LeaderHoyer was on every single one of those bills. We need to see some damn change: – Ending the War on Drugs & expunging records – Ending mandatory minimums & cash bail – Abolishing private prisons.”

/ STATES

South Dakota Gov, Kristi Noem (R) tweeted that a legislative committee “approved the majority of the draft guidance for the Department of Health’s medical cannabis program after months of public input.” She also tweeted, “I’m proud of the job the Department of Health did in streamlining this process. My Administration is fully on board to make certain South Dakota continues to implement the most responsible, patient-focused medical cannabis program in the country.”

Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Allen West tweeted, “Blue states can make marijuana — federally an illegal drug — legal & allow it to be transferred outside those states after purchase & the Feds say nothing. As Governor, I will defend Texas sovereignty and uphold our laws. I will not allow the federal government to usurp Texas’ authority and undermine our laws. If Colorado can make marijuana legal, then noise suppressors for firearms will be legal in Texas.” Meanwhile, Democratic attorney general candidate Lee Merritt tweeted, “It’s time to decriminalize marijuana and end the war on drugs once and for all.”

Rhode Island’s House speaker said if lawmakers don’t tackle marijuana legalization during a special session in October the issue will carry over to January, and he also discussed the differences in details among competing proposals while saying that the reform won’t be a big revenue source (starting around 8:30 into the audio).

Oklahoma lawmakers pressed regulators about medical cannabis compliance oversight efforts at a hearing.

New Jersey courts posted information about expunging marijuana records.

New Hampshire regulators announced that medical cannabis patients can now shop at all dispensaries in the state, instead of just the one they were previously registered with.

Ohio regulators approved a plan to more than double the number of medical cannabis dispensary licenses.

The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records ruled that regulators must provide information on how many patients use medical cannabis to treat opioid use disorder.

A member of New York’s Cannabis Control Board spoke about the process of getting the state’s legal market underway.

The director of New Mexico’s medical cannabis program defended regulators’ process for opening production license applications.

Colorado regulators will host a marijuana work group rulemaking meeting on Wednesday.


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The Chicago, Illinois City Council delayed a vote on the mayor’s plan to relax marijuana business zoning rules.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts City Council voted to allow only equity businesses to get recreational marijuana licenses for another year and to direct cannabis revenue to reparations efforts.

The Aurora, Colorado City Council rejected a proposal to allow marijuana social consumption businesses.

The Billings, Montana City Council voted to delay decisions on marijuana business licensing and zoning.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Québec, Canada Court of Appeal ruled that local bans on marijuana home cultivation are constitutional.

Colombia’s Ministry of Justice tweeted, “Colombia is a pioneer in the regulation, industrial production and commercialization of #Cannabis for medicinal purposes.”

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “cannabidiol enhances verbal episodic memory in healthy young participants.”

A survey of psychiatrists found that they “largely believed psychedelics show treatment promise and strongly supported federal funding for medicinal psychedelic research.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Cannabis Regulators Association named its first executive director and announced that its membership has expanded to 35 states and territories.

/ BUSINESS

WM Technology, Inc. acquired Sprout.

Akerna is acquiring 365 Cannabis.

Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. reported quarterly revenue of $43.3 million.

Canopy Growth Corporation is launching a line of CBD vapes through Circle K convenience stores.

Wesana Health Holdings Inc. committed $1.5 million in funding to assess the viability of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies’s MDMA-assisted therapy to treat traumatic brain injury.

Colorado retailers sold more than $202 million worth of marijuana products in July.

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