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NY might use cannabis taxes to fund subway repairs (Newsletter: Dec. 6, 2018)

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New Missouri marijuana legalization bill; Cannabis org wants crackdown on unlicensed dispensaries; Feds block tribe’s medical marijuana policy

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New York lawmakers are considering using legal marijuana tax revenue to fund repairs to the New York City subway system.

Missouri voters only approved medical cannabis one month ago, but now a state representative has already prefiled a bill to legalize marijuana in 2019.

The United Cannabis Business Association is calling on the Los Angeles, California city attorney to crack down on unlicensed marijuana dispensaries.

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Farm Bill compromise language would reportedly prevent people with felony drug convictions from participating in the hemp industry for a period of 10 years after being convicted, instead of permanently.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs moved to block a Montana tribe’s legalization of medical cannabis.

President Trump tweeted, “One of the very exciting things to come out of my meeting with President Xi of China is his promise to me to criminalize the sale of deadly Fentanyl coming into the United States. It will now be considered a ‘controlled substance.’ This could be a game changer on what is considered to be the worst and most dangerous, addictive and deadly substance of them all. Last year over 77,000 people died from Fentanyl. If China cracks down on this “horror drug,” using the Death Penalty for distributors and pushers, the results will be incredible!”

The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia tweeted, “Looking forward to invite-only marijuana symposium next week. Facts not propaganda. Facts about Colorado. Facts about ecology & environment. Facts about health. Facts about black market. FACTS!Public deserves facts & policy makers, media, law enforcement should know the facts.”

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) tweeted, “The SAFE Banking Act would ensure the #marijuana industry can access our banking system and reduce the public safety risk of having cash on our streets & in our communities. @RepDennyHeck and I plan to continue pushing our legislation in the next Congress.”

Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) tweeted, “I cosponsored the SAFE Banking Act to ensure San Diego #marijuana businesses can safely operate, as permitted by California law. Thanks to @RepPerlmutter and @RepDennyHeck for continuing to advocate for this public safety fix.”

Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) wrote about meeting mothers whose children use medical cannabis to treat autism.

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Michigan’s legalization of marijuana possession and home cultivation went into effect on Thursday. Separately,  the House of Representatives advanced bills concerning disclosure of medical cannabis licensee information to financial institutions and making other changes.

Missouri’s medical cannabis law went into effect on Thursday.

Nevada Gov.-elect Steve Sisolak (D) is floating the idea of creating a new body to regulate marijuana.

Utah medical cannabis advocates filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gary Herbert (R) and the head of the state Department of Health over the “compromise” legislation lawmakers passed to replace the voter-approved ballot measure.

Pennsylvania regulators will open a second round of applications for the state’s medical cannabis research program after no clinical registrant approvals were issued in the first round.

Washington State regulators issued a reminder that cannabis-infused alcoholic beverages are illegal.

A Illinois senator said it is “rather inevitable” that the state will legalize marijuana next year.


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The Statesboro, Georgia City Council approved a marijuana decriminalization ordinance.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Luxembourg’s governing coalition released details of a marijuana legalization plan.

Israeli lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill allowing medical cannabis exports.

The International Criminal Court said it is continuing to investigate extrajudicial killings in the bloody Philippine drug war. Meanwhile, a senator is calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to take a drug test after he joked about using marijuana.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “cannabidiol probably reduces seizures among children with drug‐resistant epilepsy.”

A study examining the differences between Canadian licensed marijuana producers and unlicensed dispensaries found that “rather than attempts to construct a credible shared identity for legitimacy, the emphasis is on building a distinct identity narrative in the face of market competition.”

A survey determined that “there was discordance among transplant centers in their perceived risks of marijuana use as opposed to complications actually observed.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

The San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board is calling on Congress to increase marijuana businesses’ access to banks.

/ BUSINESS

The CEO of Philip Morris International Inc. said it’s not “our priority right now to consider cannabis.”

/ CULTURE

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern says that marijuana may have been “unfairly demonized.”

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White House finalizes CBD policy review (Newsletter: July 13, 2020)

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VA says marijuana industry-employed vets not blocked from home loans; Canadian cops back drug decrim; ID medical cannabis campaign seeks e-sigs

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The Department of Veterans Affairs clarified in a report to Congress obtained by Marijuana Moment that it has no policy automatically blocking veterans who work in the cannabis industry from getting home loans, despite denials by some lenders. Now, the House Appropriations Committee is pushing VA to make this more broadly known.

The White House Office of Management and Budget has completed its review of CBD guidance submitted by FDA. An agency spokesman told Marijuana Moment that it’s not clear when—or even if—the document will be released to the public.

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police issued a report saying it’s time to decriminalize drug possession and provide a legal “safe supply” to some consumers.

  • “Merely arresting individuals for simple possession of illicit drugs has proven to be ineffective.”

Idaho medical cannabis activists are asking the secretary of state to let them collect electronic signatures for a proposed ballot measure in the same way that a separate education funding campaign is able to do under a federal court ruling.

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President Trump met with military officials for a briefing on drug interdiction efforts.

The Federal Trade Commission reached an administrative settlement with Thrive that bars the company from making claims that its CBD products prevent and cure cancer.

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) celebrated the release of updated federal hemp banking guidance.

Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Jared Huffman (D-CA), along with several cosponsors, filed a bill focused on eradicating illegal marijuana grows on public lands and establishing a fund to restore land that has been damaged by such activity.

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) tweeted, “There are kids in prison right now because they got caught with some marijuana in their backpack. Roger Stone lied to Congress, obstructed justice and tampered with witnesses and will not spend one night in prison. Where is the justice?”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “In California, Black & Brown people are arrested at higher rates for marijuana-related charges than white people despite legalization. My Marijuana Justice Act would center social equity as a key part of the marijuana industry & invest in our communities.”

California Democratic congressional candidate Shahid Buttar tweeted, “In my first Term in Congress, we’ll organize Democrats & Republicans alike to finally remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. Neither Biden nor Trump is going to stop us. Federal prohibition is senseless, and untenable. Many states have already welcomed the future.”

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Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jennifer Carroll Foy tweeted, “We should legalize marijuana in Virginia.”

Hawaii lawmakers sent a bill to legalize medical cannabis edibles to the desk of Gov. David Ige (D).

Illinois’s lieutenant governor tweeted, “You spoke & we listened! The Restore, Reinvest, & Renew (#R3) program supports communities harmed by the fail war on drugs. Funding addresses disparities with: ✅Community-based response ✅Targeted resources ✅Local design”

The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that lower courts must consider a case claiming that a sentence of life without parole for the sale of $30 of marijuana was excessive.

Missouri’s top medical cannabis regulator said dispensaries could begin making sales by the fall.

Massachusetts regulators defeated a motion to ask state lawmakers to let them use marijuana business fine money to fund social equity programs.

Colorado regulators announced that Kinfolk Farms LLC is recalling marijuana products due to the use of banned pesticides.

Nevada officials said they’ve only received a handful of applications under a new effort to pardon past marijuana convictions.

Washington State regulators proposed rules on marijuana vaping products and certificates of compliance and withdrew rules on cannabis retail title certificates.

Mississippi regulators said that because lawmakers failed to allocate funds for a state hemp program, farmers must apply for licenses directly from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Pennsylvania regulators posted information on hemp sampling agent certification training.

The Oregon Cannabis Commission will meet on July 20.


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The La Crosse, Wisconsin Common Council approved an ordinance to lower the fine for marijuana possession to $1.

The Columbus, Ohio city attorney tweeted, “The War on Drugs has been a failure. Senate Bill 3 takes needed steps to correct some of its wrongs. This drug sentencing reform bill will ensure people struggling with addiction get the help they need, rather than felony convictions & prison sentences.”

/ INTERNATIONAL

A Nepali lawmakers filed a marijuana legalization bill.

Israel overtook Germany as the world’s biggest importer of medical cannabis flower.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that medical cannabis users say it is “helpful in reducing [chronic musculoskeletal pain] and other chronic non-cancer pain with only minor adverse effects; in addition, they reported improved psychological well-being.”

A study examined “the use of hyperspectral near-infrared imaging to identify the Cannabis sativa plant components such as flowers, stems and leaves on the crop,” which could provide “a real-time monitoring system that would support decision-making on the optimal daily growing conditions to improve crop yield and profitability.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

MassCann board members say they have been locked out of the organization’s bank accounts and storage locker by the group’s president.

The Press of Atlantic City editorial board is urging New Jersey lawmakers to pass marijuana decriminalization legislation.

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Five Point Holdings is partnering with Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong to open Cheech & Chong-branded dispensaries.

Mercedes-Benz tweeted about how “hemp fibres are included in the lining of the load compartment” of one of its cars.

A judge lifted a temporary restraining order that had blocked Bloom Farms from closing on a new round of financing while a case on allegations it cooked its books to fool an investor is ongoing.

/ CULTURE

Wrestler Rob Van Dam said that WWE Chair Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon told him to be discreet about his marijuana use.

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Biden panel rejects legal cannabis recommendation (Newsletter: July 10, 2020)

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State treasurers push Congress on marijuana banking; FDA sends CBD purity update; PA Senate Dems call for legalization

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A report from a criminal justice reform task force created by the campaigns of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) does not recommend the former vice president endorse legalizing cannabis despite support for the proposal from a majority of panel members. The document mostly reiterates Biden’s existing cannabis position and adds new specifics such as letting Washington, D.C. legalize recreational sales, ending deportations for marijuana use and investing legalization revenue in communities harmed by incarceration. It also urges Biden to “reduce criminal penalties for drug possession.”

  • “We didn’t reach consensus on legalization. That conversation will have to continue,” a task force member told Marijuana Moment.

A bipartisan coalition of 16 state treasurers is pushing Congress to include marijuana banking protections in the next coronavirus relief legislation.

  • “Lack of access to financial services forces businesses to operate exclusively using cash making these businesses, their employees, and  customers targets for violent crime. In many cases, cannabis stores and dispensaries are  limiting sales to curbside pickup or delivery, forcing these all-cash transactions to take place outside, without the option of no-contact exchanges.”

The Food and Drug Administration sent a Congress a report on its efforts to test CBD products and evaluate the accuracy of their labels.

  • “Of the 102 products that indicated a specific amount of CBD, 18 products (18 percent) contained less than 80 percent of the amount of CBD indicated, 46 products (45 percent) contained CBD within 20 percent of the amount indicated, and 38 products (37 percent) contained more than 120 percent of the amount of CBD indicated.”

The Kansas City, Missouri City Council approved an ordinance ending all penalties for marijuana possession under the municipality’s local laws.

A majority of Pennsylvania Senate Democrats are calling on the state to legalize marijuana as a way to boost the economy amid coronavirus and to address racism in the criminal justice system.

  • “We need to ensure our spending on healthcare, education, housing, and small businesses continues unabated throughout this crisis. Legalizing adult-use cannabis will raise revenue and help mitigate the possible need for cuts, and additionally can serve as a revenue saving tool in agencies such as the Department of Corrections.”

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The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises, LLC could not register a trademark for Charlotte’s Web hemp oil extracts because they violate federal law.

A U.S. Sentencing Commission analysis found that there “was no statistically significant difference in the recidivism rates of offenders released early pursuant to retroactive application of the Drugs Minus Two Amendment and a comparable group of offenders who served their full sentences.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture updated the list of crops eligible for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, but hemp isn’t one of them.

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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s (D) budget proposes keeping 10 Marijuana Regulation Division positions unfilled.

North Dakota’s Pardon Advisory Board recommended another round of marijuana pardons to Gov. Doug Burgum (R).

Indiana’s attorney general cheered a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruling vacating a lower court’s decision that blocked a state law banning smokable hemp.

Massachusetts regulators fined Acreage Holdings subsidiary The Botanist $250,000 for failing to disclose its controlling relationships with other licensees. They also fined Garden Remedies and $200,000 after it admitted to falsifying documents to hide its use of banned pesticides and fined 4Front Ventures’s Health Farms $350,000 for illegal pesticide use and improper record keeping.

Washington State regulators are being sued by an Idaho businessman who is challenging the state’s residency requirement for marijuana investors.

California regulators released a fact sheet about branded marijuana company merchandise.

Pennsylvania regulators published a notice about the need for hemp to be sampled and tested for THC content.


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A lawsuit challenging Los Angeles, California’s marijuana licensing process is being dropped after the city agreed to process more applications.

The Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Board of Supervisors is considering a resolution that calls on Congress to pass legislation supporting the legalization of marijuana and safe consumption sites for illegal drugs and expunging prior drug convictions.

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Ireland’s government is delivering medical cannabis to approved patients who cannot travel to the Netherlands to get it due to the coronavirus pandemic.

South Africa’s government tweeted, “We are also leading a research and innovation pillar of the Cannabis Industrialisation Master Plan. To this extent, our focus is to develop medicinal products for Covid-19, cancers, diabetes, TB, and HIV/AIDS and neurodegenerative diseases, amongst others.”

A Nigerian lawmaker filed a medical cannabis bill.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review found that “preclinical studies have observed robust anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and analgesic effects of CBD in animal models,” that preliminary preclinical evidence also suggests that CBD may protect against gastrointestinal damage associated with inflammation and promote healing of traumatic skeletal injuries” and that “early stage clinical studies suggest that CBD may be anxiolytic in ‘stress-inducing’ situations and in individuals with anxiety disorders.”

A research letter concluded that at a safe consumption site for illegal drugs in an undisclosed U.S. city, “there were 10,514 injections and 33 opioid-involved overdoses over 5 years, all of which were reversed by naloxone administered by trained staff” and that “no person who overdosed was transferred to an outside medical institution, and there were no deaths.”

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The Movement for Black Lives is calling on Congress to decriminalize and retroactively expunge drug offenses.

The Marijuana Policy Project is hosting a summit on race, policing and cannabis on July 15, featuring speakers including actor Seth Rogen and the president of the NAACP.

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HighTimes Holding Corp.’s has reportedly been temporarily blocked by the Securities and Exchange Commission from selling shares because it failed to meet an extended deadline to file an audited annual report.

A judge ruled that Bloom Farms can’t close on a new round of financing while a case on allegations it cooked its books to fool an investor is ongoing.

Vireo Health International Inc. signed an exclusive licensing agreement with eBottles420 to manufacture and distribute the company’s terpene-preserving packaging system, which it says keeps cannabis potent and flavorful for longer.

Generation Hemp, Inc. and GenCanna Acquisition Corp. signed a toll processing agreement, under which the former company will dry, process and store hemp biomass for the latter firm.

A federal judge blocked S.G. Farms from being a party to a lawsuit filed by an Indian tribe whose  hemp plants were seized by San Joaquin County, California police.

Captor Capital is being sued for alleged fraud and breach of contract.

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The NFL Players Association reminded players that they are subject to random drug testing when they show up to training camps beginning this month.

The Wire creator David Simon said, “The drug war is effectively a war on the poor. It’s a means of using social control on people of color and people in poverty by the ruling class. That’s all it has ever been.”

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Legal psilocybin therapy qualifies for Oregon ballot (Newsletter: July 9, 2020)

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Fed marijuana PSA filmed like horror movie; Congressman wants to block DC psychedelics decrim; Study: Legal cannabis reduces crime

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The Oregon secretary of state announced that activists collected enough signatures to put a measure to legalize psilocybin therapy on the November ballot. This comes one week after a separate initiative to decriminalize all drug possession in the state and expand treatment services also qualified for the ballot.

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), whose budget rider has prevented Washington, D.C. from legalizing marijuana sales, is now trying to block a psychedelics decriminalization measure that could be on the November ballot in the nation’s capital.

  • “This is a bald-faced attempt to just make these very serious, very potent, very dangerous—both short-term and long-term—hallucinogenic drugs broadly available.”

A new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration PSA on impaired driving is styled like a horror film and urges people not to operate a car while high on marijuana even if they are being chased by an axe-wielding murderer.

A study found that “border counties in the Colorado region saw substantial decreases in overall property crime rate and larceny rate relative to nonborder counties following Colorado’s legalization” of marijuana.

  • “This finding suggests that recreational marijuana legalization in a state (e.g., Colorado) may not bring about negative consequences on crime in neighboring states, which challenges the assertions made by public officials in these neighboring states arguing a crime-inducing effect of legalization.”

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture added hemp to a list of seed kinds for which it maintains standards for certification.

Tennessee Democratic congressional candidate Christopher Hale tweeted, “Why is that kids and veterans who smoke marijuana have criminal records, but Wall Street executives who committed massive fraud and wrecked our economy do not? I’ll be the most pro-weed Congressman God ever made. I’m asking for your support.”

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Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor is touting marijuana legalization as a fiscal stimulus for the state.

Ohio regulators added cachexia as a medical cannabis qualifying condition, but rejected anxiety and autism spectrum disorder.

Oklahoma regulators agreed to temporarily not enforce rules that could force some medical cannabis businesses to close down while a judge considers a lawsuit challenging them.

Guam regulators plan to finalize a draft of legal marijuana rules for public comment by next month.

Nevada regulators are projecting $10 million less revenue from recreational marijuana sales for Fiscal Year 2021.

Massachusetts regulators will consider marijuana vaping issues and enforcement actions on Thursday.

Florida regulators will hold a workshop on hemp rules on Thursday.


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The Grand Rapids, Michigan City Commission approved a measure to advance social equity in the marijuana industry and to fast-track approval of businesses.

The Nevada County, California district attorney filed a motion to dismiss nearly 600 prior marijuana convictions and reduce more than 50 cannabis felonies to misdemeanors.

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The UK’s Department of Health and Social Care is conducting an open consultation looking at “the ways in which drugs are fuelling serious violence and at treatment, recovery and prevention.”

The Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana plans to resume its review of cannabis issues soon.

The Colombian government gave approval for a company to grow, produce and export high-THC medicinal cannabis extracts.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “pre-clinical and clinical data suggest a potential for therapeutic benefit [of medical cannabis] amongst some persons with [autism spectrum disorder] and that it is overall well tolerated.”

A study concluded that “current school-based cannabis prevention efforts do not appear sufficiently effective.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

Marijuana activist and lobbyist Eapen Thampy pleaded guilty to federal charges of attempted cannabis distribution.

A Harm Reduction International analysis found that “around a fourth of countries implementing [coronavirus-related prison] decongestion schemes explicitly excluded people incarcerated for drug offences; effectively prioritising punitive approaches to drug control over the health of the prison population and the individual.”

The National Association of Cannabis Businesses said it will be drafting recommendations for marijuana social equity programs.

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Several ancillary marijuana businesses—including Akerna, Metrc and Arcview Group— received Paycheck Protection Program loans from the Small Business Administration.

The Justice Department is reportedly investigating whether Wirecard participated in an alleged $100 million bank fraud conspiracy connected to Eaze, which hasn’t been charged or named directly in documents in the case.

Ignite International, Ltd. is being sued by its former president who says he was fired for refusing to go along with founder Dan Bilzerian’s efforts to classify “extravagant personal expenses” as business-related.

Enlighten says it is the first cannabis company to have data listed on Amazon’s AWS Data Exchange.

KushCo Holdings, Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of $22.3 million and a net loss of approximately $13.5 million.

Insurance costs for marijuana businesses are reportedly rising as more cannabis companies face shareholder lawsuits.

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Ice Cube tweeted an editorial cartoon of an incarcerated person reading a newspaper with the headline, “Marijuana Is OK Now.”

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