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OH GOP lawmakers announce cannabis legalization bill (Newsletter: October 13, 2021)

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SD marijuana ballot initiative launches; Denver psilocybin panel pushes decrim expansion; Fed judge blocks MO residency rule for cannabis biz

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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

Ohio Republican state representatives announced they will soon file a new bill to legalize marijuana. The move comes as activists are collecting signatures to place a cannabis legalization initiative on next year’s state ballot.

South Dakota’s secretary of state cleared activists to begin collecting signatures to put a marijuana legalization initiative on the 2022 ballot. They have less than a month to turn in the needed petitions to qualify.

Denver, Colorado’s official Psilocybin Mushroom Policy Review Panel is recommending that the City Council expand the voter-approved decriminalization of psychedelic fungus to include gifting, communal use and “safe/therapeutic use sites.”

A federal judge is granting a permanent injunction blocking Missouri’s residency requirement for medical cannabis business ownership.

/ FEDERAL

The Food and Drug Administration issued its first authorizations of nicotine vaping products.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) spoke about Senate Democratic leadership’s decision to pursue a comprehensive marijuana legalization bill ahead of cannabis banking legislation.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tweeted, “For too long, our country’s federal cannabis policy has disproportionately harmed people of color—preventing many from voting, pursuing an education & building intergenerational wealth. @SenBooker & I are calling on the DOJ to decriminalize cannabis.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tweeted, “I’ve made it my goal to stand with farmers. From fighting for our hemp industry to fighting to end overburdensome regulations, I believe in helping our farmers excel!”

Pennsylvania Democratic senate candidate John Fetterman, currently the state’s lieutenant governor, tweeted, “Agriculture is our top industry. Pennsylvania has the very best farmers anywhere. This Farmers’ Day let’s make sure every one of them has broadband where they live + a new, massive cash crop by legalizing marijuana.  When PA Republicans now say ‘it’s inevitable’- Why not?”

/ STATES

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried, currently the agriculture commissioner, said hemp”is a magical plant” and is “going to be a revolutionary product.”

Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley, currently Dayton’s mayor, tweeted, “I’ve long been a supporter of marijuana legalization, so I’m glad it is finally getting some bipartisan support.”

Mississippi’s House speaker reiterated his support for holding a special session to pass a medical cannabis bill and other legislation.

A New York senator accused former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) of “purposefully delaying” the implementation of marijuana legalization.

Pennsylvania senators sent a press release about their recently introduced marijuana legalization bill.

Oklahoma activists held a press conference to discuss their newly filed proposed marijuana ballot initiatives.

The New Mexico legislature’s Finance Authority Oversight Committee will consider rules for a cannabis microbusiness loan program on Thursday.

Missouri’s Supreme Court accepted a request to hear a case seeking to force regulators to release medical cannabis cultivation license application information.

Arkansas regulators approved rules changes to allow the state to issue two remaining medical cannabis dispensary licenses.

Colorado regulators proposed rules on marijuana business licenses.

Nevada regulators adopted new hemp rules.

Kansas regulators filed hemp processing rules.

Utah regulators posted a monthly report about the medical cannabis program.

Virginia’s Forensic Science Board will consider rules for marijuana field tests on Thursday.


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/ LOCAL

Detroit, Michigan’s Legislative Policy Division prepared a summary of the psychedelics decriminalization measure on the November ballot.

The Marin County, California district attorney dropped or reduced 514 marijuana charges.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The German Police Union is speaking out against the possible legalization of marijuana under a new government coalition.

Nepal’s health minister is pushing lawmakers to pass a marijuana legalization bill.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found “modest or no adverse effects of marijuana liberalization policies on the array of perinatal outcomes considered.”

A study found that “while governmental biomedical research funding bodies in other countries have begun funding clinical trials of psychedelic-assisted therapies during the psychedelic renaissance, [the U.S. National Institutes of Health] has yet to directly fund a single psychedelic-assisted therapy clinical trial.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board endorsed the local marijuana legalization referendum that’s on the city’s November ballot.

The National Urban League hosted a chat about its support for equity-focused marijuana legalization.

Missouri NORML’s executive director had his law license suspended by the state Supreme Court over an alleged conflict of interest in a criminal case in which he represented two defendants.

/ BUSINESS

PharmaCann Inc. is acquiring LivWell Enlightened Health.

Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. earned U.S. Department of Agriculture organic certification for its corporate farm.

Flowhub closed a $19 million strategic funding round that included support from Jay-Z.

Harborside Inc. plans to install an onsite renewable energy microgrid at its cannabis production campus.

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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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