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RI legal cannabis hearing signals inevitability (Newsletter: April 2, 2021)

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MN House vote on marijuana next month; Another ND legalization push dead; HI wants DEA exemption; Rappers push Biden for cannabis clemency

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The Rhode Island Senate Judiciary and Finance Committees held a joint hearing on competing marijuana legalization bills from the governor and leading lawmakers. The panels didn’t vote, but the reform was framed as an inevitability for this year.

Minnesota’s House majority leader said his marijuana legalization bill will get a floor vote next month. So far it has cleared four committees, with several more on the way in the meantime.

North Dakota senators had a new plan to put a marijuana legalization question on the 2022 ballot after their chamber killed a House-passed legal cannabis bill last week—but activists saw the new measure as a “cynical” attempt to fool voters, and the full Senate rejected it.

Hawaii lawmakers passed resolutions requesting a federal exemption for the state’s medical cannabis program and urging state officials to form a plan to “ensure the availability of medicinal psilocybin.”

A new poll found that 75% of U.S. voters support either a federally imposed national legalization of marijuana or letting states decide the issue—while only 25% want to keep cannabis illegal across the country.

Drake, Killer Mike, Meek Mill, T.I., 2 Chainz, Kevin Garnett, Deion Sanders and other celebrities sent a letter calling on President Joe Biden to free rapper Ralo, who’s in federal prison for marijuana. It’s part of a broader push for clemency for cannabis prisoners.

/ FEDERAL

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy published the “Biden-Harris Administration’s Statement of Drug Policy Priorities for Year One,” which doesn’t include any mention of campaign pledges to decriminalize marijuana or expunge records.

The Internal Revenue Service is urging the Supreme Court not to take up two cases brought by cannabis businesses who argue that missing the deadline to file a Tax Court petition doesn’t mean a case can’t be heard.

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) tweeted, “Proud to see New Mexico finally legalize responsible recreational cannabis use! Even prouder that our state is doing so in a way that will help New Mexicans who have been harmed by the failed War on Drugs.”

The Congressional Progressive Caucus Center tweeted, “Marijuana legalization passes in NY and NM after years of organizing by local grassroots orgs and @DrugPolicyOrg! These wins will change millions of lives, putting justice at the core of a new legal market. It’s time to end marijuana prohibition on the federal level too!”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted that New York’s legalization of marijuana is “great news for cannabis justice! One more state has reformed out of touch cannabis policies. Now it’s time to do it at the federal level.”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) tweeted about New York’s marijuana law, saying, “Good. Let’s get this done everywhere in America. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t finally legalize marijuana and start repairing the damage done to BIPOC communities by the racist and harmful War on Drugs.”

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) tweeted a link to information about the provisions of New York’s new marijuana legalization law.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) tweeted, “NY’s adult-use cannabis program will use tax revenue to invest in communities that have disproportionally suffered under failed marijuana prohibition.” The lieutenant governor tweeted, “Legalized adult-use cannabis will create thousands of jobs for New Yorkers, and new revenue will help fund education and invest in marginalized communities that were disproportionately targeted by an unjust system.” The state budget director spoke about the fiscal impact of legal cannabis.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) spoke about his amendment to speed up the effective date of marijuana legalization. Meanwhile, the state attorney general said he backs the move to accelerate reform.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle  Lujan Grisham (D) tweeted, “New Mexico will be the next state to legalize cannabis, establishing a new industry that will create immense economic opportunity in communities both rural and urban while addressing and rectifying the harmful impacts of criminalization.”

Florida’s agriculture commissioner tweeted, “Today marks the start of National Cannabis Awareness Month — and let me tell you, I am fully aware of the benefits of cannabis. I pushed to legalize hemp here in Florida and we got it done. Next, we need to legalize marijuana for adult use.”

The West Virginia House of Representatives rejected an amendment to remove marijuana from the scope of drug testing for TANF recipients.

Montana House committees advanced several marijuana legalization bills to the floor.

Louisiana’s House speaker pro tempore is sponsoring a bill to allow smokable medical cannabis flower.

Colorado state agencies published a report on how the state can maintain its national leadership in the hemp industry.

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority provided an overview of marijuana revenue-funded grants for communities harmed by the war on drugs in its annual report.

Michigan regulators sent a bulletin clarifying requirements for testing marijuana-infused beverages.

An Ohio representative said she will be filing a marijuana decriminalization bill.

California lawmakers are considering competing bills on advertising restrictions for marijuana businesses.

Washington, D.C. regulators will host an information session on legislation to make the medical cannabis program more equitable on Tuesday.


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The Pine Lake, Georgia City Council approved a measure to block police from making arrests for misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Members of the Hempstead, New York Town Board are urging municipalities to ban marijuana businesses.

Albany, New York’s mayor tweeted, “This is no April Fool’s Joke: today is the first full day that marijuana is legal in the State of New York. #MRTA is a much-needed step to end the social and racial injustice of the criminalization of marijuana – and, it’s a matter of equity.”

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Swiss government announced details of a draft plan to make marijuana legally available under a pilot program.

The UK’s National Health Service is launching a medical cannabis patient data registry.

An Italian lawmaker gave a floor speech congratulating New York on its new legal marijuana law.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “the use of cannabis seems to be beneficial in patients with fibromyalgia.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Plant Medicine Coalition is accepting applications for its Community Creation Grants program.

Representatives of Americans Against Legalizing Marijuana, Cannabis Industry Victims Educating Litigators and other prohibitionist groups are asking the National Rifle Association to help “call attention to marijuana-induced psychosis as a cause of mass shootings.”

NewsMax anchor Greg Kelly tweeted, “SMOKING WEED (aka GRASS) is NOT a good idea.  I’ve tried it (back in the day) and it was WORSE than anything that happened to HUNTER BIDEN. I “toked up” with some buddies in Kentucky and woke up 4 days later in Nairobi, Kenya.  With no idea what happened. DON’T DO DRUGS.”

/ BUSINESS

YouTube is allowing more drug-related content to be monetized with ads.

iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $46 million and a net loss of $27.3 million.

Canopy Growth Corporation completed its acquisition of AV Cannabis Inc.

Parallel is acquiring certain operations of Windy City Cannabis.

Vireo Health International Inc. entered into a mutual release with its former executive chairman.

/ CULTURE

The Onion made fun of New York’s legalization of marijuana.

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Biden could veto cannabis bill from Congress (Newsletter: April 21, 2021)

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Schumer: No banking before legalization;3 new marijuana bills in Congress; Lawmakers & brands celebrate 4/20

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden won’t commit to signing a marijuana legalization bill if passed by Congress, saying his position “isn’t the same as what the House and Senate have proposed.” She also said she didn’t know his stance on cannabis banking legislation that is advancing and refused to say whether he would issue clemency to people currently serving time in federal prison for marijuana.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told Marijuana Moment in an interview that his chamber will not pursue cannabis banking ahead of full legalization, as the House just did. Banking gets votes from senators who don’t back broader reform, so he wants to tie them together, he said.

Schumer also celebrated 4/20 on the Senate floor.

  • “Hopefully the next time this unofficial holiday 4/20 rolls around, our country will have made progress in addressing the massive overcriminalization of marijuana.”

Reps. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Jared Golden (D-ME) and Dwight Evans (D-PA) filed three new bills to let the marijuana industry access small business federal assistance that is available to companies operating in any other sector—including loans, disaster relief and grant programs.

Politicians from top members of Congress to governors to local officials celebrated 4/20 by highlighting marijuana legalization’s growing momentum.

Major companies also sought to latch onto 4/20 as a branding opportunity, with only a handful using it as a chance to draw attention to the injustices of the war on drugs.

/ FEDERAL

Several Senate Democrats said they either oppose or are skeptical about marijuana legalization.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said federal marijuana reform is “something we’ll probably have to grapple with here.”

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) tweeted, “NJans spoke loud and clear last year when they voted to legalize recreational marijuana, but legal cannabis businesses can’t get insurance to protect their employees, customers and property like other legal businesses. My CLAIM Act would put legal marijuana-related businesses on a fair footing and allow this industry to flourish.”

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) tweeted, “Medical marijuana can help veterans receive the care they need, but the VA’s prohibited from recommending or prescribing it. I’m joining @BrianSchatz’s Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act to allow VA doctors to prescribe medical marijuana in the 36 states where it’s legal.”

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) paid tribute on the House floor to marijuana legalization activist Steve Fox, who passed away last week.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) said efforts to reform federal marijuana laws are “coming along.”

The campaign of Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman, the lieutenant governor, is launching a “Cannabis Coalition.”

The House marijuana banking bill got 12 new cosponsors for a total of 180.

Louisiana Democratic congressional candidate Karen Carter Peterson tweeted, “We’ve seen what the cannabis industry can do for economics — now it’s time to finally legalize it and create new, equitable opportunities for our communities and those most harmed by this failed policy in #la02.”

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) will ceremonially sign a marijuana legalization bill on Wednesday.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) and some Democratic lawmakers seem to disagree on how close they are on arriving at a deal on a marijuana legalization bill that can get enough support to pass.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) spoke about efforts to implement marijuana legalization.

Washington State’s attorney general said lawmakers should not reinstate criminal penalties for drug possession.

Texas Democratic attorney general candidate Joe Jaworski called for marijuana legalization.

The Louisiana House of Representatives approved a bill to tax medical cannabis flower if it is legalized under separate legislation.

New York’s Assembly majority leader said she thinks the state Cannabis Control Board will be appointed and running by this summer.

Connecticut’s House majority leader spoke about the challenge of getting enough votes to pass a marijuana legalization bill this year.

The Pennsylvania House majority leader’s press secretary criticized efforts to legalize marijuana.

A Georgia representative was appointed to serve on the Medical Cannabis Commission Oversight Committee.

Arizona regulators held a lottery to award marijuana dispensary business licenses in rural counties. They also noted that a tax due date happened to fall on 4/20.

Massachusetts regulators launched a public education campaign about the risks of unregulated marijuana vaping products.

The Iowa Department of Transportation sent a press release urging people not to drive while impaired even as more neighboring states legalize marijuana.

Minnesota regulators sent a reminder that the deadline to apply for a hemp license is coming up.

Michigan regulators will host a marijuana social equity business resource workshop on Thursday.


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Birmingham, Alabama’s mayor launched a program of blanket pardons for people convicted of marijuana possession.

The Erie County, New York district attorney said his office will reexamine all pending marijuana cases following legalization.

Los Angeles, California regulators launched a new initiative to engage with the public about cannabis rules.

San Diego County, California officials will hold marijuana social equity outreach sessions on Friday and Monday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he wasn’t aware that Tuesday was 4/20 until asked about it by a reporter. Separately, the head of the New Democratic Party tweeted, “On #420 I reiterate my call for a full and immediate expungement of criminal records for cannabis possession. Despite agreeing that Black and Indigenous people have been disproportionately and adversely harmed by drug laws – Justin Trudeau has done nothing about it.”

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study of people with Crohn’s disease found that “eight weeks of CBD-rich cannabis treatment induced significant clinical and [quality of life] improvement without significant changes in inflammatory parameters or endoscopic scores.”

A review concluded that “quantitative results indicate that psilocybin can significantly reduce depressive symptomatology in treatment-resistant depression, along with anxiety, neuroticism, anhedonia, anger and hostility, and impulsiveness.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Alabama Democratic Party endorsed marijuana legalization.

The Louisiana Democratic Party tweeted about a pending marijuana decriminalization bill.

The Democratic Attorneys General Association tweeted about the marijuana legalization advocacy of Virginia’s attorney general.

Americans for Safe Access became the first cannabis standard setting body accredited by the  International Organization for Standardization.

The Drug Policy Alliance convened a new Federal Cannabis Regulations Working Group.

/ BUSINESS

Jushi Holdings Inc. is acquiring OhiGrow, LLC.

TerrAscend Corp. is acquiring GuadCo, LLC and KCR Holdings LLC.

Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. got approval from Canadian authorities to grow three of its proprietary hemp cultivars in the country.

Cresco Labs published a survey finding that one in four Americans have tried some form of cannabis within the past twelve months.

Leafly published a new report estimating that legalizing marijuana Pennsylvania would support at least 32,000 full-time jobs, result in $3.3 billion in sales per year and generate $520 million in annual tax revenue.

/ CULTURE

The Onion made fun of new research showing that psilocybin is effective in treating depression.

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House approves cannabis banking bill (Newsletter: April 20, 2021)

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Poll: 91% of Americans back legal marijuana in some form; USPS on hemp vape exemptions; NC Senate leader notes medical cannabis support

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The House of Representatives approved a marijuana banking bill. The SAFE Banking Act cleared the chamber three times last Congress but got blocked in the Republican-controlled Senate. Hopes are high now that Democrats run both chambers of Congress, however.

Twenty-one governors, 51 state and territory banking associations and a group of state treasurers sent letters calling on Congress to pass the marijuana banking bill.

A new Pew Research Center poll found that 91% of Americans now support legalizing marijuana for recreational or medical use.

In a new Federal Register filing, the U.S. Postal Service is instructing hemp and CBD companies about how they can potentially apply for exemptions to a new federal law that generally bans the mailing of vaping devices.

North Carolina’s Senate president pro tempore noted strong public support for medical cannabis after the body’s Rules Committee chairman filed a bill on the issue.

/ FEDERAL

The Biden administration is reportedly considering requiring tobacco companies to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes.

A federal judge denied a company’s request for an injunction to prevent Customs and Border Protection from blocking its shipments of hemp processing machines.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture tweeted about the availability of revenue protection insurance for hemp.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Barbara Lee (D-CA) spoke about why they believe Vice President Kamala Harris will advocate behind the scenes for President Joe Biden to evolve on marijuana.

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) said he has a lot of concerns about marijuana legalization.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) tweeted a tribute to marijuana legalization pioneer Steve Fox, who passed away last week.

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) tweeted about a new poll showing support for cannabis legalization, saying, “Your 4/19 reminder that marijuana should be legalized nationwide.”

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) tweeted, “Everything in politics seems impossible, until it happens. Time to remove cannabis from the schedule of controlled substances. Spending even one dime of taxpayer funds on federal marijuana investigations and prosecutions is dumb.”

Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) toured a CBD lab.

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) conditionally vetoed a medical cannabis telehealth bill because he said it places “undue limitations” on patients.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) suggested that passage of a marijuana legalization bill could be delayed until next year due to disagreements among Democrats over key provisions.

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor will participate in a 4/20 rally at the state Capitol on Tuesday.

Alabama’s House speaker said it will likely be a few more weeks until a Senate-passed medical cannabis bill comes up for a floor vote.

Wisconsin’s House speaker said there is “substantial support” among Republicans for medical cannabis.

The California Senate Business, Professions & Economic Development Committee approved a bill to let cities and counties opt into letting the state manage marijuana regulations for them.

A Florida representative who is sponsoring a bill to enact THC potency caps on medical cannabis is conceding that it is all but dead for the session.

The Washington, D.C. Council is set to vote on a bill to let formerly incarcerated people work in the marijuana industry on Tuesday.

Ohio regulators voted to more than double the number of medical cannabis dispensaries.

New Mexico regulators are accepting applications to serve on the new Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee. Separately, the health secretary said medical cannabis dispensary workers should be viewed similarly to pharmacists when it comes to coronavirus vaccine eligibility, a stance that undermines the state’s position in a lawsuit about taxing the product in a way that other medicines are not.

Colorado regulators issued a health and safety advisory about potentially unsafe levels of yeast and mold and lead on medical cannabis flower produced by Primal LLC.

Nevada regulators are extending the expiration of active marijuana temporary agent registration cards until June 30.

New Hampshire regulators approved a new medical cannabis dispensary to operate.

Washington State regulators posted information about potential new rules on pesticide and heavy metal testing for marijuana. They also sent a newsletter with other cannabis information. Meanwhile, the Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force’s  Licensing Workgroup will meet on Wednesday.

Minnesota regulators published updated data on participation in the medical cannabis program.


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The Denver, Colorado City Council approved legislation to allow marijuana delivery services and social consumption areas.

The Wilmington, Delaware City Council passed a resolution endorsing a statewide marijuana legalization bill.

A new Dallas, Texas policy to avoid most marijuana arrests took effect.

/ INTERNATIONAL

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke about what he sees as the harms of marijuana and drug use.

The Philippine deputy House speaker said a proposed bill to legalize medical cannabis is dead.

Argentinian lawmakers are considering medical cannabis legislation.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “phytocannabinoids have demonstrated potential anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-aging, and anti-acne properties by various mechanisms.”

A review concluded that “cannabis, cannabis-derived products and synthetic cannabinoids may slightly reduce disease activity in patients with [rheumatoid arthritis]” but that “its use may result in little to no difference in pain reduction and may slightly increase nervous system adverse events.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that New York voters support the state’s new marijuana legalization law, 57%-36%.

/ BUSINESS

Jushi Holdings Inc. is acquiring Nature’s Remedy of Massachusetts, Inc.

Colgate-Palmolive filed three patents for oral care formulas containing CBD.

Bespoke Financial announced it raised $8 million in a Series A financing round.

Tilray, Inc. is being sued for allegedly intentionally sabotaging a Florida nursery’s medical cannabis license application.

Parallel is investing $25 million in a new cannabis cultivation, production and retail facility in Texas.

/ CULTURE

Chelsea Handler authored an op-ed on the need for marijuana reform.

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Cannabis banking vote in Congress today (Newsletter: April 19, 2021)

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Biden on board with marijuana reform, Booker says; Veterans cannabis bills; MN legalization clears another committee; WA drug decrim gutted

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The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a marijuana banking bill on Monday.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said President Joe Biden is already where he needs to be to get a bill to federally legalize marijuana enacted. The confusion comes down to a semantic misunderstanding about what the terms “decriminalization” and “legalization” mean at the federal level, he said.

A bipartisan coalition of House and Senate lawmakers filed bills to federally legalize medical marijuana for military veterans.

The Minnesota House State Government Finance and Elections Committee became the seventh panel to approve the majority leader’s marijuana legalization bill. He expects a floor vote next month.

The Washington State Senate took up a bill to decriminalize drugs but gutted and replaced it with provisions making possession a misdemeanor instead of a felony. While the House of Representatives decides what to do, drug possession is currently effectively legal under a recent state Supreme Court ruling.

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Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) indicated they are open to supporting legislation to increase research on the potential benefits of psychedelics.

Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), John Cornyn (R-TX), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-IL), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and other lawmakers discussed the shifting positions on drug decriminalization of associate attorney general nominee Vanita Gupta in a Senate floor debate. Cornyn tweeted that “she lied under oath to the Senate Judiciary about her support for decriminalizing simple possession of all drugs, including but not limited to marijuana.”

Sen. Angus King (I-ME) said he’s optimistic about passing a marijuana banking bill.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “I am proud to introduce the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act of 2021 alongside @brianschatz to empower and educate veterans about treating chronic conditions with medical marijuana where it’s legal.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tweeted that he is “honored to join my colleagues in both parties to introduce this critical [medical cannabis] legislation for our veterans!”

Louisiana Democratic congressional candidates agreed on marijuana legalization during a debate.

The Senate marijuana banking bill got one new cosponsor for a total of 32.

The House marijuana banking bill got 17 new cosponsors for a total of 168.

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Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) signed a hemp legalization bill.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) signed a bill providing an affirmative defense for drivers who test positive for marijuana metabolites.

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed a bill establishing a hemp licensing program.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) sent a press release about the fifth anniversary of the state’s medical cannabis program.

Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee (D) attended a fundraiser for his campaign that was hosted by medical cannabis cultivators.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) tweeted, “Legalizing marijuana and regulating and taxing it much like we do alcohol is the right thing to do for Wisconsin. And according to @MuLawpoll, nearly 60% of Wisconsinites agree.” The lieutenant governor tweeted, “Seventeen states, including our neighbors in Illinois and Michigan, have already legalized medical and recreational marijuana, and the majority of Wisconsin voters think we should too. That’s why our #BadgerBounceback agenda regulates and taxes marijuana—just like we do alcohol.”

The California Senate Agriculture Committee approved a bill to allow CBD as a food, beverage and dietary supplement.

The Montana Senate Select Committee on Marijuana Law held another meeting to discuss legalization implementation legislation.

A Massachusetts court upheld the town of Bourne’s local ban on marijuana businesses.

A South Carolina senator authored an op-ed on why law enforcement is wrong to oppose his medical cannabis bill.

Michigan regulators published a bulletin on marijuana testing requirements.

Maryland regulators published several new medical cannabis guidance documents.

New Mexico regulators are being asked by medical cannabis companies to increase plant limits.

Utah regulators are seeking applications to join a medical cannabis production advisory board.

Missouri regulators posted data on medical cannabis facility inspections.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet on Monday.


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Boston, Massachusetts’s mayor released a request for proposals for technical assistance programs for marijuana equity applicants.

The Walpole, Massachusetts police chief authored an op-ed arguing against the decriminalization of psychedelics.

/ INTERNATIONAL

UK lawmakers signed a letter calling on the government to provide funds to families who are forced to buy medical cannabis privately.

The European Union approved a proposal to export medical cannabis flower from Lesotho-based MG Health.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that “cannabis use may lead to reduced use of prescription and illicit drugs for pain management among some people living with HIV who use drugs.”

A study found that “cannabis users retrospectively report feeling different effects from indica and sativa; however, demand generally did not differ between cannabis subtypes, suggesting situational factors could influence whether someone uses indica or sativa.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Wisconsin Democratic Party tweeted about Gov. Tony Evers’s (D) marijuana legalization proposal.

The Republican Party of New Mexico continued to criticize Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) for signing a marijuana legalization bill.

/ BUSINESS

Livwell Enlightened Health launched Colorado’s first TV ad campaign for a cannabis company.

Tilray, Inc. moved to reduce the quorum of shareholders it needs for a vote to approve a merger with Aphria Inc.

Eaze launched an NFT for an image of an astronaut, with proceeds going to National Expungement Week.

HEXO Corp filed a C$1.2 billion preliminary short form base shelf prospectus.

/ CULTURE

Seth Rogen’s marijuana brand Houseplant launched its products at Apothecarium dispensaries in California.

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