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Sanders open to covering cannabis under Medicare for All (Newsletter: October 28, 2019)

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GOP congressman worries impeachment jeopardizes marijuana bills; Finland to consider decrim; SXSW cannabis panels; Castro’s marijuana plan

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The national policy director for the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said the candidate would not rule out covering medical cannabis under Medicare for All, though he dodged a question about whether he would consider removing drugs besides marijuana from Schedule I.

Former Housing and Urban Development Sec. Julian Castro, a presidential candidate,  proposed a criminal justice reform plan that includes legalizing marijuana, expunging cannabis records, ending the war on drugs and using tax revenue to help communities harmed by prohibition.

Rep. David Joyce (R-OH) told Marijuana Moment in an interview that he’s concerned the partisan dispute over impeaching President Trump could jeopardize marijuana reform. He also suggested that social equity and restorative justice provisions should be handled separately from legislation allowing states to enact their own cannabis laws.

Finland’s Parliament is now required to formally consider a marijuana decriminalization proposal after advocates collected a sufficient number of petition signatures to force the issue.

SXSW announced it approved two dozen cannabis-focused panels for its 2020 event. Topics include military veterans, social equity, infused drinks, media coverage, women, children and the intersection of industry and movement.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania tweeted, “Trafficking illegal drugs (yes even Marijuana) is inherently violent activity.  Guns in the hands of drug dealers are not a coincidence, they are a necessary tool of the trade.”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration issued guidelines on using oral fluid specimens in federal workplace drug testing programs.

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich tweeted, “In 2017, more Americans were arrested for marijuana possession than for murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery combined. That’s one marijuana arrest every minute. @BernieSanders is right: We must end the idiotic, racist federal prohibition of marijuana. Now.”

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), a presidential candidate, reiterated his pledged to decriminalize drugs, legalize marijuana, expunge records and invest in communities harmed by prohibition in a criminal justice plan.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “Marijuana should be legal.” He also tweeted, “We must legalize marijuana, but that is not all. We will also ensure that revenue from legal marijuana is reinvested in communities hit hardest by the War on Drugs, especially African-American and other communities of color.”

A newspaper published a photograph of Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) appearing to smoke a bong.

Colorado Democratic U.S. Senate candidates debated cannabis issues.

Georgia Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Terry tweeted, “As Mayor I led Clarkston to be the first city in #Ga to decriminalize cannabis. Now I’m running for US Senate to end the War on Drugs as we know it. @BernieSanders plan is exactly the policy change we need to bring equitable & just change on this issue.”

/ STATES

The governors of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island discussed marijuana and vaping issues at a meeting.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) is scheduled to speak at a Thursday forum hosted by prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) is surveying lawmakers on whether marijuana legalization and other issues should be priorities for the 2020 legislative session.

Kentucky Democratic attorney general candidate Greg Stumbo launched a video ad about his support for medical cannabis.

Former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R) spoke about his support for medical cannabis but said the issue of broader marijuana legalization is “very difficult.”

A Massachusetts judge ordered the state to amend a ban on vaping products to allow the sale of crushed marijuana flower for vaping.

Utah regulators began accepting applications for medical cannabis pharmacy licenses.

Rhode Island regulators are facing a potential lawsuit from a medical cannabis company if they do not license additional dispensaries.

Michigan regulators scheduled additional marijuana social equity outreach sessions.


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/ LOCAL

Adena, Ohio voters will see a marijuana decriminalization measure on their ballots next month.

A former Philadelphia, Pennsylvania mayor who was reluctant to sign a marijuana decriminalization ordinance is now working for a medical cannabis company.

Activists staged a protest at a Rolla, Missouri City Council meeting over a police officer’s treatment of a medical cannabis patient.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The French National Assembly approved an amendment for a two-year medical cannabis pilot program. President Emmanuel Macron said he is not in favor of broader marijuana legalization.

Here’s a look at various Mexican marijuana legalization proposals that have been filed. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador seemed to avoid a cannabis question at a press conference. Separately, regulators disputed claims that they are hosting a legalization event.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “there has been some progress in expunging previous cannabis-related convictions, particularly misdemeanors, and decreasing cannabis-related arrests” but that “encouraging diversity in the cannabis industry and the funding of equity programs has been very limited,” although “there is no evidence to-date that populations that have suffered most as a result of cannabis prohibition are at increased risk from its legalization.”

A study found that “removing brand imagery reduced the appeal and youth orientation of cannabis products” and that “health warnings and THC symbols reduced perceived appeal of cannabis products.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party criticized Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s (D) push to legalize marijuana.

The Kansas City Star editorial board is urging lawmakers to pass medical cannabis legislation.

The New York Post editorial board criticized moves to remove consideration of parental marijuana use in child custody cases.

60 Minutes aired a segment about California’s challenges in implementing marijuana legalization.

/ BUSINESS

Leafly is freezing hiring and canceling non-essential employee travel to rein in spending.

Tilray Inc. shared jumped on news that it imported medical cannabis into the U.S. for a trial in treating disorders caused by breast cancer treatments.

/ CULTURE

Musician Melissa Etheridge tweeted, “Wow…there is not enough legal #cannabis in California to help me get through this @Chiefs @packers game…#ChiefsKingdom”

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 15-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. (Organization citations are for identification only and do not constitute an endorsement or partnership.)

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NJ lawmakers to put legal cannabis on ballot for voters to decide (Newsletter: November 19, 2019)

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Congress schedules marijuana vote; Sanders pledges legal cannabis ‘in every state’; AOC backs drug decrim

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The House Judiciary Committee has officially scheduled a vote on a bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the harms of the war on drugs for a vote this Wednesday, and Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) filed a new amendment to the legislation that addresses racially disproportionate enforcement and the need for equity in the cannabis industry.

New Jersey lawmakers are giving up on efforts to pass marijuana legalization during the lame duck session and instead filed referendum legislation to put the question before voters on the 2020 ballot.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a presidential candidate, said he wants to “make marijuana legal in every state in the country.” Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden (D) is facing a backlash over his comments on cannabis as a potential gateway drug from rival contenders Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Andrew Yang, as well as from Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is calling for the decriminalization of possession of all drugs—a difference with her favored presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who has said several times this year that he doesn’t favor decriminalizing drugs beyond marijuana.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S Supreme Court declined to take up an appeal of a forfeiture case involving head shops that allegedly sold synthetic cannabinoid products.

National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg expressed concerns about the challenges of detecting marijuana-impaired driving.

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “There is a lot of talk out there on where I stand when it comes to our marijuana laws. Here are the facts:” and added a graphic that lays out some of his positions.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a presidential candidate, spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana and expunging records.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D), a presidential candidate, said that he supports medical cannabis and getting the federal government out of the way of state marijuana laws.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) tweeted, in response to former Vice President Joe Biden (D) saying marijuana could be a gateway drug, “It is not. Prohibition is a gateway to racist policing practices and mass incarceration, though.”

Former Rep. Gwen Graham (D-FL) tweeted, “Repeatedly Floridians vote overwhelmingly for constitutional amendments to protect our environment, allow medical marijuana, restore felony voting rights (to name a few) & Republican legislatures & Republican governors do whatever the hell they want.”

/ STATES

The Colorado Supreme Court unanimously ruled that people on probation can use medical cannabis unless there is evidence that doing so would undermine the goals of their sentence.

Indiana Senate Democrats said that a top priority for the 2020 session is to pass a marijuana decriminalization bill.

Washington State regulators banned vaping products containing vitamin E acetate.

Ohio regulators expanded a medical cannabis recall to include additional products over their “development using a non-compliant process.”

Nevada regulators suspended the license of a marijuana testing lab found to have reported inaccurate and misleading potency results.

Oklahoma regulators denied a public records request for a list of medical cannabis dispensary locations.

Florida regulators have not yet released an expected report on the state’s medical cannabis program. Separately, a representative filed a bill to add sickle cell disease as a medical marijuana qualifying condition.

The new chair of the Illinois Senate Revenue Committee said that one of her priorities is “ensuring cannabis revenue helps communities hurt by failed drug policies.”

The U.S. Virgin Islands’s medical cannabis program will likely be delayed due to contention about the confirmation of regulatory body members.

Minnesota regulators held a hemp listening session.

Here’s a look at New Mexico’s lax security regulations for medical cannabis businesses.

The South Dakota Department of Social Services launched a public service campaign about methamphetamine featuring the slogan, “Meth: We’re On It.”


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/ LOCAL

The Boston, Massachusetts City Council is expected to vote on a proposal to overhaul the approval process for marijuana businesses on Wednesday.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that recreational marijuana laws are “linked to decreased binge drinking prevalence among students age 21 and older” but are “associated with increased sedative misuse among minors.”

A study suggested that “ayahuasca may show potential as an intervention for suicidality.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

Anti-marijuana organization Smart Colorado is floating potential amendments to cannabis banking legislation it wants the Senate to consider.

Members of the North Dakota Young Republicans voted to back a proposed marijuana legalization ballot measure.

MomsRising tweeted, “Marijuana, like alcohol and tobacco, does not belong as a federally scheduled substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Descheduling cannabis would permit states to establish their own marijuana regulations absent undue federal interference. #WeWantMORE”

Prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana praised former Vice President Joe Biden’s (D) comments about cannabis’s potentially being a gateway drug.

/ BUSINESS

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. reported $70.7 million in quarterly revenue.

Colorado retailers sold more than $155 million worth of marijuana products in September.

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Congressional vote on descheduling cannabis this week (Newsletter: November 18, 2019)

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Biden discusses marijuana as a gateway drug; Deval Patrick’s cannabis record; Study: Hemp-derived CBD reduces opioid use

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The House Judiciary Committee plans to vote on a bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the harms of the war on drugs on Wednesday, two sources familiar with the soon-to-be-announced action told Marijuana Moment.

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D), a presidential candidate, said at a town hall meeting that he’s not sure if marijuana is a gateway drug, though he supports medical cannabis, modest rescheduling and letting states set their own policies.

  • “There’s not nearly been enough evidence that has been acquired as to whether or not it is a gateway drug. It’s a debate, and I want a lot more before I legalize it nationally.”

Marijuana Moment’s latest presidential candidate analysis looks at the cannabis record of former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), who opposed a voter-approved decriminalization measure and has been criticized for medical marijuana’s troubled implementation.

A study found that using hemp-derived CBD extract “enabled our patients to reduce or eliminate opioids with significant improvement in their quality of life indices,” with the benefits including less pain and improved sleep.

/ FEDERAL

Here’s a look at how President Trump changed his mind on supporting a ban on flavored vaping products.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “The American people are united on issue after issue. We must legalize marijuana now—and expunge all past marijuana convictions as a matter of racial and economic justice.”

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D), a potential presidential candidate, apologized for stop and frisk policing he once championed.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) tweeted, “I was for #marijuana reform before it was cool. Since 1977… #LegalizeIt”

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) tweeted, “Federal law prohibits marijuana use in federally assisted housing, even if marijuana is legal in that state. Erase the confusion. My bill would permit marijuana use in such housing in states where marijuana is legal and end unequal treatment of low-income residents living in such housing.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Glad to be at the State of Cannabis Summit to talk about the important progress we’re making in Congress on cannabis reform, legalization, and restorative justice, especially for communities of color!”

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the damage of the drug war got two new cosponsors for a total of 55.

The House bill to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to study medical cannabis got four new cosponsors for a total of 92.

/ STATES

A spokesperson for New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) said she is optimistic that a well-crafted marijuana legalization proposal will be ready for January’s short 30-day session.

Pennsylvania’s pro-legalization lieutenant governor posted a tongue-in-cheek Twitter thread about why the state shouldn’t legalize marijuana.

Florida’s agriculture commissioner tweeted, “As we continue working to get the state #hemp program running, studies and testing are key to allowing access to safe, quality #CBD — and to ensure consumers know what they’re putting into their bodies. I’m glad to see @US_FDA is working with Florida to help move this forward.”

Ohio regulators issued a mandatory recall of medical cannabis rosin “due to product development using a non-compliant process.”

Maryland regulators issued a bulletin requiring that medical cannabis products be screened for vitamin E acetate.

Idaho activists say they’ve so far certified 11,000 signatures out of the 55,057 they need to qualify a medical cannabis measure for the state’s 2020 ballot.

Virginia is poised to decriminalize marijuana next year under the legislature’s new Democratic control, lawmakers and advocates believe.

Iowa lawmakers held a press conference to push for an expanded medical cannabis program.

Michigan regulators updated a bulletin on technical information for marijuana testing remediation and fresh frozen approvals.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is hosting a hemp summit on December 17.

New Jersey marijuana arrests have soared in recent years, according to an American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey report.

Here’s a look at the large number of former politicians and public officials in Nevada who are now part of the cannabis industry.


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/ LOCAL

Chicago, Illinois officials held a lottery to select which medical cannabis businesses can begin selling recreational marijuana.

New York City’s mayor tweeted, “The so-called war on drugs put a disproportionate number of people of color behind bars. Lives and families were destroyed for no good reason. So we ended this immoral war in New York City and instead got to work bringing police and communities together.”

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Australian Senate Community Affairs References Committee launched an inquiry into barriers to patient access to medicinal cannabis.

A Brazilian judge issued an injunction allowing a Parkinson’s patient to grow and transport medical cannabis.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study of mice concluded that “CBD can be a useful drug to prevent the parkinsonism-induced nociceptive threshold reduction.”

A study looking at “changes in eye behavior as a function of recent cannabis use within a quantified virtual reality environment” is now recruiting participants.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Minnesota Medical Association voted to take no position on marijuana legalization in the state.

Members of the Cannabis Trade Federation had a Washington, D.C. fly-in and met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

The acting president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said he supports medical cannabis but believes its use should be carefully monitored.

/ BUSINESS

Apple is removing vaping-related apps from its app store.

MedMen Enterprises Inc. announced a plan to lay off more than 190 employees.

HEXO Corp disclosed that it grew marijuana in unlicensed rooms.

Canopy Growth’s New York hemp facility has qualified for a $1.7 million tax break.

Starline Tours is adding cannabis-related stops to its celebrity tours.

/ CULTURE

Actors Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen, in a promotional post for Postmates, revealed what kind of food they ordered on 4/20 and other special days.

/ CORRECTION

Friday’s issue incorrectly reported that High Times was moving to a quarterly publication schedule, but that move applies to its subsidiary Dope magazine.

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National poll shows highest-ever support for legal cannabis (Newsletter: November 15, 2019)

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USPS’s “drug free USA forever” stamp; Congressional resolution includes marijuana legalization & drug expungements; Acreage backs home grow

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A Pew poll found that 67% of Americans now support legalizing marijuana, including 55% of Republicans and 78% of Democrats. Among Millennials, 71% of Republicans and 78% of Democrats are on board.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) filed a House resolution that calls for criminal justice reforms such as legalizing marijuana and expunging all drug-related convictions, but it appears to have been scaled back from a draft version that also included ending arrests for drug possession.

The U.S. Postal Service is launching a new “Drug Free USA Forever” stamp.

/ FEDERAL

The Senate sent President Trump a bill making technical corrections to statutes governing the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Former Department of Justice and Hillary Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon tweeted, “Marijuana for All Who Want It.”

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) tweeted, “Thank you to the 18 national organizations for their work to keep Congress from interfering with DC’s efforts to commercialize recreational marijuana. We will never tolerate restrictions unique to DC.” She also sent a press release about the issue.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) tweeted about a new Pew poll, saying, “Surveys like these tell us that it is LONG past time we legalized marijuana and addressed the injustice of non-violent marijuana offenses. I’m also on the SAFE Banking Act to ensure legal cannabis businesses have access to our financial system.”

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) tweeted about the poll, saying, “This is just more evidence and is consistent with what we’ve been hearing in state after state: adult-use cannabis should be legalized. Congress needs to get in step with the American people and end this senseless prohibition.”

Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) tweeted, “I believe it’s high time that we end #marijuana prohibition! I’ve also introduced the Homegrown Act to help people of color & small businesses to share in the growing #cannabis industry.”

/ STATES

Illinois lawmakers approved a bill to tweak and correct aspect of the state’s marijuana legalization law.

Oregon’s Court of Appeals placed a stay on Gov. Kate Brown’s (D) ban on flavored cannabis vaping products.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld a lower court ruling that found Gov. Charlie Baker (R) did not have authority to unilaterally ban vaping products. Meanwhile, the state’s  Cannabis Advisory Board voted to recommend that regulators adopt emergency vaping rules.

The North Dakota legislature’s interim Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the potential implications of legalizing marijuana.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) appointed a new interim top marijuana regulator.

Washington State regulators proposed rules on marijuana packaging and labeling, vaping and the license application process.

A Wisconsin representative filed a bill to allow the voter initiative process in the state, which he said could advance marijuana decriminalization.

Michigan regulators updated several marijuana advisory bulletins.

New Mexico’s medical cannabis program now has 78,362 enrolled patients, including 130 out-of-state residents.

Colorado lawmakers are considering introducing legislation to regulate kratom.


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/ LOCAL

Chicago, Illinois officials will determine zoning approvals for recreational marijuana businesses by a random lottery on Friday.

New York City’s comptroller tweeted, “The evidence is clear: the people are ready to legalize cannabis. There’s just no excuse anymore. New York must get this done during next year’s legislative session. It’s time.”

/ INTERNATIONAL

Thailand’s health minister said the government is moving to allow people to grow up to six medical cannabis plants at home. A new rule will also allow foreigners to bring medical marijuana into the country with them.

Trinidad and Tobago’s attorney general is bringing a marijuana decriminalization bill before the country’s Cabinet and Parliament.

New Brunswick, Canada officials are moving to privatize what has been a government-run marijuana sales operation.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “inhaled cannabis reduces self-reported headache and migraine severity by approximately 50%” but that ” its effectiveness appears to diminish across time and patients appear to use larger doses across time, suggesting tolerance to these effects may develop with continued use.”

A study concluded that “co-occurring pain, anxiety, and depression may be particularly amenable to treatment with” medical cannabis.

A study concluded that “compared with placebo, psilocybin enhanced post-intervention mindfulness and produced larger positive changes in psychosocial functioning at a 4-month follow-up, which were corroborated by external ratings, and associated with magnitude of acute self-dissolution experience” and that “meditation seems to enhance psilocybin’s positive effects while counteracting possible dysphoric responses.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Hemp Federation of America held a Capitol Hill lobby day.

The Cannabis Council of Canada is asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to address key industry challenges.

/ BUSINESS

The vice president of government affairs for Acreage Holdings published a LinkedIn post saying that allowing people to grow their own marijuana at home is “all good — for them and the industry,” though the company was part of a New York trade association that asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to keep the activity illegal in a memo that Marijuana Moment obtained.

High Times laid off most of the staff of its acquisition Dope magazine and is cutting back its publication schedule from monthly to quarterly, and the company extended its underperforming public offering for another two months.

Flow Kana is laying off up to a fifth of its workforce.

Edible Arrangements is launching a line of CBD-infused foods.

Canopy Growth Corporation reported C$76.6 million in quarterly net revenue, a 15% reduction from last quarter.

Aurora Cannabis Inc. reported net quarterly revenue of C$70.8 million.

Akerna Corp. reported quarterly revenues of approximately $3.2 million.

/ CULTURE

Drake’s Dream Crew company is trying to trademark the Canadian government’s official marijuana warning label in the U.S.

Podcaster Joe Rogan spoke to author Malcolm Gladwell about how he enjoys marijuana and psychedelics.

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