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SC medical cannabis bill dies on House floor (Newsletter: May 5, 2022)

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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

The South Carolina House of Representatives killed a Senate-passed medical cannabis bill on procedural grounds, without allowing any debate on its merits.

A Missouri representative says his marijuana legalization bill is likely dead for the session, but a campaign announced it has more than enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot. However, they’re facing a new complaint from other activists who allege petitioning violations.

The Food and Drug Administration sent its first series of warning letters about delta-8 THC products that the agency says are being illegally marketed.

The Delaware House Health & Human Services Committee voted for the second time to approve a bill to legalize marijuana possession and gifting. Separate legislation to regulate cannabis sales is also advancing.

An ACLU of Nevada official writes in a new op-ed that it’s time to close a loophole in state law that allows police to continue marijuana arrests despite voter-approved legalization.

/ FEDERAL

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy announced new components of a U.S.-Colombia counternarcotics strategy.

Several senators spoke about the prospects of passing marijuana banking legislation though the America COMPETES Act.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said she spoke to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) about setting up a meeting to discuss cannabis issues.

/ STATES

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and election challenges discussed marijuana and other drug issues during a debate.

South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham, a former congressman, tweeted about the failure of a medical cannabis bill, saying, “Governor McMaster and his allies in the legislature could screw up a two-car parade. This is an historic failure of leadership by this governor and legislators to pass a watered-down version of the most conservative medical marijuana bill in the entire country.” Rival Democratic gubernatorial contender Mia McLeod, a state senator, tweeted, “All of our years of hard work go up in smoke because of House Republicans. Not surprising that the SCGOP killed the bill days before session ends for this year. That’s why I’ve sponsored bills to put marijuana legalization on a ballot referendum. Let the people of SC decide…”

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried, currently the state’s agriculture commissioner, put out a press release about an op-ed she published in Marijuana Moment.

Massachusetts attorney general candidates discussed their views on cannabis equity.

Connecticut lawmakers sent Gov. Ned Lamont (D) a bill to restrict marijuana “gifting.”

The Louisiana House Health & Welfare Committee rejected a bill to expand the number of medical cannabis cultivators in the state from two to eight.

An Oklahoma senator received a voicemail threatening a “shootout” with law enforcement over a bill to increase medical cannabis cultivation licensing fees.

A Pennsylvania senator said there’s “a growing sentiment in the Pennsylvania General Assembly that it’s not whether we legalize cannabis, but when.”

New Mexico regulators walked back a claim that there were more than 1 million mature cannabis plants ready to supply manufacturers and retailers ahead of the launch of recreational sales last month.

Georgia regulators will consider medical cannabis issues on Thursday.

Michigan regulators will host a marijuana social equity education session on Thursday.


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/ LOCAL

A total of 10 Mississippi counties and 17 municipalities opted out of allowing medical cannabis businesses by the deadline.

The Santa Fe, New Mexico School Board is set to consider a revised medical cannabis policy on Thursday.

Los Angeles, California officials held a webinar on cannabis facility inspections.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Belize’s government is delaying signing a cannabis and hemp bill into law after churches submitted signatures in an attempt to trigger a referendum on the issue.

The ruling party of Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies is calling for a special session to deal with medical cannabis, hemp and other issues.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “the beneficial health effects of C. sativa were anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-microbial, anti-parasitic, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties” and that it can “lower blood glucose, serum cholesterol and blood pressure levels.”

A study suggested that “psilocybin therapy is a safe and acceptable treatment for [anorexia nervosa], and may result in reductions in eating and anxiety-related pathology.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll of North Carolina voters found that 38 percent support legalizing recreational marijuana, 23 want to expand access to medical cannabis, 18 percent want to allow CBD only and 13 percent want all forms of cannabis to be illegal.

The South Carolina Democratic Party tweeted, “To the voters of South Carolina: SCGOP leadership is out of touch and out of step. Today, @tommypopeSC and House leadership killed medical marijuana. The Party of limited government just can’t help themselves.”

/ BUSINESS

Green Thumb Industries Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $243 million.

WM Technology, Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $57.5 million and a net loss of $31.2 million, also noting that it completed its acquisition of Eyechronic, LLC.

Glass House Brands Inc. is acquiring remaining equity in The Pottery dispensary.

Choom Holdings Inc. and some of its subsidiaries obtained creditor protection from the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada, and secured interim financing from Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Optimi Health Corp. received approval from Canadian officials to expand its capacity to produce psilocybin and extract psilocin for use in clinical trials.

New Mexico dispensaries sold nearly $39.5 million worth of marijuana products, including medical cannabis, in the first month of recreational sales.

/ CULTURE

The Colorado Summit ultimate disc team said it is the first professional sports team to display the logo of a legal cannabis company—Star Buds Dispensaries—on its jerseys.

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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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