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TOP THINGS TO KNOW

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins testified before a Senate committee that marijuana’s Schedule I status blocks research on its medical benefits.
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/schedule-blocks-marijuana-research-top-federal-health-research-official-says/

U.S. Department of Justice officials issued a reminder that bankruptcy trustees are not allowed to handle any cases involving marijuana-related assets.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomangell/2017/12/05/no-bankruptcy-aid-for-marijuana-businesses-justice-department-officials-say/

A coalition of conservative organizations like the American Enterprise Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and others is urging Congress to continue a budget rider that protects state medical marijuana laws from federal interference.
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/conservative-groups-want-marijuana-protections-extended/

 

FEDERAL

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that it seized more than 2.14 million pounds of illegal drugs (including 1.59 million pounds of marijuana) in Fiscal Year 2017.
https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/12/05/dhs-announces-progress-enforcing-immigration-laws-protecting-americans
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https://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/assets/documents/2017-Dec/cbp-border-security-report-fy2017.pdf

 

STATES

Ohio democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray, who until recently led the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, evaded questions about his position on marijuana legalization.
https://twitter.com/BenWSYX6/status/938074229152604161
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http://statenews.org/post/cordray-will-oneill-bow-out
Separately, regulators are under fire after it was revealed that they hired someone with a past felony drug conviction to score medical cannabis business license applications.
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/12/ohio_hired_convicted_felon_to.html

The Missouri Supreme Court rejected a case arguing that marijuana should be covered by the state’s right to farm amendment.
http://www.ksdk.com/article/news/local/missouri-man-loses-supreme-court-fight-to-grow-marijuana/63-497175654

Florida regulators will testify before lawmakers about medical cannabis implementation on Wednesday and Thursday.
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Committees/meetingnotice.aspx?MeetingId=11564&SessionId=86&CommitteeId=2918
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http://www.leg.state.fl.us/public/GetFile.cfm?File=whUQ4J3ml8%2B5Zz3em0CAJkd4eg4%3D%7C25%2FPublic%2FCommittees%2FJAPC%2FMeetings%2F2017-12-07%200345PM%2FMeeting%20Notice%2EPDF

Washington State regulators stopped issuing hemp licenses because of a budget deficit.
http://www.capitalpress.com/Washington/20171204/hemp-on-hiatus-as-wsda-asks-for-money

Massachusetts regulators received an advisory board’s recommendations on marijuana social use areas.
https://commonwealthmagazine.org/marijuana/open-bar/

An Illinois Republican senator says he wants to work with Democrats on marijuana legalization legislation.
http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gops-barickman-wants-work-jointly-democrats-marijuana-bill

Two California lawmakers say proposed marijuana cultivation regulations would hurt small growers.
http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-lawmakers-say-california-s-proposed-new-1512499008-htmlstory.html

Indiana lawmakers are preparing to introduce CBD medical cannabis and industrial hemp legislation.
http://www.goshennews.com/news/local_news/statehouse-senator-plants-plan-for-industrial-hemp-cbd-reform/article_efebd860-5d19-520a-8b74-fb3a5bd320b8.html

A marijuana company named a strain after Nevada Sen. Tick Segerblom (D), who is a candidate for the Clark County Commission.
https://twitter.com/deeprootsNV/status/937085736624541696

 

LOCAL

San Francisco, California Mayor Ed Lee (D) is expected to sign marijuana legalization regulations on Wednesday.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/mayor-lee-expected-sign-law-sfs-recreational-cannabis-regulations-wednesday/

 

INTERNATIONAL

Paraguay’s Senate approved a medical cannabis research and production bill.
http://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20171205/433441992389/paraguay-aprueba-marco-legal-para-uso-medico-y-cientifico-del-cannabis.html
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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-paraguay-marijuana/paraguay-congress-legalizes-planting-of-medical-marijuana-idUSKBN1DZ2ZW

Here’s a look at the Canadian Senate’s slow consideration of the marijuana legalization bill.
https://news.lift.co/senates-slow-legalization-debate/
And British Columbia officials released proposed marijuana regulations.
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-sets-minimum-age-of-19-to-consume-marijuana-plans-mix-of-retail-sales/article37198570/

An Irish lawmaker says the country will eventually legalize marijuana.
http://www.dublinlive.ie/news/health/debate-legalise-recreational-cannabis-ireland-13999280

 

SCIENCE & HEALTH

The National Institute on Drug Abuse issued a notice of intent to publish a funding opportunity to support research that will “elucidate the therapeutic potential of the cannabinoids and endocannabinoid system in the development of mechanism-based therapies for pain.”
https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-DA-17-057.html

A study found that “daily cannabis use occurs predominantly among cigarette smokers.”
http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2017.304050

 

OPINION & ANALYSIS

A NorthJersey editorial urges Gov.-elect Phil Murphy to immediately decriminalize marijuana and remove impediments to medical cannabis, but wants him to proceed with caution on legalizing marijuana.
http://www.northjersey.com/story/opinion/editorials/2017/12/05/editorial-take-time-legalizing-marijuana/924201001/

The Orange County Register editorial board says states should be able to set their own marijuana laws.
http://www.ocregister.com/2017/12/05/allow-states-to-decide-marijuana-legalization-for-themselves/

 

BUSINESS

NectarBee marijuana products are being recalled in Denver due to non-food grade ingredients being used.
http://mailchi.mp/denvergov/little-brown-house-recall-2555909

GW Pharmaceuticals stock price fell after it announced a plan to sell $225 million worth of shares.
https://www.greenmarketreport.com/gw-pharma-stock-falls-announcing-offering/

Bloomberg examines how marijuana businesses that franchise can’t transport their products across states.
https://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/2017/12/06/pot-sellers-can-expand-to-other-states-but-they-can-t-bring-pot

A Brigham Young University student who runs his own fertilizer business says most of his clients are in the marijuana industry.
http://www.sltrib.com/news/business/2017/12/05/brigham-young-university-student-makes-organic-fertilizer-from-worm-poop-his-market-marijuana-growers/

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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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