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Schumer talks ‘big boys’ in cannabis (Newsletter: November 19, 2021)

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Germany moving to legalize marijuana; Congresswoman: We’re close to allowing DC sales; PA medical cannabis homegrow bill; MT relaxes CBD restrictions

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A working group of parties in Germany’s incoming government coalition have agreed to a plan to legalize marijuana. They will also allow drug checking services as a broader harm reduction measure.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a new interview with New York’s top marijuana regulator that he wants to stop large companies from controlling the cannabis industry.

  • “To have the big boys come in and make all the money makes no sense.”

Ahead of Washington, D.C. Council hearing on a bill to legalize marijuana sales on Friday, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said she’s “closer than ever” to removing a federal rider preventing cannabis commerce in the nation’s capital.

A bipartisan duo of Pennsylvania senators are filing a bill to let medical cannabis patients grow their own medicine instead of having to buy it at a dispensary.

The Montana Department of Revenue is rescinding proposed rules that would have blocked marijuana industry employment for people with past cannabis convictions and restricted CBD sales.

Some Arizona marijuana reform advocates say the state’s social equity program will end up benefiting big cannabis businesses instead of small players from communities harmed by the drug war.

  • “This is a program that, as currently written, is designed to fail.”

/ FEDERAL

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Rahul Gupta dodged questions about safe consumption sites for illegal drugs. He was also ceremonially sworn in to the new role by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).

Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Anne Milgram claimed that fentanyl is being laced into marijuana, among other drugs.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) discussed his opposition to passing marijuana banking legislation ahead of comprehensive legalization.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) spoke about her letter asking President Biden to pardon people with marijuana convictions.

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) reacted to opposition to her marijuana legalization bill from the South Carolina Republican Party. She also tweeted, “#StatesReformAct will grant a second chance to non-violent cannabis-only offenders incarcerated within the federal criminal justice system, affecting approximately 2,600.”

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) tweeted, “Great meeting with @USCannabisCncl on how Congress can enact meaningful cannabis reform to improve lives & livelihoods. For years I’ve worked to protect the rights of states that have overturned  arcane/discriminatory cannabis policies. It’s time for action at the federal level.”

Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman, currently the lieutenant governor, tweeted, “Annual overdose deaths from THC / Weed continues at <checks notes> ZERO EVER.  ✅ Remove from Schedule I. ✅ Legalize it.  ✅ Expunge Convictions.  ✅ Commonsense Homegrow.”

Virginia Republican congressional candidate Heerak Christian Kim tweeted, “It is necessary for @GlennYoungkin @WinsomeSears @JasonMiyaresVA to illegalize marijuana in Virginia in collaboration with @VASenateGOP & @vahousegop. Put anti-drug leaders in Virginia Department of Health & Education. Illegal aliens perpetuate drug gangs & drug use!”

/ STATES

The campaign of Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, currently a congressman, is selling a marijuana legalization t-shirt.

Indiana’s House speaker said legalizing marijuana “makes no sense,” but the majority leader said there’s “room for discussion” on the issue.

The Louisiana House Medical Marijuana Commission held a hearing.

Mississippi lawmakers said they don’t expect a special session to pass medical cannabis legislation.

Utah lawmakers are pushing back against municipalities that are punishing local workers for using legal medical cannabis.

A Texas appeals court upheld an injunction against the state’s ban on delta-8 THC.

Montana Supreme Court officials are working on creating a new drug court focused on expunging marijuana convictions.

Connecticut officials circulated a warning about reports of potential fentanyl-laced marijuana.

Colorado regulators issued a health and safety advisory about ​​potentially unsafe levels of mercury in medical cannabis flower produced by First Class LLC.

Michigan regulators released additional information about a recall of marijuana products and published a bulletin about conducting retesting.

Alabama regulators released draft rules for how physicians can recommend medical cannabis.

New Mexico regulators issued the state’s first recreational marijuana cultivation license.

South Dakota regulators awarded the state’s first medical cannabis patient cards.

Oregon regulators issued a technical correction to proposed cannabis rules.

New Jersey regulators discussed marijuana issues at a New Jersey League of Municipalities event.


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Milwaukee, Wisconsin Common Council members issued a statement opposing a new state decriminalization bill that would force an increase in local marijuana penalties.

San Francisco, California’s mayor announced plans to purchase property to house a safe consumption site for illegal drugs.

A federal judge dismissed Van Buren, Michigan and several local police officials from a lawsuit alleging that they conducted an illegal raid on a licensed medical cannabis grow operation.

/ INTERNATIONAL

British Virgin Islands Premier Andrew Fahie said he’s optimistic that the government’s cannabis bill will receive the governor’s assent.

An Australian senator filed a marijuana legalization bill.

A Colombian senator visited Colorado to learn about marijuana policy.

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries is funding the establishment of a hemp seed processing plant.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that medical marijuana laws “increase the probability that a 30–39 year-old woman is in the labour force, and decrease the time that unemployed 20–29 year-old men spend looking for a job.”

A study investigating marijuana’s “skunk” smell “shed light on the chemical origins of the characteristic aroma of cannabis and how volatile sulfur compound production evolves during plant growth.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Indiana Democratic Party tweeted, “The @indgop made it clear they value their outdated partisanship ahead of creating a better economic future for the Hoosier State. A majority of Hoosiers support cannabis legalization & @INDems are ready to make this a hallmark effort for 2022.”

The U.S. Cannabis Council organized a letter signed by marijuana business leaders calling on President Joe Biden to pardon people with cannabis convictions.

ASTM International approved a standard for sampling hemp seed intended for human consumption.

The National Industrial Hemp Council is launching a pilot program for hemp testing and labeling standards.

The president of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry said he thinks marijuana will be a big issue in the legislature in 2022.

The Virginian-Pilot editorial board is urging the incoming Republican House majority should pass legislation to expedite marijuana sales.

/ BUSINESS

Parallel is separating its CEO and chairman roles.

Of the 43 Ohio medical cannabis businesses that were sold over the past two years, 37 were acquired by multi-state operators.

/ CULTURE

Berner teased an upcoming social media collaboration with Weedmaps.

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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. (Organization citations are for identification only and do not constitute an endorsement or partnership.)

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Cannabis biz want tax amnesty after robberies (Newsletter: November 30, 2021)

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CDC gives marijuana employment advice; KY lawmaker prefiles cannabis bills; FL drug decrim measure; 2021 ‘unprecedented’ for legalization, NORML says

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering workplace marijuana policy advice to businesses that employ drivers, including that “zero-tolerance…may not be possible” due to rights granted under certain legalization laws.

A Florida representative filed a bill to decriminalize possession of all drugs and provide relief for people with existing convictions.

A Kentucky representative announced she is pre-filing bills for the 2022 session that would legalize possession, limited sales and home cultivation of marijuana. One of the measures would put the cannabis question on the ballot for voters to decide.

Members of Oakland, California’s marijuana industry community—led by Supernova Women—held a press conference calling for tax amnesty after police failed to protect their businesses from a spate of robberies.

A new review from NORML shows that marijuana reform had “unprecedented” success in state legislatures in 2021. From legalization, to decriminalization to medical access, many consumer-friendly cannabis bills were enacted this year.

/ FEDERAL

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Rahul Gupta participated in a World Anti-Doping Agency meeting.

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) tweeted, “The #StatesReformAct is an example of legislation that can break through partisan lines. The time is now to take down the temperature in Washington and to get things done for the American people.”

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) tweeted, “Fentanyl is coming into this country from Mexico.  Fentanyl is used to spike most illegal drugs including marijuana.  It is lethal in very small doses. Close the border to drug traffickers.   It’s not a coincidence it is a record death year and a record open border year.”

Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Charles Booker tweeted, “When I was in the legislature, I sponsored a bill to legalize cannabis because I’m tired of seeing our communities criminalized. I’ll take this fight to Washington in 2022.  It’s time to get this done.”

/ STATES

Maryland lawmakers may vote to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) veto of a bill to decriminalize drug paraphernalia in a special session next week.

Montana lawmakers are seeking funding to create a new subcommittee to monitor the implementation of marijuana legalization.

Massachusetts regulators are pressing lawmakers to update marijuana laws to better achieve social equity goals.

Connecticut regulators posted draft marijuana social equity criteria.

California regulators are working to standardize cannabis testing.

Florida regulators filed a notice of receiving a petition for a waiver from a requirement that hemp testing labs be registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Vermont regulators will meet to discuss marijuana issues on Tuesday and Friday.


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/ LOCAL

Only 9 percent of New York towns and villages have moved to ban marijuana retailers and on-site consumption facilities.

Detroit, Michigan officials are hosting an event about Eaze’s Momentum cannabis business accelerator on Thursday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Toronto, Ontario, Canada’s medical officer of health and police department are recommending that the city ask the federal government for permission to decriminalize drugs.

The United Arab Emirates is relaxing some drug penalties, including for travelers who bring THC-containing products into the country.

Guernsey officials began issuing medical cannabis cultivation licenses.

Malta’s opposition Nationalist Party continued to criticize the government’s marijuana reform legislation.

A Spanish court acquitted the directors of a cannabis association.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

Researchers developed a breath test for “determining recent cannabis use within the impairment window after smoking.”

A study provided “preliminary observational evidence that cannabis may mitigate some of the negative effects of subtherapeutic [methadone maintenance treatment] dosing.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that U.S. adults support legalizing marijuana, 57 percent to 27 percent.

A poll found that Germans are divided on marijuana legalization, with 43 percent in favor and 43 percent against.

The SETI Institute hosted a podcast about the therapeutic potential of psychedelics.

/ BUSINESS

Leafly reported $31.0 million in revenue for the first nine months of the year and a net loss of $6.8 million.

Atai Life Sciences increased its stake in Compass Pathways to 20.8 percent and reportedly plans to grow that to 29 percent in the coming weeks.

High Tide Inc. closed its acquisition of an 80 percent interest in NuLeaf Naturals, LLC, with a three-year option to purchase the remainder.

Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. is consolidating shares ahead of its listing on the Nasdaq.

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. issued an environmental, social and governance report.

MediaJel and Smart are partnering on a programmatic ad platform for the cannabis market.

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Mexican cannabis bill draft circulates ahead of vote (Newsletter: November 29, 2021)

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More senators push marijuana banking in NDAA; PA lieutenant gov. invites cannabis pardon applications; MD drug paraphernalia decrim override urged

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Mexican lawmakers are circulating a revised draft of a marijuana legalization bill that the Senate majority leader wants to pass by December 15.

Sens. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) sent a letter urging passage of marijuana banking legislation through the National Defense Authorization Act.

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), who chairs the Board of Pardons, is urging as many people as possible to apply to have their marijuana convictions pardoned before he leaves office.

A regional ambassador with the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition authored an op-ed urging Maryland lawmakers to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) veto of a bill to decriminalize drug paraphernalia.

/ FEDERAL

A federal judge delayed the sentencing of a former Fall River, Massachusetts mayor convicted of extorting marijuana businesses.

/ STATES

Texas’s attorney general is being asked by the Montgomery County district attorney to issue an opinion saying that possessing or selling delta-8 THC products is a crime.

Utah’s Senate minority whip and other lawmakers are criticizing regulators for delays in implementing a law to make it easier for providers to issue medical cannabis recommendations.

Florida representatives filed a bill on medical cannabis testing, delta-8 THC and other issues.

A Missouri Republican representative spoke at a psychedelics conference.

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has failed to comply with a law requiring it to conduct a public education campaign about the process for sealing marijuana conviction records.

Arizona regulators proposed revised marijuana social equity rules.

New York regulators published a checklist for cannabinoid hemp packaging and labeling.

Nevada marijuana regulators will hold a public hearing on December 14.

Colorado regulators will hold a hearing on a proposed fee increase for medical cannabis registry applications on December 15.


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San Francisco, California police were caught on tape appearing to watch as a marijuana dispensary was robbed, without taking action to intervene.

The Missoula, Montana City Council will consider marijuana rules on Monday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Italy’s labor and youth policy ministers said that the incoming German government’s commitment to legalize marijuana means that their country should also seriously consider the reform.

A Philippine vice presidential candidate said he supports allowing medical cannabis access.

Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration announced another public consultation on standards for medical cannabis imports.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study suggested an “antipsychotic medication sparing effect of CBD-cigarettes as adjunctive treatment of acute psychosis.”

A study indicated that “recreational cannabis legalization is associated with decreasing enrollment in medical cannabis programs, particularly for males.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The American Psychiatric Association is reportedly working on a policy statement about psychedelics.

/ BUSINESS

A budtender at Burnside Buds in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada who was allegedly fired for union organizing has been reinstated.

/ CULTURE

Jared Leto spoke about getting fired from working at a movie theater for selling marijuana.

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Feds’ cannabis interference on Indian land (Newsletter: November 26, 2021)

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AGs push Congress for marijuana cooperation with states; Study looks at dogs getting high from THC in poop

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The Pueblo of Picuris Indian tribe in New Mexico is accusing the federal government of a discriminatory double standard after a medical cannabis patient’s garden on tribal land was raided while marijuana businesses across many states operate without interference.

The bipartisan attorneys general of Arizona, Connecticut, North Dakota and Vermont sent a letter urging Congress to emphasize federal-state cooperation in any plan to legalize marijuana.

A study concluded that “ingestion of human feces containing THC may lead to marijuana toxicosis in dogs.”

/ FEDERAL

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wrote in an op-ed that he discussed marijuana legalization and other issues with students at a youth summit.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) tweeted, “Including #SAFEBanking in the final NDAA will help safeguard our financial system, reduce the public safety risk & help support Veteran & minority-owned businesses now. It will help pave the way for broader, comprehensive cannabis reform & create a safer, more equitable industry.”

/ STATES

A New York senator sent a press release about his new bill to add transgender and non-binary people to the marijuana equity program.

A Tennessee representative tweeted about touring a hemp and CBD business.

Ohio regulators posted a draft resolution eliminating the medical cannabis tier system and setting a 90-day supply of plant material as nine ounces, regardless of THC percentage.

Alaska regulators will host working group meetings about marijuana products next month and in January.

Colorado regulators will host a work group meeting about changing marijuana business licensee designations on December 3.

Michigan regulators will hold a public meeting on marijuana issues on December 9.

The Tennessee Medical Cannabis Commission will meet on December 10.


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Los Angeles, California regulators published a report about the city’s marijuana licensing program.

/ INTERNATIONAL

New Zealand lawmakers passed a bill to legalize drug checking services.

Lithuanian lawmakers defeated an amendment to decriminalize drugs.

Argentina’s government approved a research project on cannabis cultivation for medical and scientific purposes.

India’s Food Safety and Security Authority approved regulations for hemp seeds and oil as food ingredients.

Luxembourg is experiencing medical cannabis supply issues.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “recreational marijuana legalization increased the clearance rates for violent crime overall and aggravated assault” but that “the positive effect of legalization appears to shrink over time.”

A study suggested that “psychedelic-use may causally influence metaphysical beliefs—shifting them away from ‘hard materialism.’”

/ BUSINESS

Cresco Labs closed its acquisition of Bay, LLC.

Vaseline released a new hemp-infused soothing product.

/ CULTURE

Deftones launched a line of marijuana products.

CNN will air the sixth installment of its “WEED” series on Sunday.

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