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SCOTUS considers hemp, marijuana & guns (Newsletter: November 30, 2023)



Challenger clarifies call for Biden to smoke marijuana; Booker on cannabis criminalization; New industry standards org; NY settlement; OR psilocybin

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case centering on whether the federal legalization of hemp can help a Pennsylvania man avoid a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence for gun possession that was triggered by his past marijuana convictions.

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN), a 2024 Democratic presidential candidate, says he didn’t “literally” mean it when he suggested President Joe Biden start smoking marijuana. But he maintains that it’s “absolutely absurd” cannabis remains banned while alcohol is legal.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said during a hearing that marijuana criminalization is one of the “root causes” that contribute to poverty and “create environments where violence proliferates” at a time when major politicians openly discuss their own cannabis use.

  • “Now they’ve got records and can’t get jobs because they were arrested on marijuana charges when we have had presidents and senators bragging about their pot usage.”

The S3 Collective is a new cannabis organization that aims to promote industry standards in a way that it hopes will align advocates, stakeholders, regulators and government bodies behind reform.

A pending settlement of a lawsuit blocking New York marijuana business licensing could soon allow hundreds of new dispensaries to open—though some operators say they’ll remain wary until sales actually begin since they’ve been let down so much to date.

Some Oregon psilocybin services centers reportedly have long waitlists as people from other states flock to access the nation’s first licensed psychedelic mushroom services.


A former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives supervisor spoke about the conflict between people’s need to use medical cannabis and their desire to possess guns.

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) tweeted, “Now is the time to declassify marijuana as a level one drug and expunge marijuana possession charges so people who were unnecessarily imprisoned can continue their lives.”

The House marijuana banking bill got one new cosponsor for a total of 94.


A Florida judge upheld regulators’ increased medical cannabis business license fees.

Missouri regulators extended a series of temporary waivers and variances from cannabis rules.

California generated $269.3 million in cannabis tax revenue in the third quarter of this year.

Massachusetts regulators released cannabis testing data under a public records request.

Arizona regulators published an overview of the process for marijuana product recalls.

Oregon regulators reported that the state’s marijuana market is still oversupplied.

The Alaska Legislative Finance Division published a report on the Marijuana Education and Treatment Fund.

The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports is funding a campaign to “promote harm reduction practices and the safe use of substances such as cannabis and alcohol.”

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The Seaford, Delaware City Council voted to ban marijuana businesses from operating.

The Boulder County, Colorado Board of Commissioners will discuss marijuana licensing regulation updates on Thursday.


A Swedish Ministry of Finance committee published a report recommending drug decriminalization.

The Philippine House Committees on Justice and on Human Right approved resolutions calling on the government to cooperate with an International Criminal Court investigation into the country’s bloody “war on drugs.”


A review concluded that “emerging research on the nonclassical psychedelic drug 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) suggests that it may be an effective drug used in conjunction with psychotherapy” for PTSD.


RIV Capital Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of $1.7 million and a net loss of $7.4 million.

4Front Ventures Corp. has a new chief financial officer.

Curio Wellness said it completed its Good Agriculture Collection Practices certification.


Martha Stewart launched a new line of CBD gummies that she says use “sophisticated, artisanal flavors that I have long enjoyed as staples in my recipes, often plucked straight from my own orchards and kitchen garden.”

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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 and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.


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