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How does Sessions memo affect marijuana?; MI signatures turned in; Canadian announcement

 

TOP THINGS TO KNOW

Analysis: How does a new memo issued by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions impact federal marijuana enforcement policy?
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/new-sessions-memo-impact-marijuana/

A new bill from powerful Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman  Thad Cochran (R-MS) would let Washington, D.C. spend its own money to legalize and regulate marijuana sales.
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/top-gop-senators-bill-lets-dc-legalize-marijuana-sales/

Michigan activists turned in more than 360,000 signatures to qualify a marijuana legalization measure for the state’s 2018 ballot.
https://apnews.com/cc05cecb27764dd0b8f31b7db99232eb

 

FEDERAL

The New York Times Magazine looks at the U.S. Coast Guard’s stepped-up drug enforcement in international waters.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/magazine/the-coast-guards-floating-guantanamos.html

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted that “it’s time to end the misguided & counterintuitive War on Drugs.”
https://twitter.com/RepRoKhanna/status/932663022824411136

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D) said that descheduling marijuana would increase medical cannabis access.
https://twitter.com/TulsiGabbard/status/932760496377298946

 

STATES

New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy (D) spoke about his plans to legalize marijuana as a social justice move, calling it a “2018 priority.”
http://newjersey.news12.com/clip/13921864/video-full-interview-with-gov-elect-phil-murphy
The chairman of the state’s Legislative Black Caucus says he wants to hold hearings to explore marijuana legalization’s potential impact on communities of color before a bill is voted on.
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/11/not_so_fast_on_legalizing_pot_says_nj_senator.html

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) is being pressured by activists to move an already-qualified medical cannabis ballot measure from the November ballot to the June primary election.
http://okforhealth.org/call-to-action

Ohio regulators released a list of medical cannabis dispensary business license applicants.
https://medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov/News?articleID=100

Middletown, Connecticut Mayor Dan Drew (D), a gubernatorial candidate, spoke about his support for marijuana legalization.
http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/CT-Politics-Gov-candidate-wants-to-legalize-12372587.php

Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Gronik supports marijuana legalization and wants to put a referendum on the ballot for voters to weigh in on.
https://twitter.com/andygronik/status/932662165693255681

California regulators awarded $1.3 million in grants to clean up coastal watersheds impacted by unregulated cannabis grows.
https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/cdfw-awards-1-3-million-for-restoration-in-watersheds-impacted-by-cannabis-cultivation/

Florida regulators are moving forward with a contract on producing medical cannabis patient ID cards despite a legal dispute about its awarding.
http://sunshinestatenews.com/story/state-moves-forward-disputed-medical-marijuana-id-contract

Pew looks at state efforts to let people expunge old marijuana convictions.
http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2017/11/20/in-these-states-past-marijuana-crimes-can-go-away

 

LOCAL

San Francisco, California Mayor Ed Lee (D) is calling for a ban on marijuana advertisements on public transit.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/mayor-lee-calls-muni-ban-cannabis-ads/

 

INTERNATIONAL

Canadian government ministers are set to make an ” announcement about the regulation of cannabis” on Tuesday.
https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/news/2017/11/cannabis_regulatoryconsultation.html
And the government’s legalization bill is on the House of Commons schedule.
http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/house/projected-business

India’s Parliament will consider a bill to legalize marijuana and opium.
https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/a-private-member-s-bill-to-legalise-marijuana-to-be-tabled-in-parliament-during-winter-session-334110.html

Malta’s government is pushing to allow more doctors to provide medical cannabis products and to allow in-country production.
https://www.tvm.com.mt/en/news/proposal-for-all-doctors-to-be-allowed-to-prescribe-medicines-with-cannabis-substance/
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https://twitter.com/JosephMuscat_JM/status/932604213158465536

 

SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study of prospective memory found that “cannabis users do not differ from non-using controls.”
http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1574532/

 

OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that Arizona likely voters oppose legalizing marijuana, 48% – 38%.
https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2017/11/20/find-out-where-voters-stand-on-a-soda-tax-for.html

The Virginian-Pilot editorial board is supportive of decriminalizing marijuana but critical of a provision of a proposed Virginia bill that would revoke driver’s licenses from people caught with cannabis.
https://pilotonline.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-reducing-pot-possession-penalties-is-a-step-forward-in/article_bb6c953d-7de2-5764-b649-dec01aea8a9f.html

 

BUSINESS

MassRoots is suing founder and former CEO Isaac Dietrich. (Disclosure: I am a former employee and minority shareholder in the company.)
https://mjbizdaily.com/massroots-sues-former-ceo-alleges-theft-250k-drug-use-serious-misconduct/
Dietrich launched a proxy battle intended to oust the current board members who recently fired him.
http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/11/20/massroots-isaac-dietrich-proxy-battle/92548/
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https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1589149/000118518517002451/massroots-pre14a111617.htm

Nevada retailers sold $27.7 million worth of recreational marijuana products in September, generating $4.5 million in taxes.
https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/pot-news/nevadas-recreational-marijuana-sales-top-september-forecast/

Cannabis commerce platform LeafLink raised $10 million in a financing round including Snoop Dogg’s Casa Verde investment firm.
http://www.businessinsider.com/leaflink-raised-17-million-in-series-a-to-expand-cannabis-tech-2017-11

Here’s a look at the growth of the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo over the years.
https://mjbizdaily.com/chart-mjbizcon-produces-eye-popping-numbers/  

 

CULTURE     

Green Bay Packers player Aaron Jones was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of marijuana.
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000880287/article/packers-aaron-jones-admits-to-smoking-marijuana-after-incident

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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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