Senate bill would let DC legalize cannabis sales (Newsletter: Nov. 21, 2017)
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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?
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.
Michigan activists turned in more than 360,000 signatures to qualify a marijuana legalization measure for the state’s 2018 ballot.
The New York Times Magazine looks at the U.S. Coast Guard’s stepped-up drug enforcement in international waters.
Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted that “it’s time to end the misguided & counterintuitive War on Drugs.”
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D) said that descheduling marijuana would increase medical cannabis access.
New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy (D) spoke about his plans to legalize marijuana as a social justice move, calling it a “2018 priority.”
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.
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.
Ohio regulators released a list of medical cannabis dispensary business license applicants.
Middletown, Connecticut Mayor Dan Drew (D), a gubernatorial candidate, spoke about his support for marijuana legalization.
Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Gronik supports marijuana legalization and wants to put a referendum on the ballot for voters to weigh in on.
California regulators awarded $1.3 million in grants to clean up coastal watersheds impacted by unregulated cannabis grows.
Florida regulators are moving forward with a contract on producing medical cannabis patient ID cards despite a legal dispute about its awarding.
Pew looks at state efforts to let people expunge old marijuana convictions.
San Francisco, California Mayor Ed Lee (D) is calling for a ban on marijuana advertisements on public transit.
Canadian government ministers are set to make an ” announcement about the regulation of cannabis” on Tuesday.
And the government’s legalization bill is on the House of Commons schedule.
India’s Parliament will consider a bill to legalize marijuana and opium.
Malta’s government is pushing to allow more doctors to provide medical cannabis products and to allow in-country production.
SCIENCE & HEALTH
A study of prospective memory found that “cannabis users do not differ from non-using controls.”
OPINION & ANALYSIS
A poll found that Arizona likely voters oppose legalizing marijuana, 48% – 38%.
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.
MassRoots is suing founder and former CEO Isaac Dietrich. (Disclosure: I am a former employee and minority shareholder in the company.)
Dietrich launched a proxy battle intended to oust the current board members who recently fired him.
Nevada retailers sold $27.7 million worth of recreational marijuana products in September, generating $4.5 million in taxes.
Cannabis commerce platform LeafLink raised $10 million in a financing round including Snoop Dogg’s Casa Verde investment firm.
Here’s a look at the growth of the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo over the years.
Green Bay Packers player Aaron Jones was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of marijuana.