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Smokable medical cannabis to LA gov’s desk (Newsletter: June 3, 2021)



WI medical marijuana blocked; AZ expungements aid; NY psychedelics bill; Fed official: Work with states that legalize psilocybin

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A senior science policy advisor with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration said the government needs to work with—not against—states that legalize or decriminalize psychedelics.

Louisiana lawmakers send a bill to legalize smokable medical cannabis flower to Gov. John Bel Edwards’s (D) desk.

The Wisconsin legislature’s Joint Finance Committee blocked a motion to re-add Gov. Tony Evers’s (D) medical cannabis legalization provisions back into the state budget.

The Arizona Supreme Court launched a new website to help people expunge their past marijuana convictions.

A New York assemblymember filed a bill to create a new state research institute to focus on the therapeutic potential of psychedelics like LSD and psilocybin. It would “obtain the drugs without a DEA license” if the federal agency refuses to cooperate.


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit revived a lawsuit alleging that private prison company CoreCivic Inc. is negligent in the case of a man who spent almost a year in solitary confinement without ever seeing a judge on marijuana-related charges.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took to the Senate floor to complain about government spending on research on the effects of cocaine on quails’ sexual behavior.

Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV) tweeted, “This is the right move by Amazon. Employees and prospective employees should not be penalized for current or past marijuana use. It’s time to move forward with the MORE Act to eliminate criminal penalties and legalize marijuana federally.”

Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) sent a constituent letter outlining his opposition to legalizing marijuana.

The House bill to deschedule marijuana got one new cosponsor for a total of three.


Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) discussed a news article about young people pursuing career opportunities elsewhere because the state has not yet legalized medical cannabis.

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried, currently the state’s agriculture commissioner, amended a three-year-old form to disclose that she made substantially more money as a marijuana lobbyist than previously reported.

Details about a newly negotiated Connecticut marijuana legalization deal are emerging.

The South Dakota legislature’s Executive Board appointed members to a new board that will review and advise on medical cannabis implementation. Meanwhile, the secretary of health told lawmakers that regulators hope to begin issuing ID cards to patients by November.

A Kentucky representative said she will rework her marijuana legalization bill ahead of the next session.

A Virginia senator spoke about the implementation of marijuana legalization.

Illinois regulators sent an update about marijuana craft grower, infuser and transporter licenses.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is investigating possible illegal sales of marijuana from medical cannabis dispensaries.

Michigan regulators published answers to common marijuana business questions.

The Washington State Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force’s Technical Assistance & Mentorship Workgroup will meet on Tuesday.

The Arkansa Medical Marijuana Commission will meet on June 22.

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A former Albany, New York police chief is calling on lawmakers to decriminalize drugs and enact harm reduction measures.

Denver, Colorado officials will host a marijuana social equity networking session on Thursday.


Argentinian government ministers presented a medical and industrial cannabis bill.

Fiji’s attorney general said legalization of marijuana could cause the country to be “blacklisted” internationally.


A study concluded that “CBD presents potential therapeutic properties with respect to the treatment of obesity and related disturbances.”

Washington State University launched a new cannabis research institute.


Harborside Inc. completed the acquisition of a production facility in Salinas, California.

Aurora Cannabis Inc. completed the restructuring of its balance sheet.

Hemp Inc. and two executives will pay $10 million to resolve Securities and Exchange Commission claims that they used a network of shell companies to improperly sell unregistered securities.

Weedmaps hired the entertainment marketing agency Wheelhouse Labs.

Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. is collaborating on sleep and anxiety studies with the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Arizona retailers sold nearly $120 million worth of marijuana products in March, but regulators say there are still some gaps in the data.


Drake’s More Life Growth Company and Canopy Growth Corporation ended their partnership.

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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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