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Another congressional bill to shield state marijuana laws; Calif. DAs use tech to expunge cannabis convictions; Study: marijuana increases intimacy

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Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) filed a bill to shield state marijuana laws from federal intervention.

Three Texas House committees held hearings on 11 separate bills concerning marijuana and hemp.

The district attorneys in Los Angeles County and San Joaquin County, California announced that they will use Code for America’s tech to automatically expunge past marijuana convictions for tens of thousands of people.

A study found that marijuana use increases the likelihood of intimate partner experiences.

/ FEDERAL

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a presidential candidate, spoke about racial disparities in marijuana law enforcement.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) spoke about how he worked with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on hemp legalization.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “We have never been closer to ending the archaic and counterproductive federal prohibition on marijuana than we are right now.”

Former Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) tweeted that recently enacted bipartisan sentencing reform legislation is “a model for other policy areas like the environment, immigration, the debt, cannabis reform, etc. This is something every American should celebrate.”

The Senate bill to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to study medical cannabis got one new cosponsor, for a total of four.

/ STATES

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) signed a hemp hill into law.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said the legislature “will get marijuana done.” He also spoke about his personal evolution on the issue.

The Iowa Senate passed legislation to lower the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

The Montana Senate approved a bill to increase medical cannabis taxes.

The Idaho Senate passed a hemp legalization bill.

Oklahoma House and Senate committees approve hemp legislation.

New Jersey regulators released a report arguing that the state needs more medical cannabis dispensaries to serve patient needs. Meanwhile, the state Senate president is opposed to expanding medical marijuana without it being attached to a broader legalization bill.

Michigan regulators are seeking more participants for marijuana stakeholder work groups.

Arkansas lawmakers filed a marijuana decriminalization bill.


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/ LOCAL

The Suffolk County, Massachusetts district attorney criticized the lack of diversity in marijuana business ownership.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Iceland’s government supports moves to allow safe consumption sites for illegal drugs.

The Philippine Supreme Court ordered the release of government documents about the country’s bloody “drug war.”

/ ADVOCACY

The Democratic Party of New Mexico tweeted, “The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Advisory Board has voted unanimously to approve medical marijuana for use in the treatment of opioid addiction — a huge step that will save lives!”

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “older adults who used cannabis for medical purposes reported positive outcomes but highlighted difficulties in accessing medical cannabis” and that  “older adults in Colorado also revealed how a stigma continues to be attached to using cannabis.”

A study found that “the top false news story claiming cannabis as a cancer cure generated 4.26 million engagements on social media, while the top accurate news story debunking this false news generated 0.036 million engagements.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Providence Journal editorial board is critical of how marijuana legalization is going in Massachusetts.

/ BUSINESS

Cresco Labs Inc. is acquiring Origin House.

/ CULTURE

The theater that hosted the premiere of the film “The Beach Bum” complained about how much marijuana Snoop Dogg smoked in the green room.

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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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