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The Best 4/20 Marijuana Tweets From Politicians, Celebs And Brands

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It’s 4/20, and that means everyone is talking about marijuana — including members of Congress, celebrities and mainstream companies.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best and most interesting cannabis-related tweets from prominent people and businesses…

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) delivered a “Cannabis State of the Union” address:

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) posted a thread about his new legislation to deschedule marijuana:

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced she’s introducing legislation to allow medical cannabis in public housing. She also stopped by a marijuana festival in the nation’s capital:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) endorsed legalizing marijuana:

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) tweeted about racial disparities in marijuana enforcement.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) touted legal marijuana’s role in reducing opioid issues:

Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), a Colorado gubernatorial candidate, toured a marijuana business:

California Treasurer John Chiang (D), also a gubernatorial candidate, toured a local dispensary:

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hartch (R-UT) has a way with words:

Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) tweeted a video of himself pressing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about whether good people smoke marijuana:

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) tweeted about his bill, the Marijuana Justice Act, and he welcomed Sen. Schumer to the cannabis reform movement:

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tweeted about his recent cosponsorship of Booker’s bill:

Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a U.S. Senate candidate, said she support marijuana legalization when it was on Nevada’s ballot:

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said state laws should be respected, and highlighted the important of banking access:

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said the feds should leave state laws alone:

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said it’s time to decriminalize marijuana under federal law…even though she hasn’t signed onto any of the bills her colleagues have introduced that would accomplish that:

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), a gubernatorial candidate, is calling for federal politicians to step up:

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) focused on the damage done by the war on drugs:

Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), a U.S. Senate candidate, had this to say:

Congressman Mark Sanford (R-SC) tweeted about the need for marijuana businesses to be taxed fairly:

Congressman Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) spoke about the need to increase women and minority ownership on the cannabis industry:

Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN), a Minnesota gubernatorial candidate, tweeted about the importance of allowing research on medical cannabis for veterans, and he called for broader marijuana legalization:

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said that marijuana criminalization distracts resources from more important things:

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is happy that more lawmakers are endorsing cannabis law reform:

San Francisco International Airport posted a 4/20 public service announcement:

Chelsea Manning tweeted a message focused on personal autonomy and racial disparities in the drug war:

Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker is criticizing the incumbent governor for preventing medical cannabis expansion:

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) reminds us how popular legal marijuana is with voters:

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) wants to protect local businesses and consumers from federal prosecution:

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) touts his support of cannabis legislation:

Indiana Democratic congressional candidate Dan Canon had a little fun:

Congresswoman Colleen Hanbusa (D-HI) wants state laws respected:

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alec Ross released a video filled with marijuana puns:

Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA) wants research on medical cannabis for veterans:

Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist wants cannabis businesses to be taxed like any other sector:

Burger King understands the value of 4/20 as a marketing hook:

Denny’s makes you go 🤔:

Ben & Jerry’s chimed in a bit early:

Koch Industries wants people to know it supports letting states legalize marijuana:

BMW tweeted that some of its car parts are made from hemp:

Comedian Chelsea Handler suggested that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions give marijuana a try:

Actress Laverne Cox has never consumed marijuana but is all in favor of legalization:

The Body Shop is offering a 42% discount on products in celebration of 4/20:

The Competitive Enterprise Institute says Jeff Sessions’s position on marijuana is very undudelike:

And of course Snoop Dogg was celebrating:

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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. (Organization citations are for identification only and do not constitute an endorsement or partnership.)

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Illinois Will ‘Blow Past’ $1 Billion In Legal Marijuana Sales In 2021, Chamber Of Commerce President Says

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“Are we going to get to a billion dollars? I think we’re going to blow past the billion dollars based on the experience in smaller states,” the Chamber leader said.

By Elyse Kelly, The Center Square

Illinois’s cannabis industry is growing up fast, with adult-use recreational cannabis sales expected to hit $1 billion by year-end.

In March alone, Illinoisans spent $110 million on recreational marijuana.

Todd Maisch, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, said one factor contributing to Illinois’ explosive growth is that most neighboring states haven’t legalized marijuana yet.

“What we saw early on in states like Washington and Colorado is they did have demand come in from surrounding states, which frankly benefits our industry and benefits the taxes collected,” Maisch said.

Cannabis sales have already surpassed alcohol’s tax revenues for the state, and Maisch said he thinks $1 billion estimates are conservative.

“Are we going to get to a billion dollars? I think we’re going to blow past the billion dollars based on the experience in smaller states,” Maisch said.

There are only a couple of things that could stop Illinois’ explosive cannabis market growth, Maisch said. He said that policymakers could ruin things by pushing taxes too high as evidenced by the tobacco market.

“As taxes have gone up and up and up, they’ve pushed people all the way into the black market or they’ve created this grey market in which people are ostensibly paying some of the taxes, but they’re still getting sources of tobacco products that avoid much of the tax,” Maisch said.

The other thing that could head off continued growth is other states opening up recreational-use markets.

“So if you start to see surrounding states go to recreational, that’s definitely going to flatten the curve because we’re not going to be pulling in demand from other states,” Maisch said.

Maisch points out some concerns that accompany the explosion of Illinois’s recreational cannabis market including workforce preparedness.

“All of those individuals who are deciding to go ahead and consume this product are really taking themselves out of a lot of job opportunities that they would otherwise be qualified, so there’s a real upside and a downside,” Maisch said.

While it’s easy to track the revenues this industry brings into state coffers, he points out, it will be harder to track the lack of productivity and qualified individuals to operate heavy machinery and other jobs that require employees to pass a drug test.

This story was first published by The Center Square.

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Missouri Regulators Derail Medical Marijuana Business Ownership Disclosure Effort With Veto Threat

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Missouri regulators say they feel requiring medical marijuana business license ownership disclosures under a House-approved amendment could be unconstitutional, and they may urge the governor to veto the legislation. 

By Jason Hancock, Missouri Independent

An effort by lawmakers to require disclosure of ownership information for businesses granted medical marijuana licenses was derailed on Thursday, when state regulators suggested a possible gubernatorial veto.

On Tuesday, the Missouri House voted to require the Department of Health and Senior Services provide legislative oversight committees with records regarding who owns the businesses licensed to grow, transport and sell medical marijuana.

The provision was added as an amendment to another bill pertaining to nonprofit organizations.

Its sponsor, Rep. Peter Merideth, D-St. Louis, said DHSS’s decision to deem ownership records confidential has caused problems in providing oversight of the program. He pointed to recent analysis by The Independent and The Missourian of the 192 dispensary licenses issued by the state that found several instances where a single entity was connected to more than five dispensary licenses.

The state constitution prohibits the state from issuing more than five dispensary licenses to any entity under substantially common control, ownership or management.

On Thursday, a conference committee met to work out differences in the underlying bill between the House and Senate.

Sen. Eric Burlison, a Republican from Battlefield and the bill’s sponsor, called the medical marijuana amendment an “awesome idea. I think it’s awesome.”

However, he said opposition from the department puts the entire bill in jeopardy.

“The department came to me,” he said, “and said they felt that this was unconstitutional.”

DHSS has justified withholding information from public disclosure by pointing to a portion of the medical marijuana constitutional amendment adopted by voters in 2018 that says the department shall “maintain the confidentiality of reports or other information obtained from an applicant or licensee containing any individualized data, information, or records related to the licensee or its operation… .”

Alex Tuttle, a lobbyist for DHSS, said if the bill were to pass with the medical marijuana amendment still attached, the department may recommend Gov. Mike Parson veto it.

The threat of a veto proved persuasive, as several members of the conference committee expressed apprehension about the idea of the amendment sinking the entire bill.

Merideth said the department’s conclusion is incorrect. And besides, he said, the amendment is narrowly tailored so that the information wouldn’t be made public. It would only be turned over to legislative oversight committees.

Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Republic, chairman of the special committee on government oversight, said the amendment is essential to ensure state regulators “are following the constitution, that they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing.”

The medical marijuana program has faced intense scrutiny in the two years since it was created by voters.

A House committee spent months looking into widespread reports of irregularities in how license applications were scored and allegations of conflicts of interest within DHSS and a private company hired to score applications.

In November 2019, DHSS received a grand jury subpoena, which was issued by the United States District Court for the Western District. It demanded the agency turn over all records pertaining to four medical marijuana license applications.

The copy of the subpoena that was made public redacted the identity of the four applicants at the request of the FBI. Lyndall Fraker, director of medical marijuana regulation, later said during a deposition that the subpoena wasn’t directed at the department but rather was connected to an FBI investigation center in Independence.

More recently, Parson faced criticism for a fundraiser with medical marijuana business owners for his political action committee, Uniting Missouri.

The group reported raising $45,000 in large donations from the fundraiser. More than half of that money came from a PAC connected to Steve Tilley, a lobbyist with numerous medical marijuana clients who has been under FBI scrutiny for more than a year.

This story was first published by Missouri Independent.

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Colorado Sold More Than Half A Billion Dollars In Legal Marijuana In 2021’s First Three Months

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More than $10.5 billion in cannabis has been sold in Colorado since it was legalized in 2014. Those sales translate into over $1.7 billion in tax revenue that goes towards public schools, infrastructure projects and local government programs.

By Robert Davis, The Center Square

Colorado’s marijuana sales eclipsed the half-billion dollar mark in the first quarter of 2021, the state Department of Revenue (DOR) said on Tuesday.

In all, marijuana sales were over $560 million between January and March. More than $10.5 billion in marijuana has been sold in Colorado since it was legalized in 2014.

Those sales translate into over $1.7 billion in tax revenue that goes towards public schools, infrastructure projects and local government programs.

DOR compiles its monthly marijuana sales report by adding the state’s medical and recreational sales together. The total does not include marijuana accessories or any products that do not contain medical marijuana.

Marijuana sales reached $207 million in the month of March alone. In exchange, the state collected $39.6 million in taxes.

Marijuana tax revenue is collected through three state taxes: a 2.9 percent sales tax on marijuana sold in stores, a 15 percent tax on retail marijuana and a 15 percent retail marijuana excise tax.

State law requires 71 percent of the total to be remitted to the marijuana tax cash fund, a budget account that is statutorily required to fund health care, health education, substance abuse prevention and treatment programs and law enforcement.

The remaining 29 percent is then subdivided between the state public school fund and the general fund. Schools receive just over 12 percent of the total while the general fund receives greater than 15 percent.

In April, the public school fund received over $14 million. The account supports school construction projects and is controlled by the School Board Investment Fund, a three-member panel responsible for maintaining the fund’s capital that was established in 2016.

Meanwhile, the marijuana tax cash fund received over $16 million and the general fund received $3.5 million.

This story was first published by The Center Square.

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