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280E amendment not considered in Senate; VT gov comfortable with 2018 legalization; OK gov to announce medical cannabis vote

 

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U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) did not end up offering his amendment to undo the 280E tax penalty on marijuana businesses during the Senate’s consideration of a broad tax reform bill. He reportedly was not sure he had the votes to pass it in light of a $5 billion price tag congressional tax scorers attached to it.
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/gop-senator-pulls-back-marijuana-tax-amendment/

A case being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday could have huge implications for the ability of states to legalize marijuana. Ironically, the case on sports gambling is being brought by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a legalization opponent, who is arguing in this instance that states should be able to set their own laws despite federal prohibitions.
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/chris-christies-supreme-court-gambling-case-impact-marijuana-laws/

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) says he’s “comfortable” legalizing marijuana in early 2018.
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/vermont-governor-comfortable-legalizing-marijuana-early-2018/

 

FEDERAL

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said he believed medical cannabis should be researched “like any other drug,” though he has concerns about the health effects of smoking it.
http://www.newsandtribune.com/news/u-s-surgeon-general-jerome-adams-supports-studying-medical-marijuana/article_823aa112-d6d4-11e7-bff5-1bb5b81b6df3.html

Prohibitionist group Drug Watch International is asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to add marijuana and THC to a list of drugs that cannot be marketed without approval.
https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FDA-2017-P-6692

The U.S. Army is granting an increasing number of enlistment waivers to recruits who have used marijuana in the past.
https://apnews.com/1ac00952a0e3477a904f5f12ec6ee8f1

A CNBC analysis suggests that congressional tax reform legislation could incentivize more states to legalize marijuana because it eliminates state and local tax deductions and would ultimately reduce state and municipal revenues.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/01/how-tax-reform-could-push-more-states-to-legalize-marijuana-commentary.html

A report from the National Institute of Justice postulates that a rise in homicides is tied to “expansion in illicit drug markets brought about by the heroin and synthetic opioid epidemic.”
https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/251067.pdf

The U.S. House bill to increase marijuana businesses’ access to banks got four new cosponsors, bringing the total to 55.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2215/cosponsors?pageSort=lastToFirst

The U.S. House industrial hemp bill got two new cosponsors, bringing the total to 38.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3530/cosponsors?pageSort=lastToFirst

 

STATES

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) said she will announce after the new year whether the already-qualified medical cannabis initiative will appear before voters on the June primary ballot or during November’s general election.
https://www.facebook.com/GovernorMaryFallin/posts/2202848879740959

Maine Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dion, a state senator, shared his thoughts on marijuana legalization implementation.
https://portlandphoenix.me/columns/homegrown-in-maine/item/7125-senator-mark-dion-hopes-to-set-up-maine-cannabis-market-by-the-spring

Maryland medical cannabis sales began.
https://www.apnews.com/fda24f32af7d430c8f6a10ce2cd064f2

A copy of draft Michigan medical cannabis regulations has leaked.
http://www.wzzm13.com/money/cannabis-experts-leaked-state-medical-marijuana-guidelines-are-comprehensive/496594187

The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss marijuana cultivation regulations on Tuesday.
https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/State_Board/pdfs/StateBoardFood&AGenda12052017.pdf

Arkansas regulators announced a timeline for considering and awarding medical cannabis cultivation licenses.
http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/dec/02/pot-bids-timeline-resolved-by-panel-201-1/

Delaware’s marijuana legalization study commission will meet on Wednesday.
http://www.fox29.com/news/local-news/del-panel-continues-talks-on-legalized-marijuana

An Iowa regulator admitted that the state’s high fees and small patient pool may have dissuaded companies from applying for CBD medical cannabis licenses.
https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/health/2017/12/01/medical-marijuana-firms-may-have-been-dissuaded-iowas-fees-and-restrictions/914765001/

Montana medical cannabis patients and providers said at a public hearing that proposed new regulations are too restrictive.
http://mtstandard.com/news/state-and-regional/proposed-medical-marijuana-rules-will-add-financial-and-time-burdens/article_e9d1547e-82da-5eb3-95f8-b9d56307d64f.html

Ohio regulators released medical cannabis cultivation license applications scores.
https://medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov/News?articleID=102

 

LOCAL

The Los Angeles, California City Council will consider marijuana regulations on Wednesday, including provisions concerning participation in the legal industry by people with prior convictions.
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-marijuana-convictions-20171203-htmlstory.html
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INTERNATIONAL

Ireland’s minister of state for the national drugs strategy says legislation to decriminalize drugs could be enacted in early 2019.
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/legislation-to-decriminalise-drugs-could-come-in-early-2019-1.3311583

German activists collected enough petition signatures to force lawmakers to debate marijuana legalization.
https://www.marijuana.com/news/2017/12/cannabis-activists-force-debate-crash-bundestag-server/

The New York Times looks at cartels’ increasingly sophisticated methods for smuggling drugs into the U.S.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/02/us/politics/drug-cartels-border-security-traffickers.html

 

ADVOCACY

The National Black Caucus of State Legislators ratified a resolution urging lawmakers to approve legislation to “reduce the sentencing of non-violent drug offenders.”
http://nbcsl.org/public-policy/docs/resolutions/file/28-resolution-lje-17-25.html

The Drug Policy Alliance convened a clinic to help Californians expunge prior marijuana convictions.
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-expungement-fair-20171202-story.html

 

SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “counties located in [medical cannabis] states reduced monthly alcohol sales by 15 percent.”
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3063288
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/12/01/medical-marijuana-took-a-bite-out-of-alcohol-sales-recreational-pot-could-take-an-even-bigger-one/

A review concluded that “exposure to second-hand marijuana smoke leads to cannabinoid metabolites in bodily fluids, and people experience psychoactive effects after such exposure.”
http://cmajopen.ca/content/5/4/E814

 

BUSINESS

The Associated Press looks at the legal risks for lawyers who advise businesses in the marijuana industry.
https://apnews.com/089873ba9a6d4708ae3bf9188689e4c2/Lawyers-walk-fine-line-to-navigate-state,-federal-pot-laws

Alaska generated just under a million dollars in marijuana tax revenue in October.
https://www.adn.com/alaska-marijuana/2017/12/01/alaska-october-cannabis-tax-revenue-nears-1-million/

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Cannabis biz want tax amnesty after robberies (Newsletter: November 30, 2021)

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CDC gives marijuana employment advice; KY lawmaker prefiles cannabis bills; FL drug decrim measure; 2021 ‘unprecedented’ for legalization, NORML says

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering workplace marijuana policy advice to businesses that employ drivers, including that “zero-tolerance…may not be possible” due to rights granted under certain legalization laws.

A Florida representative filed a bill to decriminalize possession of all drugs and provide relief for people with existing convictions.

A Kentucky representative announced she is pre-filing bills for the 2022 session that would legalize possession, limited sales and home cultivation of marijuana. One of the measures would put the cannabis question on the ballot for voters to decide.

Members of Oakland, California’s marijuana industry community—led by Supernova Women—held a press conference calling for tax amnesty after police failed to protect their businesses from a spate of robberies.

A new review from NORML shows that marijuana reform had “unprecedented” success in state legislatures in 2021. From legalization, to decriminalization to medical access, many consumer-friendly cannabis bills were enacted this year.

/ FEDERAL

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Rahul Gupta participated in a World Anti-Doping Agency meeting.

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) tweeted, “The #StatesReformAct is an example of legislation that can break through partisan lines. The time is now to take down the temperature in Washington and to get things done for the American people.”

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) tweeted, “Fentanyl is coming into this country from Mexico.  Fentanyl is used to spike most illegal drugs including marijuana.  It is lethal in very small doses. Close the border to drug traffickers.   It’s not a coincidence it is a record death year and a record open border year.”

Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Charles Booker tweeted, “When I was in the legislature, I sponsored a bill to legalize cannabis because I’m tired of seeing our communities criminalized. I’ll take this fight to Washington in 2022.  It’s time to get this done.”

/ STATES

Maryland lawmakers may vote to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) veto of a bill to decriminalize drug paraphernalia in a special session next week.

Montana lawmakers are seeking funding to create a new subcommittee to monitor the implementation of marijuana legalization.

Massachusetts regulators are pressing lawmakers to update marijuana laws to better achieve social equity goals.

Connecticut regulators posted draft marijuana social equity criteria.

California regulators are working to standardize cannabis testing.

Florida regulators filed a notice of receiving a petition for a waiver from a requirement that hemp testing labs be registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Vermont regulators will meet to discuss marijuana issues on Tuesday and Friday.


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/ LOCAL

Only 9 percent of New York towns and villages have moved to ban marijuana retailers and on-site consumption facilities.

Detroit, Michigan officials are hosting an event about Eaze’s Momentum cannabis business accelerator on Thursday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Toronto, Ontario, Canada’s medical officer of health and police department are recommending that the city ask the federal government for permission to decriminalize drugs.

The United Arab Emirates is relaxing some drug penalties, including for travelers who bring THC-containing products into the country.

Guernsey officials began issuing medical cannabis cultivation licenses.

Malta’s opposition Nationalist Party continued to criticize the government’s marijuana reform legislation.

A Spanish court acquitted the directors of a cannabis association.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

Researchers developed a breath test for “determining recent cannabis use within the impairment window after smoking.”

A study provided “preliminary observational evidence that cannabis may mitigate some of the negative effects of subtherapeutic [methadone maintenance treatment] dosing.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that U.S. adults support legalizing marijuana, 57 percent to 27 percent.

A poll found that Germans are divided on marijuana legalization, with 43 percent in favor and 43 percent against.

The SETI Institute hosted a podcast about the therapeutic potential of psychedelics.

/ BUSINESS

Leafly reported $31.0 million in revenue for the first nine months of the year and a net loss of $6.8 million.

Atai Life Sciences increased its stake in Compass Pathways to 20.8 percent and reportedly plans to grow that to 29 percent in the coming weeks.

High Tide Inc. closed its acquisition of an 80 percent interest in NuLeaf Naturals, LLC, with a three-year option to purchase the remainder.

Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. is consolidating shares ahead of its listing on the Nasdaq.

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. issued an environmental, social and governance report.

MediaJel and Smart are partnering on a programmatic ad platform for the cannabis market.

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Mexican cannabis bill draft circulates ahead of vote (Newsletter: November 29, 2021)

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More senators push marijuana banking in NDAA; PA lieutenant gov. invites cannabis pardon applications; MD drug paraphernalia decrim override urged

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Mexican lawmakers are circulating a revised draft of a marijuana legalization bill that the Senate majority leader wants to pass by December 15.

Sens. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) sent a letter urging passage of marijuana banking legislation through the National Defense Authorization Act.

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), who chairs the Board of Pardons, is urging as many people as possible to apply to have their marijuana convictions pardoned before he leaves office.

A regional ambassador with the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition authored an op-ed urging Maryland lawmakers to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) veto of a bill to decriminalize drug paraphernalia.

/ FEDERAL

A federal judge delayed the sentencing of a former Fall River, Massachusetts mayor convicted of extorting marijuana businesses.

/ STATES

Texas’s attorney general is being asked by the Montgomery County district attorney to issue an opinion saying that possessing or selling delta-8 THC products is a crime.

Utah’s Senate minority whip and other lawmakers are criticizing regulators for delays in implementing a law to make it easier for providers to issue medical cannabis recommendations.

Florida representatives filed a bill on medical cannabis testing, delta-8 THC and other issues.

A Missouri Republican representative spoke at a psychedelics conference.

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has failed to comply with a law requiring it to conduct a public education campaign about the process for sealing marijuana conviction records.

Arizona regulators proposed revised marijuana social equity rules.

New York regulators published a checklist for cannabinoid hemp packaging and labeling.

Nevada marijuana regulators will hold a public hearing on December 14.

Colorado regulators will hold a hearing on a proposed fee increase for medical cannabis registry applications on December 15.


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/ LOCAL

San Francisco, California police were caught on tape appearing to watch as a marijuana dispensary was robbed, without taking action to intervene.

The Missoula, Montana City Council will consider marijuana rules on Monday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Italy’s labor and youth policy ministers said that the incoming German government’s commitment to legalize marijuana means that their country should also seriously consider the reform.

A Philippine vice presidential candidate said he supports allowing medical cannabis access.

Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration announced another public consultation on standards for medical cannabis imports.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study suggested an “antipsychotic medication sparing effect of CBD-cigarettes as adjunctive treatment of acute psychosis.”

A study indicated that “recreational cannabis legalization is associated with decreasing enrollment in medical cannabis programs, particularly for males.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The American Psychiatric Association is reportedly working on a policy statement about psychedelics.

/ BUSINESS

A budtender at Burnside Buds in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada who was allegedly fired for union organizing has been reinstated.

/ CULTURE

Jared Leto spoke about getting fired from working at a movie theater for selling marijuana.

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Feds’ cannabis interference on Indian land (Newsletter: November 26, 2021)

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AGs push Congress for marijuana cooperation with states; Study looks at dogs getting high from THC in poop

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The Pueblo of Picuris Indian tribe in New Mexico is accusing the federal government of a discriminatory double standard after a medical cannabis patient’s garden on tribal land was raided while marijuana businesses across many states operate without interference.

The bipartisan attorneys general of Arizona, Connecticut, North Dakota and Vermont sent a letter urging Congress to emphasize federal-state cooperation in any plan to legalize marijuana.

A study concluded that “ingestion of human feces containing THC may lead to marijuana toxicosis in dogs.”

/ FEDERAL

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wrote in an op-ed that he discussed marijuana legalization and other issues with students at a youth summit.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) tweeted, “Including #SAFEBanking in the final NDAA will help safeguard our financial system, reduce the public safety risk & help support Veteran & minority-owned businesses now. It will help pave the way for broader, comprehensive cannabis reform & create a safer, more equitable industry.”

/ STATES

A New York senator sent a press release about his new bill to add transgender and non-binary people to the marijuana equity program.

A Tennessee representative tweeted about touring a hemp and CBD business.

Ohio regulators posted a draft resolution eliminating the medical cannabis tier system and setting a 90-day supply of plant material as nine ounces, regardless of THC percentage.

Alaska regulators will host working group meetings about marijuana products next month and in January.

Colorado regulators will host a work group meeting about changing marijuana business licensee designations on December 3.

Michigan regulators will hold a public meeting on marijuana issues on December 9.

The Tennessee Medical Cannabis Commission will meet on December 10.


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/ LOCAL

Los Angeles, California regulators published a report about the city’s marijuana licensing program.

/ INTERNATIONAL

New Zealand lawmakers passed a bill to legalize drug checking services.

Lithuanian lawmakers defeated an amendment to decriminalize drugs.

Argentina’s government approved a research project on cannabis cultivation for medical and scientific purposes.

India’s Food Safety and Security Authority approved regulations for hemp seeds and oil as food ingredients.

Luxembourg is experiencing medical cannabis supply issues.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “recreational marijuana legalization increased the clearance rates for violent crime overall and aggravated assault” but that “the positive effect of legalization appears to shrink over time.”

A study suggested that “psychedelic-use may causally influence metaphysical beliefs—shifting them away from ‘hard materialism.’”

/ BUSINESS

Cresco Labs closed its acquisition of Bay, LLC.

Vaseline released a new hemp-infused soothing product.

/ CULTURE

Deftones launched a line of marijuana products.

CNN will air the sixth installment of its “WEED” series on Sunday.

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