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Trump admin officials want cannabis study, emails show (Newsletter: July 3, 2018)

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US territory legalization bill advances; MA grants 1st rec dispensary license; Poll shows MI marijuana measure losing

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Emails released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that high-level Trump administration Department of Veterans Affairs officials considered pressing for a study on medical marijuana for military veterans:

  • “Thousands of Veterans claim their legal/illegal use of cannabis has made dramatic changes in their well-being. Many claiming it saved their lives and got them off all opioids and most of their prescribed drugs issued by VA… Right Thing to Do.”

The officials also fretted about how the Department of Justice would react, the messages show.

A Senate-passed marijuana legalization bill in the U.S. territory the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands cleared another hurdle on its way to a full House vote.

/ FEDERAL

Uttam Dhillon was officially named as the new acting head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Colombia’s president-elect met to discuss “the need for continued action to reduce coca cultivation and cocaine production.”

The U.S. attorney for Massachusetts spoke about his marijuana enforcement priorities.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) tweeted, “Cities and states across America are already working to stop our country from repeating the same mistakes of the past. We need to move a step further — it’s time to legalize marijuana at the federal level.”

Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) tweeted, “One argument my colleagues made against me/legalization was ‘If marijuana was effective, there would be drugs made from the chemicals.’ Well now there are—FDA approved! It can be a lifesaving alternative to opioids. Now we must regulate it and make it as safe as possible.”

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) tweeted, “Medical marijuana is legal in 30 states. It is fully legal in 9 states. Yet people still live under threat of federal prosecution, esp with AG Sessions escalating war on drugs.”

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “Oklahoma has just become the 30th state to pass either legalized recreational or medicinal marijuana in the United States. Ending the prohibition nationwide would create at least $132 billion in tax revenue over the next decade. Smart economics.”

Former White House Drug Czars Bill Bennett and John Walters are urging President Trump not to support federal marijuana reform legislation.

/ STATES

Opponents of Utah’s medical cannabis initiative dropped their federal lawsuit seeking to have the measure removed from the ballot.

Massachusetts regulators granted the state’s first recreational marijuana retail license. Gov Charlie Baker (R) said the cannabis commission is doing a “great job” rolling out the program.

Oklahoma advocates are pushing back against medical cannabis potency limits proposed by regulators. Meanwhile, some advocates are disappointed there won’t be a special legislative session to address the ballot measure. And the Health Department is accepting applications to be the state’s top marijuana regulator.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) vetoed a bill that would require real estate sellers to disclose if properties were used for marijuana cultivation.

Here’s a look at the expected timetable for New Jersey marijuana legalization. Separately. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced that the stare’s medical cannabis program has grown by 10,000 patients since his administration began.

Illinois Democratic gubernatorial nominee JB Pritzker tweeted, “The path forward for our state is clear: We need to legalize marijuana in Illinois. Legalizing marijuana will help us reform our criminal justice system and give us the opportunity to reinvest in our communities. Let’s get on the right side of history.”

Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer said she will vote for the state’s marijuana legalization ballot measure.

The California Senate voted to exclude marijuana products from legislation that bars local governments from putting taxes on certain sales.

Arkansas regulators voted to explore hiring outside consultants to help grade medical cannabis dispensary license applications.

Colorado regulators are mandating pesticide testing on marijuana products starting August 1.

A Maryland appeals court ruled that police have probable cause to arrest someone for marijuana possession if they smell the drug clearly on the person — even though possession of less than 10 grams is decriminalized.

Alaska regulators are proposing changes to the way marijuana is taxed.

New Hampshire’s Senate Democratic leader is launching an online petition in support of legalizing marijuana. Meanwhile, the state’s drug czar spoke out against legalization.

North Dakota regulators will begin accepting applications for medical cannabis dispensary licenses next week.

/ LOCAL

A Twiggs County, Georgia judge reunited parents with their son after a local sheriff took him away for treating his epilepsy with medical cannabis.

A Hattiesburg, Pennsylvania city councilwoman filed a measure to decriminalize marijuana.

Los Angeles, California regulators will begin the process for licensing marijuana cultivators and manufacturers on August 1.

Lawrence, Kansas officials are considering lowering fines for marijuana possession.

/ INTERNATIONAL

A candidate for mayor of London, UK wants to legalize marijuana.

/ ADVOCACY

Former Democratic National Committee Interim Chair Donna Brazile said she supports pending Senate marijuana law reform bills.

Former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele spoke about his support for marijuana law reform in an interview with the Arcview Group.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review of the effects of medical cannabis on PTSD found that “three studies concluded there might be a benefit, but two discouraged its use.”

A study found that “people who used cannabis had greater pain and lower self-efficacy in managing pain, and there was no evidence that cannabis use reduced pain severity or interference or exerted an opioid-sparing effect.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that Michigan likely voters oppose the marijuana legalization ballot measure, 47%-44%.

/ BUSINESS

The Hawaii Employers’ Mutual Insurance Co. agreed to cover a patient’s medical cannabis treatment and then rescinded the decision after being contacted by the media.

4Front Holdings is going public in Canada.

Flow Kana closed a $22 million Series A funding round.

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Congress schedules first cannabis vote of 2019 (Newsletter: March 20, 2019)

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USPS memo on mailing CBD; Feds ask for help on marijuana/opioid studies; Hawaii decrim advances

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The House Financial Services Committee has scheduled the first congressional marijuana vote of 2019. The panel is set to consider legislation to let cannabis businesses access banks on Tuesday.

The U.S. Postal Service quietly issued a memo this month detailing how people can legally mail hemp-derived CBD cannabis products.

A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency filed three separate Federal Register notices seeking public input on studies examining medical marijuana as a potential opioid alternative.

The Hawaii Senate Judiciary and Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committees approved a marijuana decriminalization bill in a joint hearing. The legislation has already been passed by the full House.

Denver, Colorado officials released a survey tracking the effectiveness of the city’s youth marijuana education efforts.

/ FEDERAL

Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue said it “remains to be seen” how big the market potential for industrial hemp is.

The Supreme Court ruled against immigrants, including one with past marijuana convictions, who sought to restrict the government’s power to detain them after they’ve served their sentences.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tweeted, “The criminal justice system has been built to criminalize African Americans, people of color, and Indigenous people. Let’s finally legalize marijuana and institute restorative justice for communities who have been devastated by the war on drugs.”

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) said, “I’ve used weed, and I’m not in prison. Why? Because I didn’t get caught, and it probably doesn’t hurt that I’m white. That’s the sad reality of criminal justice in America today.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “The Failed #WarOnDrugs has devastated communities around the country, and more and more states are addressing that reality. It’s time for Congress to do the same, pass the #MarijuanaJusticeAct, and end the federal prohibition on cannabis once and for all.”

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) tweeted, “Marijuana banking is the clearest example of the most out of touch & destructive federal cannabis policies. 47 states have taken steps toward legalization & this committee action on the SAFE Banking Act is an important first step in our blueprint to end prohibition nationwide.”

Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) tweeted about discussing hemp and cannabis banking with a local banker.

Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) spoke about marijuana reform in a speech before Nevada lawmakers.

The House marijuana banking bill got four new cosponsors, for a total of 138.

The House comprehensive medical cannabis bill got one new cosponsor, for a total of six.

/ STATES

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said he’s dropping a push to include marijuana legalization in the state budget, but added that he hopes to pursue the issue later this legislative session. Separately, regulators released an updated list of doctors certified to recommend medical cannabis.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said “we’re not there yet” in getting enough legislative support to pass a marijuana legalization bill.  Here’s a look at senators who still need to be swayed on the idea.

Texas’s lieutenant governor, who oversee the state Senate, is a major roadblock to medical cannabis expansion. Meanwhile, regulators declassified hemp as a controlled substance.

The Arizona Supreme Court heard arguments in a case concerning whether extracts and oils are covered by the state’s medical cannabis program.

The Arkansas Senate approved legislation aimed at restricting medical cannabis’s appeal to children.

Oklahoma regulators are facing a lawsuit over recently passed medical cannabis legislation setting new rules.

The Rhode Island Senate Finance and Judiciary Committees held a joint hearing on marijuana legalization.

The Georgia Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on legislation to expand the state’s limited medical cannabis program.

A Nevada Assembly committee held a hearing on a bill to streamline the process for sealing marijuana convictions.

A Connecticut judge set a trial date in the case of a man suing after being blocked from becoming a firefighter over state-legal medical cannabis use.

Florida regulators posted a notice acknowledging the enactment of a law lifting the ban on smoking medical cannabis.

Massachusetts is seeing less-than-expected marijuana tax revenue.

The Guam Visitors Bureau is asking lawmakers to delay considering marijuana legalization.


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/ LOCAL

New York City’s police commissioner said in a City Council hearing that officers would treat possession of THC oil in the same way as possession of marijuana.

The Lawrence, Kansas City Commission voted to lower marijuana possession fines to $1.

The Steelton, Pennsylvania Borough Council approved a marijuana decriminalization ordinance.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs voted to postpone consideration of the World Health Organization’s marijuana rescheduling recommendations.

The UK House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee held a hearing on medical cannabis access.

Finnish health officials are calling for drugs to be decriminalized.

Canada’s federal budget proposes changes to marijuana taxes.

/ ADVOCACY

The Democratic Attorneys General Association tweeted about marijuana businesses’ access to banks.

The Democratic Party of New Mexico tweeted, “Not only is the legalization of industrial hemp going to create thousands of new jobs, but the penalties for marijuana possession were significantly reduced — a huge win for criminal justice.”

Rev. Al Sharpton tweeted, “Received a briefing from @GovMurphy on the marijuana legalization bill in NJ. Very impressed by the strong social justice components – expedited expungement, virtual expungement, and M/WBE prioritization. It’s time to get this passed NJ!!!”

The Drug Policy Alliance released a video series titled “Rethinking the ‘Drug Dealer,'” which is intended to undermine stereotypes about people who sell drugs.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that “daily cannabis use was associated with increased odds of psychotic disorder compared with never users, increasing to nearly five-times increased odds for daily use of high-potency types of cannabis.”

A study found that “the number of days of blunt use in the past month was a significant predictor of the average amount of cannabis per using day, the estimated average cost of cannabis and Cannabis Withdrawal Scale scores” but that “frequency of joint use did not significantly predict any of the cannabis use characteristics or consequences.”

A liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method for quantifying ten cannabinoids in oral fluid “was able to identify and calculate the concentration of 6 of 10 cannabinoids.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that 61% of Americans support legalizing marijuana, including majorities of Democrats and Republicans.

/ BUSINESS

Three companies in the current Y Combinator accelerator class are plant-touching marijuana startups.

Com­mon­wealth Health,  Physi­cians Health Al­liance, and Moses Taylor Hospital are being sued for allegedly firing an employee for her state-legal medical cannabis use.

/ CULTURE

Comedian Chelsea Handler tweeted, “Smoking medical marijuana is now legal in Florida. So maybe everyone there will finally settle the fuck down.”

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NJ lawmakers approve legal cannabis bill (Newsletter: March 19, 2019)

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Trump budget loosens DC marijuana restrictions; Booker disses Harris’s cannabis jokes; Decrim psychedelics in Oakland; Penn. legal marijuana bill

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New Jersey Senate and Assembly committees  voted to approve amended marijuana legalization legislation as well as bills on expungement and medical cannabis expansion. Floor votes could come next week.

President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget request would restore a loophole that Washington, D.C. could use to spend local tax money on legalizing and regulating marijuana sales. It does not contain a rider protecting state medical cannabis laws from federal interference, however.

During a campaign speech in Iowa, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a presidential candidate, appeared to criticize the way rival contender Sen. Kamala Harris (D-C) has treated the marijuana issue as a laughing matter. He repeated a similar message in a separate MSNBC interview.

  • “Then we have presidential candidates, senators, bragging about their pot use while there are kids who can’t get a job because they have a nonviolent offense for doing things that two of the last three presidents did.”

Activists in Oakland, California are planning an initiative to decriminalize psychedelic “mushrooms, cacti, iboga containing plants and/or extracted combinations of plants similar to ayahuasca.”

Pennsylvania senators released details of a soon-to-be-filed  marijuana legalization bill. It includes provisions for home cultivation, delivery services, social use areas, industry equity and more.

/ FEDERAL

Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Jim Carroll argued that a Mexican border wall would interrupt the flow of drugs into the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a recording of last week’s hemp regulations webinar.

Former Drug Czar and Secretary of Education Bill Bennett spoke about his continued opposition to marijuana reform.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a presidential candidate, said during a New Hampshire campaign stop that she supports decriminalizing marijuana and making it retroactive, as well as getting rid of the prison-industrial complex. In a separate appearance in Michigan she spoke about cannabis reform as a racial justice issue.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “It’s not enough to simply decriminalize marijuana—we must repair the damage done to those communities that have been most harmed by the failed War on Drugs, and we must expunge the records of those who have served their time.”

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) mentioned the fact that people can be barred from enlisting in the military over marijuana offenses in a speech about national security.

/ STATES

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill letting patients smoke medical cannabis and filed a court motion to dismiss and vacate cases that held the state’s prior ban unconstitutional.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R), who recently vetoed a hemp legalization bill, said she’s open to reconsidering the issue after the U.S. Department of Agriculture releases regulations on the crop.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) included “Expanding hemp manufacturing” in a list of achievements from this legislative session.

The Idaho House of Representatives approved a bill to legalize industrial hemp.

New York’s lieutenant governor said that the administration and lawmakers are not giving up on trying to include marijuana legalization in the budget.

Washington, D.C.’s attorney general is urging Congress to allow marijuana businesses to access banks.

Illinois’s treasurer spoke in support of state marijuana banking legislation.

Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner announced that the state’s hemp processors had $57.75 million in gross product sales in 2018, compared with $16.7 million in 2017.

Rhode Island’s State Police colonel said that the state is already dealing with marijuana-related issues due to legalization in neighboring states and that the governor assured him his forces would have additional resources if the state ends prohibition. Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary and Finance Committees will hold a joint hearing on legalization on Tuesday, with the House Finance Committee doing so on Wednesday.

Pennsylvania State Police are being sued by the family of a man who was crushed to death by a bulldozer during an attempted marijuana arrest.

Ohio’s former top medical cannabis regulator is now working for a marijuana company.

Vermont regulators reported that the the number of registered medical cannabis patients has dropped since recreational marijuana legalization went into effect last summer.

California regulators released guidance on cannabis events.

Oregon activists submitted a proposed ballot initiative that would allow marijuana social use areas and provide employment protections for consumers, among other changes. Meanwhile, lawmakers are considering several cannabis bills.

Arizona activists and medical cannabis businesses are working on a proposed 2020 marijuana legalization ballot measure.

Michigan medical cannabis businesses are reportedly preparing to push legislation that would restrict home cultivation and eliminate marijuana gifting, among other changes.

Utah regulators are seeking vendors to build the medical cannabis program’s electronic verification and inventory control systems.

Here’s a look at how West Virginia marijuana legislation fared this session.


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/ LOCAL

Burlington, Vermont’s Electric Department is offering tips on how to efficiently grow marijuana.

Sarasota, Florida City Commission unanimously voted to direct the city attorney to draft a proposed marijuana decriminalization ordinance.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said that the country will decriminalize marijuana.

Here’s a look at how Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s position on marijuana has evolved over time.

Canadian regulators released an updated on marijuana business licensing.

/ ADVOCACY

The Kansas Democratic Party tweeted about support for medical cannabis.

The New York State School Boards Association said that marijuana legalization needs to be carefully considered and shouldn’t be done through the budget.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the National Action Network are calling on New York lawmakers to tie marijuana legalization to economic equity.

Staff from prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana met with anti-drug organizers from Singapore, which has the death penalty for possessing 500 grams of cannabis.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study in Washington State found that “between 2010 and 2016, marijuana use decreased significantly among working and nonworking 8th and 10th graders” but that “among working 12th graders, marijuana use increased significantly over time relative to nonworking youth.”

Colorado State University is launching a national medical cannabis patient data registry.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that New York voters support legalizing marijuana, 53%-43%.

/ BUSINESS

Canadian bank Canaccord Genuity is seeking approval from the U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to act as a custodian for U.S. marijuana industry investors.

A representative for Altria cited the legal age of use for marijuana in states that have ended prohibition in testimony supporting Texas legislation to raise the legal age of purchase for tobacco to 21.

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Cannabis decrim heads to governor’s desk in New Mexico (Newsletter: March 18, 2019)

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Marijuana equity activists protest Boehner SXSW speech; Mexican lawmakers start cannabis talks; Anti-legalization congressman slams DEA

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New Mexico lawmakers sent a marijuana decriminalization bill to the desk of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D). Meanwhile, a broader bill to legalize cannabis sales through state-run stores stalled in committee.

Anti-legalization Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) seemed to slam the Drug Enforcement Administration for refusing to reschedule marijuana during a House hearing.

  • “The DEA is failing the American public here by not letting research take place on marijuana.”

Activists for equity in the marijuana industry protested SXSW speeches by former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and MedMen’s CEO.

New polling analysis from the Pew Research Center shows that independent voters overwhelmingly support legalizing marijuana—regardless of whether they lean Republican or Democrat.

Denver, Colorado officials launched an interactive map that tracks how marijuana tax revenue funds educational programs.

Mexican lawmakers from competing parties teamed up to discuss how to work together to enact marijuana reform.

/ FEDERAL

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy invoked executive privilege to block a Freedom of Information Act request seeking the text of anti-marijuana memos submitted to the office by various federal agencies.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams tweeted, ” Hope EVERYONE agrees, we must do all we can to prevent youth marijuana use. Both the product and the delivery systems today can mean MUCH ⬆️ THC to brain than in past, and ⬆️ risk – esp to youth.”

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) and five cosponsors filed a House resolution that “condemns the Government of the Philippines for its role in state-sanctioned extrajudicial killings by police and other armed individuals as part of the ‘War on Drugs.'”

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “Legalizing marijuana is about dignity & free choice. Denying both to a dying man is the real crime. I just intro’d bipartisan bill to end federal marijuana prohibition.”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) tweeted about having dinner with travel writer Rick Steves, adding, “Rick’s the ultimate ethical businessman, using his platform to advocate against hunger & fascism, and for fair taxation & legalization of Marijuana. Grateful for all his work!”

The New York Times looks at how supporting marijuana legalization is a mainstream position for Democratic presidential candidates.

/ STATES

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) said she will add marijuana legalization to the agenda for the state’s 2020 legislative session and touted a hemp bill that lawmakers approved this year. Lawmakers also sent a medical cannabis expansion bill to her desk.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) tweeted, “Thank you to the Florida Legislature for honoring the will of the people and taking action on medical marijuana.”

Kentucky’s attorney general said he wants to let voters decide on medical cannabis, and that he would vote for it. Meanwhile, the agriculture commissioner tweeted, “In Kentucky, we designed our hemp program to help any family farmer willing to give it a chance.  Hemp once thrived in Kentucky and now we are bringing it back!” He’s set to release new data on the economic impact of hemp on Monday.

Illinois’s treasurer is supporting state legislation to increase marijuana businesses’ access to banks.

Idaho’s secretary of state said that pending legislation to make it harder to qualify voter initiatives for the ballot would apply to a medical cannabis and hemp petition that was recently filed.

Delaware’s Department of Justice is supporting a bill to make the possession, use or consumption of a personal use quantity of marijuana by minors a civil violation.

A Massachusetts judge ruled that state regulators do not have the authority to review host community agreements between municipalities and marijuana businesses.

The Maryland Senate voted unanimously to allow the sale of medical cannabis edibles at dispensaries.

New York’s Assembly speaker said he’s still open to considering including marijuana legalization in the final annual state budget.

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands House Committee on Cannabis approved amendments to the territory’s marijuana legalization law.

The Texas House Public Health Committee created a new subcommittee focused on medical cannabis.

Missouri regulators released draft medical cannabis rules.

An audit by Nevada regulators determined that the state missed out on $500,000 in tax revenue due to discrepancies in data entry by marijuana businesses. Meanwhile, the state’s advisory panel to form a Cannabis Compliance Board met.

A Pennsylvania senator wants to put marijuana legalization on the ballot.

Michigan regulators named 75 people to participate in marijuana legalization implementation working groups.

Alabama regulators approved 180 applications to cultivate hemp.

Arkansas regulators approved a third medical cannabis cultivation business to begin operations.

Here’s a critical look at Minnesota’s medical cannabis task force.


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A number of New York county executives say they will seek to opt out of allowing legal marijuana sales.

The Denver, Colorado City Council’s Marijuana Committee will hold a Monday hearing on distance requirements for designated cannabis consumption areas.

Former Tallahassee, Florida Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana in an appearance on Bill Maher’s HBO show.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Several United Nations agencies released a report on human rights and drug policy.

The Philippines is withdrawing from participation in the International Criminal Court over its inquiry into the nations bloody “war on drugs.”

/ ADVOCACY

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin tweeted, “Despite the majority of Wisconsinites’ support for marijuana legalization, @WisGOP continues to ignore the will of the people. That’s why @GovEvers’ budget legalizes marijuana and addresses the economic and racial disparities surrounding it.”

The Democratic Party of New Mexico touted a marijuana decriminalization bill that was approved by lawmakers.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review of studies on multiple sclerosis spasticity found “evidence for the efficacy and safety of THC:CBD in clinical practice.”

A study found “Sativex as effective and well tolerated for the management of the spasticity of patients with [multiple sclerosis] with moderate to severe grade symptoms.”

/ BUSINESS

The creator of Jelly Belly launched a new line of CBD-infused jelly beans.

Walmart.com is being called out for featuring a marijuana-themed sweatshirt in its juniors section.

/ CULTURE

Snoop Dogg launched a new video game competition called the Gangsta Gaming League, which “will most definitely allow the use of cannabis.”

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