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Trump issues medical cannabis signing statement (Newsletter: Feb. 18, 2019)

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WI gov puts medical marijuana & decrim in budget; VT legal sales bill advances; McConnell pushes USDA on hemp; WV cannabis banking bill approved

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In a signing statement for annual federal spending legislation, President Trump singled out the provision that protects state medical marijuana laws from federal interference.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) will include marijuana reforms in his first budget this month, including legal medical cannabis, broader marijuana decriminalization, criminal record expungement and CBD access without a doctor.

The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to legalize marijuana sales. Meanwhile, representatives filed additional legalization legislation in the House, along with a bill to expunge cannabis convictions.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) teamed up on a letter pushing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement hemp legalization “expeditiously.”

A handful of New Mexico Republican senators filed a bill to legalize marijuana—but they want it sold in government-run stores only.

The West Virginia House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved a bill on medical cannabis banking, which goes so far as to say the state would defend any official prosecuted by the federal government for handling legal marijuana proceeds.

/ FEDERAL

President Trump, in a speech announcing his emergency declaration to build a Mexican border wall, spoke fondly of China’s use of the death penalty for drug offenses.

Former Drug Enforcement Administration and Office of National Drug Control Policy officials criticized the border wall as an anti-drug tactic.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R), who is exploring a primary challenge to President Trump, claimed in his announcement speech that the Department of Veterans Affairs denies benefits to veterans who use medical cannabis. (About 9:50 into the linked video.) The department’s policy states, “Veterans will not be denied VA benefits because of marijuana use.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted, “You can’t separate marijuana legalization from the injustices of the War on Drugs. If you do, those who profit from private prisons can get another payday w/ marijuana. $ is a justice issue. Communities decimated by mass incarceration need to see investments w/ legalization.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “More people are arrested for marijuana than for all other violent crimes combined. Marijuana has long been a driving force for mass incarceration in this country and I’m fighting to end it.”

The House bill to require the Department of Justice to license more growers of marijuana for research got one new cosponsor, for a total of seven.

The House bill to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to study medical cannabis got four new cosponsors, for a total of 38.

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) and legislative leaders have reportedly reached a deal on marijuana legalization details.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) plans to include revenues from marijuana legalization in his first budget.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) announced that more than 80,000 patients have legally purchased medical cannabis in the program’s first year, with more than 1,000 physicians certified to recommend the drug. Separately, a senator authored an op-ed calling for the state to allow voters to decide on marijuana legalization through a referendum.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) tweeted photos of a health lab drug locker and said, “Bursting at the seams. Legalizing industrial hemp would flood our lab with more tests, strain law enforcement, require untested regs & lead us down the path to legalizing marijuana. SD isn’t ready to legalize industrial hemp.” She also posted a separate Twitter thread on her reservations about legalizing hemp.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis praised a state senator for a bill allowing reimbursement for medical cannabis used for pain management and spoke about medical marijuana as a possible solution to the opioid epidemic. Meanwhile, a bill that would allow police to arrest drivers “for the presumption that a driver is under the influence of marijuana” was withdrawn by its sponsor.

Here’s a look at California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) plans to crack down on unlicensed marijuana operations.

The Nevada advisory panel developing a Cannabis Compliance Board held its first meeting.

The Oklahoma Senate Health and Human Services Committee will consider several medical cannabis reform bills on Monday.

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands House Cannabis Committee will meet on Saturday to consider marijuana legalization amendments. Meanwhile, another member of the territory’s cannabis regulatory commission was sworn in.

Massachusetts lawmakers are considering legislation that would make it easier for municipalities to allow marijuana social consumption areas.

Ohio regulators awarded two more medical cannabis dispensary certificates of operation.

Michigan regulators released guidance on medical cannabis testing requirements and package RFID tags.


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A lawsuit alleges that Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey’s mayor improperly failed to disclose that he served as a paid lobbyist for the state affiliate of prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana as he instituted a local ban on cannabis businesses and encouraged other municipalities to do the same.

Buffalo, New York’s mayor announced during his State of the City address that he ordered police to stop enforcing low-level marijuana possession offenses.

New York City officials plan to start fining restaurants that sell CBD products.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The UK’s first legal medical cannabis import has been received.

The Cyprus House passed a bill legalizing and regulating medical cannabis.

Singapore is considering allowing medical cannabis.

/ ADVOCACY

The South Dakota Democratic Party tweeted, “Gov. Noem doesn’t have her facts straight on industrial hemp, or the legislation. The plants don’t look identical and the bill includes the federal government’s definitions for both industrial hemp and marijuana to differentiate what is being legalized.”

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party tweeted a poll about legalization, saying, “4:20 on a Friday? No better time to talk marijuana.”

United Bodegas of America is pushing New York lawmakers to let its members sell marijuana in their stores.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “a cannabis galenical preparation may be therapeutically effective and safe for the symptomatic treatment of some chronic diseases.”

A group of 75 scholars and clinicians release a public letter pushing back against author Alex Berenson’s claims about marijuana and psychosis.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll of Maryland residents found that they support legalizing marijuana, 57%-37%.

A poll of Massachusetts residents found that 56% now support marijuana legalization and that 55% want the state to allow cannabis social consumption areas.

/ BUSINESS

UPS is suing cannabis companies United Pot Smokers, UPS420 and THCPlant for trademark infringement.

Aphria Inc. announced the results of an internal report into allegations made against the company about its acquisition of Latin American assets.

Barron’s published two skeptical pieces about the prospects for marijuana businesses and stocks.

/ CULTURE

The American Motorcyclist Association is banning sponsorships by CBD companies.

The New York Times Magazine offered brief tips on how to grow hemp.

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Fed health agency slams cannabis’s Schedule I restrictions (Newsletter: March 22, 2019)

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Study: Marijuana consumers are less obese than non-users; Veterans orgs press Congress on cannabis research; More WI legalization ballot questions

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A federal agency under the National Institutes of Health is slamming marijuana’s restrictive Schedule I status as a reason for “slow” research on its medical benefits, and says it will spend money on studies examining cannabis as a pain treatment.

A number of military veterans advocacy organizations such as Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America have been pressing Congress on expanding medical cannabis research in a series of joint House-Senate hearings in recent weeks.

Voters in some Wisconsin localities will get the chance to decide on marijuana legalization and medical cannabis ballot questions during the state’s April 2 election.

A new study smashes stereotype about lazy stoners who are too busy stuffing their faces with munchies to exercise, finding that “actively cannabis-using subgroups were under-represented among newly incident cases of obesity.”

/ FEDERAL

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the driver of a truck that got stuck on railroad tracks and was collided into by a train carrying members of Congress last year was under the influence of marijuana and an anti-seizure medication.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “The drug pushers at Big Pharma have enough crooked politicians in their pocket to maintain the appearance of legality – that’s the only difference between them & every other global drug cartel. I’m for legalizing marijuana & holding Big Pharma accountable.”

Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) touted his 95% Conservative Voting Record from Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom, which is based, in part, on the Farm Bill’s hemp legalization provisions.

/ STATES

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) held a press conference to build support for marijuana legalization votes on Monday, saying that he is “making progress, but we have a ways to go.” He also spoke about the reasons for ending prohibition in an MSNBC interview.

Alabama’s Republican House speaker is cosponsoring a medical cannabis bill.

A majority of Illinois House of Representatives members have cosponsored a resolution calling to slow down the process for marijuana legalization legislation. Separately, a representative filed a bill to make the state’s medical cannabis program permanent and to add new qualifying conditions.

The Connecticut legislature’s General Law and Judiciary Committees will hold hearings on marijuana legalization on Friday.

Guam lawmakers began debating a marijuana legalization bill.

Several large marijuana companies appear to be testing the limits of a Massachusetts law that allows firms to control no more than three retail cannabis outlets in the state.

The North Dakota Senate is expected to vote on legislation to expand the state’s medical cannabis program soon.

Maine officials hired a top regulator to run the state’s recreational marijuana program.

Michigan regulators are moving to shut down 50 unlicensed medical cannabis businesses.

Ohio regulators awarded certificates of operations to three more medical cannabis dispensaries.


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/ LOCAL

Boston, Massachusetts’s mayor published a letter in the New York Times about the city’s efforts to ensure equity in the marijuana industry.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The former presidents of Colombia, Mexico and Switzerland co-authored an op-ed calling for drug legalization.

A Guernsey senior deputy said the jurisdiction should consider legalizing marijuana.

/ ADVOCACY

The Connecticut Republican Party is conducting a survey on support for legalizing marijuana.

The Indiana Democratic Party tweeted, “33 other states have passed some form of medical marijuana- including our neighbors of Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois. Hoosiers are ready to join them.” It also launched a petition on the issue.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “lifetime cannabis use is associated with better working memory and processing speed and worse real-world functioning in the area of socially useful activities in patients with schizophrenia-related disorders.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that Montana voters support legalizing marijuana, 51%-37%.

/ BUSINESS

Trulieve Tallahassee made Florida’s first legal sale of smokable medical cannabis flower.

SunTrust closed the bank account of the Medical Marijuana Business Association of Florida.

/ CULTURE

Travel writer Rick Steves gave the New York Times Magazine a look at some of the musings he has jotted down while high.

The New York Times looks at high-end marijuana-related jewelry.

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FDA says CBD regulations could take years to enact (Newsletter: March 21, 2019)

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Hickenlooper open to decriminalizing drugs & sex work; SC medical marijuana advances; O’Rourke connects Big Pharma wrongs with cannabis reform

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Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is warning that  it could take the agency several years to develop rules allowing CBD in food products. A better option, he says, would be for Congress to pass additional legislation on the topic beyond the Farm Bill’s hemp legalization provisions.

Presidential candidate and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), who opposed legalizing marijuana in 2012, now says states should be able to decriminalize heroin and cocaine—and allow supervised consumption facilities—without federal interference. He’s also open to legalizing sex work.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), a presidential candidate, compared the non-prosecution of Big Pharma malfeasance to racially disproportionate enforcement of marijuana laws in a campaign rally.

A South Carolina Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee approved a medical cannabis bill.

/ FEDERAL

National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora Volkow is skeptical that medical cannabis can be a substitute for opioids.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams tweeted, “There’s evidence that much of the marijuana available today has substantially higher THC content than in years/ decades past, & that may present a unique risk to certain subgroups (eg young people, developing fetuses, and those w mental health concerns). Further, young people especially are consuming in ways (eg via edibles, e-cigarettes, and ‘dabbing,’- if you’re a parent and you don’t know what dabbing is, look it up!) that can further increase the concentration of THC (the part of MJ that gets one ‘high’) reaching the brain.”

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO), a presidential candidate, said during a CNN town hall that “most of our fears haven’t come true” about legalizing marijuana and that “I’ve come more and more to believe now that the worst didn’t happen and even though our system’s not perfect yet—we still have a black market—it’s so much better than the old system where we sent millions of kids to prison, most of them kids of color.”

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) spoke about his support for military veterans’ medical cannabis access.

Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) tweeted, “Marijuana legalization for adult use is the right choice for New Jersey. Legalizing adult-use marijuana will allow the state to regulate the drug and ensure its safety. I applaud the expungement provisions developed by @GovMurphy and legislative leadership. Like many other states, New Jersey has suffered from disproportionate impacts of drug enforcement in minority communities, and this legislation will help rectify iniquities of the past. New  Jersey is ready to move forward, and it’s time for the state’s leaders to get behind it.”

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) tweeted, “The criminalization of marijuana has done real damage among people of color in this country. In drug use and addiction, we have frequently and mistakenly used the criminal justice system with Black and Brown people, while seeking treatment, and leniency for White users. Glad to see our state stepping up to address the disparities that marijuana has created in our criminal justice system with strong social justice components in their proposal to legalize marijuana in New Jersey, and I am especially grateful for @GovMurphy’s leadership on this.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “More and more states have addressed the painful consequences of the failed #WarOnDrugs by legalizing marijuana. Congress must follow their lead and pass the #MarijuanaJusticeAct to legalize cannabis at the federal level.”

Former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-AK), who is considering running for the Democratic presidential nomination, tweeted about his support for marijuana legalization and decriminalizing all drugs.

/ STATES

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said he thinks marijuana legalization “will be done during the legislative session, post budget.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) cheered a court ruling dismissing the state’s prior appeal of a lawsuit challenging its former ban on smoking medical cannabis.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) said he expects to see several hemp bills introduced in the state.

Colorado lawmakers sent Gov. Jared Polis (D) a bill adding autism spectrum disorders as medical cannabis qualifying conditions. Separately, regulators issued guidance on cannabis transportation licenses.

A Tennessee senator claims that Gov. Bill Lee (R) told her he would sign a medical cannabis bill despite his past opposition.

The U.S. Virgin Islands senator who sponsored a successful medical cannabis bill is now the nominee to be the territory’s agriculture commissioner.

Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial candidate Adam Edelen tweeted, “When I’m your governor, medical marijuana users will be patients, not criminals.”

The Illinois Senate Financial Institutions Committee approved a marijuana banking bill.

The California Assembly Committee on Health approved a bill to clarify hemp-derived CBD’s legality.

Michigan’s new marijuana regulatory body will make its decisions behind closed doors. Meanwhile, regulators expect to have draft recreational cannabis rules ready by June. And the state’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board will meet on Thursday.

Washington State officials said that marijuana tax revenue has “leveled off.” Separately, regulators sent a warning about letters with consumer complaints that cannabis businesses are receiving that falsely appear to be from the state Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Nevada regulators are being sued by 11 marijuana businesses over allegedly “arbitrarily” issuing dispensary licenses.

Oregon regulators announced changes to marijuana pre-roll tracking and taxation rules.

Vermont regulators plan to increase fees for hemp growers.

The Rhode Island House Finance Committee held a hearing on marijuana legalization, with the State Police colonel testifying in support of the legislation.

A New Jersey senator who opposes commercial marijuana legalization filed a bill to place a measure allowing one ounce of cannabis on the ballot.

North Carolina lawmakers introduced a hemp bill.

A Wisconsin representative’s claim about drug-related incarceration rates for African-American men is false, according to PolitiFact.

Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee will meet on April 11.


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Clark County, Nevada officials are considering how to use marijuana tax revenue for homelessness issues.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Organization of American States published a report tracking drug use trends in the Americas.

Jersey Chief Minister John Le Fondré supports legalizing medical cannabis cultivation.

Romania’s finance minister said the government is considering legalizing medical cannabis.

/ ADVOCACY

The Indiana Democratic Party tweeted, “It is going to take all of us standing together to legalize medical marijuana in Indiana.  ✍ Sign our petition if you are ready to join dozens of other states with medicinal cannabis.”

The Republican Party of New York tweeted, “In a victory for voices of reason everywhere, the rush to legalize recreational marijuana has been dropped from the budget. We must examine all of the research before jumping to a decision on this important topic.”

Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity is organizing a phone banking session in support of a New Hampshire marijuana legalization bill.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “of those reporting having been diagnosed with depression or anxiety, most reported these conditions were improved following 5-MeO-DMT use, and fewer reported they were unchanged or worsened” and that “improvement in depression/anxiety conditions were associated with greater intensity of mystical experiences and higher ratings of the spiritual significance and personal meaning of the 5-MeO-DMT experience.”

WIRED published an overview of the science of marijuana.

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In a poll of U.S. adults, 2% responded to an open-ended question about one issue that “will be most important to you in deciding whom to support in next year’s presidential election” by mentioning marijuana.

A poll of New York voters found that they support legalizing marijuana, 65%-32% and that 59% would support the legal sale of cannabis in their communities, with 38% opposed.

/ BUSINESS

CVS will begin selling Curaleaf CBD products.

Vireo Health will begin publicly trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange.

/ CULTURE

Musician Dean Ween said he will open a marijuana-friendly concert venue in Denver on April 5.

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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.

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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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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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