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Trump’s on board with new cannabis bill (Newsletter: June 11, 2018)

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McConnell puts hemp in Farm Bill; Sessions left out of marijuana talks; Congressional Black Caucus pushes cannabis reforms

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President Trump was asked if he supports new Senate legislation to let states set their own marijuana laws without federal interference.

  • “I really do. I support Senator Gardner. I know exactly what he’s doing. We’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) succeeded in inserting hemp legalization language into the wide-ranging Farm Bill, which is expected to be approved in committee this week.

U.S . Attorney General Jeff Sessions lamented in an interview that he was left out of the White House’s marijuana talks with Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO).

The governors of 12 states sent a letter asking congressional leaders to support new far-reaching marijuana legislation.

The Congressional Black Caucus is calling for major marijuana reforms.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s recent directive on hemp products was the result of a settlement with the Hemp Industries Association.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not mention marijuana once during a speech at a conservative conference in Colorado.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tweeted, “By outlawing marijuana, the federal government puts communities of color, small businesses, public health & safety at risk.”

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) tweeted, “Legalizing marijuana at the federal level is about stopping our country from repeating the same mistakes of the past. Most Americans already know that too many lives have been needlessly ruined because of the War on Drugs. We need to get this done.” She also tweeted, “Jeff Sessions should focus on issues like transnational criminal organizations and investigating and prosecuting human trafficking, not going after Americans who are using recreational and medicinal marijuana.”

Congressman Michael Burgess (R-TX) supports rescheduling CBD and wants more research on medical cannabis.

Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) cut the ribbon at the opening of a marijuana dispensary.

Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) appeared at a hemp event.

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “The federal government should respect the wishes of voters in states that have legalized marijuana.”

Congressman Jason Lewis (R-MN) tweeted, “On the heels of introducing the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act, it’s great to see the Administration recognizing the importance of protecting states’ rights to handle marijuana regulation within their borders.”

Former Congressman Billy Tauzin (R-LA), who also served as PhRMA CEO, now works with a medical cannabis company.

The U.S. Senate bill to deschedule marijuana and withhold funding from states with discriminatory enforcement got one new cosponsor, for a total of six.

The U.S. House bill to deschedule marijuana and withhold funding from states with discriminatory enforcement got one new cosponsor, for a total of 39.

The U.S. House bill to respect state marijuana laws got two new cosponsors, for a total of 17.

The U.S. House bill to increase marijuana businesses’ access to banks got one new cosponsor, for a total of 93.

/ STATES

South Carolina Democratic primary voters will see a nonbinding medical cannabis question on their Tuesday ballots.

New Jersey’s Senate president is cosponsoring a new bills to legalize marijuana and expand the state’s medical cannabis program. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) is staying neutral on which of various pending cannabis bills he prefers.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) signed into law bills creating a medical cannabis oversight board and making changes to patient ID card rules. Separately, the Senate minority leader said he plans to file a marijuana legalization bill.

The New York Assembly approved legislation to expunge marijuana conviction records.

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) tweeted, “Our federal marijuana laws are broken — and we need to ensure this Justice department does not interfere with Washington state’s thriving, well-regulated marijuana market.”

Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner tweeted support for including hemp legalization in the federal Farm Bill.

Florida gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine, currently the Miami Beach mayor, released a video about his support for legalizing marijuana. Rival Andrew Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor, tweeted that he is “proud to be the first candidate in this race to support legalizing marijuana.” They and other candidates are trying to out-marijuana one another on Twitter. Meanwhile, patient advocates are asking an appeals court to immediately certify an appeal concerning the legality of smoking medical cannabis. Separately, regulators will hold a series of Monday meetings about proposed medical cannabis rule changes.

Colorado gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis, currently a congressman, tweeted, “With Jeff Sessions in town, it’s a great day to talk about protecting CO’s forward-looking cannabis industry. We won’t let the AG drag CO back into the days of prohibition.”

Michigan regulators cancelled a meeting at which they were expected to award medical cannabis business licenses.

Rhode Island lawmakers rejected Gov. Gina Raimondo’s (D)  proposed expansion of the state medical cannabis program in budget legislation. However, they moved to increase dispensary license fees by 4,900%. Meanwhile, a representative is optimistic about legalization in 2019.

Oregon regulators released more information about their pausing of the processing of marijuana business license applications. They will hold a meeting on Thursday.

/ LOCAL

A Dane County, Wisconsin supervisor wants to place an advisory marijuana legalization question on the November ballot.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Alderney lawmakers are expected to vote on marijuana proposals this week.

The Canadian military plans to restrict, not ban, marijuana use by soldiers.

/ ADVOCACY

Prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana opened a new office and is hiring for several positions, including in New York and Denver. The group appears to be freaking out over President Trump’s backing of a new marijuana bill.

The Cooperative Credit Union Association is supporting new Senate marijuana legislation.

Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham said she’s “disappointed” about President Trump’s support for marijuana legislation.

Commentator Geraldo Rivera cheered the president’s support for cannabis reform.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review  of cannabinoids in pain medicine found “good long-term efficacy and long-term tolerability.”

A study of marijuana use rates found that “any cannabis use may be decreasing among teens,” but “relative odds of more frequent use among users increased in ages 12-64 since 2007.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board wants President Trump to follow through on supporting marijuana reform.

/ BUSINESS  

Several Colorado marijuana businesses are considering leaving the state as a result of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s (D) veto of legislation to allow publicly traded entities to hold cannabis licenses.

/ CULTURE     

Rapper T.I. spoke about the fact that it’s difficult for people with marijuana convictions to work in the legal cannabis industry.

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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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