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UN warns US & Canada over cannabis legalization (Newsletter: March 6, 2018)

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The International Narcotics Control Board, a body of the United Nations, issued a report slamming  countries like the U.S., Canada, Uruguay and Jamaica for moving toward marijuana legalization.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval’s (R) Gaming Policy Committee approved a measure allowing casinos to host marijuana-related conferences as long as federal drug laws are observed, including prohibiting use and possession of cannabis on-site. Sandoval also confirmed that he has spoken to the state’s U.S. attorney about marijuana enforcement.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Sensitive Investigative Unit took more than a decade to address known issues related to the agency’s involvement in civilian deaths in Mexico, a document obtained through the Freedom of Information Act shows.

Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) acknowledged that his views on marijuana “don’t exactly line up with my own state.” But he also said that federal policy is a “nightmare” and a “mess,” which “Congress has to clean up a bit.” (About 46 minutes into the audio clip.)

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) spoke about the impact of marijuana enforcement on African-American men in a House floor speech.

Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (D-NV) tweeted, “States should have the right to make their own decisions regarding marijuana regulation,” and published an op-ed on the topic.

Candidates in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district debated marijuana.

/ STATES

The New Jersey Assembly Oversight Committee held a hearing on marijuana legalization, and the chair announced three additional future hearings on cannabis issues.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) proposed “a number of minor amendments and corrections to the statutes regulating adult use marijuana and medical use marijuana.”

Kentucky’s House Judiciary Committee began debate on a medical cannabis bill, with a possible vote expected on Tuesday.

The Idaho Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted to hold a bill to legalize CBD medical cannabis, likely killing the proposal.

A Florida judge scheduled a hearing on a lawsuit seeking to force the state to allow smokable forms of medical cannabis for May 16. Meanwhile, the production of medical marijuana patient ID cards is months behind schedule.

A South Dakota senator said she believes voters will be able to weigh in on medical cannabis via a ballot measure this year.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted that “medical marijuana has been proven to help serious medical conditions like epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and more.” Separately, the state’s medical cannabis advisory board met to discuss potential changes to the program.

/ LOCAL

Atlantic City, New Jersey’s mayor wants to turn the city into a marijuana “destination, where folks can come here and enjoy it in a controlled area.”

Albuquerque, New Mexico city councilmembers detailed a new proposal to decriminalize marijuana.

Denver, Colorado’s Cannabis Health and Safety Advisory Committee will meet on March 14.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The largest party in the Portuguese Parliament endorsed legalizing marijuana.

The UK is the world’s largest producer and exporter of legal cannabis for medical and scientific use.

/ ADVOCACY

The Democratic Party of New Mexico tweeted in support of decriminalizing marijuana.

An effort to defeat Oklahoma’s medical cannabis ballot measure is forming.

Here’s a look at marijuana-related lobbying interests in Massachusetts.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that Michigan likely voters support legalizing marijuana, 61%-35%.

/ BUSINESS

The Washington Examiner looks at the difficulty of policing dark web drug markets.

/ CULTURE     

The former Texas Wesleyan University baseball coach who was fired for sending an email saying he won’t recruit students from Colorado because of the state’s marijuana law gave a lengthy interview in which he said he regrets the move, but also said cannabis has “affected my life personally several years ago” and “cost me a lot financially.”

A video game speedrunner who goes by the handle BubblesDelFuego was banned from future events hosted by charity organization Games Done Quick after he shared some of his medical cannabis with a friend.

HBO’s John Oliver called out NRA TV for a segment that “slut-shamed” marijuana.

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Senate votes to legalize hemp; House vote soon (Newsletter: Dec. 12, 2018)

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Gov’t shutdown could put medical marijuana at risk; UK lawmakers vote to reject legalization; Anti-cannabis US attorney hosts summit

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As President Trump threatens a government shutdown over border wall funding, it could put medical cannabis. patients at risk. Here’s why: A shutdown would mean that the “Rohrabacher-Farr” protections for state medical marijuana laws would expire, but Drug Enforcement Administration agents and federal prosecutors are exempt from furlough.

The Senate approved the Farm Bill, which includes provisions to legalize hemp.  A House vote is expected soon.

A bipartisan collection of House and Senate members cheered the inclusion of hemp legalization in the Farm Bill.

The UK House of Commons rejected a proposal to legalize marijuana, with the opposition Labour Party of Jeremy Corbyn reportedly whipping its members to abstain on the vote.

The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, who has consistently spoken out against cannabis reform, is holding a “Marijuana Summit” on Wednesday. Prohibitionist activist Kevin Sabet is scheduled to speak.

/ FEDERAL

Former White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Chief of Staff Regina LaBelle answered questions about legalizing marijuana and other drugs in a C-SPAN appearance.

Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said he is “concerned” by how rapidly states are moving to legalize marijuana.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that the Senate will vote on criminal justice reform legislation before the end of the year.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) tweeted, “Reforming our criminal justice system is about redemption—giving many Americans another chance to achieve a more fulfilling future. The House has already demonstrated our commitment to making substantive reforms and we welcome the Senate’s consideration of the FIRST STEP Act.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) filed a bill that would, among other things, seek to recover lands affected by illegal marijuana cultivation. Separately, she tweeted, “As states moves toward legalizing marijuana, let’s remember how many lives have been ruined because of our regressive policies. We must focus on restorative justice.”

The House bill to respect state marijuana laws got seven new cosponsors, for a total of 36.

/ STATES

The Michigan House of Representatives approved a bill to ease background check requirements on low-level marijuana business investors.

Legislative sources are suggesting it is unlikely New Jersey lawmakers will pass a marijuana legalization bill by the end of the year.

Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker (D) spoke about the need to include expungement of past convictions in marijuana legalization legislation. He also said he wants the state to jump ahead of Michigan and become the first state in the Midwest to launch recreational cannabis sales.

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), who supports legalization of marijuana, suggested that Gov. Tom Wolf (D), who does not, may “evolve” on the issue. Separately, Wolf tweeted, “Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is now accepting requests for new qualifying conditions. Doctors and patients can submit recommendations to the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board for review.”

Georgia House and Senate study committees voted to recommend expanded cannabis oil distribution and hemp farming.

California regulators proposed an emergency rule on tracking wholesale cost and retail selling price of marijuana.

Oklahoma regulators approved food safety standards for medical cannabis processors.

South Carolina’s House minority leader said legalizing medical cannabis is a personal goal of his.

A Missouri senator filed a bill to give minority- and women-owned medical cannabis business license applicants a scoring boost.

Connecticut’s Office of Legislative Research released a brief about marijuana legalization considerations. Separately, regulators doubled the number of medical cannabis dispensaries in the state by approving nine new ones.

Massachusetts’s third recreational marijuana store is set to open this week.

Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner cheered the passage of hemp legalization provisions in the Farm Bill.


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Chicago, Illinois Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) is reportedly preparing to call for legalizing marijuana, with revenues to be dedicated entirely to pensions.

The Boston, Massachusetts City Council held a hearing on creating “buffer zones” between substance abuse treatment centers and marijuana dispensaries or liquor stores.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The UK House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee is requesting submissions of evidence on the use of medical cannabis “as the first part of a wider inquiry into the impact of drugs policy on public health.”

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Parliament began debate on medical cannabis bills.

Chilean lawmakers debated a medical cannabis bill.

Some advocate in Thailand are concerned about foreign control of medical cannabis companies.

/ ADVOCACY

The Republican Party of Kentucky tweeted, “With the Farm Bill passed in the Senate, we’re one step closer to hemp legalization! Thank you @SenateMajLdr, @RandPaul, @KYComer, and @RyanQuarlesKY for all that you’ve done fighting for our farmers and leading the charge for Industrial Hemp!”

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

In a review of studies on THC and oncologic pain, “five found THC to be more effective than placebo, one found THC to be more effective than placebo in American patients but ineffective in patients from other countries, and two found THC to be no more effective than placebo.”

A study found that “plain packaging and health warnings [on marijuana products] may reduce brand appeal and increase health knowledge among young adults.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial board wants more transparency in the marijuana business licensing process.

/ BUSINESS

Aphria, Inc. is facing a class action lawsuit over allegedly misleading shareholders.

A review of patent filings suggest that Altria may be trying to corner the market for cannabis vaporization devices.

The New York Times looks at the growing interest of alcohol and tobacco companies in the marijuana industry.

/ CULTURE

Martha Stewart spoke about trying marijuana edibles.

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Trump official defends medical cannabis in public housing (Newsletter: Dec. 11, 2018)

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Feds highlight marijuana research opps; Cuomo might legalize through New York budget; McConnell uses hemp pen to sign Farm Bill

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A Department of Housing and Urban Development official said that landlords should be required to “legally permit” medical cannabis in federally-subsidized housing. Her comments came in response to the case of a 78-year-old man who was evicted from his New York apartment due to medical marijuana use. Amid media coverage of the move, his landlord reversed its position on Monday and invited him to move back in.

After hosting a day-long marijuana research workshop, the National Institutes of Health released a list of funding opportunities for cannabis studies—several of which don’t even explicitly mention cannabinoids, which suggests an effort to greatly expand cannabis science.

The final text of the Farm Bill was released—including hemp legalization provisions and a scaled back ban on participation in the newly legal economy by people with felony drug convictions. House and Senate votes to send the bill to President Trump’s desk are expected this week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) used a hemp pen to sign off on the Farm Bill conference report.

New York lawmakers are hearing signals that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) may include marijuana legalization in his state budget proposal due out next month.

/ FEDERAL

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said his agency is working to “make sure that that transition to national legalization [of marijuana] in Canada goes smoothly” at the border.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday titled, “Narcos: Transnational Cartels and Border Security.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) tweeted, “Decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level isn’t just a smart thing to do —it’s the right thing to do. We can’t keep repeating the same mistakes of the past. Too many lives have been ruined by these regressive policies.”

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) criticized Michigan Republican lawmakers for seeking to “overturn the will of the voters” by, among other things, considering legislation to scale back marijuana legalization.

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Kentucky’s attorney general wants to put medical cannabis legalization before voters in a referendum.

The Utah Supreme Court is considering two emergency petitions seeking to overturn the legislature’s move to replace the voter-approved medical cannabis ballot measure with a “compromise” bill.

Some details are beginning to emerge about 2019 Illinois marijuana legalization legislation, including expungement and licensing provisions, as well as those aimed at ensuring equity in the industry for people of color.

New Jersey mayors met with the House speaker to advocate for social justice provisions in marijuana legalization legislation.

Ohio regulators announced that nearly 2,000 patients and caregivers have already signed up in the first week of the state’s  medical cannabis registry being active.

Oklahoma officials are being asked to investigate possible collusion between state agencies when drafting medical cannabis regulations.

California regulators released guidance about marijuana product testing requirements.

Michigan regulators released guidance about selling medical cannabis to patients with registrations from other states.

Massachusetts regulators are co-hosting a forum for municipal officials to discuss the decision-making process for regulating or banning marijuana commerce at the local level next week.

Nevada regulators awarded 61 new recreational marijuana retailer conditional licenses.


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Brooklyn, New York’s district attorney is hosting events to help people erase prior marijuana convictions.

The Boston, Massachusetts City Council will hold a hearing on a proposal to bar marijuana businesses from operating within a half-mile of addiction treatment centers on Tuesday. Separately, the mayor wrote an op-ed about the implementation of recreational marijuana sales in the city.

The Norman, Oklahoma City is considering decriminalizing marijuana. 

Los Angeles, California officials held a press conference about driving under the influence of marijuana and other drugs.

The Chatham, New Jersey Borough Council passed a resolution opposing marijuana legalization.

/ INTERNATIONAL

New Zealand lawmakers approved medical cannabis legislation.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study of Washington State adolescents before and after marijuana legalization “provided no evidence that policy change influenced heavy-using adolescents’ rates of use nor the proposed risk factors associated with problematic use patterns.”

A study “illustrates that CBD is a well-tolerated and effective antiseizure agent and illustrates a potential disease-modifying effect of CBD on both reducing seizure burden and associated comorbidities well-after the onset of symptomatic seizures.”

A study’s results “support” medical cannabis “as an option for treatment of concussion-related chronic pain.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that 73% of New Zealanders voters think medical cannabis should be treated like any other medicine.

/ BUSINESS

Aurora Cannabis Inc. is acquiring licensed Mexican marijuana product importer Farmacias Magistrales S.A.

Dixie Brands Inc. announced a net loss of $2.4 million in the third quarter of the year.

/ CULTURE

Miley Cyrus says her mom got her back into smoking marijuana again.

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UN delays cannabis rescheduling recommendation (Newsletter: Dec. 10, 2018)

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Where Trump AG pick stands on drugs; Study: Marijuana improves working memory; Cannabis bills already being pre-filed for 2019

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President Trump announced that he intends to nominate William Barr as U.S. attorney general. Marijuana Moment took a look at his record on drug policy.

In a surprise move, the World Health Organization decided not to publicly release its recommendations on whether marijuana should be rescheduled under international treaties.

Elon Musk told 60 Minutes that his on-camera marijuana smoking earlier this year was just a fluke:

  • “I have no idea how to smoke pot or anything. I don’t know how to smoke anything, honestly.”

2018 isn’t even over yet but lawmakers in a number of states are already pre-filing marijuana bills for 2019 legislative sessions.

A new study seems to undermine the stereotype about forgetful stoners. The research, which involved rats,  found that “cannabis smoke improved working memory accuracy.”

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President Trump tweeted, “Hopefully Mitch McConnell will ask for a VOTE on Criminal Justice Reform. It is extremely popular and has strong bipartisan support. It will also help a lot of people, save taxpayer dollars, and keep our communities safe. Go for it Mitch!”

Surgeon General Jerome Adams said “there’s no such thing as medical marijuana.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration clarified in a Federal Register filing that it increased 2018 marijuana production quotas “based solely on increased usage projections for federally approved research projects.”

The Buffalo News looks at the effects of a Department of Housing and Urban Development policy allowing landlords to evict people from public housing for medical cannabis.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is endorsing criminal justice reform legislation after successfully seeking an amendment to “exclude violent offenders from being released early” from prison.

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A spokesperson for Florida Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis (R) indicated he plans to drop at least one of the state’s fights to appeal court rulings striking down medical cannabis regulations.

California regulators publicly released final marijuana rules that have been submitted to the state Office of Administrative Law. The plan would allow cannabis delivery throughout the state, even in cities that ban dispensaries.

New Jersey’s Assembly speaker won’t commit to bringing a marijuana legalization bill to a vote by the end of the year. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) reiterated that he supports ending prohibition for social justice reasons. Separately, an Assemblyman filed legislation to apply conflict of interest standards to marijuana regulators and to put constitutional amendment on the ballot directing cannabis revenue to property tax relief.

Oklahoma regulators have licensed 743 medical cannabis dispensaries.

Kentucky’s Senate president is under fire for making a joke comparing medical cannabis to bourbon.

Michigan regulators approved a plan to let medical cannabis businesses obtain products from individual caregivers in order to avoid a shortage. They also rejected a business license application filed by former National Football League players.

Wisconsin’s Supreme Court threw out a marijuana conviction stemming from a police officer’s illegal entry into a home.

Pennsylvania regulators officially launched a process to accept applications for new medical cannabis qualifying conditions.

Utah regulators are hiring a cannabis program manager to oversee the state’s industrial hemp and medical marijuana programs.

Maine regulators hired a consulting firm to help write marijuana rules.

Here’s a look at the prospects for legalizing marijuana in Minnesota.

North Dakota is likely a few months away from patient access to medical cannabis.


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/ LOCAL

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) suggested funding the subway with “all the proceeds that can come from legalizing marijuana.”

The New York Times looks at how Needles, California is banking on marijuana businesses to boost its economy.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley said the country will “put a framework in place for medical cannabis within the next week or so.”

Malawi’s parliament voted to move forward on considering medical cannabis legislation.

Ireland’s health minister supports medical cannabis.

Canadian lawmakers debated a bill to expunge marijuana convictions.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study suggested that “cannabidiol tolerance exists and it limits the efficacy of this antiseizure treatment in the long-term clinical management of epilepsy.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

An online survey found that more Americans would choose to ban alcohol than marijuana if forced to choose.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board is urging Missouri officials not to deny welfare benefits to medical cannabis patients.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial board called Altria’s investment in the marijuana industry “promising.”

/ BUSINESS

Altria Group, Inc. is investing $1.8 billion in Cronos Group Inc., for a a 45% equity stake.

Instagram admitted that it inappropriately closed down some Maryland medical cannabis businesses’ accounts.

Maryland’s first year of legal medical cannabis saw $96.3 million in sales to nearly 52,000 patients.

Alaska collected $1.8 million in marijuana tax revenue in October, a monthly record.

Shoppers Drug Mart got a license to sell medical cannabis online in Canada.

Prominent marijuana attorney Robert Raich is being accused of molesting his stepson, which he denied in court testimony.

/ CULTURE

The New York Times looks at how more older Americans are using medical cannabis.

Kentucky racehorse tested positive for CBD.

MMA fighter Elias Theodorou gave an after-win speech about the need to allow marijuana use.

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