Connect with us

Newsletter

Video shows McConnell smiling among hundreds of cannabis plants (Newsletter: January 13, 2020)

Published

on

Congressional panel’s marijuana memo; Buttigieg won’t hit imaginary joint; CA gov wants cannabis changes; Hawaii decrim in effect; Austin decrim vote

Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day.

Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible…

Marijuana Moment has newsletter ad space opening up in February. Get in touch to learn about how your business or organization can reach the tens of thousands of industry insiders, consumers, regulators, lawmakers and journalists who rely on this daily dispatch to stay updated on cannabis developments.

/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) reelection campaign posted B-roll footage of him appearing to have a great time chatting with farmers in a field of hundreds of hemp plants.

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health released a memo outlining the six cannabis bills that will be the focus of a hearing this week. It also lists witnesses from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Food and Drug Administration and National Institute on Drug Abuse who are set to testify.

Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), a presidential candidate, declined to take a hit of an imaginary marijuana joint offered by an interviewer, though he did detail his support for legalization.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) released a budget proposal that seeks to consolidate marijuana business licenses under a new agency called the Department of Cannabis Control. It also floats changes to the state’s marijuana tax policies.

Hawaii’s new law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana went into effect.

The Austin, Texas City Council is set to vote this month on a plan to “virtually end arrests and fines” for marijuana possession.

/ FEDERAL

The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy tweeted about the U.S. Department of Agriculture extending the public comment period on hemp rules.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “Ban private prisons. Legalize marijuana. End the War on Drugs. We have a lot of work to do to reform a criminal justice system that’s so deeply broken—but we can start there.”

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rep. James Langevin (D-RI) oppose federal marijuana legalization.

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “It’s not enough to legalize marijuana if people are still stuck with criminal records for use. Chicago just cleared thousands of marijuana records on the eve of legalization. Expanding this nationwide would begin to make up for the failed war on drugs.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Here’s what we’ll accomplish when we take back our government come November: …  ✔️Legalize marijuana…”

Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) tweeted about meeting with hemp industry participants.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) tweeted about a former Boston city councilman who owns a marijuana business saying that “cotton was the cash crop of our enslavement, and I believe cannabis will be the cash crop of our emancipation.”

The House bill to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to study medical cannabis got three new cosponsors for a total of 97.

/ STATES

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) said that the “growing hemp industry in our state is spurring job creation at every step of the process from seed to shelf.”

New York’s lieutenant governor tweeted, “Recreational marijuana should be legalized, regulated and taxed in New York. It’s time to get this done. This is about jobs and boosting our economy.”

Virginia’s attorney general spoke at a conference hosted by the state’s NORML chapter and tweeted, “We have an historic opportunity this year to pass meaningful cannabis reform in Virginia. Let’s get to work!”

South Dakota’s House majority leader filed a hemp legalization bill.

Tennessee’s House speaker said he opposes medical cannabis because it is against federal law, though a senator said she will soon introduce a bill on the topic.

Iowa legislative leaders said they will work on a medical cannabis expansion bill this year.

The Mississippi State Board of Health followed up its resolution opposing a medical cannabis ballot measure with a letter outlining members’ concerns.

Missouri regulators begin issuing licenses to medical cannabis-infused products manufacturing facilities. Separately, the state Ethics Commission found that a nonprofit that worked in support of an unsuccessful 2018 medical marijuana ballot measure failed to file disclosure reports with the state.

Texas regulators published proposed hemp rules.

Georgia regulators submitted a hemp pan for federal approval, and are also accepting public comments on cultivation and processing rules.

Washington State regulators will adopt marijuana enforcement changes recommended by a consulting firm.

Michigan regulators issued a recall for marijuana products that failed safety compliance testing.

Questions are being raised about whether a petition firm being used by a Florida marijuana legalization campaign is flouting a restrictive new state law on signature gathering.

Utah regulators said some medical cannabis products will be available by the program’s March launch deadline.

Massachusetts regulators announced a new online medical cannabis system that will allow for automatic verification of identification data for registrations and renewals.

Here’s a look at the prospects for legalizing marijuana in New Mexico this year.


Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 800 cannabis bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments.

Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access.

/ LOCAL

Chicago, Illinois’s mayor announced that the city will host a Cannabis Resource Fair “to connect residents with employment and business opportunities, expungement and legal aid assistance, and more information on cannabis regulations and laws within the city.”

Denver, Colorado officials announced a recall of marijuana products due to the presence of elevated yeast and/or mold counts.

The Fairfax County, Virginia commonwealth’s attorney authored an op-ed on his decision not to prosecute marijuana possession cases.

The Atlanta, Georgia Police Department is disbanding its narcotics unit.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that after following marijuana legalization Washington State, “past 30-day cannabis use prevalence in grade 8 decreased by 22.0%, in grade 10 prevalence decreased by 12.7%, and no effect in grade 12” and that “these trends are consistent with those in states without recreational cannabis laws, suggesting that legalization did not impact adolescent use prevalence.”

A study found that “marijuana use does not have a statistically significant effect on labor productivity.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The American Bankers Association told Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) that some of his floated changes to cannabis banking legislation are unrelated to the scope of the bill and should be handled by other panels.

The ACLU of Virginia said it would “prefer the status quo while we’re waiting for full legalization” instead of enacting marijuana decriminalization in the short term.

The New York Times editorial board included the Food and Drug Administration’s slowness to enact CBD regulations in a piece criticizing the agency’s shortcomings.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board is calling on Missouri’s U.S. Senate delegation to support marijuana banking legislation.

/ BUSINESS

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. sued Grizzly Research LLC for alleged defamation and public dissemination of false and libelous statements about the company.

Several analysts downgraded Aurora Cannabis Inc., and the company’s stock dropped.

Mile High Labs laid off 20 employees.

The Securities and Exchange Commission suspended trading for Canadian Cannabis Corp. due to a failure to file periodic reports.

MedMen Enterprises Inc. is partnering with yoga, boxing and wellness studios on a “New Year, New You” campaign.

Octarine Bio IVS, which develops cannabinoid and psilocybin derivatives using microbial fermentation, announced it received funding from private investors including Oskare Capital and former Canopy Growth Corporation CEO Bruce Linton.

/ CULTURE

Comedian Sinbad signed on as a brand ambassador for CBD company Life Pack Organics.

Musician Robert Plant joked about getting high from secondhand marijuana smoke from the crowd at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival.

Make sure to subscribe to get Marijuana Moment’s daily dispatch in your inbox.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Jaeger.

Marijuana Moment is made possible with support from readers. If you rely on our cannabis advocacy journalism to stay informed, please consider a monthly Patreon pledge.

Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 20-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he founded the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. (Organization citations are for identification only and do not constitute an endorsement or partnership.)

Newsletter

Conflicting cannabis amendments cleared for House votes (Newsletter: July 29, 2021)

Published

on

Support grows for AOC’s psychedelics reform; New CO marijuana business office; FL officials slam OR hemp & say buy local

Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day.

Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible…

Your good deed for the day: donate to an independent publisher like Marijuana Moment and ensure that as many voters as possible have access to the most in-depth cannabis reporting out there.

  • Shawna Seldon McGregor of Maverick Public Relations: “As a political junkie, I’ve been reading Marijuana Moment for years. Now as so many legislative issues are heating up, I’m turning to the website for the latest news on policy movement. I’m long overdue in pledging my support. Bonus: I’m also excited to take advantage of the legislative tracking tools.”

Support our work at https://www.patreon.com/marijuanamoment

/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

The House Rules Committee advanced competing marijuana amendments to the floor for votes. One would shield all state legalization laws from federal interference, while another would delete existing medical cannabis protections. Those votes could take place as soon as Thursday.

A new Marijuana Moment analysis looks at how even though Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) psychedelics research amendment fell short on the House floor this week, support grew considerably from the last time it was voted on in 2019. We examine how the advancement of state psychedelics legislation likely flipped a number of votes, and how some Democratic leaders are still not on board with the reform.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) announced the launch of a new Cannabis Business Office aimed at providing economic support for the state’s marijuana industry—with a focus on social equity.

  • “Where the federal government has fallen behind, Colorado will lead. Colorado is, and always has been, the best place to live, work, grow and sell cannabis.”

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services put out an alert warning consumers about poor quality hemp products from Oregon that contain “rocks, sticks and other foreign material.” People should buy hemp with “Fresh From Florida” logos instead, they say.

/ FEDERAL

The acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy reiterated President Joe Biden’s position that no one should be incarcerated for drug use alone.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency tweeted, “Hemp offers new economic opportunities for America’s farmers, and we are pleased to offer coverage to hemp producers.”

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) spoke about the need to federally legalize marijuana.

House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) tweeted, “Thank you @BrooklynDA for dismissing 3,500 marijuana cases following legalization by NY state. This is an important step in remedying all the harm inflicted on our communities by the so called ‘war on drugs.'”

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the drug war’s harms got seven new cosponsors for a total of 59.

/ STATES

Mississippi’s lieutenant governor said senators should have a draft medical cannabis bill next week.

Oklahoma’s public safety secretary said the medical cannabis industry needs to be more tightly regulated.

The Arizona Supreme Court publicized an event to help people expunge marijuana charges.

New Mexico lawmakers held a hearing on law enforcement issues related to marijuana legalization. Separately, regulators will host a cannabis entrepreneur informational workshop on Thursday.

A lawsuit challenging Illinois marijuana business licensing rules was dropped by the plaintiff, and regulators are set to hold the first of three lotteries on Thursday. A judge in a separate case, however, said no licenses can be awarded until an August 9 hearing.

Nevada regulators shared updated mask guidelines with marijuana businesses.

Oregon’s Cannabis Commission met.


Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,100 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments.

Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access.


/ INTERNATIONAL


Israeli lawmakers rejected a bill to decriminalize marijuana and reclassify CBD as a food additive.

Australia’s federal police commissioner said legalizing drugs “will not stop organised crime— it will likely embolden them, make them richer and enable them to buy more guns and pay for more murders.”

Gabon’s sovereign wealth fund is investigating how to monetize interest in ibogaine.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study on whether external stress is a factor in “hot hemp” found “no evidence that any of these stresses caused THC concentration or the ratio of THC to CBD to increase at harvest.”

A study of bees found that “hemp supplementation positively influences the immune system of workers, and the appropriate method of administration may be adapted to the health problems of bees.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The National Governors Association noted how a number of governors discussed marijuana during their state of the state addresses this year.

Decriminalize Nature launched a new campaign it says is intended to expose corporate influences seeking to undermine access to psychedelic plants and fungi.

The executive director of Minority Veterans of America authored an op-ed calling for marijuana reform.

/ BUSINESS

Tilray, Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of $142.2 million.

Canopy Growth Corporation ended its relationship with Seth Rogen’s Houseplant brand.

GoDaddy refused technical support to cannabis news outlet Heady NJ because its website “shows marijuana imagery.”

Frankenmuth Credit Union launched a cannabis banking program.

A subsidiary of Avicanna Inc. completed its first export of THC cannabis extracts from Colombia to Austria.

/ CULTURE

Actor Colin Hanks is partnering with Jushi Holdings Inc. to bring his Hanks Kerchiefs to the company’s BEYOND / HELLO marijuana retail stores.

Football player Julio Jones is being sued by cannabis company Genetixs for alleged fraud and money laundering.

Make sure to subscribe to get Marijuana Moment’s daily dispatch in your inbox.

Marijuana Moment is made possible with support from readers. If you rely on our cannabis advocacy journalism to stay informed, please consider a monthly Patreon pledge.
Continue Reading

Newsletter

Congress rejects AOC’s psychedelics amendment but adopts CBD one (Newsletter: July 28, 2021)

Published

on

OH 2022 marijuana initiative; MA psychedelics hearing; Global sports authority: Reconsider cannabis penalties; Study on artisanal CBD benefits

Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day.

Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible…

Before you dig into today’s cannabis news, I wanted you to know you can keep this resource free and published daily by subscribing to Marijuana Moment on Patreon. We’re a small independent publication diving deep into the cannabis world and rely on readers like you to keep going.

Join us at https://www.patreon.com/marijuanamoment

/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

The House of Representatives defeated an amendment from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to expand research on the medical benefits of psychedelics like psilocybin and MDMA. Amid a growing national reform movement, however, the measure failed by a narrower margin than her previous attempt two years ago.

  • Separately, lawmakers approved an amendment from Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) that encourages the Food and Drug Administration to issue regulations allowing CBD as a dietary supplement and food ingredient. They also rejected a proposal from Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) to remove protections for universities that study marijuana. She argued on the floor that she’s worried schools will “offer a class called ‘Pot Smoking 101’ [that’s] dedicated to smoking pot.”

Ohio activists launched a new marijuana legalization ballot initiative campaign. The plan is to pressure lawmakers to end cannabis prohibition through the legislature, but organizers say they’re prepared to go directly to voters if need be.

The Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a bill to create a task force charged with studying the legalization of psychedelics like psilocybin and ayahuasca.

The president of global sports governing body World Athletics said it’s “sensible” to reevaluate marijuana penalties for Olympic athletes after Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension.

  • “Nothing is set in tablets of stone. You adapt and occasionally reassess.”

A new study found that epilepsy patients who use “artisanal CBD” have “higher quality of life, lower psychiatric symptom severity and improved sleep.” They also use fewer prescription medications, take fewer sick days and are less likely to visit the hospital.

/ FEDERAL

Patients made a new filing in a lawsuit seeing to force the Drug Enforcement Administration to let them use psilocybin.

A former Fall River, Massachusetts mayor who was federally convicted of extorting marijuana businesses filed a motion for acquittal or a new trial.

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and other senators sent a letter urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to press the Philippine government for human rights violations in its bloody “war on drugs.”

Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) cited the marijuana regulatory experience of a U.S. attorney nominee for the Western District of Washington.

/ STATES

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) spoke about the need to center social justice and equity in marijuana legalization implementation. Separately, a judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s voter-approved cannabis legalization referendum.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) office said he is in the process of appointing people to the Cannabis Control Board. Meanwhile, the Senate majority leader said the governor should “send his appointees down and we’ll take a look at them.”

Texas Democratic attorney general candidate Lee Merritt tweeted, “Due in part to the so-called ‘war on drugs’ U.S. police are the deadliest in the modern world. We can eradicate the demand for illegal drugs by providing healthcare and affordable housing. Not war.”

New Mexico regulators issued a cease and desist order to a business that has been “gifting” marijuana in exchange for the purchase of store merchandise. Separately, the top regulator told lawmakers it is ” highly likely” retailers will run out of cannabis in the first week or two of recreational sales. She also said she fears that local residents will be prevented from entering the industry due to difficulties accessing bank loans.

California regulators named a leadership team for the new Department of Cannabis Control.

Rhode Island regulators again delayed a lottery to award new medical cannabis dispensary licenses.

Oklahoma representatives discussed challenges in regulating medical cannabis on a podcast.

Vermont regulators will consider marijuana-related highway safety issues, criminal justice data and banking access on Thursday.

South Dakota regulators scheduled an August 18 public hearing on proposed medical cannabis rules.


Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,100 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments.

Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access.

/ LOCAL

Brooklyn, New York’s district attorney moved to dismiss more than 3,500 marijuana-related warrant cases.

New York City’s mayor criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for the state’s slow rollout of a new marijuana legalization law. He also encouraged people to store cannabis edibles out of the reach of children.

Santa Fe, New Mexico officials are seeking public comment on marijuana rules.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Guyana President Irfaan Ali said he is focused on regulating hemp before addressing broader marijuana reform issues.

Israeli lawmakers are expected to vote on a marijuana decriminalization bill on Wednesday.

Canada’s health minister is being sued by patients who want her to act on stalled applications to legally use psilocybin.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review identified how “epigenetic modulations caused by cannabinoids lead to the suppression of inflammation.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Tennessee Democratic Party criticized Fox News hosts tying marijuana to violence, tweeting, “Reminder that this is how the Republican party views weed, violent crime, and mental health. What we actually need is to legalize it, clear all marijuana-related convictions from people’s criminal records, and provide people with the resources and healthcare that they deserve.”

Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch spoke about his support for marijuana legalization and drug policy reform.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies has a new board chair.

/ BUSINESS

Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. is being sued for allegedly failing to inform investors of the terms of its proposed acquisition by Trulieve Cannabis Corp.

Curaleaf International launched its second range of medical cannabis flower products for the UK market.

Make sure to subscribe to get Marijuana Moment’s daily dispatch in your inbox.

Marijuana Moment is made possible with support from readers. If you rely on our cannabis advocacy journalism to stay informed, please consider a monthly Patreon pledge.
Continue Reading

Newsletter

Congress to vote on cannabis, psychedelics & CBD this week (Newsletter: July 27, 2021)

Published

on

Senators plan White House marijuana meetings; Top cop and Psaki on cannabis & violence; FDA wants kratom ban comments

Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day.

Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible…

Hold on, just one second before you read today’s news. Have you thought about giving some financial support to Marijuana Moment? If so, today would be a great day to contribute. We’re planning our reporting for the coming year and it would really help to know what kind of support we can count on.

  • SF, who asked to only use their initials: “I’ve been using Marijuana Moment as a source of information for quite some time… probably years. I recognize that a lot goes into the production and dissemination of the information you publish and I want to show my support. Your website, Twitter etc., are great resources for anyone involved in the space (including the nascent psychedelics industry) even if just to educate themselves.”

Check us out on Patreon and sign up to give $25/month today:
https://www.patreon.com/marijuanamoment

/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

The House Rules Committee cleared marijuana and drug policy amendments for floor votes this week—including measures to remove roadblocks to research on the benefits of psychedelics and encourage federal regulations allowing CBD as a dietary supplement and food ingredient.

  • An amendment to protect people from losing public housing over cannabis use was blocked from consideration, however.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said he and other senators sponsoring a new marijuana bill will be “having conversations with the White House” to get President Joe Biden on board with legalization. He also further addressed his cannabis banking stance in a new Twitter Q & A session.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki quickly pivoted away from a Fox News reporter’s question about whether violent incidents in Washington, D.C. mean it’s time to “get tougher on marijuana.”

  • The city’s police chief said after a recent shooting that the illegal marijuana trade drives violence, but advocates say a big part of the problem is that Congress keeps blocking the city from regulating cannabis sales. That could change this year.

The Food and Drug Administration is asking for public comments about a possible global ban on kratom. Advocates say it’s part of a U.S. effort to restrict the natural painkiller domestically by default after a federal scheduling effort stalled.

Missouri probation and parole officers are sending patients back to prison for using medical cannabis—even though it is legal in the state.

/ FEDERAL

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said in a Federal Register filing that “untreated and inappropriately treated pain may translate to increased costs to the Medicare program” and that “additional risks in untreated pain include individuals using illicit drugs such as cannabis.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said hemp businesses operating under the 2018 Farm Bill are eligible for the Rural Energy for America Program.

Former Labor Sec. Robert Reich tweeted, “As the Olympics officially get under way, I can’t help but think about how ludicrous it is that cannabis use kept Sha’Carri Richardson from competing, when the cannabis industry is projected to rake in $70 billion by 2028.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “It’s long past time to end the federal prohibition and undo the harms of the War on Drugs. That’s why @SenBooker, @RonWyden, and I are working to pass our Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act.” He also tweeted, “The War on Drugs has been a war on people. @SenBooker, @RonWyden, and I released our Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act to end the federal prohibition, enact criminal justice reforms, and invest in communities hurt by the War on Drugs.”

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) wrote in a constituent letter that “marijuana is illegal because it is dangerous.”

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) praised the medical cannabis advocacy of a New Hampshire state representative in remarks for the Congressional Record.

Rep. Mike Walz (R-FL) tweeted, “The IOC bans a US athlete for cannabis but allows #IRGC terrorist murderers to compete?”

/ STATES

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and top lawmakers are blaming one another for the lack of appointments to the state’s marijuana regulatory bodies.

Most South Carolina senators said in a survey that they expect a medical cannabis bill will be a 2022 priority for the chamber.

A California senator spoke about his bill to legalize possession of psychedelics.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals upheld a lower judge’s ruling directing regulators to designate additional medical cannabis dispensary locations for Ultra Health.

Illinois regulators awarded 40 out of 40 marijuana craft grower licenses to businesses led by military veterans.

Idaho regulators are preparing to submit a hemp plan for federal approval.

Alaska regulators proposed changes to marijuana business fine schedules.

West Virginia regulators said they will host more in-person medical cannabis patient registration events based on the turnout of one on Monday.

The Texas Medical Advisory Board discussed the issue of marijuana use by a person while driving when they have a history of alcoholism.

Ohio regulators plan to consider several rules changes related to medical cannabis at a hearing on August 19.

Oklahoma regulators sent a reminder that medical cannabis ownership attestation forms are due by August 30.


Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,100 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments.

Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access.

/ LOCAL

Denver, Colorado’s mayor proposed using a portion of marijuana tax revenue to fund a loan program for minority and women-owned businesses. Separately, officials will host an information session on marijuana businesses on Tuesday.

The Oakland, California City Council approved a resolution to support state legislation to prohibit employers from discriminating against potential or current workers for testing positive for inactive marijuana metabolites in their urine or hair.

The Richmond, Virginia Redevelopment and Housing Authority is being sued by a woman whose voucher for housing assistance was rejected due to a past marijuana conviction.

A Polk County, Iowa attorney candidate tweeted, “Since marijuana is trending right now, this seems as good a time as any to remind people that as Polk County Attorney it will be the presumption of the office to not prosecute low level, nonviolent offenses like pot possession.”

/ INTERNATIONAL

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte defended his nation’s bloody “war on drugs” in his final State of the Nation Address.

Guernsey’s government is accepting applications to cultivate medical cannabis.

The Penticton, British Columbia, Canada rejected a motion to support Vancouver’s effort to decriminalize drugs.

The Israeli Defense Forces is cracking down on use of marijuana and other drugs by troops.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “cannabinoids are a reasonable treatment modality for refractory chronic pelvic pain, especially if a neuropathic component is suspected.”

A study of CBD to treat Lennox–Gastaut syndrome found that “87% or more of patients/caregivers reported improvement in the patient’s overall condition on the Subject/Caregiver Global Impression of Change scale.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

ACT UP NY gave out free marijuana joints outside the Brooklyn apartment of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to people who have received coronavirus vaccines.

/ BUSINESS

Bluebird Botanicals acquired Precision Botanical.

Numinus Wellness Inc. received approval from the Canadian government for a study evaluating MDMA-assisted therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Braxia Scientific Corp. established direct billing practices with Medavie Blue Cross to provide ketamine treatment to Canadian military veterans.

/ CULTURE

Joe Exotic’s marijuana company is rolling out a marijuana-infused seltzer called Tiger Piss.

Make sure to subscribe to get Marijuana Moment’s daily dispatch in your inbox.

Photo courtesy of Chris Wallis // Side Pocket Images.

Marijuana Moment is made possible with support from readers. If you rely on our cannabis advocacy journalism to stay informed, please consider a monthly Patreon pledge.
Continue Reading
Advertisement

Marijuana News In Your Inbox

Support Marijuana Moment

Marijuana News In Your Inbox

Marijuana Moment