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WI gov weighs legal cannabis in budget (Newsletter: December 30, 2020)

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MT official: Legal marijuana funder broke campaign laws; MI & SD officials defend legalization measures in court; Marijuana regulators org grows

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) says he’s considering putting marijuana legalization into his budget request. In 2019, he included decriminalizing marijuana possession and legalizing medical cannabis in his proposal but lawmakers rejected the reforms.

The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices determined that a major funder of the state’s successful marijuana legalization ballot initiative broke campaign finance laws by refusing to disclose donor names and should be referred for possible prosecution.

The secretaries of state and attorneys general of Mississippi and South Dakota filed court briefs defending their states’ voter-approved marijuana ballot measures from legal challenges that seek to overturn the legalization victories.

The Cannabis Regulators Association, a multi-state group of marijuana officials, added representatives from five more states and announced a lengthy list of policy priorities, including equity, banking, testing and energy/environment.

/ FEDERAL

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), in a House floor speech, criticized Democrats for including marijuana banking language in coronavirus relief legislation.

/ STATES

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) sent lawmakers proposed changes to marijuana bills on his desk in an effort to resolve a dispute about penalties for people under the age of 21.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham tweeted a link to an article about marijuana legalization’s revenue potential and added the emoji “👀.”

The Illinois State Police are expected to make an announcement soon about marijuana records that must be identified for expungement by Friday.

Outgoing Massachusetts marijuana commissioner Shaleen Title spoke about her time in office and what she has planned next.

Colorado regulators sent a compliance tip about marijuana vending machines.

Oregon regulators sent a compliance bulletin about marijuana additives.

New York senators filed a bill to protect people from being evicted from their homes for medical cannabis use.

Here’s a look at pending Texas marijuana legislation.

Florida’s Hemp Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday.


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/ LOCAL

The Linn County, Iowa attorney is launching a marijuana diversion program on Friday.

Denver, Colorado officials will participate in a marijuana equity event on Wednesday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The majority leader of Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies said lawmakers are committed to legalizing marijuana.

Switzerland is legalizing the production and sales of hemp seeds as of January 1.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that cannabis oil extract “possesses remarkable in vivo and in vitro anti-inflammatory activities.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The New Mexico Cannabis Chamber of Commerce released a model marijuana legalization bill it wants lawmakers to pass in 2021.

/ BUSINESS

Cresco Labs published a report highlighting its efforts to help diversify the marijuana industry.

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NM gov signs legal cannabis into law (Newsletter: April 13, 2021)

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4 more states could legalize marijuana in 2021; Uber CEO open to cannabis delivery; MN legalization advances

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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) signed a marijuana legalization bill into law—making her state the third to enact the reform in recent days. She also signed separate cannabis expungements legislation.

Four more states still have a good shot of legalizing marijuana this year, following the enactment of new laws in New Mexico, New York and Virginia.  2021 could set a record for legalization—even though nothing is on the ballot this year.

The Minnesota House Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee approved a marijuana legalization bill—the fifth panel to do so. The majority leader, who is sponsoring the legislation, said a floor vote is coming next month—but at least one more committee is set to take it up this week first.

Uber’s CEO said the company will “absolutely” explore entering the marijuana delivery space once federal laws change.

/ FEDERAL

President Joe Biden is dropping plans to create a national police oversight commission.

The Internal Revenue Service, through a Freedom of Information Act request, released documents about how it handles marijuana businesses.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “I’m working in the Senate with @SenBooker and @RonWyden on comprehensive marijuana reform legislation. It’s long past time to end the federal prohibition on marijuana and ensure equity for communities—especially those of color—impacted by the War on Drugs.”

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) tweeted, “The failed drug war must end, and that begins with legalizing marijuana. It’s time to turn the page on this sad chapter in American history and undo the devastating consequences of discriminatory policies that have ruined countless lives and communities.”

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) said he supports Virginia’s new marijuana legalization law but has remaining concerns about impaired driving.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “It’s time to legalize cannabis, expunge records for non-violent crimes, & invest in economic opportunities for Black & brown communities hit hardest by the War on Drugs.”

/ STATES

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) tweeted about a marijuana event he is hosting on Wednesday.

Guam’s attorney general is waiting for regulators to send draft legal marijuana rules.

Mississippi’s Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case challenging the state’s voter-approved medical cannabis law on Wednesday.

The California Senate approved a bill to end mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.

Connecticut’s House speaker said he still thinks there’s a 50-50 chance of passing a marijuana legalization bill this year.

A North Dakota legislature conference committee accepted amendments to a hemp bill that were proposed by the attorney general’s office.

The Montana Senate Select Committee on Marijuana Law held a hearing on House-passed legalization implementation bills.

The Rhode Island House Committee on State Government & Elections held a hearing on a bill to allow veterinarians to recommend medical cannabis for pets.

A Maryland delegate said he thinks the state will legalize marijuana next year.

New Jersey marijuana regulators held their first meeting and launched a new website.

Massachusetts regulators launched a public catalog of marijuana products that are legally available in the state.

Illinois regulators sent a bulletin about a new cannabis retailer occupation tax in Kane County.

A Michigan law that automatically expunges prior marijuana and other convictions took effect.


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/ LOCAL

The Denver, Colorado City Council gave initial approval to a proposal to allow marijuana delivery services and social consumption areas.

The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority is facing a possible lawsuit from an employee who says he was forced into drug rehabilitation classes due to his medical cannabis use.

Detroit, Michigan officials are being sued over a decision to prevent a medical cannabis facility from operating near a church.

The Sonoma County, California Board of Supervisors is considering accepting state funding to help people enter the marijuana industry.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Mexico’s Senate majority leader published a blog post explaining why lawmakers need more time to pass marijuana legalization legislation.

A French lawmaker who chaired a parliamentary committee that examined marijuana issues says it should be legalized.

Malawi’s government issued 86 cannabis cultivation licenses.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “most driving-related skills are predicted to recover within ∼5-hs (and almost all within ∼7-hs) of inhaling 20 mg Δ9-THC” and that “regular cannabis users experience less Δ9-THC-induced impairment than occasional users.”

A study found that “psilocybin increased ratings of (spontaneous) creative insights, while decreasing (deliberate) task-based creativity” and that “seven days after psilocybin, [the] number of novel ideas increased.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The American Medical Association published a post outlining its concerns about legalizing marijuana.

Vanderbilt University’s Robert Mikos published an article arguing that it is not within the power of the president to legalize marijuana through executive action.

/ BUSINESS

Aphria Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of C$153.6 million and a net loss of C$361 million.

Weedmaps launched a new service that tracks individual cannabis consumption habits.

Curaleaf workers in Hanover, Massachusetts voted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Local Union 328.

/ CULTURE

311’s Nick Hexum recorded a video message to a “tattletale” who posted on Nextdoor to complain about marijuana odors.

Jay-Z’s cannabis brand MONOGRAM launched a campaign of new photographs by Hype Williams depicting how “the good life” can involve consuming marijuana.

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NM gov could sign cannabis bill today (Newsletter: April 12, 2021)

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TX marijuana decrim vote; NV social use lounge bill advances; Biden gets another letter on cannabis firings; EPA funds hemp bricks

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The office of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) sent a “save the date” notice for Monday to sponsors of the marijuana legalization bill that’s on her desk—signaling that its formal signing into law is imminent.

The Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee voted to approve a bill to decriminalize marijuana, as well as separate legislation to lower penalties for cannabis concentrates.

The Nevada Assembly Judiciary Committee approved bills to allow marijuana social consumption lounges and to protect people from getting DUI charges just for having cannabis metabolites in their blood.

Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) sent a letter urging President Joe Biden to stop firing White House staff over past marijuana use. It’s the third such letter the president has received from lawmakers about the cannabis employment issue in recent weeks.

  • “Minnesotans and the American people are demanding change to our harsh and unequally applied cannabis laws. I look forward to seeing your Administration reverse course on this harmful and unnecessary hurdle to hiring diverse and talented public servants.”

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded a company nearly $100,000 to support the development of sustainable bricks made from hemp. The hempcrete is a “durable, lightweight, carbon-negative” alternative to traditional construction bricks.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that the Internal Revenue Service was within its right to issue a summons to a data services company seeking information about marijuana business clients..

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “It’s time to legalize marijuana on the federal level.”

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) tweeted, “Kudos to my friend @RepAngieCraig for penning a letter to @POTUS that a majority of Americans would likely sign. It’s high-time to remove cannabis from the Schedule I substance list, allow for research, legalization, federal excise taxation, and fact based decision making.”

A new House Ethics Committee investigation into possible misconduct by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) includes allegations of illicit drug use. Current and former congressional officials reportedly told media outlets about occasions in which he has apparently smelled of marijuana on the House floor.

The House marijuana banking bill got seven new cosponsors for a total of 147.

The House bill to allow CBD as a dietary supplement got one new cosponsor for a total of 22.

/ STATES

Florida’s agriculture commissioner tweeted, “April is #NationalCannabisMonth, and the future is bright for #cannabis in Florida! With $370M in est. economic impact in year one, our state #hemp program is bringing new crops and products to Floridians.” She also authored an op-ed criticizing Republican lawmakers’ efforts to restrict medical cannabis patients’ rights.

The Montana House of Representatives passed three marijuana legalization implementation bills.

The Vermont House of Representatives approved a bill to decriminalize small amounts of buprenorphine.

The South Dakota Senate president pro tempore said an upcoming special session should not make substantial or controversial changes to the state’s voter-approved medical cannabis law.

Alaska lawmakers are considering legislation to bring the state’s hemp program into compliance with federal law. Separately, a resolution calling on Congress to pass marijuana banking legislation is also advancing.

The California Senate Governance & Finance Committee approved a bill to let cities and counties opt into letting the state manage marijuana regulations for them.

A North Carolina senator posted a Twitter thread about how his experience with cancer in his family motivated his work on a new medical cannabis bill.

Oregon regulators modified marijuana licensee violations and approved changes to streamline the licensing process.

Illinois regulators sent an alert about tax compliance for marijuana concentrates.

Mississippi regulators discussed medical cannabis implementation issues at a meeting.

The North Carolina Department of Justice published another podcast on hemp and law enforcement.


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A federal judge blocked Detroit, Michigan officials from processing recreational marijuana business license applications while a dispute on the city’s residency requirements for owners is challenged.

The Denver, Colorado City Council is scheduled to take up bills to reform marijuana ordinances on Monday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Ukraine legalized some cannabis extracts and synthetic cannabinoid medicines.

The New Zealand government permanently legalized drug checking services.

Mexico’s Senate majority leader spoke about the need for “extensive reflection” in forming marijuana legalization legislation.

An American businessman who legally smoked marijuana in Nevada before taking a plane to Dubai is now facing up to three years in prison there.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “marijuana use is not a reliable gateway cause of illicit drug use” and “as such, prohibition policies are unlikely to reduce illicit drug use.”

A case study reported the “successful use of medical marijuana for treating chronic pruritus.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that 58% of Americans don’t know the difference between CBD and THC.

The South Dakota Democratic Party tweeted, “Another Noem-led assault on South Dakotans: The same taxpayers who voted to legalize recreational marijuana in South Dakota are now paying to fight it in the state’s highest court.”

The Washington Times editorial board expressed concerns about the growing number of states that are legalizing marijuana.

/ BUSINESS

Glass House is going public.

ATAI Life Sciences acquired a majority stake in Psyber.

Planet 13 is planning to hire hundreds of workers.

Terra Tech Corp. appointed a new member to its board of directors.

/ CULTURE

Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Mike Tyson, Too $hort and others will participate in a 4/20 event hosted by Weedmaps.

The Onion joked that Colorado temporarily recriminalized marijuana for a statewide tolerance break.

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CT gov says cannabis could go to ballot (Newsletter: April 9, 2021)

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Mexico could get another marijuana delay; TX medical cannabis expansion advances; ME drug decrim bill; DE biz boycotted for opposing legalization

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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said that if lawmakers fail to pass a marijuana legalization bill, he expects the issue will “probably end up in a referendum” for voters to decide on the ballot.

  • “Marijuana is sort of interesting to me. When it goes to a vote of the people through some sort of a referendum, it passes overwhelmingly. When it goes through a legislature and a lot of telephone calls are made, it’s slim or doesn’t pass.”

The Mexican Senate majority leader indicated that lawmakers are likely to request yet another marijuana legalization deadline extension from the nation’s Supreme Court. The current deadline is the end of this month, but senators say the Chamber of Deputies inserted inconsistencies into the bill.

The Texas House Public Health Committee approved a bill to expand the state’s limited medical cannabis program by adding new qualifying conditions and increasing the allowable THC potency limit.

Maine lawmakers filed a bill to decriminalize possession of all drugs.

Delaware marijuana activists are staging a boycott of four medical cannabis companies that testified against an adult-use legalization bill that cleared a House committee last month.

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The U.S. Sentencing Commission released annual data on federal criminal cases, including those for drug offenses.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “The War on Drugs has been a war on people—particularly people of color. New York took an important step to address its harms. And I’m working in the Senate to end the federal prohibition on marijuana and to repair the damage done by the War on Drugs.”

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) said he expects his marijuana banking bill to be enacted this Congress.

Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) tweeted, “The Virginia General Assembly took historic action today to legalize marijuana beginning on July 1.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Legalizing cannabis, expunging records for nonviolent crimes, and investing in Black and brown entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry is the right thing to do.”

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced that the Cannabis Regulatory Commission launched its social media accounts and will hold its first meeting on Monday.

Florida’s agriculture commissioner sent a press release about April being National Cannabis Awareness Month.

Georgia lawmakers sent Gov. Brian Kemp (R) a bill to allow 30 medical cannabis oil dispensaries to open.

Idaho lawmakers sent a hemp legalization bill to the desk of Gov. Brad Little (R).

The Oklahoma House Alcohol, Tobacco and Controlled Substances Committee approved a bill to increase penalties for diverting medical cannabis to the illegal market.

The North Carolina Senate Rules Committee chairman is sponsoring a medical cannabis bill.

The Maine Supreme Court held oral arguments in a case challenging regulators’ decision not to enforce residency requirements for marijuana business owners.

A North Dakota activist spoke about plans to draft a proposed marijuana legalization measure for the 2022 ballot.

The New Mexico Department of Public Safety said that more than 150,000 people will be eligible to have their prior marijuana records expunged under legislation that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) is expected to sign.

Illinois officials are accepting nominations for people to serve on the Cannabis Equity Commission.

Utah regulators want to hire a consultant to help decide how to award a new medical cannabis dispensary license.

Wisconsin regulators said the state will continue to operate under the federal 2014 hemp pilot program for the rest of the year and that they plan to publish an emergency rule by next month.

A former Massachusetts regulator coauthored an op-ed expressing concerns about big tobacco companies seeking to enter the marijuana industry.

Vermont regulators are hosting a hemp webinar on Monday.


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Nassau County, New York’s district attorney moved to dismiss hundreds of marijuana cases.

The New York City Police Department sent a memo reminding officers that they still can’t use marijuana.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Japanese consulate in New York issued a warning to the nation’s citizens not to use marijuana even in places where it is legal under state law.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A federally funded study found that “THC levels in biofluids were not reliable indicators of marijuana intoxication.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Montana Democratic Party tweeted, “Republicans continue to demonstrate their distrust of MT voters. This week we discussed amendments to the recreational marijuana bill to reflect the will of the voters. But Republicans have overburdened the bill, going directly against election results.”

The South Dakota Democratic Party tweeted about a state Supreme Court case on the fate of the voter-approved marijuana legalization measure.

/ BUSINESS

Canopy Growth Corporation is acquiring The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc.

PepsiCo launched a hemp-infused Rockstar Energy drink in Germany.

KushCo Holdings, Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $32.9 million and a net loss of $5 million.

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. is offering C$250 million worth of shares.

/ CULTURE

Jimmy Fallon made fun of Lake Superior State University’s cannabis chemistry scholarship program.

Golfer Patrick Reed signed a sponsorship deal with cbdMD.

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