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Congress considers home loan ban for veterans working in marijuana industry; 150 lawmakers to visit hemp facility; Iowa AG says CBD is illegal

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The House Rules Committee will consider  an amendment on Tuesday that would end a Department of Veterans Affairs policy of denying home loan benefits over military veterans’ work in the legal marijuana industry.

A study published in an American Medical Association journal involving 1.4 million students found that “marijuana use among youth may actually decline after legalization for recreational purposes” and “there was no evidence that the legalization of medical marijuana encourages marijuana use among youth.”

  • The findings are “consistent with…the argument that it is more difficult for teenagers to obtain marijuana as drug dealers are replaced by licensed dispensaries that require proof of age.”

One hundred fifty legislators from 32 U.S. states and eight Canadian provinces will tour a hemp processing facility next week as part of an agricultural conference, with the event also featuring a panel on marijuana legalization.


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a presidential candidate, launched an online survey about marijuana legalization.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a presidential candidate, called Nevada’s move to legalize marijuana in 2016 “not such a radical idea today.”

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), a presidential candidate, spoke about his support for letting states set their own marijuana laws.

Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) invited his colleagues in Congress to visit a prison to see the impact criminal justice issues up close.

Republican Senate candidate Tricia Flanagan blasted her opponent, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), for introducing legislation to remove marijuana as grounds for inadmissibility and removal of immigrants, calling it “an open invitation for drugs to pour across the southern border.”


California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill banning drug test evasion products, including synthetic urine. Separately, the Assembly Transportation Committee held a hearing on a bill to regulate marijuana consumption on party buses.

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor tweeted, “Encouraging young people’s use of cannabis was a major concern of those opposed legalization in PA. A new @JAMA_current study, legalization suggests an opposite effect.” Separately, a senator debated a staffer from the prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

Iowa’s attorney general published guidance saying that any product containing CBD is “currently classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under Iowa law and is, thus, illegal.”

Florida’s agriculture commissioner tweeted that “citrus can be supplemented by #hemp in the years to come. And I intend for Florida to lead the way in #cannabis and the emerging green economy!”

The Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs tweeted, “Cannabis killed zero veterans last year. Opioids killed thousands. Legalize it and make it a safe option for our countries’ warriors.”

The Mississippi Department of Agriculture & Commerce’s Hemp Cultivation Task Force held its first meeting.

Oregon regulators will begin a statewide listening tour on issues facing the marijuana industry on Tuesday.

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy is discussing medical cannabis at meetings this week.

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Lexington, Kentucky’s mayor tweeted about hemp’s potential to create jobs.


Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority director spoke at a marijuana conference in the UK and said that emerging policy changes in the U.S. and Europe will boost his country’s efforts to benefit from the industry.

Colombian regulators are considering medical cannabis rules reforms that would allow exportation into free trade zones, among other changes.


A study found that “incidence of [small for gestational age] births in Colorado did not change following recreational marijuana legalization” but that “neonatal intensive care unit] admissions increased post-legalization.”

An analysis of Washington State marijuana data concluded that “three years after state-licensed stores opened, there remained considerable consumption of cannabis supplied outside of the licensed system.”


KushCo Holdings, Inc. filed an application to trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

CannTrust Holdings Inc. stock dropped more than 20% after Canadian regulators identified violations at a grow facility. Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C. and other firms announced they are investigating potential claims against the company on behalf of  investors.

A marijuana-focused exchange traded fund will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol THCX on Tuesday.


Musician Ted Nugent reiterated his opposition to drug use, but said he’s “one hundred percent for medical drugs, medical marijuana, whatever you need to feel better when you’re sick.”

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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 and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.


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