US on ‘downhill course’ to marijuana reform, says ex-AG (Newsletter: October 8, 2021)

Marijuana job protections in federal climate bill; psychedelic CO vote measure; Congressman ‘outraged’ by NJ cannabis licensing

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/ THINGS TO KNOW

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) discussed the timing of his marijuana legalization bill — including hearings — and ways to make banking legislation more palatable during a meeting with cannabis reform advocates last week. Marijuana Moment spoke with three people present.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and 30 Cosponsors introduced a new climate labor bill that would protect workers in certain marijuana-legal states from being fired or losing access to job training on cannabis testing.

A Colorado Activist Second Team filed a ballot initiative to legalize the possession, cultivation and donation of psychedelics like psilocybin, ibogaine, mescaline and DMT. It comes as another campaign with the backing of major funders is proposing separate clean measures.

Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) said he was “outraged” that “black-owned businesses have been shut out of the state’s cannabis market.”

the Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee rejected a bill to decriminalize psilocybin, even after amending it with medical guidance. The Republican minority leader, who recently indicated his support for the measure, ultimately voted to stop it moving forward.

/ FEDERAL

Rahul Gupta, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy discussed substance abuse issues with the First Lady of North Dakota.

the National Institutes of Health makes available for licensing and commercial development certain cannabinoid receptor modulating compounds.

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) said his federal marijuana legalization bill may appeal to people who love and hate cannabis.

Democratic Senate candidate from Louisiana Luke Mixon said he supported the legalization of marijuana, but criticized rival Gary Chambers for smoking a joint in an advertisement.

Democratic congressional candidate from Ohio Nina Turn tweeted, “Legalize Marijuana, Wipe the Records, and Make the Cannabis Industry Fair for the Communities that have been torn apart by its criminalization.”

Democratic congressional candidate from Kentucky William Compton tweeted, “Marijuana should be legal in all states, not some. The tax revenue alone would bring in the necessary money that Kentucky could use to fund public schools! It’s time to legalize it!

/ STATES

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate John King, former federal education secretary, tweeted, “It’s high time to legalize adult cannabis use in Maryland and expunge the records of nonviolent offenders.” I look forward to fairly implementing this transformative legislation as governor.

from illinois The Attorney General has filed a motion to allow more rejected marijuana license applicants to join a consolidated lawsuit.

the Idaho The House of Representatives has approved a bill authorizing the use of cannabis-derived nabiximols spray by patients with multiple sclerosis or other neurological conditions.

the South Dakota The House of Representatives has rejected a bill allowing local governments to ban medical cannabis companies.

from minnesota The House Majority Leader and Senate Minority Leader discussed the prospects for marijuana legalization legislation.

A Virginia The senator who sponsored the marijuana legalization bills said he “hopes” lawmakers will pass the required reconstitution legislation this session.

Utah Regulators have filed corrections to an out-of-state medical cannabis patient rule.

the New York The Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities is proposing to remove the administration of medical cannabis from the list of reportable incidents.

the Texas The Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Advisory Council is considering a proposal to allow hospital staff to store medical cannabis and facilitate its use by patients.

Colorado regulators have launched a partnership to implement a technical assistance program for new cannabis companies.

Massachusetts Marijuana regulators are accepting public comment on possible changes to the list of disproportionately affected areas.

from missouri the main regulator of medical cannabis spoke about the growth of the program.

Ohio regulators have published a ranking listing results of a medical cannabis dispensary license lottery.

Oregon regulators have released a list of active marijuana retail licenses.

/ LOCAL

Denver, Colorado On Tuesday, officials will host a live demo of the city’s online marijuana licensing platform.

/ INTERNATIONAL

A kenyan presidential candidate pledges to legalize marijuana if elected.

A UK The MP is being investigated by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards for allegedly failing to declare employment at a medical cannabis company.

australia Therapeutic Good Administration has sent an update on changes to manufacturing, labeling and packaging requirements for medical cannabis.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

One review concluded that “CBD exhibits multiple therapeutic effectsincluding neuroprotective, antiepileptic, anxiolytic, antipsychotic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-cancer properties” and “could also be applied to treat or prevent COVID-19 and its complications”.

A study of web searches found that “there has been a rapid growth in interest in delta-8 THCand that “states where recreational cannabis is illegal had higher relative claims than states where recreational cannabis was legalized.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A survey revealed that London, England adults supporting the mayor’s plan to replace some cannabis-related arrests with education and counseling for young people, 63% to 19%.

the South Dakota Democratic Party tweeted, “HB 1095, which would have allowed the local government to block medical cannabis dispensaries, washed up on the house floor today. Our Democratic Representatives have stood with voters to ensure medical marijuana is available to everyone.

/ BUSINESS

Amazon posted about his support for marijuana legalization legislation.

Hightimes Holding Corp. The CEO resigned.

HEXO Corp. received a notification from Nasdaq that it is not in compliance with the minimum bid price requirement to list.

4Front Ventures Corp. completed its acquisition of New England Cannabis Corporation.

/ CULTURE

Cannabis-focused comic Nation of legalization was signed for syndication by Heart’s King Features.

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