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Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) said he’s “confident” his marijuana banking legislation is finally going to make it through the Senate and onto the president’s desk before he leaves office at the end of this year.

The Utah House of Representatives voted 68-1 to create a task force to study and make recommendations on the therapeutic uses of psychedelics such as psilocybin for treating mental health disorders.

Ohio’s Senate president says he won’t bring a marijuana legalization measure to the floor for a vote, meaning that activists who collected enough signatures to force the legislature to consider the measure will need more petitions to place it on the November ballot.

The Missouri House of Representatives approved a bill to make it harder to qualify and pass ballot initiatives—but included a delayed implementation date that a lawmaker says was requested by a current marijuana legalization campaign.

Video game streaming service Twitch’s username policy update says references to marijuana are totally fine—treating it the same as alcohol and tobacco. But the Amazon-owned company bans mentions of psychedelics and “hard drugs.”

Marijuana icon Willie Nelson called for the legalization of…comfortable shoes in an ad for Sketchers that aired during the Super Bowl.
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The Drug Enforcement Administration Museum proudly displayed a pair of platform shoes worn by an undercover agent in the 1970s.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “Hundreds of millions of Americans live in states where cannabis has been legalized in some way. It’s long past time for the federal government to catch up. The Senate will move forward on cannabis legalization with justice for the communities most impacted by the War on Drugs.”

Several U.S. senators discussed their positions on the issue of marijuana legalization.

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) filed a bill to restrict the use of certain federal funds for syringes for the injection of illegal drugs or devices to “smoke, inhale, or ingest narcotics.”

Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) toured a cannabis testing facility.

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) said Republicans should “lean in” on marijuana reform.

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) tweeted, “If anyone knows the unjust consequences of #cannabis criminalization, it’s @weldon_angelos. Humbled to have his endorsement of my bipartisan #HOPEAct, which will help remedy the War on Drugs where it’s been most pervasive – at the state and local level.”

Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA) tweeted, “In my district, cartels are profiting off the illegal marijuana market through indentured servant labor, stealing land and water, and threatening Californians!”

Louisiana Democratic Senate candidate Gary Chambers said his cannabis consumption is not something that should be controversial.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) issued an executive order consolidating the regulation of marijuana and hemp under the newly renamed Cannabis Regulatory Agency.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’s (D) Drug Policy Board adopted a resolution opposing the legalization of marijuana.

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, a former congressman, spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana at a campaign rally.

South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham, a former congressman, tweeted, “By opposing medical marijuana, @henrymcmaster is keeping life-saving medical care from countless veterans and patients across SC. Governor, your conspiracy theories about cannabis are rooted in lies, fear and 1950s propaganda. Time to end your opposition and help get this done.”

Mississippi’s lieutenant governor spoke about the economic impact of legalizing medical cannabis.

The Washington State Senate approved a bill to increase penalties for robbing marijuana dispensaries, on par with those for robbing pharmacies.

The Oklahoma Legislative Office of Financial Transparency issued a report recommending a moratorium on medical cannabis business licenses.

A Maryland delegate tweeted, “The drug war has led to the mass incarceration of Black & Latinx Marylanders. It’s way past time we legalize cannabis, release non-violent drug offenders, as well as ensure equity & reparations for the harm done. Today, I filed the Cannabis Legalization & Equity Act.” He also hosting a series of “Weed Weekend” events.

A Michigan senator tweeted, “I passed the bill in Michigan that funded automatically expunging the records for those convicted of non-violent marijuana use.  Now it’s time to legalize marijuana federally & ensure our sons, grandsons, brothers, and uncles are no longer incarcerated & have a clean slate.” He also tweeted, “Even though we legalized marijuana in Michigan, it’s still illegal for banks to provide services to cannabis businesses. This means they operate on a cash-only basis which is dangerous for them and our community. It’s time for Congress to legalize and pass the #SAFEBankingAct.”

Arkansas regulators are being sued over a policy that doesn’t allow doctors to issue medical cannabis recommendations without in-person patient examinations.

Iowa regulators said they haven’t yet gotten any response from the Drug Enforcement Administration about a letter requesting a federal exemption for the state’s limited medical cannabis program.

Montana regulators proposed rules for failed marijuana laboratory test samples.

Alaska regulators are proposing changes to rules on reinstatement of marijuana business licenses after failure to renew.

Maine regulators issued guidance on separation of co-located medical cannabis and recreational marijuana cultivation operations.

Colorado regulators sent an update on medical cannabis rulemaking.

Vermont regulators will review marijuana policies on Monday and accept public comments at a hearing on Friday.


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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) sent a letter asking colleagues to get involved in the process of drafting a federal marijuana legalization bill that they plan to file “in the weeks ahead.” Schumer also discussed the cannabis reform push in a Senate floor speech.

Federally owned power company Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) walked back its threat to withhold electricity from marijuana businesses following pushback from congressional and local officials.

A day earlier, Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Steve Cohen (D-TN) sent a letter criticizing TVA’s insinuation it would block power from state-legal cannabis businesses.

The South Carolina Senate gave its final third reading passage to a medical marijuana bill, formally sending it over to the House of Representatives for consideration.

A contentious battle is brewing between marijuana activists in Oklahoma, where one group filed a legal challenge against a competing legalization campaign’s expungements section—even though its own initiative also contains similar language. The targeted group has now redrafted its measure without the expungements provision, as a backup.

The Colorado Department of Revenue announced that the state set a marijuana sales record last year.

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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said he worries there is “a perception that marijuana is completely harmless in children.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit revived a lawsuit from an Alabama student who said she was strip-searched by school officials who suspected her of smoking marijuana.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said a forthcoming federal marijuana legalization bill will include “good, substantive” changes from a prior draft version.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and other Republicans filed a bill to bar the government from using certain funds to pay for pipes or other paraphernalia that could be used to smoke, inhale or ingest illegal drugs.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) inserted comments into the Congressional Record praising a 100-year-old woman who helped advance Connecticut discussions on “access to medical marijuana for elderly people with glaucoma, a condition she has faced for nearly two decades.”

Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI) and more than 100 other GOP lawmakers sent a letter calling on President Joe Biden to permanently classify fentanyl-related substances in Schedule I.

Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD) tweeted, “Cannabis legalization and decriminalization is an equal justice issue. MD must take the lead, ensure its economic benefits directly benefit communities who have borne the brunt of these bad policies, and expunge the records of those currently serving time.

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) said her marijuana legalization bill has “something for everyone.”

Wisconsin Democratic Senate candidate Alex Lasry tweeted, “We need to legalize weed nationwide. It’s far overdue.”

Ohio Democratic congressional candidate Nina Turner tweeted, “Good morning. Cannabis should be legal.”

The House bill to deschedule marijuana got one new cosponsor for a total of eight.

The House bill to allow CBD as a dietary supplement got one new cosponsor for a total of 39.

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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) is proposing changes to rules for cannabis funds.

Virginia’s House majority leader said the chamber would wait for the Democratic-controlled Senate to first pass a marijuana commerce reenactment bill and then “go from there.”

The Illinois Senate Executive Committee approved a bill to place a moratorium on issuing cannabis transporter licenses.

The South Dakota House Health Committee advanced without recommendation a bill to allow medical cannabis recommendations to be conducted via virtual meetings.

The chair of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus said lawmakers are preparing a resolution calling on federal officials to follow through with marijuana reform.

The director of New York’s Office of Cannabis Management said he’s going to “push” to launch recreational marijuana sales sooner than mid-2023.

Maine regulators expressed concerns about pending hemp legislation.

Colorado’s Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee will meet on Monday.

Florida regulators will hold a public meeting on medical cannabis tracking systems on Tuesday.


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The South Carolina Senate, after weeks of debate and dozens of amendments, approved a medical cannabis bill. One more vote is expected on Thursday to formally send it to the House of Representatives.

As the Biden administration’s court deadline to reveal its position on harm reduction centers for illegal drugs nears, the Department of Justice says it is “evaluating supervised consumption sites, including discussions with state and local regulators about appropriate guardrails for such sites, as part of an overall approach to harm reduction and public safety.”

The Congressional Research Service provided lawmakers with an overview of how federal courts across the country are issuing varying interpretations of a rider that protects state medical cannabis programs from federal interference.

Maryland senators filed a bill to create a fund to study and provide “cost-free access” to psychedelics like psilocybin, MDMA and ketamine for military veterans suffering from PTSD.

The Missouri Supreme Court unanimously ruled that  regulators must disclose information from successful medical cannabis dispensary license applications for unsuccessful applicants to use in their appeals.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Rahul Gupta issued a statement pushing back on suggestions that the federal government would be paying to distribute “crack pipes.” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also took questions about drug policy harm reduction measures, including safe consumption sites.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke about uses for hemp at an event on efforts to combat climate change.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) criticized Manhattan’s district attorney for saying he would not prosecute certain marijuana and other cases.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) tweeted, “In Biden’s America, your tax dollars pay for crack pipes. The insanity has to stop.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticized the Biden administration’s shift toward supporting harm reduction drug policies.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is hiring a new staffer to “spearhead his effort to end federal cannabis prohibition.”

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) said she will be opening her marijuana legalization bill to Democratic cosponsors in the next few weeks.

Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) spoke on the House floor about a student who allegedly “overdosed on marijuana laced with fentanyl.”

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) touted an endorsement for his marijuana expungements bill from presidential pardon recipient Weldon Angelos.

Vermont Democratic congressional candidate Kesha Ram Hinsdale tweeted, “I support the federal legalization of marijuana, and legalization alone won’t fix the structural inequities of who was targeted by the so-called War on Drugs. We must pardon all non-violent marijuana offenders and actively ensure they can benefit from the legal market.”

Washington State Democratic congressional candidate Jason Call tweeted, “The incumbent I’m challenging in WA-02 has voted at least four times to allow the Dept of Justice to continue to go after cannabis is states where it is already legal (like WA!)”

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A New York judge ruled that the office of Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) will need to answer a subpoena seeking information on whether her aides pressured regulators to approve Ascend Wellness’s acquisition of MedMen’s dispensaries in the state.

South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham, a former congressman, held a press conference at the State House to urge lawmakers to approve a medical cannabis bill. Rival Democratic contender Mia McLeod, a state senator, tweeted, “Oh wow! Welcome to the fight, Joe. Hate that I missed you today, but as a cosponsor of the med marijuana bill we’ve been debating in the Senate for 3 wks now, I’m just curious abt why you didn’t sponsor a bill to declassify marijuana during your 2 yrs in Congress. Nancy Mace did.”

Ohio’s Senate president said he will not bring a marijuana legalization proposal to the floor for consideration.

The Wisconsin Senate minority leader said marijuana legalization bills won’t pass this session, but she’s optimistic about prospects for the future.

The Maine legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee rejected a bill to legalize psilocybin therapy.

An Alabama senator filed a marijuana decriminalization and expungement bill.

A Maryland senator spoke about her bill to legalize marijuana with a focus on equity.

Oregon regulators circulated proposed psilocybin services rules.

The Utah Cannabinoid Product Board issued a statement of concern about delta-8 THC.

Colorado regulators created a warning flyer about fraud threats against the marijuana industry.

Iowa regulators will discuss the medical cannabidiol program on Friday.


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The federally owned power company Tennessee Valley Authority is threatening to block electricity delivery to state-legal marijuana businesses and says it may report any such grow operations or dispensaries it discovers to law enforcement.

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) filed a new bill to increase the legal limit of THC in hemp and remove a ban on industry participation by people with felony drug convictions. But it also has a provision that could upend the delta-8 THC product market.

New York regulators sent letters warning businesses to cease unlicensed cannabis sales, including instances where it is given as a “gift” in exchange for purchasing an unrelated product or service.

Washington State activists filed a ballot measure to decriminalize possession of all drugs and direct funding toward expanding substance misuse treatment, with a focus on outreach and long-term recovery support.

A new political action committee called Better Organizing to Win Legalization (BOWL) PAC—pun totally intended—was launched by former NORML lobbyist Justin Strekal to fight for marijuana legalization and elect pro-reform politicians.

Ongoing police seizures of cash being transported from licensed marijuana businesses to banks has led to federal litigation over “the repeated and continuing highway robberies of armored cars by government agents.”

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White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Rahul Gupta tweeted, “As a physician, I’ve witnessed the life-saving results of evidence-based harm reduction services. In honoring my “do no harm oath,” as Director of @ONDCP, I am doing everything I can to make these services available so we can save lives. Every life is precious and worth saving.”

The Government Accountability Office issued a revised report on the use of virtual currency in drug and human trafficking

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) spoke about efforts to build support for her marijuana legalization bill.

Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) tweeted, “Outdated and prejudicial laws criminalizing marijuana usage can be so harmful to Minnesotans – while preventing legitimate business owners from helping grow our community.”

Former Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) authored an op-ed urging fellow Republicans to back marijuana reform.

South Carolina Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington criticized the incumbent’s focus on marijuana legalization in a campaign ad, saying, “Is Nancy Mace high?”

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The South Dakota Senate voted to remove an affirmative defense for medical cannabis patients who don’t have registration cards.

An Iowa Senate Judiciary subcommittee approved a resolution calling for a federal exception for the state’s medical cannabidiol program.

Wisconsin lawmakers held a roundtable meeting on medical cannabis.

Maryland lawmakers are considering several marijuana legalization bills. House Democrats tweeted, “House Bill 837 puts Maryland on the right path to adult recreational cannabis should Marylanders vote to legalize it in the 2022 General Election.”

Colorado representatives filed a bill to prevent employers from firing or refusing to hire workers for off-the-job marijuana use.

A Pennsylvania representative tweeted, “Exciting steps forward in marijuana decriminalization in Pennsylvania, but if we are to #legalizeit, we must repair the damages criminalization caused the marginalized communities from aggressive enforcement. That includes expungement of marijuana-related offenses.”

Florida activists began collecting signatures for a proposed 2024 marijuana legalization ballot measure.

New Mexico regulators filed amended cannabis rules.

Oklahoma’s top medical cannabis regulator spoke about efforts to oversee a growing industry.

The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development awarded $35 million in grant funding to local jurisdictions to promote equity and reduce barriers to entry in the cannabis industry.

Maine regulators held a public hearing on proposed medical cannabis rules changes.

Hawaii regulators approved a second medical cannabis dispensary on Oahu.

Vermont regulators released the results of a medical cannabis patient survey.

South Carolina regulators published a list of permitted hemp transporters.

The Washington State Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force’s Licensing Workgroup will meet on Thursday.


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