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March 10, 2022
Congress continues DC cannabis ban (Newsletter: March 10, 2022) – Marijuana Moment
St. Louis County Lawmakers Vote To End Marijuana Testing For Most County Workers As State Moves To Legalize Black Missourians Worry About Being Shut Out Of Legal Marijuana Industry By Licensing Caps Washington State Ballot Initiative Would Legalize ‘Facilitated’ Psilocybin Sessions South Carolina Lawmakers Add Marijuana Access To Investigational Drug Bill As House Considers Broader Reform New York To Let People With Marijuana Convictions Open Dispensaries Before Big Businesses Can Enter Market College Students Who Use Marijuana Show Signs Of Greater Motivation Compared To Non-Users, Study Finds Top Federal Drug Agency Funds Research On Differing Legal Marijuana Regulatory Models Don’t Feed Marijuana Buds To Donkeys, New Study Warns Banking Activity Increases In States That Legalize Marijuana, Study Finds Young People Who Use Marijuana Have Better Orgasms and Sexual Function, Study Says More Americans Say It Would Be Better If People Used Marijuana Instead Of Alcohol, Poll Shows NCAA Moves To Lower Marijuana Penalties For Student Athletes And Increase THC Threshold In Drug Tests Sha’Carri Richardson, Suspended Over Marijuana, Suggests Racist Double Standard After Olympics Lets Russian Skater Compete Amid Doping Scandal Marijuana Icon Willie Nelson Pushes For The Legalization Of ‘Comfort’ In Super Bowl Ad…For Shoes Twitch Says Marijuana-Themed Usernames Are Exempt From New Ban, Just Like Alcohol And Tobacco Black Missourians Worry About Being Shut Out Of Legal Marijuana Industry By Licensing Caps New York To Let People With Marijuana Convictions Open Dispensaries Before Big Businesses Can Enter Market Americans Want Congress To Pass Marijuana Banking Bill, Poll From American Bankers Association Poll Finds Montana Retailers Sold $13 Million In Recreational Marijuana During February GW And Canopy Agree: Canopy Can’t Win Its Cannabis Extraction Patent Infringement Case Under Judge’s Interpretation (Op-Ed) Marijuana Banking Sponsor Won’t Stop Talking About His Bill In Hearings On Unrelated Legislation Maryland House And Senate Committees Consider Drug Decriminalization Bills Congressman Pledges To Be A ‘Real Pest’ Until Senate Passes His Marijuana Banking Bill New Jersey Regulators Get Input On How To Spend Marijuana Revenue U.S. Senate Candidate Gary Chambers Visits Drive-Thru Marijuana Dispensary In Follow-Up To Blunt-Smoking Ad Congress continues DC cannabis ban (Newsletter: March 10, 2022) Cannabis banking gets big support in poll (Newsletter: March 9, 2022) Vets groups push Congress for cannabis reform (Newsletter: March 8, 2022) IL lawmakers approve cannabis workplace protections (Newsletter: March 7, 2022) GOP cannabis bill to get congressional hearing, sponsor says (Newsletter: March 4, 2022) Published on By NY marijuana sales launch details; HI Senate OKs psilocybin bill; SC medical cannabis amendment; Veterans measure in Congress; MD drug decrim hearings 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… Free to read (but not free to produce)! We’re proud of our newsletter and the reporting we publish at Marijuana Moment, and we’re happy to provide it for free. But it takes a lot of work and resources to make this happen. If you value Marijuana Moment, invest in our success on Patreon so we can expand our coverage and more readers can benefit: https://www.patreon.com/marijuanamoment / TOP THINGS TO KNOW A large-scale spending bill filed by congressional leaders contains a rider that continues to block Washington, D.C. from being able to legalize recreational marijuana sales. It also extends a separate provision protecting state medical cannabis laws from federal interference, however. New York regulators are set to approve a plan on Thursday to let people with prior marijuana convictions in their family get a head start on running recreational dispensaries—before current medical cannabis operators can open up to the adult-use market. The Hawaii Senate unanimously passed a bill to create a working group to study the therapeutic benefits of psilocybin mushrooms and develop a “long-term strategic plan” to ensure that the psychedelic is accessible for medical use. A South Carolina House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs subcommittee adopted an amendment to add medical marijuana to a bill on patient access to investigational drugs during epidemics and pandemics. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) keeps bringing up his marijuana banking bill in Rules Committee hearings on unrelated legislation. After he jokingly lamented that it’s not in the new omnibus spending bill, Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) replied, “I don’t know how we missed it, Ed.” Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) filed a bill to codify protections for Department of Veterans Affairs doctors and military veteran patients to discuss the potential benefits of medical cannabis. The Maryland House Judiciary Committee and Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee both held hearings on bills to decriminalize drug possession. / FEDERAL Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) voiced support for passing a marijuana banking bill. Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) spoke about efforts to build support for her marijuana legalization bill. The Senate marijuana banking bill got one new cosponsor for a total of 42. Louisiana Democratic Senate candidate Gary Chambers posted a video of himself talking to a marijuana prisoner, saying, “This human, Kevin Allen is in a cage, because of cannabis here in Louisiana. I spoke with Kevin Allen who is serving LIFE IN PRISON for what amounts to a dime bag of weed. Never been convicted of a violent offense. When I say cannabis laws are unjust, this is what I mean.” / STATES The Florida House of Representatives rejected medical cannabis reform amendments. A South Dakota legislature conference committee agreed to a medical cannabis home cultivation limit of two flowering plants and two immature plants. The Minnesota House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee approved a bill to expand the state’s current marijuana decriminalization law. The chairman of the Kentucky Senate Judiciary Committee is supporting a medical cannabis bill. A Pennsylvania senator questioned the state’s acting health secretary official about big business domination in the medical cannabis industry during a hearing. Colorado lawmakers filed a bill to increase oversight on the marijuana industry. A New York assemblymember tweeted, “When it comes to treating mental health ailments such as depression, PTSD, anxiety and various substance abuse disorders, all options should be on the table. It’s time to pass medical #psilocybin in New York State.” A Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands regulator said there have been no marijuana possession arrests in the territory since at least 2019. New Jersey regulators held a public hearing to get advice on how to spend marijuana tax revenue. Louisiana regulators released data on medical cannabis sales. Michigan regulators will hold a quarterly meeting on marijuana issues on Thursday. California’s Proposition 64 Advisory Group will meet on Thursday. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,000 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. —
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Cannabis banking gets big support in poll (Newsletter: March 9, 2022) 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.) Published on By OK psilocybin decrim passes; Perlmutter will be “pest” until marijuana banking passes; KS medical cannabis bill filed 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.
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The chairman of the Kansas Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee filed a new bill to legalize medical marijuana. The House passed separate medical cannabis legislation last year but it stalled in the Senate. / FEDERAL The U.S. Department of Agriculture included information about hemp data it collects in an annual Privacy Act notice. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit declined a request for the full court to review a marijuana business’s case aiming to quash Internal Revenue Service summonses. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) said a local sheriff told him that his department’s “drug seizures include all kinds of fentanyl laced drugs, including marijuana.” The House bill to seal certain marijuana and other convictions got six new cosponsors for a total of 16. / STATES South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) signed several medical cannabis reform bills into law, and the legislature sent her several other measures. Separately, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jamie Smith, currently the House minority leader, criticized the governor for undermining the state’s voter-approved marijuana legalization measure. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) budget proposal recommends using marijuana revenue to benefit communities harmed by the war on drugs. Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro, currently the attorney general, tweeted, “Republicans in Harrisburg could legalize recreational marijuana, raise the minimum wage, and pass nondiscrimination bills. But they haven’t over the past decade because they’re more focused on helping wealthy special interests. I’m still fighting for you, and I always will.” Here’s a look at Utah medical cannabis reform bills that passed this session. New Hampshire House Minority Leader Renny Cushing, who championed marijuana reform, passed away. The California Assembly Public Safety Committee approved a bill to provide relief to people with marijuana convictions. The Missouri House Public Safety Committee held a hearing on a marijuana legalization bill. The Maryland House Judiciary Committee held a brief hearing on a marijuana legalization bill that’s being presented as an alternative to a legal cannabis plan that the full House has already approved. The Connecticut House General Laws Committee held a hearing on legislation to ban forms of marijuana gifting. A Michigan representative filed a bill to remove marijuana from the state’s list of Schedule I substances. An Indiana representative tweeted, “When 80% of Hoosiers support medical cannabis, or adult use, we really aren’t representing our districts well when we refuse to hear 13 bills that were filed this year on the topic.” Oklahoma’s top medical cannabis regulator spoke about implementing a new tracking system. Massachusetts regulators launched programming for the state’s third cannabis social equity program cohort. Illinois regulators published questions and answers about marijuana transporter license applications. Oregon regulators posted a presentation about hemp rules. New York marijuana regulators will meet on Thursday. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,000 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 Jersey City, New Jersey’s Planning Board began reviewing the city’s first recreational marijuana retail application. Oakland, California’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission will meet on Thursday. / INTERNATIONAL The Spanish Congress of Deputies’s medical cannabis subcommittee held its first hearing. Argentina’s Supreme Court will hold hearings next month on the constitutionality of criminalizing medical cannabis cultivation. / SCIENCE & HEALTH A study found that “CBD appears to alter some key physiological and psychological responses to aerobic exercise without impairing performance.” A review concluded that “psilocybin – mostly combined with psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic support – shows a promise as a treatment for various (treatment-resistant) mental disorders.” / ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS The Democratic LegislativeCampaign Committee tweeted about how Virginia’s former House speaker oversaw the passage of marijuana legalization legislation. / BUSINESS Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of $88.5 million and a net loss of $16.5 million. Groff North America says it is the first company in the U.S. to grow and bring a cannabis crop to market legally for scientific study. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company said it expects sales for its Hawthorne unit to decline 15 to 25 percent, as “sales in the segment have been challenged for several months due to an oversupply of cannabis, which is leading to a slowdown in both indoor and outdoor cultivation.” The MAPS Public Benefit Corporation has a new COO. / CULTURE Russian authorities released a photo of American basketball player Brittney Griner, who is being detained after allegedly being caught with cannabis vape cartridges at an airport.
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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. Support our work at https://www.patreon.com/marijuanamoment / TOP THINGS TO KNOW Several military veterans service organizations called on Congress to ease restrictions on medical cannabis access and research at a series of recent joint hearings of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees. Wisconsin’s Republican Assembly majority leader said it’s “likely” the state will legalize marijuana “at some point”—but he thinks medical cannabis legislation has a better shot in the near term. Rhode Island representatives filed bills to decriminalize most drugs and to allow medical professionals to “prescribe and dispense psilocybin as a therapeutic.” The American Civil Liberties Union, AFL-CIO, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Drug Policy Alliance, NORML and other organizations sent a letter calling on Congress to finally remove the ban on recreational marijuana sales in Washington, D.C. A Wyoming representative who is sponsoring a marijuana decriminalization bill says it won’t get a vote this session. / FEDERAL The Department of Justice now has until May 9 to reveal its position in a case about the legality of safe consumption sites for illegal drugs—the latest delay on a brief that was initially due back in November. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said the U.S. government is “doing everything we can” to aid Americans detained in Russia—including basketball player Brittney Griner, who was jailed after allegedly being caught at an airport with cannabis vape cartridges. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said she is pressing the State Department to focus on helping to free Brittney Griner from Russian detention over an alleged cannabis offense. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) tweeted, “I enjoyed visiting Formation Ag and learning about their work producing machinery necessary to convert hemp into a variety of industrial products. It’s great to see such innovative businesses in Colorado’s Third District!” Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Black Americans are four times more likely to be arrested and six times more likely to go to jail for marijuana-related offenses. It’s time we federally legalize cannabis and work to undo decades of injustice against Black Americans.” / STATES South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) signed several medical marijuana reform bills into law. Separately, a legislative conference committee is set to reconcile versions of a bill that could ban or limit medical cannabis home cultivation. Meanwhile, the Senate defeated legislation that would have limited where medical marijuana could be used. Kansas’s attorney general issued an opinion saying delta-8 THC is illegal unless derived from hemp and, even if so, products containing it must be limited to 0.3 percent total THC. Indiana Democratic secretary of state candidate Destiny Scott Wells spoke about how other states are generating tax revenue with marijuana legalization. She also tweeted, “Hoosiers are overwhelmingly in favor of moving forward on cannabis, yet Indiana is behind our neighbor states as they take advantage of economic development from its legalization.” The New Jersey Senate approved a bill to let medical cannabis patients under 18 years of age to have up to four designated caregivers New York’s Assembly majority leader discussed efforts to implement marijuana legalization. Oklahoma House leaders announced a plan to revise medical cannabis rules, and the House Alcohol, Tobacco and Controlled Substances Committee approved several related bills. The Illinois House assistant majority leader filed a bill to consolidate marijuana regulatory agencies. Ohio House Democrats tweeted about the passage of a bill to add autism spectrum disorder as a medical cannabis qualifying condition. The Virginia House Appropriations Committee defeated a Senate-passed bill to allow resentencing for people with marijuana convictions. The Wyoming Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to punish pregnant women who use illegal drugs. The Kentucky House Judiciary Committee may hold a hearing on a medical cannabis bill on Wednesday. Rhode Island lawmakers spoke about the marijuana legalization bill they are sponsoring. A Pennsylvania representative tweeted, “Small marijuana convictions can keep you from affordable housing, federal and state aid, and even chances at a job. Medical marijuana patients are being denied a job based on their consumption of cannabis. This war on drugs needs to head in the right direction.” Michigan marijuana regulators revised administrative rules. The California State Fair Cannabis Awards extended the submission deadline and revised its award categories. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,000 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. 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Previously, Chambers made waves by smoking a cannabis blunt in his first campaign ad. A Missouri Republican representative filed a bill to decriminalize psilocybin, DMT, ibogaine and mescaline and allow legal medical access to the psychedelics for patients with certain illnesses. New Jersey regulators held a public hearing to get feedback on how people think the state should spend marijuana tax revenue. The Montana Department of Revenue reported that retailers sold $13 million worth of recreational marijuana in February—an increase from January when legal adult-use cannabis sales first launched in the state. / FEDERAL Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) wrote about her opposition to legalizing marijuana in constituent letters. Rep. David Scott (D-GA) tweeted, “As the Chair of the House Agriculture Committee, I am committed to addressing the issue of cannabis in our next Farm Bill. We need to eliminate barriers for small businesses and Black entrepreneurs to start legal cannabis companies under state law.” Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz said he opposes legalizing marijuana. Missouri Democratic congressional candidate Ray Reed tweeted, “It is time to legalize recreational marijuana and expunge the records of those serving time for non-violent marijuana offenses.” Washington State Democratic congressional candidate Ann Marie Danimus tweeted, “Marijuana should be legal on the federal level. We’ve seen it work here in WA, the first state to legalize recreational use alongside CO 10 years ago. Legalizing cannabis will be a boon for our economy and promote criminal justice reform efforts nationwide.” / STATES New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) touted the job-creating potential of the marijuana legalization law she signed in a speech at the state’s Democratic pre-primary nominating convention. Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, a former congressman, tweeted, “We are going to legalize marijuana in Texas.” South Dakota Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Haugaard, currently a representative, is under fire for saying a woman he knows became a “wrung-out whore” after using marijuana and other drugs. Utah lawmakers sent Gov. Spencer Cox (R) a bill to let veterinarians discuss medical cannabis for pets. Oklahoma’s House majority floor leader spoke about legislation to revise medical cannabis regulations. The New Hampshire House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on a bill to legalize marijuana and conduct sales through state-owned stores. Minnesota House Democrats tweeted, “The only reason we don’t have a regulated market for adults to safely consume cannabis is because Senate Republicans are out of touch with Minnesotans on this issue. It’s time to legalize, expunge, and regulate.” A Nebraska senator said activists plan to collect signatures for medical cannabis ballot initiatives at a Snoop Dogg concert on 4/20. A Kansas senator is expected to file a medical cannabis bill in the coming days. A Missouri representative discussed his marijuana legalization bill in a radio interview. A Rhode Island senator tweeted, “Legalize. Automatically Expunge. Justice reinvestment for communities targeted by the war on drugs.🌿” California regulators proposed revised marijuana business rules. Pennsylvania regulators expanded financial assistance for medical cannabis patients and caregivers, and approved a new clinical registrant for the medical marijuana research program. Nevada regulators issued a health and safety bulletin about cannabis products from NLVG, LLC, and they summarily suspended its licenses. Arizona marijuana tax revenue is funding a series of expungement clinics. New York’s Dormitory Authority released a request for information about the state’s cannabis equity fund. Michigan regulators published FAQs on the transfer of regulatory responsibilities for some aspects of the hemp industry. Vermont regulators will review marijuana rules changes on Monday. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,000 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. —
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