FDA’s CBD research plan; NY gov pledges legal marijuana in State of the State; KS lawmakers prep medical cannabis push for 2021
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“As our state recovers from COVID-19, legalizing medical marijuana is an innovative solution to increase state revenue and improve Kansas’ overall health and economy,” a spokesperson for the governor said. “We must come up with a Kansas-specific approach that’s well-regulated, controlled, and a collaborative effort with the law enforcement community.”
/ FEDERAL Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)said that “if Trump had made marijuana decriminalization part of his platform, I guarantee you he would have found 20,000 votes in Georgia and 100,000 in Pennsylvania and 100,000 in Wisconsin.” Former Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL)tweeted, “Legalize it. Rehabilitation not incarceration. War on drugs destroys families and communities. CC: @NORML” Ohio Democratic congressional candidateNina Turnertweeted, “It’s no coincidence the elected leaders who aided in Trump’s violent insurrection expect to face zero consequences. These are the same people who uphold a justice system where a kid arrested for smoking marijuana faces a lifetime criminal record. We must hold them accountable.” / STATES VirginiaGov. Ralph Northam (D) tweeted, “It’s a new week, Virginia—and there are brighter days ahead. This week, we launch plans to:…✅Legalize marijuana, equitably…” New JerseyGov. Phil Murphy (D) said he is “optimistic” that he and lawmakers can work out differences over provisions in marijuana legalization enabling legislation concerning underage people. TheSenate presidentsaid, of the governor, that the “ball’s in his court.” CaliforniaGov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) office is cohosting virtual convenings on cannabis policy, equity and racial justice this month and next month. MichiganGov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) said she supports federal marijuana legalization (about 38:15 into the video). Pennsylvania’slieutenant governor tweeted about Oregon marijuana sales, saying, “Great. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania continues to criminalize you for life if you sip a little weed. Let me be clear: It’s *not* like we need the cash, freedom, justice, jobs, our farmers, our veterans…” Connecticut’sSenate president pro tempore said he wants to use marijuana tax revenue to help distressed communities. Meanwhile, theSenate Judiciary Committee chairsaid he expects the panel will take up legalizing cannabis this session. Illinoislawmakers are considering legislation to change medical cannabis rules. Ohioregulators are considering petitions to add new medical cannabis qualifying conditions. Coloradoregulators are moving ahead with plans to award a contract to develop a plan for a state Hemp Center of Excellence to MPG Consulting. South Dakotalawmakers spoke about upcoming legislation addressing voter-approved marijuana legalization and medical cannabis ballot measures. Nevadaregulators are hosting a cannabis and vaping summit this week. Vermontregulators issued new labeling standards for hemp seeds. Rhode Islandregulators posted redacted medical cannabis dispensary licenses applications it received. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 100 cannabis 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.
/ LOCAL San Francisco, Californiaregulators sent updates about policies on marijuana tours, events and background reviews. / INTERNATIONAL PhilippinePresident Rodrigo Duterte received an initial report on the nation’s bloody “war on drugs.” UKregulators issued the country’s second license to cultivate medical cannabis. / SCIENCE & HEALTH A study of the impact of marijuana use onliver transplantsfound “no statistical differences in post‐operative outcomes, including patient/graft survival and post‐LT complications in pre‐ or post‐LT users.” A review concluded that “MDMA and/or MDMA-like molecules appear to be an effective pharmacological treatment for thesocial impairments of autism, at least in animal models. / ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS Reverend Al Sharptonis calling on New York lawmakers to ensure equity in marijuana legalization legislation. TheMontana Wilderness Association and Montana Wildlife Federationare criticizing Gov. Greg Gianforte’s (R) budget that proposes moving marijuana tax revenue away from environmental conservation programs. / BUSINESS GW Pharmaceuticals plc reported $148 million in quarterly revenue. Curaleaf Holdings, Inc.announced it completed a $50 million, three-year secured revolving credit facility. KushCo Holdings, Inc.reported $26.8 million in quarterly revenue and a net loss of $4.5 million. Data stolen fromAurora Cannabisin a hack is being offered for illegal sale. The Securities and Exchange Commission issued a cease-and-desist order againstIndia Globalization Capitalover claims about a cannabis-based product to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Organigram Holdings Inc.appointed a new board member. Acreage Holdings, Inc.has a new board member.
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