Lawmakers push Biden on marijuana clemency; CA legal psychedelics bill; NFL studies CBD & cannabis for pain; State regulators ask Congress for reforms
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TheNorth Dakota House Human Services Committeeapproved a bill to legalize marijuana that seems to be primarily motivated at discouraging activists from pursuing a more far-reaching cannabis legalization plan via a ballot initiative. California lawmakersfiled a bill to legalize possession and social sharing of psilocybin, LSD, MDMA, DMT and other psychedelics. Agroup of marijuana regulators from across the U.S.told Congress that several areas of cannabis policy “warrant additional consideration,” including protecting state legalization laws from federal interference, banking, taxes, equity and testing. TheNational Football League and NFL Players Associationare launching a process to explore whether marijuana and its components such as CBD are better alternatives to opioids for treating pain. / FEDERAL Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)tweeted, “We must end the federal prohibition on marijuana, make criminal justice reforms, and ensure equity for communities—especially those of color—impacted by the War on Drugs. This is why I’m working with @SenBooker and @RonWyden on legislation for comprehensive marijuana reform.” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)said marijuana legalization is “an issue that should be decided by the states.” / STATES TheSouth DakotaHouse of Representatives defeated a bill to let doctors issue medical cannabis recommendations via telehealth. Meanwhile, theHouse State Affairs Committeeapproved legislation to delay the program’s launch. TheNorth DakotaHouse of Representatives approved bills to allow medical cannabis edibles and restructure the program’s advisory board, while defeating another to let more patients qualify. New Jersey’sSenate president is reportedly whipping votes for a renewed effort to resolve disagreements with Gov. Phil Murphy (D) over provisions related to underage people in marijuana legalization enabling legislation, and theSenate Judiciary Committeescheduled a Friday meeting to address the issue. Separately, acourtlifted astaythat had prevented regulators from issuing new medical cannabis business licenses. Alabama’sHouse speaker said he will wait to see if the Senate approves a medical cannabis bill, and in what form, before deciding what to do in his chamber. Florida’sSenate president said THC caps for medical cannabis are up for consideration this session. TheUtahSenate Health and Human Services Committeeapproveda bill to license more medical cannabis dispensaries and make other changes. WisconsinRepublican lawmakers continued to criticize Gov. Tony Evers’s (D) inclusion of marijuana legalization in his budget request. New Yorkregulators began accepting applications for cannabinoid hemp processor licenses. Alaskaregulators are considering doubling the THC limit for marijuana edibles. Missouriregulators published a summary of activity in the state’s hemp program for 2020. Nevadaregulators will consider marijuana rules changes on Tuesday. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 600 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.
/ LOCAL Denver, Coloradoofficials prepared a map of where marijuana social use areas could open in the city. Minneapolis, Minnesota’smayor tweeted that a state House committee approving a marijuana legalization bill is “an encouraging step for racial justice. Safe and reliable access to cannabis in Minnesota cities should be the expectation. And with more and more states moving in that direction, any further delay is unacceptable.” / INTERNATIONAL MaltaPrime Minister Robert Abela said the government is close to finalizing legislation to let people use and potentially grow marijuana without fear of arrest. MalaysianPrime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the country will not legalize marijuana. Hungaryis being sanctioned for voting against internationally reclassifying marijuana in contravention of the European Union’s position. Barbadosofficials are considering raising funds through the Barbados Stock Exchange to fund development of the medical cannabis industry. / SCIENCE & HEALTH A study found that “CBG can destroy therapy-resistantglioblastoma stem cells, which are the root of cancer development and extremely resistant to various other treatments” / ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS TheAmerican Civil Liberties Unionsent a letter urging attorney general nominee Merrick Garland, if confirmed, to reinstate guidance protecting state marijuana laws from federal interference and to initiate proceedings to reschedule cannabis. TheNational Association of State Departments of Agriculturewill consider a resolution next week calling on the federal government to increase the allowable THC concentration in hemp to 1%. / BUSINESS The U.S. Tax CourtruledthatHarborside Inc.can’t claim depreciation and charitable contribution deductions due to the 280E tax provision. A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that claimedCuraleaf Holdings, Inc.misled investors about the legality of its CBD products. Trulieve Cannabis Corp.’sForm S-1 became effective with the Securities and Exchange Commission. TILT Holdings Inc.hired a former Massachusetts regulatory official as a compliance officer. Arkansasretailers have sold $242 million worth of medical cannabis products since sales began in mid-2019.
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