FAA Cannabis Memo for Airports (Newsletter: February 15, 2021)

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WI GOP against the government’s marijuana plan; TX Psychedelics Bill; NC cannabis support; IA Senators OK Lowering Patient Fee; Marijuana helps / hinders business ideas

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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

Top Republican leaders from Wisconsin are not on board Governor Tony Evers (D )’s new plan to legalize marijuana, but some GOP lawmakers are implementing more modest reforms such as decriminalizing possession or permitting medical cannabis.

The Minnesota House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee planned the first hearing on a draft law to legalize marijuana, sponsored by the majority leader and speaker for Wednesday.

  • “As a former prosecutor, I’ve seen firsthand how much resources the state is spending on current cannabis restrictions,” said the chairman of the committee.

The Virginia House General Law Committee took a procedural step to bring lawmakers closer to working out the differences between the separate marijuana legalization bills approved on the floors of both chambers last week.

A new survey found that a The majority of North Carolina adults support marijuana legalization and three out of four back medical cannabis. The survey also asked about the morale of marijuana use and whether it was a gateway drug.

ON Texas Representative submitted a bill requiring the state to investigate psilocybin, MDMA, and ketamine as alternative therapies for treating PTSD, depression, chronic pain, and other conditions.

On Iowa Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Approved a bill to cut fees for medical cannabis patients from $ 100 a year to just $ 10 every two years. Medical marijuana suppliers’ fees would also be reduced.

A new study found that Marijuana helps and hinders the brainstorming process for new business ideas.

  • “Although we generated more original ideas, we found that cannabis users’ ideas were less feasible.”

/ FEDERAL

The Biden administration is considering a Trump era Currency Auditor’s Office Rule that prevents banks from refusing to provide services for non-financial reasons that cannabis and other companies say could benefit them.

ON U.S. Department of Agriculture Officials spoke about hemp-related research and data projects the government is running.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote in a constituent letter that he “will continue to push for laws that address the systemic and racial inequalities that have plagued our drug laws and the criminal justice system for decades.”

/ CONDITIONS

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) said She would “not be inclined to sign a law to legalize marijuana” passed by lawmakers. Meanwhile it is Judiciary Committee of the Senate approved a bill to remove some marijuana convictions from background checks.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) budget proposal includes funds for marijuana regulation and social justice initiatives, as well as for a “Clean Slate” program delete previous criminal records.

The Idaho The House Agriculture Committee tabled a bill to legalize hemp.

ON Georgia The House Regulated Industries subcommittee approved a bill to add ulcerative colitis as a medical qualifying condition for low-THC medicinal cannabis.

The Washington The House Commerce and Gaming Committee will hold a hearing on Friday on a bill to limit the effectiveness of marijuana products.

ON Connecticut The senator said he was “embarrassed” that Governor Ned Lamont’s (D) marijuana legalization plan did not provide detailed justice information.

ON Kentucky Representatives filed a law to legalize marijuana.

Colorado Regulators issued the state’s first permit for the supply of recreational marijuana.

Marylands The Department of Agriculture tweeted about a participant in the state’s hemp pilot program who is “the first in the US to produce hemp commercially using aquaponic methods.”

Ohio The regulators published updated medical cannabis patient and care numbers.

California The cannabis advisory committee will meet on Wednesday.

Florida Medical cannabis and hemp The advisory committees will meet on Wednesday.

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/ LOCAL

Broward County, Florida The prosecutor issued a memo aimed at reducing marijuana possession cases.

The Missoula County, Montana The clerk and treasurer released a statement calling on lawmakers and the governor to immediately implement the state’s voter-approved marijuana legalization measure.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

One study found that “Hemp extracts can be a valuable source of biologically active substances that reduce oxidative stress. inhibit skin aging processes and have a positive effect on the viability of skin cells. “

One study concluded that “cannabis use has a reduced risk of increased fatty liver Index in HIV-HCV co-infected patients. “

/ Advocacy, Opinion & Analysis

ON Thirty-five The analyst predicted marijuana won’t be legalized nationwide by the end of President Joe Biden’s first term.

The Hemp Feed Coalition urges that hemp become an approved feed ingredient.

The International Consortium for Drug Policy published a new strategic plan.

/ BUSINESS

Aurora Cannabis Inc. reported quarterly net sales of $ 67.7 million and an adjusted EBITDA loss of $ 16.8 million.

Columbia Care Inc. Entering into an agreement to sell shares valued at $ 25 million.

Ayr Strategies Inc. changed its company name to Ayr Wellness Inc.

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