MS House Approves Medicinal Cannabis Bill (Newsletter: January 20, 2022)

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Bipartisan Lawmakers Urge DEA on Access to Medical Psychedelics; Austin Puts Marijuana Decrim on Ballots; KS Psilocybin Bill; FBI Cannabis License Review

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/ USEFUL INFORMATION

ONE bipartisan group of congressmen led by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) a letter demanding that the Drug Enforcement Administration allow terminally ill patients to use psilocybin as an investigational treatment without fear of prosecution.

Gary Chambers, candidate for the Democratic US Senate from Louisiana smoked a marijuana blunt in a new campaign ad focused on the harms of criminalization. He says he will support cannabis deletions and bank bills if elected to Congress.

the Austin, Texas City Council passed an ordinance referencing a proposal to decriminalize marijuana to the May vote. Supporters wanted lawmakers to adopt the measure themselves, but are confident it will be adopted by voters.

ONE Kansas representative filed a bill to legalize the possession and home cultivation of psilocybin.

New testimony that has surfaced suggests so Federal Office of Investigations Scrutiny of Missouri’s medical marijuana licensing process could be ongoing, with a businessman saying he spoke to federal agents about the governor, a mayor and other officials.

/ FEDERAL

the Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility is taking a more aggressive stance on some marijuana-related denial of security clearance decisions.

the US Attorney for Vermont said that there are “potential marijuana-related matters that we might pursue criminal prosecution,” but “generally, this is not an area high on our list of priorities.”

staff for MP Brian Mast (R-FL) defended his Tilray, Inc. stock purchase just days before the House of Representatives voted to approve federal legislation legalizing marijuana.

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) tweeted: “[email protected] Roger that. Happy to have my co-chair of the #Cannabis Caucus as co-sponsor of my bipartisan #HOPEAct. By repairing the aftermath of the War on Drugs and reviving the American Dream, this important piece of legislation gives Congress a chance to #move forward.”

MP Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) congratulated a Massachusetts cannabis regulator on the anniversary of taking the job.

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed legislation to decriminalize syringes and otherwise expand access to syringe access programs.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) said a medical cannabis law “gets better” with each revision that comes out. Meanwhile the Agriculture and Trade Commissioner said he is taking steps to prepare for his department’s role in enforcing a medical marijuana law, should one pass.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) spoke about the potential of the legal cannabis industry to create jobs and tax revenues in her State of the State address.

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried, currently the commissioner of agriculture, tweeted, “As governor, I will legalize marijuana.”

the Maine The Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee will consider bills Wednesday on home delivery of marijuana, edibles production and plant tracking.

A black Delaware A representative who removed his name from a bill legalizing marijuana last year after removing social justice provisions says a new version of the legislation addresses his concerns and is “the best, the most complete bill I’ve ever seen.” have seen”.

Pennsylvania Regulators have re-enacted medical cannabis regulations.

Michigan’s The top marijuana regulator said it thinks “we’re entering a period of stabilization in the market.”

the Iowa The Human Rights Department’s Judiciary Advisory Council found racial disparities in marijuana enforcement and said it will monitor results of legalization in other states.

ONE Massachusetts The marijuana regulator penned an op-ed pleading for a crackdown on disabled driving.

Oklahoma Regulators delayed the launch of a new medicinal cannabis licensing portal.

Arizona Officials accept grant applications to fund marijuana research.

Floridas The Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday.


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/ LOCAL

the DeKalb County, Georgia The commission considered a proposal to end pre-employment drug screening for marijuana but was prevented from making any progress.

Birmingham, Alabama The mayor responded to a former lawmaker’s criticism of his endorsement of local reforms by tweeting, “I will not take any lectures on the right and wrong of pardoning people for marijuana possession from former State Senator Phil Williams, one of whose major ‘accomplishments’ is the Vote to cut unemployment includes welfare, protect racist monuments and build more prisons.”

/ INTERNATIONAL

of Thailand The Food and Drug Administration is reportedly planning to remove marijuana from the controlled drugs list on Wednesday.

the Bahamas Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs said The Family Islands would be an ideal location for the growth of the cannabis industry.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

One study concluded that “medicinal cannabis can increase [quality of life] for advanced [cholangiocarcinoma] patients.”

Findings from one study “support potential synergies between psychedelics and meditation.”

/ REPRESENTATION, OPINION & ANALYSIS

the Pima County, Arizona Democratic Party called an ad by a candidate for the Louisiana Democratic Senate in which he smoked marijuana on camera an “important campaign advertisement”.

/ SHOP

MedMen’s The former CEO spoke about his departure in his first interview since leaving the company.

Columbia Care Inc. has a new chief financial officer.

A New York judge opened a hearing on whether to file a lawsuit against it land ownership and other defendants over a disputed medicinal cannabis license.

CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk tweeted that he and Mel Brooks were “both born 69 days after April 20th.”

/ CULTURE

Wiz Khalifa is working with Cresco Labs on a distribution deal for its Khalifa Kush cannabis brand in California.

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