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/ THINGS TO KNOW
Republican leaders in Wisconsin disagree with Tony Evers’ (D) administration’s new plan to legalize marijuana, but some GOP lawmakers are seeking more modest reforms, such as decriminalizing possession or allowing the sale of cannabis for medical purposes.
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s finance and policy committee has scheduled a preliminary hearing for Wednesday on a marijuana legalization bill sponsored by the majority leader and Speaker of the House.
- As a former prosecutor, I have seen with my own eyes the amount of resources the state expends on existing restrictions on cannabis, said the committee chair,
The Virginia House of Delegates’ Committee on General Laws has taken a procedural step to bring lawmakers together to resolve differences between the various marijuana legalization bills passed by both houses last week.
A new poll shows that a majority of North Carolina adults support the legalization of marijuana, and three in four support medical cannabis. The study also looked at the morality of marijuana use and whether or not it was a gateway drug.
A Texas state representative has introduced a bill that would require the state to study psilocybin, MDMA and ketamine as alternative treatments for PTSD, depression, chronic pain and other conditions.
A subcommittee of the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that would lower the cost of processing cannabis from $100 a year to just $10 every two years. Taxes on medical marijuana will also be reduced.
A new study shows that marijuana use both helps and hinders thinking about new business ideas.
- Although we generated more original ideas, we found that the ideas of cannabis users were less feasible.
The Biden administration is revising the Trump rule of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which prevents banks from denying services for non-financial reasons that cannabis and other businesses believe would benefit them.
A USDA official spoke about government-led cannabis-related research and data collection projects.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote in a letter to his constituents that he will continue to push for legislation that addresses the systemic and racial disparities that have plagued our drug laws and criminal justice system for decades.
South Dakota Governor Christie Noem (right) said she is reluctant to sign a bill legalizing marijuana. Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would remove certain marijuana convictions from background checks.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) funds marijuana regulation and social equity initiatives, as well as the Clean Slate criminal record expungement program.
The Idaho House of Representatives’ agriculture committee has introduced a bill to legalize cannabis.
The Georgia House of Representatives’ subcommittee on regulated industries has approved a bill that would extend the low THC content of medical cannabis to ulcerative colitis.
The House of Representatives’ Committee on Commerce and Gaming in Washington will hold a hearing Friday on a bill that would restrict the use of marijuana.
The Connecticut senator said he was confused by the lack of details on the issue of fairness in Gov. Ned Lamont’s (D) plan to legalize marijuana.
A Kentucky congressman has introduced a bill to legalize marijuana.
Colorado authorities have issued the first marijuana license in the state.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture announced in a tweet that a participant in the state’s cannabis pilot program has become the first in the United States to begin commercial production of cannabis using aquaponic methods.
Authorities in Ohio have published updated figures on patients and caregivers using cannabis for medical purposes.
The California Cannabis Advisory Committee meets Wednesday.
The Florida Medical Advisory Committee on Cannabis and Hemp meets Wednesday.
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The Broward County District Attorney’s Office in Florida has issued a memo to reduce the number of marijuana possession cases.
The County of Missoula, Montana’s clerk and treasurer published an article urging legislators and the governor to immediately implement the marijuana legalization measure approved by voters in the state.
/ SCIENCE AND HEALTH
Research has shown that hemp extracts can be a valuable source of bioactive compounds that reduce oxidative stress, inhibit the skin aging process and positively influence the viability of skin cells.
One study showed that cannabis use was associated with a reduced risk of increased liver fat index in patients with HIV and hepatitis C co-infection.
/ INTEREST REPRESENTATION, OPINION FORMING AND ANALYSIS
The FiveThirtyEight analyst predicted that marijuana will not be legalized at the federal level before the end of President Joe Biden’s first term.
The Hemp Feed Coalition is working to get hemp approved as a food additive.
The International Drug Policy Consortium has published a new strategic plan.
Aurora Cannabis Inc. reported net sales of $67.7 million and adjusted EBITDA of $16.8 million for the quarter.
Columbia Care Inc. has entered into an agreement to sell $25 million worth of shares.
Ayr Strategies Inc. changed its name to Ayr Wellness Inc.
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