Psychedelic Movement in Congress (Newsletter: November 18, 2022)


Medical Marijuana Gun Costume Appealed; CRS says cannabis forgives Biden’s shortcomings; The senator asks for an update of the research report; Big tobacco pushback

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Meaning. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a bipartisan bill that would require the Drug Enforcement Administration to reschedule psychedelics like psilocybin and MDMA when they are considered breakthrough therapies by the Food and Drug Administration. It would also ease research restrictions on Schedule I drugs.

Representatives Lou Correa (D-CA) and Jack Bergman (R-MI) formed a new bipartisan psychedelic caucus in Congress.

The Congressional Research Service released a new report that details six key limitations of President Joe Biden’s marijuana pardons. It also examines other recent developments in cannabis policy at the federal and state levels.

Senator John Hickenlooper (D-CO) sent a letter asking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for an update on a report it is required to complete on barriers to marijuana research and impaired driving. The report, which will also include recommendations on whether researchers can study cannabis at dispensaries, was mandated as part of an infrastructure bill President Joe Biden signed a year ago.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) appealed a federal judge’s dismissal of his gun rights lawsuit for medical cannabis patients.

Parabola Center’s Shaleen Title argues in a new op-ed for Marijuana Moment that the quiet efforts of Big Tobacco and Big Alcohol to put themselves in charge of federal cannabis policy must be stopped.

Missouri Marijuana Regulators will soon be hiring a chief equity officer to oversee the new microlicensing program included in the state’s voter-approved legalization ballot initiative.


Federal prosecutors give up keeping money seized from a van carrying the proceeds of the legal sale of marijuana.

The Medicare and Medicaid Service Centers adopted rules adding a recommendation to providers to “evaluate the patient’s use of cannabis/cannabidiol/etc., as the use of these drugs may affect the metabolism of other drugs but is often not included in the medical record “.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted about the difference between marijuana pardons and expungements.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) tweeted, “The legal cannabis industry is booming, but less than 2% is owned and operated by black people. We must ensure that the communities most affected by the war on drugs are not excluded from the benefits economics of this growing business.”

The House Resolution urging the US government to push for international marijuana policy to change got a new co-sponsor for a total of two.


Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear (D) spoke about its executive order on medical cannabis. Separately, the agriculture department started accepting hemp license applications 2023.

from Maine Attorney General said it will not apply restrictions on the sale of pre-rolled medical cannabis products.

from texas the agriculture commissioner tweeted: ‘I was honored to speak at the Texas Hemp Summit last week. As Commissioner, I say it’s time for all of us to have an honest conversation about #cannabis and #hemp and the fantastic potential of both in Texas!

from Wisconsin The new Senate Minority Leader said Democrats will continue to push for the legalization of marijuana.

The Ohio The House Government Oversight Committee added a amendment to a medical cannabis bill regarding testing standards.

A South Dakota The representative said he receives many thank-you notes for his work in defeating a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana.

A Maryland The senator tweeted, “I am also proud to partner with the President as we come together to protect the right to choose, crack down on gun violence, and implement his nationwide pardon for those convicted of simple possession of cannabis. No malarkey, we are in the middle of a historic presidency!

New York regulators will consider draft marijuana rules at a meeting on Monday.

Florida regulators have filed proposed changes to the hemp rules.

Vermont regulators have issued guidelines on marijuana advertising.

Minnesota Emails from regulators obtained through a public records request reveal confusion over how to implement a law legalizing THC edibles.

Arkansas regulators are accused of misleading a judge in a case challenging their medical cannabis licensing decisions.

New Hampshire regulators have issued a request for proposals to create a medical cannabis registry system.

Michigan regulators released a monthly report on marijuana company disciplinary actions.

Pennsylvania The Medical Marijuana Advisory Council will meet on Tuesday.

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The New York City The sheriff’s department raided a store accused of illegally selling marijuana.

Kenton County, Kentucky The Commonwealth lawyer says Governor Andy Beshear’s (D) medical cannabis executive order “is going to be hell for prosecutors and the courts”.

Waterford, Connecticut The Planning and Zoning Commission has voted to prohibit the sale or production of marijuana for recreational purposes.


Paraguayan lawmakers introduced a bill to legalize marijuana.

Member countries on the United Nations Human Rights Council push the Philippine government to address abuses in the country’s bloody ‘war on drugs’.


MAPS Public Benefit Corporation announced the completion of its second phase 3 study on MDMA-assisted therapy for post-traumatic stress disordera key step in its preparation for obtaining Food and Drug Administration approval.

One review concluded that “CBD may provide a potentially effective and safe management strategy in refractory status epilepticusincluding patients with new refractory status epilepticus and febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome. »


The Democratic Party of Kentucky tweeted, “Republicans like Daniel Cameron and Jason Nemes know it is 100% Constitutional for @GovAndyBeshear to use their power of pardon to authorize the use of medical cannabis. They are focused on one thing: tearing down a governor who acts instead of ignoring Kentuckians. This too tweeted“When the Republican supermajority ignored the nine out of 10 Kentuckians who support legal medical cannabis, Governor @AndyBeshearKY listened. Now it’s time for the GOP to do their job and pass a comprehensive legalization bill to enable sales and purchases.

The president of the Republican Party of South Dakota would run a business cultivating medical cannabis.

Decriminalize nature admitted that he based his opposition to Colorado’s psychedelic legalization ballot initiative on a misunderstanding of its provisions and is now congratulate the sponsors for drafting a “very good bill”.

The American Society for Addiction Medicine applauded Congress’ passage of a marijuana research bill.


Terrapine launched a digital cannabis sales kiosk.


American basketball player Britney Grinerconvicted of possession of cannabis vapers in Russia, was transferred to a penal colony.

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