Senator Speaks on “SAFE Plus” Cannabis Bill (Bulletin: September 9, 2022)

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DC officials urge Congress to allow marijuana sales; 2022 IL Cannabis Market Exceeds $1 Billion; Congressman: Psychedelics are a Game Changer

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/ THINGS TO KNOW

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) revealed details about what the “SAFE Banking Plus” marijuana legislative package might contain, but a senior federal official with the National Credit Union Administration said he didn’t think Congress had enough time to pass cannabis reforms this year.

Nine Council members from Washington, D.C. sent a letter urging congressional leaders to finally remove an endorsement that has prevented officials in the nation’s capital from legalizing and regulating recreational marijuana sales.

Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA) told Marijuana Moment in an interview that the therapeutic potential of psychedelics is a “game changer” but it’s “embarrassing” how slow some of his colleagues have been to move on the issue.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation reported that the state has already hit $1 billion in recreational marijuana sales for the year, two months before that milestone is reached in 2021. There are now more than $3 billion worth of cannabis for adult use sold since market launch in 2020.

Data from Minnesota Criminal Arrest Bureau shows that blacks in the state are nearly five times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites despite similar rates of use.

/ FEDERAL

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) said he thought President Joe Biden “understands the larger issues at play” with marijuana reform and was “encouraged by that.”

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) said he was “not a big fan of marijuana use”.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tweeted, “Black Americans are 3.5 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white Americans, despite similar usage. Marijuana legalization is a civil rights issue. Our office is a proud co-sponsor of the MORE Act to decriminalize cannabis and expunge records.

Democratic congressional candidate from Texas Robin Fulford tweeted, “There are people serving life sentences for amounts of marijuana that are now legal in these states, but Trump smuggled nuclear secrets and had them crushed in the bottom of his backpack, and he is relaxes in his la-Z-boy drinking Diet Coke, yelling at his Fox Soaps.

/ STATES

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) tweeted: “Marijuana should be legal. We offer a second chance to those who are harmed by the criminalization of marijuana. ” The lieutenant governor tweeted, “We may not be able to legalize marijuana without the Legislature, but @GovernorTomWolf and I are doing everything we can to make sure those convicted of underage possession don’t continue to be punished for doing the wrong thing. most of the time [us] don’t even think it should be illegal. The official state Twitter account also promoted the cannabis rehabilitation program.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s (D) office responded to concerns from marijuana equity advocates, saying it “looks forward to continuing to work with the General Assembly to streamline the process and help applicants for the ‘social equity to enter and thrive in the industry’.

Ancient Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R) promotes a campaign committee trying to defeat the marijuana legalization initiative in the November ballot.

Oregon Republican gubernatorial candidate Christine Drazan has said she wants to send a voter-approved drug decriminalization measure back to the ballot for reconsideration. Separately, the state Task force on Intoxicants Derived from Cannabis and the Illegal Cannabis Production Enforcement Subcommittee will meet on Friday.

florida the Commissioner for Agriculture is repulsive against new medical cannabis dosage restrictions instituted by regulators.

A Missouri judge held a hearing on a lawsuit seeking to remove a marijuana legalization initiative from the November ballot.

Colorado regulators filed proposed marijuana changes rules.

West Virginia The Medical Cannabis Advisory Council has delayed action on a proposal to impose a THC potency cap on medical cannabis products.

New Jersey arrests for selling small amounts of marijuana have dropped significantly since legalization.

California Authorities have canceled the deployment of a machine learning program that could automatically detect cannabis cultivation using a satellite, according to public records.

US Virgin Islands regulators held a town hall on marijuana rules.

Michigan regulators release a monthly report on disciplinary actions taken against marijuana companies.

Caroline from the south regulators have published a list of licensed hemp brokers.

New Jersey regulators will review marijuana trade issues on Friday.


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/ LOCAL

The Johnson City, New York The village council passed a law to regulate where safe illegal drug consumption sites could be located if permitted by state law.

Evanston, Ill. The mayor sent a letter urging more marijuana dispensaries to open in the city to increase revenue that can be directed to the local reparations program.

New York City authorities have seized more vehicles believed to have been involved in illegal marijuana sales.

Denver, Colorado officials are threatening to suspend or revoke the licenses of three marijuana companies over alleged inventory tracking violations.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Cayman Islands Wayne Panton, Prime Minister said the government plans to put a referendum on decriminalizing marijuana on the ballot next year.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has touted his government’s resistance to drug legalization.

The Czech Republic the national anti-drug coordinator is preparing legislation on the legalization of marijuana and wants to see coordination on the issue throughout the European Union.

Norway Government Pension Fund Global is exiting its investments in Aurora Cannabis, Canopy Growth, Cronos Group and Tilray Brands, as well as tobacco companies.

The Filipina The government argues that the International Criminal Court has no jurisdiction to investigate the country’s bloody “war on drugs”.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

One review concluded that “there is evidence for the effects of cannabinoids on ADHD symptoms as well as the influence of the cannabinoid system on involvement in neurological and psychiatric disorders.

One study “found no consistent association between cannabis use on any sperm parameters among Asian American men.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A survey revealed that Germans support legalizing marijuana sales, 61% to 39%.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund tweeted, “Legalizing recreational cannabis alone does nothing to redress past racial wrongs and the results of the War on Drugs.”

The USA Today Editorial Board again called for the federal legalization of marijuana, highlighting the unique challenges facing cannabis businesses.

The Federal Cannabis Regulatory Council published an article “designed to showcase the emergence of cannabis-focused educational programs at American colleges and universities.”

A co-founder of the Society for Psychedelic Awareness, Reform and Education authored an op-ed urging Colorado voters to reject an initiative to legalize psychedelics in the November ballot.

/ COMPANY

walmart and its affiliate Sam’s Club are being sued over marijuana testing for job applicants.

Analytics and Arcview Hoodie forged a strategic partnership on retail data.

Bauhaus Brewing Laboratories launches a line of THC and CBD infused beverages.

/ CULTURE

Actor Pete Holmes spoke about his experiences with cannabis and psychedelics.

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