Another bank trial; Fed Health Officials: Ban Blocks Psychedelic Research; California Marijuana Tax Breaks for the Government; CA Safe Drug Consumption Site Invoice
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/ THINGS TO KNOW
Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and a bipartisan group of cosponsors filed a Marijuana Bank Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – for the second consecutive year.
Elizabeth Oyer, pardoned attorney from the United States told Marijuana Moment that it would be up to President Joe Biden to issue a directive granting mass clemency to those with cannabis convictions — if he wanted to, and as he suggested during the campaign.
The heads of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Mental Health said in a letter to Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) that the federal ban makes it harder for scientists to study the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics.
California lawmakers sent Governor Gavin Newsom (D) a bill to eliminate the marijuana grow tax, prevent excise tax increases for at least three years, and provide tax credits for social equity and other business cannabis.
The The California Assembly approved a bill passed by the Senate to allow safe consumption sites for illicit drugs. Another Senate vote to approve recent changes is needed before it heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) office.
The Indiana Legislature Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Human Services will examine delta-8 THC rules and the potential decriminalization of marijuana this summer.
The director of the Department of Homeland Security Immigrant Military Members and Veterans Initiative spoke at a House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship hearing about an immigrant military veteran who needed a waiver to return to the United States. United due to a marijuana conviction.
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) spoke about bipartisan support for marijuana reform.
Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) tweeted: “Good news! Last week, Congress passed a law ensuring that qualified candidates applying to work in US intelligence agencies are not automatically disqualified, solely on the basis of previous cannabis use. More than half of the American population lives in state jurisdictions, where cannabis is legal. It is a common sense measure. »
Representative Mike Garcia (R-CA) sent out a press release touting the House Appropriations Committee’s passage of its amendment lifting overtime caps for police involved in actions against illegal marijuana grow operations.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (D) sign a bill to permanently legalize hemp.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu (right) speaks at an event to raise concerns about marijuana and other drugs allegedly contaminated with fentanyl.
Hawaii Democratic gubernatorial candidates discussed marijuana legalization during a debate.
washington state the attorney general tweeted about a letter he signed with counterparts in other states calling on Congress to let big food companies take action against “copycat” marijuana edibles that mimic their brands.
Aspects of from Mississippi The medical cannabis law comes into force on Friday.
Virginia laws allowing patients to purchase medical cannabis without state registration and recriminalize public possession of more than four ounces of marijuana will go into effect on Friday.
A Minnesota The law allowing cannabinoid-infused foods and beverages goes into effect on Friday.
from arizona The Auditor General released a follow-up report concluding that the Department of Health Services was slow to implement the changes needed to end the misallocation of funds from the Medical Cannabis Fund.
Colorado regulators are seeking nominations for two spots on the hemp advisory board.
Ancient Massachusetts Regulators sent a letter urging lawmakers to reconcile and pass the cannabis fairness bills that passed the House and Senate.
the New York one The Cannabis Advisory Council held its first Meet.
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The Los Angeles, California City Council has approved an ordinance requiring licensed cannabis businesses to display a sign proving they are operating legally.
Baltimore, Maryland The police commissioner said he generally supports district attorneys’ decisions not to enforce marijuana or other drug possession crimes, but raised some concerns about the enforcement of the policy.
germany The health minister said a marijuana legalization bill should be ready by the end of the year, and officials held a public audience to inform the policy formulation process.
Guernsey legislature has delayed a debate on cannabis policy. Meanwhile, more than half of legislators support cannabis reform.
Russia mission in Vienna tweeted that the legalization of marijuana “causes an increase in abuse, hospitalizations and suicides, social and security risks”.
A spokesperson for Thailand The Department of Public Health has reiterated that sellers must post notices on any cannabis-infused food or drink they sell.
Israel’s The marijuana-focused Green Leaf Party says it will run in the next election.
/ SCIENCE & HEALTH
One study found that “cannabidiol enhances fish welfare”, concluding that “for the first time, CBD could be used as a tool to increase the well-being of non-mammals, presenting great potential to be explored in other species of culture and captivity”.
One study found that “regular participants in ayahuasca ceremonies showed better general well-beingless chronic or lifestyle-related illnesses, more physical activity and a more balanced diet” and that “participants consumed less alcohol during the COVID-19 pandemic, and although they used more illegal drugs than the general population, they did not report the associated harms.
/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS
The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, Boston Foundation and other organizations sent a letter calling on state lawmakers to enact key cannabis equity provisions into law.
The president of the prohibitionist organization Smart approaches to marijuana authored a Wall Street Journal op-ed criticizing harm reduction messaging in a public service announcement campaign by New York City officials.
Curaleaf Holdings Inc. is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit over allegedly stolen employee tips.
Canopy Growth Society has entered into privately negotiated exchange agreements with the company’s convertible unsecured senior noteholders to acquire approximately C$255.4 million.
Akerna Corp. price of a public stock offering of $10 million.
Tilray Brands, Inc. said it will cover the expenses of employees who must travel to access abortion services.
Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. entered into a lease amendment with Green Thumb Industries Inc. for a property in Danville, Pennsylvania.
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