MS medical marijuana in government; The MN government budget has legalization funds; SC Starts a Debate on Medical Cannabis; Psychedelic CO measurements; medical bill WI GOP
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/ THINGS TO KNOW
Mississippi lawmakers sent a medical cannabis bill to Governor Tate Reeves’ (R) office. While the governor had threatened a veto on previous drafts, he said his team would carefully review the legislation before making a decision and is “very pleased that we have been able to see so much progress being made to improve it” with amendments.
the Delaware House Health and Human Development Committee approved a marijuana legalization bill.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz (R) included funding for marijuana legalization in its budget request. The House of Representatives passed a bill to legalize cannabis last year, but it stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate.
the South Carolina Senate eventually began a floor debate over a medical cannabis bill that lasted eight years. The discussion is expected to last several legislative days before a vote takes place.
Colorado activists filed revised ballot initiatives to legalize psilocybin, this time without possession limits. Separately, state lawmakers have introduced a bill to study the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics.
Wisconsin Republican lawmakers introduced a limited bill on the legalization of medical cannabis. It comes a day after Senate GOP members unanimously blocked a broader Democrat-led marijuana legalization amendment.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said she was “deeply skeptical of Amazon’s lobbying [on marijuana] is nothing more than a self-serving move to monopolize another market, potentially locking out black and Latino entrepreneurs from an emerging industry.
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) tweeted, “The overwhelming majority of South Carolina people support cannabis reform in one way or another. It’s time our laws in South Carolina reflect the will of its people. That’s why I support SC Senator Tom Davis’ Compassionate Care Act. appeared at the South Carolina Statehouse to rally support for the bill.
Representative Jay Obernolte (R-CA) included an option on illegal marijuana cultivation in a survey of issues important to voters.
Democratic congressional candidate from Vermont Kesha Ram Hinsdale, currently a state senator, tweeted: “Last year I introduced a bill to undo the damage done by the so-called War on Drugs by directing cannabis control revenue to affected communities. . We are grateful to the Cannabis Advisory Council for advancing this recommendation at this session. We need to reinvest in real community safety.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right) avoided asking if he supported the legalization of marijuana, but complained about the smell of people who smoked it, despite expressing support for not jailing people people for cannabis.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) tweeted, “Glad to see the @NevadaCCB and the Cannabis Advisory Commission highlighting the need for more diversity and inclusion within Nevada’s legal cannabis industry.
Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Cranley, currently the mayor of Cincinnati, tweeted, “It’s not enough for marijuana to be decriminalized in Ohio. Every day it’s illegal is another day we’re leaving tax dollars and jobs behind that could go right back into our communities. It’s time to #LegalizeIt.
Washington, D.C. the attorney general tweeted: “Safe injection sites are saving lives in New York – since they opened on November 30, they have reversed at least 85 overdoses. I support these sites and I will continue to defend them in court, because we must do everything to fight against this epidemic.
from colorado The Treasurer tweeted, “Over $12 billion worth of marijuana has been sold since legalization in 2014, with the state collecting over $2 billion in taxes.”
from Virginia The President of the Senate pro tempore tweeted: “Let’s talk about pot. Yes, we legalized it and I even opened the Cannabis Outlet after us! But the job is not done. People are still in jail for something that is legal today. My SB518 would give them all a chance to be sentenced again and go home to their families.
the South Dakota The House State Affairs Committee has approved a bill to limit the types of medical cannabis products that will be allowed.
A Nebraska the senator posted, “Just thought I would drop a quick note that I don’t settle for anything that doesn’t create a safe, effective and accessible medical cannabis system in our state. We are full steam ahead on the ballot initiative.
California regulators ordered a recall of the marijuana flower due to mold contamination.
Louisiana regulators have changed the rules on medical cannabis.
Arkansas regulators are circulating proposed changes to medical cannabis rules for public comment.
Pennsylvania Regulators released fee schedules for replacement medical cannabis cards and financial hardship qualifications in the program.
New York regulators released an updated list of doctors who are certified to recommend medical cannabis and who have consented to having their names shared.
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Sanctioned Harm Reduction Centers New York City say they avoided 114 drug overdoses in their first six weeks of operation.
Denver, Colorado officials are accepting proposals from potential partners to design, implement and administer a small business program to support marijuana social equity seekers.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson answered a question about access to medical cannabis posed by a lawmaker.
/ SCIENCE & HEALTH
One study concluded that medical and recreational marijuana laws “do not generate negative labor market outcomes, lead to greater criminal activity, or reduce traffic and road safety.
A study found that the use of medical cannabis “reduced opioid prescription for patients with chronic back pain and improves pain and disability scores.
/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS
the South Dakota Democratic Party tweeted: “In 2020, SD voters proved they want recreational marijuana use. Governor Noem thought otherwise. It is high time to pass a law that reflects the will of the voters. ALL of the marijuana is owned by South Dakota.
the American Association of Nurses issued a statement reiterating its support for rescheduling marijuana at the federal level.
the League of Towns and Villages of Rhode Island asks lawmakers to include a 3% local tax on marijuana sales in legalization legislation.
from Amazon The vice president of public policy said the company had “no intention of selling cannabis and that’s not why we’re doing this or getting involved in this debate” over legalization.
Jushi Holdings Inc. closed a non-brokered private placement worth just over $10 million.
Trulieve Cannabis Corp. completed the rebranding of its Pennsylvania outlets.
Awakn Life Sciences Corp. filed a patent application for a new chemical series of entactogen-like molecules.
Arizona retailers sold over $1.2 billion worth of recreational marijuana products in the first year of sales.
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