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Senator Top MD: Put more marijuana details on ballot; Candidate for the Senate at the dispensary with drive-thru; MO Psychedelics Bill; MV sales

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/ THINGS TO KNOW

President of the Senate of Maryland said he was fine with sending marijuana legalization back to voters via a ballot measure, but they deserve to know more details about how the cannabis market would be structured than what’s in the plan adopted by the House.

the Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill to protect marijuana users in the workplace. If enacted, employers would no longer be able to fire or punish workers for off-work cannabis use, with some exceptions.

Gary Chambers, Democratic Senate candidate from Louisiana posted a video of him visiting a drive-thru marijuana dispensary. Previously, Chambers made waves by smoking a cannabis blunt in his first campaign ad.

  • “You can stop and pick up your weed without ever getting out of your car. It’s business, baby!

A Republican Representative from Missouri introduced a bill to decriminalize psilocybin, DMT, ibogaine and mescaline and allow legal medical access to psychedelics for patients with certain illnesses.

New Jersey regulators held a public hearing to get input on how people think the state should spend marijuana tax revenue.

the Montana Department of Revenue reported that retailers sold $13 million worth of recreational marijuana in February, an increase from January, when legal adult cannabis sales were first launched in the state.

/ FEDERAL

Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) wrote about his opposition to the legalization of marijuana in constituent letters.

Rep. David Scott (D-GA) tweeted: “As Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, I am committed to addressing the issue of cannabis in our next Farm Bill. We need to remove the barriers preventing black small businesses and entrepreneurs from forming legal cannabis companies under state law.

Republican Senate candidate from Pennsylvania Mehmet Oz says he opposes the legalization of marijuana.

Democratic congressional candidate from Missouri Ray Roseau tweeted, “It’s time to legalize recreational marijuana and expunge the records of those serving time for non-violent marijuana offenses.”

Democratic congressional candidate from Washington State Ann Marie Danimus tweeted, “Marijuana should be federally legal. We’ve seen it work here in WA, the first state to legalize recreational use alongside CO 10 years ago. Cannabis legalization will be a boon to our economy and support criminal justice reform efforts nationwide.

/ STATES

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) touted the job-creating potential of the marijuana legalization bill she signed into law in a speech at the state’s Democratic pre-primary nominating convention.

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, a former congressman, tweeted, “We’re going to legalize marijuana in Texas.”

South Dakota Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Haugaard, now Rep., is under fire for saying a woman he knows became a “dried whore” after using marijuana and other drugs.

Utah lawmakers have sent Governor Spencer Cox (R) a bill to allow veterinarians to discuss medical cannabis for pets.

Oklahoma The House Majority Leader spoke about legislation to overhaul medical cannabis regulations.

the New Hampshire House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on a bill to legalize marijuana and conduct sales at state-owned stores.

Minnesota House Democrats tweeted, “The only reason we don’t have a regulated market for adults to use cannabis safely is because Senate Republicans are out of touch with Minnesotans on this question. It’s time to legalize, erase and regulate.

A Nebraska The senator said activists plan to collect signatures for medical cannabis ballot initiatives at a Snoop Dogg concert on 4/20.

A Kansas the senator is expected to table a medical cannabis bill in the coming days.

A Missouri representative discussed his marijuana legalization bill in a radio interview.

A Rhode Island the senator tweeted: “Legalize. Clear automatically. Reinvestment of justice for communities targeted by the war on drugs.🌿”

California regulators propose marijuana business reviewed rules.

Pennsylvania regulators expanded financial assistance for medical cannabis patients and caregivers and approved a new clinical registrant for the medical marijuana research program.

Nevada regulators issued a health and safety bulletin on cannabis products from NLVG, LLC, and they summarily suspended its licenses.

Arizona marijuana tax revenues fund a series of radiation clinics.

the New York one Dormitory Authority has issued a request for information on the state’s cannabis equity fund.

Michigan regulators have published FAQs on the transfer of regulatory responsibilities for certain aspects of the hemp industry.

Vermont regulators will review changes to marijuana rules on Monday.


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/ INTERNATIONAL

Israeli President Isaac Herzog and the country’s Justice Minister announced that the government plans to approve a measure to legalize marijuana possession and erase old records.

from Morocco The government has selected three provinces where the legal cultivation of cannabis will take place.

the Bermuda The House of Assembly is about to pass a Cannabis Legalization Bill.

Canadian Regulators’ decision to deny medical professionals’ requests to use psilocybin in training to administer psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy is being challenged.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that medical cannabis “reduces the prescription of opioids for patients with chronic [osteoarthritis] pain and improves pain and quality of life”

One study suggested that “there is no in vitro pharmacological difference in the antiproliferative, anti-inflammatory or permeability effects of Purified natural CBD versus synthetic.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

the Indiana Democratic Party tweeted, “The #AmericanRescuePlan and #TheJobsAct deliver for Hoosiers in all 92 counties. But there is another economic opportunity for the state: cannabis. @INDems supports the legalization of cannabis.

Americans for Tax Reform Chairman Grover Norquist tweeted, “California Democrats can mess it all up even legalizing cannabis, taxing and regulating legal pot so much black market is better.”

the Baltimore Sun Editorial Board said voters should be able to have a say in legalizing marijuana through a referendum.

/ BUSINESS

Planet 13 Holdings Inc. finalized its acquisition of Next Green Wave.

Activists held a rally outside a Care British Columbia dispensary in Delaware to protest against the prices of medical cannabis which they consider too high.

/ CULTURE

American basketball player Britney Griner is being held in Russia after being caught at an airport with cannabis vape cartridges.

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