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Fed Scientists Denounce Cannabis Restrictions (Newsletter: December 15, 2021)

RI legalization agreement announced; the CBD comments reported by Clinton; Organizations Demand Marijuana Vote in Congress This Month; OH Voters Support Legal Cannabis

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/ THINGS TO KNOW

the South Dakota House of Representatives revived a marijuana legalization bill passed by the Senate – using a legislative maneuver called “smoke out” a day after its defeat in committee.

  • “We just smoked a weed bill,” the speaker said.

Rhode Island House and Senate leaders introduced a compromise marijuana legalization bill that follows months of negotiations between the two chambers.

Former President Bill Clinton reportedly talked about the potential of CBD to “combat pain” and the need to develop a “national standard” for testing cannabis products, but the article was removed following alleged pressure from the Clinton camp.

  • The comments were said to have been made during an onstage conversation with CNN’s Sanjay Gupta during the Impact Forum last week. A representative for the event said the discussion was off-the-record and would not confirm the quotes. Representatives for Clinton and Gupta did not respond. Cannabis & Tech Today, which published the initial report, said they “never want to take down a story and stick to quotes,” but pulled the article at the request of the author following “the pressure from the public relations team of the Clinton camp”.

A coalition including ACLU, National Urban League, Human Rights Watch, United Food and Commercial Workers Union and other organizations sent a letter urging House leaders to schedule a vote on a federal marijuana legalization bill this month.

A new survey shows that most voters in Ohio support the legalization of marijuana. Activists have garnered enough signatures to force lawmakers to consider reform this session, but if the legislature doesn’t act, other petitions will put it on the ballot in November.

/ FEDERAL

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) wrote in a constituent letter that he supports Missouri’s medical cannabis law but opposes the legalization of marijuana.

Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) tweeted, “I applaud @ClarkCountyNV’s Pathway to Ownership program – an initiative to address inequalities within the growing cannabis industry and increase the number of minority-owned small businesses working in this field.”

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) spoke about his marijuana bank bill at a National Counties Association conference.

A former staffer of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) recorded himself smoking marijuana in his office.

/ STATES

Idaho lawmakers have sent Governor Brad Little (R) legislation to allow patients to use the cannabinoid spray nabiximols, pending federal approval.

the Oregon The House of Representatives has passed a bill to address worker abuse and labor trafficking associated with illegal marijuana operations.

A Virginia The House Courts Subcommittee introduced a marijuana sentencing bill.

the Georgia The House Regulated Industries Committee has approved a bill to increase the number of commercial medical cannabis licenses.

the Kentucky The Senate Agriculture Committee has approved a bill to ban delta-8 THC products.

the Maine The Legislature’s Veterans Affairs and Legal Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday on a bill to remove restrictions on people with drug convictions from becoming caregivers or employees in the state’s medical cannabis industry.

Here is an overview of the place South Dakota pending cannabis bills are on hold.

A CBD company owned by a Illinois The senator has repaid more than $144,000 to investors as part of a settlement agreement spurred by an investigation by the secretary of state’s office.

A Pennsylvania representing hosted a forum about marijuana and social justice.

A Oklahoma The senator is the author of an op-ed on legislation to strengthen regulation of medical cannabis companies.

Colorado regulators have issued a health and safety warning regarding potentially dangerous levels of lead in marijuana products manufactured by JEM Dutch Acres, LLC.

Alaska regulators are proposing rule changes to allow the transfer of a marijuana business license to another location.

Florida regulators chose BioTrack to manage the state’s medical cannabis tracking system.

New Jersey Regulators will hold the first of three public hearings on Wednesday to receive feedback on how marijuana tax revenue should be spent.

the Arkansas The Medical Marijuana Commission will meet on Thursday.


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/ LOCAL

Kansas City, Missouri the mayor tweeted, “Current federal funds have helped fill a short-term void for this year and last year. In the long term, we need tax revenues from recreational marijuana.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Argentine President Alberto Fernández said that “the development of cannabis for medical use and industrial hemp will allow us to generate 10,000 jobs”.

Costa Rican lawmakers have approved a revised medical cannabis and hemp bill.

Israel’s The Ministry of Health is preparing to exclude CBD from the list of dangerous drugs.

UK health officials discussed the need for increased research on medical cannabis in response to questions from lawmakers.

from Canada The National Research Council has released a new Certified Reference Material for Dried and Ground Hemp.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

One review concluded that “the effectiveness of CBD in reduce various types of seizures has been proven in animal models of seizures and epilepsy” and that “recent randomized, placebo-controlled trials have confirmed its efficacy in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy”.

One review indicated “therapeutic effect on patients with PTSD when using psilocybin.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

the International Cannabis Bar Association and Americans for Safe Access urging the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to overturn a decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board finding that Joy Tea could not register a trademark for a CBD-infused beverage.

The president of the prohibitionist organization Smart approaches to marijuana authored an op-ed claiming that American voters don’t actually support legalization.

/ BUSINESS

PharmaCann Inc. completed its merger with LivWell Enlightened Health.

Green Thumb Industries Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $243.6 million.

Cronos Group Inc. reported quarterly consolidated net income of $25.8 million and a loss of $133.9 million.

Optimi Health Corp. upgraded its common stock to the better market OTCQX.

/ CULTURE

Tyler Perry said that the consumption of marijuana edibles calms him down.

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