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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW
A new national poll found that legalizing marijuana gets more support from U.S. adults than President Joe Biden’s job performance, the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump impeachment, a $15 minimum wage, rejoining the Paris climate agreement or a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
A South Dakota judge overturned the state’s voter-approved marijuana legalization ballot measure. Cannabis reform advocates say they will appeal to the state Supreme Court.
New Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said he is “willing to look at moving” a marijuana banking bill but that it must be coupled with drug sentencing reform. Brown has never cosponsored cannabis legislation and has made a number of dismissive remarks about the issue.
Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), along with a bipartisan group of cosponsors, refiled a bill to expand marijuana research. The new version is identical to what the Senate unanimously adopted in December, though it differs from a House measure that would let scientists study dispensary cannabis.
The U.S. Cannabis Council is a new coalition aimed at bringing marijuana reform advocates and industry together under a unified legalization strategy. Marijuana Moment spoke to its acting CEO about whether the absence of several key organizations so far undermines that goal.
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) said her effort to enact a plan to legalize medical cannabis and use the revenue to fund Medicaid involves “enlisting the efforts of the people” to pressure the Republican-controlled legislature not to block it.
- “I want to encourage them to vote for it, but to also reassure them that by voting for this, they do not put their jobs here in Topeka at risk.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General published a report on the Forest Service’s compliance review for the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), in a press release about becoming vice chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, said he will use the new role to work on “improving federal marijuana policy.”
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) sent a press release about her support for a bill to allow CBD as a dietary supplement.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) tweeted, “Ronald Reagan’s legacy is the war on drugs. His legacy is the crack epidemic. His legacy is the intentional destruction of the Black community.”
Former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) spoke about his continuing efforts to expand medical cannabis access for military veterans.
The House bill to allow CBD as a dietary supplement got one new cosponsor for a total of 19.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parsons’s (R) budget requests $4.7 million in medical cannabis revenue to fund upgrades to veterans’ homes.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said he has “nothing new” to announce on negotiations about marijuana legalization enabling legislation.
Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor tweeted, “In the year 2021, there’s no reason Wisconsin shouldn’t join the 15 other states—red and blue—that have legalized marijuana. Not only will this plan create jobs and reduce justice system costs, we can invest the revenue it raises in creating a more just and equitable state.”
A Minnesota Republican gubernatorial candidate is open to legalizing marijuana.
Pennsylvania’s secretary of corrections appears to have tweeted a photo of medical cannabis products alongside his Super Bowl spread.
The Tennessee Democratic Senate Caucus included a call for legalizing marijuana in a plan released as a prebuttal to Gov. Bill Lee’s (R) State of the State address.
New York’s Assembly majority leader spoke about the need to center justice in efforts to legalize marijuana.
The New Hampshire House Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee approved a bill to allow medical cannabis home cultivation.
Maine regulators said that changes to state hemp laws will be needed in light of newly finalized federal rules.
Oregon regulators proposed rules on reclassifying marijuana violations.
An Oklahoma representative filed legislation to allow people from out of state to qualify for medical cannabis.
An Iowa senator plans to introduce bills to legalize and decriminalize marijuana.
An Alabama representative said he thinks this is the year that medical cannabis will be legalized.
Colorado regulators will host a marijuana delivery town hall on Tuesday and a rulemaking work group on Friday.
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Dallas, Texas’s police chief says he needs 30 days to craft a new policy on low-level marijuana arrests.
A member of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Task Force on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform will speak at a medical cannabis summit in April.
Thai officials clarified the rules for applying to grow or import hemp.
A Canadian member of Parliament pressed the government about his concern that medical cannabis growers are exploiting rules by cultivating too many plants.
/ SCIENCE & HEALTH
A study found that “there appears to be a poor and inconsistent relationship between magnitude of impairment and THC concentrations in biological samples, meaning that per se limits cannot reliably discriminate between impaired from unimpaired drivers.”
A study provided the “the first demonstration of psilocin concentrations in hair samples of hallucinogenic mushroom consumers.”
/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS
NORML’s new board chair is travel writer Rick Steves.
A Montana Outdoor Heritage Project official wrote an op-ed calling for marijuana revenue to fund public lands projects as spelled out in the state’s voter-approved legalization measure.
Acreage Holdings Inc. filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in preparation for going public.
Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. announced it closed a bought deal offering worth C$20.1 million.
New Mexico dispensaries sold $203 million worth of medical cannabis in 2020.
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