DOJ Compares Cannabis Patients to Domestic Drug Addicts (Newsletter: September 26, 2022)

Feds Seek Marijuana Grow Contractor; WADA keeps cannabis banned for athletes; Contrast CO psychedelic soundings; Booker and Fetterman talk cannabis

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/ THINGS TO KNOW

The justice departmentin his latest filing in a case about the gun rights of medical cannabis patients, compared marijuana users to domestic abusers, saying it’s “dangerous” for them to own guns.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse issued a request for proposals to grow millions of grams of marijuana for research purposes, including maintaining “a stockpile of cannabis preparations such as bulk and cigarettes in varying potencies of various cannabinoids.”

The World Anti-Doping Agency confirmed that he is keeping marijuana on the list of prohibited substances for athletes, determining that cannabis use “violates the spirit of sport”.

Two polls in Colorado show mixed results for the initiative to legalize psychedelics in the November ballot. A new media survey throws the measure off, while an internal poll provided to Marijuana Moment by the campaign finds it strongly in the lead.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), who is running for the U.S. Senate, spoke at a conference about the need for justice-focused marijuana reform. The secretary of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, who also spoke, said thousands of people have already applied for a cannabis pardon under the governor’s new scheme this month.

The Mississippi Department of Health reported that the state has already generated nearly $6 million in licensing and application fees for medical cannabis and sales to patients have not even begun.

/ FEDERAL

The justice department and lawyers for a proposed safe consumption site for illegal drugs have again agreed to delay the deadline for the Biden administration to reveal its position on the case as “productive” negotiations continue. It is now due on December 4, preceded by a status call the week of November 14, both after the midterm elections.

Rahul Gupta, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy pushed back against suggestions that fentanyl be declared a “weapon of mass destruction.”

The Department of Health and Social Services has awarded more than $1.6 billion in funds to address addiction and overdose issues.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) met with hemp industry advocates.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) reportedly asked the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to allocate $3.45 million to support an interagency task force on psychedelics.

Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) spoke about his amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to seek psychedelic therapy for active duty military service members.

/ STATES

California the attorney general spoke about the state’s challenges in regulating the marijuana market and sealing past conviction records.

North Dakota the candidates for attorney general discussed the initiative to legalize marijuana in the November ballot during a debate.

Kansas the candidates for Attorney General discussed the decriminalization of marijuana and medical cannabis during a debate.

Texas Democratic candidate for Agriculture Commissioner Susan Hays has spoken about her support for marijuana reform.

The Louisiana the Medical Marijuana Legislative Commission met.

The washington d.c. The Council’s chairman lamented that the U.S. District Attorney is not prosecuting unlicensed marijuana businesses stopped by police.

The Arkansas The Board of Corrections passed a resolution opposing the marijuana legalization initiative in the November ballot.

Illinois regulators have issued guidelines allowing marijuana infusers to produce vape cartridges.

Caroline from the south officials are being sued by a hemp grower who claims he improperly destroyed his crops.

Michigan State police officials declined to provide additional details about their forensic lab’s problems with cannabis testing.

Maryland regulators received more than 15,000 responses to a medical cannabis patient survey.


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/ LOCAL

The Fostoria, Ohio The city council has approved an ordinance to decriminalize marijuana.

Albany, New York the mayor is promoting the upcoming meeting of the city’s cannabis advisory committee on Tuesday.

The St. Louis County, Missouri The City Council Ethics Committee continues to investigate a member who failed to disclose consulting work for medical cannabis companies while acting on legislation to regulate the industry.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Filipina President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has said he wants to reorient the nation’s drug policy toward prevention and rehabilitation rather than law enforcement.

that of Sri Lanka The Minister of State for Indigenous Medicine has said that the government plans to legalize exports of medical cannabis.

The UK The Labor Party’s shadow justice secretary has said the mayor of London will be prevented from enacting any plans to decriminalize marijuana.

A canadian The MP tweeted: “Other jurisdictions have moved better towards delisting and using cannabis revenue to support communities negatively and disproportionately impacted by past criminalization. We should do the same.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “existing literature supports the efficacy of acute CBD to improve social anxiety.”

A study found that “the growth of Salmonella typhimurium (S. typhimurium) is inhibited at very low doses of the antibiotic CBD”, demonstrating that “CBD and CBD-antibiotic co-therapies are viable new alternatives for fight against Salmonella typhimurium.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The American Bankers Association tweeted, “There is an urgent need to pass the bipartisan, common sense #SAFEBanking Act in the Senate to allow cannabis businesses in states where cannabis is legal to safely participate in the banking system.”

The New York State Bar Association is hosting an event on cannabis business insolvency on October 6.

/ COMPANY

Eaze has a new CEO.

The New York Times metro desk launches a cannabis rhythm.

Green Thumb Industries is accused of gender discrimination in a lawsuit brought by a former employee.

Cannabis investment platform JuicyFields is under investigation by the Spanish authorities.

canadian retailers sold C$394.8 million worth of legal cannabis products in July.

/ CULTURE

jimmy fallon joked about California’s new cannabis consumer job protection law.

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