The Virginia Elections Endanger the Deployment of Marijuana; Mexican senators agree to prioritize cannabis; Celebrities and industry team up for federal legalization

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/ THINGS TO KNOW

The Department of Housing and Urban Development says federal law requires it to continue to deny access to public housing to people who use marijuana, even for medical purposes, according to state law. The comments are contained in a letter to Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), who had asked the Biden administration to exercise its discretion over cannabis enforcement.

Virginia election results, which gave control of the governor’s office and the House of Delegates to Republicans, could seriously jeopardize the chances of launching legal sales of marijuana. And if they do take the plunge, the policy is less likely to center on fairness and justice than the plan Democrats have passed this year but which is subject to reenactment by the next legislature.

The majority leader in the Mexican Senate said the multi-party Policy Coordination Council “agreed to prioritize cannabis laws”, among other issues, in the current legislative session.

Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman has partnered with the Cannabis Voter Project, the US Cannabis Council and several marijuana companies to launch a campaign encouraging people to pressure their US Senators to pass federal legalization.

Oregon’s drug decriminalization law, passed by voters a year ago, created $ 300 million in new funding for treatment and services. And there have been no arrests for drug possession since its inception.

/ FEDERAL

The US Department of Agriculture published short podcasts on a hemp survey it is conductive.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted: “It is high time to end the federal ban on marijuana, reform the criminal justice system and ensure fairness for the communities most affected by the war on drugs.” I’m working with @SenBooker and @RonWyden to get our Cannabis Administration and Opportunities Act passed to do just that.

Senator John Hickenlooper (D-CO) tweeted: “Americans support the legalization of marijuana, and now Congress is catching up. My amendment, the first of its kind, will help us create a national standard to prevent cannabis impaired driving. “

Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tweeted about a new documentary on illegal cannabis cultivation, saying, “I have reviewed this film as a critique of the ‘app first’ policy on marijuana. It’s very compelling and has already led to some productive discussions with my colleague @RepMikeGarcia, who is featured in the article.

Representative Jay Obernolte (R-CA) tweeted, “Southern California has seen an alarming escalation in large-scale illegal marijuana cultivation that threatens our environment, our water resources and the safety of our community. “

/ STATES

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves (R) said he keep on going work with lawmakers to address concerns he has regarding the medical cannabis bill.

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried, currently Agriculture Commissioner, tweeted a video of herself with her medical cannabis card.

Texas Democratic Attorney General Candidate Lee Merritt tweeted, “It’s time to reinvent our approach to public safety. Imagine if instead of waging a war on drugs, we saw it as a public health crisis. Imagine if our response to people in mental health crisis weren’t state violence. We can build a compassionate system.

from Maryland Working group on the referendum and legalization of domestic cannabis meet.

The Massachusetts The Legislative Assembly’s Joint Committee on Financial Services held a hearing on bills authorizing health insurance coverage for medical cannabis.

a Ohio The senator introduced a bill to extend eligibility for medical cannabis to any patient “reasonably expected” to benefit from it.

New Jersey regulators voted to begin accepting applications for a commercial license to cultivate, manufacture and test recreational marijuana on December 15, and dispensary license applications on March 15.

Oregon regulators have resumed processing of new marijuana retailer, wholesaler and processor licenses.

oklahoma The main regulator for medical cannabis spoke about the challenges of overseeing the industry.

Florida regulators have ordered Curaleaf to recall medical cannabis products that have failed mold tests.

Alaska regulators have passed changes to the rules on exit packaging for marijuana products.

Virginia regulators have filed rules for consumable and separate hemp products to remove the requirements for reporting past convictions for marijuana by certain applicants or licensees.

The California The Ministry of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Cannabis Restoration Grant program has provided nearly $ 1 million in funding for watershed remediation and improvement projects.

Connecticut regulators will use software from Consultants Consortium, Inc. and Forian for the state’s marijuana tracking system.

Arkansas has raised more than $ 50 million in medical cannabis tax revenue since the start of sales.

Nevada regulators will hold a public workshop on trade issues related to marijuana on Wednesday.


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/ LOCAL

Arcata, California officials have sent advice on the city’s psychedelic decriminalization policy.

The Billing, Montana City council approved the updated marijuana rules.

The Lincoln County, South Dakota The Commission has approved a public hearing for the county’s first medical cannabis business license application.

Oakland, California officials discussed cannabis loans and grants.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Colombian President Iván Duque has touted the potential of his country’s medical cannabis law.

Malaysia The Minister of Health is preparing to authorize medical cannabis.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study in mice found that “administration of the phytocannabinoid Δ9-THC promotes significant functional recovery of traumatic brain injury in the areas of working memory and locomotor function.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The National Black Caucus of State Legislators will host a session on legalizing marijuana at their conference next month.

The California Cannabis Industry Association released a report examining publicly funded marijuana social equity programs.

The Harm Reduction Consortium launched a new global drug policy index that documents, measures and compares national drug policies.

/ BUSINESS

Springbig becomes public through a merger with Tuatara Capital Acquisition Corporation.

Aurora Cannabis Inc. reported quarterly net income of C $ 60.1 million and Adjusted EBITDA loss of C $ 12.1 million.

MedMen Enterprises Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $ 39.8 million and a net loss of $ 55.3 million.

HEXO Corp decommission three of its cannabis production facilities following its acquisition of Redecan, Zenabis Global Inc. and 48North Cannabis Corp.

iAnthus is sued by a former chief compliance officer who alleges he was racially discriminated against, demoted and then forced to resign.

Cronos Group Inc. delayed filing of quarterly financial results.

COMPASS Pathways plc reported positive results in its Phase IIb clinical trial of psilocybin therapy for treatment-resistant depression.

/ CULTURE

Mike Tyson’s Tyson 2.0 has announced its board of directors.

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