Democrats hold closed-door cannabis session at retreat (bulletin: March 14, 2022)

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DOT changing drug testing rules; WA Funds Psilocybin Study; Resolution of NOLA Marijuana Employment Tests; GA psychedelic panel; Cannabis sales CO

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/ THINGS TO KNOW

Congressional Democrats hosted a closed-press panel on fairness in the cannabis industry during their retreat in Philadelphia last week. Marijuana Moment spoke to several people who were there.

the US Department of Transportation proposes changes to drug testing rules to allow saliva as an alternative to urine testing. Proponents say it could lead to fewer positive tests for people who used marijuana a few days before and aren’t high at work.

Washington State Legislators passed a budget that includes $200,000 in funding to form a task force to study the possibility of legalizing psilocybin services, including using current marijuana regulatory systems to track psychedelic mushrooms.

the City Council of New Orleans, Louisiana passed a resolution calling for an end to marijuana testing as a condition of employment for city workers.

Georgian legislators introduced legislation to create a new House Study Committee on Alternative Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment Resources for Veterans that would examine the therapeutic potential of psilocybin and other psychedelics.

the Colorado Department of Revenue reported that retailers sold more than $151 million worth of marijuana products in January, down from December.

/ FEDERAL

President Joe Biden and Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez spoke of a commitment to a “broader drug policy strategy, with a holistic approach to the fight against narcotics focused on expanding access to services evidence-based prevention, treatment, harm reduction and recovery support, as well as illicit drug supply reduction.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki avoided commenting directly on the case of American basketball player Brittney Griner, who is being held in Russia after being caught with cannabis vape cartridges at an airport.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that “the path to marijuana legislation has always encountered obstacles, but the discussion on legalizing marijuana has progressed further in 15 months than in the past decade due to Democratic leadership.”

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) sought to blame Republicans for pursuing a spending bill endorsement preventing Washington, DC from legalizing marijuana sales.

Members of Congressional Black Caucus are working to free American basketball player Brittney Griner, who is being held in Russia after she was caught with cannabis vape cartridges at an airport.

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) tweeted, “SRA is already here and what’s wrong? @SenSchumer @RonWyden @CoryBooker Small Business✅ Veterans✅ Law Enforcement✅Protect Children✅ Safe Expungement✅Low Taxes✅#meetinthemiddle”

The House Bill help marijuana businesses access small business assistance got a new co-sponsor for a total of six.

/ STATES

Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) has signed a bill allowing regulators to refuse to issue hemp cultivation licenses based on supply and demand.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said ‘criminal prosecutions of those who suffer from addiction and return to the failed war on drugs will not solve this problem’. Separately, a federal judge ruled that an activist does not have standing to challenge the state voter-approved marijuana legalization referendum.

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, a former congressman, has spoken about his support for the legalization of marijuana. He also said that “Republicans like to get high as much as Democrats.”

new York Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin, currently a congressman, slammed incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul (D), tweeting, “The Criminals for Kathy coalition is growing. Cannabis dispensary licenses will begin to be distributed in New York, and the Hochul administrator will give FIRST PRIORITY to those previously convicted of marijuana-related offenses. Hochul’s first criminal agenda is so bad for NY.

Rhode Island Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Cynthia Mendes said a marijuana legalization bill “doesn’t do enough to repair the damage of the war on drugs (i.e. communities black, brown, and low-income) Where’s the racial equity in that?”

Virginia lawmakers sent Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) to enact restrictions on delta-8 THC products.

West Virginia lawmakers have sent Governor Jim Justice (R) legislation establishing security and oversight requirements for medical cannabis companies and for decriminalize fentanyl test strips. A invoice to authorize no more than two medical marijuana testing labs in the state passed the two chambers in different forms but failed to reach the governor’s office by the end of the session.

the Vermont The Senate has approved legislation on cannabis cultivation rules and license fees. Separately, regulators will vote on passing marijuana rules on Monday.

A California The senator has introduced a bill to authorize cannabis import and export agreements with other states.

A Illinois The judge warned regulators against “forum shopping” in a lawsuit challenging their marijuana company’s award process.

Indiana regulators have filed updated hemp rules.

Colorado Regulators have issued a health and safety advisory about potentially dangerous levels of yeast and mold contamination in marijuana products made by LivWell. Separately, regulators has started accepting applications for the new Cannabis Business Pilot Grant program.

from michigan top marijuana regulator says he’s spoken to the Drug Enforcement Administration about getting permission for colleges to use marijuana in cannabis degree programs,

South Dakota regulators held a lottery to award medical cannabis dispensary licenses.


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/ LOCAL

Jackson and Josephine County, Oregon the authorities have decided to declare a state of emergency in order to impose moratoriums on new hemp licenses.

A Denver, Colorado An official will provide an update on the cannabis trade at a meeting of the Black Economic Opportunities Council on Monday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Canadian regulators have proposed changes to rules on marijuana research and public possession limits for cannabis drinks.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that treatment with medical cannabis “demonstrates good efficacy and tolerance in adults”. [Gilles de la Tourette syndrome] the patients.”

One study concluded that “50, 75, and 100 mcg of LSD are tolerable with favorable safety profiles in healthy adults, only mild adverse events during the day of drug administration and subjective mystical-like experiences.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

American veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan The CEO explained how medical cannabis has “proved…much more effective than traditional opioids and painkillers” for many military veterans.

the Michael J. Fox Foundation published a guide on medical cannabis and Parkinson’s disease.

the Drug Policy Alliance, Leaders Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Human Rights Watch and other organizations have criticized Congress for extending the Schedule I status of fentanyl-related substances under the omnibus appropriations legislation.

/ BUSINESS

Jones Soda launches a line of cannabis-infused sodas, gummies and syrups.

MedMen filed amended counterclaims alleging that it believes Ascend Wellness Holdings Inc. improperly used political influence to gain approval for the latter company’s acquisition of the former company’s New York assets.

WM Technology, Inc. has a new chairman of the board.

from Eaze the former CEO avoids jail time because of his cooperation with an investigation into a scheme to trick banks into processing marijuana transactions.

Metc got a new marijuana tracking contract in New Jersey.

Michigan retailers sold $154.8 million worth of legal cannabis products in February.

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