VP: Vote for Marijuana Reform Congress; MLB CBD Sponsorship; Fed: legalization has economic momentum; Import of Court OKs paraphernalia; KS cannabis plan
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/ BEST TO KNOW
Vice President Kamala Harris urges voters to study midterm candidates’ marijuana positions and elect a reform-minded Congress that can create “unified” federal policy.
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain Public support for President Joe Biden’s marijuana pardon and overhaul of its schedule is strong, as two new polls show majorities support the cannabis measures.
Major League Baseball has reportedly signed an agreement for Charlotte’s Web to become MLB’s official CBD. In addition to the royalties and revenue share of the new “Sport” product line, the league will also receive stock in the CBD company as part of the deal.
A new Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City The report shows that marijuana legalization has a “significant impact” on states’ economies through “higher employment and stronger demand for commercial real estate” while generating tax revenue.
The US Court of International Trade ruled that state-level legalization of marijuana provides an exception to the federal ban on bringing drug paraphernalia into the country.
President Joe Biden’s cannabis pardon move leaves many behind— including non-citizens, members of the military, those in federal prison for selling marijuana, those convicted at the state level, and victims of the war on drugs.
Kansas Legislators developed a plan to prepare medical cannabis legislation for a vote in the 2023 session — including three public hearings before the Select Committee on Medical Marijuana starting Wednesday.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse issued answers to questions related to the tender application for the production of cannabis for research purposes.
Former White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Bill Bennett said marijuana is a “gateway” to fentanyl use.
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)the Senate candidate spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana during a debate, and his Republican opponent JD Vance he said that cannabis should be a “problem for the states” and that he does not want people to be sent to prison for using it, but he is concerned that people will become violent after using it.
Repeat. Pramila Jayapal (R-WA) tweeted: “Marijuana is ranked the same as heroin and HIGHER than fentanyl. @POTUS is right : It makes no sense. Excused prior federal marijuana possession convictions is an important first step. Now the Senate should pass the MORE law and legalize it nationally.”
Repeat. Troy Carter (D-LA) tweeted: “Thank you @POTUS for taking the bold step of pardoning those with simple marijuana convictions in federal prison. Now the next step is to delete these records.”
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) “Kamala Harris brags about Biden’s massive marijuana pardon, despite overseeing nearly 2,000 marijuana convictions as San Francisco’s attorney general. What’s changed, @VP?
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) spoke about the ongoing federal-state conflict over marijuana.
Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) tweeted, “FDA has broad authority over products used by Americans, but its failures from baby formula to CBD have contributed to shortages and confusion in the marketplace. @HouseGOP would favor accountability at FDA & other agencies.”
Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) tweeted: “The high concentration of THC in these marijuana products is not what people grew up with. We need to listen to the research that clearly points to harmful consequences such as an increased risk of psychosis.”
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) said the “quickest, easiest, fastest way” to deal with a partial marijuana conviction is to have it expunged, not a pardon.
The spokesperson is a New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said the governor’s marijuana pardon was “not necessary” because the convictions had already been overturned.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) tweeted, “Legalizing and taxing marijuana is the only way Republicans can stand in the Wisconsin legislature.”
South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham, a former congressman, tweeted: “Our message is freedom… Freedom includes women’s freedom to control their own bodies. It could include the freedom for adults to buy marijuana, or allow our veterans to use marijuana to treat PTSD, and the freedom to bet on football games.”
Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl and GOP attorney general nominee John Kellner speak at a prohibition event Friday about the state’s “failed drug policy.”
Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former congressman Beto O’Rourke supports the legalization of marijuana and the expungement of past records.
California The attorney general announced that the state’s anti-marijuana campaign will be rebranded as Illegal Cannabis Eradication and Prevention, and the program has cut down nearly one million illegally grown marijuana plants and seized more than 200,000 pounds of illegally processed cannabis in the past year. Separately, regulators said improvements are being made to the state’s marijuana-tracking system.
Arkansas Republican attorney general nominee Tim Griffin, now lieutenant governor, called marijuana legalization a “terrible idea.”
Iowa the attorney general candidates discussed marijuana and drug policy during a debate.
THE Missouri representative discussed his concerns about the marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot.
The Minnesota The Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision that the smell of burning marijuana did not provide probable cause for police to search a vehicle.
Maine regulators have issued updated guidance on the mixing and reporting of different strains of trim or kief cannabis into mixed-strain packages test results using laboratory uncertainty.
The Wisconsin The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has included several hemp and CBD businesses in a new “Something Special from Wisconsin” guide.
Kansas Regulators have published a list of licensed hemp processing businesses.
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Little Rock, Arkansas mayor and his election challenges talked about marijuana during a debate.
The Washoe County, Nevada The board of commissioners voted to initiate an ordinance to allow cannabis lounges in unincorporated areas.
The Moorhead, Minnesota The city council is considering a proposal to regulate the sale of cannabinoid products.
Denver, Colorado Officials have published online best practices for renewing cannabis licenses.
New South Wales, Australia The Legislative Council will debate legislation Wednesday to protect medical cannabis patients from misdemeanor DUI charges.
/ SCIENCE AND HEALTH
One review concluded that “CBD is highly effective both alone and as adjunctive therapy with clobazam seizure control in [Dravet syndrome], [Lennox-Gastaut syndrome]and [ tuberous sclerosis complex] conditions while limiting side effects.”
One review found an association between psychedelic therapy and a significant reduction depressive symptomsand at several times.”
/ Advocacy, OPINION AND ANALYSIS
Poll Ohio voters found that 58-30 percent support the legalization of marijuana.
The Wyoming Democratic Party He tweeted about President Joe Biden’s move to legalize marijuana, saying, “WyoDems support legalization of cannabis. This is a step in the right direction!”
An Oregon judge dismissed his lawsuit Sentia Wellness investors including Boris Jordan.
BLAZE and Leafly announced an integration partnership.
Arizona in July, retailers sold $73.8 million worth of recreational marijuana products and $35.2 million worth of medical cannabis.
Xzibit said President Joe Biden’s marijuana move is a “step in the right direction” but falls short of the “mass pardon” needed.
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