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Direct-to-consumer cannabis bill in Congress (bulletin: September 15, 2022)

SAFE Banking sponsors talk the way forward; MO GOP Legal Marijuana Bill; NV Schedule I Consumer and Decision Parlor Applications

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/ THINGS TO KNOW

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) discussed provisions that could be included in the “SAFE Banking Plus” cannabis reform package, including a previously unreported “non-discrimination in employment process” for those convicted of marijuana in now-legal states . Meanwhile, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) said he was increasingly tempted to “turn to the nuclear option” of “withholding” separate, must-have legislation like the Licensing Act. of National Defense in order to pass its bill on cannabis banks.

  • The comments from SAFE Banking Act sponsors came at a press conference hosted by the National Cannabis Industry Association, whose members are holding more than 100 lobby meetings on Capitol Hill this week to build support for reform of the marijuana.

Reps. Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced a bill in Congress that would allow small marijuana growers and manufacturers to ship products directly to consumers across states through the U.S. Postal Service once the federal cannabis ban ends.

A Republican Representative from Missouri introduced a cannabis legalization bill – the Marijuana Freedom Act – that he wants lawmakers to pass in a special session starting this week as an alternative to a separate reform initiative in the November ballot.

Nevada has seen two big developments in marijuana policy in a day, with a judge ruling that the Board of Pharmacy’s refusal to remove cannabis from Schedule I is unconstitutional and regulators announcing they will soon begin accepting applications for social consumer salon licenses.

Oklahoma prosecutors attack pregnant women who use medical cannabis.

/ FEDERAL

A National Administration of Credit Unions A board member spoke about the need for cannabis banking legislation at a National Association of Federally Insured Credit Unions event.

Rahul Gupta, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released a statement reacting to new data on drug overdose deaths.

A spokesperson for Representative John Yarmuth (D-KY) brushed off suggestions of a potential conflict of interest regarding his investments in marijuana stocks, saying, “It also appears that those stocks have lost between 60 and 90 percent of their value since the time he bought them. So while his investment meets all of the House’s ethical standards, I’m not sure it’s the one that will carry him through to his next retirement in January.

Representative Troy Nehls (R-TX) tweeted, “Fentanyl is spilling over our borders and Democrats want to legalize the drugs. Violent crime is skyrocketing in cities and Democrats want to empty prisons. The destruction is intentional.

Former Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke about the growing Republican support for cannabis reform.

Democratic Senate candidate from Iowa Mike Frank tweeted, “For sensible cannabis laws, pass on Grassley.”

/ STATES

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (D) touted the new location of a hemp processing business in the state.

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, Congressman, tweeted, “Texas Republicans and Democrats agree it’s time to legalize marijuana. Now we just need a governor who will.

North Dakota the candidates for Attorney General discussed marijuana during a debate.

The Montana The Legislature’s Interim Economic Affairs Committee has approved a bill that would extend the moratorium on new recreational marijuana businesses, specify that dispensaries can sell CBD and clarify that Indian tribes can obtain manufacturing licenses and dispensary that can be expanded, among other changes.

Iowa House Democrats included legalization of marijuana in a agenda of four priorities that they want to put in place.

Kansas House Democrats applauded Wichita’s move to decriminalize marijuana locally. They tweeted, “We will be BLUNT. We don’t want to be a BUZZ KILL, but our fundraising numbers aren’t as high as we need to be to win in November. @CityofWichita City Council voted to decriminalize marijuana on Tuesday. The energy around #mmj legalization is growing like a weed.

Vermont regulators issued the state’s first recreational marijuana retail licenses.

washington state regulators withdrew a statement of investigation into additives, solvents, ingredients, compounds or concentrates used in the production or processing of cannabis products.

Connecticut The Social Equity Council hired CohnReznick to create a review system for marijuana equity business license applications.

The Oklahoma The state fire marshal has issued guidelines for medical cannabis facilities.

The Oregon The Department of Business Development has issued a request for proposals to conduct a comprehensive market analysis for the state’s agriculture and cannabis products sector.

Pennsylvania vague job protections related to medical cannabis are confusing employers and patients, according to a media investigation.

Utah regulators have issued guidance on the safe storage of medical cannabis.


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/ LOCAL

The Sedgwick County, Kansas The Commission threatens to charge Wichita for costs it may incur as a result of the city’s decision to decriminalize marijuana.

Albany, New York the mayor is promoting a series of Cannabis Advisory Committee public consultation meetings that begin on Tuesday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Filipina President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. says he intends to walk away from his predecessor’s bloody ‘war on drugs’ but will try to shield former administration from court probe international criminal law.

Colombian lawmakers have given initial approval to a marijuana legalization bill.

The canadian the government’s overdue review of cannabis laws is set to begin this week.

Some Thai lawmakers are pushing to reclassify marijuana as a narcotic to prevent recreational use.

New Zealand authorities have approved the country’s first domestic medical cannabis producer.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that “cannabidiol-enriched homemade cannabis may be an effective and safe long-term treatment for refractory epilepsy.”

A study on cannabis oil-based food supplements for dogs with arthritis found that “inflammation and oxidative stress were reduced in the treated group…as well as chronic pain.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Arkansas Democratic Party tweeted“Republicans used every trick in their playbook to prevent Arkansans from having a say in cannabis legalization in the November ballot. It’s too bad. A fair Arkansas means our votes count and that our votes count.

The National Conference of State Legislatures released an overview of state marijuana taxation.

The Cannabis Regulators Association has a new president and treasurer.

The Legalize Cannabis Victoria Party in Australia is asking the Electoral Commission to reject the registration application of the rival Legalize Marijuana Party, arguing that it is “designed to confuse voters in order to siphon votes”.

/ COMPANY

High tide inc. reported quarterly revenue of C$95.4 million and a net loss of C$2.7 million.

Jushi Holdings Inc. The CEO criticized New York’s marijuana regulators for being “very anti-capitalist” and “socialist.”

Akanda Corp. and cookies signed a cannabis products licensing agreement for the European market.

Profile Solutions Inc. has settled Securities and Exchange Commission allegations that it lied about obtaining preliminary permission to grow cannabis in Africa and operated a fraudulent penny stock scheme.

New border data hired a former Drug Policy Alliance staffer as its new knowledge director.

Well-being Curio added new positions to its management team.

/ CULTURE

The general manager of the US Anti-Doping Agency accused the World Anti-Doping Agency of misleading the United States’ position on removing marijuana from the list of prohibited substances for athletes.

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