Kansas Medical Marijuana Hearings Cancelled After Senate GOP Leader Reroutes House-Passed Bill
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One-Third Of Programmers Use Marijuana While Working, With Many Touting Creative Benefits, Study Finds
Researcher Uses Reddit To Learn What Kinds Of Marijuana Posts Influenced Legalization Attitudes
Rand Paul Mocks Democrats For Failing To Pass Marijuana Banking In Annual Festivus Grievances List
DEA Wants To Help Parents Decode The Emojis Young People Use To Discuss Marijuana And Other ‘Bomb Ass’ Drugs
Colorado Earned $423 Million In Marijuana Tax Revenue Last Year
Arizona Hits Recreational Marijuana Sales Record, With New Program Catching Up To Medical
Michigan Breaks Another Marijuana Sales Record For December, State Officials Say
States Have Collected More Than $10 Billion In Adult-Use Marijuana Tax Revenue, Report Finds
Illinois Sets Marijuana Sales Record In December, With Nearly $1.4 Billion Sold In 2021
GOP Texas Governor Says People Shouldn’t Be Jailed Over Marijuana Possession, But Misstates Current Law
GOP Kentucky Senator Who Sells Bourbon Invites Voters To Unseat Him Over Medical Marijuana Opposition
Kentucky Democratic Leaders Say Medical Marijuana Legalization Will Be Top 2022 Legislative Priority
Feds Use A Confusingly Cool-Looking Cheetah For PSA Discouraging Marijuana Impaired Driving
Colorado Governor Pardons More Than 1,300 People For Past Marijuana Convictions
Feds & states work on cannabis standards (Newsletter: January 17, 2022)
Lots of states could legalize cannabis & psychedelics in 2022 (Newsletter: January 14, 2022)
MS lawmakers defy gov’s medical cannabis demands (Newsletter: January 13, 2022)
TX gov backs cannabis decrim (Newsletter: January 12, 2022)
Fed employee cannabis use & investing guidance (Newsletter: January 11, 2022)
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The federal National Institute of Standards and Technology and state officials are collaborating to develop national standards for cannabis products and packaging. Some of the proposals advanced at a National Conference on Weights and Measures meeting last week toward potentially being formally adopted into a federal handbook later this year.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) wants marijuana activists to pay the legal costs for a lawsuit her administration successfully waged to overturn a voter-approved legalization initiative.

42 Vermont lawmakers—nearly a third of the full House of Representatives—filed a bill to decriminalize drugs by replacing jail time with a $50 fine.

Virginia lawmakers introduced legislation to decriminalize psychedelics like psilocybin, peyote and ibogaine.

The Colorado Department of Revenue reported that the state generated a record $423 million in marijuana tax revenue last year. More than $12 billion in legal cannabis has been sold since 2014, with the state collecting over $2 billion in taxes altogether.

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The Congressional Research Service published an analysis of hemp-related issues that could be addressed in the next Farm Bill.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) blamed illegal marijuana cultivation issues in Oregon on ongoing federal prohibition.

Rep. Don Young (R-AK) tweeted, “Too many lives have been ruined by minor marijuana offenses. States w/legal cannabis should be empowered to expunge records with these minor crimes. I’m cosponsoring the HOPE Act to fund state expungement programs & roll back damage from the War on Drugs.”

Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) discussed “how changing marijuana laws will impact the safety of drivers” on a police ridealong.

Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA) tweeted, “I remain committed to combating the illegal marijuana grow crisis in #CA25. While a local reality, the causal factor is our open southern border & efforts to defund the police. I promise to fight to fund the police and secure our border!”

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said he would not sign a bill to legalize marijuana if approved by lawmakers, but he might be willing to support expansion of the medical cannabis program.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said one of his second term priorities is to grow the cannabis industry.

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate John King, a former federal education secretary, tweeted, “Legalizing adult-use cannabis is going to be a top priority for Maryland legislature this session and the next governor will face the important task of making sure the industry is implemented and developed in an equitable way.”

Florida House Democrats tweeted, “Addressing recreational cannabis legalization has become an important topic for Floridians.”

Kansas House Democrats tweeted, “Marijuana legalization is overwhelmingly popular and would bring a significant amount of money to the state… what’s the holdup, folks? 🤔”

A Tennessee representative filed a bill to tax and regulate hemp-derived cannabis products.

Arkansas regulators approved rules changes that will allow the issuance of two remaining medical cannabis dispensary licenses.

Montana regulators filed revised marijuana rules that correct prior drafting errors.

Illinois regulators filed updated cannabis and hemp rules.

Maine regulators sent an update on adult-use and medical cannabis rulemaking.

Virginia regulators posted a list of trained hemp sampling agents.

Vermont regulators will discuss marijuana social equity and fee issues on Tuesday.

California’s Gaming Policy Advisory Committee will consider dual licensure of the cannabis and gaming industries on Thursday.

Pennsylvania’s Medical marijuana Advisory Board posted dates of virtual meetings it will hold this year.


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The Mississippi Senate voted to legalize medical cannabis despite Gov. Tate Reeves’s (R) veto threat over patient possession limits he thinks are too high. The measure now heads to the House.

Marijuana Moment’s latest analysis looks at the large number of states that are poised to legalize cannabis—and potentially psychedelics—in 2022. Between ballot initiatives and bills in legislatures, advocates see a lot of targets for advancement this year.

Ohio activists say they are “confident” they’ve collected enough signatures to force lawmakers to consider a marijuana legalization measure.  An earlier submission was deemed insufficient but they’ve now turned in nearly 30,000 more signatures.

Delaware lawmakers introduced a newly revised marijuana legalization bill that includes key changes to equity provisions meant to help ensure it gets the supermajority level of support needed to pass.

A Missouri Republican representative filed a bill to allow patients with debilitating, life-threatening or terminal illnesses to use psychedelics like MDMA, DMT, ibogaine, LSD, mescaline, peyote and psilocybin under the state’s right-to-try law.

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The U.S. Sentencing Commission published a report on recidivism by people released from prison after serving time for drug trafficking convictions.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “The criminalization of cannabis has resulted in discrimination and injustice. Moreover, it has destroyed countless Black and Brown lives. It’s long past time for the federal government to catch up and move our country forward by leading on cannabis reform.”

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) tweeted about a study showing cannabinoids can protect cells from COVID, saying, “As if we needed another reason to legalize it.”

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) spoke about growing Republican support for marijuana reform.

Rep. Jay Obernolte (R-CA) tweeted, “January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month. With cases of human trafficking linked to illegal marijuana cultivation sites rising in our community, it is critical we put an end to this modern-day slavery.”

Wisconsin Democratic Senate candidate Gillian Battino tweeted. “When I am in the Senate, I will fight to legalize recreational marijuana. We can invest tax revenues in communities torn apart by the war on drugs, farmers can diversify with sustainable practices, and patients will have the access they require.”

Texas Democratic congressional candidate Arthur DIxon tweeted, “Rich white business owners profit $100+ Billions Dollars from the cannabis industry every year while here in Texas thousands of black and brown kids get thrown into prison for possessing a few grams… We have to do better! It’s time to legalize marijuana! 🪴”

Kentucky Democratic congressional candidate William Compton tweeted, “One thing I would want to do in congress is make sure Marijuana is legalized nationwide. A majority of people support it! It’s a no brainer.”

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam touted his signing a marijuana legalization bill in his final State of the Commonwealth speech,

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) pardoned more people for marijuana and drug convictions.

California’s attorney general continued to criticize local officials’ slowness to clear marijuana convictions as required by a law he authored.

South Carolina’s Senate majority leader said it’s “time to have the debate” on a long-pending medical cannabis bill, and the House minority leader said it should have been done a long time ago.

The chairman of the Louisiana legislature’s Medical Marijuana Commission said it’s time to expand the medical cannabis program “in every direction.”

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The Mississippi Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee approved a medical marijuana bill that defies Gov. Tate Reeves’s (R) veto threat over patient possession limits. Senate floor action is expected as soon as Thursday.

Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation certified that activists collected enough signatures to put a marijuana and psilocybin referendum before voters this spring. One more formal approval by another court is needed before it’s officially on the ballot.

A poll funded by prohibitionist group Smart Approaches to Marijuana found that a supermajority of U.S. voters support recreational and medical cannabis legalization policies that the organization lobbies against. Only 14 percent back ongoing federal prohibition.

Members of the Virginia legislature’s Cannabis Oversight Commission are divided over what—if anything—to do about people who are still serving time behind bars for marijuana convictions as legalization is implemented.

The Arizona Department of Revenue reported that retailers set a new recreational marijuana sales record in November, with adult-use transactions finally catching up to sales in the older medical cannabis program.

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general reported that New Mexico officials improperly spent funds on a staff member’s participation in an Adult Use Cannabis Task Force.

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) said she will vote against President Joe Biden’s Food and Drug Administration commissioner nominee due to the agency’s role in allowing the opioid overdose crisis to develop.

Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) tweeted, “I’m a co-sponsor of the bipartisan MORE Act because it reforms our nation’s drug laws which have disproportionately targeted communities of color. It’s time to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and provide justice for those facing marijuana charges or convictions.”

Former Rep. Jill Long Thompson (D-IN) took issue with the Indiana Democratic Party’s support for marijuana legalization.

Former Rep. Justin Amash (L-MI) reacted to a study finding that cannabinoids can protect cells from COVID infection by tweeting, “Legalize cannabis.”

Indiana Democratic Senate candidate Thomas McDermott, currently Hammond’s mayor, tweeted that a tour of an Illinois dispensary he went on “proved exactly why IN is left behind in tax and agricultural revenue. Legalizing cannabis is the right and equitable thing to do for IN farmers, business & residents.”

Montana Democratic congressional candidate Tom Winter spoke about his support for marijuana legalization and his own cannabis consumption.

The House bill to facilitate expungement of marijuana records got two new cosponsors for a total of three.

The House bill to allow CBD as a dietary supplement got two new cosponsors for a total of 38.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said a marijuana legalization referendum is preferable to lawmakers passing a bill to enact the policy change, but he did not take a position on the overall issue.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) spoke in his State of the State address about how “many jobs await in the cannabis industry.”

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “Pennsylvania is the only northeast state that hasn’t at least decriminalized marijuana. I’m pro decriminalization and legalizing recreational, adult-use marijuana. Let’s get it done.”

Illinois’s lieutenant governor tweeted, “The #R3 grant empowers local people to bring solutions and resources to their communities. With this funding, we’re repairing the harm caused by the failed war on drugs by using 25% of adult-use cannabis tax revenue to bring #equity.”

South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham, a former congressman, tweeted about discussing medical cannabis and other issues with state lawmakers. He also tweeted in support of a new bill to prevent police from using the smell of marijuana for probable cause.

Alabama Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim James criticized the state’s medical cannabis law.

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, currently a congressman, tweeted, “In November, Floridians will have a chance to elect a Governor who will legalize marijuana. I will be that Governor.”

Virginia’s House speaker called marijuana legislation a “mess” and said it’s not clear how lawmakers will proceed with legalization issues this session.

South Dakota’s Senate president pro tem said it’s “highly unlikely that the legislature passes recreational marijuana.”

The New Hampshire House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee held a hearing on a bill to decriminalize psilocybin.

Kansas House Democrats tweeted, “House D #ksleg-islators introduced 2 constitutional amendments to legalize marijuana for medicinal & recreational use. Over 6 years, CO collected $1.6 billion in marijuana taxes & fees, some from Kansans crossing the border. We need to keep that taxpayer money in Kansas.”

A Nebraska senator posted about a new study indicating that cannabinoids can protect cells from COVID.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court disbarred a cannabis attorney who serves as executive director of the Oklahoma Cannabis Industry Association for allegedly taking and not returning funds received from clients.

Louisiana regulators published an oversight report on consumable hemp products.

New York regulators will launch a new medical cannabis patient registration and certification system on January 24.

Iowa regulators published an annual report about the medical cannabidiol program and announced two new board members.

Wisconsin’s switch to federal management of its hemp program is leading to reduced costs for farmers.

California cannabis regulators are hiring an equity and inclusion analyst.


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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) essentially endorsed marijuana decriminalization at a reelection campaign event—but misstated current policy by suggesting that lawmakers have already enacted the cannabis reform.

Florida activists are shifting their focus for a marijuana legalization ballot measure to 2024 instead of 2022 as previously planned.

Michigan retailers sold a record $135 million worth of recreational marijuana products in December—”another high for the adult-use industry,” the state’s top cannabis regulator said.

The International Therapeutic Psilocybin Rescheduling Initiative launched a push to reclassify the psychedelic under global treaties. It takes only one country to formally get the process started, and activists have about a dozen target nations.

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The Government Accountability Office issued recommendations for how federal agencies can better combat the use of virtual currencies in illegal drug sales and human trafficking.

Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) included an item on marijuana policy in a survey on priorities for the second session of the 117th Congress.

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) tweeted, “Cannabis is no longer the partisan issue it once was. But Democratic leadership’s all-or-nothing approach kills bipartisan bills like #SAFEBanking that can actually become law and achieve reforms that Americans are calling for.”

Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) tweeted, “Establishing federal standards for CBD products is a no-brainer. I’m proud to be working with my colleagues across the aisle to protect consumers and ensure stability in the market for farmers, producers and retailers.”

Reps. James Comer (R-KY) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) sent a letter pressing the Drug Enforcement Administration about efforts to combat fentanyl trafficking.

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair drug war harms got one new cosponsor for a total of 102.

The House bill to legalize medical cannabis for military veterans got one new cosponsor for a total of 17.

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New Jersey lawmakers sent Gov. Phil Murphy (D) legislation to decriminalize syringes and otherwise expand access to syringe access programs.

Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro, currently the attorney general, tweeted, “New York and New Jersey legalized marijuana. In Pennsylvania, we haven’t. The majority of Pennsylvanians support marijuana legalization. Let’s get it done.”

The Virginia legislature’s Cannabis Oversight Commission finalized its marijuana policy recommendations to the full General Assembly.

The Kansas Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee held a briefing on a House-passed medical cannabis bill. Separately, a representative spoke about plans to put marijuana referendums on the ballot.

The Illinois House Public Safety and Violence Prevention Task Force held a hearing on the state’s cannabis revenue-funded community reinvestment grants program.

A Mississippi senator filed a medical cannabis bill that is expected to be considered by the Public Health and Welfare committee on Wednesday.

A South Carolina senator said he is “optimistic” his medical cannabis bill will pass this session.

South Dakota lawmakers filed more than two dozen marijuana bills.

A Florida representative spoke about his bill to have the state study the medical benefits of psychedelics. Separately, another representative discussed his legislation to expand access to medical cannabis.

A Wisconsin senator posted about record marijuana sales in neighboring Illinois.

Connecticut regulators filed updated marijuana rules.

Oregon’s top psilocybin services regulator spoke about efforts to implement the voter-approved program.

Maine’s top marijuana regulator sent a memo about medical cannabis tracking.

The California Highway Patrol is accepting applications for the Cannabis Tax Fund Grant Program.

Alaska regulators sent a bulletin about marijuana and CBD in the workplace.

Oklahoma regulators posted updated medical cannabis licensing and revenue figures.

Vermont regulators will hold a public hearing on marijuana rules on Friday.

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