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Marijuana Moment obtained new details about issues being discussed for inclusion in a sort of incremental “marijuana omnibus” bill being negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other congressional leaders—including provisions on banking, expungements, research, veterans, small cannabis business loans and broader drug sentencing reform.

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled a meeting for Friday titled "Cannabis in Indian Country.” It's an opportunity for tribes to share their perspective on marijuana issues with senators’ staff.
The Congressional Research Service said in a new report that U.S. and Canadian legalization of marijuana is "reducing its value as part of Mexican trafficking organizations’ portfolio.”
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is looking to identify research labs that can analyze marijuana samples—including cannabis products from state-legal dispensaries.
 

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The National Institutes of Health's Intramural Research Program published a blog post examining how researchers are investigating the role of the human body's cannabinoid system to combat diabetes-related heart failure.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a notice of its intent to issue a sole source contract to a company for laboratory support services to analyze an allergen from the cannabis plant.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) told Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen at a hearing that he would like to work with her staff on cannabis banking issues.

Rep. James Comer (R-KY) said during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing that he believes people who are "in prison for little things like marijuana possession" should be released.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) tweeted, "Thank you @ICBA for your ongoing support of the #SAFEBankingAct! The conflict in state & federal law has created a serious public safety issue for communities & I echo your call for the conference cmte to include #SAFEBanking in the final package of the Bipartisan Innovation Act."




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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed a bill to streamline the process for sealing marijuana and other convictions.

An analysis of a border-related law enforcement operation launched by TexasGov. Greg Abbott (R) found that nearly one out of five of its arrests has been for a low-level marijuana offense.

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

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) compared the legalization of sports betting to cannabis, saying, "without a legal way to do this, it’s a little bit like the marijuana issue. You just leave the black market there, and you don’t sort of bring it out of the shadows and make it part of the regular crime."

Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro, currently the attorney general, tweeted, "It's time to legalize recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania. Tax it, regulate it, and expunge the records of those who have served time for nonviolent marijuana-related offenses. I'm going to build a path to justice, and It'll boost the economy."

Wyoming Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rex Wilde spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana.

The U.S. Virgin Islands Senate Committee on Rules and the Judiciary approved a Cannabis Advisory Board nomination.

Missouri regulators are requiring several medical cannabis businesses to destroy products and give up licenses over various alleged violations.

Montana regulators adopted rules on the marijuana packaging and labeling application and approval process.

The Connecticut Social Equity Council set rules for its decision process on marijuana social equity applicants in a closed session.

Illinois regulators announced plans to issue new marijuana dispensary licenses.

Vermont regulators published guidance on marijuana packaging rules.

New York regulators published a fact sheet about marijuana and young people.

Oregon regulators will hold a public meeting and town hall on cannabis issues on Wednesday.

California regulators will host a webinar on the Cannabis Appellations Program on Thursday.
 

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House Appropriations Committee leaders included marijuana-related protections for immigrants, banking and advertising in new spending bills being voted on in subcommittees this week.
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Rahul Guptasaid the political name administration is “monitoring” marijuana legalization policies because the current federal approach has "not been working.” He also voiced support for broader drug harm reduction—potentially including decriminalization and safe consumption sites.

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC)—lead sponsor of a GOP-led marijuana legalization bill—defeated a primary reelection challenger who attacked her for her reform advocacy. Marijuana Moment compiled an analysis of what that means for the cannabis reform fight in Congress this year and in the future.
The Maryland House Cannabis Referendum and Legalization Workgroupheld its first hearing since legislation to put reform on the November ballot was enacted. Lawmakers heard testimony on how other states are regulating and taxing marijuana—issues that are still to be decided in future sessions if voters approve legalization.
Missouri Republican U.S. Senate candidate C.W. Gardner detailed his extensive “Pot for Potholes” plan to legalize marijuana and use the revenue to fund a massive infrastructure effort in an over-the-top ad.



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The Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control held an oversight hearing on the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he is "trying to add some of the social justice provisions [to marijuana banking legislation] and see if we can come up with a compromise."

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) said, "President political name has appointed wack jobs. I mean, it's like these people dropped acid in an Outback parking lot. You can't reason with them, they are just so woke."

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) filed a resolution calling on the federal government to declare fentanyl a "weapon of mass destruction."

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) spoke at an event hosted by the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation.

The House bill to regulate CBD-infused foods and beverages got one new cosponsor for a total of eight.

The House bill to encourage Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to discuss medical cannabis got one new cosponsor for a total of three.
 

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The Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee held a hearing on a bill to lower the age for working in the marijuana industry to 18.

A Nebraska senator said that activists have so far collected more than 100,000 signatures toward placing a pair of medical cannabis initiatives on the ballot.

An Illinois judge lifted a temporary restraining order that had blocked operations by craft marijuana cultivation businesses.

Florida regulators proposed rulemaking on hemp extracts for consumption.

Guidance from New York regulators has caused cannabis farmers to rip out plants they are growing in light of unexpected limits on total usable land.

Oregon regulators published a compliance bulletin on labeling and other requirements for products containing artificially derived cannabinoids.

Vermont regulators published marijuana guidance for municipalities.

California officials are accepting applications to fill vacancies on the Industrial Hemp Advisory Board.

Maine regulators are launching a series of cannabis community listening sessions.

West Virginia regulators will hold a medical cannabis patient signup event on June 23.
 

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The U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up a pair of cases on medical cannabis and workers’ compensation. The political name Justice Department had urged the justices not to hear the matter.
House Appropriations Committee leaders released a Justice Department funding bill that doesn’t include broad state marijuana protections that advocates wanted, leaving them to pursue an amendment later to attach the provisions. The legislation as introduced does contain more limited medical cannabis and hemp measures, however.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) signed ten new cannabis bills into law—including some measures to significantly expand the state’s medical marijuana program. Another blocks police from searching people’s homes over the smell of cannabis.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is running as a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, spoke to Marijuana Moment ahead of the Justice Department’s impending response to her lawsuit on medical cannabis patients’ gun rights this week. She also drew a contrast with incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), whom she hopes to unseat later this year.
Texas Republican Party delegates adopted a somewhat contradictory set of drug policy platform planks at their convention, including measures opposing marijuana legalization, supporting federal cannabis rescheduling, calling for reduced hemp regulations and opposing harm reduction policies.
 

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The Congressional Research Service included an analysis of marijuana restrictions in an overview of Washington, D.C. budget legislation.

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) tweeted, "A strong American economy requires fair and free markets, & the cannabis industry should be no different! I urge my colleagues to take up the reforms which have been proposed this Congress, including mine, & allow veterans, medical professionals, & small businesses the ability to enjoy their own pursuit of happiness."

Rep. Delia Ramirez (D-IL) tweeted, "We must legalize adult-use recreational cannabis at the federal level as we did in Illinois. Instead of focusing public safety resources on low-level drug offenses, we must address the root cause of violence."




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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) touted his move to legalize cannabis in a speech at the New Hampshire Democratic Convention.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) tweeted, "Polling suggests 90% of Kentucky adults support medical cannabis, and this committee will help ensure every voice is heard as I weigh executive action that could provide access to medical cannabis for those suffering from chronic pain or our veterans suffering from PTSD."

New York Republican gubernatorial candidates said during a debate that they don't plan to use marijuana when legal sales go into effect.

Georgia Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Kwanza Hall, a former congressman, spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana.

The Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill on marijuana waste disposal. Separately, regulators took public comment on the concept of allowing "deli-style" sales of cannabis flower at a hearing.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved a bill to decriminalize fentanyl testing strips.

Massachusetts Senate leaders appointed members to a bicameral conference committee on marijuana regulation and equity legislation.

The California Senate Business & Professions Committee approved a bill to allow veterinarians to recommend medical cannabis for animals.

Connecticut's Department of Transportation is using a grant from the Governors Highway Safety Association to fund the creation of a “green lab” that will give volunteers a controlled dose of cannabis to help train police to detect impairment.

Iowa regulators sent an update on the medical cannabidiol program.

Hawaii's Dual Use of Cannabis Task Force will meet on Monday.
 

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The House Appropriations Committee included provisions in new spending bill reports pushing international sports regulators to "change how cannabis is treated” for athletes and calling on the U.S. government to review policies on marijuana use by federal employees.
The House Armed Services Committee added amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act directing the military to review marijuana penalties for service members and to study the benefits of medical cannabis as an opioid alternative.
White House National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby deflected a question about whether the political name administration supports a proposal advancing in the Senate to stop denying security clearances to people over past marijuana use.
New Jersey’s Senate president filed a bill to legalize possession and home cultivation of psilocybin—even as homegrow for marijuana isn’t legal in the state. The new legislation would also create a system of licensed psychedelic services businesses.
The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority awarded $45 million in grants—funded by legal marijuana tax revenue—to support community reinvestment in areas "hardest hit by the failed war on drugs.”
 

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The Supreme Court, in a decision overturning Americans' abortion rights, said that the constitutional justification for Roe v. Wade "could license fundamental rights to illicit drug use, prostitution, and the like."

The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a Massachusetts attorney for allegedly attempting to bribe the Medford police chief in an attempt to secure approval for a client's marijuana business.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is increasingly conducting research on the medical benefits of psychedelics.

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) tweeted, "Disappointed to see reports the SAFE Banking Act will not be included in the innovation and competitiveness package. This bipartisan bill is an opportunity to protect NV jobs, support small cannabis businesses, and increase safety. I'll keep working to make it law."

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) inserted remarks into the Congressional Record about his bill to allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors issue medical cannabis recommendations.



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Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee (D) included legalizing marijuana in a list of accomplishments.

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried, currently the agriculture commissioner, tweeted, "Disappointed to see Congress once again fail to act on marijuana banking reform. Marijuana is a serious industry and we need to bring banks into the 21st century. It's critical for economic growth, community safety, and equitable access to the industry."

The Arizona House of Representatives rejected a bill to revise rules on marijuana testing and business zoning.

The Texas Supreme Court upheld the state's ban on manufacturing and processing smokable hemp.

Connecticut's marijuana Social Equity Council continues to conduct some of its businesses in closed executive session meetings.

Oregon regulators sent a bulletin about changes to cannabis testing rules.

Maryland regulators said they've reduced processing times for medical cannabis patient registrations.

Ohio regulators published updated medical cannabis patient and caregiver numbers.

New York's Cannabis Advisory Board will meet on Thursday.

Michigan regulators will host a marijuana social equity education session focused on testing on Thursday.

Maine regulators will hold a public hearing on proposed marijuana rulemaking on July 13.
 

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The House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to protect all state, territory and tribal marijuana programs from federal interference.
The Washington, D.C. Council passed a bill to let people self-certify as medical cannabis patients, without a doctor’s recommendation—effectively circumventing Congress’s rider blocking the legalization of recreational marijuana sales in the nation's capital.
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) spoke to Marijuana Moment about what it means that she prevailed in her Republican primary despite attacks over her cannabis reform advocacy—and what comes next for her legalization bill in Congress.

Washington State activists are giving up on an effort to place a drug decriminalization initiative on the November ballot—even as a new poll shows strong voter support for the measure. Their focus now is on pressuring lawmakers to act in 2023.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried—also a Democratic gubernatorial candidate—announced the winners of a state student essay contest on hemp innovation. The 5th-to-11th-grade entrants were asked to come up with new hemp-based inventions.
Great Falls, Montana’s ban on recreational marijuana businesses is being challenged with a new lawsuit.
 

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Officials with the Congressional Budget Office and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality spoke on a panel about "the relationship between recreational marijuana laws and use of opioids."

Customs and Border Protection touted that it seized more than 99,000 pounds of marijuana during the first eight months of Fiscal Year 22.

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, "There's no reason why marijuana should be more heavily regulated than oxycontin, an opioid that has killed tens of thousands of Americans."

Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) tweeted about a new Minnesota law on cannabis products, saying, "These regulations provide important legal clarity for both small businesses producing cannabis products and for the consumers using them. We still need to legalize it – but, in the meantime, these are important first steps."



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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelley (D) and the state attorney general are being sued by delta-8 THC seller who says state law is being "intentionally misapplied" to prosecute businesses like his.

The North Carolina House of Representatives tabled an amendment to keep hemp legal after the current expiration date passes at the end of this month.

The New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee approved a bill to allow small cannabis businesses to qualify for state economic incentives.

The California Legislative Analyst's Office published an annual report on tax exemptions for donations of medicinal cannabis.

New York regulators began accepting applications for conditional adult-use marijuana processor business licenses.

Colorado regulators published a bulletin about a Drug Enforcement Administration letter on the legality of cannabis seeds.

Connecticut regulators will consider medical cannabis issues at a meeting on July 22.
 

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June 28, 2022
INDUSTRY-WIDE BULLETIN: 22-02
RE: Clarification of Authorized Transfers
Dear Stakeholders,
The Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) is issuing this Industry Bulletin in response to a series of inquiries seeking clarification on the Division’s perspective given the January 6, 2022 letter published by the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). That letter provides an analysis of the Controlled Substances Act and does not consider the marijuana provisions of the Colorado Constitution, Colorado Marijuana Code, or Colorado Marijuana Rules.
Section 16 of article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution defines Marijuana as, “all parts of the plant of the genus cannabis whether growing or not, the seeds thereof, the resin extracted from any part of the plant, and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds, or its resin, including marijuana concentrate”. Further, 44-10-701 (2)(a), C.R.S., makes it unlawful for a person to “Buy, sell, transfer, give away, or acquire regulated marijuana or regulated marijuana products except as allowed pursuant to this article 10 or section 14 or section 16 of article XVIII of the state constitution”.
Regulated Marijuana Businesses are only permitted to Transfer1 marijuana seeds, immature marijuana plants, marijuana or marijuana products to other Regulated Marijuana Businesses, or if the license is a Regulated Marijuana Store or Retail Marijuana Hospitality and Sales Business they are able to Transfer to consumers as permitted by the Colorado Marijuana Code, at 44-10-101 et seq., C.R.S., and Colorado Marijuana Rules, 1 CCR 212-3. Licensees Transferring marijuana seeds, immature marijuana plants, marijuana, or marijuana products in conflict with the Marijuana Code or the Colorado Marijuana Rules could be subjecting their licenses to administrative actions including but not limited to fines, suspension, or revocation.
The MED recognizes that the evolution of marijuana laws and related policy at the state and federal level may inform future changes to the MED’s approach and updates to this bulletin. The MED will continue to monitor statewide and federal initiatives with this in mind.
Please be aware that the information contained in this Industry Bulletin and associated links do not represent legal advice or replace a licensee’s responsibility to review and comply with statute and rules, the full set of which can be found on the Colorado Marijuana Rules webpage
 

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