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It's about greed .. private prison corporations and all law enforcement associations are huge lobbyists to keep mj banned .. then you have spineless elected politicians that love the xtra monies no matter what vile institution gave it to them. .. and yeap the populace in general are pure dumb and lazy .



yep , one can even buy stock in a couple of private prison corporations

unimaginable that people would invest in slave labor , no fecking morals whatsoever

i won’t get started on Big Pharma
 

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) filed a National Defense Authorization Act amendment that would direct the military to study the benefits of psilocybin and MDMA—in addition to cannabis—as alternatives to opioids for service members with PTSD, traumatic brain injury or severe pain.
The U.S. Department of Energy awarded a $3.74 million grant to help researchers at Texas A&M University develop hemp-based, 3D-printed materials that can be used to build affordable housing.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill to eliminate the marijuana cultivation tax, prevent excise tax increases for at least three years and provide tax credits for social equity and other cannabis businesses.
Pennsylvania lawmakers sent a marijuana banking and insurance bill to the desk of Gov. Tom Wolf (D).
The chairman of the Minnesota Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee says a new law allowing cannabinoid-infused foods and beverages may need to be revised—even though he voted for it—because some lawmakers weren't aware it allowed THC edibles.
A new poll shows that Vermont likely voters across party linesoverwhelmingly support decriminalizing drugs—but Gov. Phil Scott (R) recently vetoed a bill that would take a modest step towards setting the state up to potentially enact the reform in the future.
 

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Federal prosecutors sent a press release touting the convictions that are part of a "crackdown on [the] unlicensed marijuana dispensary industry."

Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is asking a court to dismiss a lawsuit claiming he and his law firm stole a marijuana legalization campaign strategy from another organization.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and 13 bicameral members of Congress sent a letter to Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services leaders raising concerns about the political name administration's plans to permanently schedule fentanyl-related substances.

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) tweeted, "Big news for Nevada's cannabis industry! Officials have approved regulations paving the way for public consumption lounges. This step forward will benefit small businesses and help boost our state's economy."

Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) tweeted, "As a founding member of the House Cannabis Caucus, I’m working for equal treatment of the marijuana industry. Cannabis consumption lounges will provide Nevadans with a safe space to use weed."



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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) signed legislation that includes cannabis businesses with on-site consumption in a list of sensitive locations where people are not allowed to possess guns.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) tweeted, "We're smoking other states when it comes to improving equity in the cannabis industry and growing our economy. I’ll be blunt: no one’s doing it like we are in Nevada."

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) is being attacked in a Super PAC ad for focusing on legalizing marijuana instead of addressing inflation.

Tennessee Democratic gubernatorial candidates discussed marijuana during a debate.

Nebraska activists said they are in "serious jeopardy" of not collecting enough signatures to qualify medical cannabis initiatives for the ballot.

Twenty-three new South Dakota medical cannabis laws took effect on Friday.

A Virginia senator touted the state's large reduction in drug arrests since marijuana decriminalization took effect.

The Ohio Supreme Court overturned a marijuana conviction based on a finding that officers conducted an illegal search.

New Jersey regulators proposed permanent marijuana rules and approved 81 new conditional licenses for cultivation, manufacturing and retail businesses.

Massachusetts regulators extended orders allowing medical cannabis telehealth consultations and curbside operations.

Colorado regulators sent a bulletin about new marijuana testing requirements for aspergillus and expanded potency testing for total THC.
 

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The House Appropriations Committee is calling on the National Institutes of Health to study the benefits of psychedelics in treating PTSD, depression and other mental health conditions.
The U.S. Army is looking for contractors who can supply hemp yarn to make new uniforms that will help snipers "remain undetected within close proximity of the enemy forces."
Neil deGrasse Tyson wants to know what other plants besides marijuana can get you high that we don't know about yet just because no one has gotten around to trying to smoke them.
Arizona's auditor general issued a followup report finding that regulators have been slow to implement previously recommended changes needed to stop the misallocation of money from the medical cannabis fund.

An ACLU of New Jersey official argues in a new op-ed that restrictive local marijuana licensing policies in municipalities across the state are undermining legalization's equity goals.


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The Department of Transportation is requesting comment on the level of interest in making drug testing data publicly available.

Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI) tweeted about Colombia'sTruth Commission recommending drug policy reforms, saying, "I hope the political name Administration and my colleagues in Congress take in this report. The searching review of nearly 60 years of internal conflict in Colombia concludes that nearly a half million people died, and US policy played a disastrous role. We can move away from our indiscriminate war on drugs and cozy relationships with human rights violators, and we must."

Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) noted a new Minnesota law allowing cannabinoid-infused foods and drinks, tweeting, "Cannabis should be federally legalized, decriminalized and responsibly regulated for adult use. In the meantime, I am glad that the state is working on responsible regulation of certain products."


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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) vetoed a kratom regulation bill.

Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro, currently the attorney general, tweeted, "The majority of Pennsylvanians support marijuana legalization, and the boost it will bring to our economy. Tell you what, let's win this race for Governor of Pennsylvania so we can get it done."

Minnesota's lieutenant governor tweeted, "Proud that @Tim_Walz signed this important law legalizing edibles but there’s more to do. We must work to legalize adult use cannabis *and* expunge marijuana convictions. It makes Minnesota a more just place to live and helps strengthen our economy."

A top Massachusetts marijuana regulator called out the racially disproportionate harms of the war on drugs.

Alaska regulators amended rules on reinstatement of marijuana business licenses after a failure to renew.

Oregon regulators are calling on the state's congressional delegation to support passing marijuana banking legislation as a priority.

Washington State regulators issued guidance about counting pathways between rows of cannabis plants in calculating canopy size.

Michigan regulators issued guidance on marijuana tinctures.

Mississippi regulators sent a reminder that they will begin accepting medical cannabis dispensary license applications on Tuesday.

Vermont regulators will consider recommendations for marijuana license prequalification approval, full licensure and social equity status on Wednesday.
 

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Oklahoma activists turned in what they say are more than enough signatures to place a marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would require the military to study the benefits of psilocybin and MDMA—in addition to cannabis—as alternatives to opioids for service members with PTSD, traumatic brain injury or severe pain.
Minnesota's House majority leader said a new law allowing THC edibles was "intentional"—despite some Republican lawmakers saying they didn't understand the bill when they voted for it—and is a "step forward" toward broader marijuana legalization.
The Food and Drug Administration is touting its role in surveilling retail shops—including a CBD dispensary—that were later raided by local law enforcement, leading to arrests of people "suspected of promoting harmful and/or detrimental drugs."
The Drug Enforcement Administration is being forced to hold a hearing on its proposal to ban five psychedelic compounds after it was flooded with comments against the move and the agency's own administrative law judge weighed in.






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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said she was in the room when President Joe political name read a handwritten letter from American basketball player Brittney Griner, who is being detained in Russia after allegedly being caught with cannabis vapes at an airport.

The Small Business Administration is proposing to amend its small business size regulations to incorporate changes to the North American Industry Classification System that include categories for marijuana businesses.

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency tweeted, "National Marijuana Facts Week (NMFW) – raises awareness about the dangers of high-THC marijuana. Past and present use of marijuana at varying usage levels will raise red flags with DCSA CAS security clearance adjudicators."

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) spoke about his support for federal marijuana reform.

Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) posted an analysis of Second Amendment rights and marijuana.

Florida Democratic congressional candidate Cindy Banyai tweeted, "I support full cannabis decriminalization and expungement of records."
 

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Guam's attorney general is hosting a cannabis regulation roundtable on Friday.

Virginia's Senate president pro tempore subtweeted Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R), saying, "Hey 'Big Sexy'- you won’t get boo’d at parades if you start working on the issue many voters most care about- it’s called CRT. Cannabis. Retail. Transactions." Separately, regulators sent an update on efforts to implement new legislation on cannabinoid-infused products.

A Rhode Island representative said she's skeptical the equity provisions in the new marijuana legalization law will live up to their promise.

Mississippi regulators began accepting medical cannabis dispensary license applications.

Illinois regulators continue to face additional lawsuits challenging their marijuana business licensing award processes.

Uncertainty over Florida rules on medical cannabis recommendation fee sharing and telehealth meetings is causing frustration.

Maryland medical cannabis regulators are hiring additional staff ahead of the potential legalization of recreational marijuana.

Alaska regulators posted resources for people who use "too much" marijuana.
 

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The Department of Veterans Affairs issued a memo clarifying that veterans who work in the marijuana industry are not ineligible for VA-guaranteed home loans—but noting that ongoing federal prohibition may make some lenders reluctant to risk financing them.
American basketball player Brittney Griner pleaded guilty to bringing cannabis vapes into Russia, but says she did it accidentally. Meanwhile, a Russian official suggested the U.S.'s stance on the case is hypocritical because marijuana is also criminalized in some states.
Nebraska activists turned in what they hope are enough signatures to qualify two medical cannabis initiatives for the November ballot. It's the culmination of a volunteer-led petition drive that saw a major legal setback this week and the loss of large donors earlier in the year.
Arkansas activists on Friday plan to submit what they say are more than double the amount of signatures needed to put a marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot—but other advocates have concerns about the measure's provisions.
New York regulators announced they have sent cease and desist letters warning more than 50 unlicensed businesses to stop illegally selling marijuana or they will become ineligible to receive cannabis licenses in the future.
 

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The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health tweeted, "#Cannabis and its constituent #cannabinoids are being studied for their potential to relieve #pain and possibly serve as a partial substitute for #opioids."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tweeted, "Our country's senseless cannabis laws have disproportionately harmed Black & Brown communities for decades. We’re urging @POTUS & his administration to use their executive authority to decriminalize cannabis & pardon non-violent cannabis-related offenders."

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) tweeted, "The Senate's inaction on this [marijuana banking] issue means stalled progress on equity in the cannabis industry and a continued public safety risk that jeopardizes the lives and livelihoods of business owners and employees across the country."

Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA) tweeted, "For over a year, I've been working with law enforcement to protect our neighborhoods & shut down illegal marijuana growing operations. The deputies on the ground need the resources to get the job done, and I'm proud to deliver for them & our communities."

Florida Democratic congressional candidate Cindy Banyai tweeted, "I will work at the federal level to decriminalize cannabis and expunge possession records. It’s what we need to do to meet the moment."




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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's (D) office put out a press release about the state phasing out medical cannabis sales taxes. The lieutenant governortweeted, "Great news: As of July 1st, there is no more state sales tax on medicinal cannabis – advancing our commitment to prioritize patients and improve affordability."

Iowa Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Rick Stewart spoke about his support for broad drug law reform, including plans to address gun violence and mental health issues by legalizing psychedelic therapy.

Washington State's treasurer tweeted, While common sense solutions continue to stall for #SAFEBanking, legal cannabis retailers in our state are continued targets for robbery and the safety of workers remains at risk. We need #SAFEBankingNOW"

The Virginia legislature's Task Force to Analyze Industrial Hemp Extracts and Other Substances Containing Tetrahydrocannabinol Intended for Human Consumption met.

An Oregon senator tweeted, "Through rulemaking, Oregon can set historic precedent in the amount of respect it shows to the traditions and practices of Indigenous, religious, and spiritual communities who work with psilocybin and other entheogens."

Vermont regulators are withdrawing the state's federally approved hemp plan as of the end of the year, meaning that growers will need to register with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

New York's Dormitory Authority published a request for information from financial institutions that could provide banking services for the state's Social Equity Cannabis Investment Fund.

Pennsylvania's Agriculture Department and Lithuania's Ministry of Agriculture signed an agreement that includes sharing best practices and consultation on hemp.

California sent a notice about the elimination of the cannabis cultivation tax.

Colorado regulators are accepting applications to serve on the Social Equity Program Advisory Work Group.

Michigan regulators posted a marijuana business disciplinary action report for June.
 

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The House of Representatives approved cannabis banking legislation for the seventh time, as well as amendments on medical marijuana recommendations for military veterans, eliminating the crack-powder cocaine sentencing disparity and other drug policy reforms. The proposals are now attached to the National Defense Authorization Act.
Two Senate sources told Marijuana Moment that a much-anticipated federal cannabis legalization bill from Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) could be filed as soon as next week, but disputed a Bloomberg report saying that's the definite plan. In any case, the plan is still to introduce the legislation ahead of the upcoming August recess.

National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora Volkow said ongoing criminalization of people who use drugs presents an "obvious challenge" to treatment access for people with substance misuse issues.
The New York City Fire Department says it will stop subjecting its workers to pre-employment, random and scheduled drug tests for marijuana. A firefighters union is taking credit for what's to be a city-wide policy change across agencies.
New York regulators approved rules and application forms for recreational marijuana dispensaries. They're expected to begin accepting the first applications next month, with sales anticipated to start by the end of the year.
A Nevada judge is allowing an ACLU of Nevada lawsuit challenging the state Board of Pharmacy's refusal to reschedule marijuana to proceed.
 

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The Senate Intelligence Committee released the text of a large-scale bill that includes provisions to block intelligence agencies from denying security clearances based on past cannabis use.

A spokesperson for Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) said he opposes legalizing marijuana or issuing mass pardons to people with past convictions."

Rep. Chuy Garcia (D-IL) tweeted, "Cartels, which are estimated to perpetuate around half the violent crime in Mexico, derive their power from moving drugs from Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America to American buyers. The cartels derive their power from illegal, lucrative markets—so reforming U.S. drug policy and legalizing cannabis could go a long way toward weakening their control. The War on Drugs created cycles of violence that profoundly disrupted countries around the world, especially drug-producing countries in Latin America."

New Jersey Democratic congressional candidate Rob Menendez tweeted, "As @NJGov's legalized cannabis industry takes off, we have to ensure that the workers powering it are taken care of. Glad to see cannabis workers organizing for fair wages and better workplace conditions across the state."






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Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried, currently the agriculture commissioner, spoke about the economic and justice reform benefits of legalizing marijuana.

Kentucky's agriculture commissioner spoke about the possibility of medical cannabis or marijuana legalization. Separately, the Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee held a town hall meeting.

The Massachusetts legislature's Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery approved legislation to decriminalize drugs, but another panel stopped its progress, instead referring it to study.

New York regulators appear to have wrongly and publicly accused a business of illegally selling marijuana, and are refusing to address their apparent mistake.

Alaska regulators are proposing changes to rules on marijuana application renewal requirements and to allow dairy butters, oils and fats as stand-alone cannabis edibles.

Utah regulators proposed new hemp and medical cannabis rules.

Colorado regulators issued a health and safety advisory about potentially unsafe levels of yeast and mold contamination on marijuana products from Dune Valley Farms, LLC. Separately, they launched a new cannabis data dashboard.

New Mexico's Environment Department launched a new Cannabis and Hemp Bureau.

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission met.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife worked with local law enforcement to serve search warrants as part of an investigation into environmental crimes associated with illegal cannabis cultivation.

 

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Good news, bad news. Chuckles just wants legalization as a vehicle to roll under most and enrich himself, his donors, his ilk and those not deserving…
 

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Shereef Elnahal, who was confirmed last week by the Senate to serve as Department of Veterans Affairs undersecretary of health, oversaw the expansion of New Jersey's medical cannabis program as state health commissioner and has called for federal marijuana legalization.
Marijuana Moment got an early look at the witness list for Tuesday's Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorismhearing on cannabis legalization. It includes former federal prisoner Weldon Angelos as well as outspoken cannabis alarmist Alex Berenson.
Former federal cannabis prisoner Weldon Angelos penned a Marijuana Moment op-ed previewing the testimony he will deliver at the Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on legalization on Tuesday.

Days after filing a federal marijuana legalization bill, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) helped launch a new cannabis equity initiative in New York—saying that the state's lead on social justice can influence national policy as it has on other issues.
The Drug Enforcement Administration is withdrawing a proposed ban of five psychedelics in the face of pushback from scientists who say such a move would impede research into the substances' therapeutic potential.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) announced that the state has generated $445.3 million in marijuana tax revenue in Fiscal Year 2022—a 50 percent increase from last year.
 

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A National Institute on Drug Abuse official will participate in a Council for Federal Cannabis Regulation webinar on marijuana research on Thursday.

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) tweeted, "In Tonopah last month, I spoke with small business owners about the rich history of this old mining town and the importance of bringing new business here. Glad to see a minority-owned and operated cannabis company opening soon -- boosting tourism, jobs, and the local economy."

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) tweeted, "China is a communist government that oppresses its own people & wants world domination. We should be engaged & attentive to their grasp for land, production of marijuana & theft of ideas in the US—they’re not here for our benefit."

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, "3/4ths of states have legalized cannabis. I aplaude [sic @ChuckSchumer, @CoryBooker, and @WydenForOregon for introducing the #CAOA to end the federal prohibition on cannabis to lift up the communities most affected by the failed War on Drugs and create opportunities across the U.S."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) falsely claimed that Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman, currently the lietenant governor, took down an American flag in his office to hang marijuana and gay rights flags.

Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Charles Booker tweeted, "Legalizing cannabis will put more money in your pockets. I will get it done in the Senate."

New York Democratic congressional candidate Suraj Patel tweeted, "We are letting a Nixonian obsession with counterculture stop advances in some of the most promising therapies for mental illness. Psychedelic assisted therapy has been shown to be more effective than SSRIs by a mile. We need to unshackle the NIH, NSF, & VA to research the mind."





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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) is calling on lawmakers to finalize marijuana equity and business legislation.

Texas's agriculture commissioner spoke about his support for expanding medical cannabis access.

A former New Jersey attorney general coauthored an op-ed calling on prosecutors to go after unregulated marijuana sales.

Wyoming activists say they have collected about 40 percent of the signatures they need to qualify marijuana decriminalization and medical cannabis initiatives for the 2024 ballot.

The Montana legislature's Environmental Quality Council is considering a proposal to fund conservation districts in part with marijuana revenue.

A Pennsylvania representative criticized what he said was an "alarmist & off-kilter" local news headline about marijuana.

A Kentucky representative spoke about strong voter support for medical cannabis.

Connecticut regulators filed marijuana business rules.

California regulators finalized rules on the manufacture and sale of hemp products.

Washington State regulators published a newsletter touching on various marijuana policy issues.

Florida regulators will host a hemp lunch and learn webinar on Tuesday.

Colorado regulators are holding a meeting on draft marijuana rules on Wednesday.
 

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New York Democratic congressional candidate Suraj Patel tweeted, "We are letting a Nixonian obsession with counterculture stop advances in some of the most promising therapies for mental illness. Psychedelic assisted therapy has been shown to be more effective than SSRIs by a mile. We need to unshackle the NIH, NSF, & VA to research the mind."
SSRI’s have been shown in studies to actually increase the rate of suicide in patients who were administered SSRI’s as seen in the graph below. Psychedelics have been shown in many cases to have life changing effects(in a positive way) on patients suffering from PTSD and other debilitating mental health issues. If you want a good primer on psychedelics and their use in treatment, watch the Netflix series called ‘How To Change Your Mind’…

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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, asked about President Joe political name's campaign pledge to free marijuana prisoners, said he is continuing to "evaluate further uses of clemency powers."
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) released draft spending bills and reports containing provisions calling for federal reforms on marijuana, psychedelics and hemp policies.
Reps. Troy Carter (D-LA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) filed a new bill to expunge certain federal marijuana convictions and allow courts to recommend presidential pardons for cannabis cases.
The Arkansas secretary of state verified that activists turned in more than enough signatures to place a marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot. The measure's popular name and ballot title still need to be approved by the Board of Election Commissioners this week, though.
A new poll found that a majority of Americans support researching the benefits of psychedelics for active-duty military members with PTSD. Meanwhile, more bipartisan members of Congress are open to the idea—including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
 

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The political name administration is being pressed to declare U.S. citizen Marc Fogel, who is being held in Russia after being caught with medical cannabis, as "wrongfully detained"—a status that was given to American basketball Brittney Griner, who pleaded guilty to a similar offense in the country.

Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) said there needs to be more research on marijuana before policies are changed, though he spoke in support of cannabis banking legislation.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) gave a House floor speech about the passing of an epilepsy patient who used medical marijuana for relief and founded the Michigan Democratic Party's Cannabis Caucus.

Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-OR) pressed a Justice Department official on the problems caused by cartels growing marijuana in the U.S. during a hearing.


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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) signed a bill to prohibit smoking, including of marijuana, in all state-owned beaches, boardwalks, marinas, playgrounds, recreation centers and group camps.

Tennessee Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Martin discussed his support for legalizing marijuana.

Texas Democratic attorney general candidate Rochelle Garza tweeted, "The majority of Texans believe that cannabis should be legalized. That is a fact. The TX GOP has made it clear that it is something they will NEVER support. With the potential to bring in millions in tax revenue and job growth, and reduce mass incarceration: Why not?"

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld the town of Bourne's ban on recreational marijuana sales.

Ohio regulators published proposed medical cannabis rules changes.

Oklahoma regulators said a moratorium on new medical cannabis grower, processor and dispensary licenses will go into effect on August 26, instead of August 1 as previously announced.

Pennsylvania regulators will reportedly soon be sued by medical cannabis companies that say the state has improperly allowed big, out-of-state firms to monopolize the industry.

The U.S. Virgin Islands Cannabis Board appointed an executive director.

Illinois regulators approved another round of conditional recreational marijuana dispensary licenses.

Minnesota regulators published guidance about cannabinoid products that contain CBD or THC being subject to sales tax.

Nevada regulators rejected a proposal to allow marijuana sales and use at large events, referring it to the Cannabis Advisory Commission for study.

Oregon regulators are preparing to amend change of ownership rules for marijuana businesses.

Maine regulators' proposal to require high-definition cameras outside marijuana stores is being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine.

New Jersey regulators approved another dispensary to conduct recreational marijuana sales.
 

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Missouri's secretary of state certified that activists collected enough signatures to place a marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot. The decision comes after preliminary county analyses indicated the campaign failed to submit enough valid petitions in key congressional districts.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, currently a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, told Marijuana Momentin a phone interview that the political name administration's response to her medical cannabis and gun rights lawsuit is "insulting" when the Department of Justice claims that cancer patients are too "dangerous to trust" with firearms.
New Jersey's Senate president filed a new bill that would allow the governor to enter into agreements with other states for interstate cannabis commerce.
A new study found that legal access to real marijuana is associated with "significant reductions" in poisonings from synthetic cannabinoids like Spice and K2.
  • "More permissive cannabis law may have the unintended benefit of reducing both motivation and harms associated with use of synthetic cannabis products."
Voters across Oregon will see local measures to ban psilocybin services businesses on their November ballots, just two years after a statewide initiative legalizing access to the psychedelic for certain uses was strongly approved.
 

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