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The National Institute on Drug Abuse issued responses to questions about a request for proposals to produce cannabis for research.

Former White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Bill Bennett said marijuana is a "gateway" to using fentanyl.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), a Senate candidate, spoke about his support for marijuana legalization during a debate, and Republican opponent J.D. Vancesaid cannabis should be a "states' issue" and that he doesn't want people being sent to jail for use, but he has concerns about people getting violent after consuming.


know anyone that gets violent after consuming cannabis?



Rep. Pramila Jayapal (R-WA) tweeted, "Marijuana is classified at the same level as heroin and HIGHER than fentanyl. @POTUS is right: It makes no sense. Pardoning prior federal offenses of marijuana possession is an important first step. Now, the Senate should pass the MORE Act and legalize it nationwide."

Rep. Troy Carter (D-LA) tweeted, "Grateful to @POTUS for his bold move to pardon those with simple marijuana convictions in federal prison. Now, the next step is to expunge these records."

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) tweeted, "Kamala Harris is bragging about political name's mass marijuana pardons even though she oversaw nearly 2,000 marijuana-related convictions as a San Francisco DA. What changed, @VP?"

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) spoke about the ongoing federal-state conflict on marijuana.

Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) tweeted, "The FDA has wide authority over products Americans use, but its failures from baby formula to CBD have contributed to shortages and confusion in the marketplace. @HouseGOP would prioritize accountability from FDA and 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, which is clearly pointing to harmful consequences like increased risk of psychosis."




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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) said the "fastest, easiest and quickest way" for someone to deal with a part marijuana conviction is to get it expunged rather than through the pardon process.

A spokesperson for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said gubernatorial marijuana pardons are "not necessary" because convictions are already being expunged.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) tweeted, "The only thing standing in the way of legalizing and taxing marijuana in Wisconsin is Republicans in the Legislature."

South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham, a former congressman, tweeted, "Our message is one of freedom...Freedom includes women's freedom to control their own bodies. It can include the freedom to purchase marijuana for adults or allow our veterans to use marijuana to treat PTSD, it includes the freedom to put a bet down on a football game."

Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl and GOP attorney general candidate John Kellner will speak at a prohibitionist event on the state's "failed drug policies" on Friday.

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke, a former congressman, spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana and expunging past records.

California's attorney general announced that the state's Campaign Against Marijuana Planting is being reformulated as Eradication and Prevention of Illicit Cannabis, and that the program chopped down nearly one million illegally cultivated marijuana plants and seized more than 200,000 pounds of illegally processed cannabis over the past year. Separately, regulators said they are making improvements to the state's marijuana track and trace system.

Arkansas Republican attorney general candidate Tim Griffin, currently the lieutenant governor, called legalizing marijuana "a horrible idea."

Iowa attorney general candidates discussed marijuana and drug policy during a debate.

A Missouri representative discussed her concerns with the marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's ruling that the odor of burnt marijuana did not provide probable cause for police to search a vehicle.

Maine regulators issued updated guidance on commingling various strains of cannabis trim or kief into mixed strain packages and on reporting testing results using laboratory uncertainty.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection included several hemp and CBD businesses in a new "Something Special from Wisconsin" guide.

Kansas regulators posted a list of licensed hemp processing businesses.
 

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Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke, a former congressman, spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana and expunging past records



maybe all you texans will vote for Beto and legal weed…..😂😂😂🤡
Fk Beto and fk legalizing weed in Texas. Texans are not going to give up their guns for a marijuana license. Beto can kiss our Texas ass.
 

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D), Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (D) attended an event celebrating the 10-year anniversary of marijuana legalization—even though the latter two unsuccessfully campaigned against the cannabis initiative at the time.
  • Activists presented the governor with a giant mock check representing the more than $2.2 billion in adult-use cannabis tax and fee revenue the state has collected since legal sales began. Hickenlooper, meanwhile, announced that he will soon be filing legislation to create a federal task force to explore national rules for a regulated cannabis market once prohibition ends.
Colombia's Chamber of Representatives gave initial approval to a marijuana legalization bill. Cabinet officials including the ministers of justice and interior testified in favor of the reform.
The Kansas legislature's Special Committee on Medical Marijuana held its first of three planned hearings to start preparing a legalization bill for 2023. Lawmakers heard testimony from state agencies, law enforcement and an official from neighboring Oklahoma.
Marijuana Moment compiled a comprehensive Election Day overview of the five states voting on marijuana legalization ballot measure next month and the one state that will vote on legalizing psychedelics. We also look at the several states where voters will decide on local cannabis decriminalization measures.
The Little Rock, Arkansas Police Department is demanding that the state's marijuana legalization campaign stop airing an ad about cannabis revenue going to law enforcement over concerns that the spot falsely implies the department backs the measure.
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Vice President Kamala Harris tweeted, "We are urging governors and states to take our lead and pardon people who have been convicted for simple possession of marijuana."

A Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson said they "will move expeditiously to review the scheduling of marijuana as the president directed."

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) tweeted, "President political name’s pardons, and actions on marijuana possession charges will make a huge difference for the lives of thousands of families and communities. The road ahead is long, but we are so much closer to justice."

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) tweeted about Vice President Kamala Harris's record on marijuana.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) tweeted, "Black and Brown people have been disproportionately arrested for marijuana possession. This is a major step towards social justice from @POTUS."

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, "Cannabis shouldn't be a schedule 1 drug - period."

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) tweeted, "It is past time we legalize cannabis nationwide."

Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN) said he's "not a big believer in" President Joe political name's marijuana reform move.





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Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee (D) and Republican challenger Ashley Kalus both said during a debate that they would support allowing marijuana dispensaries to operate in their towns.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) cheered a hemp company's decision to open an indoor cultivation facility in the state. Separately, lieutenant governor candidates discussed marijuana during a debate.

Maryland gubernatorial candidates discussed marijuana legalization and industry equity during a debate.

Indiana House Democrats tweeted, "Benefits of pardoning state-level offenders in jail or prison for cannabis possession: 💸 Gets workers back in their jobs ⚖️ Frees up justice system resources 🏡 Reunites kids with their parents & guardians Let's get it done, @govholcomb."

Michigan Senate Democrats tweeted, "Michiganders have taken action to reassess marijuana laws and implement #CleanSlate reform. We're glad to see the national government follow our lead."

A Washington State representative "engaged in abusive and bullying conduct" and took retaliatory actions against a policy analyst working for the Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force for which the lawmaker served as chair, according to a workplace conduct investigation.

The Missouri Supreme Court said it would need $7 million to cover the cost of expunging marijuana conviction records if a legalization initiative on the November ballot is approved.

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is scheduled to act on Thursday on final approval for a business that the state's top marijuana regulator says she gave up ownership and control over through an attestation that officials have not yet formally processed, sparking protests from activists.

New York regulators are being sued over a requirement that a qualifying marijuana conviction for social equity dispensary license owners have taken place within the state.

Florida regulators filed changes to hemp rules.

The Virginia Board for Branch Pilots filed rules changes to clarify that license applications can be denied if the applicant performs any duties while under the influence of marijuana.

The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy says it has received 14 complaints about hemp-derived THC products.

California regulators published a list of registered hemp cultivation businesses.
 

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The Drug Enforcement Administration is proposing to more than double the amount of marijuana that can be legally grown for research in 2023 and is also increasing quotas for psychedelics like psilocyn, LSD and 5-MeO-DMT—with a twelve-fold bump for mescaline.
A Puerto Rico senator filed a bill to repeal penalties for marijuana possession in the U.S. territory, inspired by President Joe political name's cannabis clemency proclamation.
A new poll found that 69 percent of Maryland voters support the marijuana legalization referendum on the November ballot—and that the cannabis question makes people more likely to vote, especially Black voters and those under 40.
Nevada regulators began accepting applications for marijuana consumption lounge licenses.
A new poll found that only one in four Republican voters are willing to acknowledge the fact that marijuana laws are enforced disproportionately against people of color. The survey and other new polls also showed broad public support for President Joe political name's cannabis clemency move as well as the concept of broader legalization.
The Michigan Cannabis Regulatory Agency reported that the state set another monthly marijuana sales record in September, with $212 million in combined adult-use and medical cannabis purchases.
A Mississippi Board of Health member is complaining that the state's medical cannabis program—which has 80,000 plants growing but zero investigators to ensure compliance—is stuck in "constipation mode."
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Vice President Kamala Harris said that young voters supported her and President Joe political name in 2020 in part because of their marijuana reform campaign pledges.

Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) said legalizing marijuana "is best addressed by states" while criticizing President Joe political name's cannabis clemency move. Democratic challenger Thomas McDermott, currently the Hammond mayor, said he supports legalization.

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), a U.S. Senate candidate, and Republican opponent Gerald Malloy discussed marijuana during a debate.

Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) and Democratic opponent Tony Vargas, currently a state senator, agreed during a debate that states should be able to legalize medical cannabis without federal interference.

Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz said "going to jail for marijuana is not a wise move for the country," that President Joe political name's marijuana clemency proclamation was a "rational move" and that he opposes mandatory minimum sentences—but he is open to applying the death penalty for certain drug offenses.

The House bill to allow CBD as a food additive got one new cosponsor for a total of 12.

The House bill to increase the allowable amount of THC in hemp got one new cosponsor for a total of one.


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Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon (R) said during a debate that he is personally opposed to decriminalizing marijuana but would consider any legislation that lawmakers pass on the topic. Democratic challenger Theresa Livingston said decriminalization would be a "good thing."

Arkansas Gov. Asas Hutchinson (R), a former Drug Enforcement Administration head, said President Joe political name's review of marijuana's scheduling status is "misguided."

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) spoke about efforts to legalize marijuana and grant pardons to people with past convictions.

Hawaii Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Green said it doesn't make sense to incarcerate people for drug use. He also tweeted, "I agree that no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana. If elected governor, I will conduct a review to determine the safest and most appropriate outcome for those incarcerated in Hawaii for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.” And he tweeted, "I support legalization if we do it responsibly for those over 21, regulate it, and put the tax revenues toward needed programs like mental healthcare and drug rehab, and I also don't think anyone should have their life ruined over misdemeanor possession of marijuana." Republican contender Duke Aiona said he would grant marijuana pardons on a case-by-case basis.

Oregon independent gubernatorial candidate Betsy Jolhsson released a campaign ad attacking Democratic contender Tina Kotek over the state's voter-approved drug decriminalization law.

Guam's attorney general tweeted, "I believe in an approach to Guam's crime problem that is tough AND smart. My opponent's approach? Mass incarceration. This election, we can't afford to go back to failed & out of touch policies of mass incarceration & criminalizing cannabis. I'm humbly asking for your vote."

Texas's agriculture commissioner recently spoke to Honduran officials about the benefits of the hemp industry.

New York's Assembly majority leader congratulated New York City's new cannabis initiative director, tweeting, "Equity must be the heart and soul of NYS’s cannabis program and I’m thrilled to see you in this position!" Separately, regulators have so far only received two qualified applicants to provide banking services for the Social Equity Cannabis Investment Fund.

A California assemblymember is calling on the state attorney general to create a task force to investigate corruption in local cannabis licensing.

A Missouri representative discussed her concerns about the marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot.

Massachusetts regulators revealed that they were already investigating safety issues at a Trulieve marijuana production facility before a worker collapsed and died on the job there earlier this year.

Washington State regulators finalized cannabis equity rules.

Rhode Island regulators began accepting applications from medical cannabis dispensaries that want to become hybrid retailers with recreational sales.

Alabama regulators began accepting industrial hemp license applications.

Virginia police are still conducting marijuana arrests on a racially disproportionate basis under the state's noncommercial legalization law.

New Mexico's medical cannabis program is seeing a dip in patient enrollment.

Colorado officials posted the agenda for a marijuana Social Equity Opportunities Conference they are hosting on November 5.
 

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If my calculations are correct that comes to 668 a LB. I could be wrong. Someone somewhere is skimming a ton off the top. In Illinois all the people involved with production are politically connected. Seems like an awful lot of sales for just one month but.. I am probably looking at this wrong.
 

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If my calculations are correct that comes to 668 a LB. I could be wrong. Someone somewhere is skimming a ton off the top. In Illinois all the people involved with production are politically connected. Seems like an awful lot of sales for just one month but.. I am probably looking at this wrong.
Makes you wonder what the taxes collected were
 

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If my calculations are correct that comes to 668 a LB. I could be wrong. Someone somewhere is skimming a ton off the top. In Illinois all the people involved with production are politically connected. Seems like an awful lot of sales for just one month but.. I am probably looking at this wrong.
It is just short of $1800/lb of flowers. Including edibles and infused products skews the numbers since people are buying non-cannabinoid materials(like flour, sugar, oil and alcohol).
 

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