RI legal cannabis hearing signals inevitability (Newsletter: April 2, 2021)


NM legalization invoice to the government desk; VA Government Marijuana Changes; Schumer: federal legalization plan “in brief”; SC Medical Cannabis Vote

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Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York (D) signed a law to legalize marijuana just hours after lawmakers sent it to his desk. Some provisions, including legalization of possession, took effect immediately.

New Mexico legislature sent bills to legalize marijuana and overturn cannabis convictions to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s (D) desk, who has pledged to legally sign them.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) officially proposed that legalizing marijuana ownership and home growing become legal on July 1 instead of 2024, including changes to a cannabis law on his desk. Legislators will review these and other changes in a brief meeting next week.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the marijuana legalization bill he is working on with Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) will be introduced “soon.”

The South Carolina Senate Committee on Medical Affairs approved a bill to legalize medical marijuana. The sponsor described it as “the most conservative medical cannabis bill in the country”.


A number of prospective federal employees In addition to the White House staff being fired, suspended or otherwise punished for doing so, they have been denied jobs for past marijuana use.

President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden writes in his new memoir that he tried ketamine and 5-MeO-DMT therapy to stop using crack cocaine.

Dream. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tweeted about New York’s vote to legalize marijuana, saying, “Good. Marijuana should be legal nationwide. All marijuana beliefs need to be erased. It is absurd and idiotic that the federal government should consider marijuana to be as dangerous as heroin. “

Sen. Kirsten GIllibrand (D) tweeted, “Marijuana was finally legalized in New York State. Now is the time to legalize marijuana across the country and undo decades of injustices caused by our failed drug policies. “

Chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) tweeted about New York City’s passage into legal marijuana legislation, saying, “This is what progress looks like. Now let’s pass the MORE bill and decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. It’s long gone

Member of Parliament Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) tweeted about New York, which legalizes marijuana, saying, “A long overdue domino falls into our fight to end the failed war on drugs! Next step: legalize cannabis at the federal level. “

Former MP Denver Riggleman (R-VA) criticized an employee-related provision in Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) proposed amendments to the marijuana legalization law, saying, “Why should they [sic] Be limits for contractors? Easier to unionize? This is a right to a state of work. This does not help protect workers. It only sets barriers to entry for small marijuana operations. This is a bill for trade unions and makes it easier for large companies to dominate the market. “

Democratic Congressional Candidate from Ohio Nina Turner tweeted: “Nobody should be in jail for smoking marijuana. Nobody should lose their job (or have a criminal record) for smoking. Legalize it. “


California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) tweeted, “It’s great to see other states join CA to legalize cannabis – discarding archaic guidelines and realizing what a pathetic failure the war on drugs really was. Who’s next?”

Kentuckys The agricultural commissioner appointed several members to the advisory board for industrial hemp.

The Texas The House of Representatives has tabled a bill to prevent parents from losing custody of their children just because they test positive for marijuana.

The West Virginia The Senate passed bill to change various aspects of the medical cannabis program.

The Alabama The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee delayed review of a Senate-approved medical cannabis bill by a week.

Colorado Regulators issued a health and safety warning from TZ Financial, LLC about potentially unsafe levels of cadmium in marijuana.

Pennsylvania Regulators are providing US $ 157,735 of government funding for three projects that aim to raise consumer awareness of the hemp growing market opportunity for growers and processors.

Oregon Regulators released a report on marijuana production licenses.

Washington Regulators are considering rules for vitamin E acetate in cannabis products.

Mississippi The Ministry of Health is hiring a leading medical cannabis regulator.

Florida The Advisory Committee on Industrial Hemp will meet on Thursday.

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New York City Mayor applauded state legalization of marijuana. Meanwhile it is Police superintendent said he had concerns about the specifics of the new law.


The United Kingdom The Racial and Ethnic Disparity Commission recommended starting a pilot program to redirect people with certain drugs to health care rather than giving them criminal records.

A former Honduran The congressman was sentenced to life imprisonment in a US prison for cocaine imports, gun offenses and false testimony.


One study found that “Self-reported data suggest that high doses of cannabis can produce subjective effects comparable to those identified in previous studies with psilocybin Relief from cancer-related stress, treatment-resistant depression, alcohol problems, and cigarette addiction. “

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A survey found that Iowa resident Supporting marijuana legalization, 51% -43%.

The Louisiana Democratic Party tweeted and said about a law to decriminalize marijuana. “Over 65% of Louisians support this move with good reason. It would eliminate harsh criminal penalties with lifelong consequences, relieve the judicial system and save taxpayers money. “


Green Thumb Industries Inc. urges the Chicago Tribune to withdraw an article alleging the company is being investigated for activities related to its marijuana license efforts.

Greenlane Holdings, Inc. and KushCo Holdings, Inc. merge.

Trans-High Corp. is suing a law firm for allegedly improperly advising the company about the termination of its former CEO.

Greenlane Holdings, Inc. reported quarterly sales of $ 36.3 million and a net loss of $ 10.9 million.

Canopy Growth Corporation hired a new Vice President for Diversity, Justice and Inclusion.

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