Biden’s Cannabis Record After One Year in Office (Newsletter: January 21, 2022)


RI Government Legalization Plan; Poll: Americans Not Optimistic About Biden’s Marijuana Work; VA Psilocybin Bill Has Momentum; MO Drugs Decrim Measure

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One year after President Joe Biden took office, his key campaign promises on marijuana reform remain largely unfulfilled — and he’s even taken some openly hostile action on the issue while overseeing some modest pro-reform developments. Marijuana Moment’s in-depth analysis takes a comprehensive look at what the Biden administration has done—and more importantly, not done—relative to cannabis since taking office a year ago.

That’s according to a new poll a majority of Americans say President Joe Biden has made little to no progress on his marijuana decriminalization campaign promise — and just 5 percent believe he will make big progress in 2022.

Dan McKee, Governor of Rhode Island (D) again included legalization of marijuana in its annual budget proposal – but this time with new provisions for automatic deletions. Lawmakers say they’re on the verge of a legal cannabis deal that could be unveiled soon.

A bill to decriminalize psilocybin received bipartisan support at a Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing – including Senate Republican Minority Leader. Members plan to present an amended version of the law next week.

ONE Missouri Representative filed a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, psilocybin, LSD, MDMA and cocaine.


the of the US Department of Agriculture The National Agricultural Statistics Service tweeted, “Work done in 2021 will give @usda_nass, for the first time, data on hemp production, conservation practices and agroforestry to better inform decisions related to the country’s agricultural markets.”

the Drug Enforcement Agency The museum is looking for new partner locations and cities for its traveling exhibition “Drugs: Costs and Consequences”.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) said passing the marijuana banking law “is one of my top priorities, and I am pursuing every possible avenue to get the law enacted before the end of the year.”

Candidate for the Democratic Senate from Louisiana Gary Chambers tweeted, “If you agree, we should legalize cannabis nationwide. Erase the records of those charged with cannabis convictions and build justice into the deal for Black & Brown people. He also tweeted, “My state ranks 50th in crime. Cannabis surveillance doesn’t make us safer. I will continue to talk about how politicians misuse our tax resources to benefit the few. They’ve reduced us to rubble because they’re not going to bring about meaningful change on a variety of issues.” And he spoken about his decision to appear in an ad for smoking marijuana.


Ohio Democratic congressional candidate John Cranley, current mayor of Cincinnati, tweeted, “We need big, bold ideas and strategic plans to transform Ohio. No vague platitudes. Because of this, I have plans to create an energy dividend, legalize marijuana, and create over 30,000 new middle-class jobs a year for Ohioans.”

Mississippi The Agriculture and Trade Commissioner thanked lawmakers for removing his department from any role in a medicinal cannabis program with new amendments to pending legislation.

Texas The agriculture commissioner cut ties with a political adviser accused of an alleged hemp licensing bribery scheme.

the Utah The Senate has approved a bill to force cities to recognize legal medical cannabis cards held by government employees. separately the Ministry of Food and Agriculture created a division for medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp.

the Wisconsin Assembly approves a bill Increase penalties for producing resin from marijuana plants through butane extraction.

the Vermont House Judiciary Committee discussed a drug decriminalization bill and will testify on the measure on Friday.

the Maine The Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Committee held a hearing on a marijuana supply law and other cannabis laws.

ONE New Jersey The U.S. Senator said he will “work flat out” to pass legislation legalizing home growing of marijuana.

ONE North Carolina Senator tweeted about how his father’s cancer experience is affecting his support for medicinal cannabis.

South Dakota Regulatory authorities issued the first licenses for medical cannabis editions.

Hearings in a lawsuit against Georgia The regulatory approval process for the medical cannabis business begins Friday.

Oregon Regulators invite questions about new marijuana and hemp regulations.

the Pennsylvania The Department of Community and Economic Development tweeted: “🌿 Clothes

🌿 Biofuel 🌿 Drywall 🌿 Vinyl Cladding 🌿 Beauty Products – More than 25,000 products are currently made from #hemp. Check out how this burgeoning industry has impacted #Pennsylvania and created a new business for our PA farmers.”

Washington Regulators sent out a newsletter with updates on cannabis issues.

new York Regulators will discuss a marijuana social and economic stocks fund and other issues on Tuesday.

the Minnesota The Ministry of Agriculture is hosting a hemp forum on February 9th.


the Thai The Department of Health’s Food and Drug Administration proposed removing cannabis from its banned substance status.

Malta’s The top new marijuana regulator has spoken out about plans to implement legalization after opposing the policy change.


A series of case reports from people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder suggested that “cannabis played a complementary role in therapeutic treatment”.

One study concluded that “medical cannabis companies routinely utilize ties to colleges and academic research imply that their products are safe and effective before these claims are causally corroborated” and that “this practice may mislead patients, policy makers and the public into believing unverified claims about the safety and efficacy of cannabis and cannabis-derived products”.


A poll at Americans suffering from anxiety, depression or PTSD found that 65 percent believe psychedelic medicine should be made available to patients with treatment-resistant forms of these disorders.

the Tennessee Democratic Party The chairman tweeted, “@POTUS could forgive student debt and direct HHS and DEA to begin the process of marijuana debt restructuring while offering a blanket pardon to those accused of violent possession of marijuana. With the stroke of a pen, this can be done without fear of Manchin and Sinema blockages.”

the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association opposes a pending medicinal cannabis law.

founding partner of RightForge criticized the Democrats’ marijuana legalization efforts.


Eleusis goes through merger with Silver Spike Acquisition Corp. II to the stock exchange.

PharmaCann Inc. completed an additional issuance of senior secured notes valued at approximately $39.5 million.

curaleaf is facing a consumer complaint about inconsistent pricing of cannabis products across the states.

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