California Government Cannabis Tax Reduction (Newsletter: May 16, 2022)
Delayed OH legalization; New York Community Marijuana Gardens; Poll: Voters Support Cannabis Reform; NJ Surveillance Hearing; banking stand
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/ THINGS TO KNOW
Ohio activists and state officials agreed that a marijuana legalization initiative will not appear on the state ballot this year, but they reached a lawsuit settlement that puts the campaign on a path to potential qualification for 2023.
California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) released an updated budget proposal that would eliminate the state marijuana grow tax in an effort to help legal and licensed businesses better compete in the illicit market.
A new poll has revealed that 70% of American adults want to legalize marijuana nationwide or at least end federal prohibition so states can enact reform. In all demographic groups, only a minority wants to maintain criminalization at all levels.
A New York Senator filed a new bill to legalize what would essentially be community marijuana gardens for people who are unable to grow cannabis for personal use in their own homes.
the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee held a monitoring hearing on regulators’ efforts to implement marijuana legalization.
People’s Ecosystem Frederika McClary Easley argues in a new op-ed in Marijuana Moment that blocking cannabis banks “is against social equity and against the thousands of legal state enterprises…who desperately need help” .
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reacted to another report on funding safe “crack pipes” in harm reduction kits, calling it a “conspiracy theory”.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) delivered a speech in the Senate recognizing the 10th anniversary of US drug officials massacring people during a counter-narcotics operation in Honduras.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) spoke about the prospects of enacting legislation on cannabis banks.
Democratic Senate candidate from Louisiana Gary Chambers tweeted, “The cannabis conversation is about justice and jobs. It’s really simple. 1. No one should be in jail for a plant. 2. We can create well-paying jobs through this industry.
Republican Senate candidate from North Carolina Pat McCrorya former governor, said he opposes the legalization of marijuana.
The House Bill legalize medical cannabis for veterans got a new co-sponsor for a total of 18.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu (right) and other officials have issued a warning over the alleged mixing of fentanyl with marijuana and other drugs.
Oregon Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tobias Reed, currently state treasurer, tweeted, “I have long been a strong supporter of the SAFE Banking Act and have led the fight with my fellow state treasurers. This is something that embarrasses too many small cannabis businesses here in Oregon and I promise to keep fighting!
Hawaii Lawmakers have sent Gov. David Ige (D) a bill to allow inter-island transportation of medical cannabis and extend the caregiver culture sunset for an unlimited number of patients through 2024.
Missouri lawmakers have sent Governor Mike Parson (right) a bill to regulate kratom.
the Rhode Island Both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Finance Committee are expected to vote on revised marijuana legalization bills on Wednesday.
A New York The assemblyman tweeted: “When it comes to treating serious mental illnesses such as PTSD, depression and various substance abuse disorders, all options must be on the table. We need to pass the medical #psilocybin now. Separately, another assembly member authored an op-ed saying lawmakers should pass cannabis-impaired driving legislation.
A Michigan Representative spoke about her bill to ban marijuana billboards.
Vermont Regulators will consider recommendations to issue the first full commercial marijuana license on Monday.
California regulators have reportedly issued the first cannabis consumption license for a street fair.
washington state regulators have contracted with a safety management company to provide marijuana businesses with voluntary and free on-site safety assessments.
Many Illinois marijuana regulators quit their jobs.
Oklahoma The top medical cannabis regulator has provided an update on the state’s tracking system.
South Dakota medical cannabis patient enrollments are increasing.
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Fayette County, Kentucky shared their views on marijuana law enforcement.
Bermuda The governor said she would reserve assent to a marijuana legalization bill because of the international drug treaties.
UK Members of the Labor shadow cabinet criticize the mayor of London’s marijuana reform measures.
from Mexico The Senate president reacted to a Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of criminalizing marijuana possession, saying lawmakers were continuing to work on legalization legislation. the Senate Majority Leader also addressed the decision.
the Trinidad and Tobago The Court of Appeals is being asked to clarify a possible loophole in a marijuana conviction reversal law.
/ SCIENCE & HEALTH
One study suggested that “active marijuana users hospitalized with COVID-19[feminine] had better clinical outcomes compared to nonusers, including a decreased need for ICU admission or mechanical ventilation.
One review concluded that “CBD may offer promising therapeutic potential for the treatment of [substance use disorders]in particular for nicotine, cannabis and opioid use disorders, based on available human studies”, but that “available research evidence is, however, sparse and more research in humans is needed” .
/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS
the Alabama Democratic Party tweeted, “The effect of cannabis in reducing opioid abuse is well documented. Legalizing it could save thousands of lives.
the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition released a statement criticizing the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies for its handling of an allegation of sexual and physical abuse during a clinical trial for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy.
Aurora Cannabis Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of C$50.4 million and an adjusted EBITDA loss of C$12.3 million.
iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $42.8 million and a net loss of $10.1 million.
Glass House Brands Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $14 million and a net loss of $19.8 million.
Leafly Holdings, Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $11.4 million and a net loss of $19.4 million.
WM Technology, Inc. launched an integrated digital payment process for cannabis businesses in Ontario, Canada.
The pretrial detention of an American basketball player Britney Griner has been extended for a month as she faces charges in Russia for alleged possession of cannabis vape cartridges at an airport.
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