North Carolina Senate Approves Medical Marijuana; USVI government puts legalization on budget; MI’s psychedelic effort refocuses on 2024; CO government signs kratom bill
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/ THINGS TO KNOW
The North Carolina Senate voted to approve a bill to legalize medical cannabis at second reading. An additional procedural vote, expected next week, is needed to send the measure to the House of Representatives.
U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr. (D) said he would call the territory’s legislature into special session to pass a marijuana legalization bill, and he’s including expected revenue from legal cannabis sales in his new budget.
The New York Senate approved a bill requiring public health insurance programs to cover expenses related to medical cannabis and specifying that private insurers are allowed to do the same.
Michigan activists announced they would not be able to qualify a psychedelics legalization initiative for the November ballot, but are focusing on 2024. The signatures they have collected so far will still count towards the new timeline.
Louisiana lawmakers sent Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) a bill providing job protections for state workers who use medical cannabis.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis (R) signed a bill to create a regulatory framework for sales of kratom, a plant that supporters say can serve as a safer alternative to opioids and also help treat addiction withdrawal symptoms.
An employee for Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) said the senator had been in contact with the Drug Enforcement Administration about requests from cancer patients to access psilocybin therapy under right-to-try laws.
Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA) tweeted, “Central Coast cannabis growers are at the forefront of innovative agriculture and have become as vital an economic engine to our region as other local farms. As a member of @HouseAgDems, I’m always up to date. listening to what our farmers want from Congress.
Democratic Senate candidate from South Dakota Brian Bengs tweeted, “I support cannabis legalization because South Dakotans approved it in 2020 and career politicians reversed it. Legalization will: ✅ Fund communities ✅ Create jobs ✅ Attract investment This will create more revenue for projects that will help our state!
Democratic congressional candidate from Montana Tom Winter, a former state representative, tweeted: “When I brought the bill to legalize marijuana in Montana, the reaction from the far right was complete madness. A year and a half after legalization here and I still don’t see the massive spikes in death and mayhem that were promised…”
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) has signed a bill to create a task force to study intoxicating hemp-derived and modified cannabinoids.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker (D) tweeted about the issuance of new home grow licenses for marijuana, saying, “Illinois’ cannabis industry started with companies whose owners all looked alike, but with each new series of licenses, we are getting closer and closer. to realize our vision of a truly diverse industry.
Florida Democratic candidate for Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Morales has said he supports the legalization of psychedelics for therapeutic use.
The New York The Senate has approved a penalty bill for illegal marijuana sales.
The Virginia The Black Legislative Caucus has criticized marijuana recriminalization provisions included in budget legislation sent to Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R).
A Nebraska The senator tweeted that activists have now collected 80,000 signatures to qualify two medical cannabis initiatives for the ballot.
North Dakota activists announced they had collected more than half the signatures they needed to qualify a marijuana legalization initiative for the ballot.
The Georgia The Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case filed by vaping companies challenging a prosecutor’s crackdown on sales of delta-8 and delta-10 THC.
Arkansas Lawmakers’ changes to a voter-approved medical cannabis ballot measure are being challenged in court.
Alabama regulators have filed proposed medical cannabis cultivation rules.
Pennsylvania Regulators have issued a warning about a website that misleadingly lists doctors participating in the medical cannabis program.
California regulators are encouraging cannabis companies to apply for drought-related disaster relief.
Vermont regulators have closed the window for marijuana business license prequalification applications.
Ohio regulators will review medical cannabis rules on Monday.
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from Canada The House of Commons rejected a bill to decriminalize drugs across the country.
The Jamaican The Ministry of Industry, Investment and Trade highlighted the efforts of the cannabis industry in a press release on “innovative investments that can accelerate economic and social growth”.
Thai police officers were punished for arresting a woman for growing a single cannabis plant.
/ SCIENCE & HEALTH
One study found that “Topical CBD treatment demonstrated significant improvements in pain related to arthritis of the basal joint of the thumb and disability without adverse events.
One review “found a good correlation between the presence of THC in oral fluid and the presence of THC in the blood”, but that “THC in oral fluid, at commonly used cut-off values, is less sensitive and less specific when used as a biomarker to detect people whose THC concentrations in the blood exceed commonly used limits per se (such as 5 ng/mL)” and that “as such there will be a large number of ‘false positive’ tests if testing for THC in oral fluid were used as biomarker for “illegal” THC concentrations in randomly selected drivers”.
/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee tweeted: “Rhode Island Democrats are not just legalizing recreational cannabis – they are also removing past arrests for underage cannabis possession!
Fox News host Laura Ingraham did another segment attempting to link the mass shootings to marijuana.
CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of CBDMD, Inc. is charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with allegedly defrauding a private fund he managed and its investors by misappropriating assets and engaging in unauthorized transactions for his benefit.
Eaze reportedly laid off up to 25 employees.
New Mexico retailers sold $39.5 million worth of adult and medical marijuana products in the first month of legal recreational sales.
Rapper Ralo was sentenced to eight years in federal prison in a marijuana trafficking case.
Whoopi Goldberg criticized Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s claims that marijuana was to blame for the mass shootings.
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