Attorney normal talks marijuana; KS medical hashish motion; Lawmakers push business unions; WA drug decrim initiative advances
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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW
President Joe Biden started commuting the sentences of people that have served time in federal jail for marijuana and different drug offenses. The clemency for 75 individuals falls in need of the mass hashish pardons he promised on the marketing campaign path, however advocates see it as a primary step.
Attorney General Merrick Garland reiterated throughout a Senate listening to that prosecuting marijuana possession just isn’t “an efficient use of the resources given the opioid and methamphetamine epidemic”—however didn’t straight reply a query on reinstating federal hashish steering that was rescinded throughout the Trump administration.
Kansas House and Senate leaders appointed lawmakers to a bicameral convention committee to hammer out the main points of a medical hashish invoice that activists now consider might cross as quickly as this week.
Reps. Donald Norcross (D-NJ) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) hosted a roundtable on labor union organizing within the hashish business. They spoke to Marijuana Moment concerning the significance of the push prematurely of the occasion.
Washington State activists are getting ready to launch a signature gathering drive to position a drug decriminalization initiative on the November poll after a revised model of their measure survived a authorized problem.
Activists in Denton, Texas introduced they consider they’ve sufficient signatures to qualify a marijuana decriminalization measure for the native November poll. The information comes as Austin is doing early voting on an analogous hashish measure for subsequent month’s election.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Drug Testing Advisory Board will hear a presentation on employment drug testing for marijuana on June 21.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “NEWS: @POTUS has taken action to grant clemency for dozens of people with federal cannabis and drug convictions. In the Senate, we will continue the work to end the federal prohibition on cannabis and undo the harms caused by the War on Drugs.”
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) tweeted, “I applaud @POTUS on commuting the sentences of 75 people for nonviolent, drug-related convictions. This is a step in the right direction to end the war on drugs. We must keep fighting to deliver justice to all those who have been impacted.”
Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) mentioned Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) approached him a few forthcoming marijuana legalization invoice.
Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) tweeted, “I’m glad to see President Biden commute these sentences — but it’s time to go further. That’s why I reintroduced the MORE Act to decriminalize marijuana and expunge non-violent convictions.”
Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) tweeted that whereas President Joe Biden’s acts of clemency “signals a shift in the right direction, 14+ million Americans continue to suffer from cannabis-related convictions at the state/local level. That’s why I introduced the #HOPEAct with @RepAOC to provide millions with a true second chance to achieve their American dream.”
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) tweeted, “I thank @POTUS for taking this step toward repairing the damage that the failed ‘War on Drugs’ has done to our country, especially our most vulnerable communities.”
Rep. Nikema Williams (D-GA) tweeted, “This is the right move by @POTUS. That the vast majority are nonviolent drug offenses says one thing loud and clear: we must do more to remedy the injustices of the failed war on drugs.”
Rep. Eleanor Homes Norton (D-DC) expressed disappointment with the Biden administration’s strikes on marijuana in a speech on the National Cannabis Festival.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) tweeted, “State-legal businesses and their employees are put at risk everyday. We need the #SAFEBankingAct to get cash off our streets and help protect our communities.”
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) issued a line-item veto to elements of a medical hashish analysis invoice.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) and the House speaker expressed issues about licensing further medical hashish companies.
Nebraska gubernatorial candidates mentioned medical hashish at a debate.
Pennsylvania’s agriculture secretary spoke at a statewide hemp summit, highlighting how the state is investing in strengthening the business.
The Connecticut House of Representatives authorised a invoice to restrict marijuana “gifting.”
The Tennessee House of Representatives authorised a invoice so as to add quadriplegia as a qualifying situation for medical hashish oil.
The South Carolina senator who’s sponsoring a medical hashish invoice authored an op-ed urging the House to approve the measure. Separately, a consultant despatched letters encouraging President Joe Biden and congressional leaders to prioritize marijuana reform.
Illinois regulators adopted guidelines modifications to take away hashish merchandise from the definition of “electronic cigarette” for tax functions.
Virginia regulators adopted modifications to guidelines on medical hashish product labeling necessities and on figuring out eligibility to entry services.
West Virginia regulators issued a shopper warning about unlawful hemp and hashish merchandise.
Ohio regulators printed up to date medical hashish affected person and caregiver numbers.
Tennessee’s Medical Cannabis Commission will meet on Wednesday.
Washington State regulators will host a dialogue on evaluating THC compounds on Wednesday.
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Seattle, Washington’s mayor tweeted, “Every small business deserves security and stability, and every employee deserves to be safe at their place of work. CM @Lisa_Herbold and I agree – we need federal action now to pass the #SAFEBankingAct and improve safety for retail cannabis stores and their workers.”
San Francisco, California acquired a $4.5 million state grant to advertise fairness within the hashish business.
Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration has acquired 4,700 purposes for licenses to import, possess, and domesticate hashish.
The Canadian authorities is accepting purposes to fund analysis on psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy.
/ SCIENCE & HEALTH
A evaluate concluded that “the anti-inflammatory and antiviral potential are shown not only by well-known cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD), but also secondary cannabinoids, such as cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) and terpenes, emphasizing the role of all of the plant’s compounds and the entourage effect.”
A research concluded that “hemp extract, thanks to its antioxidant properties, increased the activities of key antioxidant enzymes that protect the bee’s organisms against free radicals and thus delay the aging processes.”
/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS
The Kentucky Democratic Party tweeted, “Why legalize medical cannabis in Kentucky? ⚕️ Research shows it’s effective at treating chronic pain, PTSD and other debilitating conditions 💊 It can be a pain relief alternative to opioids, which are highly addictive 📊 90% of Kentuckians support it”
The Alabama Democratic Party tweeted, “Legalization will face tough opposition but with enough grassroots support, we can get closer to our goal of legalizing recreational cannabis.”
Several hashish companies and organizations filed federal lobbying disclosures.
Law Enforcement Action Partnership defended the substantial quantity of funding it has acquired from tobacco firm Reynolds American.
The Attorney General Alliance acknowledged the launch of a hashish monetary service certification program.
The American Bankers Association tweeted, “The #SAFEBanking Act will help stop the public safety issues that result from the conflict between state and federal law when it comes to banking cannabis. ABA urges the Senate to pass this bipartisan, commonsense legislation.”
Canopy Growth Corporation is instituting cost-saving measures, together with layoffs.
4Front Ventures Corp. closed its acquisition of Island Global Holdings, Inc.
Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. reported quarterly income of C$42.7 million and a internet lack of C$19.5 million.
Akerna reported that hashish gross sales on 4/20 broke all earlier data, with a complete of $154.4 million in adult-use and medical gross sales.
Jaleel White mentioned he was impressed to get into the hashish business when he noticed Leonardo DiCaprio hitting a vape pen on the Golden Globes.
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