New Legalization Laws, Marijuana Sales Records And The Other Top State Developments Of 2023

Ohio GOP voters back cannabis initiative, poll finds (Newsletter: August 30, 2023)

Military marijuana testing amendment; CO psychedelics rules first steps; RFK on cannabis; Study on combining LSD with LSD/psilocybin

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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) filed a new amendment that would block the Department of Defense from using its funds to test people for marijuana when they are enlisting in the military or being commissioned as an officer of one of the armed services. A separate proposal from Reps. Robert Garcia (D-CA) and Daniel Goldman (D-NY) would prevent DOD from drug testing federal job applicants for cannabis.

A new poll shows that a majority of Ohio voters—including a plurality of Republicans—support the marijuana legalization initiative on the state’s November ballot.

The Colorado Natural Medicine Division has scheduled a series of listening sessions about aspects of the state’s voter-approved psychedelics legalization law—some of the first steps toward forming rules for  regulated access at healing centers.

Marijuana Moment compiled a comprehensive look at where Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. stands on cannabis and psychedelics policy.

A new study suggests that “co-use of MDMA with psilocybin/LSD may buffer against some aspects of challenging experiences and enhance certain positive experiences.”

An Alabama judge extended a temporary restraining order preventing the Medical Cannabis Commission from moving ahead with the process of licensing medical marijuana businesses.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced the winners of a marijuana microbusiness license lottery for dispensaries and wholesalers.

The Nebraska Police Standards Advisory Committee is unsure of how to proceed with adjusting restrictions on past marijuana and drug use by law enforcement recruits after Gov. Jim Pillen (R) rejected a proposal to relax current rules.

/ FEDERAL

The Fish and Wildlife Service noted that trespass cannabis cultivation is a factor contributing to the endangerment of two species of the foothill yellow-legged frog.

Sen. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) filed a bill to ensure that producers of hemp and other “sustainable fibers” have access to U.S. Department of Agriculture grants.

Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-TX) tweeted about her support for a bill that “requires @DeptVetAffairs to study effects of cannabis on veterans enrolled in the VA & have been diagnosed with PTSD or chronic pain.”

/ STATES

Virginia’s attorney general took action against a store that allegedly sold illegal THC products.

North Carolina lawmakers received $530,000 in campaign contributions from political donors tied to the marijuana or gambling industries in the first half of this year, according to a new analysis.

A New York judge determined that regulators erred in preparing a list of marijuana dispensary licensees they said should be allowed to open amid ongoing litigation over the state’s award process.

The New Jersey administrative director of the courts issued revised guidelines restricting the ability of retired judges to represent cannabis businesses.

The Maryland Cannabis Public Health Advisory Council met.

The Nevada Cannabis Advisory Committee’s Subcommittee on Federal Rescheduling will meet on Friday.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health will co-host an event on “reducing the potential harms related to cannabis consumption” on September 5.


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/ INTERNATIONAL

Germany’s health minister did an interview about marijuana legalization with the rapper Sido.

The leader of a Bahamian opposition party criticized the government’s marijuana reform plan.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “prolonged CBD exposure may restore/reduce functional connectivity differences reported in cannabis users.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

An American Transportation Research Institute survey on trucking industry priority issues includes marijuana legalization as an option.

The Manhattan Institute will host an event featuring several marijuana prohibitionists on September 20.

/ BUSINESS

Cybin Inc. is acquiring Small Pharma Inc.

Red White & Bloom Brands Inc. reported quarterly revenue of C$21.9 million and a loss of C$9.5 million.

Indiva Limited reported quarterly net revenue of C$7.5 million.

Clever Leaves Holdings Inc.’s board approved a 1-for-30 reverse split of its common shares.

/ CULTURE

The Babylon Bee published a satirical story about Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis, currently Floroda’s governor, attempting to get arrested for marijuana so that he can have a mugshot like former President Donald Trump does.

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