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marijuanamoment.net | July 1, 2022


Kyle Jaeger
A new law took effect in Minnesota on Friday that allows adults 21 and older to buy edibles infused with hemp-derived cannabinoids, including small amounts of THC. The codification of the cannabis edibles policy through the legislation, which also imposes regulations on the sale of delta-8 THC products, in a state without a recreational marijuana law on the books is a novel developmentand its one thats led a key GOP senator to call for a rollback of the law even though he voted for it. For reform supporters, the policy change is viewed as a solid step in the right directi.... View more in new window

StoptheDrugWar.org | 7/1/22
 Psilocybin mushrooms. It could be legal to grow, possess, and share them under a New Jersey bill.
Psilocybin mushrooms. It could be legal to grow, possess, and share them under a New Jersey bill.
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psmith
The Ohio Supreme Court rejects a police backpack search for marijuana, the Massachusetts Senate has approved an asset forfeiture reform bill, and more. Marijuana Policy Bipartisan Lawmakers File Marijuana Banking Amendment to Must-Pass Defense Bill in Latest Reform Push. Led by Rep. Ed Perlmutter D-OR, sponsor of the House-passed version of the Secure and Fair Enforcement SAFE Banking Act HR 1996, a bipartisan group of lawmakers are pushing an amendment to the FY 2023 National Defense Authorization Act to attach that legislation to the must-pass bill. This is the secon.... View more in new window

marijuanamoment.net | June 22, 2022


Kyle Jaeger
A bipartisan coalition of 23 state attorneys general sent a letter to congressional leaders on Wednesday, demanding action to prevent the sale of copycat marijuana products that resemble popular food brands. The letter, led by Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares R and Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford D, says that the top state prosecutors are gravely concerned about the dangers of copycat tetrahydrocannabinol THC edibles in our communities, particularly the risk they pose to our children. While the attorneys general dont all agree on the best regulatory approach for.... View more in new window

StoptheDrugWar.org | 6/21/22


psmith
Marijuana Policy Texas GOP`s New Platform Opposes Marijuana Legalization. At its state convention in Houston last weekend, the Texas Republican Party adopted a platform plank opposing marijuana legalization, even though recent polling shows two-thirds of all Texans and 51 percent of Republicans favor it. The convention did, however, endorse moving marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II of the federal Controlled Substances Act. The party also adopted several other drug policy planks, including opposing needle exchange programs, requiring drug testing for welfare recipient.... View more in new window

StoptheDrugWar.org | June 02, 2022


psmith
Faced with an unrelenting drug overdose crisis, British Columbia BC is now set to become the first Canadian province to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of drugs, effective for a three-year period beginning January 31, 2023, Health Canada announced Tuesday. The agency has approved a request from BC for an exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act CDSA to remove criminal penalties for small-time drug possession. Vancouver, epicenter of British Columbia`s drug overdose crisis. Creative Commons The move will decriminalize the possession of up to 2.5.... View more in new window

Marijuana Policy Project | May 06, 2022


Tell your senator to get medical cannabis across the finish line With the end of the 2022 legislative session fast approaching, time is critical to urge the Senate to get Kansans access to safe and legal medical cannabis. In May 2021, the Kansas House of Representatives passed a medical cannabis bill, 79-42. The bill stalled in the Senate. In March of this year, Sen. Robert Olson introduced SB 560 in an effort to revive the efforts to create a medical program. Eventually, the language was adopted into SB 12, previously passed legislation. A conference committee was called.... View more in new window

| May 10, 2022


Paul Armentano
Activists behind proposed citizens initiatives to legalize marijuana in Missouri and in South Dakota have provided officials with the requisite number of signatures to qualify their campaigns for the November ballot. In Missouri, the group Legal Missouri 2022 turned in more than 385,000 signatures on Sunday. That is more than double the total 171,592 necessary to place the proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot. In South Dakota, representatives with the group South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws also recently submitted over 19,000 signatures from voters. Advoc.... View more in new window

StoptheDrugWar.org | 5/9/22
Colombian drug lord ``Otoniel`` upon his arrest last October.
Colombian drug lord ``Otoniel`` upon his arrest last October.
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Austin voters say adios to no-knock warrants, Colombias most powerful cartel gets unruly after its leaders extradition to the US, and more. Colombian drug lord Otoniel upon his arrest last October. Colombian National Police Marijuana Policy Missouri Activists Turn in Double the Signatures Needed for Marijuana Legalization Initiative. Activists with Legal Missouri 2022, the folks behind a marijuana legalization constitutional amendment, announced Sunday that they had turned in more than 385,000 raw voter signatures in a bid to get the measure on the November ballot. That .... View more in new window

Marijuana Policy Project | Feb 11, 2022


America Competes Act, banking access, banking reform, cannabis businesses, cannabis industry, cannabis legalization, Congress, consumers, Federal, federal policy, patients, SAFE Banking Act, safety, social equity, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate Urge your U.S. Senators and member of Congress to keep SAFE Banking in the final version of the America COMPETES Act Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed provisions of the SAFE Banking Act as part of the America COMPETES Act, marking the sixth time cannabis banking legislation has been approved by th.... View more in new window

NORML | February 11, 2022


As more states transition from marijuana criminalization to a regulated retail marketplace, struggles over the structure of retail sales markets have become a foremost concern. Inabilities in establishing and enacting clear and timely regulations regarding the application and acceptance process for business licenses have caused significant delays in the actualization of retail markets in many states. Additionally, the issue of social equity in these emerging cannabis markets is also becoming a cause of concern, with multiple states failing to award an adequate percentage of.... View more in new window

marijuanamoment.net | February 14, 2022


Kyle Jaeger
A U.S. sprinter who was suspended from competing in the 2021 summer Olympics over a positive marijuana test is challenging the recent decision to allow a Russian skater to continue to participate in this months winter games despite the discovery that shed tested positive for a banned performance enhancement drug. ShaCarri Richardsons suspension last year drove an international conversation about the global sports policy barring Olympians from using cannabis, and its even prompted a scientific review of the policy by the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA. But now the runner .... View more in new window

StoptheDrugWar.org | 2/11/22
Ten senators have asked the Biden administration to get moving on demilitarizing the police.
Ten senators have asked the Biden administration to get moving on demilitarizing the police.
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psmith
Chuck Schumer is trying to get his marijuana legalization bill finalized, an Illinois bill would fix a bizarre situation around expungement of past marijuana offenses, and more. Ten senators have asked the Biden administration to get moving on demilitarizing the police. Creative Commons Marijuana Policy Top Senate Democrats Seek Input on Finalizing Marijuana Legalization Bill. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer D-NY, Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden D-OR and Sen. Cory Booker D-NJ have sent a letter to their fellow senators inviting them into the drafting process as.... View more in new window

marijuanamoment.net | January 11, 2022


Kyle Jaeger
The governor of Texas said on Monday that he doesnt believe people should be incarcerated over low-level marijuana possession, effectively endorsing decriminalization on the same day that Austin officials certified a ballot initiative to enact the reform on the local level. But he also went on to incorrectly suggest that lawmakers have already adopted the policy statewide. Its not the first time that Gov. Greg Abbott R has expressed support for moderate cannabis reform, but its a notable remark from a Republican governor nonetheless. Pressed about broader cannabis legaliza.... View more in new window

marijuanamoment.net | January 12, 2022


Ben Adlin
A new bill to legalize medical marijuana was introduced in Mississippi on Tuesday and is set to be considered by a Senate committee as soon as Wednesday afternoon. A medical cannabis program could be up and running by later this year if the long-awaited legislation becomes law this session. The bills route to passage, however, is precarious. Gov. Tate Reeves R has already threatened to veto the measure over its proposed purchase limits, which he says are too high, and some other state officials remain wary. But supportive lawmakers have said theyre confident theyll have th.... View more in new window

StoptheDrugWar.org | January 07, 2022
Psilocbyin mushrooms could be legalized for therapeutic purposes under a Washington state bill
Psilocbyin mushrooms could be legalized for therapeutic purposes under a Washington state bill
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psmith
Kansas Democrats propose constitutional amendments to legalize medical and recreational marijuana, an Indiana lawmaker files a medical marijuana bill, and more. Kansas Democrats Announce Plan for Marijuana Legalization, Medical Marijuana Constitutional Amendments. House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer D and Assistant Minority Leader Jason Probst D announced on Thursday they will introduce a pair of constitutional amendments to put the issues of marijuana legalization and access to medical marijuana directly to the voters. Democratic lawmakers next door in Iowa announced a sim.... View more in new window




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