Booker talks cannabis compromise details (Newsletter: August 5, 2022)

Senate Intel Report on Marijuana Amendment; AR government calls on police against legalization; Biden condemns Griner cannabis verdict as US continues to criminalize

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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) gets more specific about the details of approving a “SAFE Banking plus” (his words) compromise on marijuana law this year. Interestingly, he suggested that the window for making cannabis reforms would be during the lame duck session – after the midterm elections.

  • “More Republicans are stepping up to help us perhaps compromise.”

a new Senate Intelligence Committee report sheds light on the panel’s deliberations ahead of passing an amendment to protect certain federal employees from denying marijuana security clearances. Senator Ron Wyden’s (R-OR) original proposal would cover past or present use of cannabis by employees of each agency, but Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) filed a review to scale it back, his office told Marijuana Moment it was because the original measure didn’t have enough support to go ahead.

  • The report also shows the surprising number of votes on the amendment, including the support of anti-legalization Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR).

President Joe Biden A Russian court sentenced US basketball player Brittney Griner to nine years in prison for vaping cannabis, but proponents ask why he isn’t doing more to release marijuana prisoners in the US, despite campaign promises to do so.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R)— a former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration — is calling on police officers to oppose a marijuana legalization initiative that may appear on the state vote in November, pending a legal challenge to the Supreme Court.

/ FEDERAL

The Department of Justice has charged four current and former police officers in Louisville, Kentucky with various crimes related to the deadly no-knock drug attack on Breonna Taylor’s home.

Labor Minister Marty Walsh did not respond to questions about his current stance on marijuana after unsuccessfully urging Massachusetts voters to reject a legalization initiative.

/ STATES

New Mexico Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) tweeted: “Big news: Cannabis sales in New Mexico hit an all-time high in July, totaling over $40 million! July sales surpassed every previous month, including April, the first month of legal recreational cannabis sales in New Mexico – and this is just the beginning We have established a new industry that is already generating millions of dollars in local and state revenue and will continue to generate millions more in economic activity statewide, creating thousands of jobs for New Mexicans in both small and large communities.”

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) tweeted: “When @FettermanLt toured the state, 82% of you told him you want marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania. So, what’s the hold-up? You want to #LegalizeIt. I said that I will sign it into law. But first we need the legislature to get a bill on my desk.”

Texas Democratic governor candidate Beto O’Rourke, a former congressman, reiterated his pledge to legalize marijuana if elected.

Wisconsin Republican governor candidate Rebecca Kleefisch suggested legalizing marijuana boosts the illegal market.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has shut down an illegal cannabis operation.

Michigan regulators posted a step-by-step presentation resource for people seeking marijuana business licenses.

Montana regulators have published information about protecting marijuana companies from cyberattacks.

Ohio regulators have posted updated numbers of patients and healthcare providers for medicinal cannabis.

The Washington State Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force’s Nonviolent Violations Policy/Home Grow Workgroup meets Tuesday.


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/ LOCAL

The Appleton, Wisconsin The city council voted to hold a non-binding referendum on marijuana legalization in its November vote.

The Washington County, Oregon The Commission rejected a proposal to include a measure to put companies providing psilocybin services on the November ballot.

The Pima County, Arizona The Board of Supervisors has voted to review strict zoning rules for marijuana.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Belize’s The home affairs and new growth industries minister suggested that banking concerns led the government to delay a cannabis bill.

The Canadian government is late in carrying out a required review of the law on the legalization of marijuana in the country.

Ecuador’s Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock organized an event about CBD.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

One study found that “many people currently [medical cannabis] as a complementary treatment for menopause-related symptomsespecially sleep disorders and mood/anxiety.”

One study showed that “the metabolically active” cells in cannabis form a ‘supercell’ with extensive cytoplasmic bridges across the cell walls and a polar distribution of organelles adjacent to the apical surface where metabolites are secreted,” researchers propose “a new model of how the cannabis cells can support abundant production of metaboliteswith an emphasis on the key role of membrane contact sites and extracellular THCA biosynthesis.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The American Civil Liberties Union tweeted: “No one should be jailed for marijuana convictions. The war on drugs is bullshit – it’s time to end it.”

The Association of American Feed Control Officials and the National Industrial Hemp Council are organizing a webinar about hemp as an animal feed ingredient on 9 August.

The Minority Cannabis Business Association partners with Green Flower to offer its members free cannabis training.

/ COMPANY

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. reported $70.5 million in quarterly revenue.

COMPASS Pathways plc appointed a new CEO and reported a quarterly net loss of $21 million.

New Mexico retailers sold more than $40 million worth of legal marijuana products in July.

/ CULTURE

Soccer player Aaron Rodgers talked about his use of psychedelics.

The onion joked about President Joe Biden’s stance on cannabis, saying in a headline that “the US will not rest until Brittney Griner returns home to serve the sentence for marijuana possession.”

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