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Biden Finally Acknowledges His Marijuana Pardons Did Not Expunge Records After Repeatedly Claiming They Did

President Joe Biden, who has previously falsely stated on several occasions that his marijuana pardons also expunged people’s records, has now acknowledged the limitations of his action—stating that for clemency recipients, “their records should be expunged as well, I might add.” At a campaign event in Philadelphia on Wednesday, where Biden and Vice President Kamala […]

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New Hampshire Marijuana Legalization Bill Headed To Conference Committee After House Rejects Senate Amendments

House lawmakers in New Hampshire have rejected Senate changes to a marijuana legalization bill, setting the stage for a conference committee to hammer out differences between versions of the legislation passed by either chamber. Many stakeholders think the development could spell the end for the proposal, however, because even a single member of the conference […]

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Massachusetts Marijuana Regulator Calls Intoxicating Hemp Products A ‘Public Menace’

“These are hemp products that are unregulated, that aren’t tested, that our children can buy. It keeps me up at night, the concerns around this gas station weed.” By Bhaamati Borkhetaria, CommonWealth Beacon The Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) for the first time is raising concerns about intoxicating hemp products showing up in stores, restaurants and […]

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Florida Lawyer Who Funded Medical Marijuana Campaign Backs This Year’s Recreational Legalization Ballot Measure

“If I was the governor of this state I would pardon every single person who’s ever been arrested for marijuana. I’d expunge all their records.” By Mitch Perry, Florida Phoenix Orlando-based trial attorney and major Democratic fundraiser John Morgan, who spent more than $8 million of his own money to get medical marijuana legalized in Florida in […]

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Lawmakers Push To Let VA Doctors Recommend Medical Marijuana And End THC Testing For Federal Job Applicants

Bipartisan congressional lawmakers have filed a series of new amendments that seek to authorize U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors to issue medical marijuana recommendations to military veterans, prevent marijuana testing for federal job applicants in legal states, prohibit the denial of security clearances over cannabis use and support research on the therapeutic benefits […]

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Cannabis advocates divided on NH legalization vote (Newsletter: May 30, 2024)

LA marijuana bills to gov; TX cannabis decrim; Study: CBD treats anxiety & depression; MN equity eligibility; RI gov picks top regulator Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day. Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible… […]

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Florida marijuana licenses overdue as adult-use vote looms

By law, the Florida marijuana industry is supposed to have nearly twice as many businesses involved as are operating today.

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Louisiana Bills To Decriminalize Marijuana Paraphernalia And Provide Cannabis Pardons Head To Governor’s Desk

Lawmakers in both chambers of Louisiana’s legislature have now signed off on two separate pieces of cannabis-related legislation, sending bills to the governor that would decriminalize marijuana paraphernalia and make people with past cannabis possession convictions eligible for pardon relief. On Wednesday, House lawmakers approved changes to the bills that the Senate made last week. […]

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Texas Activists Turn In Signatures To Put Marijuana Decriminalization On Lockhart Ballot This November

Activists in Lockhart, Texas have turned in what they say are more than enough signatures to qualify a marijuana decriminalization initiative for the local ballot this November. Elle Cross, campaign director for Mano Amiga’s Lockhart campaign, said at a press conference on Wednesday that advocates are submitting more than 900 signatures for the cannabis decriminalization […]

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Rhode Island Governor Appoints Oklahoma Marijuana Official To Lead New State Cannabis Office

“I’m confident Michelle will effectively continue Rhode Island’s commitment to promoting the safe usage and responsible regulation of cannabis in our state.” By Christopher Shea, Rhode Island Current One of Oklahoma’s top medical marijuana regulators is Gov. Dan McKee’s (D) choice to become Rhode Island’s first cannabis administrator. Michelle Reddish was named to lead the […]

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Oklahoma regulator nominated for Rhode Island’s top cannabis post

Michelle Reddish, who has served as chief operating officer of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority for the past year, has been nominated by Gov. Dan McKee to lead Rhode Island’s newly created cannabis agency.

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Advocates Divided On New Hampshire Marijuana Legalization Bill As Senate-Amended Measure Gets Final House Vote On Thursday

Marijuana reform advocates in New Hampshire are at odds over how they want lawmakers to proceed with a Senate-amended legalization bill that will return the House for a final vote this week. Representatives can choose to accept the Senate amendments—which would advance the measure to Gov. Chris Sununu (R)—vote down the legislation entirely or send […]

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Delaware expands medical marijuana program ahead of adult-use sales launch

Delaware's governor on Tuesday signed into law a vast expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program.

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Cannabis technology firm Agrify regains Nasdaq compliance

Cannabis technology firm Agrify said it has regained compliance with Nasdaq's stock listing rules after converting $13.8 million of debt to equity.

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More Than One-Third Of Minnesota Adults May Qualify For Marijuana Social Equity Business Licenses Under New Rules

Lawmakers “tried to loop in all these other groups that weren’t very well defined, and it’s because they really wanted to put race in the bill.” By Christopher Ingraham, Minnesota Reformer Between 30 and 40 percent of Minnesota adults could plausibly qualify as “social equity” applicants for cannabis business licenses, according to a Reformer estimate based […]

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CBD Is Effective In Treating Anxiety, Depression And Poor Sleep, Study Finds

New industry-backed research into the potential anti-anxiety effects of cannabidiol found that an oral CBD solution effectively treated mild to moderate anxiety, as well as associated depression and poor sleep quality, with no serious adverse events observed. “Our findings indicate that administering 300-600 mg of nanodispersible CBD oral solution for 12 weeks is effective in […]

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White House official misstates cannabis rescheduling impact (Newsletter: May 29, 2024)

South African legal marijuana law signed; DE medical cannabis expansion; Atlanta psychedelics; NH legalization vote; Equity polling; MO revenue Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day. Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible… Your good deed […]

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Goodness Growth seeks $860 million from Verano in failed marijuana acquisition

Marijuana multistate operator Goodness Growth is seeking $860.9 million in damages from Verano Holdings Corp., alleging breach of contract after the latter terminated its agreement to acquire Goodness Growth Holdings.

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South African President Signs Marijuana Legalization Bill Into Law

South Africa’s president has signed a bill to legalize marijuana possession and cultivation by adults. President Cyril Ramaphosa gave his approval to the Cannabis for Private Purposes Act (CfPPA) on Tuesday, just one day ahead of national elections. The National Assembly had passed the legislation last November, and the National Council of Provinces signed off […]

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Delaware Governor Signs Bill To Expand Medical Marijuana Access By Letting Doctors Recommend It For Any Condition

Delaware’s governor has signed a bill to significantly expand the state’s medical cannabis program as regulators take steps to launch the recreational marijuana market. The new law approved by Gov. John Carney (D) on Tuesday removes limitations for patient eligibility based on a specific set of qualifying health conditions. Instead, doctors will be able to […]

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Lawmakers OK transfer of Louisiana’s 2 cannabis grow permits to private entities

Louisiana’s GOP-led Legislature has sent a bill to the state's Republican governor that would transfer the state’s two medical cannabis cultivation licenses from public universities to private companies.

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Biden drug czar hints at interstate commerce if marijuana is rescheduled

Marijuana rescheduling could allow for “legitimate interstate commerce within the federal system,” the Biden administration’s drug czar said in a recent interview.

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Atlanta Could Add Psilocybin And Ketamine To City Workers’ Healthcare Plans Under Pending Resolution

A new proposal from an Atlanta City Council member would direct municipal officials to explore the pros and cons of adding coverage for psilocybin and ketamine as mental health treatments to the city’s healthcare plan for firefighters, police and other government workers. “Traditional treatments for mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and others have […]

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New Hampshire Lawmakers Must Legalize Marijuana This Session, Even With A Less-Than-Ideal Bill (Op-Ed)

“The bill can and should be adjusted in future legislative sessions to improve it. But you can’t fix something that never got passed into law.” By Tim Egan, Devon Chaffee and Karen O’Keefe The New Hampshire House of Representatives has repeatedly approved cannabis legalization only to see its bills die in the state Senate. For […]

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Missouri Marijuana Revenue Is Funding Veterans Programs, Drug Treatment And Public Defender Services

“It is so rewarding to see the impact of this voter-approved program on organizations that provide vital services to Missourians.” By Rebecca Rivas, Missouri Independent Since recreational weed was legalized in 2022, it has led to more than $19 million going towards three causes—supporting veterans, expanding substance use treatment programs and adding to the Missouri […]

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New York cannabis chief resigns in wake of criticism

Chris Alexander has resigned as executive director of New York's Office of Cannabis Management rather than finish out his term.

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Survey Says: No To Letting Big Industry Shape Marijuana Legalization Policies (Op-Ed)

“Will we continue to allow corporate interests to co-opt cannabis reform behind a facade of social justice?” By Shaleen Title, Parabola Center for Law and Policy When President Joe Biden announced his administration was moving marijuana to Schedule III, there’s a reason he didn’t lead with “Curaleaf might save more than $150 million in taxes […]

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Biden Drug Czar Says Marijuana Rescheduling Will Have ‘Historic Impact,’ But Overstates Effects On ‘Racial Disparity’ In Criminalization

The White House drug czar says the Biden administration’s move to reschedule marijuana will have “historic and long-lasting impact” that could also make banks more willing to work with state-licensed cannabis businesses via “legitimate interstate commerce.” But for the second time in the past week, he seemed to overstate what the reform would accomplish—this time […]

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DEA says THCA is not legal hemp (Newsletter: May 28, 2024)

Trump pledges to free drug war prisoner; GOP senator: Biden wants more marijuana smokers; Fed psychedelics research Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day. Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible… Your good deed for the […]

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Marijuana lab testing accuracy improving, study in new science journal finds

Marijuana testing labs’ ability to detect pesticides on plant material improved over the course of a four-year study.

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Federal Health Agency Acknowledges Psilocybin’s Therapeutic Potential And Touts Forthcoming Psychedelic Research

A newly posted page about psilocybin on a federal health agency’s website acknowledges the potential benefits the psychedelic substance might provide—including for treatment of alcohol use disorder, anxiety and depression. The page also highlights psilocybin research being funded by the federal government into the drug’s effects on pain, migraines, psychiatric disorders and various other conditions. […]

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Trump Pledges To Free Silk Road Drug Market Operator Russ Ulbricht, Despite Calling For Execution Of Drug Sellers

Former President Donald Trump says he’ll commute the sentence of a person convicted of running a dark web illicit drug market “on day one” of his presidency if elected this November—a promise of clemency that seems to conflict with his position that people who sell drugs should face the death penalty. During a speech before […]

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Biden’s Reelection Strategy Is To ‘Get More People To Smoke Marijuana,’ GOP Senator Claims

President Joe Biden’s strategy to win reelection this November is “to get more people to smoke marijuana,” a GOP senator is claiming. In an interview with Ask a Pol that was published on Friday, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) said he thinks the administration’s move to reschedule cannabis is a “terrible idea” that fits into a […]

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DEA Says ‘THCA Does Not Meet The Definition’ Of Legal Hemp As Congress Weighs Cannabinoid Recriminalization In Farm Bill

To meet the federal definition of hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill, a cannabis product must contain less than 0.3 percent delta-9 THC. Now, in a new letter clarifying that limit, a top Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official says the threshold includes not only delta-9 THC itself but also the related cannabinoid THCA, which is […]

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NH legal cannabis bill heads to final vote (Newsletter: May 27, 2024)

Police groups back marijuana reform; LA cannabis pardons; Fed health official: “tremendous excitement” on psychedelics; NY psilocybin Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day. Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible… Free to read (but not […]

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Top New York Marijuana Regulator Resigns Following Governor’s Criticism

“I no longer have confidence in my ability to do my job and lead this team effectively under current circumstances.” By Rosalind Adams, THE CITY This story was originally published by THE CITY. Sign up to get the latest New York City news delivered to you each morning. The head of the state cannabis agency resigned on Friday following […]

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Massachusetts Marijuana Delivery Rule Requiring Two Drivers Per Vehicle Remains In Force Despite Vote To Repeal It

“There are a lot of companies like mine that are running out of time. Some have gone under already, and that rule is one of the primary causes of that.” By Bhaamati Borkhetaria, CommonWealth Beacon Last December, after months of deliberation, the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) voted to eliminate its so-called two-driver rule—which requires all […]

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MJBizDaily is observing Memorial Day holiday

MJBizDaily is closed through Monday in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume our usual publishing schedule on Tuesday.

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Police Groups Back Bill To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition In Legal States And Allow Interstate Commerce

Two major law enforcement organizations have endorsed a bipartisan bill to end federal marijuana enforcement in legal states, a cannabis group whose membership includes large tobacco and alcohol companies announced. The Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) and the Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs (ORCOPs) are both officially backing the Strengthening the Tenth […]

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New York court issues record $15 million fine to unlicensed cannabis operator

A New York court has ordered David Tulley to pay a $15.2 million fine for operating six unlicensed cannabis stores in Cayuga, Oswego and Wayne counties, the largest penalty levied in a multiagency effort to curb illicit operations statewide.

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State-run marijuana sales model passes New Hampshire Senate

Adult-use marijuana legalization cleared the New Hampshire Senate, but more needs to be done before the state sees legal sales.

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Top Federal Drug Official Says There’s ‘Tremendous Excitement’ Around Psychedelic Medicine, But ‘It’s Not Magic’

A top federal drug official says there is “tremendous excitement” about the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. However, she cautioned that while the treatment option is “very promising,” people should understand that “it’s not magic” and needs more rigorous research. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director Nora Volkow shared her perspective on the status of […]

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Cannabis tech company Agrify converts $13.8M in debt to equity to pacify Nasdaq

Cannabis technology company Agrify converted roughly $13.8 million in debt to equity to regain compliance with Nasdaq's stock listing rules.

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New Hampshire Senate Passes Amended Marijuana Legalization Bill, But Key House Lawmakers Don’t Like Recent Changes

For the first time ever, New Hampshire’s Senate passed a marijuana legalization measure on Thursday, returning the bill to the House of Representatives for concurrence on recent amendments before it would potentially head to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. Senators have adopted a number of major changes since the cannabis legislation passed […]

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Louisiana Senate Approves Bills Allowing For Marijuana Pardons And Decriminalizing Cannabis Paraphernalia

Senators in Louisiana decided this week to advance two separate pieces of cannabis-related criminal justice legislation after previously voting them down. The moves breathe new life into proposals that would decriminalize cannabis paraphernalia and make certain past marijuana convictions eligible for pardons by the governor. Both measures, HB 165 and HB 391, passed out of […]

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Military couldn’t test recruits for cannabis under approved bill (Newsletter: May 24, 2024)

Farm Bill hemp amendment; Lawmakers want DEA marijuana answers; Ted Cruz slams rescheduling; TX legalization poll; DE conversion licenses Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day. Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible… Hold on, just […]

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