CA gov wants to supply cannabis to across US (Newsletter: November 2, 2022)

MO legalization poll; Lawmakers push Biden on American jailed in Russia for medical marijuana; NV consumption lounge apps; Cannabis cash crop report

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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said it’s “critical” that federal marijuana legalization “allow our farmers to legally supply the rest of the nation.” He recently signed an interstate cannabis commerce bill.

A new poll found that Missouri very likely voters support the marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot, 47 percent to 39 percent. With a week to go until Election Day, 14 percent of voters are undecided.

A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers led by Reps. Conor Lamb (D-PA) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), along with Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) sent a letter asking the State Department to do more to free American citizen Marc Fogel, who is jailed in Russia over medical cannabis used to treat chronic pain.

Nevada’s Cannabis Compliance Board says it received 100 applications for marijuana consumption lounges—and plans to begin issuing approvals in “early 2023.”

A new Leafly report found that marijuana is the sixth most valuable crop in the U.S,—with 13,297 active legal cannabis farms across the 15 states where regulated recreational sales are underway. Total adult-use cannabis tonnage grew 24 percent from a year ago.

/ FEDERAL

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), a Senate candidate, discussed his support for legalizing marijuana.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) hosted an event to highlight concerns about marijuana legalization.

Arizona Libertarian Senate candidate Marc Victor said he spoke to Republican candidate Blake Masters about the drug war and other issues before deciding to drop out and endorse him.

A spokesperson for Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman, currently the lieutenant governor, continued to try to distance him from past on-record comments supporting drug decriminalization.

A comment from Ohio Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance accusing opponent Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) of wanting to decriminalize fentanyl was rated “Pants on Fire” false by PolitiFact.

The House bill to allow CBD as a dietary supplement got one new cosponsor for a total of 45.

/ STATES

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) said now is not the time to legalize marijuana. Democratic opponent Tom Sherman, currently a state senator, said he supports legalization.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) tweeted, “It’s also time we legalize medical marijuana to help Kansans suffering from chronic pain. It will help grow our economy and bring new opportunities to Kansas. It’s long overdue.” She also tweeted, “Next up on The Road Ahead, we’ll focus on building a stronger, healthier workforce by…Legalizing Medical Marijuana…”

Ohio’s secretary of state cited medical cannabis being in the state Constitution as an example of why he believes it should be harder for citizens to qualify amendments for the ballot.

Texas’s agriculture commissioner falsely accused Democratic opponent Susan Hays of lying about having a hemp permit, which she responded to with a screenshot of her license.

Arkansas’s marijuana legalization campaign said it has raised $13 million in campaign contributions.

The South Dakota legislature’s Rules Review Committee approved changes to medical cannabis regulations.

A Hawaii representative argued that revenue from legalizing marijuana would not be enough to cover the costs of implementation.

The California Supreme Court is being asked to take up a case from a cannabis church shut down by San Bernardino County that says it uses marijuana for religious healing.

Missouri’s top medical cannabis regulator discussed steps to prepare for the potential passage of the recreational marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot.

New York regulators removed marijuana testing limits for bacteria, yeast and mold.

Florida regulators reported that the state’s medical cannabis patient count grew 25 percent over the last fiscal year.

Oregon regulators are accepting public comment on proposed psilocybin services rules.

A new Massachusetts law is causing confusion about local impact fees that municipalities have been charging to marijuana businesses.

Mississippi regulators are reviewing medical cannabis worker training programs for approval.

Washington State regulators are accepting applications to serve on the Cannabis Quality Control Standards Work Group.


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/ LOCAL

The Staunton, Virginia City Council approved a legislative program calling on state lawmakers to pass legislation allowing existing medical cannabis dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Guernsey lawmakers rejected legislation to exempt cannabis cultivation companies from corporate taxes for five years.

The Thai House of Representatives opposition chief whip said his party will vote down the government’s cannabis and hemp regulation bill if it opens the door to legalizing recreational marijuana use.

Some Himachal Pradesh, India politicians are campaigning on a promise to legalize cannabis cultivation.

Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration fined two clinics and a health practitioner over alleged unlawful advertising of medicinal cannabis products.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “early-onset [cannabis] users did not differ significantly in their working memory as well as short-term memory performance from late-onset users and controls,” concluding that it “could not find any evidence for potential influence of age of consumption onset on working memory performance.”

The Hemp Research Consortium awarded more than $1 million in funding to support studies at Cornell University, North Carolina State University and the University of Kentucky.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

Marijuana Moment, Marijuana Policy Project and BOWL PAC will participate in a BillTrack50 webinar on cannabis policy on December 7.

The Denver Post editorial board is urging Colorado voters to reject the psychedelics legalization initiative on the November ballot.

Project 21’s “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America” argues against marijuana legalization, claiming that “while some policymakers may think they are helping black communities by removing criminal penalties, they are simultaneously opening blacks to increased public health dangers.”

The Minority Cannabis Business Association is holding a phone bank to support Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman on Thursday.

/ BUSINESS

A subsidiary of urban-gro, Inc. completed its acquisition of Dawson Van Orden, Inc.

HEXO Corp. reported quarterly net revenue of C$42.5 million and a net loss and comprehensive loss of C$102.4 million.

HighTimes Holding Corp. is suing the former owners of High Times Magazine for alleged fraud.

UK SPAC submitted a prospectus for a reverse takeover of Greek medical cannabis producer Hellenic Dynamics.

/ CULTURE

The Onion made fun of reports about fears of fentanyl-laced Halloween candy.

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