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A New Executive Order From Biden Promotes Actions on Marijuana!

To “address our country’s failing approach to marijuana,” Vice President Joe Biden recently signed an executive order emphasizing racial justice. Contrary to the fears of long-time prohibitionists, a recent federal study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that high school kids’ marijuana use is down as more states legalize it for adults.

A bill to shield those who use psilocybin to treat medical ailments from criminal prosecution and to increase psychedelics research was just adopted by the Oklahoma House Alcohol, Tobacco, and Controlled Substances Committee.

When voters in Maryland approved legalization by referendum, the House Economic Affairs Committee held a hearing on a plan to establish a regulatory framework for marijuana sales. In an op-ed for Marijuana Moment, Don Murphy, a lobbyist for the Marijuana Leadership Campaign.

outlined ten “new reasons to be positive” about cannabis banking legislation passing the 118th Congress. The number of Florida residents registered to use medical marijuana has increased by 71% in only the last two years, according to the director of the state’s Office of Medicinal Marijuana Use.

Federal

The CBD ban in Hong Kong prompted a security warning from the United States Department of State. Reports indicate that the IRS has made it clear that it will not routinely contest the eligible business income deductions claimed by cannabis firm owners under Section 199A.

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) have introduced a bill to end the gap in punishment for crack and powder cocaine, joining Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Dick Durbin (D-IL).

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) has expressed interest in attaching his veteran’s cannabis research legislation to a package including marijuana banking; however, Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) has voiced skepticism about the idea, and Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) has stated that he would prefer to see the veterans measure advance independently.

Two more House members have joined as cosponsors of a bill to require the VA to investigate the medical uses of cannabis. There is now a total of five cosponsors supporting the bill in the House to safeguard the right to bear arms of medical cannabis users.

States

Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has endorsed a film on the perils of marijuana and other drugs, saying it is “intended to deliver a punch.” Although multiple state departments have voiced concerns about specific legislation that advanced in the Senate last week, a representative for Hawaii Gov. Josh Green (D) has suggested that Green is likely to sign a marijuana legalization measure if one reaches his desk.

The Republican governor of Virginia, Glenn Youngkin, has acknowledged that “building a market for cannabis is exceedingly hard,” and that it is the job of legislators to work it out. Oklahoma’s Republican governor, Kevin Stitt, has spoken out against the state’s upcoming marijuana legalization ballot initiative, and he has urged the federal government to “make a decision” on the matter.

The state’s top legal officer also publicly opposed the bill. And they sent a representative to a town hall meeting where the issue was discussed. A plan that “would not decriminalize drugs” and “focus on getting people into treatment, but keep the ability to offer them an incentive to go into treatment” is what Democratic Governor Jay Inslee of Washington State expects lawmakers to send him.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the Republican governor of Arkansas, recently named a state drug czar and voiced her support for tougher penalties for drug dealers. The president of the Colorado Senate has announced plans to introduce legislation to regulate healing centers where people can receive supervised psilocybin services and to place limits on possession and home cultivation rights established by the state’s voter-approved psychedelics legalization initiative.

A bill that would make it legal for first responders and other personnel to consume medical cannabis without fear of repercussions from their employers was passed by the New Mexico House Health and Human Services Committee. There are a number of additional marijuana reform legislation being discussed in the legislature right now.

One senator from Indiana wrote, “A hearing on cannabis decriminalization is a wonderful start, but a vote on the bill would be even better.” We shouldn’t be criminalizing simple possession of cannabis in 2023; saying so shouldn’t be contentious. A former Utah state lawmaker advocated for the legalization of psilocybin in a recent opinion piece.

The former chairman of the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission has resigned. State officials in New York are appealing to a federal judge for permission to resume licensing pot dispensaries in the state. State officials in Illinois have issued a warning about frauds that target people looking to create marijuana social equity businesses.

The state of Ohio is looking to hire subject-matter experts to review requests for new medicinal cannabis-qualifying ailments. This year, hundreds of proposals pertaining to cannabis, psychedelics, and drug policy have been introduced in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. Subscribers to our Patreon who pledge at least $25 per month will get access to our live, updated maps, charts, and hearing schedule.

Local

Across the street from New York City Hall, police raided and arrested an employee of an unlawful marijuana sale establishment. Many district attorneys in Oklahoma counties have voiced concerns about the expungements clause in the state’s upcoming marijuana legalization measure, which will appear on ballots on March 7.

International

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. of the Philippines questioned the ICC’s authority to look into the murderous “war on drugs” in his country. Yet the prosecutor at the court is fighting the country’s request to halt the investigation.

On Tuesday, the House of Deputies in Spain is slated to discuss a bill to legalize marijuana. The shadow justice secretary for the British Labour Party has stated categorically, “we’re not going to be legalizing drugs.”

HEALTH & SCIENCE

Several dog studies have found CBD to relieve clinical symptoms linked with osteoarthritis, itching, and epilepsy, and a review concluded that “in companion animals, CBD appears to have high absorption and safety profile with few adverse effects at physiological levels.”

“underscores the promise of [cannabis-assisted psychotherapy] as a therapeutic alternative, leading to substantial and lasting improvement,” as stated in a case study of a lady with complicated dissociative posttraumatic stress disorder.

Protest, Opinion, and Evaluation

The cannabis group at ASTM International is working on new quality and materials control standards for the cannabis business. The editorial board of the New York Post has attacked the state for its “increasing triple standards” in its regulation of marijuana, alcohol, and cigarettes.

Business

Vermont officials are currently investigating Curaleaf’s possible ties to Russian businessman Roman Abramovich. For its part, MedMen Enterprises Inc. has updated its stakeholders on its restructuring efforts, which include cutting payroll by 34% and considering the sale of assets in Arizona, Illinois, and Nevada.

Culture

Seth Meyers mocked Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham for their criticism of the legalization movement and their comments that marijuana use may have contributed to a recent train catastrophe.

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