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1. The Nationwide Transportation Safety Board advises states with legalized marijuana to pass laws requiring warning labels on cannabis products about impaired driving, despite the fact that there is currently no such thing as a national standard due to federal prohibition.
2. Before leaving office this week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) declared that he had pardoned 2,540 people, with at least 25% of those being for marijuana-related offenses. In the history of the state, no governor has ever granted more clemency than that.
3. A law to immediately legalize Schedule I drugs like psilocybin and MDMA in the state if and when they are reclassified at the federal level was signed by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D).
4. As part of “Dry January,” more than one in five participants reported using cannabis-based products as an alternative intoxicant to get through the month.
5. In order to establish a marijuana micro license program, Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services says it will “soon” recruit a chief equity officer.
- The suggested revisions to marijuana-related questions on federal security clearance forms were discussed by a representative of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.
- With the implementation of a new government policy, doctors no longer need to get a waiver before prescribing drugs like buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder.
- Representatives Brian Mast (R-FL), Nancy Mace (R-SC), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) all gave speeches at a gathering organized by the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation.
- A spokesman for Democratic Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey said she is “considering the best course of action” to carry out a campaign promise to pardon anybody convicted of marijuana possession.
- Gov. Kate Brown (D) of Oregon released information about her widespread marijuana pardons in a clemency report to lawmakers just before she left office. Separately, authorities ordered the recall of cannabis vape pens that included illegal chemicals.
- The attorney general of Oklahoma talked about initiatives to stop illegal marijuana businesses. Separately, the State Election Board secretary is requesting funding from the legislature to conduct the special election on a cannabis legalization initiative that is slated for March 7.
- Democrats in the Connecticut House applauded the beginning of legal recreational marijuana sales. Additionally, the rollout was discussed by the state’s commissioner of consumer protection.
- Republican leaders’ openness to more restrictive medical cannabis legislation, according to Wisconsin’s Senate minority leader, will not deter her from advocating for marijuana legalization.
- A Tennessee lawmaker introduced a bill to add non-binding cannabis referendum questions to the state’s 2024 ballot.
- The medical cannabis program in Ohio is being overhauled by lawmakers, who have reintroduced a revamped plan that would permit doctors to recommend it for any debilitating disease, increase the number of shops, and permit farmers to cultivate more cannabis.
- A law to outlaw cannabis or tobacco products with single-use filters was introduced by a legislator from Vermont.
- Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) is being urged by New York’s Republican lawmakers to tighten down on marijuana merchants operating without a license.
- There is a new top medical cannabis regulator in Mississippi.
- Cannabis tax regulations have been proposed by California regulators.
- Additional marijuana company permits as well as the proposed combination of Cresco and Columbia Care were approved by New Jersey regulators.
- A woman from Washington, D.C. filed a lawsuit in an effort to forbid marijuana smoking in multi-unit buildings.
- Tobacco shops were cited by North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement for allegedly selling cannabis products with THC levels beyond those permitted for legal hemp.
- Regulators in Maryland provided lawmakers with advice on delta-8 THC products.
- On the question of whether a doctor’s proposed business partnership with the medical cannabis recommendation service Veriheal constitutes a forbidden split-fee arrangement, Florida regulators failed to express a view.
- For cannabis social justice objectives, Washington State officials published maps of locations that were disproportionately impacted.
- The mayor of Wichita, Kansas, stated that local officials are keeping an eye on the state’s marijuana laws.
- An ex-mayor of Adelanto, California, admitted guilt to collecting kickbacks and bribes in exchange for passing marijuana regulations and guaranteeing that other official acquired cannabis licenses or permits.
- A hearing on secure locations to use illegal substances was held by the budget and finance committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
- This week, Portland, Oregon officials will start taking applications for cash to help cannabis businesses and employees who have been affected by robberies and other problems.
- Officials in New York City published details regarding the neighborhood cannabis market.
The government of British Columbia, Canada, released a report on the potential for opening cannabis consumption facilities.
BIOLOGY & HEALTH
1. The majority of sources found that their individual cannabis treatments “give some therapeutic benefit for [chronic orofacial pain] and all concluded their treatments to be safe,” according to a review.
2. Cannabis may be helpful in treating chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, stimulating appetite, reducing pain, and managing seizures, according to a review, which also suggested that it “may also decrease inflammation and cancer cell proliferation and survival, resulting in a benefit in overall patient survival.”
ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS
Republicans like Senator Briggs have been repeating “we need more research” on marijuana for a decade; at this point, it’s merely a stalling tactic, the Tennessee Democratic Party tweeted. Legalizing marijuana is a no-brainer for freedom, economic gain, and medical use.
In the first four days of sales, Connecticut businesses sold recreational marijuana items valued at more than $1 million.
For his involvement in the 1974 movie “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” actor John Larroquette claimed he was paid in marijuana.