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  • Senator Files Bill To Get Country Ready For Federal Marijuana Legalization Amid Heightened Reform Talks

    Senator Files Bill To Get Country Ready For Federal Marijuana Legalization Amid Heightened Reform Talks

    Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) on Thursday formally filed a previously announced bill to set the country up for federal marijuana legalization. The timing of the introduction is meant to roughly coincide with the 10-year anniversary of his home state of Colorado’s vote to legalize adult-use cannabis. He previewed the legislation at an event in October …


  • Medical Marijuana Legalization Linked To Reduced Opioid Use By Cancer Patients, American Medical Association Study Finds

    Medical Marijuana Legalization Linked To Reduced Opioid Use By Cancer Patients, American Medical Association Study Finds

    State-level medical marijuana legalization is associated with a significant decrease in opioid prescriptions and use among certain cancer patients, according to a new study from the American Medical Association. The study, which analyzed data on insurance claims from 38,189 people with recently diagnosed cancer, found that medical cannabis legalization implemented between 2012 and 2017 was …


  • Three GOP Lawmakers Lay Out Next Steps For Marijuana Reform In Lame Duck Session And Next Congress

    Three GOP Lawmakers Lay Out Next Steps For Marijuana Reform In Lame Duck Session And Next Congress

    Three Republican members of Congress who support marijuana legalization are laying out their vision for reform during the current lame duck, as well as the next session when the GOP takes back control of the House, expressing optimism about the momentum toward ending federal prohibition. Reps. Dave Joyce (R-OH), Brian Mast (R-FL) and Nancy Mace …


  • Rhode Island’s First Recreational Marijuana Shops Have Officially Opened

    Rhode Island’s First Recreational Marijuana Shops Have Officially Opened

    Rhode Island’s first adult-use marijuana sales launched on Thursday, with five dispensaries serving consumers 21 and older. Gov. Dan McKee (D) and the state Department of Business Regulation (DBR) announced last week that the “hybrid” medical-recreational shops would be opening at the start of the month. The governor signed legalization into law in May. #WATCH: …


  • DEA Proposes Even Higher 2023 Production Quotas For Psychedelics Like MDMA And Psilocyn

    DEA Proposes Even Higher 2023 Production Quotas For Psychedelics Like MDMA And Psilocyn

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has released its final 2023 production quotas for drugs to be used in research—and the agency is now calling for even more manufacturing of psychedelic compounds like MDMA, psilocyn and 5-MeO-DMT than the existing significant increases it had initially proposed for next year. DEA first listed the target 2023 production …


  • Ohio Senate Votes To Remove Marijuana Paraphernalia Convictions From Criminal Records And Allow Broader Expungement

    Ohio Senate Votes To Remove Marijuana Paraphernalia Convictions From Criminal Records And Allow Broader Expungement

    The Ohio Senate approved a large-scale criminal justice reform bill on Wednesday that contains provisions to protect people from having criminal records for arrests or convictions over simple possession of marijuana paraphernalia. It also includes measures clearing a path for people to have convictions for cannabis possession and other offenses sealed and expunged. Under the …


  • These states almost legalized cannabis in 2022 (Newsletter: December 1, 2022)

    These states almost legalized cannabis in 2022 (Newsletter: December 1, 2022)

    Marijuana banking prospects; NV cannabis scheduling ruling appeal & lounge licenses; Berkeley psychedelics decrim; LA employment protections 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 one second …


  • Nevada Regulators Award State’s First Marijuana Consumption Lounge Licenses In Lottery Drawings

    Nevada Regulators Award State’s First Marijuana Consumption Lounge Licenses In Lottery Drawings

    Nevada marijuana regulators have officially selected the first 20 independent cannabis consumption lounge licensees, half of which are going to social equity applicants, in lottery drawings on Wednesday. The state Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) announced the lotteries last week, saying it would be holding “two drawings via a random number selector.” Regulators say they expect …


  • Berkeley, California Officials Approve Psychedelics Decriminalization Resolution Amid Pushback From Reform Advocates

    Berkeley, California Officials Approve Psychedelics Decriminalization Resolution Amid Pushback From Reform Advocates

    Berkeley, California officials have advanced a proposal to decriminalize certain psychedelics—including synthetics like LSD, rather than focusing more narrowly on entheogenic “natural” plants and fungi as has been the case with similar measures approved in other cities. The Berkeley Community Health Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve the resolution, though some advocates oppose particular …