CA interstate cannabis commerce bill to gov’s desk (Newsletter: August 29, 2022)



FBI: No CBD for job applicants; DEA drops more psychedelics bans; Dem candidate attacks GOP congressman over marijuana; Coulter’s fake cannabis news

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation said using marijuana—or even legal CBD products—within the past year is an “automatic disqualifier” for people who apply to work at the agency.

California lawmakers sent Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) bills to authorize interstate cannabis commerce, seal marijuana conviction records and facilitate industry insurance coverage. Several other reform measures—including one to provide employment protections for cannabis consumers—are also advancing as the session comes to close.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is abandoning another proposal to ban two more psychedelics in the face of pushback from scientists. The development comes shortly after DEA dropped a separate move to schedule five tryptamines last month.

Ohio Democratic congressional candidate Matt Kilboy attacked incumbent Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) for speaking at a Benzinga cannabis conference—even though the challenger himself also backs legalizing marijuana. His campaign didn’t reply to a request for clarification.

While Missouri activists and lawmakers are divided over market provisions of a marijuana legalization ballot initiative, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly investigating lobbying efforts that succeeded in killing a bill that would have legalized cannabis with no licensing caps.

Right-wing pundit Ann Coulter falsely suggested that Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman, currently the lieutenant governor, deleted a tweet with a picture of himself proudly holding a “Don’t Tread On Weed” flag.

/ FEDERAL

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services responded to public comments suggesting that people should not be denied eligibility for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program due to marijuana or other offenses by saying that despite criminal criteria being “arbitrary and discriminatory” and the fact that “systemic racism or other disparities may result in disproportionate contact with the criminal legal system,” it is nonetheless appropriate “to take convictions into consideration when determining whether to favorably exercise its enforcement discretion to defer removal action.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) suggested that people who got student loan relief from President Joe Biden might turn out to vote for Democrats in the midterm elections if they can “get off the bong for a minute and head down to the voting station.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “The War on Drugs is a war on people. Legalize cannabis. Expunge nonviolent federal marijuana convictions. It’s time for the federal government to rectify the damage caused by the failed War on Drugs.”

The House bill to allow CBD as a dietary supplement got one new cosponsor for a total of 41.

The House bill to equalize marijuana and alcohol punishments for military service members got one new cosponsor for a total of one.

/ STATES

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) said she hopes to push a medical cannabis bill through to enactment next session and that “then I think we’ll let Kansans give us input over time and if they want us to go for recreational marijuana, we’ll consider it.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) suggested that medical cannabis business licensing fees should be increased, saying, “I mean, these are very valuable licenses. I would charge them an arm and a leg. I mean, everybody wants these licenses.” Separately, regulators are instituting new medical cannabis dosing caps.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) spoke about the continued implementation of marijuana legalization as a “process.”

New York’s lieutenant governor tweeted photos of himself touring Cornell University’s hemp breeding program.

A Virginia senator tweeted, “The @VASenateDems stand ready to finish the marijuana retail discussion while Maryland is poised to approve in November and steal more market share from VA but we need a Gov and House GOP Caucus willing to have a conversation!”

An Oklahoma Supreme Court referee heard oral arguments in a case that a marijuana legalization campaign filed seeking to force state officials to place their initiative on the November ballot despite deadline complications. Separately, the state’s moratorium on medical cannabis business licenses took effect.

Montana regulators adopted marijuana rules changes.

A former Massachusetts regulator authored an op-ed cheering the enactment of a new cannabis equity law.

The Oregon Liquor & Cannabis Commission Advisory Committee will discuss cannabis batch tagging on Monday.


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/ LOCAL

Austin, Texas’s mayor touted the end of prosecutions for low-level marijuana offenses in his State of the City address.

The San Diego, California City Council is expected to consider a cannabis equity plan next month.

/ INTERNATIONAL

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said marijuana should be legalized “pretty quickly,” though he has never smoked it himself.

Costa Rican President Rodrigo Chaves said he will present a marijuana legalization bill to lawmakers by November 1.

A labor dispute with British Columbia, Canada’s Liquor Distribution Branch, which supplies privately owned marijuana stores, is causing shipping issues that some retailers say is forcing them to close operations and lay off staff.

Antigua and Barbuda’s cabinet agreed to lower the cost of medical cannabis licenses.

Thailand’s public health minister spoke about the medical and economic benefits of cannabis.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study of twins concluded that “there appears to be a ~ 20% average increase in cannabis use frequency attributable to recreational legalization,” though the National Institute on Drug Abuse pointed out that “this increase was concentrated among people who had used cannabis previously in their lifetime, before cannabis was legalized,” suggesting that “legalization of cannabis may be associated with an increase in the frequency of cannabis use among people who have already used cannabis in the past, but is not with an increase in people starting to use cannabis for the first time.”

A review concluded that “cannabis use is robustly associated with poorer neurocognitive functioning; however, studies that carefully control for confounds have often not found any evidence for impairment.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legal Foundation, State Chamber Research Foundation Legal Center and Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association filed a brief opposing marijuana legalization activists’ lawsuit that seeks to place their initiative on the November ballot.

Decriminalize Nature’s cofounder offered an apology to the Jewish community for including gold stars in a graphic he designed that attempted to lay out an alleged conspiracy of “financial entanglement” around peyote scarcity after he was accused of “anti-semitic bigotry and anti-indigenous colonialism.”

New Jersey activists held a protest to push for marijuana home cultivation rights outside the Senate president’s office.

The Marijuana Policy Project published a South Carolina voter guide.

/ BUSINESS

StateHouse Holdings Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of $34.6 million.

The Vermont State Employees Credit Union is no longer taking on new marijuana businesses as clients due to a “sudden spike in cannabis accounts.”

Meadow is expanding its marijuana dispensary point of sale platform to Michigan.

Curaleaf is running a fundraiser to support 24 locally run food banks, homeless shelters and nonprofits across the U.S.

PBC Conference published a directory of banks that are willing to work with cannabis clients.

/ CULTURE

MMA fighter Nate Diaz smoked marijuana in front of a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency official who visited his home to collect a urine sample for drug testing.

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