Marijuana’s Last Taboo: Parents Who Get Stoned. (Newsletter: October 3, 2022)
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2. NY State senators are concerned about marijuana rollout.
3. Pennsylvania names new Director of Medical Marijuana program.
4. Oklahoma is considered the most CBD-curious state.
5. House bill 837 was launched to legalize cannabis.
NATIONAL CANNABIS NEWS
Case study: Remission of metastatic breast cancer may have been due to use of cannabis oil and magic mushrooms
“A small team of medical researchers from the U.K. and the U.S. has found that a cancer patient may have put her cancer into remission by taking cannabis oil and magic mushrooms along with receiving a standard course of chemotherapy. In their paper published in the journal Drug Science, Policy and Law, the group describes their study of the circumstances surrounding the patient and the possible ramifications of her experiences.”
Amazon Loudly Backs Cannabis Legalization, But Silently Bans Weed Grinders
“Amazon made headlines last year when it came out in support of ending marijuana prohibition. Now, it seems the company has gotten cold feet. It is reportedly clearing spice grinders, used by some to grind weed flower, from its site ostensibly in keeping with company policy not to sell drug paraphernalia.”
Marijuana’s last taboo: Parents who get stoned
“After giving birth, Suzy fell into postpartum depression. She loved her baby, but she couldn’t figure out how to love herself. Relief was hard to come by; she was scared to take antidepressants while breastfeeding. She considered turning back to cannabis, but worried that doctors might detect it in her baby’s bloodstream and take the child away.”
Libertarian Iowa Gubernatorial Candidate Releases Pro Cannabis Legalization Ad
““If a farmer wants to grow corn, let him grow corn. If a farmer wants to grow weed, let him grow weed. So, when is the drug war going to end in Iowa, Kim?” he asks before facing the camera and answering his own question. “Easy answer. The day I’m governor.””
Idaho Bans Hemp Ingredients In Animal Feed and Pet Food
““Safe levels of hemp and hemp-derived products in animal feed have not yet been established under federal or state law. As such, these products are not approved feed ingredients and cannot lawfully be added to or incorporated into commercial feed. This includes feeds, treats and remedies intended for pets, livestock, or any other animal.”
MISSOURI CANNABIS NEWS
Recreational Marijuana Amendment Sparks Support in Rural Missouri
““If this can help somebody and they don’t have to get on narcotics or any sort of prescription drugs like that, and it is all natural, and it helps somebody, they’re all for it,” Foster said. “I am being dead truthful, I bet really we’ve only heard one negative comment.””
ILLINOIS CANNABIS NEWS
‘A Very Long and Hard-Fought Battle:’ Inside One Company’s Quest to Secure Licenses in Illinois’ Adult-Use Cannabis Market
““They were stringent applications,” says Mahjabeen Sulemanjee, High Haven’s co-owner and CEO. “It was a tough process for us to compile all of the documents necessary to make sure that we were being as accurate as possible. We knew that the Illinois licenses were in high demand. We knew lots of people were going to be applying for them. We wanted to make sure that we did everything we could to secure these licenses. We had the right team and we had created a company and a business plan that we thought was a very good and successful business model.””
Wisconsin Governor Tells Students That Marijuana Legalization Depends On Their Vote, Says State Is Losing Revenue To Illinois
“Speaking with students, the governor also joked about how Illinois’s governor has teased him about generating tax revenue from Wisconsin residents who cross the border to buy marijuana. It’s a point of economic rivalry that the governor has brought up on several occasions since the neighboring state enacted legalization.”
PENNSYLVANIA CANNABIS NEWS
PA Gov. Wolf And Lt. Gov. Fetterman: Deadline Approaching For Cannabis Pardons, Get Applications In Now
“Lt. Gov. Fetterman, who recently called On Joe Biden to decriminalize cannabis, said: “Good people are being held back from living their best lives because of some old nonviolent weed charge (…) Now is the time to apply, because we have no idea how long the legislature will continue refusing common sense legalization.””
Pennsylvania Cannabis Policy Summit Brings Together Cory Booker, John Fetterman, and More
“At the meeting, Booker explained how progress has been made toward legalization, but there is still work to be done. “With a majority of Americans on both sides of the aisle in support of legalization, we know that this has opportunities,” Booker said. “We need, though, to continue to evolve our focus, our vision, and our strategies to make sure that economically, socially—and especially within our criminal justice system—we are expanding fairness, equality and opportunity.””
State Names New Director Of Medical Marijuana Program
““I look forward to honoring the trust you’ve bestowed upon me with this position and for this outstanding program,” Mentch said. “I’m excited to get into the weeds of everything you have going on here.””
NEW YORK CANNABIS NEWS
State politicians are growing concerned about NY’s legal marijuana rollout
“NY State Senators Neil Breslin and Michelle Hinchey, along with Assembly Members Carrie Woerner and Donna Lupardo, signed on to the letter requesting information about licensing opportunities and “conflicting timelines and regulations,” as well as clarification around potential supply problems and the enforcement of gray market vendors – all issues that are top-of-mind for those getting into NY’s cannabis industry.”
New York Receives More Than 900 Retail Dispensary Applications
“Individuals who qualify for the conditional licenses must have been arrested in New York for a cannabis offense (or have a family member who was) prior to March 31, 2021, and have operated a profitable business for at least two years. Licenses will also have access to storefronts that are currently being secured and will be built out into dispensary spaces by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), the report says.”
Buffalo firefighter’s termination raises questions about state protections for some medical marijuana patients
“The issue here, though, is that Scott Martin, the former firefighter, is a registered medical marijuana patient for post-traumatic stress disorder and back pain, and was at the time of his termination. Martin has said that medical marijuana helped him stop using the more-dangerous opiate painkillers he was prescribed.”
OKLAHOMA CANNABIS NEWS
Former Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority director Travis Kirkpatrick dies
“He was named director of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority in January 2020, and worked in that role for nearly a year. During that time, the industry saw considerable growth in licensed businesses and medical marijuana cardholders. By the time he left the role, the agency oversaw nearly 400,000 licensees.”
Study shows Oklahoma as the ‘most curious’ state about CBD
“The analysis revealed that Oklahoma is number one in the nation as the state most curious about CBD. With a total search score of 562, Oklahoma made the top of the list for its population having the highest search levels for the phrases “CBD”, “CBD Oil”, “Medical marijuana”, “Cannabis”, “Buy CBD”, “What is CBD”, and “THC” combined. Additionally, Oklahoma was the second-most state to search for “Medical Marijuana.””
MARYLAND CANNABIS NEWS
‘Yes on 4’ ballot campaign launches push to legalize marijuana in Md.
“If the measure passes, Marylanders who are at least 21 will be able to legally possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis and grow two marijuana plants out of public view, beginning July 1, 2023. Under legislation approved by state lawmakers earlier this year, the sale of marijuana remains a crime.”
House Bill 837 Aims to Legalize Pot Possession, Home Grow in Maryland
“On Thursday, the campaign to pass Question 4 launched a new ad campaign featuring a website and video encouraging voters to support cannabis legalization in Maryland. Eugene Monroe, a former offensive lineman for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and the chairman of the committee sponsoring the referendum campaign, said the ballot measure would create economic opportunities for both entrepreneurs and workers.”
As cannabis legalization looms, do you hear the screws turning again?
“One of the most controversial issues about cannabis regulations is ensuring that people of color have an equal opportunity to compete in the market. The most recent disparity study, Business Disparities in the Maryland Market Area, provided strong evidence for applying race- and gender-conscious remedial measures when awarding medical cannabis licenses, given current disparities defined as “large, adverse, and statistically significant.” The referendum calls for a new disparity study to examine the present business market and what might be needed to help minority businesses enter the industry.”
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