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Teamsters Enact Historic Agreement To Organize Illinois Cannabis Industry (Newsletter: August 22, 2022)

Teamsters Enact Historic Agreement To Organize Illinois Cannabis Industry (Newsletter: August 22, 2022)

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Cannabis advocates join forces to elect pro-legal marijuana Democrats to Minnesota Legislature
“In 2020, candidates running under the Legal Marijuana Now and Grassroots Legalize Cannabis parties pulled in thousands of votes in some key races. State Democrats believed the third-party candidates cost them votes and helped Republicans maintain control of the Minnesota Senate.”

Florida man fired after failing drug test for medical marijuana wants his state job back
“Tampa attorney Michael Minardi says his client, Samuel Ortiz-Velez, a marine combat veteran, was fired recently from his post as a Florida Department of Corrections worker for his use of legally prescribed medical marijuana to battle his PTSD.”

A Dozen Lawsuits Challenge Connecticut’s Adult-Use Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Process
“When Connecticut legalized adult-use cannabis last year, half the licenses were earmarked for social equity applicants who must meet income, residency and ownership requirements, and social equity license holders must own and control at least 65% of the business.”

Most Texans Want To Legalize Marijuana. Why Doesn’t Greg Abbott Listen to Them?
“National polling finds similar differences. In the most recent Gallup poll, 68 percent of respondents favored legalization. That majority included 50 percent of Republicans, 71 percent of independents, and 83 percent of Democrats. An SSRS survey conducted in April found that 54 percent of Republicans thought recreational use should be legal, compared to 78 percent of Democrats and 74 percent of independents.”


“We have seen the capabilities of this medicine first hand, and know the real difference it can make in people’s lives. This is why it is our mission to inspire hope in others and contribute to the overall health of our community by providing the best care, service and education to every patient in a kind and compassionate manner. “

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Missouri Officials ‘Begin Planning’ For Marijuana Legalization Now That Reform Is On The Ballot
“As was the case in implementing the medical marijuana program, the Department will accept and consider carefully public input on how the new law should be implemented in Missouri,” it said, linking to an online submission form for written comments.”

Missouri voters to weigh forgiveness for past weed crimes
“Missouri voters would be the first to spearhead what’s called automatic expungement on their own, said John Payne, the campaign manager for the push to legalize recreational marijuana.” 


Teamsters Enact Historic Agreement To Organize Illinois Cannabis Industry
“We will be dedicating significant resources to organizing cannabis workers in Illinois and fighting to get them strong contracts,” said Sean M. O’Brien, Teamsters General President. “The Teamsters will be leading the fight to legalize and unionize this industry, both at the state level and nationwide.”

All first round conditional Adult Use Cannabis Dispensary Licenses issued in Illinois
“According to a Friday release, all businesses selected qualify as Social Equity Applicants under the Cannabis Regulation Tax Act. Businesses must meet the certain criteria as part of the act in an effort to prioritize communities targeted by the War on Drugs.”

License granted for Peoria marijuana dispensary
“A new dispensary in Peoria will join 184 others with Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization Licenses issued by the Pritzker administration.”


Federal law complicates recreational marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania
“One issue that complicates legalization relates to the Second Amendment. The Department of Justice continues to argue in federal court that medical marijuana patients should be barred from owning guns because it is “​​dangerous to trust regular marijuana users to exercise sound judgment,” as a recent filing in Florida demonstrated.”


Police in NYC seize trucks being used to sell cannabis
“If you are looking to buy illegal cannabis from the Weed World Bus located on 5th Avenue & 40th Street it is no longer open for business,” Maddrey tweeted. “We do not anticipate it opening for business anytime soon!”

How NY’s first dispensary licenses prioritize those impacted by marijuana prohibition
“New Yorkers who want to open the state’s first dispensaries can start applying next week, but you or a family member must have been convicted of a marijuana-related offense before the drug was legalized.”

NYC Cannabis Museum To Open This Winter — What Can Visitors Expect?
““We wanted to combine a lot of topics under one roof and put it in an environment where people can really explore, educate themselves and understand what cannabis is about, and the impact on New York,” said Frey”


Oklahoma Puts Moratorium On Issuing New Medical Cannabis Licenses
“State officials in Oklahoma have put a moratorium on issuing new licenses for medical marijuana businesses in a bid to allow the state’s cannabis regulators to catch up with oversight of a burgeoning medicinal cannabis industry. Under the moratorium, which was passed by state lawmakers earlier this year, no new licenses for medical growers, processors, or dispensaries will be issued by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) for a period of at least two years.”


Maryland County Public Schools Implement Medical Cannabis Policy for Students
“Under a new policy, Worcester County Public Schools in Maryland will allow students with a medical cannabis recommendation to access their medicine while in school, Ocean City Today reports. The policy requires a school nurse to administer medical cannabis and follows a law passed by the state’s General Assembly in 2020.”

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