SC Medical Cannabis Bill Dies on the House Floor (Newsletter: May 5, 2022)

FDA delta-8 THC warnings; signatures and contestation of MO ballot papers; DE legalization invoice advances; ACLU Editor

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/ THINGS TO KNOW

the South Carolina House of Representatives killed a medical cannabis bill passed by the Senate on procedural grounds, without allowing any debate on its merits.

A Missouri Representative says his marijuana legalization bill is likely dead for the session, but a campaign announced he has more than enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot. However, they face a new complaint from other activists who allege violations of the petitions.

the Food and drug administration sent its first set of warning letters regarding delta-8 THC products that the agency says are being marketed illegally.

the Delaware House Health and Human Services Committee voted for the second time to approve a bill to legalize the possession and gift of marijuana. Separate legislation to regulate cannabis sales is also progressing.

A ACLU of Nevada An official writes in a new op-ed that it’s time to close a loophole in state law that allows police to pursue marijuana arrests despite voter-approved legalization.

/ FEDERAL

the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy announced new elements of a US-Colombian counter-narcotics strategy.

Several senators spoke about the prospects for passing marijuana banking legislation through the America COMPETES Act.

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said she had spoken to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) about arranging a meeting to discuss cannabis issues.

/ STATES

washington d.c. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and campaign protesters discussed marijuana and other drug issues during a debate.

Caroline from the south Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham, a former congressman, tweeted about the failure of a medical cannabis bill, saying, “Governor McMaster and his allies in the legislature could screw up a parade of two cars. This is a historic failure of the leadership of this governor and lawmakers to pass a watered down version of the most conservative medical marijuana bill in the entire country. Rival Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mia McLeod, a state senator, tweeted: “All our years of hard work are going up in smoke because of House Republicans. No wonder SCGOP killed the bill days before the end of session for this year. This is why I have sponsored bills to put the legalization of marijuana on a referendum. Let the folks at SC decide…”

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried, currently the state’s commissioner of agriculture, issued a press release about an op-ed she published in Marijuana Moment.

Massachusetts Attorney General candidates discussed their views on cannabis fairness.

Connecticut lawmakers have sent Gov. Ned Lamont (D) a bill to restrict “gifts” of marijuana.

the Louisiana House Health & Welfare Committee rejected a bill to increase the number of medical cannabis growers in the state from two to eight.

A Oklahoma The senator received a voicemail message threatening a “shootout” with law enforcement over a bill to increase medical cannabis cultivation license fees.

A Pennsylvania The senator said there was “a growing sense in the Pennsylvania General Assembly that it’s not if we legalize cannabis, but when.”

New Mexico Regulators have backtracked on a claim that there were more than a million mature cannabis plants ready to supply manufacturers and retailers before the launch of recreational sales last month.

Georgia regulators will review medical cannabis issues on Thursday.

Michigan Regulators will host a marijuana social equity education session on Thursday.


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/ LOCAL

A total of 10 Mississippi counties and 17 municipalities chose not to license medical cannabis businesses before the deadline.

the Santa Fe, New Mexico The school board is set to consider a revised medical cannabis policy on Thursday.

Los Angeles, California officials hosted a webinar on cannabis facility inspections.

/ INTERNATIONAL

from Belize government delays signing cannabis and hemp bill after churches submitted signatures in an attempt to trigger a referendum on the issue.

The ruling party of argentina The Chamber of Deputies calls for a special session to deal with medical cannabis, hemp and other issues.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

One review concluded that “the beneficial health effects of C. sativa were anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antimicrobialantiparasitic, antioxidant and anticancer properties” and that it can “lower blood sugar, serum cholesterol and blood pressure”.

One study suggested that “psilocybin therapy is a safe and acceptable treatment for [anorexia nervosa]and can lead to a reduction in food-related and anxiety-related pathologies.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A survey of North Carolina voters found that 38% support the legalization of recreational marijuana, 23% want to expand access to medical cannabis, 18% want to allow only CBD, and 13% want all forms of cannabis to be illegal.

the South Carolina Democratic Party tweeted: “To South Carolina voters: SCGOP leadership is out of touch and out of step. Today @tommypopeSC and House leaders killed medical marijuana. The Limited Government Party simply cannot help it.

/ BUSINESS

Green Thumb Industries Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $243 million.

WM Technology, Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $57.5 million and a net loss of $31.2 million, also noting that it has completed its acquisition of Eyechronic, LLC.

Glass House Brands Inc. acquires the remaining capital in The Pottery dispensary.

Choom Holdings Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries have obtained creditor protection from the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada, and obtained interim financing from Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Optimi Health Corp. has received approval from Canadian authorities to expand its ability to produce psilocybin and extract psilocin for use in clinical trials.

New Mexico dispensaries sold nearly $39.5 million worth of marijuana products, including medical cannabis, in the first month of recreational sales.

/ CULTURE

the Colorado Summit ultimate disc team said it was the first professional sports team to display the logo of a legal cannabis company, Star Buds Dispensaries, on its shirts.

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