AOC’s psychedelics measure OKed for ground vote; cannabis modification blocked (E-newsletter: June 11, 2019)


GOP senator has “confidence” about 2019 marijuana motion; Senate adopts hemp decision; McConnell & Wyden put up hemp movies

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The congressional marijuana banking invoice took three extra procedural steps towards a full ground vote—together with a transfer by the Judiciary Committee to waive its jurisdiction. The measure has now been positioned on the Home Union Calendar.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) revealed he’s been speaking to Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham R-SC) about marijuana and says he has “fairly good confidence” about passing reform payments in 2019. He’s additionally mentioned cannabis with members of the Banking Committee, he says.

The Senate accepted a decision commemorating Hemp Historical past Week and recognizing “the rising financial potential” of the newly authorized crop, in addition to its “historic relevance.” In the meantime, Majority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-KY) tweeted a video of himself “marking the calendar with my #Kentucky #hemp pen!”

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) celebrated Hemp Historical past Week by speaking in regards to the now-legal crop’s many makes use of whereas displaying a basket filled with hemp-derived merchandise.

  • “I’m going to maintain pushing till the Trump administration totally implements the legislation and updates the laws related to it.”


President Trump signed a catastrophe support funding invoice that features provisions to guarantee hemp farmers are eligible for crop insurance coverage.

A federal choose denied the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe’s request for an injunction on federal motion blocking its means to develop hemp.

The Food and Drug Administration’s principal deputy commissioner and performing CIO tweeted, “I noticed an attention-grabbing information report suggesting FDA’s primary concern re CBD is to make sure drug growth continues. That is an impt challenge however we’re additionally involved in regards to the want for population-level information to tell protected ranges, and many others. CBD reg technique should take all points under consideration.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “June 6, 2005, the Supreme Courtroom dominated medical marijuana might be prosecuted regardless of state legal guidelines. As San Francisco’s DA, I wasn’t having it. We weren’t utilizing our assets to prosecute sufferers. It’s on us to legalize marijuana on the federal stage.”

Sen Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “Nothing proposed at this time can ever undo the devastating hurt accomplished to generations of communities of coloration by the Battle on Medicine. But it surely’s gone time to start out making this proper. It’s time to legalize marijuana nationwide.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “12 GOP & Democratic governors – led by @MassGovernor Baker & @CAgovernor Newsom – have endorsed my bipartisan invoice to guard states’ proper to implement their very own marijuana legal guidelines with out federal interference. That is lengthy overdue. Our federal marijuana legal guidelines perpetuate our damaged felony justice system, impede analysis, prohibit veterans’ entry & hinder financial growth. Marijuana ought to be legalized, & I’ll work with anybody – GOP, Dem, Unbiased, Libertarian, vegetarian – to push for these reforms.”

Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) mentioned Canada’s legalization of marijuana with native legislation enforcement officers.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Lower than one % of the cannabis business is owned by individuals of coloration however individuals of coloration are 4 occasions extra more likely to be arrested for possession. Marijuana has lengthy been a driving pressure in our nation for mass incarceration. It’s time we finish our nation’s outdated legal guidelines.”

The Senate invoice to deschedule and place a federal excise tax on marijuana bought one new cosponsor, for a complete of 1.

The Home invoice to require the Division of Veterans Affairs to check medical cannabis bought one new cosponsor, for a complete of 65.


Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) signed a invoice to legalize hemp and create a framework for the authorized gross sales of CBD merchandise.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisloak (D) signed payments to create a pilot program for marijuana banking and bar employers from refusing to rent somebody over a optimistic cannabis check.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) tweeted, “We have to pursue each accessible technique of responding to the well being & wellness wants of New Mexicans. Including new qualifying circumstances for medical cannabis, together with opioid use dysfunction, is a vital & long-overdue step ahead.” Regulators added opioid use dysfunction, Alzheimer’s illness, autism spectrum dysfunction and three degenerative neurological problems as medical cannabis qualifying circumstances.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) stated he would signal a marijuana legalization invoice if one reaches his desk however that he doesn’t suppose the Senate has the votes to get it accomplished.

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor spoke about what he discovered on the statewide marijuana legalization listening tour he hosted.

A former Michigan Senate majority chief, who now consults with the cannabis business, bragged in an electronic mail about his affect over the state’s marijuana regulatory physique.

A California assemblymember despatched a letter asking Apple to take away restrictions on marijuana-selling apps.

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Point Beach, New Jersey Mayor Steve Reid (R), who serves as govt director of the state affiliate of prohibitionist group Sensible Approaches to Marijuana, misplaced a reelection bid to a main challenger.

The Harris County, Texas district lawyer tweeted that state lawmakers “missed (an) alternative when it got here to marijuana” this session and that “they wanted to look no additional than Houston to depend the cash saved by (diverting) marijuana offenders…”


The Canadian authorities enacted a brand new coverage barring flight crews and controllers from utilizing marijuana for at the very least 28 days earlier than being on responsibility.

Trinidad and Tobago’s opposition chief, a former prime minister, was cleared of wrongdoing associated to marijuana discovered on her property in 2013.


The chairman of the New York State Democratic Get together expressed concern that if lawmakers legalize marijuana and transfer on different progressive points, Democrats might be “thrown out of workplace” on the subsequent election. Recent polling data doesn’t assist the declare.


A evaluate concluded that “power THC administration didn’t considerably impair spatial or non-spatial reminiscence in rodents, and there may be inconclusive proof on this in people.”

A research discovered that medical cannabis “is being utilized by a good portion of most cancers sufferers, throughout age, prognosis, stage, and remedy,” that “sufferers with the next severity of baseline signs are extra possible to make use of [medical cannabis] and report a positive efficacy profile…with no elevated danger of hostile results in older inhabitants and related efficacy in novel” customers.


MedMen Enterprises Inc. introduced {that a} group of buyers suing the corporate and its executives have voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit.

Meals expertise firm SōRSE Know-how raised one other $5 million for its efforts to get entangled within the CBD area.


The Every day Present’s Lewis Black stated that the B in CBD may stand for “bullshit.”

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