Biden commerce pick wants cannabis in gov’t stores (Newsletter: January 11, 2021) – Marijuana Moment

KY gov pushes medical marijuana; MT lawmakers block legalization funding; PA lt. gov. weighs Senate run; COVID vaccines for cannabis workers

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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the post-COVID economic recovery as commerce secretary—Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D)— wants legal marijuana to be sold in government-run stores. She has floated the plan in her state, though it’s not clear what cannabis moves she’d push to make as part of the federal government.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) called for the legalization of medical marijuana in his State of the Commonwealth speech just as lawmakers filed a new bill to enact the policy change in 2021. Last year, medical cannabis passed the House but died in the Senate.

Montana lawmakers rejected regulators’ request for funding to start implanting the state’s voter-approved marijuana legalization program. Separately, Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) is proposing to shift eventual tax revenue from cannabis sales to programs that are different than the ones spelled out in the initiative that voters approved in November. Meanwhile, provisions legalizing personal cannabis possession and home cultivation have already taken effect.

Marijuana Moment spoke to Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) ahead of his new announcement that he’s formally considering a run for U.S. Senate. He talked about the potential for mass cannabis pardons, legalization in the state and the festive marijuana flags he flies at his Capitol office.

A coalition of more than 20 California marijuana businesses is calling on state health officials to prioritize their workers for the next round of COVID vaccines, saying that large parts of their customer bases are immune compromised or elderly.

/ FEDERAL

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said the prospects of the House passing his marijuana legalization bill again are “excellent.”

The House Rules Committee noted the marijuana policy work of Rep. Ed Perlmutter (R-CO) in an announcement about his reappointment to the panel.

/ STATES

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) budget proposes consolidating the state’s three marijuana regulatory agencies into a single Department of Cannabis Control.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) issued an executive order acknowledging that she is behind a law enforcement lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s voter-approved marijuana legalization initiative.

New Mexico’s Senate majority leader said marijuana legalization is near the top of the agenda for the new legislative session.

New Jersey’s Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and another lawmaker withdrew their sponsorship of a bill to address Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) concerns about pending marijuana legalization legislation, upending a planned Monday floor vote. Separately, the Assembly speaker announced a recommended appointment for the state’s cannabis regulatory commission.

The Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee tweeted about the economic benefits of legalizing marijuana.

Massachusetts regulators published new marijuana rules.

Arizona regulators published a second draft of legal marijuana rules.

Lawyers for a Mississippi mayor challenging the state’s voter-approved medical cannabis law filed their latest brief in the lawsuit.

Colorado regulators issued a health and safety warning about potentially unsafe yeast and mold levels in marijuana flower produced by Carrick-Harvest, LLC (DBA Veritas Fine Cannabis).

Maine regulators issued updated guidance on creating marijuana sample packages for testing.

Washington State regulators created an advice and consultation process for marijuana businesses.

Rhode Island regulators and the town of Smithfield are being sued by a medical cannabis grower over a raid on his property.

Oregon regulators sent an update on efforts to streamline marijuana licensing.

Michigan regulators will hold a marijuana social equity program outreach and education session on Tuesday.


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/ LOCAL

Rochester, New York’s mayor said she plans to use some revenue from the eventual legalization of marijuana on housing programs.

Denver, Colorado police sent a notice about recent incidents of thievery against marijuana dispensary customers.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Only Netherlands citizens will be allowed in Amsterdam’s marijuana-selling coffee shops under a plan but forth by the city’s mayor.

Ontario, Canada’s provincial marijuana stores will stop carrying products that fail to meet sales targets and will introduce a craft designation for smaller producers.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that “CBD use is common among people with fibromyalgia, and the results suggest that many derive benefit from using CBD across multiple symptoms domains.”

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai launched a new psychedelics research center.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The American Civil Liberties Union published a post saying that President-elect Joe Biden “should issue an executive order within his first 100 days declaring an end to the war on drugs and directing his federal prosecutors and law enforcement to use their discretion to stop prosecuting the war on drugs.”

The New York State Bar Association applauded Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) renewed push for legalizing marijuana.

/ BUSINESS

A federal judge rejected a motion from Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals Inc. to dismiss a lawsuit filed against it by an employee who claims she was wrongfully fired over medical cannabis use.

Canopy Growth Corp.’s CEO said the company expects to be operating in the U.S. within a year.
It is also planning to open nine new Tokyo Smoke retail locations in Ontario, Canada.

Columbia Care Inc. entered into an agreement to sell 16.5 million shares at a price of C$8.05 per share, for proceeds of C$130,007,500.

BevCanna Enterprises Inc. announced that it completed a $5 million capital injection.

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. signed a long-term lease with Holistic Industries Inc.

/ CULTURE

Jay-Z’s marijuana company Monogram launched a new web series called “High Tales.”

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