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Newsletter #197

Two marijuana bills hit the House Two bipartisan bills related to marijuana were introduced in the House of Representatives by Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Don Young of Alaska. If passed, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019 would remove cannabis from the list of controlled substances and allow states to determine their own marijuana laws. The second bill, the Marijuana Data Collection Act of 2019, calls for research to study the impacts of both medical and recreational cannabis. Learn more about the measures here. Medical cannabis aiding the elderly A recent study tracked over 200 elderly patients prescribed cannabis through New York’s

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Newsletter #196

Canadians spending billions on black market marijuana Marijuana money flow is one of the many things Canada’s national statistical agency monitors. When researchers dove into the numbers of the fourth quarter of 2018, they found that Canadians doled out nearly six billion Canadian dollars on cannabis. Perhaps the most noteworthy finding is that nearly 80 percent of that money was spent in the illegal market. Seems like government officials have quite a bit of work to do on improving the country’s legal marijuana program. Swapping tobacco for hemp in Kentucky Kentucky’s history of hemp cultivation goes back centuries. However, after laws classified hemp as a narcotic

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Newsletter #195

CBD, THC and yeast The future of cannabinoids might be found in yeast. No, this has nothing to do with breweries making marijuana-infused beer. In fact, scientists are working with brewer’s yeast to churn out CBD and THC. This could be a cost-effective, fairly simple way to produce large amounts of cannabis compounds. Additionally, this method may make it easier to study cannabinoids. Nice. Marijuana Justice Act reintroduced Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey first introduced the Marijuana Justice Act in 2017, but it was not taken up for a vote then. The 2020 presidential hopeful just reintroduced the bill, which

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Newsletter #194

No more CBD in NYC restaurants Adding CBD to food, booze and, well, everything under the sun has become very popular. However, after industrial hemp was removed from the Controlled Substances Act, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared it unlawful to add CBD to food and beverages. New York City’s Department of Health is taking this declaration seriously. In fact, the health department plans to start fining restaurants that offer CBD-laced cuisine. Watch out, Brooklyn. Lack of representation in the marijuana industry It’s widely known that people of color have been disproportionately targeted in the War on Drugs. Various state and

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Newsletter #193

Kamala Harris talks weed Senator Kamala Harris wants to be the next president of the U.S., and she seems to realize that she must be pro-pot to have any chance of becoming the Democratic nominee. Harris was opposed to recreational cannabis in the past, but in a recent interview, she said she supports legalization. In fact, she admitted to smoking a joint in college. Harris added, “I think it gives a lot of people joy. We need more joy in the world.” Marijuana banking bill It’s widely known that cannabis businesses struggle to access basic financial services. A group of

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Newsletter #192

California’s tribal nations and the marijuana industry California’s cannabis industry is often talked about, but there’s one topic that rarely makes headlines: The state’s tribal nations are not permitted to participate in the regulated market. Native American tribes are not allowed to obtain the required licenses. Consequently, they cannot participate in the California cannabis industry. Learn more about this legal situation and the obstacles tribal nations are facing here. WHO recommends cannabis rescheduling The United Nations’ World Health Organization is recommending that member countries reschedule marijuana from its current status under international treaties. The recommendation is for whole-plant cannabis and

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