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Mexican lawmakers are circulating a revised draft of a marijuana legalization bill that the Senate majority leader wants to pass by December 15.

Sens. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) sent a letter urging passage of marijuana banking legislation through the National Defense Authorization Act.

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), who chairs the Board of Pardons, is urging as many people as possible to apply to have their marijuana convictions pardoned before he leaves office.

A regional ambassador with the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition authored an op-ed urging Maryland lawmakers to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) veto of a bill to decriminalize drug paraphernalia.

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A federal judge delayed the sentencing of a former Fall River, Massachusetts mayor convicted of extorting marijuana businesses.

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Texas’s attorney general is being asked by the Montgomery County district attorney to issue an opinion saying that possessing or selling delta-8 THC products is a crime.

Utah’s Senate minority whip and other lawmakers are criticizing regulators for delays in implementing a law to make it easier for providers to issue medical cannabis recommendations.

Florida representatives filed a bill on medical cannabis testing, delta-8 THC and other issues.

A Missouri Republican representative spoke at a psychedelics conference.

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has failed to comply with a law requiring it to conduct a public education campaign about the process for sealing marijuana conviction records.

Arizona regulators proposed revised marijuana social equity rules.

New York regulators published a checklist for cannabinoid hemp packaging and labeling.

Nevada marijuana regulators will hold a public hearing on December 14.

Colorado regulators will hold a hearing on a proposed fee increase for medical cannabis registry applications on December 15.


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San Francisco, California police were caught on tape appearing to watch as a marijuana dispensary was robbed, without taking action to intervene.

The Missoula, Montana City Council will consider marijuana rules on Monday.

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Italy’s labor and youth policy ministers said that the incoming German government’s commitment to legalize marijuana means that their country should also seriously consider the reform.

A Philippine vice presidential candidate said he supports allowing medical cannabis access.

Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration announced another public consultation on standards for medical cannabis imports.

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A study suggested an “antipsychotic medication sparing effect of CBD-cigarettes as adjunctive treatment of acute psychosis.”

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) hinted he may veto a medical cannabis bill that lawmakers have been negotiating to replace the overturned voter-approved ballot measure unless there’s a sharp reduction in the amount of marijuana that patients can purchase.

New Hampshire lawmakers have already pre-filed at least six marijuana legalization bills for the 2022 session—including one from Republican House leaders and others that would put cannabis on the ballot for voters to decide.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) announced he has granted pardons to 30 people, most for marijuana and other drug offenses. He has now issued more pardons in his first three years in office than any governor in the state’s recent history.

Illinois Department of Revenue data shows the state has collected nearly $100 million more in tax revenue from adult-use marijuana sales than from alcohol so far in 2021, and cannabis totals have exceeded those for liquor in every single month since February.

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Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz coauthored a column discussing the possible impact of marijuana use on sperm counts and pregnancy.

/ STATES

In a year-end review, Missouri’s attorney general highlighted a restitution order he issued to a medical cannabis business earlier in the year.

New York’s hemp plan received federal approval.

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An Indiana Republican representative who serves in House leadership says she will be introducing a marijuana legalization bill for the 2022 session.

Marijuana Moment obtained a full slide presentation on the Taliban-approved plan to grow cannabis in Afghanistan, but the company involved—CPharm of Germany—says the whole thing is contingent on international recognition of the new regime.

A new study found that more than one-third of software developers “regularly use cannabis while programming”—with many saying that it helps promote creativity and get them into the “programming zone.” Others say it helps to “mitigate programming-related pain.”

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The Fish and Wildlife Service noted the harms that illegal cannabis cultivation can pose to foothill yellow-legged frog populations.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed a bill requiring medical cannabis business license applicants to have liability insurance policies.

Mississippi’s House minority leader said he thinks lawmakers will take up a medical cannabis bill early in 2022.

Montana regulators adopted new marijuana rules.

Minnesota regulators are “actively working” to let retailers know their position that some hemp-derived products are illegal.

Illinois regulators issued new marijuana infuser and transporter licenses.

New York regulators released guidance about hemp license applications.

Ohio regulators released updated medical cannabis patient and caregiver numbers.


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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is blaming Democrats—and the Congressional Black Caucus in particular—for the failure to pass federal marijuana legalization. But most Democrats in the House voted to legalize cannabis last year while all but five Republicans opposed it.

Pakistan’s minister of science and technology personally harvested the nation’s first legal hemp plants under the government’s new program for the crop.

A researcher analyzed more than 3 million Reddit comments to understand what kinds of arguments are driving the marijuana debate as support for legalization increases.

Montana’s legal recreational marijuana sales are set to begin on January 1.

/ FEDERAL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said licensed hemp businesses are eligible for its Rural Innovation Stronger Economy Grant Program.

California Democratic congressional candidate Lourin Hubbard tweeted, “I definitely support legalization. Even further I support the immediate release and expungement of criminal records due to marijuana possession.”

The House bill to shield military veterans from losing benefits over state-legal marijuana got one new cosponsor for a total of two.

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) signed a bill removing prior authorization to access methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone to treat opioid use disorder for people on Medicaid.

Maryland’s House minority leader said he has some concerns with marijuana legalization but thinks the issue will end up on the 2022 ballot.

A Kentucky representative spoke about the prospects for her recently filed bills to legalize marijuana possession and home cultivation.

New Mexico regulators are accepting applications for marijuana integrated microbusinesses.

New Jersey regulators published a list of “hemp varieties of concern” that have tested with excessive THC content.

The Colorado Department of Transportation touted an award-winning campaign to deter marijuana-impaired driving.

South Carolina regulators published a list of permitted hemp transporters.

Ohio regulators will hold a public hearing on medical cannabis rules changes on January 6.


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