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International cannabis meeting with US, Germany, etc. (Newsletter: November 22, 2023)

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WI legalization petition; MA psychedelics sigs; Jersey City police marijuana lawsuit; MO 2023 sales top $1B; OH cannabis amendment economic concerns

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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

Germany’s commissioner for addiction and drug issues hosted an International Forum for Sustainable Cannabis Regulation featuring representatives from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Colombia and other countries.

Wisconsin Senate Minority Leader Melissa Agard (D) launched a petition to pressure the GOP-controlled legislature to hold a hearing on her marijuana legalization bill.

Massachusetts activists are submitting 100,000 more signatures in support of a psychedelics legalization ballot initiative after officials discovered a technical issue potentially invalidating tens of thousands of prior petitions.

Two Jersey City, New Jersey police officers who were fired for off-duty marijuana use are accusing Mayor Steven Fulop (D) in a new lawsuit of trying to “win over more conservative voters” in his run for governor with the anti-cannabis policy.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced that retailers have sold more than $1 billion worth of legal marijuana products so far in 2023.

Oregon Secretary of State LaVonne Griffin-Valade (D) concluded that a marijuana audit overseen by her predecessor should remain online despite questions surrounding the outside consulting for a cannabis company she did at the time it was conducted.

Rob Moore of Scioto Analysis argues in a new op-ed that if Ohio lawmakers alter the state’s voter-approved marijuana legalization law, it could undermine the $260 million net economic benefit his firm estimated the measure will generate every year.

/ FEDERAL

Newly released Secret Service records reveal a photo of cocaine found in the White House, in addition to other details about the investigation.

Customs and Border Protection sent a holiday travel reminder that warns people not to cross the border with marijuana.

/ STATES

An Indiana representative said if the state could put marijuana legalization on the ballot it would probably pass.

Maine representatives toured suspected illegal Chinese-owned marijuana growing sites.

A former New Hampshire representative discussed the prospects of legalizing marijuana.

Alabama regulators reached a settlement with medical cannabis license applicants challenging their award process.

Alaska regulators proposed changes to rules on marijuana business security interest transfer.

California regulators are proposing to adopt revised cannabis tax rules.

The Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety is launching a pilot project to test saliva-based roadside tests for marijuana.

Iowa regulators suspended a hemp company’s license for allegedly making “willful misrepresentations” about its products.

Vermont regulators will host an event on marijuana business pre-license qualification on December 13.

/ LOCAL

St. Louis, Missouri officials missed a deadline to inform state officials about a local marijuana tax, meaning it will be implemented later than planned.

Dayton, Ohio police are warning people about marijuana-impaired driving.

Onondaga County, New York issued a warning about reports of fentanyl being present in synthetic cannabinoid products.


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/ INTERNATIONAL

Japanese officials are planning to ban HHCH, a synthetic substance derived from cannabis.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study “shed new light on the potential role of CBD in inflammatory colorectal tumors, suggesting that CBD could be a promising candidate for [colorectal cancer] immunotherapy.”

A review concluded that “psychedelic therapies were well tolerated and presented a large effect size for the management of depression symptoms in a transdiagnostic population with psilocybin and MDMA.”

/ BUSINESS

Trulieve is being sued by the family of a worker who died after collapsing at a production facility in Massachusetts.

A Canadian court approved a settlement in a shareholder lawsuit against Auxly Cannabis Group Inc.

A Canadian court approved Canopy Growth Corporation’s plan to sell all or substantially all of the assets of BioSteel Canada and BioSteel Manufacturing, LLC.

Washington, D.C. businesses sold $4.8 million worth of medical cannabis products in October.

/ CULTURE

Basketball player LeBron James seemed to mimic the motion of smoking marijuana and passing it to another player during a game.

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