Details of Emerging Congress’ Cannabis ‘Omnibus’ Bill (Bulletin: June 13, 2022)


Senate to hold meeting on marijuana and tribes; Congressional Researchers: Legalization Hurts Cartel Profits; The feds want to analyze the dispensary’s cannabis

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/ THINGS TO KNOW

Marijuana Moment got new details on issues being discussed for inclusion in some kind of “marijuana omnibus” bill being negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other congressional leaders, including provisions on banking, write-offs, research, veterans, small business loans cannabis and broader drug sentencing reform.

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has scheduled a meeting for Friday titled “Cannabis in Indian Country.” This is an opportunity for tribes to share their perspective on marijuana issues with senators’ staff.

The Congressional Research Service said in a new report that the legalization of marijuana in the United States and Canada “reduces its value as part of the portfolio of Mexican trafficking organizations.”

The National Institute on Drug Abuse seeks to identify research laboratories capable of analyzing marijuana samples, including cannabis products from legal dispensaries.

/ FEDERAL

The National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Program published a blog post examining how researchers are investigating the role of the human body’s cannabinoid system in combating diabetes-related heart failure.

The Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention published a notice of intent to sole-source a company for laboratory support services to analyze a cannabis plant allergen.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) told Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in a hearing that he would like to work with her staff on cannabis-related banking issues.

Rep. James Comer (R-KY) told a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing that he thinks people “in jail for little things like possession of marijuana” should be released.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) tweeted: “Thank you @ICBA for your continued support of the #SAFEBankingAct! The conflict between state and federal laws has created a serious public safety issue for communities and I echo your call for the conference committee to include #SAFEBanking in the final Bipartisan Innovation Act package.

/ STATES

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed a bill to streamline the process for sealing marijuana and other convictions.

An analysis of a border policing operation launched by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (right) found nearly one in five arrests were for a low-grade marijuana offence.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) has pardoned more people for marijuana and other drug offenses.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (right) compared legalizing sports betting to cannabis, saying: ‘Without a legal way to do it, it’s kind of like the marijuana problem. You just leave the black market there, and you don’t bring it out of the shadows and integrate it into mainstream crime.

Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro, currently Attorney General, tweeted, “It’s time to legalize recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania. Tax it, regulate it, and expunge the records of those who have served time for non-violent marijuana offences. I will build a path to justice, and it will stimulate the economy.

Wyoming Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rex Wilde has spoken about his support for the legalization of marijuana.

The US Virgin Islands The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee has approved an appointment to the Cannabis Advisory Council.

Missouri regulators are requiring several medical cannabis companies to destroy products and waive licenses for various alleged violations.

Montana regulators have passed rules on the application and approval process for marijuana packaging and labeling.

The Connecticut The Social Equity Council has established rules for its decision-making process on marijuana social equity nominees during a closed session.

Illinois regulators have announced plans to issue new marijuana dispensary licenses.

Vermont regulators have issued guidance on marijuana packaging rules.

New York regulators have released a fact sheet on marijuana and young people.

Oregon Regulators will hold a public meeting and town hall on cannabis-related issues on Wednesday.

California Regulators will host a webinar on the Cannabis Naming Program on Thursday.


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/ LOCAL

The Stevens Point, Wisconsin The city council is considering reducing the fine for possession of marijuana to $5.

/ INTERNATIONAL

A Uruguayan Lawmakers are considering introducing a bill to legalize the sale of marijuana to foreigners.

kenyan Presidential candidate George Wajackoyah pledges to legalize medical cannabis if elected.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “high CBD cannabis extracellular vesicles induce cancer signaling in human hepatocellular carcinoma.

Study ‘adds to growing body of psilocybin research with promising results showing safety, feasibility and efficacy of concurrent psilocybin treatment in cancer patients’ major depressive disorder.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A survey revealed that 83% of Nebraskas Support legalize medical cannabis.

Elon Musk tweeted, “Psychedelics and MDMA can make a real difference for mental health, especially for extreme depression and PTSD. We should take this seriously.

/ COMPANY

A California judge ruled that Highlights must pay more than $4.9 million in back rent for a future dispensary in Union Square in San Francisco.

INSA workers are challenging the outcome of a failed vote on unionization.

Colorado retailers sold more than $153 million worth of legal marijuana products in April.

/ CULTURE

Ed Begley Jr. tweeted, “I believe in safe access to medical cannabis for those who could benefit from it.”

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