What Is the MORE Act, and How Could It Change Marijuana Policy Forever?


The excise taxes collected would go toward regulatory oversight, funding expungements and resentencing procedures, and researching how legal cannabis will affect the population at large. Justin Strekal: It’s important to remember that none of the states that have reformed their cannabis policies — whether medical or adult-use — were predicated on if Congress decides to move marijuana to Schedule II or III or IV.

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Cannabis Use in the NFL – Will Policies Change?

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The National Football League (NFL) preseason is upon us, and though the players may have changed, the league’s strict cannabis policies have not. That stands to change, though, with the renegotiation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement – a labor agreement between the NFL team owners and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) – which expires after the 2020 season. I think it demonstrates the spirit of cooperation we have around our health and safety issues.”.


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CCIA Policy Conference What’s Missing?

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CCIA Policy Conference What’s Missing? – On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, the California Cannabis Industry Association (“CCIA”) will host its 4th Annual Policy Conference in Sacramento, California. 2019 Policy Development & Legislation , moderated by Amy Jenkins, CCIA. The preceding summarizes the apparent coverage of CCIA’s 4th Annual Policy Conference. Let us start with some broad policy questions that we believe should be asked.

Ontario Cannabis Policy Continues to Hurt the Legal Market


From opt-outs to gross limitations on the number of initial cannabis stores, “competent” is hardly a word we could use to describe Ontario’s marijuana policy. Ontario will not allow dispensaries to offer “click-and-collect” purchases or home deliveries. . No Click-and-Collect or Delivery Options. The concept of click-and-collect is hardly new. Click-and-collect would be an amazing tool for dispensaries.

NHL Marijuana Policy Approach As A Role Model For Other Professional Sports

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Each sport approaches marijuana policy through their respective collective bargaining agreements as negotiated between the team owners (usually the league or association) and the players (as represented by a player’s association.) These various collective bargaining agreements create contractual obligations between the league and the players regarding controlled substance abuse policies and expiration dates whereby the contract expires.

House Members Pass Historic Legislation Legitimizing Retail Cannabis Sales


Today’s vote is a significant victory for the cannabis reform movement and here’s why: for the first time ever, a supermajority of the House voted affirmatively to recognize that the legalization and regulation of marijuana is a superior public policy to prohibition and criminalization. 2019 ACTIVISM Advocacy Banking GOVERNMENT Legalization LEGISLATION Legislative Update Policy The MORE Act

New Jersey: Adult-use legalization is closer than ever


Some highlights include expedited expungement for past misdemeanor marijuana convictions, a three-percent tax to be collected by or paid to municipalities wherever retail stores exist, and provisions to incentivize socio-economic, racial, and gender equity in the state’s cannabis industry. It’s time for New Jersey to prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of its residents by joining the 10 states (and Washington DC) that have passed sensible marijuana reform.

Long Beach Lowers Cannabis Taxes

Canna Newswire

February 17, 2019 / Canna Newswire / – The Long Beach Collective Association (“ LBCA ”), cannabis business owners, policy advocates, patients, consumers, and city officials came together to support the city’s legal cannabis business community, lower taxes, and fight the illegal market. There’s no question that high tax rates drive people to the cheaper illicit market increasing public safety concerns,” said Adam Hijazi, President of the LBCA.

The Sale of CBD Foods Is Legal in the UK (For Now)

Canna Law Blog

Last week, the Food Standard Agency (“ FSA ”), the agency responsible for protecting public health in relation to food in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (collectively, the “UK”), cleared a path for the sale of CBD-infused food for the next 12 months. Specifically, the FSA is giving the CBD industry until March 31, 2021 to submit valid novel food authorization applications to ensure these products meet specific safety standards.

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Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/1/20


This week, advocates in Missouri began collecting signatures to qualify a marijuana legalization initiative for the November 2020 ballot. 2227) is bipartisan legislation that removes marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, thus decriminalizing the substance at the federal level and enabling states to set their own policies. Update : SB 79 was approved by the House Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee on 1/29/20.

FDA Issues Warning Letters to CBD Manufacturers Making “Over-The-Line” Health Claims

Canna Law Blog

The FDA has expressed an interest in collecting comments, data and information on the following topics: Health and safety risks : Based on what is known about the safety of products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds, are there particular safety concerns that FDA should consider regarding its regulatory oversight and monitoring of these products? Federal law and policy Hemp

Exporting CBD Food Just Got Harder: The European Union Makes a Move

Canna Law Blog

The European Food Safety Authority (“ EFSA ”), the European equivalent of the U.S. The EU or its affiliates are expected to provide further guidance on this issue; however, due to administrative procedures and time required for adequate data collection, such publication won’t likely be released until 2020. Federal law and policy Hemp International

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Attorneys General Push for Marijuana Banking Reform


“First, threats to public safety caused by a cash-intensive business model, often the target of criminal activity, have intensified in the months since the pandemic began. Finally, the ability to efficiently collect tax revenue from the marijuana industry, estimated to have generated $15 billion in sales in 2019, will provide critical relief for state and local governments predicting budget shortfalls due to the pandemic.”

In new book, WSU Vancouver professor sees benefits of legalized marijuana

Cannabis Chronicles

In the months after Washington voters approved legalized marijuana in 2012, Clayton Mosher, a sociology professor at Washington State University Vancouver, noticed what he believed to be unnecessary safety concerns. Mosher, who has studied marijuana policy for roughly 30 years, recently released his new book “In the Weeds,” which he co-wrote with Scott Akins, an associate sociology professor at Oregon State University.

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Portland Funded its Police Department With Cannabis Tax Revenue


A 2019 report from the Portland City Auditor, 79 percent of marijuana tax revenue has gone to public safety, including about 46 percent directly to the Portland Police Bureau.

WSU researchers team with Puyallup tribe on medicinal cannabis research

Cannabis Chronicles

We’ll hand them an iPad, and ask them to fill out a couple quick surveys,” said Michael McDonell, chair of WSU’s Collaboration on Cannabis Policy, Research and Outreach. This partnership with WSU and Qwibil will help us research the safety and efficacy of cannabis as medicine for our patients’ use.”.

Group Representing State Treasurers Formally Calls On Congress To Pass Banking Legislation

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The National Association of State Treasurers adopted a resolution on Friday announcing that the organization “supports common sense federal laws and regulations to provide essential banking services to state legalized cannabis businesses, promote public safety and financial transparency, and facilitate local, state and federal tax and fee collection.”. I hope that Congress will recognize that this public safety issue is bi-partisan and will create safer communities.”.

Meadowlands: Update from Local Regulators with the Cannabis Czars of Los Angeles, San Francisco…


Isa Perez (Head of Business Development at Meadow) moderates the Update from Local Regulators Panel with Joe Devlin (Sacramento Cannabis Policy and Enforcement), Cat Packer (Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation), and Nicole Elliot ( San Francisco Office of Cannabis). I joined the City of Los Angeles after serving as a policy coordinator for an organization called the Drug Policy Alliance.

Thursday: New Hampshire legislature passes recreational cannabis bill, sends to Senate

Cannabis Law Report

The bill would appropriate $2 million to a Cannabis Control Commission to launch administration of the law, with “priorities for the allocation of the remaining funds subject to appropriation,” starting with $100,000 annually to the Department of Safety for a drug monitoring initiative and data collection on health impacts. 5 percent to public safety agencies for hiring/training drug recognition experts. NPR Report.

Why is US Cannabis Research Funded to Focus on Adverse Effects?


Daniel Mallinson, a cannabis policy researcher, reviewed the funding analysis provided to Science Magazine and stated that, “The government’s budget is a political statement about what we value as a society.

Oregon Vape Update

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Testing of vaping products to determine product safety. Executive Order 19-09 also convenes a Vaping Public Health Workgroup to advise the Governor and state agencies, examine the evidence about the causes and effects of vaping-related lung injuries, and collect stakeholder feedback and input about the vaping public health crisis. Testing of vaping products to determine product safety.

Over $1.4 Million in Marijuana Sold During First Month of Legal Sales in Maine

The Joint Blog

This is all according to data released by Maine’s Office of Marijuana Policy, which was collected by the group Metrc. During the first month of legal sales in Maine, over $1.4

Where Does California’s $635M in Marijuana Tax Money Go?

Marijuana Lawyer Blog

And tax dollars collected from the cannabis industry are already showing great impact across a variety of sectors. Since its passing in 2016, Prop 64 has earmarked its entire cannabis industry tax revenue, minus regulatory costs, to supporting public health, repairing the environment, and bettering public safety. 20 percent to public safety initiatives. million in grants to support public health and safety initiatives.

Article – Quartz: Here’s how much marijuana businesses pay in taxes

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According to the Tax Policy Center, a partnership between the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, states with marijuana taxes put a portion of the funds toward the following: Alaska steers 50% of its cannabis revenues to its general fund, and 50% to crime reduction programs. Massachusetts pays for various public safety programs with the cannabis taxes it collects. Read the full article at. link]. Here’s a chart Quartz compiled. State.

California Employers Ease Zero Tolerance on Cannabis

Marijuana Lawyer Blog

California employers long have long availed themselves of their right – as affirmed by the state’s high court – to carry out zero tolerance policies against workers who use drugs – even if that drug use takes place off-the-job. The History of Employer Zero Tolerance Policies. Two years after that, federal lawmakers passed the Drug-Free Workplace America Act, which allowed mandatory drug-testing of employees AND government contractors, citing safety concerns.

The FDA’s Problem With Hemp-CBD

Canna Law Blog

That’s not great for the FDA, considering that its purpose is to protect the public, not collect taxes. Recently, the FDA issued a new statement on CBD : FDA is Committed to Sound, Science-Based Policy on CBD. The opening paragraph of the statement is reassuring: Science forms the basis for decisions at the [FDA] and is paramount when it comes to making decisions that will impact the health and safety of the American public. People are distrustful.

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Article Details Cannabis Tax Numbers In Washington State. What’s Coming In & Where The Revenue Is Being Spent

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But, where is the money collected from taxes going? In its 2018 fiscal year report, the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board said the State of Washington made $362 million in cannabis tax revenue, while the state collected $5.4 That number is extensive, considering total liquor income the State of Washington collected in 2018 was $209.8 In 2017, The State of Washington collected $315.2 Compared to tobacco revenue the state collects, which was $0.1

Most New York City Employers Now Prohibited from Conducting Pre-Employment Marijuana Tests

The Blunt Truth

positions with the “potential to significantly impact the health or safety of employees or members of the public,” as determined by rules promulgated by the City. any applicants whose prospective employer is a party to a valid collective bargaining agreement that specifically addresses the pre-employment drug testing of the applicants.

CA:Long Beach Lowers Cannabis Taxes

Cannabis Law Report

The Long Beach Collective Association (“ LBCA “), cannabis business owners, policy advocates, patients, consumers, and city officials came together to support the city’s legal cannabis business community to lower taxes. There’s no question that high tax rates drive people to the cheaper illicit market increasing public safety concerns,” said Adam Hijazi, President of the LBCA. MRR report.

NORML Chapter Newsletter, February 2019


“Ultimately, the only thing that will stop large-scale profiteers and the environmental and public safety harms they cause is marijuana legalization at the federal level.” “The state is collecting millions more than they expend every year. For more than 45 years NORML chapters have been the driving force behind policy decisions on the local and state level.

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UK: Survey Suggests That As Many As 1.4 Million Purchasing Illegal Cannabis To Treat “Chronic Conditions”

Cannabis Law Report

Further information regarding which diagnoses cannabis was used for, in addition to which social, age and geographical groups used cannabis in this was collected and will be published in a forthcoming report, the CMC said. However, criticism of this data, open to observational, selection and reporting bias, has prevented their inclusion in national policy deliberations.

American Herbal Productions Association Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress – Part 2

Greenspoon Marder Cannabis Law Group Blog

Cara Welch, Acting Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner for Policy Legislation & International Affairs, held steadfast in the FDA’s need for more information on CBD. Welch, on behalf of the FDA, encourages those with any additional research available to come forward and assist with collecting information regarding the safety of CBD. By: Nabil Rodriguez, Esq. Associate .

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California is Moving Forward With a Plan to Establish Marijuana Banks

The Joint Blog

“This is as close as we can get until the federal government changes its policy,” said Sen. ” He called it a public safety issue, putting retailers at risk of robbery. Marijuana tax collections were $100 million short of expectations in August. Retailers have also blamed low tax collections on sluggish sales due to a still flourishing black market.

NCIA Press Release: Cannabis Industry Professionals Call on Senate Banking Committee Chairman to Move Forward with House-Approved Banking Reform

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The bill would provide safe harbor for financial institutions to work with regulated cannabis businesses that are in compliance with state laws, addressing a number of public safety concerns and lack of access to capital for small businesses created by current federal restrictions. Chairman Crapo said he intended to have the bill considered in his committee, but also expressed concerns about the bill and other aspects of cannabis policy not related to banking.

New Jersey Greatly Expands Medical Marijuana Law

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Ability to meet the overall health needs of qualified patients and safety of the public. Measure 1, Security plan: The applicant shall provide an acceptable safety and security plan, including staffing and site plan, and a detailed description of proposed security and safety measures, which demonstrates compliance with the rules at N.J.A.C. History of compliance with regulations and policies governing government regulated marijuana programs.

Marijuana & Pregnancy: Top Studies


This creates a somewhat confusing landscape for mothers who might benefit from cannabis-based therapies, but are also concerned for the safety of their child and the very real possibility of institutional intervention when marijuana use during pregnancy is documented.

What Are the Benefits of Legalizing Marijuana?

Otherside Farms

Boost Government Revenue Collection. Do you know bad policies can foster social injustices? Promote Consumer Safety. In short, the fight against marijuana use poses a significant threat to consumer safety. Marijuana is prominent for its many names? Also dubbed hashish, bhang, ganja, hemp, weed, pot, and more, it is the herb shrouded with a lot of contention. The discovery of marijuana dates back to the times of the Chinese Emperor, Shen Nung.