A woman was arrested for CBD oil at Disney World, despite having a doctor’s recommendation that she use it for her arthritis. Pot opponents in Illinois are rejecting equity arguments in the legalization bill. Denver voters rejected a ballot initiative to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms. Also: Archeologists discovered a stash of 1,000-year-old drug paraphernalia in Bolivia. 🌳
Woman arrested for CBD oil her doctor recommended.
A 69-year-old woman was arrested at Disney World for possessing CBD oil and charged with possession of hashish. Hester Jordan Burkhalter spent 12 hours in jail before being released on $2,000 bond. Her doctor had recommended that she use the oil for her arthritis. The charges against her were eventually dropped. “Why Sheriff Mina would support his deputies using their resources for a CBD oil arrest of a 69-year-old woman, but then won’t do anything about the gas stations, health food stores, drug stores, etc. that are selling it to the open public is absolutely beyond my comprehension,” said Burkhalter’s attorney. Meanwhile, the sheriff’s office says that possessing CBD oil remains a felony in the state of Florida. Fox News Related: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said it would accept trademark applications for hemp now that the federal government has removed it from the Controlled Substances Act. Marijuana Moment
Pot opponents reject equity arguments in legalization proposal.
Anti-legalization advocates in Illinois are rejecting the social justice and equity arguments for legalizing adult-use marijuana in Illinois. “Minorities have said to me we don’t want this stuff in our neighborhood… There’s other ways to generate revenue, not on the backs of our children and young adults,” said Democratic state rep. Marty Moylan. He believes that expunging past cannabis convictions shouldn’t be tied to legalization. “This is about creating a big business that African-Americans are not going to have the capital to get into,” said an anti-legalization advocate. The Chicago Tribune
Cannabis in California.
Governor Gavin Newsom proposed putting $80 million of marijuana revenue to boost child care programs. The Associated Press Only nine cannabis retailers out of 627 licensed dispensaries are using the state’s track-and-trace system, which was “established under an estimated $60 million state contract.” Only 93 of more than 1,000 marijuana processors were using the network. Most businesses are still using paper records, partly due to licensing issues that have left some companies “in a kind of legal limbo, technically unable to do business in the state market.” The Associated Press
On criminal justice reform…
Philadelphia D.A. Larry Krasner said he is “very close” to implementing a policy of not charging people with drug possession offenses. The plan would involve diverting those caught possessing illicit substances into substance abuse treatment or community service instead of jailtime. Axios Kim Kardashian West has helped an effort to commute the life sentences of 17 drug offenders in the past three months. She is providing financial support to cover legal fees and also to help individuals once they are released. CNN In the age of bipartisan support for criminal justice reforms, police unions have emerged as an obstacle. Texas Observer
Congress pushes for marijuana research.
A bipartisan group of 30 lawmakers are pushing the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration to “speed research into medical marijuana instead of impeding it.” The lawmakers want the agencies to move forward on the dozens of applications to grow research marijuana. Lawmakers have appealed to the agencies before over the issue. Marijuana Business Daily Meanwhile, “House committee votes on two bills concerning medical marijuana and military veterans that were scheduled for Wednesday have been cancelled.” Marijuana Moment
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Former drug czar speaks out against legalization.
John P. Walters, who served as drug czar under George W. Bush, testified before a New Hampshire Senate committee against legalization. While a legalization bill has passed the House, the governor has pledged to veto the bill if it came across his desk. Still, anti-legalization lawmakers in the Senate are pulling out all the stops in an attempt to prevent the bill from advancing. Meanwhile, legalization supporters pointed to other states that have legalized recreational marijuana as an example that the policy is not a “disaster” as opponents claim. New Hampshire Union Leader
Today in cannabis business news…
Cannabis company Green Growth Brands is partnering with Abercrombie & Fitch to sell CBD products in a limited number of stores. “Green Growth appointed Brian Logan, a former executive at New Albany, Ohio-based Abercrombie, as its chief financial officer earlier this year.” BNN Bloomberg
Interior designers “are seizing the opportunity to define the look of a growing [marijuana] industry and lifestyle.” The New York Times K-Zen Beverages, a cannabis beverage startup, has raised $5 million in seed funding thanks to venture capital firm DCM. It’s the firm’s second cannabis investment after cannabis delivery service Eaze. TechCrunch
Foreign investors swoop into Jamaica’s medical cannabis market.
Since Jamaica legalized medical marijuana in 2015, foreign investors have been swooping into the market. Like most U.S. states that have legalized cannabis, small farmers who once bore the brunt of marijuana enforcement are now finding themselves locked out of an industry with high barriers to entry. “I’m not saying all of these investors coming in are evil,” said one longtime Jamaican marijuana activist. “I’m just saying most of these coming in are concerned with money. About making money out of an industry that our people have suffered for.” Vice News
Psilocybin decriminalization initiative fails in Denver.
Denver voters have rejected a ballot initiative that would have decriminalized psilocybin mushroom possession, according to partial results. Reuters The latest unofficial numbers show that 51.67 percent of voters voted against the measure, with 48.33 percent voting for it. Westword Denver was the first city in the nation to hold a ballot referendum on the issue of psilocybin decriminalization. Similar efforts are underway in Oregon and California. “At the very least, we’ve demonstrated that we can get psilocybin legislation on the ballot. My mindset is that it’s not a loss, it’s a lesson,” said the campaign director. USA Today
Archaeologists discover collection of drug paraphernalia.
Researchers discovered a 1,000-year-old collection of drug paraphernalia that had traces of five psychoactive drugs, including cocaine and DMT. It’s the “largest number of psychoactive compounds detected in a single archaeological find in South America.” The researchers believe that the substances were brought to the Lípez highlands of south-western Bolivia through trading or by traveling shamans. The items date back to an Andean civilization that is thought to have used drugs “in healing ceremonies and religious rituals believed to enable contact with the dead.” New Scientist
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Word on the States
- In Colorado, a look at upcoming changes to the marijuana program.
- In Texas, advocates are hopeful about medical cannabis reform, but the Senate has sent mixed messages on expanding the program. A Senate committee considers legalizing CBD.
- In Florida, the state’s medical marijuana market is dominated by five companies.
- In Vermont, a House committee considers a bill to legalize commercial cannabis sales.
- In Louisiana, a House committee voted to strip oversight of the medical marijuana program from the agriculture department and give it to the health department. The House approved a regulatory framework for CBD sales.
- In Michigan, Lansing officials say marijuana won’t bring in much revenue for the city.
- In New York, Ulster County considers banning marijuana dispensaries.
- In Oklahoma, how medical marijuana legalization helped one family.
- In Pennsylvania, the Department of Agriculture is swamped with applications to grow industrial hemp.
- In North Dakota, the governor signed a bill to reform civil asset forfeiture in the state.
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