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Canada releases its proposed marijuana regulations, a look at the pitfalls of developing an equity program, and the DEA gives a synthetic THC product Schedule II status. Sexual harassment allegations against MPP’s executive director have resurfaced in the wake of a leadership shuffle. 🌳
Canada proposes cannabis regulations.
Expunging marijuana-related convictions seems like a no-brainer after legalization, but most states don’t offer any sort of recourse. Contrary to numerous “women in weed” headlines, the industry is not proving friendly to them. MassRoots is suing its former CEO, who initiated a proxy battle to overthrow the company’s leadership.
Pro-marijuana interests are just trying to defend their gains in Congress under the Trump administration. The authors of a report that spawned a bunch of “marijuana overdose” headlines are pushing back. New California cannabis regulations favor large growers with lots of money. Also: How marijuana became the Congo’s new cash crop.
Sessions defends past marijuana comments. Attorney general Jeff Sessions defended his past comments on cannabis at a House committee hearing. “Good people don’t smoke marijuana,” he once said. House rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) listed a whole bunch of prominent Republicans who had admitted to consuming cannabis, asking “which of those are not good people?”
Sessions talked cannabis at a House committee hearing, experts say Christie’s marijuana claims are not accurate, and states are struggling to develop standards for the cannabis industry. Also: A long-time gardener heads to a marijuana-growing class to find out it’s much more difficult that growing tomatoes. 🌳
Jeff Sessions says cannabis isn’t as dangerous as heroin.
The Canadian government announced its marijuana tax plan, and provinces and patients aren’t happy about it. Marino blames a former DEA official for not getting the drug czar job. States wrestle with allowing former convicts to use medical marijuana. Also: New York’s governor signed a bill to add PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis.
Senators are pushing back on Jeff Sessions’ asset forfeiture revival. A look at veterans advocating for medical marijuana. California’s legal marijuana program is a “shitshow.” Also: medical marijuana businesses in Massachusetts are opposing proposals to increase diversity in the industry. 🌳
Senators push back on Sessions.
On Nov. 3, Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill that would’ve set up regulations for legal sales and cultivation of marijuana under the Marijuana Legalization Act, the ballot initiative state voters approved in 2016. The state House sustained the veto three days later when it voted 74-62 to override LePage’s veto,
A look at the challenges facing the first federally approved cannabis clinical trial. State lawmakers wrestle with social-use in states that have legalized marijuana. An alliance of 17 Canadian cannabis companies came up with advertising and branding guidelines. And a Pennsylvania city’s mayor-elect has decades-old drug convictions that are coming back to haunt him.
Marijuana legalization and criminal justice reform make waves on election day. A DEA spokesperson says CBD is definitely illegal, but he would treat his kid with it if he had to. Researchers lab-tested a bunch of CBD products and found that most of them were incorrectly labeled. Also: Leafly lays off 13 percent of its workforce.
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