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Obama says GOP was “handy excuse’ for cannabis inaction (Newsletter: November 20, 2020)

November 20, 2020

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Mexico Senate approves legal marijuana; RI hearing on legalization push in 2021; NJ committees approve cannabis sales bills; SXSW drug panel proposals

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The Mexico Senate approved a bill to legalize marijuana. The Chamber of Deputies still needs to sign off before it becomes law, and advocates have several big concerns with the current legislation.

In his new memoir, former President Barack Obama writes that a decision early in his administration to negotiate with Republicans gave him a “handy excuse” to deflect suggestions that he work to legalize marijuana. Obama also briefly discusses the political implications of his own past cannabis use in the book.

At a Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee hearing, lawmakers said marijuana legalization has momentum heading into 2021—but many members are skeptical about Gov. Gina Raimondo’s (D) plan to put cannabis sales in state-run stores.

  • “I certainly do think we’ll act on the issue, whether it’s more private or more state. I’m optimistic to take this up early in the next session.”

The New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee and Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee approved amended legislation to implement legal marijuana sales despite pushback from equity advocates. But because each panel made differing changes from one another, further bicameral negotiation will be needed.

South by Southwest is accepting online votes for dozens of proposed marijuana and psychedelics panels for the 2021 festival. The sessions cover topics from equity in the cannabis industry to psilocybin for mental health care and much more. Voting ends Friday.


Former White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director John Walters coauthored an op-ed criticizing successful state marijuana and drug policy reform measures.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) criticized Democrats in a floor speech for including cannabis industry diversity study provisions in coronavirus relief legislation.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) tweeted, “Republicans want more money for schools, vaccines, #COVID testing and the #PaycheckProtectionProgram. @SenSchumer and @SpeakerPelosi STILL insist on passing the HEROES Act, which mentions marijuana more than it mentions jobs. It’s time they got serious about helping Americans.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “The failed war on drugs has devastated Black and brown communities, yet less than 1% of cannabis licenses go to African American or Latino entrepreneurs. Cannabis reform is a racial justice issue.”


North Carolina’s attorney general tweeted, “In addition to recommending the decriminalization of simple possession of marijuana, the Task Force recommends automatic expungement for anyone with a prior conviction. Again, we don’t need to be burdening people with criminal records unnecessarily. And it should be fair to all.”

Utah’s Senate majority leader is cosponsoring a bill to make it easier for doctors to recommend medical cannabis.

New York’s Assembly majority leader reiterated her position that marijuana legalization revenue should be directed toward helping communities harmed by past enforcement.

A California judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by counties seeking to block regulations allowing marijuana delivery services to operate even in areas that ban cannabis storefronts.

A Pennsylvania court ruled that a worker who was fired for medical cannabis use is entitled to unemployment benefits.

Michigan regulators are reportedly drafting legislation to merge the state’s recreational marijuana and medical cannabis businesses into one license type.

Colorado regulators sent a bulletin about fraud attempts against marijuana businesses.

Illinois regulators are being sued for allegedly failing to grade a marijuana dispensary license application.

Alaska regulators will discuss marijuana transportation layovers and other cannabis issues on Monday.

Kansas regulators will hold a hearing on hemp rules on Monday.

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The Tulsa, Oklahoma City Council voted to allow drive-thru medical cannabis dispensaries.

Portland, Oregon’s Cannabis Policy Oversight Team met.

Denver, Colorado regulators will hold a briefing on the impact of coronavirus and resulting policies on the marijuana industry on Friday.


The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that CBD is not a narcotic drug and member nations cannot prohibit its free movement between countries.


A study found that “hemp inflorescences can be used as a source of natural antioxidants in vegetable oils and lipid products to retard their oxidation, especially those characterized by a high degree of unsaturation.”


Law Enforcement Action Partnership has a new executive director.


TerrAscend Corp.  reported $51 million in net quarterly sales and a net loss of $17.5 million.

Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. is partnering with  the University at Buffalo’s  Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences on hemp cannabinoid research.


Olivia Newton-John tweeted that a company is falsely claiming to sell CBD oil endorsed by her.

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