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Congressional bill pressures states on drug expungements (Newsletter: December 21, 2020)

December 21, 2020

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OR prosecutor enacts decrim early; Booker: GA races will decide federal marijuana legalization; WA cannabis homegrow bill

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A new bill filed in Congress by Rep. Kwanza Hall (D-GA) pressures states and localities to expunge prior drug convictions by threatening to withhold federal money if they don’t. Hall previously enacted a marijuana decrim as an Atlanta City Council member.

The top prosecutor in Multnomah County, Oregon—that state’s most populous county—is dropping drug possession cases early after voters approved a decriminalization measure that doesn’t formally take effect until February. Meanwhile, the state is accepting applications to serve on an advisory board on expanding treatment services in accordance with the ballot measure

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said that Georgia voters will decide if marijuana will be federally legalized with their votes in two Senate runoffs next month.

  • “Even Joe Biden said he wants to decriminalize it, so the relaxing of laws that better allow states to do what they want to do.”

Washington State could finally legalize home cultivation of recreational marijuana under a newly filed bill. The sponsor says it will at least get a “fair hearing and vote” in the committee she chairs.


Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue included the department’s work on hemp issues in an overview of its 2020 accomplishments.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “We must end the federal prohibition on marijuana and the draconian marijuana laws that have contributed to racial inequality. I will keep fighting for Senate action and work with President-elect Biden to advance criminal justice reform and undo the harms done by the War on Drugs.”

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) and other Republican senators filed a resolution that criticizes “New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, who prohibited or severely restricted indoor services by houses of worship because they were not deemed ‘essential’, but commercial establishments like marijuana dispensaries and liquor stores were permitted to remain open.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) again criticized Democrats for including marijuana banking provisions in coronavirus relief legislation.


Florida’s agriculture commissioner tweeted, “The cannabis industry is taking off — that’s why we’re going to build a new green economy here in Florida!”

Kentucky’s Senate president said he has concerns about legalizing medical cannabis.

New Jersey’s Senate president tweeted, “Legalizing #marijuana and bringing a new #economic sector online will create countless #jobs for residents in NJ. The sweeping reform will have a generational impact that will right years of injustice and while providing a future of opportunity.”

Oregon regulators banned two ingredients from being used as additives in marijuana vaping products and approved rules that require businesses to provide more transparent disclosure about the ingredients they are using.

Colorado regulators issued emergency rules on how businesses can transfer marijuana contaminated by metals for further assessment.

Nevada regulators settled violation disputes with three marijuana businesses.

A Utah state audit that criticized regulators’ medical cannabis licensing process doesn’t seem to have changed any of their decisions about business approvals.

New York senator spoke about considerations for marijuana legalization legislation.

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Scotland’s first minister appointed a minister for drug policy.


A Phase 3 clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in treating PTSD achieved statistically significant results, meaning that the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies is on track to making it into a legal prescription medicine.

A study suggested that “cannabis use behaves differently than tobacco smoking, as the former may not be associated with field cancerization.”


A poll found that 42% of U.S. adults over 21 who have ever used marijuana have initiated or increased their consumption since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Orlando Sentinel editorial board wants Florida to legalize marijuana.

The Seattle Times editorial board is calling on Congress to pass marijuana research legislation.

An update to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints handbook approves of vaping doctor-approved medical cannabis.


Acreage Holdings, Inc. has a new CEO.

MedMen Enterprises Inc. appointed an interim CFO.

Clever Leaves International Inc. will begin trading on the Nasdaq after its acquisition by Schultze Special Purpose Acquisition Corp. was completed.

HEXO Corp announced a share consolidation plan.

4Front Ventures Corp. completed the sale and leaseback of Washington State and Massachusetts cultivation and production facilities with an affiliate of Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc.


Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman is launching a line of CBD products with CBD Global Sciences, Inc.

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