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CT gov’s cannabis task force recommendations (Newsletter: February 10, 2021)

February 10, 2021

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Ahead of the expected release of Gov. Ned Lamont’s (D) formal marijuana legalization proposal on Wednesday, an informal task force that he formed has weighed in with recommendations on ensuring social equity in the cannabis industry.

Idaho’s secretary of state gave activists approval to collect signatures to put a medical cannabis initiative on the 2022 ballot. Meanwhile, lawmakers are advancing both a more restrictive medical marijuana bill and a proposed constitutional amendment to block legalization.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) spoke about how his GOP colleagues are having a hard time maintaining their opposition to marijuana when their own voters keep passing legalization ballot measures.

  • “I always think that when you can legalize something like this, where millions and millions of Americans have already voted that way, that can be a real plus for the economy—certainly it could be a real plus for small businesses, for communities of color, and that’s how we’re looking at it.”

Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) acknowledged in a House floor speech that state marijuana legalization in the U.S. reduces demand for illegally smuggled cannabis from other countries.

Illinois took in more than $205 million in recreational marijuana tax revenue in the first year of legal sales. Some of that is now being used to fund programs to reinvest in communities harmed by the war on drugs.


The Congressional Research Service published a report on issues related to the Controlled Substances Act, including marijuana legalization.

Former Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius joined the National Cannabis Roundtable as an honorary co-chair, but did not address her failure to initiate marijuana rescheduling proceedings when she had the power to do so.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard arguments in a case challenging the 280E tax provision’s effect on Harborside.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said “we’ll be able to get something really significant done” on marijuana reform this year.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) wrote in a constituent letter that he supports expunging marijuana convictions.


Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) discussed his reasons for pushing marijuana legalization.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “Legalizing adult-use marijuana would be good for our economy and good for our farmers, and it’s what the majority of Pennsylvanians want. But it’s also about justice. Countless lives have been ruined by marijuana criminalization. It’s time to legalize it.”

Colorado’s Department of Agriculture touted its efforts to change federal hemp rules. Separately, former regulators authored an op-ed urging the state not to over-regulate marijuana concentrates.

Rhode Island’s Senate majority leader spoke about employment issues related to marijuana legalization.

The Ohio House Health Committee held a hearing on a bill to add autism spectrum disorder as a medical cannabis qualifying condition.

The New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a Monday hearing on a bill to settle a dispute over marijuana legalization enabling legislation provisions concerning penalties for underage people.

Some South Dakota lawmakers said they will continue to push for marijuana sales regulation bills even though a court struck down the voter-approved legalization ballot measure. Separately, the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering legislation to remove misdemeanor cannabis possession charges from background checks. Meanwhile, regulators hired Cannabis Public Policy Consulting to help plan the implementation of marijuana reform.

Oklahoma regulators sent a warning about a fake Go Fund Me account purporting to be from state officials.

Maryland regulators announced that medical cannabis licenses and registrations will be handled through the state’s general licensing portal.

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The Fort Pierce, Florida police chief is asking city commissioners to pause a plan to decriminalize marijuana.


The head of the Mexican Senate’s Justice Committee spoke about the need to finalize marijuana legalization legislation this session.


A review concluded that “most identified studies suggest cannabis use is not associated with significant cognitive impairment in” bipolar disorder.

A study found “unexpectedly that while long-term cannabis use in HIV− individuals was associated with more severe balance disturbances, there were no associations in HIV+ individuals,” which “suggests that cannabis use in HIV is safe with respect to balance disturbances.”


The National Industrial Hemp Council and Hemp Industries Association announced the results of a survey on industry attitudes about a hemp checkoff program.

The ACLU of Virginia and other organizations sent a letter to Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and lawmakers laying out criteria for how marijuana legalization can be done “right.”

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies and Fireside Project are launching a psychedelic peer support line in April.


Canopy Growth Corporation reported quarterly revenue of $153 million and a net loss of $829 million.

Green Thumb Industries Inc. raised $100 million through a stock sale to an institutional investor.

Altria is lobbying on marijuana issues in Virginia.

Former MedMen employees proposed a $975,000 settlement in a class action lawsuit over allegedly unpaid wages and overtime.

Tilray Inc. entered into an agreement with Grow Pharma import and distribute medical cannabis products into the UK.


Former basketball player Isiah Thomas invested $3 million into his cannabis company One World Pharma, Inc.

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