Top Dem’s primary challenger talks marijuana & drug decrim; USDA report on Canadian hemp; Tax court rejects cannabiz 280E argument

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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

A federal grant from the National Science Foundation will be used to develop methods to remove dangerous pesticides from marijuana.

Marijuana Moment spoke to congressional candidate Mckayla Wilkes about how cannabis fits into her primary challenge against House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), as well as her experience getting arrested for marijuana in college. She backs decriminalizing all drugs, whereas he says marijuana is a gateway to “the use of harder, very harmful drugs.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture published an overview of neighboring Canada’s hemp market.

/ FEDERAL

A U.S. Tax Court judge denied a Colorado marijuana business’s move to restore tax deductions it claimed were not impacted by the 280E provision.

National Credit Union Administration Chairman Rodney Hood authored an op-ed about hemp banking guidance his agency recently issued.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R), a presidential candidate, spoke about racial disparities in marijuana law enforcement.

Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) said she supports decriminalizing marijuana but not other drugs.

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “Here are the areas of the country where marijuana records are automatically being expunged: ➡ California ➡ Chicago ➡ New York ➡ Denver Step-by-step our movement is undoing the harm of the so-called ‘war on drugs.’ Next we must end the prohibition of marijuana in the U.S.”

/ STATES

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) tweeted, “For years, marijuana possession has been a pipeline to prison for people of color. We must replace that pipeline with jobs, equity, and pathways to prosperity.”

New Hampshire lawmakers will attempt this month to override vetoes from Gov. Chris Sununu (R), including of a bill aimed at making it easier for patients to get medical cannabis recommendations.

Utah’s Senate majority leader said lawmakers are considering changes to medical cannabis packaging requirements.

Minnesota’s Senate majority leader said marijuana legalization is “not going to happen.”

Arizona’s auditor general found that the state Department of Health Services did not follow procurement requirements in awarding a contract for medical cannabis mapping services.

Massachusetts transportation officials are consulting with marijuana regulators about whether cannabis companies can purchase “sponsor-a-highway” signs.

California’s Employment Development Department tweeted about a cannabis career fair.

A Pennsylvania senator filed a bill to create a medical cannabis tax credit.

South Dakota activists are circulating three different proposed marijuana initiatives they hope to qualify for the 2020 ballot.


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/ INTERNATIONAL

Israeli health officials are casting doubts on the likelihood the country will actually pass the expanded medical cannabis legislation that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu negotiated in exchange for a rival party dropping out of this month’s elections.

South Africa’s government plans to have draft cannabis regulations ready by October.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study of rodents found that “Δ8‐THCV may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of nicotine dependence.”

A study found that “adoption and diffusion of [medical marijuana laws] is mainly determined by the opinions of citizens rather than the political ideology of elected officials or the government’s fiscal health conditions.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Drug Policy Alliance and Local Progress published a short report on local opportunities for drug policy reform.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial board cheered efforts to develop a marijuana breathalyzer.

/ BUSINESS

The CEO of the Boston Beer Company said the company is looking at entering the marijuana business.

Canna Culture Shop started a program to collect and properly dispose of marijuana packaging waste.

Sheepscot General Store and Farm is launching a “pick your own” hemp farm.

The Chicago Tribune looks at marijuana businesses’ trademark difficulties.

/ CULTURE

Bob Marley’s son Rohan Marley is seeking a New Jersey medical cannabis dispensary license.

Cartoonist Scott Adams dismissed the alleged link between marijuana use and violence, tweeting, “All of the mass shooters masturbated too. Should we investigate the link?”

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