Square expands CBD company services; Denver psilocybin panel accepts applications; Florida legalization bid collects 100k signatures

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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

Square announced it is opening up payment processing to more CBD businesses, a move that follows an earlier pilot program that apparently went well.

After losing a reelection bid last year, former Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)—who single-handedly blocked dozens of marijuana amendments from even reaching the House floor for votes as Rules Committee chairman—is now running for Congress again in a new district.

People can now apply to be part of the nation’s first government body dedicated to studying the impact of psychedelics policy reform. Denver is taking applications for a review panel mandated by the city’s voter-approved decriminalization measure.

/ FEDERAL

The Department of Labor finalized a rule allowing states to drug test applicants for unemployment benefits.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there are now 1,080 reported cases of vaping-related severe lung injuries, including 18 deaths.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tweeted about his “long journey working to legalize #hemp for KY” and met with farmers and producers.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) said he is optimistic that marijuana banking legislation will pass the Senate and reach President Trump’s desk.

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) tweeted, “Congressional interference keeps DC from commercializing recreational marijuana. Many states have successfully done so, but our lack of home rule leads to an unregulated market and risks for residents. I’m fighting to remove this restriction. #HandsOffDC”

Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) tweeted, “I’m proud to support: ✅#MarijuanaJusticeReform– Ending minor marijuana use as a deportable offense ✅ The bipartisan #FirstStep Act to reduce recidivism, end mass incarceration, & provide access to critical health services & job training for formerly incarcerated individuals”

/ STATES

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said he will keep pushing to legalize marijuana.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) said hemp “has a great potential as a cash crop” but is “still in its infancy here and in every other state.” He also discussed marijuana legalization during a gubernatorial debate.

A Florida marijuana legalization campaign announced that it has collected more than 100,000 ballot signatures in its first 20 days—more than enough to trigger a state Supreme Court review of its language.

Michigan’s Supreme Court heard arguments in a case concerning conflict between a local zoning ordinance and state marijuana laws. Separately, regulators released step-by-step instructions for applying for adult-use cannabis licenses.

Delaware regulators reported that of 11 cases of vaping-related lung injury in the state, one involved medical cannabis.

Alaska regulators unanimously voted to remove the head of the state Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office.

A Pennsylvania court policy disallowing people on probation from using medical cannabis will be the subject of an ACLU lawsuit.

Alabama’s Medical Cannabis Study Commission met, and the chair said that a “rough draft” of proposed legislation would be circulated to members for input.

Vermont regulators allow medical cannabis dispensaries to determine which information concerning their operations can be released under public records requests.

Maryland regulators are considering rescinding a medical cannabis dispensary’s pre-approved business license after it missed a deadline.

Washington State regulators agreed to a two-month extension with its marijuana tracking software provider.


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/ LOCAL

Bethel, Alaska voters rejected a proposed marijuana sales ban while approving a measure to ban alcohol sales outside of restaurants that appeared on the same ballot.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the leaders of other parties clashed on marijuana and drug policy at a debate.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is pressing ahead with efforts to legalize on-site drug checking at festivals despite legislative opposition.

Russia’s mission to the United Nations tweeted, “#Russia🇷🇺 stands for the world free of drugs rather than the world tolerant to drugs. #Legalization of narcotic drugs, including cannabis, for recreational purposes constitutes a grave violation of the international law.”

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding research on the transport of pollen from genetically engineered hemp.

A study presented “original photographs, taken during fieldwork at churches and cathedrals throughout Europe and the Middle East, that confirm the presence of entheogenic mushrooms in Christian art: in frescoes, illuminated manuscripts, mosaics, sculptures, and stained glass windows” and proposes “a psychedelic gospels theory.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Democratic Attorneys General Association tweeted about the Pennsylvania attorney general’s support for marijuana legalization.

/ BUSINESS

Eaze laid off roughly a fifth of its workforce and replaced its CEO.

Constellation Brands Inc. reported a $525.2 million quarterly loss, much of which it attributed to its investment in Canopy Growth Corp.

Organigram reportedly told employees its cooling towers had  “elevated bacteria counts” around the same time there was an outbreak of legionnaires’ disease in the area.

Cresco Capital Partners changed its name to Entourage Effect Capital and launched a new fund with an initial target of $150 million.

Charlotte’s Web hired Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One firm to create a new ad campaign.

New Frontier Data projected that legalizing marijuana in all 50 states would create 1.63 million jobs by 2025.

/ CULTURE

Major League Baseball and its players union are discussing whether to loosen restrictions on marijuana.

The fictional mayor of New York City in the Daredevil comics is involved in the legal marijuana industry.

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