Feds: Criminalized states have highest marijuana treatment admissions; German legalization delay; WI decrim; NH 2024 bills; Vets push Biden
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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW
New federal data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration show that states where marijuana sales remained illegal typically had the highest rates of treatment admissions for cannabis.
The Ohio Senate General Government Committee advanced a bill to gut the voter-approved marijuana legalization law—including by repealing home grow rights, criminalizing the use and possession of cannabis obtained outside of a licensed retailer, reducing possession limits, increasing taxes and steering revenue from equity to police.
Germany’s Bundestag delayed a vote on a marijuana legalization bill that had been planned for this week. Now, due to concerns among leaders of the Social Democratic Party, the cannabis legislation cannot advance until next year.
Bipartisan Wisconsin lawmakers are seeking cosponsors for a new bill to decriminalize marijuana.
New Hampshire lawmakers prefiled bills for 2024 to legalize medical cannabis home cultivation and add eating disorders as qualifying conditions. Meanwhile, other legislators have requested that measures to legalize recreational marijuana and allow psychedelics for therapeutic use be drafted.
Veterans groups—including Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America—sent a letter urging President Joe Biden to ensure the marijuana scheduling “is concluded in a timely manner” while making sure that Congress “builds on this historic progress.”
Missouri marijuana workers are pushing to unionize in the face of resistance from management.
Assistance Center published a guide on data resources about marijuana use.
Several members of Congress discussed the prospects for psychedelic reform legislation.
Virginia’s incoming House speaker and other lawmakers discussed the prospects for passing legislation to legalize marijuana sales in 2024.
An Ohio representative participated in a webinar about the voter-approved marijuana legalization law.
A Wisconsin senator tweeted, “With Ohio becoming the 24th state to legalize responsible, adult usage of #cannabis in November, 53% of Americans now live in a state where recreational cannabis is legal!”
Minnesota’s top medical cannabis regulator resigned.
Oklahoma’s top medical cannabis regulator is calling on lawmakers to pass legislation regulating hemp-derived products.
Illinois regulators filed revised medical cannabis rules.
Missouri regulators published guidance on operational deadline extensions for marijuana businesses.
California regulators will institute a new cannabis transfer approval process on January 2.
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A former New York City health commissioner authored an op-ed comparing the cannabis industry to “Big Tobacco.”
The herald of Uruguay’s National Drug Authority discussed the country’s marijuana legalization law.
A Western Australia lawmaker is sending cannabis-themed Christmas cards.
/ SCIENCE & HEALTH
A study “demonstrates the anti-cancer activity of 4’-F-CBD.”
A review provided “preliminary evidence for the beneficial effects of psilocybin on well-being and related sub-concepts such as self-acceptance, positive relationships, and meaning/purpose in life in healthy individuals.”
/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS
An American Enterprise Institute senior fellow authored an op-ed arguing that it’s time to embrace “practical” cannabis regulations.
Trulieve Cannabis Corp. completed the redemption of all $130 million principal amount of its outstanding senior secured notes due 2024.
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