Thursday, January 23, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// ‘Cruel and unusual’: Kansas resident faces decades in prison for medical marijuana use (Leafly)

// 40% of All US Drug Arrests in 2018 Were For Weed Possession (Merry Jane)

// Marijuana Legalization Will Advance In Connecticut This Year, Top Lawmakers Say (Marijuana Moment)


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// Oregon’s Cannabis Sales Continue To Climb (Green Market Report)

// New Vermont Bill Would Decriminalize Psychedelics And Kratom (Marijuana Moment)

// Is Constellation Brands Making a Big Mistake? (Nasdaq (Motley Fool))

// Congressman Visits Marijuana Dispensary On Behalf Of Bernie Sanders’s Presidential Campaign (Marijuana Moment)

// Mexican Lawmakers Plan To Pass Amended Marijuana Legalization Bill Before End Of April (Marijuana Moment)

// Illinois adult-use cannabis stores might face more shortages (Marijuana Business Daily)

// OLCC’s Drawn Out Application Process A Burden To The Industry (Bend Source)


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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Illinois dispensaries sold more than $19.7 million in recreational marijuana the first 12 days of sales (Chicago Tribune)

// FDA Would Be Required To Allow CBD Product Marketing Under New Bipartisan Bill (Marijuana Moment)

// New Hampshire Lawmakers Take New Approach To Marijuana Legalization For 2020 (Marijuana Moment)


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// Chart: Good – not great – first year of medical cannabis sales in Ohio (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Aphria Reduces Outlook as Q2 Cannabis Sales Increase 9.5% Sequentially to $33.7 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Organigram Q1 Revenue Increases 54% Sequentially to $25.2 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Cannabis Beverages in Canada Won’t Pop (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Leading Marijuana Reform Advocate In Congress Weighs In On This Week’s Legalization Hearing (Marijuana Moment)

// Maine lawmaker calls for cannabis banking, insurance reform (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Bernie Sanders Urges Marijuana Industry Workers To Unionize (Marijuana Moment)


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Wednesday, February 5, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Green Wave Finds 280e Continues To Bleed Cannabis Companies Dry (Green Market Report)

// Could Bernie Sanders Actually Legalize Marijuana Nationwide On Day One As President? (Marijuana Moment)

// Axe continues to fall in cannabis industry as Tilray lays off 10% of staff (Financial Post)


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// Dispensaries advance in New Jersey medical cannabis licensing process (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Chart: Cannabis delivery companies adapt strategy to focus on increasing participation by women (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Bill To Legalize Marijuana In Minnesota Will Be Best ‘In The Country,’ Top Lawmaker Says (Marijuana Moment)

// Which California city might show the way forward for cannabis social equity in the state? (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Public comment period opens for Trinidad and Tobago’s cannabis law (Marijuana Business Daily)

// The Feds Are Worried International Marijuana Rescheduling Could Boost Legalization Efforts (Marijuana Moment)

// Using Psychedelics Helps Treat Opioid, Stimulant, and Cannabis Use Disorder (Merry Jane)


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Monday, February 3, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Monday, February 3, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// MedMen CEO Adam Bierman Is Out (Green Market Report)

// Vermont Committee Unanimously Approves Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales (Marijuana Moment)

// Businesses Are More Profitable And Innovative In States With Legal Marijuana, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)


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// ‘This was supposed to be reparations’ Why is LA’s cannabis industry devastating black entrepreneurs? (Guardian)

// Rhode Island governor presses for adult-use cannabis legalization to keep pace on East Coast (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Cannabis taxes not bringing the cash government expected (National Post)

// This Detroit Pro Soccer Team Is Now Sponsored by a Weed Dispensary (Merry Jane)

// Chicago needs to license places where marijuana can be consumed on premises, mayor says (Chicago Sun Times)

// Liberal Americans Are Six Times More Likely To Smoke Marijuana Than Conservatives, Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

// Bernie Sanders Pledges Legal Marijuana In All 50 States On Day One As President (Forbes)


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Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// New Mexico Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

// New Hampshire Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

// Chart: More consumers boost Colorado’s recreational marijuana market in 2019 (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Massachusetts urges revamp of scrutinized municipal marijuana pacts (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Leafly slashes 18% of workforce to align business with ‘market realities’ of tech and cannabis industry (Geek Wire)

// New Zealand’s adult-use cannabis referendum is set for September (Marijuana Business Daily)

// California Bill Requires Cities To Open Medical Cannabis Stores (Benzinga)

// Cannabis trade group’s report targets illicit market in response to vaping health crisis (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Massachusetts Judge Lifts Cambridge Marijuana Moratorium (Harvard Crimson)

// AOC Says Colorado Is Doing A ‘Great Job’ With Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)


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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales Heads To Vermont House Floor Following Key Committee Vote (Marijuana Moment)

// Arizona High Schooler Facing Deportation Over Weed Vape Pens (Merry Jane)

// Green Growth Sells Off CBD Biz As The Board Says It Has Limited Alternatives (Green Market Report)


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// AP Exclusive: DEA agent accused of conspiring with cartel (AP News)

// Alaska wholesale cannabis flower prices remain strong despite heavy tax burden on growers (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Capitol Confidential: THC bill would kill Arizona’s medical marijuana system (Leafly)

// Marijuana use is rising sharply among seniors over 65, study says, and there are serious risks (CNN)

// New Mexico alters rules for medical marijuana sales to nonresidents (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Bernie Sanders Touts Marijuana Legalization Plan In South Carolina Ad Ahead Of Primary (Marijuana Moment)

// Mississippi Lawmakers Attempt To ‘Kill’ Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative With New Strategy (Marijuana Moment)


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Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Lawmakers strip secrecy and extraction rules out of marijuana bill (Portland Press Herald)

// USDA Secretary Blames DEA For Strict Hemp Rules (Marijuana Moment)

// Cannabis firm BR Brands plans $43 million deal for Denver’s Dixie Brands (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Businessman pleads guilty to paying $42,500 in bribes to convicted Baltimore delegate Cheryl Glenn (Baltimore Sun)

// South Dakota tribe voting on marijuana legalization (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Prices surge for wholesale cannabis flower in Illinois as demand outstrips supply (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Green Thumb inks $50 million cannabis sale-leaseback deal in Illinois (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Home show teaches ‘senior’ gardeners how to make their own medicine (Growth Op)

// The cheapest legal weed in Canada: Discover these cannabis ‘value brands’ (Leafly)

// Bernie Sanders Just Invited 15,000 People To A Marijuana Legalization Ceremony (Marijuana Moment)


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Biden-Sanders task force may recommend Joe Biden support cannabis legalization. Will he listen?

Members of a criminal justice task force created to inform presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign have been discussing marijuana legalization — a policy the former vice president continues to oppose.

Most of the group—which consists of advisors appointed by both Biden and former primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) — support ending cannabis prohibition, and advocates have held out hope that they would recommend that Biden adopt the policy platform in the run-up to the November election.

While some members have publicly talked about the issue since joining the task force, including Linn County, Iowa Supervisor Stacey Walker, who recently commented on the need for reform in light of racial disparities in marijuana criminalization, a new report from Politico appears to be the first confirmation that the group itself is actively considering a formal recommendation on the policy change.

“Multiple people said marijuana policy has been discussed on the criminal justice panel, one of the policy groups of the unity task force,” the outlet reported. “Sanders appointees have advocated for legalization. Some Biden appointees personally support legalizing pot and have debated putting the policy in the panel’s recommendations to the former vice president, according to two people familiar with its deliberations.”

A majority of panel members appointed from both camps have previously gone on record in favor of legalization. That includes Tennessee Sen. Raumesh Akbari (D), former federal prosecutor Chiraag Bains, former Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Walker.

“There’s an opportunity to advance a really bold agenda on criminal justice,” Bains, a Sanders-appointee to the task force, said. “This is part of envisioning a completely different future, not returning to a pre-Trump era. I say that as someone who served proudly in the Obama administration. We just have to be much more aggressive about rooting out systemic racism and injustice in the legal system.”

Biden should “end the War on Drugs, including by legalizing marijuana,” he told Politico.

Walker, whose position on the issue has been lesser-known than other members, also talked about the need for reform during an interview with Little Village that was published on Wednesday. The Iowa official said he knows many white people, including those from prominent families in the state, who consume cannabis and travel to legalized states to obtain it without concern about potential criminal penalties.

“It is no secret that African Americans use marijuana as a substance, recreational substance, just as much as everybody else. I often say, I operate in professional spaces. I know most of my white professional friends in this state use marijuana,” he said. “They do it without ever, ever, ever thinking they will face some sort of legal consequence. It doesn’t even cross their mind. They talk about it openly.”

“They don’t ever think about a legal consequences because it’s not real to them— because they can’t conceive of it because they’ve never faced a consequence,” he added. “We’ve just created a system that over-criminalizes people by their race and by their economic situation. That is not right. It is not fair. It’s an aberration of justice.”

He went on to say that decriminalizing cannabis would minimize police encounters that lead people, particularly from communities of color, to be incarcerated and enter the criminal legal system.

Biden has backed the modest reform of decriminalizing marijuana and said that people should be diverted to treatment instead of facing jail time for possessing drugs, but he’s declined to get on board with the majority of Americans, particularly Democrats, who embrace fully legalizing cannabis. He’s opted instead to draw the line at legalization for medical use, expunging prior records, allowing states to set their own policies and federal rescheduling.

Bains said earlier this month that decriminalization is not sufficient, as it “typically means that you don’t have a criminal penalty, but you could still be issued a civil fine. And then there are other kinds of consequences that could follow from that.”

“It’s still illegal conduct,” he said. “If possession of marijuana is just decriminalized and that is the hook for extensive police involvement in people’s lives, and if you haven’t addressed the underlying systemic problems in policing and the justice system overall, then people could continue to be stopped and searched and frisked and so forth.”

It’s not clear whether the task force will ultimately recommend that Biden adopt a pro-legalization platform—or if he would accept that recommendation even if they did. Pressed repeatedly on the issue, Biden has continued to argue that more research should be done before enacting broad reform.

He also recently indicated that his personal experience knowing individuals who consume cannabis has not convinced him that the plant should be legal for recreational use.

For what it’s worth, Sanders doesn’t seem especially optimistic that the former vice president will evolve further, declining in an April interview to list the policy among those from his own platform that he feels Biden will come around to.

That said, as President Trump’s reelection campaign pushes to frame the incumbent as the criminal justice reform candidate, there may be added pressure on Biden to align himself with more progressive policies such as legalization.

Where members of the Biden-Sanders criminal justice task force stand on cannabis policy: 

Akbari, the Tennessee senator, has filed legislation to legalize marijuana in his state and he’s said the reform move is necessary both to promote social equity and to generate revenue that can be used to fund public schools.

Bains, who also serves as the director of legal strategies at Demos, has voiced support for Sanders’s cannabis legalization plan and emphasized the need for racial equity in the legal industry.

Justin Bamberg, a South Carolina lawmaker, has cosponsored legislation to decriminalize marijuana and legalize medical cannabis.

Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Right, backs legalization and has strongly condemned harsh criminalization policies for non-violent drug offenses.

Holder, the former top prosecutor in the U.S., has said that he’d vote in favor of legalizing marijuana if he was in Congress and claimed to have internally tried to convince the administration to reschedule cannabis.

Symone Sanders, senior advisor to Biden, doesn’t have a clear public stance on legalization, but she’s characterized Biden’s modest marijuana reform plan as being progressive.

Scott, a current member of the House, has cosponsored legislation that called for marijuana descheduling and reinvestments in communities harmed most by prohibition.

Walker’s views on the issue became clearer in the recent interview, where he stressed that cannabis laws have been enforced in a racially discriminatory manner.


This article has been republished from Marijuana Moment under a content-sharing agreement. Read the original article here.

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An Obituary of the Bernie Sanders Campaign

In the coming months there are going to be dozens of run-downs, explainers, and op-eds about what the Sanders campaign did wrong, what it should have done instead, and what lessons there are to be learned from the 2020 Democratic primary. They will be written by the same people who, despite getting everything wrong in…