Wednesday April 14, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Longtime cannabis reform activist Steve Fox dies (Marijuana Business Daily)

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// Biden picks former New Jersey attorney general to lead DEA (Washington Post)

// Illinois Gets More Tax Revenue From Marijuana Than Alcohol State Says (Marijuana Moment)


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// Medical Cannabis in Mississippi Faces Constitutional Challenge (Bloomberg Government)

// NJ Cannabis Commission Gets Going Picks Vice Chair Logo (NBC 4 New York)

// urban-gro Pre-Announces Q1 Revenue in Excess of $11.8 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Aphria Stock Slammed On Dismal Third Quarter (Green Market Report)

// Organigram Q2 Revenue Slides 24% Sequentially to C$14.6 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Colorado Marijuana Sales Reached $167 Million In February (Marijuana Moment (Center Square))

// Minnesota Marijuana Legalization Bill Sails Through Fifth Committee, With Floor Vote Expected Next Month (Marijuana Moment)

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Judiciary Committee Passes Recreational Marijuana (CT News Junkie)

// California Senators Approve Bill To Legalize Possession Of Psychedelics Like LSD, MDMA, And Psilocybin (Marijuana Moment)

// Gov. Lujan Grisham to sign regular session bills before special session bills (KOB 4 News)


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// Biden Is Too Busy To Decriminalize Marijuana, Harris Says (Marijuana Moment)

// Slang Revenues Rise In Fourth Quarter, But Drop Overall In 2020 (Green Market Report)

// 4Front Q4 Revenue Increases 90% to $17 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Organigram Buys Edibles Manufacturer for $22 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bill Advances In Senate For Second Day In A Row (Marijuana Moment)

// Workers at Rhode Island medical cannabis dispensary vote to unionize (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Washington Lawmakers Hear Drug Decrim Bill After Supreme Court Strikes Down Prohibition (Marijuana Moment)

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Here is everything wrong with Biden’s “forced rehab” plan for drug reform

Although the latest talks regarding cannabis legislation have been slightly more hopeful, it seems pretty obvious that President Joe Biden isn’t a diehard supporter of legalizing the plant entirely.

Back in the 1980s, Biden was actually very committed to the war on drugs, and cannabis in particular, helping draft numerous pieces of legislation that would keep low-level, non-violent drug offenders incarcerated for years to come. As of 2010, his opinions hadn’t changed much and he can be quoted saying, “There’s a difference between sending someone to jail for a few ounces [of marijuana] and legalizing. The punishment should fit the crime. But I think legalization is a mistake. I still believe [marijuana] is a gateway drug.”

Fast forward another decade and Joe Biden is the 46th president of the United States, during a time when cannabis legalization is an incredibly polarizing topic on many fronts: economic, social, and health institutions all have a major stake in the industry. At the very least it seems Biden has accepted that cannabis legalization is inevitable, and even mentioned that he thinks “it is at the point where it has to be, basically, legalized.”

However, he maintains his stance in favor of decriminalization over full legalization. But as we already know from watching the many states that have tried it already, decriminalization is a completely pointless step in between prohibition and legalization that allows for too much “interpretation” of the law.

For example, in a decriminalized state, a police officer can take your cannabis, fine you, and send you to court where your case will end up getting thrown out if it meets the criteria of a legal decriminalized amount. So, you’re out the money you spent on flower that remains confiscated, the city doesn’t get any money from your fines because they’re tossed out in court, and the entire ordeal is a mega waste of time for everyone involved.

Regardless, this is what Biden supports. And not only does put him at odds with most US citizens who have been wanting cannabis legalization for years, but it pits him against the majority of his own political party. This year, with Democrats in control of the Senate, leadership just promised to pursue comprehensive cannabis reform legislation within the first term year. To make good on this promise, Joe Biden proposed a plan for mandatory rehabilitation instead of jail/prison time for non-violent drug offenders. The idea might sound good on paper, but it is 100% misguided, and let me tell you why.

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The mandatory rehab proposition

Cannabis has been illegal in the US for the better part of the last century, and as a result, thousands of people have been unjustly incarcerated for completely non-violent offences, and it continues to this day. This puts even more weight on the importance of passing comprehensive cannabis reform legislation.

New laws couldn’t come soon enough, but with any kind of significant legal changes in a country with millions of people, there will undoubtedly be some kinks to work out in the beginning. Many details go into the making of a successful cannabis market – such as social equity, interstate commerce, at-home cultivation, racial justice, business zoning and so forth.

Another important issue is legislating the newly legal product itself. It’s “legal”, yes, but for who? And what amounts are legal? And who is allowed to sell it, and how much? Where can it be grown and where can products be manufactured? The list goes on. Of utmost importance though, is how to deal with people who don’t follow the established guidelines.

According to President Biden, “nobody convicted of a drug crime should go to prison, they should go to mandatory rehabilitation,” he emphasized at a campaign event in Kenosha, Wisconsin late last year. “Instead of building more prisons… we [should] build rehabilitation centers.”

On the surface, it appears like a logical option instead of sending someone to prison. But it begs the question, if court-ordered rehab is mandatory, what happens if the person doesn’t complete the program? Or what if they don’t show up at all? Most likely, they will go to prison. So while it seems like a reasonable way for people to possibly avoid jail, it’s likely that a large number of people will still end up serving time, often based on arbitrary and unrealistic standards that patients are required to meet before they can “graduate” from their treatment programs.

As a matter of fact, a report published in 2017 by the group Physicians for Human Rights found that drug courts and rehab programs “regularly set participants up for failure.” The report went on to say that “Drug courts in the United States routinely fail to provide adequate, medically-sound treatment for substance use disorders, with treatment plans that are at times designed and facilitated by individuals with little to no medical training… Few communities have adequate treatment facilities, insurance plans often won’t finance effective treatment programs, and the criminal justice objectives of drug courts often overrule the medical needs of the patient in ways that threaten the rights and health of participants.”

Skewed data and shady practices at rehabs nationwide

While some drug court advocates claim the programs are a success, the actual data presented is a bit warped – starting with the fact that many of them are funded by privately-run, for-profit facilities that obviously have a vested interest in getting more patients, and subsequently, more funding. Additionally, many of the studies are basing the effectiveness of rehab programs by comparing them to prisons. So by those standards, it’s no surprise that people in rehab facilities have slightly better outcomes than those locked away in prison.

It’s also not unheard of for drug court judges to engage in the same discriminatory practices we see in our regular justice system. Knowing the programs will be evaluated based on a recovery-to-recidivism rate, they often choose enrollees that they believe will be most likely to complete the program successfully; completely glossing over the marginalized groups of people who may actually benefit most from a legitimate treatment program.

And that leads us to another issue with rehab facilities, are they legit? So many programs have been faced lawsuits for unethical, unsafe practices, and outright abuse.  Take the notorious treatment program from the 1980s known as Straight, Inc. They demonized casual cannabis use and urge parents to send children who have tried it to their facilities.

Upon investigation, it was revealed that minors in their program were “routinely subjected to unusual punishment, infliction of pain, humiliation, intimidation, ridicule, coercion, threats, mental abuse…and interference with daily living functions such as eating, sleeping and toileting.” Needless to say, the facilities were all eventually shut down, but many more exist and continue to abuse their patients, causing more problems and lifelong issues than they will ever fix.

The founders of Straight, Inc., Mel and Betty Sembler, took the vast fortune they amassed off the pain of struggling youth to start their own organization – The Drug Free America Foundation. Using their foundation, they funded numerous anti-cannabis campaigns and currently continue to remain major fundraisers for the republican party. Overall, Straight, Inc. is the perfect example of how a rehab facility (or the owners) can get rich for doing absolutely nothing, then use that money in a completely self-serving way. For them, keeping cannabis illegal wasn’t about helping adolescents or bettering the community, it was about lining their pockets and getting as wealthy as possible.

Overcrowding at already congested facilities

As of now, Biden administration plans for forced rehabilitation aren’t concrete yet, but it’s already a common practice in many states where cannabis is still illegal, mainly in the Southern US. There is an obvious problem with forcing people into rehab when they don’t need it: that leaves less room for the people who actually do.

This country is already in the grips of a national opioid crisis, and frighteningly, the number of overdose-related deaths has increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to research published this month by the American Medical Association, “In addition to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 global pandemic, the nation’s opioid epidemic has grown into a much more complicated and deadly drug overdose epidemic … More than 40 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality as well as ongoing concerns for those with a mental illness or substance use disorder.”

2020 saw over 81,000 overdoes deaths, compared to just under 71,000 the previous year. People are seeking help and trying to get placed into appropriate rehab facilities, but there just isn’t room for many of them. In most states, rehab wait lists are up 18 months long with hundreds, if not thousands, of people desperately waiting for treatment. Statistics found the most people drop off the list after about 2 weeks.

The most recent data available from the Department of Health and Human Services, states that more than 50% of all cannabis users in treatment were sent there by the courts or the criminal justice system. Less than 20% checked in voluntarily.

Final thoughts

According to numerous studies over the last decade gauging the addictive qualities of various substances, cannabis rates lower than alcohol, tobacco, and even caffeine. That’s not to say you can’t become addicted to cannabis, because you totally can (and before you bite my head off, I’ve met people who would spend their rent and grocery money on pot, so that signifies a problem).

For some people, therapy and rehab could be beneficial. But forcing someone with no addiction problems to choose between jail and rehab is completely illogical and not at all in line with “comprehensive” drug reform; and for Biden to even consider this as a possibility for cannabis users, is wrong as can be.

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Thursday March 25, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Thursday, March 25, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// New York Lawmakers Reach Tentative Deal On Marijuana Legalization Bill With Details Now Circulating (Marijuana Moment)

// WATCH: White House press sec defends firing staffers for past pot use despite Kamala admitting to having smoked it herself (Post Millenial)

// Delaware Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill In Committee Vote (Marijuana Moment)


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// Minnesota marijuana bill continues push through House (El Paso Inc (AP))

// GrowGeneration Boosts 2021 Revenue Outlook to $415-430 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// MariMed Says It Will Do $100 Million In Revenue In 2021 (Green Market Report)

// Bruce Linton-led Gage Cannabis files for direct listing in Canada – sources (Reuters)

// Michigan Cannabis Sales Increase 160% to $105 Million in February (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Florida teacher fired for prescribed medical marijuana use (WFLA 8 News)

// Medical Marijuana Use Among Canadian Seniors Doubled in the Past Two Years (New Cannabis Ventures)

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Biden Taps Marijuana Legalization Supporter To Lead Democratic National Committee (Marijuana Moment)

// New York Governor Releases More Details On Marijuana Legalization Proposal (Marijuana Moment)

// Feds To Send Marijuana And Hemp Samples To Labs As Part Of Large-Scale Testing Accuracy Study (New Cannabis Ventures)


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// Feds To Send Marijuana And Hemp Samples To Labs As Part Of Large-Scale Testing Accuracy Study (Marijuana Moment)

// Cannabis MSO Cresco prices Canadian share offering to raise $125 million (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Village Farms Raises $135 Million (Green Market Report)

// Washington state forms compliance group to assist marijuana businesses (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Akerna Reveals Top 5 Cannabis Sales Days of 2020 (Cision PR Newswire)

// Local Massachusetts Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Psychedelics Decriminalization Measure (Marijuana Moment)

// USDA Releases Final Rule For Hemp Two Years After Crop Was Federally Legalized (Marijuana Moment)

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The Political Pot Card – Using Marijuana Legalization for Political Gain

In the United States, over 60% of the voting population is in support of full marijuana legalization; so why is it still illegal and can we expect that to change anytime soon? Does the upcoming election hold the key?

Regardless of your political leanings, I feel it’s important to take a look at both of our current candidates and learn what they’re saying about legalization, and what their history on the topic actually reflects. Normally when I see articles of this genre, they only cover one candidate’s point of view. Democrat or republican, blue or red, this side or that one.

Honestly, it feels like they’re trying to sway the readers’ votes, and I personally don’t need anyone else telling me what to think. So, here are just the straight facts – exact quotes, past records, and current information – regarding what both, Joe Biden (D) and Donald Trump (R), have to say about federal marijuana legalization in the United States.

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The upcoming election

First and foremost, I think it’s important to mention that any opinions reflected in this article are my own, however, don’t expect to read this and get any insight into mine (or CBD testers’ as a whole) political views. I’m incredibly moderate

Whether you’re ready for it or not, election day is just a short 39 days away. Despite the coronavirus chaos and social unrest currently making headlines in the United States, tens of millions of Americans plan to cast their ballots, either in person or by mail – and very much is at stake this election during which we will fill all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, a third of the Senate seats, and of course, the big chair in the Oval Office.

Over the next few years, the President (whoever it may be) will face some astronomical and unprecedented challenges to undertake, such as rising unemployment and struggling socioeconomic programs including healthcare and social security. But this year, marijuana legalization is a very polarizing issue that is already playing a huge role in the upcoming election.

Cannabis is booming. It’s one of the largest cash crops in the United States in an industry that employs hundreds of thousands of people in numerous states. At the time of writing this, marijuana is illegal in the U.S., but approved for medical use in 33 states. Eleven of those states have also permitted adult-use recreational markets. Hemp (cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) is completely legal thanks to the recently revised Farm Bill of 2018.

Legalizing it federally would mean less red tape for business owners, easier access for medical patients, better pricing, and less-black market competition and related crime.

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Biden’s concerning history and current proposal

He’s come a long way, but as history shows us, there weren’t many D.C. lawmakers back in the 1980s and 1990s that were tougher on drug offences – including marijuana – than Delaware Senator Joe Biden. During the entirety of those 2 decades, Biden was a central figure in the War on Drugs, responsible for unjustly imprisoning tens of thousands of Americans, many of which were minority or low-income individuals.

Specifically, Biden introduced numerous bills with the intent to harshly penalize those convicted of producing and distributing federally prohibited, or schedule 1, narcotics. These bills called for more severe charges for first offenders and longer prison sentences. One specific piece of legislature that comes to mind is the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which sounds good but unfortunately played a key role in mass incarcerations for drug offenses, even many who were not involved in violent crimes.

Biden’s stance continued well into the modern, with him quoted making anti-cannabis comments as recently as 2010. “There’s a difference between sending someone to jail for a few ounces [of marijuana] and legalizing it,” Biden stated in an ABC News Interview. “The punishment should fit the crime. But I think legalization is a mistake. I still believe [marijuana] is a gateway drug.”

However, Biden claims that his views on marijuana have changed considerable over the last 10 years. Knowing that Americans want cannabis legalized and available to them, Biden completely changed his tune come January 2019. “There’s a difference between sending someone to jail for a few ounces [of marijuana] and legalizing it. The punishment should fit the crime. But I think legalization is a mistake. I still believe [marijuana] is a gateway drug,” Biden claimed.

A few months later, while speaking with New Hampshire voters in May 2019, Biden commented that, “Nobody should be in jail for smoking marijuana.” He laid out a ‘plan’ for decriminalizing marijuana, if elected, and automatically expunging existing criminal records for possession by reclassifying cannabis to a Schedule II substance (it is currently a Schedule I, reserved for drugs with the highest potential for abuse and addiction).

Democratic VP candidate Kamala Harris is essentially in the exact same boat as Biden – she says she supports legalization but her record says otherwise. Harris is responsible for jailing roughly 1,500 people for marijuana violations, and as NORML executive director Erik Altieri puts it to Rolling Stone, her history on drug reform has been “problematic,” and her “record is not one anyone would qualify as progressive, particularly when it comes to marijuana.”

Trump’s confusing stance

Considering cannabis has not yet been legalized, decriminalized, or rescheduled; it’s fair to assume that Trump doesn’t support cannabis, or he just doesn’t see it as anything to prioritize. Under his watch, it remains a Schedule 1 narcotic, federally illegal with many hinderances as far as business, taxing, and healthcare go.

Trump has, on the hand, been consistent in his support for states having the right to make their own decisions regarding legalization, and very few raids of cannabis businesses have happened under his watch. In August 2019, Steven Nelson of DC Examiner asked Trump whether marijuana would be legalized under his presidency. “We’re going to see what’s going on,” Trump replied. “It’s a very big subject and right now we are allowing states to make that decision. A lot of states are making that decision, but we’re allowing states to make that decision.” A characteristically indirect response.

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While those statements offer a bit of relief that, at least, things won’t get any worse – Trump’s history with cannabis reform is shoddy as well, which is particularly noticeable in the staff he choces. For example, Trump initially hired former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general. Sessions was very outspoken on the subject of marijuana – he hated it. While acting as attorney general, Sessions was actively trying to repeal numerous cannabis industry protections.

Another questionable decision came as recently as December 2019, when Trump attached a signing statement to a federal funding bill that was signed into law. Presidents typically attach signing statements to legislation that they believe could impede their executive authority. This particular signing statement, indicates that President Trump would have the “authority to uphold federal law in accordance with his constitutional responsibilities.” This would allow him to ignore previously passed government protections for medical cannabis businesses.

There has been some talk over the last few weeks of President Trump legalizing marijuana right now, via executive order. That would be historic and monumental, but let’s not be fooled into thinking this would happen because he finally is interested in what the people what. Rather, it would sweep the rug out from under his opponent’s feet, taking away one major political tool the democratic party has been using to their advantage. In an interview with former Gov. Scott Walker earlier this month, Trump nervously joked about taking the cannabis ticket away from Joe Biden by legalizing it nationwide.

And regarding VP Mike Pence, he’s pretty much anti-everything, and has always been firmly against any kind of cannabis reform. This is painfully obvious when you take a look at his home state of Indiana – one of the least progressive cannabis states in the entire country, where Pence served as governor.

Decriminalization vs Full Legalization

This is a very important distinction that needs reiterating: Legalization and decriminalization are NOT the same. Both Trump and Biden regularly use the word “decriminalization” in reference to marijuana, which is still much more prohibitive than full blown legalization.

Full legalization would remove all legal restrictions against marijuana, making it available to purchase and possess at will. It would be regulated similar to tobacco and alcohol, like it already is in many legal states. Decriminalization of cannabis would mean that people would not be prosecuted for possession under a certain amount (usually 1 or 2 ounces), but cannabis would remain illegal and penalties would be at the discretion of the local jurisdiction you’re in.

Again, Trump and Biden have both laid out plans for decriminalization, but have rarely mentioned full federal legalization of marijuana.

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Final Thoughts

In short, politicians lie and it’s difficult to know what they truly stand by. Trump has made absolutely no progress on the pot front but makes sure to mention his ‘forward-thinking’ ideas on the subject when it suits him best – and when it was politically savvy to be tough on drug crimes, both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had no qualms locking up thousands of people on cannabis charges.

I can’t tell you who to vote for, and I’m certainly glad that cannabis reform is such a hot-button issue, but one of the main reasons anyone is even talking about it is because they think it will benefit them and their cause. Otherwise, it would have been legal a long time ago.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// ACLU Releases 4/20 Report on Racist Cannabis Enforcement and Pot Arrests (Merry Jane)

// Deadline to legalize marijuana in Mexico extended again (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Alaska Marijuana Control Board approves emergency changes including curbside pickup (KTUU 1 NBC)


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// Lawsuit seeks to overturn Los Angeles’ cannabis social equity licensing process (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Quebec cannabis sales on pace to exceed CA$300 million for fiscal year (Marijuana Business Daily)

// This Company Just Reclaimed the Title of Leading Revenue Generator for Publicly Traded MSOs (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Congressional Candidates Openly Grow And Smoke Marijuana To Get Through Coronavirus Isolation (Marijuana Moment)

// Sanders Declines To List Marijuana Legalization Among Issues He Thinks Biden Will Back (Marijuana Moment)

// ‘It’s a roller coaster’: Marijuana and booze sales surge, then fall (KGW8 NBC)

// ‘Cartels are scrambling’: Virus snarls global drug trade (AP News)


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Thursday, May 14, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Thursday, May 14, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// AZ Court Rules Marijuana Initiative Can’t Collect Signatures Online (AZ Marijuana (AP))

// DEA Gets Few Comments On Far-Reaching Marijuana Research Proposal With Deadline Looming (Marijuana Moment)

// Most People In Recreational Marijuana States Believe Legalization Is A Success, Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)


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// Utah marijuana dispensaries prep for drive-thrus, delivery after state signoff (Marijuana Business Daily)

// COVID-19 delays mandatory pesticide testing for Washington state recreational cannabis (Marijuana Business Daily)

// El Paso, Texas Lawmakers Approve Measure To Reduce Arrests For Low-Level Marijuana Possession (Marijuana Moment)

// Cannabis lobbying group announces leadership changes (Marijuana Business Daily)

// COVID-19 Is the Biggest Drug and Alcohol Enabler Right Now, Survey Finds (Merry Jane)

// Most Members Of New Biden-Sanders Criminal Justice Task Force Back Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

// Ryan Basore spent years in prison for marijuana, now he’s launching his own brand (Lansing State Journal)


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Thursday, May 14, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Thursday, May 14, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// AZ Court Rules Marijuana Initiative Can’t Collect Signatures Online (AZ Marijuana (AP))

// DEA Gets Few Comments On Far-Reaching Marijuana Research Proposal With Deadline Looming (Marijuana Moment)

// Most People In Recreational Marijuana States Believe Legalization Is A Success, Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)


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// Utah marijuana dispensaries prep for drive-thrus, delivery after state signoff (Marijuana Business Daily)

// COVID-19 delays mandatory pesticide testing for Washington state recreational cannabis (Marijuana Business Daily)

// El Paso, Texas Lawmakers Approve Measure To Reduce Arrests For Low-Level Marijuana Possession (Marijuana Moment)

// Cannabis lobbying group announces leadership changes (Marijuana Business Daily)

// COVID-19 Is the Biggest Drug and Alcohol Enabler Right Now, Survey Finds (Merry Jane)

// Most Members Of New Biden-Sanders Criminal Justice Task Force Back Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

// Ryan Basore spent years in prison for marijuana, now he’s launching his own brand (Lansing State Journal)


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Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// ACLU Releases 4/20 Report on Racist Cannabis Enforcement and Pot Arrests (Merry Jane)

// Deadline to legalize marijuana in Mexico extended again (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Alaska Marijuana Control Board approves emergency changes including curbside pickup (KTUU 1 NBC)


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// Lawsuit seeks to overturn Los Angeles’ cannabis social equity licensing process (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Quebec cannabis sales on pace to exceed CA$300 million for fiscal year (Marijuana Business Daily)

// This Company Just Reclaimed the Title of Leading Revenue Generator for Publicly Traded MSOs (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Congressional Candidates Openly Grow And Smoke Marijuana To Get Through Coronavirus Isolation (Marijuana Moment)

// Sanders Declines To List Marijuana Legalization Among Issues He Thinks Biden Will Back (Marijuana Moment)

// ‘It’s a roller coaster’: Marijuana and booze sales surge, then fall (KGW8 NBC)

// ‘Cartels are scrambling’: Virus snarls global drug trade (AP News)


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