NFL funds marijuana research; CTT gov signs psilocybin bill; Seattle officials push psychedelics reform; Poll: MS voters back legalizing cannabis

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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) signed a bill requiring the state to create a working group to “study the health benefits of psilocybin.”

Connecticut’s House majority leader said he has enough “solid yeses” to get a Senate-passed marijuana legalization bill to the governor’s desk by Wednesday—but Republicans are saying it should be slowed down and moved to a special session.

The National Football League plans to award up to $1 million in funding to support research into cannabis, CBD and other alternatives to opioids for treating players’ pain. A representative told Marijuana Moment that cannabis’s Schedule I status is impeding science.

A majority of the Seattle, Washington City Council signed a letter urging an opioid task force to investigate the role of psychedelics in treating addiction and mental health issues. One lawmaker said he plans to file a lowest law enforcement priority measure soon.

A new poll found that a majority of Mississippi voters support legalizing recreational marijuana. Last month the state Supreme Court overturned a medical cannabis measure that passed overwhelmingly—and voters say it’s the top issue that’ll determine their votes for political candidates.

/ FEDERAL

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted, “We must end the federal prohibition on marijuana while ensuring restorative justice for those harmed by the War on Drugs. I’m working with @SenBooker and @RonWyden on comprehensive marijuana reform legislation.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) cited racial disparities in arrests for marijuana and other low-level crimes in a letter urging the Department of Justice to investigate several Minnesota law enforcement agencies.

Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA) accompanied law enforcement on a raid of an illegal marijuana cultivation operation.

/ STATES

Delaware Gov. John Carney (D) said he thinks marijuana is a “bad thing” and refused to say whether he would sign a legalization bill that’s up for a House vote this week. Meanwhile, the House speaker said he has concerns over the legislation and isn’t sure if it will pass his chamber or not.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) authored an op-ed calling on Congress to end the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said the state is not ready to join Washington in allowing the gifting of marijuana to people who get coronavirus vaccines.

Colorado lawmakers sent Gov. Jared Polis (D) a bill to enact limits on marijuana concentrates, place restrictions on medical cannabis recommendations and require the state to study the impacts of marijuana on certain health outcomes, among other changes.

The Louisiana House of Representatives rejected the Senate’s changes to a bill that started out as taxing medical cannabis flower but evolved into a general sales tax extension.

The wife of the only Connecticut Republican senator to vote for a marijuana legalization bill works for cannabis company Curaleaf.

Nevada regulators will host a marijuana regulatory workshop on Tuesday.


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/ LOCAL

Denver, Colorado regulators will host a marijuana rulemaking work group meeting on Thursday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Morocco’s House of Councilors passed a medical cannabis bill.

A Brazilian House committee approved a medical cannabis bill.

Canada’s Privy Council Office included questions about drug decriminalization in polling and focus groups.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “cannabidiol showed a promising therapeutic response in terms of ameliorating affect in a rat model of early-life stress during adolescence and up to adulthood.”

A study concluded that “implementation of the Cannabis Act in Canada in 2018 appears to have been associated with decreases of 55%–65% in cannabis-related crimes among male and female youth.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Tennessee Democratic Party tweeted, “Good morning to everyone except Rep. Brandon Ogles (R) who wanted to amend the Tennessee state constitution to forever prohibit recreational marijuana. Recreational marijuana should be legal. Period.”

AMVETS called for federal marijuana descheduling in testimony for a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing.

/ BUSINESS

Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. is partnering with Rolling Stone on a new line of marijuana products.

Vireo Health International, Inc. changed its name to Goodness Growth Holdings, Inc. and projected revenue in the range of $140 to $180 million in 2022.

Field Trip Health Ltd. applied to list on the NASDAQ Stock Market.

HEXO Corp announced a commitment to offset the carbon emissions of the company and its employees.

Tilray, Inc. launched a new brand called Symbios.

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. published an environmental, social and governance report.

Columbia Care Inc. appointed a new board member.

Maine retailers sold $5.4 million worth of recreational marijuana in May, a new record.

Illinois dispensaries sold $34.2 million worth of medical cannabis products in May.

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