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NY Restricts Workplace Marijuana Testing; SD lawmakers approve the legalization proposal; CA Grants for Cleaning the Cannabis Environment

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/ THINGS TO KNOW

The Senate Appropriations Committee released spending legislation for fiscal 2022 that would finally allow Washington, DC to legalize marijuana sales, in violation of President Joe Biden’s budget request. The House has already approved the removal of the ban, and Democratic leaders plan to enact a final package of credits by December 3.

  • The new Senate bills would also protect state medical cannabis laws from federal interference, call for reconsideration of policies that fired federal workers for marijuana, and criticize barriers to Schedule I research.

New York Department of Labor issued guidelines saying employers cannot test the drug on most workers for marijuana, going so far as to say that the smell of cannabis cannot be used to prove impairment at work.

  • “Observable signs of use that do not indicate impairment in themselves cannot be cited as an articulable symptom of impairment. Only symptoms which provide objectively observable indications that the performance by the employee of the essential functions or tasks of his position is diminished or diminished may be cited.

The South Dakota Legislature Adult Marijuana Review Subcommittee approved a bill to legalize recreational cannabis. Campaigners don’t necessarily believe lawmakers will follow through and still plan to move forward with a plan to bring another legalization initiative to voters next year.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will be holding a workshop this week on a new grant program to help small-scale marijuana growers clean up and restore the environment. The funds come from cannabis tax revenues.

/ FEDERAL

Former President Donald Trump reportedly planned to send 250,000 troops to the border and organize military raids against drug cartels inside Mexico until dissuaded by the Secretary of Defense.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted: “The federal marijuana ban has caused disproportionate harm to young people of color. @SenBooker, @RonWyden and I are working to pass our Cannabis Administration and Opportunities Act to end the federal ban and undo the damage caused by the War on Drugs.

Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) wrote about his support for federal marijuana law reform in a constituent letter.

Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) sent a press release and posted a Tweeter applauding the withdrawal of a rider blocking Washington, DC from legalizing sales of marijuana in new Senate appropriations legislation.

Democratic candidate for Congress in Washington State Jason call tweeted, “Let it be known that the incumbent in my district has never supported federal legalization. Of course, worse than that, he voted at least 4 times to allow the DOJ to continue prosecuting people in states where cannabis has been legalized. Like my own state of WA.

House bill deprogram marijuana and fund programs to undo the harms of the war on drugs secured 11 new cosponsors for a total of 87.

House bill allow CBD as a dietary supplement obtained a new cosponsor out of a total of 31.

/ STATES

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, currently a congressman, tweeted, “18 states have already legalized recreational marijuana – it’s time Florida did too.

Virginia Democratic candidate for Lt. Gov. Hala Ayala, currently a delegate, stressed that legalizing marijuana was a key achievement.

Washington, DC The Attorney General tweeted, “After 6 years of advocacy, I am happy to see Congress respecting the will of the voters of DC. Hopefully DC will soon be able to regulate our local marijuana market, direct new tax revenues to communities most affected by over-criminalization, and take action to clear related criminal records. The President of the council tweeted: “This is a step in the right direction. We hope that as the bill goes through the Senate no slogans will be put in so that we can honor the will of the constituents in the district and build a safe and fair recreational cannabis market. “

California The attorney general and other officials will attend a conference commemorating the 25th anniversary of the state’s medical cannabis law on November 5.

Wisconsin The Speaker of the Assembly said he supported medical cannabis but did not support the legalization of recreational marijuana “yet”. (Around 6:00 p.m. in the audio.)

Pennsylvania The House Minority Leader said the marijuana legalization bills did not yet have enough momentum to pass.

The president of Delaware The Senate Health and Human Services Committee said it was eager to hold a hearing on a bill to legalize marijuana if it could clear the House.

The Illinois The Supreme Court has ordered the consolidation of various lawsuits challenging the marijuana licensing processes by regulators.

The South Dakota The legislature’s rule review committee will review the revised new medical cannabis regulations on Monday.

A Wisconsin The senator who is sponsoring a bill to legalize marijuana held a virtual roundtable on the issue.

A New Jersey The judge pointed out that the legalization of marijuana reduces the number of court appearances.

Nevada regulators have proposed rules for weighing and measuring cannabis.

Colorado regulators form cannabis cross-pollination working group.

Ohio regulators have published questions and answers on medical cannabis dispensary license applications.

Montana regulators will hold a virtual cannabis listening session on Friday.

Michigan Regulators will hold a social equity education session on marijuana on October 28.


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/ LOCAL

A policy of Baltimore, Maryland district attorney not to prosecute minor drug possession and prostitution has led to fewer new arrests of low level drug and prostitution, almost no rearrests for serious crimes for those whose charges have been dropped and fewer calls to 911.

/ INTERNATIONAL

spain Congress rejected a bill to legalize marijuana.

Western australia Parliament has formed a select committee on cannabis and hemp.

The Philippines The Justice Department said it would release information about some killings in the country’s bloody “war on drugs”.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A case study appears to ‘demonstrate a possible benefit of consuming’ CBD oil ‘which may have resulted in the tumor regression. “

A study in rats found that “cannabidiol at a dose of 10 mg / kg of body weight exerts anxiolytic effect in an acute cold stress model.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Democratic Party of South Dakota tweeted: “Kristi Noem has opposed medical cannabis. Now she is using $ 700,000 from South Dakota taxpayers to implement these measures as thinly veiled political ads. “

/ BUSINESS

Truly donated $ 250,000 to a campaign to put marijuana legalization on the Florida ballot in 2022.

iAnthus is being sued by a former employee who claims to have been demoted because he is black.

Harmony Foundation The former chief executive of administration lodged a complaint claiming he was fired after talking about the CEO of the company who allegedly used $ 1 million of the company’s money for a personal investment.

Tilray Canada has a new president.

atai Life Sciences formed a nonprofit branch called atai Impact.

Leafy is running a contest to celebrate budtenders.

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