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“This is really out of nowhere. It’s not based on science, it’s not based on any real threat to Texans.” By Kevin Reynolds, The Texas Tribune Three years after federal legislation removed the marijuana extract known as delta-8 THC from the nation’s list of controlled substances, Texas health officials have put it on its own
A deal on a bill to legalize marijuana in Rhode Island is finally coming together, legislative leaders said this week. While there are still certain outstanding issues to resolve such as which agency should be tasked with regulating the market, lawmakers have made significant progress and have reached compromises on a number of topics, Sen.
A fourth Massachusetts city has enacted a psychedelics policy change, with members of the Easthampton City Council voting on Wednesday in favor of a resolution urging the decriminalization of certain entheogenic substances and other drugs. The measure, introduced by Council Member At-Large Owen Zaret (D), passed in a 7-0 vote, with two abstentions, on Wednesday
The president of Mexico’s Senate says lawmakers could advance legislation to regulate marijuana in the coming weeks—the latest in a long string of comments from leadership on plans to finally implement rules to legally regulate cannabis production and sales. Nearly three years ago, the Mexican Supreme Court declared that the country’s prohibition on the personal
The president of Mexico’s Senate says lawmakers could advance legislation to regulate marijuana in the coming weeks—the latest in a long string of comments from leadership on plans to finally implement rules to legally regulate cannabis production and sales. Nearly three years ago, the Mexican Supreme Court declared that the country’s prohibition on the personal
The Democratic leader of a key U.S. Senate committee on Monday released the text of legislation that, if enacted, would finally allow Washington, D.C. to legalize recreational marijuana sales—in contravention of the wishes of President Joe Biden. The new bills and attached report language announced by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), which are
“There are a ton of paper records. Courts we know are dealing with that in various ways.” By Alexander Lekhtman, Filter Nearly five years after California voters legalized marijuana, potentially hundreds of thousands of residents still have publicly available cannabis-related criminal records that the law requires to be sealed—even though the state passed a bill
Columbia Care’s D.C.-based dispensary sells 3.5 grams of marijuana for $35, compared to the $65 price for the same amount the company charges patients in Virginia. By Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury As Virginia’s medical marijuana industry closes out its first year of sales, some patients are complaining about long waits to register with the state
New federally funded research has identified another public health protection that is associated with states enacting laws to legalize marijuana. Just before the COVID-19 pandemic, an outbreak of a different mysterious respiratory disease emerged among some users of cannabis concentrates and e-cigarettes. Eventually linked to an additive found most commonly in unregulated marijuana vape cartridges,
A top federal drug official on Wednesday offered some advice to Maryland lawmakers who are exploring marijuana legalization in anticipation of placing a referendum on the issue before voters next year. At a meeting of the House Cannabis Referendum and Legalization Workgroup, which held its first meeting last month, Susan Weiss of the National Institute
Studies demonstrating the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics could be leading more people to experiment with substances like psilocybin, a top federal drug official said in a new interview with Marijuana Moment. And when it comes to cannabis research, she said scientists should be allowed to investigate products from state-legal dispensaries instead of using only government-grown
Marijuana and psychedelics are on the ballot at the local and state level across the U.S. next month. It might be an off-year election, but advocates and lawmakers have been hard at work pushing to get everything from local cannabis decriminalization to psychedelics reform on their ballots this cycle. That’s not to say that legalization
Illinois marijuana retailers have sold nearly $1 billion worth of legal recreational cannabis products so far in 2021. With September’s $100 million-plus haul, the state has now seen $997,067,100 in adult-use marijuana transactions this year. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) reported on Monday that people purchased 2,702,260 recreational cannabis products last
Marijuana and psychedelics are on the ballot at the local and state level across the U.S. next month. It might be an off-year election, but advocates and lawmakers have been hard at work pushing to get everything from local cannabis decriminalization to psychedelics reform on their ballots this cycle. That’s not to say that legalization
Denver activists, police officials and other experts have agreed upon a set of recommendations to expand the city’s historic vote to decriminalize psilocybin in 2019—including by deprioritizing criminal enforcement against additional activities like gifting and communal use of the fungi. The Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Policy Review Panel, which was established under the voter-approved initiative, unanimously
As congressional lawmakers pursue marijuana legalization, a pair of U.S. senators is calling on Attorney General Merrick Garland to use his own authority to swiftly end federal cannabis prohibition. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) sent a letter on Wednesday making the case that the Justice Department should initiate a descheduling process in
Illinois marijuana retailers have sold nearly $1 billion worth of legal recreational cannabis products so far in 2021. With September’s $100 million-plus haul, the state has now seen $997,067,100 in adult-use marijuana transactions this year. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) reported on Monday that people purchased 2,702,260 recreational cannabis products last
A coalition of Pennsylvania lawmakers introduced a bill this week that’s meant to promote research into the therapeutic potential of psilocybin mushrooms for mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—the latest example of how the psychedelics reform movement is gaining momentum. Led by Rep. Tracy Pennycuick (R), the legislation, titled the Public Heath
A coalition of Pennsylvania lawmakers introduced a bill this week that’s meant to promote research into the therapeutic potential of psilocybin mushrooms for mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—the latest example of how the psychedelics reform movement is gaining momentum. Led by Rep. Tracy Pennycuick (R), the legislation, titled the Public Heath
A coalition of Pennsylvania lawmakers introduced a bill this week that’s meant to promote research into the therapeutic potential of psilocybin mushrooms for mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—the latest example of how the psychedelics reform movement is gaining momentum. Led by Rep. Tracy Pennycuick (R), the legislation, titled the Public Heath
A coalition of Pennsylvania lawmakers introduced a bill this week that’s meant to promote research into the therapeutic potential of psilocybin mushrooms for mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—the latest example of how the psychedelics reform movement is gaining momentum. Led by Rep. Tracy Pennycuick (R), the legislation, titled the Public Heath
Another California city has effectively decriminalized a wide range of psychedelics, with the Arcata City Council unanimously approving the reform on Wednesday. The 5-0 vote means that the possession, cultivation and distributions of entheogenic substances like psilocybin and ayahuasca will be among the city’s lowest law enforcement priorities. The measure further calls on the Humboldt
Pennsylvania is becoming something of a hotbed for marijuana legalization legislation, with a Democratic state lawmaker on Tuesday announcing his intent to file a reform bill that he’ll be working on with a Republican senator who announced his support for the policy change a day earlier. There are also two other Pennsylvania legalization proposals that