Senators call on US to help another cannabis prisoner in Russia (Newsletter: August 24, 2022)

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A bipartisan group of senators led by Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken demanding that the State Department grant Marc Fogel – another US citizen imprisoned for medical marijuana in Russia – the same “wrongfully detained” status as Brittney Griner.

  • “In 2021, a doctor recommended medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids to treat his chronic pain.”

San Francisco, California City Attorney says the city should move forward with opening a safe consumption site for illegal drugs despite Gov. Gavin Newsom (D)’s veto of a bill allowing such facilities under the law of the state.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (right)— whose administration funded a lawsuit that struck down a 2020 voter-approved marijuana legalization initiative — has suggested it will implement a new cannabis measure that is on the ballot this year alongside his own re-election bid.

Nebraska activists are banding together after their medical cannabis initiatives failed to make it to the November ballot. They could pursue a recreational legalization measure in 2024, and a senator wants to call a special session on medical marijuana in the meantime.

Mayor of New York launched a new initiative to promote fairness in the marijuana industry by helping those harmed by the war on drugs fill out dispensary applications while offering support “beyond the license.”


Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse said: ‘We say the drugs are so bad they’ll fry your brain like an egg, then we undermine the evidence that they can be harmful, depending on the dose and the person taking them. By doing everything in black and white, we lose all credibility.

The Immigration Appeal Board is ordered by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to reconsider the case of a Haitian who was denied asylum for marijuana.

The Addiction and Mental Health Services Administration tweeted, “Know the risks of marijuana. Marijuana use carries real risks that can impact a person’s health and life: 🧠 Brain Health ⚙️ Mental Health 🚴‍♂️ Athletic Performance 🚗 Driving 🍼 Baby Health & Development ❤️ Daily Life”

Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) wrote in a constituent letter that he understands “the impact of a lifelong struggle with pain on people’s lives, but there remain legal and proven ways to safely address these concerns, as opposed to the unimpeded use of any cannabidiol or marijuana product”.

Tennessee Democratic Senate Candidate Bryan Langan tweeted, “Unlike my opponent mentioned below, I will work to legalize cannabis, giving our farmers access to a cash crop and using tax revenue to fund our public schools to ensure that every child in Tennessee have access to a quality education that prepares them for the future.”

Democratic congressional candidate from South Carolina Amie Andrews called out Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) for voting against a federal marijuana legalization bill in the House.


PennsylvaniaGovernor Tom Wolf (D) tweeted: “I signed my 2,000th sorry this month. It was one of the greatest honors of my tenure. Since 2015, I have granted 2,098 pardons. 326 were part of an expedited review for marijuana offenses. We all deserve the opportunity to learn from our mistakes and do better tomorrow.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson (R) accepted the incorrect from a radio host suggestion that a marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot is 450 pages. He separately called the extent of a “disaster” and repeated the false claim of length.

Caroline from the south Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham, a former congressman, reiterated his commitment to legalizing marijuana.

the New York one The Senate Majority Leader promotes a community conversation about cannabis dispensaries in Yonkers on Thursday.

from Alabama The top medical cannabis regulator has pushed back against rumors that officials have prequalified or promised business licenses to certain entities.

Hawaii regulators are being sued for raiding stores selling hemp-derived products.

The members of from utah The Task Force on Psychotherapeutic Drugs for Mental Illnesses, which will issue recommendations on psychedelic therapy by October 31, has been appointed.

The California The Office of the Legislative Analyst reported that “cannabis tax revenue has declined significantly for three consecutive quarters.” Separately, the Department of Tax and Royalty Administration said marijuana tax revenue in the second quarter of 2022 was $275.2 million.

from Maine The Metrc Users Working Group held its first meeting.

from colorado The hemp and tetrahydrocannabinol intoxicants working group will meet on Wednesday.

from oregon The working group on intoxicants derived from cannabis and the illegal production of cannabis will meet on Wednesday.

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The Stonecrest, Georgia The city council has approved a proposal to decriminalize marijuana.

Seattle, Washington The mayor tweeted, “Seattle must close the lack of fairness in the cannabis industry that has left communities of color behind. By reducing barriers for those most affected by the war on drugs, we can foster diversity and expand opportunity in the industry. »

Clark County, Nevada declared Cheech and Chong Day on Monday.


Colombia suspended the forced eradication of coca.

Cayman Islands The Minister of Tourism has suggested that there should be a referendum for people to decide to decriminalize cannabis.

malaysia The deputy health minister said patients and doctors can still be sued for medical cannabis while a potential approval is pending.

A member of the UK House of Lords wrote that he smoked marijuana while visiting Colorado.

Manipur, india The chief minister said he had given the police “very strict instructions to deal with all drug-related matters”.


One study concluded that “cannabidiol inhibits inflammation induced by extracellular vesicles derived from Cutibacterium acnes.

One review concluded that “psilocybin represents a promising alternative in the treatment of the Depression.”


The Indiana Democratic Party tweeted, “Over 80% of Hoosiers support cannabis legalization in one form or another because it’s a win-win policy for Indiana. What’s the delay? The @indgop is putting their extremist agenda ahead of our economic future.

Decriminalize nature is accused by Dr. Bronner’s David Bronner of “anti-Semitic bigotry and anti-Native colonialism” after circulating a graphic exposing an alleged conspiracy of “financial entanglement” around the rarity of peyote, the original version of which would contain yellow stars.

The North Dakota Petroleum Board said he would not oppose the marijuana legalization measure in the state’s November ballot, despite funding an opposition campaign against a 2018 reform proposal, and the House of Greater North Dakota said it hasn’t decided what its position will be this year.

Cannabis law reform in the UK had their PayPal account closed.

The New York Cannabis Growers and Processors Association changed its name to the Cannabis Association of New York.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham tweeted: “This is how the left is building the America it prefers. Marijuana and hallucinogen use hit an all-time high among young adults in 2021.”


MedMen Enterprises Inc. has reached an agreement to sell its Florida assets to Green Sentry Holdings LLC.

Dutch launched a new point-of-sale service for cannabis retailers.

The University of Utah Huntsman Institute for Mental Health opened a clinic for ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.


The Daily shows podcast did an episode on marijuana policy reform.

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