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OH legal cannabis ballot petition certified (Newsletter: August 23, 2021)

Congressman: Pass marijuana banking now; Richardson: Change sports cannabis penalties;

Ohio’s attorney general certified a petition for a marijuana legalization initiative that activists are hoping to place on the state’s 2022 ballot, a move that comes weeks after he rejected a previous version. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) said that passing his marijuana banking bill should not have to wait for broader cannabis reform to build up enough support, arguing that it’s “not about making corporations richer; it’s about protecting employees, patients and customers of small businesses.” The U.S. Department of Energy is funding research into the development of insulation made from hemp fiber as a more environmentally friendly and healthier alternative to conventional preparations. Runner Sha’Carri Richardson said she would feel “blessed” if the reaction to her suspension from the Olympics for marijuana led to the end of cannabis punishments for other athletes. Portland, Oregon activists are asking the City Commission to pass a measure to bridge the gaps between state psilocybin therapy and drug decriminalization laws by making cultivating, gifting and administering psychedelics the lowest law enforcement priority. / FEDERAL Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) wrote in a constituent letter that she is worried federal marijuana reform would make it harder for police to pursue drug cases. Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Ken Buck (R-CO) criticized the Food and Drug Administration for being slow to regulate CBD. Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA) tweeted, “The bad actors working the illegal marijuana grows in CA25 are participating in a federal crime, and so are those who are aiding & abetting them. These illegal operations are stealing our water and hurting our environment.” Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) tweeted about taking cannabis questions at an event. / STATES New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) appointed a director of the Cannabis Regulatory Commission’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. He also tweeted, “With @NewJerseyCRC’s adoption of the first set of rules for New Jersey’s personal-use cannabis industry, we are advancing our commitment to create an equitable, safe, and inclusive adult-use recreational cannabis marketplace in record time.” Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried, currently the agriculture commissioner, tweeted, “If you elect me governor, I will legalize marijuana in Florida. #SomethingNew An Illinois representative is working to build support for legislation to protect workers from getting fired solely for a positive marijuana test. A New York senator launched a marijuana industry workforce training program. Oklahoma’s new top medical cannabis regulator sought to dismiss concerns that she is “anti-marijuana.” Maine regulators are seeking participants for a new medical cannabis workgroup. Missouri regulators issued guidance on changes to the material design of medical cannabis facilities. Michigan regulators sent a bulletin on the preharvest hemp sampling process. Louisiana regulators are undertaking rulemaking on tax requirements for hemp and CBD products. The Nevada Cannabis Advisory Commission Subcommittees on Public Health and Public Safety will meet on Wednesday.

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