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Model Legislation Aims To Help Cities Bring People Of Color Into Marijuana Industry

Model Legislation Aims To Help Cities Bring People Of Color Into Marijuana Industry

In the continuing work to diversify the legal cannabis space and include communities that have been hurt the most by the war on drugs, advocates have unveiled a model local ordinance that would help more people of color enter the industry.The Model Municipal Social Equity Ordinance, released Monday by the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA), “creates a baseline framework for adopting and advancing social equity in the cannabis industry as official public policy.”The document was drafted with assistance from the National Cannabis Industry Associationand the Drug Policy Alliance.
Nielsen, Headset partner to study U.S. cannabis market

Nielsen, Headset partner to study U.S. cannabis market

(Reuters) - Consumer research services provider Nielsen Holdings Plc said on Wednesday it had teamed up with cannabis analytics company Headset, to help packaged goods companies understand the U.S. cannabis market.The U.S.-specific strategic alliance builds on Nielsen’s recent acquisition of Cannabiz Consumer Group, a firm which focuses on studying the impact of marijuana legalization on consumer spending and shopping trends.
House Bill Introduced to Remove Marijuana from List of Controlled Substances

House Bill Introduced to Remove Marijuana from List of Controlled Substances

Even before it began, 2019 has been hailed as the year of marijuana, with good reason: the number of Americans who support legalization has reached record highs, and an increasing number of Democratic presidential candidates are advocating for drug reform and an end to our draconian, racist drug laws.On Thursday morning, Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Don Young (R-AK) introduced what they called a “landmark” piece of legislation, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019, which is “the only bipartisan piece of legislation that would allow states to make independent choices about their marijuana programs,” according to Young.
Beto O'Rourke calls for nationwide legalization of marijuana

Beto O'Rourke calls for nationwide legalization of marijuana

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) on Monday expressed support for the federal legalization of marijuana as he mulls a potential presidential bid in 2020.CNN reported that O'Rourke sent an email to supporters in which he backed the repeal of the federal criminalization of marijuana and called for the records of those jailed over marijuana possession to be expunged.O'Rourke pitched the overhaul of federal marijuana laws as part of a broader array of criminal justice reform proposals, CNN reported. Others included allowing convicted criminals to apply for loans, and banning the box on job application forms that requires job applicants to disclose their criminal history.
Barbara Lee Files Three Pieces Of Social Justice Marijuana Legislation In One Day

Barbara Lee Files Three Pieces Of Social Justice Marijuana Legislation In One Day

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced three wide-ranging marijuana bills in Congress on Thursday.The congresswoman, who was named as a co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus last month, re-filed legislation to end federal cannabis prohibition, bar the federal government from using funds to interfere in state-legal marijuana programs and encourage reform policies to help communities of color participate in the legal market.
Brooklyn DA: Prosecution of low-level marijuana cases down 98 percent

Brooklyn DA: Prosecution of low-level marijuana cases down 98 percent

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said last week that his office is no longer prosecuting low-level marijuana possession cases and is vacating more than 1,400 related warrants.Over the past year, the number of simple marijuana possession cases prosecuted in Brooklyn was down by 98 percent, Gonzalez told attendees at a Community Board 2 meeting last Wednesday night.“It costs my office about $2,000 a pop to process a marijuana arrest. That’s your tax dollars and it’s not keeping us safer,” he said. “I’d rather spend that $2,000 working on a sex crime or domestic violence case.”Gonzalez said that looking over the statistics made it glaringly obvious that something was wrong with marijuana arrests in Brooklyn.
FDA on CBD Edible Crackdown: We Will Continue to "Closely Scrutinize"

FDA on CBD Edible Crackdown: We Will Continue to "Closely Scrutinize"

This week, state and local authorities cracked down on foods containing the increasingly popular cannabis extract cannabidiol, better known as CBD. Public health officials in Maine, New York City, and Ohio have banned sales of foods containing CBD, citing US Food and Drug Administration guidelines. On Wednesday, North Carolina appeared ready to follow suit. As the dominoes fall, however, the FDA is remaining mostly silent on the multi-state crackdown.
Freshman representative Ocasio-Cortez shows cannabis industry not immune to the ills of corporate lobbying

Freshman representative Ocasio-Cortez shows cannabis industry not immune to the ills of corporate lobbying

On Wednesday, Democratic rising-star and New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took the occasion of the House Financial Services subcommittee hearing on issues of cannabis banking to bring to light a well-known but little-discussed congressional practice.Lobbyists, looking for guaranteed seats in a hearing will often pay homeless people to hold their spot in line. Speaking truth-to-power, she noted that not only is it a shameful act that takes advantage of those less fortunate, but it disenfranchises the voices of everyday American people in favor of rich and powerful corporate lobbyists.
Clearing an Old Marijuana Conviction Record Just Got a Lot Easier

Clearing an Old Marijuana Conviction Record Just Got a Lot Easier

When cannabis became legal for adult recreational use at the start of 2018, a provision in the new law opened the door for individuals who were convicted of certain kinds of marijuana-related crimes in the past to petition to have their criminal records cleared. Actually taking the state up on that offer, however, remained expensive and complicated. Now, as of January 1, 2019, a follow-up law has gone into effect, aiming to make the process more accessible to Californians—and advocates say it will go a long way toward helping those individuals live free from the stigma of a drug arrest.
Congressional Democrats Release Report On Marijuana Legalization’s Economic Benefits

Congressional Democrats Release Report On Marijuana Legalization’s Economic Benefits

Democrats on the congressional Joint Economic Committee published a report on Tuesday highlighting the “economic benefits of legalized cannabis at the state and national levels.”Titled, “The National Cannabis Economy,” the report finds that the marijuana industry brought in more than $8 billion in sales in 2017, with sales estimated to reach $11 billion this year and expected to soar to $23 billion by 2022.“The growth of the cannabis economy presents opportunities for greater job creation, more tax revenue, and better patient care,” the report concludes after summarizing the banking and tax fairness issues that current federal policy causes for state-legal marijuana businesses.
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