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What to know about Philadelphia’s ban on pre-hire marijuana testing

A new city law bars many employers from testing job applicants for cannabis use, but there are several exemptions to the ordinance.

If you’re looking for a job in Philadelphia, you may no longer need to pass a drug test for marijuana. A new city law bars many employers from testing job applicants for cannabis use. It took effect Jan. 1.

But there are several exemptions to the ordinance and questions about enforcement. If you’re a job applicant or hiring manager, here’s what you need to know about the city’s ban on pre-hire marijuana testing.

Why did the city pass this law?

Medical marijuana is legal in Pennsylvania, but some people who are prescribed cannabis have a hard time landing jobs because of drug screenings. City Councilmember Derek Green introduced the bill after specifically learning of people with autism spectrum disorder who struggled to find work due to their medical marijuana use.

“It just seemed to be contradictory that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is allowing this product to be used for individuals to help improve their quality of life,” said Green, a Democrat.

“But then that’s also restricting their ability to improve their life by getting gainful employment.”

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Cases Move Forward Against Area Residents Busted Growing Marijuana in Front Yard

The cases against two area residents who were reportedly caught growing marijuana in the front yard of their residence in Redbank Township moved forward in court on Tuesday.

Court documents indicate the following charges against 47-year-old Robert Jason Smyers and 42-year-old Katie Joleen Shreckengost, both of Summerville, were waived for court on Tuesday, January 4, 2022:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony (two counts)
– Intentional Possession of Controlled Substance by Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

– Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

The charges have been transferred to the Clarion County Court of Common Pleas.

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County Attorney warns Delta-8 illegal; pulled from stores

In the last year, a new product popped up in stores across Ellis County.

Found on shelves in local convenience and liquor stores, Delta-8 products were being sold in a variety of forms, from edible to vape-based.

Often found near CBD or nicotine-based products, Delta-8 has been readily available for months across the state.

But while the product was being openly purchased and consumed, recent guidance from the Ellis County Attorney and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt clarified Delta-8 is illegal to sell and possess in Kansas.

After informing area businesses of the new clarification, most shops in the county have removed the product from their shelves, but now Ellis County Attorney Robert Anderson, warned those that continue to sell or possess the product are now in clear violation of the law.

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Could 2022 be the year Kentucky legalizes medical marijuana?

The Kentucky House of Representatives passed a bill legalizing medical marijuana in 2020, but it stalled in the Senate.

The Kentucky General Assembly convened for the first day of the 2022 legislative session Tuesday and legalizing medical marijuana in the Commonwealth is one issue that will likely be up for debate. 

Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said he remains open to discussing the issue but personally has concerns about advancing legislation. 

Stivers said has seen studies about the therapeutic benefits of medicinal marijuana, but said the ones he’s seen have had small sample sizes or were conducted over a short period of time.

“This is not a drug that's a panacea to cure everything, but if there were more studies and the FDA or John Hopkins or somebody like that would come out and show how it should be used for medicinal and therapeutic values, then I think it would be an easier path forward," Stivers said.

He also is worried about how legalizing marijuana for medicinal use could impact Kentucky’s crime rate.

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With opt-out deadline in the rearview, municipalities await NYS marijuana regulations

The deadline has passed for municipalities in New York State to opt out of recreational marijuana sales and consumption. Over 600 have said no to dispensaries, and over 700 say they will not allow consumption sites as of now.

Rensselaer Mayor Mike Stammel said his city has not opted out of either opportunity, and he is excited about the economic growth recreational marijuana will bring.

“We are a city that doesn’t have a lot of economic type business that fosters a lot of taxes for us, so something like that probably would,” he explained, “especially a growing facility.”

In August the city council approved for a former storage facility to be a marijuana cultivation and manufacturing plant. While the city hasn’t opted out of consumption sites, Stammel believes focusing on growing is more important. Now, he is waiting for the state to get the ball rolling more quickly on opening up the market.

Heather Trela from the Rockefeller Institute of Government has been working on a database that keeps track of which municipalities across the state are opting out. For those choosing “no,” Trela believes more information from the state might change their minds to opt in at a later date.

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Fugitive located amid marijuana hospitalization, MNPD says

A fugitive was taken into custody Sunday after officials learned he was wanted across multiple states while he was taken into medical care.

According to an arrest warrant, officers responded to West Trinity Lane after Kenneth Johnson, 29, reported he was feeling ill due to smoking marijuana. Officials said he was taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center where he was treated.

During this time, police said a records check of Johnson’s name and social security number showed he had two outstanding failure to appear warrants, and that he was wanted by U.S. Marshals in Arlington, Virginia.

After being discharged from the hospital, police said they searched Johnson and found 7.3 grams of marijuana in his pocket.

He is now faced with four separate charges.

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Beto O'Rourke's blunt support of marijuana legalization gives advocates hope for policy change

A race starting in Houstonians' livings rooms could set the stage for one of the state's most expensive gubernatorial races ever.

At a crowded rally in downtown Austin, Beto O'Rourke ticked off his usual laundry list of campaign promises: stabilizing the power grid, rolling back the state's new permitless carry law and expanding health care access.
But the El Paso Democrat got some of the loudest cheers of the night when he promised to legalize marijuana in Texas, something he said "most of us, regardless of party, actually agree on."
 
"I've been warned that this may or may not be a popular thing to say in Austin, Texas," O'Rourke said to the crowd gathered in Republic Square Park in December.
 
"But when I am governor, we are going to legalize marijuana."
 
The support is nothing new for the gubernatorial candidate. O'Rourke has championed legalization efforts throughout his political career, ever since his time as a member of the El Paso city council. He also nodded at the policy throughout his failed campaigns for U.S. Senate and for president.

But in his early run for governor, O'Rourke, who declined to be interviewed for this story, has repeatedly mentioned legalizing marijuana on the campaign trail across Texas. Advocates hope the increased attention will give momentum to legalization efforts in a state with some of the harshest penalties and highest arrest rates for marijuana possession.

O'Rourke's advocacy around the issue dates back at least to his time on the El Paso City Council in 2009 when he pushed for a resolution calling on Congress to have "an honest, open national debate on ending the prohibition" of marijuana.

Despite unanimously passing the city council, then-Mayor John Cook vetoed the nonbinding measure. Cook got some help from then-U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, who warned council members the city could lose federal funds if they continued with their effort.

O'Rourke went on to challenge and defeat Reyes in the 2012 Democratic primary for his congressional seat. During that race, Reyes released an ad attacking O'Rourke's position on marijuana legalization.

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Fewer People Charged For Weed Possession In Ireland Due To New Warning Scheme

According to the College of Psychiatrists in Ireland, some 45,000 people between the ages of 15 and 34 meet the criteria for marijuana dependence.

In 2021, fewer people in Ireland were charged or issued a summons for possessing drugs following the introduction of a new scheme that allows for cannabis possession to be treated with a warning, reported The Irish Times.

According to Garda Press Office’s figures, as of December 14, 2021, up to 5,957 people were either charged or issued a summons in connection to drug possession for personal use compared to 11,127 in 2020 and 9,923 in 2019. This means that the number of people charged was nearly halved.

The expansion of the Adult Cautioning Scheme covering section 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act (regarding possession of illegal drugs) only covered simple marijuana possession. The cautioning scheme is run by An Garda Síochána (the Irish police dept.) along with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions was extended across possession of cannabis for personal use, trespassing, trading without permission and laws relating to specific events, according to the Times.

These changes in the number of people charged for possessing marijuana come “against an international trend towards legalization, but also warnings from the psychiatric profession as to the harmful effects of the drug.”

When it comes to Europe, last year, Malta became the first country in the EU to legalize marijuana, Germany recently announced plans to legally allow weed sales, which will establish the biggest EU market with $3.5 billion in expected annual tax revenue. Switzerland launched a legal adult-use cannabis market trial to study for future regulation.

 

Irelands’ Psychiatrists Warn About Potency 

In 2021, the College of Psychiatrists in Ireland warned that increasingly high potency of marijuana and widespread belief the plant is harmless was generating “devastating effects.”

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Missouri’s marijuana legalization efforts should learn from the legal hemp industry | Opinion

Marijuana reform in Missouri has been a hotly contested topic since at least 2016, as thousands of entrepreneurs and commercial entities have competed for access to commercial licensing.

In 2018, the New Approach Missouri campaign won the support of 66% of Missouri voters to put a medical marijuana program into the state’s Constitution. In 2020, controversy erupted as roughly 85% of 2,200 medical marijuana commercial licenses applications were denied. Some applicants lost tens of thousands of dollars in application fees to the state and hundreds of thousands of dollars to consulting firms promising top-tier application writing services. 

To me this whole system seems irredeemably inefficient and corrupt. Worse, the New Approach Missouri campaign — now calling itself Legal Missouri 2022 — is proposing a similar approach to recreational marijuana licensing.

While others have discussed the licensing issues at length, I have an unique perspective on why these approaches are nonsensical — I’m licensed to legally grow cannabis in Missouri under the agricultural hemp law passed in 2018. 

Under federal law, hemp is cannabis with less than 0.3% delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (aka delta-9 THC), and marijuana is cannabis with more than 0.3% delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. In 2018, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the federal Controlled Substances Act and created a regulatory architecture that allowed states to run their own hemp programs under the supervision of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

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Democrats and Republicans need cannabis to exorcise the ghosts of elections past

You may have noticed both U.S. political parties are currently haunted. The apparitions? Ghosts of elections past.

For Republicans, the specter of 2020 has been very publicly conjured by a presidential candidate who will not admit defeat. Meanwhile, Democrats are more quietly suffering visions from 2010, when the passage of the Affordable Care Act, a historic yet complex technocratic achievement—much like the recent infrastructure bill—was followed closely by devastating midterm losses. 

As it stands today, Republicans are doing the better job of exorcising their electoral demons, with Glenn Youngkin’s victory in Virginia as perhaps the most stunning example. The challenge now is President Biden’s, to deliver a common sense, easy-to-understand victory for the American people in time for 2022. He has a clear opportunity in cannabis legislation. 

If we could, like Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol, make phantom visits to the dinner tables of present-day voters, we would see how average Americans are struggling with the contradictions of today’s cannabis policies. 

We’d hear the confusion. How can nearly half the U.S. population live in states with legal access to cannabis, while 66 million Americans still suffer the enduring consequences of cannabis-related arrest records?
We’d hear the frustration. Why can a seriously ill individual get relief from medical cannabis at home, but not legally take their medical supply on holiday to one of the remaining restrictive states? With Alabama recently becoming the 36th state to permit medical cannabis, why can’t the nation admit the debate is essentially over? 
 

We’d hear the outrage. How can this nation continue to tolerate the impacts of unfairly targeted cannabis enforcement, which falls heavily on people of color and undermines their employment, education, and housing opportunities—often forever?

But mostly, we’d hear the anger at Washington. Why can’t leaders deliver a rational, consistent, nationwide cannabis policy? Why the constant gridlock? Why the harmful holdup? Both parties would be rewarded for achieving cannabis reform.

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Ramone Martinez: Cannabis tycoon accused of kidnapping and torturing woman to make her 'love him'

Ramone Marcio Martinez, 39, of Salt Lake City, carved the number 6 into the woman's left hand to remind her she had 6 months to 'love him or be killed'

A self-proclaimed Utah “millionaire” is accused of kidnapping a woman and holding her captive in his home for weeks. He reportedly beat her repeatedly and carved the number six into her hand — a reminder that the victim had a six-month deadline to “love him or be killed.”

On December 29, Ramone Marcio Martinez, 39, of Salt Lake City, was arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping, assault, and five counts of aggravated assault in the case, which is being classified as domestic violence, according to local reports. The unidentified victim managed to escape with a single text message to her friend saying she was being held captive. An investigation was launched after the friend alerted the police.“The victim had texted him begging for help and that she was scared for her life,” according to a police booking affidavit, obtained by ABC 4.

Who is Ramone Marcio Martinez?

A LinkedIn profile shows that Martinez is the CEO of Truu Med, a medical cannabis doctor referral service. The company connects patients with doctors that will write a letter on behalf of the patient. Last year, he appeared on a local news outlet to discuss his business.

In 2019, he gave an interview to CBS affiliate KUTV regarding the regulation of the medical cannabis industry in Utah. "We welcome the regulations to come; we don't mind the oversight whatsoever," he said at the time. Martinez is being held in the Salt Lake County jail. 

Martinez tortured victim for weeks

When the police responded by going to Martinez's home in the Poplar Grove neighborhood, he reportedly "had his hand in his hoodie pocket and I could see the outline of a handgun which he was holding onto."

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Man Busted With Cocaine, Marijuana in Jenks Township

Court documents indicate Marienville-based State Police filed criminal charges against 55-year-old Terry Hubert Webb. According to a criminal complaint, around 5:20 p.m. on December 4, Marienville-based State Police initiated a traffic stop after observing a vehicle making a traffic violation.

One of the passengers in the vehicle, identified as Terry Hubert Webb, was subsequently found to be in possession of a white powder substance in a plastic baggie. When asked about the substance, Webb reportedly stated it was cocaine, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, Webb was also found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana, three plastic containers with marijuana residue, a white and blue metal container, a black metal smoking device with marijuana residue, and a red plastic straw with white residue.

The following charges were filed against Webb through Judge Daniel L. Miller’s office on December 29, 2021:

– Possession of Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor
– Marijuana-Small Amount Personal Use, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
– Disorderly Conduct Hazardous/Physical Offense, Summary

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Three Iowa Senators Aim to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

These Iowa senators would like to see recreational cannabis pass in 2022, but will the rest of the state government let it happen?

A trio of Democratic lawmakers in Iowa want to bring cannabis legalization to the ballot. 

The idea comes via three state senators, Joe Bolkcom, Janet Petersen and Sarah Trone Garriott, who said at a press conference on Tuesday that they intend to push a constitutional amendment that would legalize recreational pot use for adults aged 21 and older. 

“Marijuana prohibition has been a costly failure,” said Bolkcom, who represents Iowa City (home to the University of Iowa), as quoted by local television station KWQC. “It’s ending across America because it has caused far more harm than good.”

The station reported that the proposal “requires a simple majority in both the state house and senate in two consecutive General Assemblies to be included on a ballot,” and that once it is in on the ballot, “more than half of Iowans need to vote for the amendment for it to become a part of the state’s constitution.” KWQC added that the three lawmakers “already submitted language to the Legislative Services Agency to propose this amendment in the next legislative session.”

“Right now, you can go to Hy-Vee or Kum & Go, and buy a six-pack of beer,” Bolkcom said, according to the television station.

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Democratic lawmaker wants to extend marijuana law benefits to LGBTQ people

New York Sen. Jeremy Cooney's bills respond to LGBTQ people's disproportionately high incarceration rate.

New York State Sen. Jeremy Cooney (D) has filed a bill calling for gay, lesbian, and bisexual New Yorkers to qualify for the state’s cannabis social equity program.

The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), which legalized marijuana, requires 50% of cannabis business licenses to be granted “to individuals from communities disproportionately impacted by the enforcement of cannabis prohibition, minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, certified MWBEs, distressed farmers, and service-disabled veterans.”

According to Cooney’s bill, S.B. S7603, would add lesbian, gay, and bisexual people to that list. He proposed in a separate bill last month to include trans and non-binary people.

“I am proud to introduce legislation to include members of our lesbian, gay and bisexual community for priority licensure in the new adult-use recreational cannabis market,” Cooney told Marijuana Moment.

“When New York State legalized adult-use recreational marijuana, we made a commitment to addressing the discrimination and injustice caused by the War on Drugs.”

Indeed, not only do LGBTQ people report disproportionately high rates of drug use, but members of the community also experience increased police surveillance under the suspicion of drug possession, according to the Drug Policy Alliance.

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Federal law still treats marijuana as an illegal drug, creating headaches for states

States making up 44% of U.S. population have followed Colorado in legalizing adult use

Most states in the U.S. are in violation of a major federal drug statute.

The 1971 Controlled Substances Act lists marijuana in the most dangerous category defined in the law, on par with cocaine and heroin because of its supposed potential for abuse and lack of medical applications.

But 36 states plus the District of Columbia allow either full legalization for adult use or wide scale medical use, putting them at odds with federal law. Congress so far has been unable to come up with a solution, despite support from leading Democrats for a smoother relationship between the states and the federal government.

State acceptance happened quickly, with Colorado and Washington the first to legalize adult use less than 10 years ago.  By the first of the year, marijuana possession will be legal for all adults in 18 states — including Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon and Virginia — that make up 44% of the national population.

That number has recently been growing: The governors of New Mexico and Virginia signed their legalization laws just this year. Montana’s, enacted through a ballot measure in 2020, will go into effect New Year’s Day.

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Missouri Supreme Court Weighs Whether Medical Marijuana Applications Can Be Disclosed

A company denied licenses to grow medical marijuana in Missouri urged the state Supreme Court last week to compel regulators to provide application info that the health department has argued it’s constitutionally obligated to protect.

At issue is the Department of Health and Senior Services’ refusal to turn over applications of successful license holders, despite being ordered by lower courts to disclose them.

DHSS has relied on a provision in the constitutional amendment that legalized medical marijuana in Missouri in 2018. Part of the language voters approved stipulates that DHSS, “shall maintain the confidentiality of reports or other information obtained from an applicant or licensee containing any individualized data, information, or records related to the licensee or its operation…”

In its filing with the Missouri Supreme Court, DHSS argued that the administrative hearing commission acted outside of its authority and requested the lower court’s decision be reversed in order to uphold the confidentiality outlined in the state’s constitution.

James Layton, an attorney arguing on behalf of DHSS, said during the December 14 hearing that it is the right of applicants who submitted information for it to be kept confidential and urged the Missouri Supreme Court to “vindicate” the rights of those who invested their money, personal interest and confidential information.

“If that right is to be breached,” Layton said, “they are entitled to some process before that happens.”

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The numbers for drug reform in Congress don’t add up

As this Congressional session comes to an end, many people have been disappointed by the lack of action on important legislation. One of those is cannabis. Going forward, pro-cannabis legislators ultimately have choices to make. If comprehensive cannabis legislation is dead in this Congress—and it is—is any alternative palatable? Is the status quo of prohibition preferable to holding out hope for broad-based legislation at a later date?

As Democrats took control of the House, Senate, and White House in 2021, hopes were up. Many legalization supporters believed the time had arrived to advance this issue to the finish line. However, one year into the new Congress, reality should have finally set in: the math is still not favorable in Congress to pass comprehensive cannabis legalization and an alternative is likely necessary.

The reality that is holding Congress back from passing federal cannabis legalization is a simple one that often undermines complex, multi-faceted policy changes that have deep divisions within the legislative branch: there is not a sufficient coalition of House members and a filibuster-proof majority of senators who agree on comprehensive legalization. That result is often frustrating or bewildering for supporters of reform for two reasons. First, they look at national polling and see not just a majority, but a supermajority of Americans who support full-scale cannabis reform. Second, there are majorities of House and Senate members who would say yes to the basic question: ‘Should cannabis be legalized nationally?’

The latter, however, is the wrong question to ask. Often, in a legislative body, the issue is not whether a law should be reformed, but how that law should be reformed. And there’s the rub for federal legalization legislation. Liberals and progressives in the Democratic Party cannot agree with moderate and libertarian Republicans on what cannabis reform should look like, even if majorities agree that the law should be changed. And as pro-cannabis reform members from both sides dig their heels in on the importance of provisions that are close to their heart (and the heart of their base), it makes assembling that coalition impossible.

Here are the fault lines

Liberal Democrats and especially the party’s most progressive members are unwilling to support legislation that does not incorporate significant social equity and racial justice provisions into it. Their argument is a straightforward and convincing one: the War on Drugs was waged on the backs of Black Americans, Latinos, and indigenous populations, and reform should not proceed without a significant effort to right the wrongs of the past.

Moderate Republicans and libertarian members of the party see the issue from a market perspective. They believe government should get out of the way and let cannabis be treated as an agricultural commodity in which the business community and the free market—rather than government prohibition—should prevail. (It should be noted that most pro-cannabis Democrats and Republicans do agree on some restorative justice such as pardons and record expungement for non-violent cannabis offenders.)

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Legal marijuana must bring true equity

On March 30, 2021, tears glistened in my eyes as I announced the passage of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act in the state Assembly. It had been eight long years since sen. Liz Krueger, my ally and co-sponsor, introduced the landmark bill in the state Senate, a blink of an eye compared to the decades of suffering and overcriminalization inflicted on communities of color by prohibition. Our herculean work was supported by a decade of effort and advocacy from courageous legislators and advocates.

Passing legislation was just the beginning. Now, the hard work commences for the appointees to the Office of Cannabis Management. OCM Chair Tremaine Wright, Executive Director Chris Alexander and Board Members Adam Perry, Jen Metzger, Reuben R. McDaniel III and Jessica Garcia have all distinguished themselves with demonstrated commitments to legalization anchored in justice, equity and sustainability. Carefully selected, these appointees are already honoring our intentions with fair, inclusive and just regulations. They’ve already begun laying the foundation for the industry’s governance with swift decisions around home grow, expanded access to the state’s medical program and detailed guidelines for hemp processing, manufacturing, laboratory testing and packaging.

Now, the successful introduction and implementation of adult-use regulations rest in their capable hands.

Under their leadership, I trust the office will create an equitable regulatory framework that governs the entire cannabis industry. They will craft our administrative procedures and policies to be fair, just and pragmatic given the ambitious social equity and revenue-generating goals. Legacy operators must be responsibly integrated into the industry with paths to prosperity and sustainability. This is an opportunity to offer training and support while incorporating their experience and knowledge into our legal framework. As we have learned from other states, criminalizing and attacking their ranks will only prolong the market’s existence and perpetuate the harms of prohibition.

The OCM’s chief equity officer, Jason Starr, a well-respected attorney, organizer and advocate, is tasked with ensuring that equity is present in every step of the regulatory and licensing process so that underground operators and other impacted groups can enter the legal industry. Starr must apply lessons learned from other markets and create conduits for capital, training and other resources from low- and no-interest loans to incubators that offer business classes to prepare social equity candidates for the rigors of running a business. He must also educate communities most harmed about the science of cannabis to undo decades of prohibition propaganda. His office can support health professionals through partnerships with organizations like the Association for Cannabis Health Equity & Medicine (ACHEM) to learn about the endocannabinoid system and pass on the knowledge to support cannabis patients and consumers.
 
Starr must also fast-track the community reinvestment that will fund education and outreach while anchoring social equity businesses. Forty percent of cannabis revenue has been allocated to community reinvestment grants. Much of the money will go to local nonprofit programs to bolster those harmed by punishing drug laws through youth services, job training, and education. OCM will facilitate and encourage the participation of those disproportionately impacted by unequal enforcement with the aim of awarding 50% of licenses to social equity applicants.

Building out a new industry on a foundation of justice and opportunity will take courage and determination. After decades of inflicting wrongs on vulnerable New Yorkers, it’s essential that we get this right. The Legislature will continue supporting the Office of Cannabis Management as it charts the course of our nascent cannabis market.

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Five years after Massachusetts voters approved marijuana legalization, some lawmakers seek increased restrictions

Last month marked five years since Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana, but state lawmakers find themselves weeding through proposed restrictions on a product that researchers say can harm the health of youths.

On a 2016 ballot question, Massachusetts residents approved legalization, joining California, Maine and Nevada voters in doing so that year. Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon previously had legalized recreational marijuana.

Under the Massachusetts law, adults older than 21 are permitted to use, grow and sell marijuana in limited quantities without legal consequences. The state began allowing licensed recreational sales in 2018, bringing 14 recreational dispensaries, out of a total of 165 in the state as of Sept. 1, to Berkshire County.

But, some state lawmakers are proposing restrictions. State Rep. James O’Day, D-Worcester, has proposed raising the minimum age for recreational use to 25, citing a desire to keep young people safe. Separately, state Rep. Bradford Hill, R-Ipswich, filed a bill to limit serving sizes, flavors and levels of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

Gov. Charlie Baker had expressed concerns when he signed the legalization bill into law in 2017.

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More than $153K worth of psilocybin mushrooms, tablets, marijuana seized in Madison County

A Louisiana woman is facing felony drug charges following a traffic stop in Madison County.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers stopped Natalie Borchers, 44, of New Orleans, for a speeding violation on I-70 on Friday, Dec. 17.

During the traffic stop, troopers said criminal indicators were observed and a drug-sniffing K9 alerted to the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, troopers found 50 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, 20 pounds of marijuana, and 3 pounds of psilocybin-laced tablets worth approximately $153,000.

A Louisiana woman is facing felony charges after 50 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, 20 pounds of marijuana, and 3 pounds of psilocybin-laced tablets worth approximately $153,000 were found during a traffic stop in Madison County. (Ohio State Highway Patrol)

Borchers is charged with aggravated drug trafficking and possession of marijuana. OSHP said if convicted, she faces up to 14 years in prison.
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