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Pennsylvania Marijuana pardon project

ALLENTOWN - State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer will host a town hall with Pennsylvania Board of Pardons Secretary Celeste Trusty this Friday, Sept. 16 to discuss the new Pennsylvania Marijuana Pardon Project.

The lawmakers said the event – which starts at 3 p.m. at Resurrected Life Community Church at 144 N. 9th St. – will provide residents and community members with a chance to learn about the pardon project and ask questions.

“The Pennsylvania Marijuana Pardon Project offers people convicted of extremely low-profile marijuana offenses the opportunity to move on with their lives,” said Schlossberg, D-Lehigh. “I am thrilled to work with Representative Schweyer, Mayor Tuerk and Lt. Governor Fetterman’s staff to make this event possible.”   

“Responsible recreational marijuana should be legal in Pennsylvania,” said Schweyer, D-Lehigh. “But until that day comes, we should stop punishing people for using cannabis when it is legal just on the other side of the Delaware River. I’m proud to help host this event so that many people in our region can clear their names and move on with their lives.”

“Too many people are burdened with a criminal record for something most of us don’t even think should be illegal,” Trusty said. “We are so excited to help as many people as possible get on their way to a clear record through the PA Marijuana Pardon Project. The application is free and available online – the only thing you have to lose is your record!”

“People make bad choices over the course of their lives. We believe in second chances and recognize that small mistakes can be learning opportunities,” said Matt Tuerk, Allentown mayor. “The commonwealth is giving Allentonians an opportunity for good outcomes by clearing that slate.”

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Road to Legalization: is Cannabis Legal in Russia?

What do all stoners around the world want? Legalization, education, and normalization of the world's best substance. Let’s take a glimpse at the status of cannabis legalization in Russia.

Russia is one of the world’s strictest countries when it comes to progressive matters and regulation. Although there may be others with even harsher rules and punishments, this country has a reputation for being tough on lots of matters that require a more modern approach.

The world calls for the legalization of cannabis. Enough is enough! Just a few weeks ago, the entire country was stunned by the case of WNBA star Britney Griner. Although Griner has a prescription for cannabis oil, authorities in Russia are prosecuting her, and she might face a nine-year prison sentence.

This is one of many examples of just how rash the Russian regime is on topics surrounding weed. We’ll go over a general view of the way Russia tackles cannabis regulation and some historical background. We just hope there are fewer people thrown in the brig over cannabis worldwide.

Legal Status of Cannabis In Russia

Cannabis in Russia is illegal. Although many countries around the world follow suit on the condemnation of flower, it is surprising that a country such as Russia is such a stickler to these old ways. Many have at least already transitioned towards decriminalization!

Russia, however, still considers this substance illegal. The mere possession of up to six grams of flower is an administrative offense, while anything over that is a criminal offense. This means that if you have anything below the threshold you can be fined or detained for a fortnight, while anything above can get you thrown in prison.

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Medical Marijuana expansion becomes Campaign Issue

TEXAS - Retired Army Major David Bass served in the U.S. Army for 25 years from 1985 to 2006. He’s a veteran of operations, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.

“When I returned to Fort Hood, I had these symptoms that I didn’t understand,” Bass said. “I was diagnosed by Army doctors with post-traumatic stress disorder, which was a condition that I had never thought I would be diagnosed with.

And so the doctors prescribed psychotropic medications for PTSD. And I was also prescribed opioids for chronic pain from some injuries I had on active duty. After I retired, I was being treated by the veterans administration in Temple. And after a few years, I got tired of those pills. I didn’t like the side effects. So I did some research for alternatives to the pills, and that’s when I discovered medical cannabis.”

In 2012, he told his psychiatrist at the VA that he wanted to stop taking the pills he had become addicted to. He said the psychiatrist told him he couldn’t, so he began researching cannabis on his own. He started using it illegally that year.

“By the end of 2012, I had stopped taking the pill,” Bass said. “I proved to myself that cannabis is effective medicine for PTSD. The symptoms of nightmares, sleeplessness, anger outbursts, paranoia, hypervigilance–medical cannabis took care of them.”

Bass joined a nonprofit focused on cannabis reform called Texas NORML in 2012. In 2013, he became the director of veteran outreach. Two years later, he founded Texas Veterans for Medical Marijuana in 2015. He’s been advocating for medical cannabis ever since. 

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Democrats push President Biden on cannabis reform ahead of midterms

At the very least, the president should decriminalize marijuana and reschedule it through executive action at the federal level.

As the U.S. midterm elections edge closer, Democrats believe they have a window to push their agenda for cannabis reform.

Per The Hill, Democrats are pressuring President Joe Biden, trying to figure out what’s possible in terms of marijuana reform before the midterms in November. They reportedly believe the momentum gained by Biden’s previous decisions that leaned liberal — student loans, health care and tax reforms — might positively impact decriminalization of cannabis.

“Now that the president has delivered on a progressive policy of student debt relief, he has seen an uptick in the polls, he’s united the base, put Republicans on the defensive, and Democrats across the country seem to be riding the wave as well,” said Iowa Democrat Stacey Walker.

“Along with several members of President Biden’s senior leadership team, we all agreed that, at the very least, the president should decriminalize marijuana and reschedule it through executive action at the federal level,” Walker added.

In recent weeks, other Democrats have echoed these statements, focusing on the benefits that this decision could have on the millions of people who have been negatively impacted by marijuana legislation in the past.

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Group tries to get Missouri recreational marijuana taken off November ballot

KANSAS CITY - A judge heard arguments Thursday in a lawsuit brought forth by an anti-drug group seeking to take a recreational marijuana legalization proposal off Missouri’s November ballot.

The suit alleges that marijuana supporters didn’t gather enough valid voter signatures to put the proposal to a vote.

Medical marijuana dispensaries across the state are hoping Missouri voters approve the measure in November.

“We think it’s something that’s exciting and new,” Fresh Karma Dispensaries Director of Marketing Jericho Heese said in an interview with FOX4 Thursday. “We think Missouri is potentially ready for that new market.”

Heese said his business has spent more than a year in the medical marijuana market and supports the legalization of recreational marijuana.

But some state leaders, like Republican Gov. Mike Parson and U.S. Senator Josh Hawley, aren’t on board. Hawley supported medical marijuana, but he’s against recreational marijuana, calling it “terrible policy” in an interview with FOX4 Thursday. 

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After local Students sickened, here's what parents should know about Cannabis-infused Products

A health scare that arose this week when at least eight local middle school students suffered adverse effects after eating cannabis-infused gummies has sparked questions about the legality, availability and risks of such products.

At Akron's Litchfield Community Learning Center, students reported experiencing varying degrees of nausea and lethargy Tuesday after eating the gummies. One student was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.

Ohio legalized the use of marijuana for specific medicinal purposes in 2016, but its recreational use remains illegal statewide. The gummies fall into a murkier category of products; they are not legally forbidden nor do they face the regulatory oversight that the medical marijuana industry receives.

Here's a closer look at parental concerns about cannabis-infused products:

What is the difference between marijuana, hemp, cannabinoids and Delta-8 THC?

It all starts with the Cannabis sativa plant, of which marijuana and hemp are two varieties. Cannabinoids are the compounds produced by both plants. There are over a hundred known cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD), Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC. The latter component is responsible for the “high” people may experience from ingesting or inhaling marijuana. Delta-8 THC has gained popularity recently for its similarity to Delta-9 THC.

While Delta-8 THC is produced naturally by the cannabis plant, it is not found in significant amounts. As a result, concentrated amounts of Delta-8 THC are typically manufactured from other cannabinoids in hemp, like CBD. The chemicals used for this process have raised concerns from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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D.C. Judge sides with Government worker and Medical Marijuana Patient who was fired for using Cannabis

Supervisors had no evidence that the employee was sufficiently impaired and unable to complete her duties, the judge ruled.

A medical marijuana patient who was fired from her job back in 2020 for being intoxicated while at the office has won a big court battle.

The D.C. Office of Employee Appeals (OEA) recently ruled in the worker’s favour, reversing her termination and ordering the responsible parties to reimburse her for all back pay and benefits.

Marijuana Moment reports the employee petitioned for termination in April 2021. She argued the Office of Unified Communications (OUC) “falsely accused” her of being impaired while on the job, and that her supervisors used her red eyes and the fact that she was talking quietly as sufficient reasons to demand a drug test.

The worker explained her eyes could have been red due to lack of sleep and that, at the time, she was capable of doing her work properly. She said she hadn’t used cannabis on the day of the drug test, but that she had used it over the weekend before the drug test.

The worker then provided the necessary paperwork to show she was a medical marijuana patient.

“OUC was negligent in how it handled the process for reasonable suspicion of impairment from drugs,” noted Monica Dohnji, senior administrative judge for OEA. Supervisors had no evidence that the employee was sufficiently impaired and unable to complete her duties, Dohnji added.

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Proposed Medical Marijuana bill would benefit Region

Proposed federal legislation could make medical marijuana research easier in the future, and that could have a significant impact in Northwest Missouri.

The bill would provide a means for researchers to receive federal funding and guarantee access to medical marijuana products for qualified researchers.

It would be one more step toward the university being able to do its own research, said Jay Johnson, associate provost at Northwest Missouri State University.

“(If) this legislation passes and we’re able to see more research in the state, I would like to believe that Northwest would be one of the schools doing some of the research,” he said.

“It is definitely needed, as we have these grow facilities distribution in our region. As far as what the impact that would be on other schools in the nation, I’m not exactly sure because each state’s handling it differently.”

“Northwest has a non-credit cannabis studies program, but it’s online-based and Johnson says they can’t grow actual marijuana because it isn’t decriminalized at the federal level.

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Texas’ cautious approach to Marijuana use has been the Correct path

As support grows for cannabis, following scientific research make more sense.

A leading medical marijuana retailer just opened its fourth location in Dallas-Fort Worth, evidence of the growth this business is having in the region.

But even as support grows for legal cannabis, Texas officials have been wary of fully embracing legalization for non-medical uses, and they are right to feel that way.

Dallas officials shift money in proposed budget to boost code violation prosecutions

The Dallas City Council also approved other budget amendments such as more staff for the Inspector…

Yes, Texas is taking baby steps compared to other states, but that is the right approach because it gives time for scientific and social research to establish clearer conclusions about the impact of expanded legalization for medical or recreational use.

Public sentiment may be ahead of political will. A Dallas Morning News/UT Tyler August poll revealed that 72% of Texans support marijuana use for medical purposes, and 55% are behind recreational use.

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Pooler drafts Marijuana Possession ordinance. What does it mean for Offenders?

New law does not decriminalize drug.

The City of Pooler has a new marijuana ordinance in place, but that doesn’t mean it’s changing the severity of the charge for marijuana possession. What it does change is where alleged offenders may see their day in court.

The ordinance implementation was merely a formality, said council member Aaron Higgins, as Pooler did not have a marijuana ordinance already, so cases could not be tried within the municipal court. 

Up until the ordinance passage at Tuesday night’s council meeting, those who were caught with an ounce or less of marijuana within Pooler’s city limits were required to be tried in the Chatham County Superior Court, where wait times could be as long as 2 to 3 years. 

The wait for Pooler’s municipal court is around  to -3 months, according to Pooler Police Department pokesperson SHeintzman. 

However, if someone decides to pay the fine, they do not have to appear in front of a court judge. Fines for an ounce or less of marijuana possession in the state of Georgia can go up to $1,000. In Pooler, the fine is $400. 

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Florida Department of Health puts restrictions on Medical Marijuana, some Patients worry about future usage

TAMPA - The Florida Department of Health recently issued an emergency ruling on medical marijuana to limit amounts and dosage.

Some patients worry about what this could mean for future usage. “I started having what they refer to as grand mal cluster seizures in about 2012,” said Jeffery Swoyer, who uses medical cannabis.

The Mayo Clinic defines a grand mal seizure as a seizure with a loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions.

“I would have those in clusters of up to five to seven at a time,” said Swoyer.

He tells ABC Action News after he got his diagnosis, he was put on heavy doses of pharmaceutical drugs, but they didn’t help.

That’s when he found a new doctor and turned to medical marijuana. He said he noticed improvements almost immediately.

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Legalisation of Cannabis leads to huge Market Growth across Europe

Once all but unthinkable, a wave of legislation legalising the consumption and sale of cannabis is now rolling out across Europe – and with it comes a plethora of business opportunities.

While currently only legal for recreational purposes in Luxembourg and Malta, that number is soon likely to grow, with countries where cannabis consumption is already legal for medical purposes the most likely to break through the next barrier.

Germany, for example, recently announced that the plan to fully legalise cannabis could be drawn up by the end of summer. Indeed, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has stated that he believes the dangers of non-legalisation of recreational cannabis outweigh the risks of legalisation.

Coincidentally, London mayor Sadiq Khan recently launched a commission to examine the effectiveness of the UK’s drug laws, with a particular focus on cannabis. This shift in focus isn’t only important from a justice perspective, putting an end to decades of unnecessary arrest, but is also important for the economic future of each country considering it.

An unmissable opportunity

One need only look at the benefits accrued in places that have legalised cannabis to see how big an opportunity there really is.

Since Canada legalised recreational cannabis use in 2018, for example, the industry has added tens of billions of dollars to the country’s gross domestic product and has created more than 150,000 jobs. Another success can be seen in Colorado, one of a growing number of US states that have legalised cannabis for recreational purposes. In 2021, Colorado collected more than $423m in tax revenue on more than $2bn worth of sales.

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South Africa has what it takes to create Global Cannabis brands

It has been almost four years since the Constitutional Court ruled that South Africans have the right to consume cannabis in the privacy of their own homes, effectively decriminalising the personal use of cannabis.

Since then, there have been important milestones that have enabled the emergence of South Africa’s fledgling cannabis industry.

In 2019, cannabidiol (CBD) was officially rescheduled a level 4 substance, meaning that all CBD containing preparations were rescheduled and fully legal.

In June 2021, the much anticipated Cannabis Master Plan was unveiled, detailing how cannabis can be incorporated into South Africa’s business sector as part of government’s ongoing drive towards legalisation and commercialisation. Government has good reason to want to focus on this industry.

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development estimates that the cannabis industry is worth an estimated R28 billion in South Africa and could create between 10 000 TO 25000 jobs across the sector.

There have, however, been some frustrations along the way as the enabling legislation has not been forthcoming, and the pace of change has been slower than anticipated. However, from the outset, Goodleaf had a clear sense of the opportunity and acted quickly, launching their CBD wellness and lifestyle brand within a year of the Constitutional Court ruling. In 2019, Goodleaf opened South Africa’s first premium CBD store in the heart of Cape Town’s city centre.

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The Wild West of unregulated Cannabis Retailers

Step past the Dick Tracy caricature on the sign advertising Street Lawyer Services and into the business at 409 H St. NE and you won’t find a lawyer. No lawyer’s shingle is visible anywhere, inside or out. 

“They’re upstairs,” the woman who greets customers assures us in the brightly lit room, directing our attention away from the art on the walls, the couch no customer is allowed to sit in and the large-screen TV on the wall blasting out “Without Remorse,’’ and toward an array of marijuana products known in DC’s burgeoning and unregulated weed industry as “flower.” 

For a $60-$90 donation to the lawyers supposedly a floor above – what is known in these shadowy businesses as the “gift” ‒ donors can walk out with a thank-you of 3.5 grams of the flower of their choice. At other similar DC businesses, which may number more than 100, the gift is a kid’s sticker normally costing pennies, a QR code giving ownership of amateurish art, a “counseling”’ session, a tiny tube of CBD topical muscle balm or other meaningless and inexpensive item. 

This sleight of hand allows I-71 cannabis entrepreneurs to skirt DC’s law allowing only personal use and sale of medical marijuana. I-71 refers to Initiative 71, approved by DC voters in 2014, which legalized possession of up to two ounces of weed, cultivation of only three mature plants at a time and a “gift” of no more than one ounce of pot to another person over 21 years of age. Federal law still classes marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance whose possession and sale are a felony. 

A loophole in the law has hindered regulation of DC’s retail marijuana sector and engendered a probably illegal and rapidly expanding drug business that appears to be spiraling out of control. 

Capital Community News, publishers of the Hill Rag, East of the River and MidCity DC newspapers, supported by Spotlight DC, a nonprofit supporter of local investigative journalism, has identified 60 of these storefronts, 31 of which appear to be operating without a Basic Business License (BBL), which enables consumers, employees and governmental officials to identify business owners. 25 are operating without a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O), which assures consumers the business has been certified as safe and can legally do business at its location.

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Marijuana with high THC levels can cause ‘cannabis use disorder’

Ethan Andrew started smoking marijuana during his sophomore year of high school in Colorado to help with his anxiety. 

Like many teens, he said he thought it was “just weed” and did not see the harm in smoking the popular drug containing THC, the active chemical found in cannabis that produces a “high.”

His causal marijuana use turned to smoking potent cannabis flower and concentrates, known as dabs, which contain high levels of THC. Andrew said he smoked every day from morning to night. 

“I couldn’t think or sleep without it,” the 23-year-old told Fox News. “When you’re a stoner, you think, ‘I’ll be fine. In the future, I’ll clean myself up.’”

However, it was too late. Two years after becoming an avid marijuana user, Ethan was only 18 when he developed cannabis-induced psychosis, a condition including severe hallucinations, delusions and paranoia.

“I had to quit my job because the voices in my head were so distracting,” Ethan said, adding that the worst symptom was confusing dreams with reality. “I’d wake up and tell my friends, ‘Yeah, remember when we hung out and did that?’ And they would have no idea what I’m talking about.”

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John Fetterman calls on Biden to Legalize Weed ahead of Labor Day — Here’s how POTUS responded

Fetterman pledged to press on the topic of marijuana legalization ahead of Biden’s visit to his state of Pennsylvania.

If the recent polls are any indication, it’s looking like John Fetterman (D) has a good chance of beating Dr. Oz (R) to become Pennsylvania’s next Senator. Ahead of President Biden’s visit to Pittsburgh this Labor Day, Fetterman plans to press on the topic of marijuana decriminalization, an issue that has been one of the guiding posts of his campaign.

Fetterman released a statement this past Monday, urging Biden to deschedule marijuana before his visit to Pittsburgh.

“It’s long past time that we finally decriminalize marijuana,” said Fetterman. “The president needs to use his executive authority to begin descheduling marijuana, I would love to see him do this prior to his visit to Pittsburgh. This is just common sense and Pennslyvanians overwhelmingly support decriminalizing marijuana.”

Fetterman also posted his sentiments on Twitter, telling Biden that he has “the power to use your executive authority to chart a new course.”

In his statement, Fetterman also mentioned that marijuana is not a serious crime. “As mayor of Braddock, I made it my mission to combat serious crime. I know firsthand what real crime looks like. Marijuana does not fit the bill,” he wrote. “It’s time to end the hypocrisy on this issue once and for all.”

During a press briefing on Monday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about Fetterman’s statements, but she deferred. “When it comes to drugs, the highest priority for the administration is addressing an overdose crisis,” she said. “But at the same time, President Biden believes that there are too many people serving unduly long sentences for nonviolent drug crimes, a disproportionate number of whom are black and brown. That’s why in April, during the Second Chance Month, President Biden announced 17 sentences, commutations, and three pardons, which are more grants of clemency at this point in a presidency than any of his five recent predecessors.”

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Medical Marijuana policies for Schools in the Works

The first day of classes is just around the corner and this year, some Rhode Island students will soon be able to take medical marijuana at school.

"It's about providing health equity, student health equity,” said Linda Mendonca, President of the National Association of School Nurses and a consultant for the Rhode Island Department of Health.

NBC 10 I-Team's Katie Davis reports on the proposed school policies on medical marijuana in Rhode Island.

School districts must develop a medical marijuana policy for their students. Those policies would then only apply to students who have a medical marijuana card, which requires permission from a parent and a doctor.

Right now, the Department of Health says just 20 children statewide have medical marijuana cards, along with 154 older teens ages 18 and 19 -- out of about 150,000 students in K through 12th grade.

​"Smoking medical marijuana is prohibited. It's pretty clear. Self-administration of medical marijuana is prohibited as well,” Mendonca said.

School nurses would have to keep the drug locked up, and document each time it was dispensed to a student. Marijuana is not FDA approved, and it's still illegal at the federal level. That means nurses may choose to have a parent or caregiver administer it to students at school, rather than doing it themselves.

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Marijuana use among Young People in U.S. at record high, study says

Young people used marijuana and some hallucinogens at record levels last year, according to a new report funded by the National Institutes of Health, as recreational cannabis became legal in more states and as attitudes toward other drugs continue to shift.

Nearly 43 percent of young people said they had used marijuana in the past 12 months, up from 29 percent in 2011 and nearly 34 percent in 2016, according to the Monitoring the Future study by the University of Michigan, which surveyed nearly 5,000 young adults between 19 and 30 years old.

More than 28 percent of young people said they had used marijuana in the past month, and more than 1 in 10 were “daily” consumers, using marijuana 20 times or more in the past 30 days, according to the report. Although the rates were not a “significant” jump from 2020, the report said, they were the “highest levels ever recorded since the indices were first available in 1988.”

Use of hallucinogens other than LSD, sometimes referred to as acid, reached record levels, with more than 6 percent of young people saying they had used them in the past 12 months.

MDMA, sometimes called ecstasy or Molly, was the “exception among hallucinogens,” with 2.6 percent of young adults saying they had used the drug in the past year. That was a sharp drop from 2020, when the figure was 4.5 percent, and from 4.8 percent in 2016. MDMA is often associated with partying — which took a hit during the pandemic — but has shown promising results in treating conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder.

The report noted that “alcohol remains the most used substance among adults in the study.” About 1 in 3 young people reported recently binge drinking — having five or more drinks in a row — which was a rebound to pre-pandemic levels, the report said.

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Alma to consider allowing the sale of Recreational Marijuana

The board approved a resolution by a 4-2 vote during last week’s meeting for City Manager Aeric Ripley, City Attorney Tony Constanzo and other staff members to begin developing an ordinance regarding the establishment of adult-use marijuana facilities in the city.

 

The Alma city commission is considering allowing the sale of recreational marijuana. The board approved a resolution by a 4-2 vote during last week’s meeting for City Manager Aeric Ripley, City Attorney Tony Constanzo and other staff members to begin developing an ordinance regarding the establishment of adult-use marijuana facilities in the city.

Commissioners Audra Stahl and Danny Wernick cast the dissenting votes without comment. Commission Nick Piccolo was absent.

Three years ago the city commission OK’d the sale of medical marijuana but opted out of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation Marijuana Act that would have allowed the sale of recreational marijuana.

At that time commissioners cited state laws “were vague” and wanted to wait until the regulations became more clear-cut.

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Cannabis Patients, Business Owners hope for Commitment to update Cannabis Law from Gubernatorial Candidates

Not long after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that abortions are not a right covered by the U.S. Constitution, award-winning actress Bette Midler posted to Twitter a doctored picture of a New Mexico welcome sign.

Added to the sign were the words, “We’ve got chile, weed and reproductive rights,” referring to the fact that state lawmakers removed a criminal penalty for abortions and that the state legalized recreational-use cannabis. Hours later, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s reelection campaign jumped on the opportunity and reposted the picture with the added words, “And we’re going to keep it that way.”

If Lujan Grisham’s Republican opponent and former television meteorologist Mark Ronchetti wins the election in November, it’s likely that he will push for a change to the state’s abortion law, but his campaign has said little about whether he would push for changes to the state’s Cannabis Regulation Act. 

Medical cannabis patients and cannabis business owners who spoke with NM Political Report about cannabis and the upcoming gubernatorial election had various views on how each candidate might impact the current law, but most agreed that there is still more work to be done when it comes to the state’s cannabis industry. 

Alyssa Pearson, the chief operating officer of the cannabis company Dr. Green Organics Co., said her business is in the final stages of opening a cannabis retail store in Mesilla Park, in Southern New Mexico. Pearson declined to discuss who she plans on voting for in the upcoming election, but said she hopes lawmakers and the governor address what she sees as needed changes to the current law.  

“At this point, all that needs to be done to kill small businesses like ours is ambivalence,” Pearson said. “I know that that’s something that my business partners and I would never want to do, is vote for somebody who could potentially jeopardize the feasibility of the social equity mission of cannabis, because that’s, for us, such a huge thing. This should be economic development in New Mexico for New Mexicans, and somebody who doesn’t vote for the micro business changes that we’re hoping for, or doesn’t sign that bill into law, jeopardizes our future and in our minds, the futures of other people like us who are using this as a potential stepping stone.”

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