Federal Appropriations Bills Include Limited Cannabis Protections


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WASHINGTON, DC — In a change of trajectory, the powerful Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives has for the first time included limited protections for cannabis businesses engaged in the legal marketplaces in 33 states.

Included in the appropriations package are two sections that address the growing tension between the federal prohibition and criminalization of marijuana and the emerging state legal marketplaces, as well as one deleterious section of language that is currently in effect which is omitted in the new version of the bill.

State Legal Medical Programs

Since 2014, there has been a spending restriction that prevents the Department of Justice from spending one penny or paperclip to take action against state-legal medical cannabis programs. This language was first introduced to the House in 2001 and for the first time in history, it is now included in what is referred to as “the base text,” meaning that its inclusion did not require a vote.

SAFE Banking

As many who live in legal states know, cannabis businesses have a real banking problem – primarily that they do not have bank accounts. This leads to the industry operating on an all-cash basis, proving a difficult and undue burden on both businesses and consumers. This language has been approved by multiple votes yet stripped out during the bicameral conference committees in 2014, 2015, and 2016. This year marks the first time that this language was included in the base text.

DC Legalization Implementation

In 2014, residents of the District of Columbia voted overwhelmingly to end prohibition and criminalization in order to pave the way for the city council to implement a regulated marketplace for adult-use cannabis. Yet the Republican House at the time, led by Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), decided to interfere and prevent DC from self-determination on this issue. The only reason why Congress was able to take this action against the city and not similarily against other states that have legalized was due to the disenfranchisement of DC residents stemming from their legal status as a territory and not an independent state. The FY2020 Appropriations Bill marks the first time that this language has not been included in a House appropriations package.

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Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency Announces Social Equity Program Details – Weed News


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Today, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) announced the details of its Social Equity Program, which is designed to encourage participation in the marijuana industry by people who live in the 19 Michigan communities which have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement:

Albion

Benton Harbor

Detroit

East Lansing

Ecorse

Flint

Highland Park

Hamtramck

Inkster

Kalamazoo

Mt. Morris

Mt. Pleasant

Muskegon

Muskegon Heights

Niles

Pontiac

River Rouge

Saginaw

Ypsilanti

“A lot of work has gone into the development of this program and we are proud of the results,” said MRA Executive Director Andrew Brisbo. “I believe that our Social Equity Program will lead the nation in accomplishing the social equity objectives that Michigan voters assigned us last fall when they passed the adult-use marijuana proposal.”

Section 8 of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (2018) requires the MRA to develop “a plan to promote and encourage participation in the marijuana industry by people from communities that have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement and to positively impact those communities.”

Over the last several months, the MRA solicited input from stakeholders in work groups (150 participants) and an online survey (688 responses received) to help determine the most important criteria the MRA should use to identify disproportionately impacted communities and the most important services that should be offered. The input also helped determine which criteria should be used to identify individuals who qualify for the services as well as what services the MRA should offer to the qualifying individuals.

From the results, the MRA developed a Social Equity Program that identifies communities as eligible using (1) marijuana-related convictions and (2) poverty rate. Counties in which the total number of marijuana-related convictions exceeded the average marijuana-related conviction rate for the state were selected. From that group, communites were selected in which 30% or more of the population live below the federal poverty level.

Application Assistance and Coordinating Resources

The MRA’s team of social equity representatives will visit the 19 disproportionately impacted communities multiple times before the MRA begins taking applications on November 1, 2019.

During the visits, the MRA will provide educational sessions regarding the Social Equity Program and the application and licensure process. The MRA’s social equity representatives will be available to assist individuals with completing the social equity application during the educational sessions, which will allow the MRA to determine if the individual qualifies for participation in the program.

The MRA’s social equity representatives will provide the following services:

  • Answer questions regarding the adult-use application and licensing process
  • Provide one-on-one assistance with completing the licensure application
  • Compile educational resources relevant to the marijuana industry and help coordinate applicants’ use of the resources
  • Identify resources at other state agencies and in the private sector (attorneys, accountants, etc.) that qualifying applicants can utilize to answer questions

Reduced Fees

Participating in the Social Equity Program allows qualifying applicants whose marijuana establishments will be located in disproportionately impacted communities to benefit from a reduction of up to 60% off the application fee, the initial license fee, and future renewal fees, which will be calculated as follows for qualifying applicants:

  • 25% reduction for those who have been a resident of one of the 19 disproportionally impacted communities for the past five years
  • An additional 25% reduction if the individual(s) holding majority ownership have been a resident of one of the 19 disproportionally impacted communities for the past five years AND have a marijuana-related conviction.
  • An additional 10% reduction if the individual(s) holding majority ownership have been a resident of one of the 19 disproportionally impacted communities for the past five years AND were registered as primary caregivers for at least two years between 2008 and 2017.

Social equity representatives will confirm eligibility for participation in this program through acceptance of several forms of documentation.

Social Equity Program Resources

The MRA will make resources available to disproportionately impacted communities and individuals who qualify for participation in the Social Equity Program.

The MRA has partnered with other State agencies who offer services that are relevant to individuals or businesses participating in the adult-use marijuana industry. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Treasury – understanding tax requirements and making tax payments
  • EGLE – understanding and complying with relevant environmental laws
  • Bureau of Fire Services – understanding pre-licensure inspections
  • Wage & Hour – worker compensation, wage requirement/benefits, employee benefits
  • Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing – business registration
  • DHHS – Safe use of marijuana products and compliance with the Smoke Free Air Law
  • MIOSHA – safety and health education training

The MRA has partnered with medical facility licensees and individuals from the private sector to provide educational presentations to – and act as resources for – applicants who qualify for the Social Equity Program. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Educational presentations by medical facility licensees on how their marijuana businesses are operated
  • Potential mentorships with medical facility licensees who enter the Adult – Use market
  • Educational presentations and consultations with certified public accountants who service the marijuana industry
  • Educational presentations and consultations with attorneys who service the marijuana industry

Source: LARA press release from July 18, 2019



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Oregon Lawmakers Advance Marijuana Expungement Measure


Lawmakers in Oregon‘s House and Senate have voted in favor of legislation, Senate Bill 420, to facilitate the expungement of past marijuana convictions.

Following a concurrence vote by the Senate, the measure will advance to Democratic Gov. Kate Brown – who is anticipated to sign the bill into law.

The measure establishes procedures for persons previously found guilty of low-level (up to one ounce) marijuana possession offenses to file a motion with the court to have their convictions set aside.

Petitioners may not be charged a fee for submitting such a request, and any objections to the request must be filed within 30 days.

The proposal expands upon prior legislation, enacted in 2015, which sought to make it easier for those with past marijuana convictions to have their records expunged.

Once signed, the new law takes effect on January 1, 2019.

The policy is similar to marijuana-related expungement laws recently enacted in a number of states, including Colorado, Delaware, Massachusetts, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Washington. California law automatically expunges past marijuana convictions.

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Federal Agents Question Missouri Officials Over Medical Marijuana Program


A trio of top officials overseeing the fledgling medical cannabis program in Missouri have been subject to questioning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that the three officials, all members of Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s administration, described the interviews, which took place over the last several months, as “not investigative in nature,” but rather “routine meet-and-greets the FBI requested to get to know the people in charge of the new — and potentially lucrative — industry.”

Missouri voters approved Amendment 2 last November to legalize medical marijuana by a massive 66%-34% margin, joining more than 30 other states that have legalized the treatment. Under the new law, physicians can prescribe cannabis to patients suffering from 10 different medical conditions, which include cancer, epilepsy and glaucoma, among other debilitating illnesses. Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) began accepting applications for such prescriptions late last month. Qualifying patients will receive an identification card, which will enable them to purchase up to four ounces of marijuana per month.

Although the interviews between the FBI and the Missouri officials were routine in nature, they do underscore the unique status of marijuana in the country. While cannabis remains illegal on the federal level, a raft of states and cities continue to implement measures allowing for recreational or medicinal use, if not both.

Lyndall Fraker, who was appointed by Parsons to oversee the program earlier this year, told the Kansas City Star that it was a “a very friendly, casual conversation” with the FBI that didn’t delve much into specifics.

“Just (to) get to know each other and who they were going to be working with potentially down the road in this new industry that’s now legal that’s been illegal, and still part of it is illegal,” Fraker said. 

Fraker was interviewed alongside Randall Williams, the director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, who said that the FBI agents told them that medical marijuana programs “can involve large sums of money, and when there are large sums of money we tend to pay attention.”

Williams added that the FBI seemed receptive to Missouri’s vetting process, which will ensure that the third-party company reviewing applications won’t see the names of applicants, a process designed to prevent corruption.

“I think that gave them great comfort, as it does us,” Williams told the Kansas City Star. “I don’t want to speak for them, but I think that was reassuring.”

Pot remains illegal in Missouri, though the state legislature approved a bill in 2014 to decriminalize marijuana possession. The bill, which became law after former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon allowed it to take effect without his signature, eliminates the possibility of incarceration for those busted with up to 10 grams. The measure also relaxed penalties for sale and cultivation of marijuana.





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DEA Made Fewer Marijuana Seizures In 2018, But Also Made Far More Arrests – Weed News


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Federal agents seized fewer total marijuana plants in 2018, but made more arrests for cannabis-related offenses, according to annual data compiled by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

According to figures published in the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Statistical Report, the agency and its law enforcement partners confiscated an estimated 2.82 million marijuana plants nationwide in 2018. This total represents a 17 percent decline from the agency’s 2017 totals and a 66 percent decline since 2016.

“These federal eradication programs are a holdover from a bygone era,” NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. “At a time when roughly one-quarter of the country resides in a jurisdiction where adult marijuana use is legal, and when members of Congress are openly discussing removing cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act, it is time for these federal anti-marijuana efforts to be put out to pasture and for federal agencies to take positions that more closely comport with cannabis’ rapidly changing cultural status in America.”

Driving much of the year-over-year decline was a nearly 40 percent reduction in the seizure of outdoor plants in California, which fell from 2.24 million in 2017 to 1.4 million in 2018. Adult-use retail sales of cannabis began in California in 2018.

Separate data published recently in the journal Ecological Economics identifies an association between the passage of adult-use marijuana regulatory laws and the reduction in the number of grow operations in national forests.

However, while the total number of DEA-seized plants fell in 2018, seizures of indoor cannabis plants nearly doubled – rising from 304,000 plants in 2017 to just under 600,000 in 2018. The agency also reported 5,632 marijuana-related arrests in 2018, a 20 percent increase over 2017 figures. The agency reported over $52 million in confiscated assets in 2018, more than twice what the agency reported in 2017.

Jurisdictions reporting the greatest number of total plant seizures in 2018 were California (1.8 million marijuana plants seized), Kentucky (418,000), Washington (112,000), Mississippi (70,000), and West Virginia (68,000).

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NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high-quality marijuana that is safe, convenient, and affordable.

Find out more at www.norml.org and read our factsheets on the most common misconceptions and myths regarding reform efforts around the country at www.norml.org/marijuana/fact-sheets

Source: NORML press release



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Marijuana Legalization Bill Clears Hurdle in Delaware


Today, dozens of advocates from across the state of Delaware came together at Legislative Hall to support House Bill 110, a bill that seeks to legalize and regulate the sale of cannabis for adult-use in the First State.

The House Revenue and Finance Committee was the first hurdle that HB110 needed to pass. Greatly outnumbering the opposition, Delawareans in favor of legalization stepped up and flooded the House chambers. There were so many people there in support of HB110 that legislators ran out of time to hear further testimony.

Despite the Reefer Madness propaganda from the “Prohibition Now, Prohibition Forever” crowd, their positions were swiftly disproved by eloquent, well-researched, and emotional testimony by advocates in support of the bill. After a particularly moving testimony from a member of Delaware’s NORML chapter, committee chair Rep. Viola called for a vote. The measure passed out of committee with a vote of 8-3.

HB110 now goes to the House floor. Should the bill successfully pass a floor vote in the House, it will be sent to the Senate’s relevant committee and then to the Senate floor for a total of two more votes. With a little less than four weeks left in this year’s legislative session, the pressure is on lawmakers to make history in the First State.

Are you a Delaware resident? Please click here to send an urgent message to your state lawmakers in support of adult-use cannabis legalization in your state!

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Current advice is to avoid cannabis exposure during pregnancy — ScienceDaily


The number of women using cannabis in the year before they get pregnant and early in their pregnancies is increasing, and their frequency of use is also rising, according to new data from Kaiser Permanente.

The research, published July 19, 2019, in JAMA Network Open, examined self-reported cannabis use among 276,991 pregnant women (representing 367,403 pregnancies) in Northern California over 9 years and found that cannabis use has increased over time.

From 2009 to 2017, the adjusted prevalence of self-reported cannabis use in the year before pregnancy increased from 6.8% to 12.5%, and the adjusted prevalence of self-reported cannabis use during pregnancy increased from 1.9% to 3.4% (rates were adjusted for demographics). Annual rates of change in self-reported daily, weekly, and monthly-or-less cannabis use increased significantly, though daily use increased most rapidly.

Among women who self-reported cannabis use during the year before pregnancy, the proportion who were daily users increased from 17% to 25%, and weekly users increased from 20% to 22%, while monthly-or-less users decreased from 63% to 53% during the study period. Similarly, among women who self-reported cannabis use during pregnancy, the proportion who were daily users increased from 15% to 21%, and weekly users from 25% to 27%, while monthly users decreased from 60% to 52%.

“These findings should alert women’s health clinicians to be aware of potential increases in daily and weekly cannabis use among their patients,” said lead author Kelly Young-Wolff, PhD, MPH, a research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research. “The actual numbers are likely higher, as women may be unwilling to disclose their substance use to a medical professional.”

In addition, the prevalence of daily and weekly cannabis use may have risen even further in the past year and a half following legalization of cannabis for recreational use in California in 2018, Young-Wolff said.

The data come from women’s initial prenatal visits at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, which usually take place at around 8 weeks gestation, and do not reflect continued use throughout pregnancy. Investigators were unable to differentiate whether self-reported cannabis use during pregnancy occurred before or after women were aware that they were pregnant.

While the current findings are based on women’s self-reporting, the results are supported by the Kaiser Permanente research team’s December 2017 JAMA Research Letter showing an increase in prenatal cannabis use via urine toxicology testing. In this newer study, the authors focus on trends in frequency of use in the year before and during pregnancy.

Some women may use cannabis during pregnancy to manage morning sickness, the authors noted. The authors’ previous work published in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2018 found women with severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy were nearly 4 times more likely to use cannabis during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Women may get the impression from cannabis product marketing and online media that cannabis use is safe during pregnancy, said Young-Wolff. However, there is substantial evidence that exposure to cannabis in pregnancy is associated with having a low-birthweight baby, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends women who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy discontinue cannabis use because of concerns about impaired neurodevelopment and exposure to the adverse effects of smoking.

“There is still much that is unknown on the topic, including what type of cannabis products pregnant women are using and whether the health consequences differ based on mode of cannabis administration and frequency of prenatal cannabis use,” Young-Wolff noted.

More research is needed to offer women better, specific advice, said study senior author Nancy Goler, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist and associate executive director of The Permanente Medical Group.

“There is an urgent need to better understand the effects of prenatal cannabis exposure as cannabis becomes legalized in more states and more widely accepted and used,” Dr. Goler said. “Until such time as we fully understand the specific health risks cannabis poses for pregnant women and their fetuses, we are recommending stopping all cannabis use prior to conceiving and certainly once a woman knows she is pregnant.”

The study was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Young-Wolff and Kaiser Permanente Division of Research colleague Lindsay Avalos, PhD, MPH, have received a new 5-year grant from NIDA to support further research on maternal cannabis use during pregnancy. They plan to study whether prenatal cannabis use is associated with increased risk of adverse maternal, fetal, and neonatal outcomes using data from urine toxicology testing, self-reported frequency of prenatal cannabis use, and mode of cannabis administration. They will also test whether legalization of cannabis for recreational use in 2018 and local regulatory practices (such as retailer bans) are associated with variation in prenatal cannabis use.

Additional authors were Constance Weisner, DrPH, MSW, Varada Sarovar, PhD, Lue-Yen Tucker, Mary Anne Armstrong, MA, and Stacey Alexeeff, PhD, of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research; and Amy Conway, MPH, of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Early Start Program.



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Florida’s Largest Police Force Stops Detaining People Over Pot Smell


The tell-tale smell of cannabis smoke has long been law enforcement’s best excuse for questioning and detaining people over suspected cannabis possession. And police often use “marijuana odor” as a pretense for stop-and-frisks and searches, whether they actually detected a smell or not. But in Florida, the mere odor of cannabis will no longer be enough cause to detain and search people suspected of consuming or possessing weed. Not because Florida police departments are relaxing their enforcement of marijuana laws. But instead, because Florida has legalized hemp, and officers don’t have the training or the technology to distinguish cannabis from its non-psychoactive cousin.

Florida’s New Legal Hemp Law Is Changing How Police Enforce Marijuana Laws

After the U.S. federal government legalized hemp late last year, states have been moving to revise their own marijuana laws to carve out space for legal hemp. Under the blanket prohibition of cannabis, many state laws didn’t make a distinction between hemp—now defined as cannabis with less than 0.3 percent THC—and the forms of cannabis people consume for recreational and health reasons.

But in light of the lifting of the federal ban on hemp and hemp products, which range from clothing, food and textiles to cannabidiol (CBD) products, states are bringing their own rules in line with the new federal law.

And in Florida, the legalization of hemp is causing an interesting knockdown effect: it’s changing the way police enforce laws against marijuana. So when Florida’s legal hemp law went into effect July 1, 2019, removing hemp and hemp products from the state’s list of controlled substances and therefore making it legal to possess, Florida police departments began instructing officers that the smell of cannabis alone could no longer be just cause for detaining a person or conducting a search.

Despite the major difference between hemp and weed—their respective quantities of THC—the two breeds of cannabis have much in common. In the first place, hemp and weed have virtually the same odor. And to the untrained or inexperienced, the plants can look and feel very similar. Indeed, as far as their legal definitions go, the only difference between marijuana and hemp is which side of the 0.3 percent THC they fall on. Go over, and the law considers that to be an illegal substance. Stay under, and you’ve got legal hemp.

Miami-Dade Police Now Need “Odor Plus” to Detain People for Weed

And it’s exactly because of their similarities, and the apparent difficulty officers have telling the difference, that Florida police departments are changing their enforcement of marijuana laws. Before hemp was legalized, the alleged “smell of marijuana” was enough to stop, search and detain someone. Now, however, smell alone isn’t enough.

Instead, Florida police officers now have to produce “odor plus” in order to stop someone for suspected cannabis possession. And according to a memo sent to the Miami New Times by the Florida Police Legal Bureau, “plus” means additional factors that would lead an officer to suspect the presence of illicit marijuana and not legal hemp. “Accordingly, officers can no longer search a vehicle based solely on the odor of cannabis,” the memo reads.

The memo defines “odor plus” as including factors like signs of impairment, any admissions or statements a suspect might make regarding marijuana or any information or intelligence that suggests illegal activity. If an officer can articulate any of those factors, then they can detain and search a suspect.

Implementation of the policy shift began in sheriff’s departments in Central Florida, according to the Orlando Sentinel. And on July 19, the change was adopted by Florida’s largest police force, the Miami-Dade Police Department. Other police departments across Florida municipalities are following suit.

Will Legal Hemp Make It Harder For Police to Bust People for Weed?

Overall, the new “odor plus” requirements should make it more difficult for officers to stop, detain and even arrest people for suspected marijuana possession. And Florida’s legalization of hemp could introduce further changes to the way police investigate alleged cannabis possession. For example, the Florida Department of Police only tests cannabis samples for the presence of THC, not whether THC quantities go over the 0.3 percent limit, according to the Miami New Times. But now that plants with THC below that amount are legal, police will likely have to adopt new testing procedures.





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100 Cannabis Businesses Urge Congress To End Cannabis Prohibition – Weed News


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4Front Holdings, LLC (“4Front”) this morning delivered a letter to Congress signed by more than 100 of its cannabis-industry peers in support of significant federal cannabis policy reform.

The letter, which can be read at www.DescheduleMarijuana.com, describes 4Front’s position that the federal government should end the criminalization of cannabis by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act, and that federal cannabis policy reform is incomplete if it does not include the funding and programming necessary to create a more inclusive industry, and help to meaningfully address the harm done to communities that were disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs.

The letter was delivered at 11 a.m. ET this morning to members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, with copies also being sent to House and Senate Leadership and the chair of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee.

“Our founding mission when we created 4Front in 2011 was to defeat prohibition through sensible regulation. It seemed daunting at the time, but now here we are discussing the right way to legalize cannabis rather than whether it should be legalized in the first place,” said Kris Krane, 4Front’s co-founder and president. “We’re proud to stand with so many of our esteemed peer organizations that have tirelessly advocated for these same ideals and helped advance the dialogue to a point where we can now have these critical conversations—years before many of us thought it could happen, and decades after many of us thought it was necessary.”

Mike Liszewski, 4Front’s in-house Senior Regulatory Affairs Counsel, wrote the letter and worked with the National Cannabis Industry Association and Minority Cannabis Business Association to secure industry support. Liszewski, who previously worked for Americans for Safe Access as a policy analyst and lobbyist, was instrumental in the 2014 lobbying efforts to pass what was then known as the Rohrabacher-Farr medical marijuana amendment as a rider to the Department of Justice appropriations bill. He joined 4Front full-time in June 2019.

“Every day something isn’t done to reform this country’s misguided drug laws, people’s lives are being negatively affected, whether from lacking safe and legal access to medicine or becoming burdened with a criminal record for possessing cannabis,” Liszewski said. “One of the reasons I joined 4Front is because of its activist roots and its commitment to the social and economic justice components of cannabis reform. The industry is at a point now where we must use our size to demand policy change that decriminalizes our businesses and ensures communities and individuals who were harmed most by prohibition gain access to these new economic opportunities. I am thrilled to be advancing this platform on behalf of a company that shares these values and is a leader in the marketplace as well.”

This is not an official coalition, but these 103 businesses, trade associations, and policy organizations share a recognition that:

  • the federal government should bear some responsibility to help repair the harm created by the disproportionate enforcement of cannabis prohibition in low-income communities and communities of color, and
  • the industry is not reflective of the overall population and the federal government should allocate funding for programs to help create a more inclusive industry.

The creation of the letter and delivery to Congressional offices follows the hearing held last week—titled “Marijuana Laws in America: Racial Justice and the Need for Reform”—by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

“I commend Kris and Mike for their dedication, commitment to our roots and the authenticity with which they represent our company and this emerging industry as a whole,” said Josh Rosen, 4Front’s CEO. “Policy reform has always been at the center of our business; necessarily so. As advocates and pioneers who have helped set the tone for what this industry becomes, we’re building a responsible, values-based and people-focused company that informs regulation through practice, ensures access to cannabis through service, and provides value through job creation and community engagement. As we grow, we will always look for ways to use our platform to replace prohibition with opportunity.”

About 4Front Holdings
4Front is building a next-generation company in the cannabis industry, based upon strategic and aligned leadership, battle-tested operating capabilities, transparent and principled governance, and a commitment to developing and supporting people and communities. Led by a group of professionals with experience in strategy, manufacturing, distribution & logistics, finance, real estate, multi-location retail & hospitality operations and talent development & retention, 4Front has invested heavily to assemble a comprehensive collection of management skills and hands-on operating expertise that can support the rapid operational growth opportunity being afforded by the increased legalization of cannabis across the globe. For more information, visit the website.

Source: 4 Front Ventures press release



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Nevada Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Measure


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Nevada‘s Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak has signed legislation, Senate Bill 430, expanding the pool of patients eligible for medical cannabis therapy.

The measure allows patients diagnosed with anxiety disorders, autism, chronic pain, opioid dependency, and other conditions to obtain a recommendation for medical cannabis.

The act becomes effective on July 1, 2019.

An estimated 18,000 Nevadans are registered with the state to access medical cannabis products.

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