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New York Bill Encouraging Businesses To Use Hemp For Construction And Other Purposes Heads To Governor

New York Bill Encouraging Businesses To Use Hemp For Construction And Other Purposes Heads To Governor

The New York Senate and Assembly have passed a bill to encourage businesses to use hemp materials for packaging, construction, and other industrial purposes. After the final procedural steps, the measure will be on its way to the governor. The legislation amends state statute to stipulate that the Agriculture Commissioner would need to work with the Urban Development Corporation, hemp workgroup, and stakeholders who use (or “may potentially use”) hemp “to develop and promote the use of hemp by businesses for purposes such as packaging, construction, and other uses.” Sen. Michelle Hinchey (D), a consistent proponent of hemp as an environmentally sustainable alternative to other materials, introduced her bill on the matter before it was substituted for an identical Assembly-passed measure and then cleared the Senate on Tuesday in a unanimous 63-0 vote. The Assembly version, sponsored by Assemblymember Donna Lupardo (D), passed in that chamber by a vote of 133-5 back in February.

Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 05/18/2022 08:50:00

Open article: https://www.marijuanamoment.net/new-york-bill-encouraging-businesses-to-use-hemp-for-construction-and-other-purposes-heads-to-governor/

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Delaware Governor Makes First Comments On Marijuana Legalization Bill Sent To His Desk

Delaware Governor Makes First Comments On Marijuana Legalization Bill Sent To His Desk

The governor of Delaware has given his first public comments on a bill to legalize marijuana that was sent to his desk last week, noting the legislation’s limited scope but saying that he has remaining concerns and declining to say specifically whether he intends to sign it. Gov. John Carney (D), a rare example of a Democratic governor who continues to oppose legalization, said that he agrees that using cannabis shouldn’t be a “criminal offense,” adding that the bill passed in the legislature “just decriminalizes.” “It doesn’t have a regulatory piece that goes with it,” Carney told WMDT. “So we’re looking at the same concerns that I’ve been articulating for some time with respect to public safety and its effect on our young people, and we’ll continue to keep those in mind.” The bill that’s been transmitted to the governor’s desk is narrowly tailored, but because it removes all criminal penalties associated with possession and sharing of up to one ounce of marijuana between adults 21 and older, advocates consider that to be a form of non-commercial legalization.

Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 05/17/2022 11:07:00

Open article: https://www.marijuanamoment.net/delaware-governor-makes-first-comments-on-marijuana-legalization-bill-sent-to-his-desk/

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Rhode Island Lawmakers Unveil Revised Marijuana Legalization Bill, With Committee Votes Set For This Week

Rhode Island Lawmakers Unveil Revised Marijuana Legalization Bill, With Committee Votes Set For This Week

Rhode Island lawmakers have unveiled a newly revised marijuana legalization proposal that’s scheduled to be taken up in two committees this week and then heads to the floors of both chambers next week. The legislation is the product of months of negotiations between legislators and the governor, who released his own legalization measure as part of a budget proposal in January. Now the identical companion bills, which are being sponsored by Sen. Joshua Miller (D) and Rep. Scott Slater (D), are ready for action. Both the Senate Judiciary Committee and House Finance Committee are expected to vote on the measures on Wednesday. Assuming they advance through those panels, floor votes are set for May 24. “I’m proud that everyone involved—the advocates, the existing industry, patients, legislative leaders and the governor’s office—worked very cooperatively to smooth out the bumps and create a proposal that works for all the stakeholders,” Miller said in a press release.

Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 05/17/2022 15:29:00

Open article: https://www.marijuanamoment.net/rhode-island-lawmakers-unveil-revised-marijuana-legalization-bill-with-committee-votes-set-for-this-week/

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Minnesota Republican Senators Block Marijuana Legalization Vote

Minnesota Republican Senators Block Marijuana Legalization Vote

Minnesota’s Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday blocked Democrats’ move to advance a marijuana legalization bill that’s been stalled in committee. Democratic Senate Minority Leader Melisa López Franzen (D) announced her plans to bring the issue up for consideration on the chamber floor through a procedural mechanism that would have required a supermajority of 41 votes to advance. As was expected, the motion failed to reach that threshold in the GOP-run body. The process López Franzen sought to use is called recall from committee. The Senate legalization bill was referred to a committee in February 2021, but it did not advance. Democrats sought to leverage that process to skip committee consideration and bring it straight to the floor for consideration. “We all know that legalization would have economic benefits, but there’s other urgent aspects of my legislation,” López Franzen said. “With all the discussion about public safety this year, we also need to address disparities in the criminal justice system around cannabis that disproportionately impact communities of color. That’s why I’m asking to make this urgent motion to bring my bill to the floor.”

Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 05/18/2022 12:53:00

Open article: https://www.marijuanamoment.net/minnesota-republican-senators-block-marijuana-legalization-vote/

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U.S. Patent on Cannabis to Earn Millions for Government and Big Pharma

U.S. Patent on Cannabis to Earn Millions for Government and Big Pharma

Fun fact: the U.S. Government held a patent on certain cannabinoids for 16 years. The National Institute of Health (NIH) licensed certain pharmaceutical companies to use some of these patented materials. In the event those companies develop a successful drug from those materials, the NIH receives a percentage of sales. To put it simply, the federal government profits from the sale of drugs derived from certain cannabinoids. For example, GW Pharmaceutical created the epilepsy medication Epidiolex from cannabinoids patented by the NIH. Once approved, the drug could generate revenues upward of $2 billion a year. The NIH will receive royalties from each sale. The NIH currently holds more than 4,000 patents. Of those, 93 contributed to the successful development of 34 FDA-approved drugs. Those licenses have generated nearly $2 billion in royalty revenue for the NIH since 1991 according to the U.S Government Accountability Office. Patent No. 6,630,507 and Intellectual Property Rights Receiving royalties for intellectual property is usually a positive thing.

Cannabis & Tech Today, 05/18/2022 12:20:00

Open article: https://cannatechtoday.com/patent-on-cannabis-makes-billions-for-pharma/

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Miami finally approves first medical cannabis dispensary

Miami finally approves first medical cannabis dispensary

Los Angeles investors can open up shop as Miami City ends a years-long silent ban on medical marijuana providers There are over 425 dispensaries spread across the state of Florida. Somehow, Miami has none. That should change soon. Last week, a 3-2 vote from Miami City Commissioners granted a certificate of land use to Los Angeles investors. Investment group MRC44 now has plans to open the city’s first medical cannabis dispensary after years of delays. The policy change will allow the LA group to start the permitting process required to open a new dispensary. Their location will be located downtown near Space and E11even nightclubs at 90 NE 11 Street, in the historic Overtown neighborhood. City Attorney Victoria Mendéz blamed the conflict between state and federal cannabis laws for the lack of decision-making on the matter. What took so long? When the statewide referendum to legalize Florida’s medical marijuana industry went into effect in 2016, the city of Miami did not make a move to ban or regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. But surrounding municipalities Coral Gables, Aventura, unincorporated Miami-Dade County, and South Miami all welcomed the opportunity to participate in Florida’s sprouting cannabis economy.

Lyneisha Watson, Leafly, 05/18/2022 12:12:00

Open article: https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/miami-finally-approves-first-medical-cannabis-dispensary

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