Wiping Slate Clean For Marijuana Offenders Opens Doors

As CEO of Common Citizen, one of Michigan’s largest cannabis producers, I can tell you firsthand the state’s new Clean Slate law is a game-changer that will benefit families, communities and our state’s economic resurgence.

Signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last month, the Clean Slate law expunges criminal records of those convicted of certain cannabis-related felonies and misdemeanors that are no longer considered crimes under Michigan’s adult-use cannabis law. The new law creates a system that automatically expunges eligible misdemeanors after seven years and eligible nonviolent felonies after 10 years.

The Clean Slate law will help thousands of Michiganders lead more productive lives. With these past criminal offenses in the rearview mirror, these Michiganders will have access to better job opportunities and critical resources including housing, employment services, voter registration, and more.

– Read the entire article at Crain’s Detroit.

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State Urged By Cork Mother To Let Medicinal Cannabis Deliveries Continue

A Cork mother is calling on the Department of Health to allow medical marijuana to be delivered to her severely epileptic daughter post-Covid-19.

Vera Twomey said that the drug has saved her daughter Ava’s life, leaving her 95% seizure-free, happy, able to attend school and independent of heavy medications.

She had been travelling every 12 weeks to collect medical cannabis, with permission from the State, prior to April 6 when the Department of Health arranged for the medicine to be delivered to their home instead, following Covid-19 travel restrictions.

– Read the entire article at News.

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SEC’s Investment Rule Updates and Cannabis Fundraising

Recently the SEC updated its rules to simplify the patchwork of regulations to help companies in fundraising mode. This matters to cannabis companies of all types, especially those that want to utilize the available federal exemptions in their securities offerings. In the SEC’s own words, “These amendments will promote capital formation and expand investment opportunities while preserving or improving important investor protections.” To hemp and marijuana companies, these changes mean they will have access to a wider pool of prospective investors. These amendments become effective 60 days after publication in the federal register.

The SEC is really taking big strides this fall. I previously wrote about the SEC’s recent expansion of who and what can qualify as an accredited investor. We can expect future refinements to the SEC’s rules to provide more opportunities for investors looking for opportunities and more guidance for companies looking for safe harbors from legal snags when dealing with investors.

The recently updated rules are designed to help startups and more experienced SMEs that have proof of concept in their business models and are in their first or fifth fundraising round. Below are some highlights.

Increased Offering Limits for Regulation A (Reg A), Regulation

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Can Farming Hemp Help Fight Climate Change?

A small farm in upstate New York is working to revolutionize the organic farming industry, starting with supporting their local ecosystem while growing, among a variety of grains, hemp — the plant behind the multi-million dollar CBD industry.

Hemp, a species of cannabis that does not create a marijuana-like high, has an ancient history with usage dating back centuries.

Ben Banks-Dobson, who runs Stone House Farm’s 2,600-acre operation, is hoping to help the Earth while promoting the unique plant and its variety of uses.

– Read the entire article at News.

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Calgary-Based Cannabis Grower, Chocolatier Cook Up Sweet Deal

Sundial Growers says its partnership with city confectioner Choklat to produce edibles in time to stuff Christmas stockings is part of the recipe for the cannabis company’s recovery during the tough times of an industry downturn.

Two Calgary-based companies are ready to combine a cannabis buzz with a sugar rush.

Sundial Growers says its partnership with city confectioner Choklat — to produce edibles in time for Christmas — is part of the recipe for the cannabis company’s recovery during the tough times of an industry downturn.

– Read the entire article at Calgary Herald.

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A Primer on California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act (UCRA)

This summer, I wrote about a Title III lawsuit that was filed against cannabis company NC3 Systems dba Caliva. As a quick refresher, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires all businesses to remove any obstacle that interferes with a disabled person’s ability to access their products or services online.

The plaintiff had filed a complaint alleging Caliva’s website denied him full and equal access to Caliva’s facilities, goods, and services. The plaintiff ultimately brought causes of action under Title III and California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act (“UCRA”), which is slightly different and deserves it own primer because it unfortunately opens the door for plaintiff to recover statutory penalties as well. Here goes:

Like Title III, the UCRA guarantees every person in California “full and equal” access to “all business establishments of every kind whatsoever” and imposes a duty on business establishments to serve all persons without arbitrary discrimination. Like the ADA, a “business establishment” is defined to include nonphysical places internet websites.

The statute provides standing on “any person aggrieved” by conduct that violates the UCRA. This is a narrower definition than is provided by Title III – a private plaintiff can sue only

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NJ Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana, Reduce Penalties On Magic Mushrooms Advances

A New Jersey legislative committee voted on Thursday to advance a bill that would decriminalize the possession of marijuana and reduce the penalties for possessing small amounts of psilocybin mushrooms. The move by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee comes only days after New Jersey voters approved a constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis for adults and create a regulated market for recreational marijuana sales in the state.

The bill, S. 2535, which was originally introduced earlier this year, would remove all criminal penalties for the possession of up to six ounces of marijuana. Chris Goldstein, a South Jersey spokesman for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), said that approximately 100 people are arrested for marijuana possession in the Garden State every day.

“Justice for marijuana doesn’t start until arrests stop,” Goldstein said. “And the constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis doesn’t do that, but this bill could.”

Magic Mushrooms Surprise Addition To Bill

As the bill was being considered by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, an unidentified senator added an amendment to reduce the possession of up to one ounce of psilocybin mushrooms from a felony to a disorderly person offense. Democratic Sen. Nicholas Scutari, the

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New Study Warns CBD May Yield Positive THC Test Results

Have you gotten swept up in the CBD craze? Careful. It may induce a positive drug test.

That’s according to findings from a clinic trial published last month in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. The findings, which comes via researchers at Harvard, “suggest that patients consistently using full-spectrum, hemp-derived products may have positive test results for THC-COOH on a urinary drug screen,” the authors of the study wrote.

“Despite limitations in sample size and diversity, these findings have important public health implications,” the researchers wrote in their conclusions. “It is often assumed individuals using hemp-derived products will test negative for THC. Current results indicate this may not be true, especially if assays are more sensitive than advertised, underscoring the potential for adverse consequences, including loss of employment and legal or treatment ramifications, despite the legality of hemp-derived products.”

The findings also help fill a gap in what the authors said has been a paucity of research on CBD.

“Despite the growing popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) products, specifically those derived from legal industrial hemp sources,” the authors said, “few studies have directly assessed whether the use of high-CBD products could yield positive results on urinary drug tests assessing cannabis use through the

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Doctors And Patients Don’t Discuss Marijuana Use, But Should: Paper

Following Tuesday’s election, 36 states have created or voted to create medical cannabis programs, but conversations about the substance are still rare in doctors’ offices around the country.

It’s time for that to change, according to a paper published recently in the journal Pain Management Nursing.

Clinicians should create an environment in which patients can openly discuss their cannabis use and participate in shared decisions about the drug’s potential health effects, the paper authored by researchers in Washington State University’s College of Nursing concludes. Too often, the authors found, patients opt not to discuss their cannabis use out of fear of legal or occupational consequences, and physicians frequently avoid the topic due to a lack of available information.

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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Israel Announces Plan To Legalize Recreational Cannabis Within 9 Months

According to recommendations of interministerial team, marijuana will be sold to users aged 21 and up, but not for consumption in public.

Israel is planning to legalize cannabis for recreational use within nine months while balancing “liberalism and responsibility,” Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn said Thursday.

Nissenkorn presented the recommendations of an interministerial team that has been reviewing the matter, alongside Likud MK Sharren Haskel and Blue and White MK Ram Shefa, who have been leading their respective parties’ efforts on the issue.

– Read the entire article at The Times of Israel.

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