Ohio Issues First Recreational Marijuana Business Licenses, Sales to Begin Soon

Today, the Ohio Division of Cannabis Control (DCC) issued the first batch of dual-use certificates to four marijuana cultivators and six processors.

The DCC granted the initial dual-use certificates this morning, allowing the recipients to operate in both the medical and adult-use markets. This move is the first step in what is expected to be a comprehensive rollout of Ohio’s recreational cannabis program, and it comes less than two weeks after the state issued nearly 200 provisional licenses.

The DCC’s issuance of the 10 finalized licenses is just the beginning. An additional 31 cultivators, 36 processors, seven testing laboratories, and 133 dispensaries are awaiting final approval. These businesses must meet specific requirements, such as implementing security systems, employee badging, and point-of-sale systems, before receiving their licenses.
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California Governor Signs Psychedelics and Marijuana Bill Into Law

Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2841 into law on Thursday, a measure that would streamline the application process for studying psychedelics and marijuana

A researcher working with psilocybin mushrooms (photo credit: Getty Images).

The new law allows the Research Advisory Panel to hold closed sessions to discuss sensitive and confidential information. The bill, which passed the Assembly earlier this month by a unanimous 72-0 vote and the Senate in June with a 40-0 vote, is designed to enhance the security of research projects involving cannabis and hallucinogenic drugs.

Authored by Assemblymember Marie Waldron, AB 2841 amends Section 11126 of the Government Code and adds Section 11480.5 to the Health and Safety Code. The bill permits the Research Advisory Panel to review and approve research projects containing trade secrets, intellectual property, or proprietary information without public disclosure. This move aligns the panel’s operations with the confidentiality provisions similar to those allowed under the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act for other state bodies.
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These 4 States Are Set to Legalize Marijuana in November

We are now just three and a half months away from the November presidential election, during which four states will vote on initiatives to legalize marijuana.

There are five statewide initiatives on the ballot this November. Four of the five either focus on recreational marijuana legalization or include a trigger for it. Nebraska is the only state whose initiative is focused exclusively on legalizing medical marijuana.

With that said here are the four states that are on track to legalize marijuana in November.
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Study Finds CBD Cream Reduces UVA-Induced Skin Damage

A new study being published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and online ahead of print by the National Library of Medicine suggests that cannabidiol (CBD) cream may significantly reduce skin damage caused by Ultraviolet-A (UVA) radiation.

The study was conducted by scientists George Washington University (DC), the Center for Clinical and Cosmetic Research (Florida), and Northwestern University (Illinois).

The study aimed to address the growing concern over UVA radiation’s role in photoaging and photocarcinogenesis. Researchers note that current photoprotective strategies are limited by the availability and utilization of effective UVA filters, creating a demand for new protective agents. Cannabidiol, known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, was tested for its potential to mitigate UVA-induced skin damage.
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US Senate Committee Schedules Vote on DOOBIE Act to Prevent Denial of Jobs and Security Clearances Over Marijuana Use

The U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will vote Wednesday on the DOOBIE Act, which would “limit the consideration of marijuana use when making an employment suitability or security clearance determination”

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, recently introduced the Dismantling Outdated Obstacles and Barriers to Individual Employment (DOOBIE) Act (Senate Bill 4711), which would “ensure applicants for federal positions or security clearances are not being denied solely on the basis of past recreational and medical marijuana use.”

The committee has now scheduled a vote on the measure for Wednesday, July 24. Given that Peters is the chair of the committee, it is unlikely that a vote would be scheduled without sufficient support for its passage.
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Top 10 Marijuana Studies Released So Far in 2024

We’re only in July, but 2024 has already been a solid year for marijuana research.

With marijuana on the verge of being reschedule to Schedule III, researching marijuana and its compounds could soon become drastically easier. Despite this change not yet taking place, 2024 has still been an important year for marijuana-related research.

With that in mind, below are the top 5 most important marijuana studies released in 2024.
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Delaware Governor Signs Bill Allowing Recreational Marijuana Sales to Begin in December

Delaware Governor John Carney has signed into law legislation to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to begin selling recreational marijuana this year, months ahead of schedule.

Governor Carney signed House Bill 408 into law yesterday, weeks after it passed the House of Representatives, 29 to 11, and the Senate, 16 to 5.

Sponsored by State Representative Ed Osienski, the measure establishes a temporary conversion license for medical marijuana dispensaries, enabling them to sell recreational marijuana while maintaining their medical operations.
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Democratic National Committee Says “No One Should be in Jail” for Marijuana, Endorses Expungements

Today, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) released a draft of the 2024 Democratic Party Platform, featuring both the accomplishments of the Biden-Harris administration and a “bold, progressive agenda for the next four years for President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Democrats to finish the job.”

The Platform focuses on priorities for Democrats up and down the ballot, from growing the economy to lowering costs for families; tackling the climate crisis and securing energy independence; closing the racial wealth gap and investing in small businesses; restoring Roe v. Wade as the law of the land; protecting communities from the scourge of gun violence and protecting freedoms for all Americans; and securing our border and strengthening American leadership worldwide.

Included in the platform is a section on marijuana, which states that “No one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana”, while vowing to “take action to expunge federal marijuana-only convictions.”
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Study Finds Marijuana May Reduce Gastrointestinal Symptoms

A new study has found that marijuana significantly reduces the severity of gastrointestinal symptoms in patients.

The study, titled Relief in Gastrointestinal Symptoms with Medical Marijuana Over 1 Year, was published in the journal Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids, and it was published online by the US National Library of Medicine. Researchers say this “is the first study to examine MMJ’s [medical marijuana’s] longitudinal effects on GI symptoms in patients with refractory GI and non-GI MMJ-certified conditions.”

Participants in the study completed surveys at four intervals: at the start of the study, after 30 days, at six months, and at 12 months. They rated the severity of their GI symptoms on a scale from 1 (mild) to 3 (severe).
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Majority Want the DEA to Deschedule Rather than Reschedule Marijuana

There have been over 31,000 comments submitted on the DEA’s proposal to reschedule marijuana.

Since the DEA published their proposal in the Federal Register on May 21, there have been 31,400 comments submitted. The comment period ends on July 22.

Of the over 30,000 comments—all of which can be viewed by clicking here—a slight majority (51%) are calling on the DEA to go even further than their plan to move marijuana to Schedule III and instead deschedule it entirely. When including comments urging the government to decriminalize or legalize marijuana, the number rises to over 70%.
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