Biden drug stance could be revealed in SCOTUS case; CO gov: Pass marijuana banking before legalization; USDA hemp survey; FDA gets kratom comments
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The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to take up a case on whether safe consumption sites for illegal drugs violate federal law. If the justices agree to hear the matter, it will put to the test the Biden administration’s real commitment to supporting harm reduction measures for drugs.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) sent a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to pass marijuana banking and tax reform legislation now instead of waiting until he is able to build enough support for his broader legalization bill.
Missouri activists filed a new marijuana legalization initiative they hope to place on the 2022 ballot. The measure is competing against separate proposals from other groups, but the team behind Legal Missouri 2022 succeeded in passing medical cannabis in 2018.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture formally launched a survey of 20,000 hemp farmers. It covers issues like prices, acreage, smokable hemp, seeds, harvesting and processing. The results will help inform future policymaking for the crop.
Kratom activists flooded the Food and Drug Administration with tens of thousands of public