Cannabis Client Alert – Week of June 14, 2021 | Dentons – JDSupra – JD Supra

In this week’s edition: Illinois sets new records for sales of recreational cannabis in May Nevada Legislature passes bill legalizing cannabis consumption lounges Coalition of cannabis producers pushing federal and state regulators to block sales of Delta-8 THC Amazon, the second-largest private employer in the US, announces it will stop testing job candidates for cannabis Legislation to expand federal research supply options to be tested in Congress And more… Federal

Sen. Dan Sullivan Comments on Federal Cannabis Reforms – Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan (R) says federal cannabis reform will involve giving more protections through the SAFE Banking Act and STATES Act, but not through removing all federal penalties.

Ninth Circuit Skeptical of Researcher’s Shot at DEA Pot Rule –  The Ninth Circuit panel assessing the US Drug Enforcement Administration’s denial of a petition to federally reschedule cannabis heard oral arguments.  Discussion centered on the standing of the challenger, Dr. Suzanne Sisley, to appeal the case given Sisley was not part of the original descheduling petition.

Bill to Let Researchers Study Marijuana from Dispensaries Approved in Congressional Committee – A US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bill that would allow researchers to study cannabis products from state-legal dispensaries, as opposed to the current very limited federally authorized source.  If passed, the bill would clear the way for scientists to conduct impaired-driving research using the actual cannabis products that consumers are purchasing from dispensaries in addition to permitting the interstate distribution of cannabis to scientists in jurisdictions that have yet to legalize cannabis.  The legislation also includes a mandate for cannabis-legal states to evaluate methods of education to discourage cannabis-impaired driving.

States

CA – The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration published a report for the first quarter of 2021 showing the state’s cannabis excise tax generated

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