New ID legalization initiative for 2022; Biden DEA nominee spoke against marijuana decrim; Record IL cannabis sales
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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is endorsing President Joe Biden’s nominee for administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration as champion of ending the war on drugs—but she argued against decriminalizing even marijuana in a 2007 interview. The senator did not press her for an updated stance in a Senate confirmation hearing last week.
Connecticut’s House majority leader is finally discussing the details of an emerging marijuana legalization deal—but equity advocates are pushing back on other specifics that leaked in a news report. Meanwhile, bill text has still not yet been released and the session ends on Wednesday.
Idaho activists filed a proposed 2022 ballot initiative to legalize possession of three ounces of marijuana. People would have to travel to neighboring states to purchase it, however. A separate medical cannabis measure is also circulating.
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation reported that retailers saw yet another record-breaking month of marijuana sales in May. The state is on pace for more than $1 billion in cannabis sales this year.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is preparing a response to a letter from Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) that requests the government stop evicting people from public housing for state-legal marijuana use.