MS medical marijuana overturned; WA drug recrim bill signed; FDA OKs MDMA use by therapists study; Cannabis in public housing bill
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The Drug Enforcement Administration is finally ending the decades-long monopoly on growing marijuana for research. At least three cultivation license applicants—and possibly more—have been notified that they’re being approved under an expansion first announced in 2016.
The Mississippi Supreme Court, for procedural reasons, overturned the state’s medical cannabis law, which the justices acknowledge was approved by a “strong, if not overwhelming, majority of voters.”
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) filed a bill to protect people from being evicted from public housing for using marijuana in accordance with state law.
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed a bill recriminalizing drug possession as a misdemeanor after the Supreme Court overturned prohibition. Penalties expire in 2023, giving lawmakers incentive to craft comprehensive health-focused policy. Meanwhile, the governor partially vetoed one section of the new legislation.
The Food and Drug Administration approved research on MDMA use by therapists so that they can better administer psychedelic therapies to their patients.