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LA gov: Legal marijuana “is going to happen”; SC medical cannabis vote first thing in 2022; TX psychedelics bill advances in Senate

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Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) filed a new bill that would force the Food and Drug Administration to finally allow foods, drinks and dietary supplements infused with hemp-derived CBD and other cannabinoids.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) said marijuana legalization “is going to happen in Louisiana eventually.” In the interview, which came one day after a legal cannabis bill stalled in the legislature, the governor also spoke about separate decriminalization and smokable medical flower bills that are still alive.

South Carolina’s Senate Majority Leader has committed to the sponsor of a medical marijuana bill that his legislation will be “the first order of business in the Senate when we return in January.”

The Texas Senate Veteran Affairs & Border Security Committee unanimously approved a House-passed bill that would require the state to study the therapeutic potential of psychedelics for military veterans. It now heads to the Senate floor for a final vote on sending it to the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott (R).

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The U.S. Department of Education said licensed hemp businesses are eligible for the Rural Business Development and Delta Health Care Services grant programs.

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