Amazon expands marijuana protections; CA State Fair hosts cannabis contest; NY legalization revenue projections; Fmr GOP rep on psilocybin benefits
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The House of Representatives approved a marijuana banking amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act—on a voice vote, and no member requested a roll call. Earlier on Tuesday, the House Rules Committee cleared the measure for floor consideration, but the panel blocked separate amendments to expand research on the benefits of psychedelics for active duty military members and to protect veterans from being denied home loans because they work in the cannabis industry.
Amazon reiterated its support for legalizing marijuana and said it will reinstate eligibility for employees and applicants who were previously punished for positive cannabis tests. Curiously, though, the company claimed in a letter to senators that it has no view on marijuana “regulation, permitting, taxation, and interstate commerce.”
The California State Fair & Expo will host a first-of-its-kind, state-sanctioned cannabis competition and awards show at next year’s event.
New York’s budget director projected in a new quarterly fiscal update that growing marijuana revenue will help offset an ongoing decline in taxes from cigarette sales.
Former Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) shared the story of a family friend who treated alcoholism