House committee orders military drug testing review; Denver cannabis tax initiative; Strong IL marijuana sales; CA psilocybin measure’s fiscal impact
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National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora Volkow, who has recently become a vocal critic of criminalization, says we don’t need any more research to show the drug war’s racist impact.
The House Armed Services Committee voted to direct the Pentagon to conduct a review of racially discriminatory drug testing practices in the military.
The California Legislative Analyst’s Office says a psilocybin legalization ballot measure could save millions in enforcement dollars but would also have implementation costs—though those could be offset by taxes and fees generated from psychedelic sales.
Denver, Colorado voters will decide on a ballot initiative in November to increase the local marijuana tax by 1.5% to fund pandemic-related research amid COVID. That’s in addition to a separate Colorado statewide measure to boost cannabis taxes to fund education.
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation reported that retailers sold more than