State Dept on marijuana & discrimination; NE medical cannabis ballot drive; SAFE Banking gets GOP sponsor; CO sales data
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The Minnesota House of Representatives approved the majority leader’s marijuana legalization bill. While Gov. Tim Walz (D) supports ending cannabis prohibition, leaders in the Republican-controlled Senate have indicated they’re more interested in potentially expanding medical access and reducing possession penalties than they are in the expansive reform.
A new State Department report notes how marijuana reform in a growing number of countries is helping to address religious discrimination against Rastafarians and other groups—but it ignores the U.S.’s continued criminalization of cannabis.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) became the 37th cosponsor of the SAFE Banking Act. That’s a big shift from a few years ago, when she argued against a cannabis banking amendment, saying it would be “allowing banks to essentially finance dealers of recreational marijuana.”
Nebraska activists and lawmakers are relaunching a campaign to place a far-reaching medical cannabis initiative on the 2022 ballot—one day after a minority of senators in the unicameral legislature blocked a relatively restrictive medical marijuana bill.
The Colorado Department of Revenue announced that retailers have already sold more than half a billion dollars worth of legal marijuana in the first three months of 2021. There have been more than $10.5 billion in legal cannabis sales since 2014, generating $1.7 billion in tax revenue for schools, infrastructure and more.