OH GOP legalization bill; IN medical marijuana legislation planned; MO cannabis initiatives flawed, former prisoner says
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The Drug Enforcement Administration and National Institute on Drug Abuse are backing a White House plan to make it easier to research marijuana, psychedelics and other Schedule I drugs.
A pair of Ohio Republican lawmakers formally filed a marijuana legalization bill. The move comes as activists are nearing completion of the first phase of their signature drive for an initiative to legalize cannabis.
An Indiana Republican representative said he plans to file a medical cannabis bill in the new session. Democrats, meanwhile, are pushing to legalize recreational marijuana in 2022.
Former Missouri marijuana prisoner Jeff Mizanskey—whose sentence was commuted by a governor— says in a new op-ed that proposed cannabis ballot initiatives have “significant flaws” and that lawmakers should instead pass a legalization plan that emphasizes “liberty and freedom.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service tweeted a reminder that responses to a federal hemp survey are due on Friday.
Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Democrats tweeted about improvement to hemp crop insurance, saying, “As the hemp industry grows, it is important that we provide producers with risk management tools that are flexible and effective adequate crop insurance. This news is great for our hemp producers and economy.”
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