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RI legal marijuana hearing; TX smokable hemp case at high court; PA psilocybin bill amended; ACLU wants drug decrim in ME

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Tuesday was the 50th anniversary of a Nixon-era federal commission’s recommendation that marijuana should be decriminalized. But half a century later, federal cannabis laws remain fundamentally unchanged—even by the current president who promised decriminalization on the campaign trail.

The Rhode Island House Finance Committee held a hearing on a bicameral marijuana legalization bill as well as a competing proposal from Gov. Dan McKee (D).

The Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case challenging the state’s ban on manufacturing smokable hemp products.

A Pennsylvania representative amended her psilocybin research bill to win more support, but she’s worried it might not advance because a key committee chair “shifted course due to an overdose death in her district” allegedly involving “magic mushrooms.”

The ACLU of Maine and Maine Center for Economic Policy published a report urging the state to decriminalize drugs. A decrim bill passed the House of Representatives last year but later stalled in the Senate.

/ FEDERAL

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published the first annual update of an ongoing review of cannabis and other plant-based treatments for chronic pain.

A federal judge dismissed an ayahuasca church’s lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick …….

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