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Regulating the Safety of Cannabis-Infused Foods: Alternatives to Prohibition – By Ross Gordon November 1, 2017 Prepared on behalf of Therapy Tonics & Provisoins

Executive Summary

Proposed regulations released by California’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch in April 2017 included a blanket prohibition on potentially hazardous foods (PHFs), including refrigerated products, low-acid canned foods, juices, perishable baked goods, meats, dairy, and seafood. As the MCSB prepares to release emergency regulations in November 2017, this paper seeks to inform an alternative solution that effectively regulates, rather than bans, cannabis-infused PHFs. A review of regulatory systems in Oregon and Colorado finds precedent for the effective regulation of cannabis PHF products, and a review of California’s existing regulatory structures for conventional foods finds that California already possesses the key resources necessary to effectively regulate cannabis food safety. This paper suggests that MCSB should emulate Oregon’s approach by applying California’s existing food safety framework to the regulation of cannabis PHFs.

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The drug industry’s triumph over the DEA

A handful of members of Congress, allied with the nation’s major drug distributors, prevailed upon the DEA and the Justice Department to agree to a more industry-friendly law, undermining efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills, according to an investigation by The Washington Post and “60 Minutes.” The DEA had opposed the effort for years.

The law was the crowning achievement of a multifaceted campaign by the drug industry to weaken aggressive DEA enforcement efforts against drug distribution companies that were supplying corrupt doctors and pharmacists who peddled narcotics to the black market. The industry worked behind the scenes with lobbyists and key members of Congress, pouring more than a million dollars into their election campaigns.

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Pennsylvania Seeking Public Comments On MMJ Draft Rules (PA – Medical Cannabis)

Ganjapreneur (September 26, 2017) The Pennsylvania Department of Health is seeking public comments from potential medical cannabis patients and caregivers on the draft rules for the state’s medical cannabis program. The proposed rules would see medical cannabis available to patients suffering from 17 serious medical conditions.

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Is Florida’s Medical Marijuana Law Discriminatory? (FL – Medical Cannabis)

High Times (September 25, 2017) A lawsuit set to combat a new Florida law regarding medicinal cannabis licenses might possibly challenge the constitutionality of the state’s rubric—and right injustices against black farmers who wish to obtain it. The lawsuit was filed by Columbus Smith, a farmer and person of color based out of Panama City, Florida, who opines that a subset of the measure is discriminatory against black farmers.

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Maine Draft Rules Would Prohibit Smoking, Vaping At Cannabis Clubs (ME – Cannabis Industry)

Ganjapreneur (September 26, 2017) Draft rules for Maine’s forthcoming adult-use program do not provide an exemption to the state’s no-smoking laws, which would force so-called cannabis clubs to only permit consumption of edibles or tinctures, according to a Portland Press Herald report. The rules also wouldn’t allow club licensing until June 2019, one year after the state’s first recreational cannabis retail stores open.

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By in Federal MMJ Law, News Comments Off on Muhlenberg Township Approves First Of Two Medical Marijuana Dispensaries (AZ – Medical Cannabis)

Muhlenberg Township Approves First Of Two Medical Marijuana Dispensaries (AZ – Medical Cannabis)

Berks BIZ (September 25, 2017) A tuxedo shop that was a fixture in Muhlenberg Township for decades will become a medical marijuana dispensary. Township commissioners unanimously approved Harvest Inc.’s plan to retrofit the building at 2701 N. Fifth St. Highway. Jack O’Reilly Tuxedos, which has conducted business at the location for 35 years, is expected to close this week.

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By in Federal MMJ Law, News Comments Off on Trump Extends Cannabis Protections ‘Til December As Plans For Study, States Remain Hazy

Trump Extends Cannabis Protections ‘Til December As Plans For Study, States Remain Hazy

Forbes (September 25, 2017) In his temporary budget-dealing with Democrats, President Trump has agreed to continue a ban on using federal funds to interfere in states’ legal cannabis practices, but as 2018 nears, a government stance is largely still up in the air. Earlier this month, the president and congressional Democratic leaders reached a budget agreement to approve hurricane relief, federal spending, and raising the debt ceiling through the end of the year.

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Amendment Protecting State MMJ Programs Included In Temporary Spending Bill

Ganjapreneur (September 26, 2017) The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, which protects state-legal medical cannabis programs from federal interference, has been included in a budget agreement which approves funding for hurricane relief, raises the debt ceiling, and approves some federal spending until the end of the year, according to a Forbes report. The protections, however, only last until Dec. 8, 2017.

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Why Is Weed Getting More Potent?

Gizmodo (September 25, 2017) The feds began monitoring the potency of the nation’s pot supply in the ‘70s by drawing samples from stashes seized by law enforcement, and boy was it schwag. The percentage of THC—the main psychoactive component in cannabis—averaged from less than 1% in 1975 to just under 3% a decade later, according to the data.

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