Cannabis decrim bill hits Virginia governor’s desk (Newsletter: March 9, 2020)

Cannabis decrim bill hits Virginia governor’s desk (Newsletter: March 9, 2020)

Biden frustrated by ‘gateway drug’ perception; DEA admits legal marijuana undercuts illegal market; 50 state banking groups want cannabis vote ASAP Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day. (function() { window.mc4wp = window.mc4wp || { listeners: [], forms: { on: function(evt, cb) { window.mc4wp.listeners.push( { event : evt, callback: cb } ); } } } })(); Email address: Leave this field empty if you’re human: Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible… By starting a $10 per month pledge on Patreon—or about 45 cents per issue of this newsletter—you can help us rely less on ads to cover our expenses, hire more journalists and bring you even more marijuana news. https://www.patreon.com/marijuanamoment / TOP THINGS TO KNOW Former Vice President Joe Biden (D), a presidential candidate, expressed frustration in a new interview that so many people think he still believes marijuana is a gateway drug. In fact he has claimed in the past that cannabis leads to use of other drugs, and as recently as four months ago said it may. Virginia lawmakers sent a marijuana decriminalization bill to the desk of supportive Gov. Ralph Northam (D). Separate legislation that was approved will require an official state study of the possibility of more broadly legalizing cannabis. The Drug Enforcement Administration admitted—buried within a 190-page submission to Congress—that state-level cannabis legalization reduces illegal market demand. Fifty state banking associations sent a letter urging…

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