MD legalization amendments rejected; HI psilocybin bill advances; Marijuana jobs report shows huge growth; NJ regulator: don’t rush licensing
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The South Dakota Senate approved bills to legalize marijuana and facilitate expungements. This comes as activists have separately been collecting signatures to put an initiative to legalize cannabis on the November ballot.
The Maryland House of Delegates debated bills to put a marijuana legalization referendum on the November ballot and begin implementation if voters approve. The body defeated several Republican-led amendments to add restrictions, and votes on final passage are expected this week.
The Hawaii Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee unanimously approved a bill to create a working group to study the therapeutic benefits of psilocybin mushrooms and develop a plan to ensure that the psychedelic is accessible for medical use.
New Jersey’s top marijuana regulator said that rushing into licensing recreational businesses will allow large multi-state operators to “dominate” while locking out small, local entrepreneurs from communities targeted by the drug war—even as some find the delay frustrating.
A new Leafly report found that there are now 428,059 people employed in the U.S. cannabis industry and that 107,059 new marijuana jobs were created in 2021 alone. There are now more cannabis workers than dentists, firefighters, bank tellers or hairstylists, according to the analysis.
Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) tweeted, “If a conservative like myself and a progressive like @RepAOC …….