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Marijuana Federal Legalization To Be Voted On Next Week. Medical Cannabis For Impaired Sleep Study

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A bill to federally legalize marijuana will be voted on by the House Judiciary Committee next week, the panel announced on Friday.

The development comes one day after the House voted in favor of a defense spending bill that includes an amendment that would protect banks that service state-legal cannabis businesses from being penalized by federal regulators.

The number of banks and credit unions reporting that they work with marijuana businesses ticked up last quarter, according to new federal data.

As of June 30, there were 706 financial institutions that had filed requisite reports saying they were actively serving cannabis clients. That’s up from 689 in the previous quarter but still down from a peak of 747 in late 2019.

Supporters of a 26-year-old man who is currently incarcerated while awaiting sentencing for a federal marijuana charge took out a full-page ad in The Washington Post on Thursday, blasting the hypocrisy of his imprisonment while celebrities like Beyonce, Jay Z, Seth Rogen and Willie Nelson stand to profit off the legal cannabis industry.

Jonathan Wall faces up to 15 years in prison on charges that he and other conspired to traffic marijuana from California to Maryland over two years. His family says this is a flagrant miscarriage of justice that highlights the need for relief for Wall and for broader federal marijuana reform.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has launched a purge of agency heads and other officials appointed by her disgraced predecessor Andrew Cuomo — with at least nine bureaucrats either resigning or being told they’ll be out of a job within the next few days, sources told The Post on Friday night.

At the top of the list of departures is Michael Hein, the former Ulster County Executive who was tapped by Cuomo in 2019 to oversee the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hein was put in charge of the regional control room for the Hudson Valley, monitoring key health metrics as the state tentatively reopened in the summer of 2020.

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and House Speaker Philip Gunn on Friday said they’ve asked fellow Republican Gov. Tate Reeves to call lawmakers into special session next week to deal with medical marijuana and the COVID-19 crisis in Mississippi.

“We believe the number-one issue going on in our state right now is the pandemic crisis,” Gunn said. “We have a crisis in Mississippi and we want to give some attention to that.”

The Washington State Supreme Court is reversing previous decisions that supported Chelan County’s shutdown of a marijuana operation in 2017.

The Supreme Court has determined that Seven Hills Farm established its business before the county placed a moratorium on marijuana producing operations in 2015, and banned them a year later.

The Gibraltar Parliament unanimously approved legislation this week that will allow Gibraltar to tap opportunities in the growing market for medicinal cannabis through a tightly regulated framework focused solely on reputable businesses.

The Medicinal Cannabis Act allows for the regulation of the production, import, export, marketing and supply of cannabis for medicinal purposes and for connected purposes.

Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids for Impaired Sleep: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials
Objective:
We conducted a systematic review to explore the effectiveness of medical cannabis for impaired sleep.
Method:
We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTRAL and PsychINFO to January 2021 for randomized trials of medical cannabis or cannabinoids for impaired sleep vs. any non-cannabis control. When possible, we pooled effect estimates for all patient-important sleep-related outcomes and used the GRADE approach to appraise the certainty of evidence.
Conclusion:
Medical cannabis and cannabinoids may improve impaired sleep among people living with chronic pain, but the magnitude of benefit is likely small.

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