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MS gov dodges medical marijuana questions; PA bill to add small grower licenses; Study: Legal cannabis not tied to mental health problems

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A group of black small marijuana business owners are pushing back against claims from Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and others that passing cannabis banking legislation now, ahead of justice-focused legalization, would only help big operators. Instead, they say current policy has a “redlining effect” that disproportionately hurts small minority-owned companies, while letting large multi-state operators continue to grow.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) dodged questions about when he will make good on his pledge to call a special session to pass a medical marijuana bill when confronted by patient advocates, including a young boy whose mom says he needs cannabis for seizures.

A Pennsylvania representative filed a bill to create a new category of small medical marijuana cultivators, called farmer-growers. They would face lower taxes, with the aim of expanding patient access to cannabis.

SPONSORED: Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce board member and iLAVA founding partner Moe Asnani authored an op-ed calling for an end to “infighting between the activist and corporate cannabis communities” and a uniting behind an agenda to enact federal reform in 2022.

A new study found that legalizing marijuana is “associated with a 6.29% reduction in suicide rates for males in the 40 to 49 age group” and that “…….