420 with CNW – Michigan Names 19 Communities to Benefit from Marijuana Social Equity Program

Michigan has unveiled the details of the communities that will benefit from the marijuana Social Equity Program of the state. The MRA (Marijuana Regulatory Authority) made this announcement while releasing the list of 19 communities and the different ways in which applicants from those communities will benefit.

The 19 disadvantaged communities are Detroit, Benton Harbor, East Lansing, Albion, Flint, Ecorse, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Inkster, Kalamazoo, Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Morris, Muskegon Heights, Muskegon, Niles, Pontiac, Saginaw, River Rouge and Ypsilanti.

During an exercise that lasted several months, the Marijuana Regulatory Authority put 150 stakeholders in workgroups and solicited input from them on how to select the disadvantaged communities that will benefit from the Social Equity Program, how qualifying individuals from those selected communities will be identified and what services or support should be provided to those selected individuals in the disproportionately affected communities identified. An online survey was also conducted seeking input on those same matters and 688 people responded to the survey.

From the results received, the MRA decided that disadvantaged communities would be selected based the number of marijuana-related convictions and the rate of poverty in those communities.

Taking the state’s marijuana conviction rate as a benchmark, counties that exceeded that state-level rate were identified for inclusion in the Social Equity Program.

From that group of counties, specific communities in which at least 30 percent of the population lived below the poverty level as defined by the federal government were selected.

MRA plans to start receiving applications from those intending to start marijuana businesses on Nov. 1 this year. Before that date, the authority will visit the 19 selected communities several times to educate the targeted population about the application and licensing process in relation to the Social Equity Program.

The representatives of MRA’s Social Equity Program will also help people from those communities to fill applications for participation in the Social Equity Program. These applications will then be scrutinized to confirm that those individuals qualify to benefit from the program.

The people who qualify stand to enjoy up to 60 percent reductions on the applicable fees for a marijuana business license.

For example, being a resident of one of the 19 listed communities for at least five years will earn the qualifying applicant a 25 percent waiver on the payable fees.

An additional 25 percent waiver will also be given to those who are the majority shareholders in the planned marijuana business which will be located within the disadvantaged community. The individual holding the majority ownership stake must also have a cannabis-related conviction in order to qualify for this additional 25 percent fee waiver.

A further 10 percent waiver will also be given to the Social Equity Program applicants who have also served as registered caregivers for at least two years in the period 2008-2017.

The members of the 19 communities will also get help in addressing all the issues related to running a marijuana business in the state. These include tax matters, employment law, workplace safety and health, environmental issues among others. Applicants will also be linked to other state departments and agencies whose services are pertinent to the marijuana industry.

The Social Equity Program appears to be a well thought-out plan that analysts believe will please cannabis industry players like Nabis Holdings Inc. (CSE: NAB) (OTC: NABIF) (FRA: 71P) and MustGrow Biologics Corp. (CSE: MGRO) that insist action must be taken to correct the wrongs committed during the war on drugs.

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420 with CNW – Study Finds Legalized Recreational Cannabis a Danger to Alcohol, Not Tobacco

The recent wave of adult-use marijuana legalization across the U.S. has the potential of generating $22 billion in annual sales, but not everyone is thrilled about this development. New research that will soon be published in the Marketing Science journal shows that the alcohol industry is likely to take a hit once marijuana is legalized.

The research was done by Pengyuan, an assistant professor at the Terry College of Business (University of Georgia). He worked with Guiyang Xiong from Syracuse University.

The duo analyzed online search data taken from one of the leading web portals based in the U.S. In total, they crunched the numbers on 120 million ad impressions and 28 million anonymous searches done using this portal. The data in question covered the period January 2014 to April 2017.

The research revealed that the number of online searches done for alcohol reduced by almost 11 percent while the searches for tobacco and its products saw an increase of 8 percent.

The tobacco and alcohol industries are worth a total of $300 billion in the U.S. alone. While these two industries have been vehemently opposed to the legalization of cannabis, this research shows that the tobacco industry would be well advised to revisit their opposition to legal marijuana since opposing the advance of cannabis isn’t in their best interest.

However, the alcohol industry is justified (from an existential point of view) to oppose the onward march of legal marijuana across the country since a law legalizing marijuana at the federal level would see a major decline in the sales of alcohol. The industry therefore has to think fast and come up with ways to retain their customers if they want to retain as much of their market share as possible.

Interestingly, while this research revealed that the legalization of adult-use marijuana in a state causes 17 percent more adults to conduct online searches on marijuana, the number of people who are less than 19 show a reduced interest in marijuana (or at least they perform fewer online searches on the substance).

This again serves to dispel another perception that the legalization of recreational cannabis causes a spike in the interest shown in the substance by minors. Policymakers may therefore need to revisit their positions if they based any decisions they made upon a presumption that there will be an uptick in the number of people who show interest in the drug yet they aren’t of age.

These findings seem to make sense because pollsters have pointed out severally that many adults would opt for recreational marijuana rather than alcohol since pot doesn’t come with hangovers, weight gain and the other effects of consuming alcohol on a regular basis.

It would be interesting to know what industry players like Marijuana Company of America Inc. (OTCQB: MCOA) and Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP)  are planning to do in response to the likely spike in the opposition of the alcohol industry once the findings of this research are released and the fears of the alcohol industry are confirmed.

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420 with CNW – Cannabis Sales Could Soon Surpass Wine Sales, New Data Reveals

If the current trend of cannabis sales during the Fourth of July holiday continue, marijuana could outsell wine as soon as July 4 next year, according to new data collected on different staples during Independence Day celebrations.

The week in which this year’s Independence Day fell saw a record $400 million worth of cannabis sold by dispensaries across the country. Statistics show that this figure is 60 percent above the national average of the marijuana sales made during any typical week of the year.

The data collected and analyzed by Akerna Corp shows that every single day leading to July 4 registered a spike in the volume of marijuana sales when compared to typical days across the country.

For example, on July 1, there was a 45 percent increase in the sales registered by marijuana dispensaries when compared to the available data on typical Mondays. While this jump is sizable, it was the least sales bump in the days leading to the national holiday.

On Wednesday (July 3), marijuana dispensaries registered sales which were more than twice what they usually sell on any average Wednesday. In fact, the increase was 112 percent when compared to sales on ordinary Wednesdays in the year.

Bumps were also noticed in the average amount that each person spent at a cannabis dispensary during the days leading up to the Fourth of July. Similar bumps were also noticed regarding the number of products bought per person on those days.

To put these marijuana sales in context, Green Entrepreneur compared the $400 million generated from marijuana sales to other staples sold on such days. Americans spent $1billion on beer and another billion on fireworks on Fourth of July last year. Wine generated total sales worth $568 million on the same day last year.

If these growth rates stay the same, it is highly likely that marijuana sales on Independence Day will exceed those of wine next year.

These figures and predictions seem all the more credible given the fact that the number of Americans who believe that marijuana should be legalized federally is at an all-time high. Additionally, more states are legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational purposes, with Illinois being the latest to enact an adult-use marijuana legalization law.

Industry watchers believe that this boom in cannabis sales will give industry players like Hemptown USA and Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) added impetus to take bolder steps towards consolidating their positions in the industry.

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Smart Companies Finding Sweet Spot in Cannabis Processing, Manufacturing Opportunities

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: In between growers and sellers lie several potential places for companies with expertise to firmly establish themselves in the burgeoning cannabis space.

Savvy companies such as Youngevity International Inc. (NASDAQ: YGYI) (YGYI Profile) recognize the potential payoff of being involved in the back end of the cannabis industry. The company’s wholly owned subsidiary Khrysos Industries Inc. just signed a five-year contract to purchase hemp plant biomass for extraction, end-to-end processing and production of hemp-derived products. Indiva Limited (TSX.V: NDVA) (OTCQX: NDVAF) has successfully received an amended license from Health Canada for three additional grow rooms and three additional processing rooms. Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc. (TSX: NEPT) (NASDAQ: NEPT) recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary received a notification letter from Health Canada indicating that all requested license amendments have been approved. Other cannabis companies are making strategic moves in the industry as well. CannaRoyalty Corporation (CSE: OH) (OTCQX: ORHOF) has obtained final approval to move forward with its plan of arrangement with Cresco Labs, which will result in the largest-ever public company acquisition in the U.S. cannabis sector. And KushCo Holdings Inc. (OTCQX: KSHB) has partnered with C.A. Fortune, a leading full-service national consumer products sales and marketing agency, with the intent to grant…

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420 with CNW – Can the Pechoti Method Apply to Weed as Well?

Pecho…what? If you are hearing about the Pechoti method for the first time, you aren’t alone, although this mode of administration of alternative remedies isn’t new. It entails putting drops of essential oils on the belly button as a way of treating different conditions, including PMS, nausea and pain. Now some people have been suggesting that one can ingest cannabis oil in this way. But is this even possible?

What the Pechoti Method Is

As mentioned earlier, the Pechoti method refers to an old Ayurveda treatment method in which essential oils are dropped onto the belly button to combat different conditions.

The Pechoti method derives its name from the Pechoti gland which is said to exist right behind the belly button. This gland remains in existence even if an infant’s umbilical cord is cut, and the gland remains throughout one’s life, according to the believers in this method of treatment.

The advocates of this method reason that once a human is formed in the womb, all the nutrition goes through the umbilical cord until the baby is born. They argue that if a baby could entirely depend on what is coming through the umbilical cord, why shouldn’t an adult continue using this vital part?

How It Works

Doctors who believe in this treatment method, like Dr. Lakisha Jenkins, say that approximately 72,000 veins pass through the umbilical cord and continue to all parts of the body. This means that any oil that is placed on the belly button is eventually absorbed and circulated throughout the body.

Dr. Jenkins adds that the gastrointestinal tract contains multiple cannabinoid receptors. The gut also plays a critical role in our immune system as well as the central nervous system. When cannabis oil is applied to the belly button, it navigates its way to the whole body through the veins that pass through the belly button.

Who Should Use this Method?

Proponents of the Pechoti method say that it works in the same way as suppositories since both are systemic (work on the whole body rather than the small part where they are applied). Since the cannabis oil administered in this way isn’t metabolized in the liver, a user cannot get high.

Consequently, kids and people who are so ill that they cannot smoke marijuana or ingest it orally can benefit from the Pechoti method.

People with endocrine system disorders, nervous system problems, gastrointestinal issues and those with neurological complaints are some of the people who can try using the Pechoti method to administer their cannabis oil treatment.

However, the effectiveness of the Pechoti method for using cannabis oil is subject to one condition; one must use organic oil from a trusted source so that the risk of impurities entering your bloodstream is avoided.

Analysts believe that the cannabis industry players like Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) and Golden Developing Solutions Inc. (OTC: DVLP), must be amazed at how creative people have become in coming up with different ways to ingest cannabis.

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420 with CNW – Senate Committee Confirms Marijuana Banking Hearing Date

On Monday, we reported that a key senate committee would soon schedule a hearing on marijuana banking. Now the Republican-controlled committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs has revealed that it will hold this hearing on Tuesday next week (July 23).

This announcement comes as yet another indicator that marijuana reform is gaining momentum at the highest levels of decision making in the country. The legislation to be discussed is geared at finding a solution to the challenges that marijuana businesses have been having regarding access to banking services.

A similar law, which was passed by a Congressional committee, now has almost half of the members of Congress as co-sponsors after 206 representatives signed on. The Senate companion bill so far has 32 senators signed on from a total of 100 senators in that chamber.

The senate hearing slated for Tuesday is titled “Challenges for Cannabis and Banking: Outside Perspectives.” Representatives of CUNA (Credit Unions National Association), Smart Approaches to Marijuana (a prohibitionist advocacy group) and Citywide Banks will testify during this hearing.

Jim Nussle, the CEO and president of CUNA remarked that his organization was willing and happy to work with senate leaders to find a solution to marijuana banking which is a public safety issue.

John Lord, the CEO of LivWell Enlightened Health (a marijuana retail chain) is also lined up to testify before the senate committee, as will Cannabis Trade Federation’s Neal Levine (who also testified before a sub-committee of Congress on how prohibition can be ended).

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), the main GOP cosponsor of the Senate cannabis banking bill has also been booked to appear before the committee during this hearing.

Support for marijuana banking has been growing steadily with pressure being mounted for action on this matter by the highest financial sector regulators in 25 states, a huge majority of state attorneys general, 20 state governors from both sides of the political divide, banking associations from 50 states across the country and the National Association of State Treasurers. All these groups want the STATES Banking Act to be passed by Congress.

While Chairman Crapo is personally opposed to marijuana, his scheduling of the senate committee’s hearing on this matter shows that he recognizes that matters of cannabis banking present serious public safety concerns that have to be addressed soon rather than later.

Consensus is also growing on the need to make broader reforms to marijuana policy beyond access to banking services. The clearest example of this was the Congressional subcommittee hearing last week at which all parties agreed on the need for reform although there were some disagreements on how that reform can be realized.

Industry watchers believe that the entire marijuana industry, including Geyser Brands Inc. (TSX.V: GYSR) and Earth Science Tech Inc. (OTCQB: ETST), is now encouraged to believe that federal marijuana reform may happen soon.

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NCIA Cannabis Business Summit & Expo is Attracting the Industry’s Biggest and Best

If you’re known by the company you keep, then the NCIA is moving with the right crowd. Mike Lee, executive VP & CFO of Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE: CGC), will be a keynote speaker at the organization’s 6th Annual Cannabis Business Summit & Expo, to be held July 22-24 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. In the cannabis world, they don’t come bigger or better than Canopy Growth. The Ontario-based CGC was the first cannabis company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the industry’s first ‘unicorn’. It is now valued at over $13 billion.

NCIA’s Cannabis Business Summit & Expo is about more than name dropping, though. A turnout of over 7,500 is expected, as executives, investors and other actors in…

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420 with CNW – New Jersey Starts Accepting Applications from Additional Marijuana Businesses

On Monday, the Department of Health in New Jersey announced that interested parties could start submitting their applications to grow and sell marijuana. Both nonprofit and for-profit entities are eligible to apply during this round of licensing.

Those planning to be growers or sellers of medical marijuana have until August 21 to submit their applications. New Jersey plans to license five additional cultivation facilities as well as 15 medical marijuana dispensaries. 4 licenses will also be granted to “verticals.” These are entities which are vertically integrated (they can cultivate, process and sell marijuana).

Entities that apply for the licenses will pay an application fee of $20,000 and those whose applications aren’t successful will get back $18,000 of that application fee.

All the people involved in the companies that apply have been notified that they will be subjected to a criminal background check. These people include directors, owners, board members and employees.

The interested companies are also expected to provide proof that the local authorities in the area where they wish to operate have given them approval to operate a marijuana business in that area.

Another requirement is that the companies must submit their security plans as well as an environment impact statement as they send in their applications.

All the companies that apply are expected to show that they have sufficient experience in the particular aspect of the industry for which they would like to be licensed. For example, aspiring growers must show they have experience cultivating medical marijuana. Quality assurance and quality control are important, so applicants are also required to submit their plans for these aspects of their operations.

While the state hasn’t imposed any minimum level of capitalization that aspiring industry participants should have, the applicants are nonetheless expected to provide proof that they have sufficient funding for the operations they wish to undertake. Funds should be available for the activities shown in their plans.

The state has also organized a pre-application webinar for all those interested on August 2. The Department of Health has revealed that people can submit the questions that they would like the department to address during that webinar. While it may not be practically possible to respond to each of the questions submitted, the state will address the issues that cut across the queries sent in.

This medical marijuana program expansion comes at a time when plans to legalize adult-use pot failed after advocates failed to secure ample support in the state senate and a vote on the matter was called off at the last minute. Analysts expect that the cannabis industry, including entities like Choom Holdings Inc. (CSE: CHOO) (OTCQB: CHOOF) and ChineseInvestors.com Inc. (OTCQB: CIIX), will take comfort in the fact that with the expansion of the medical cannabis program, patients will get solutions to many of the issues that they have been facing, such as lack of variety in the products available.

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420 with CNW – Marijuana Legalization Results in Fewer Illegal Grows in National Forests, Study Finds

New research shows that as marijuana started being legalized for recreational purposes in different states across the U.S., the reported cases of illicit grow sites within protected lands started falling.

The research findings, released in Ecological Economics, specifically point out that illegal grows on national forests saw a major decline in the Pacific Northwest after cannabis legalization started.

USDA’s Forest Service analyzed the available data on the illegal marijuana grow sites discovered and reported between 2004 and 2016. This data was in regard to 111 national forests. The researchers considered several factors, such as the retail price of pot, state laws, risks of being discovered running an illegal grow site, and many others.

The researchers then used that data to create six different simulations of what would happen to the number of illegal grows if marijuana policies changed.

For example, one simulation seeks to see how the number of these illegal grows would change if all the state laws legalizing both medical and recreational cannabis were revoked. Another simulation explores what would happen assuming that all the taxes on the legal marijuana on the market were waived/eliminated.

The researchers found that policies legalizing some form of marijuana are linked to a reduction in the number of reported cases of illegal grow sites within national forests.

The predictive models of the research also show that if the existing medical and recreational marijuana laws in different states were to be revoked, then the rate at which illegal grow sites would be discovered is likely to grow by double digit percentages while expanding the number of states with laws legalizing marijuana would reduce such grows by at least a fifth, as per the available 2017 data.

For example, if all the 23 states that had enacted medical cannabis laws by 2016 enacted recreational marijuana legalization laws as well, then the illegal grows within those areas would reduce by at least 35 percent and as high as 51 percent.

While the researchers found that marijuana decriminalization didn’t have any effect on illegal grows, they discovered that imposing harsher penalties on those convicted on charges related to illegal marijuana cultivation activities had an effect of reducing the number of illegal grows. Increasing law enforcement personnel in the national forests only had a negligible effect on the stats, according to the research.

The study concludes that of the two ways (legalization and increased enforcement) to reduce illegal grows in forests, legalization offers a more cost-effective way to preserve the forests from the attendant problems, such as the use of strong rodenticides, which come with the illegal grow sites.

Analysts think industry players like Chemistree Technology Inc. (CSE: CHM) (OTCQB: CHMJF) and Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) aren’t surprised by the findings of this research since the cannabis industry has always asserted that legalization can stamp out the black market and its risks.

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Waves of CBD Beauty Products Filling Shelves of Major Retailers Across the US

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: Mainstream retailers across the United States are embracing the growing popularity of the nonpsychoactive cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), making room for CBD products on their prominent shelves.

With the rise of these cannabis beauty products, major stores from luxury retailers Barney’s and Neiman Marcus down to Walgreens, Rite Aid and now Kroger are stocking products from a range of CBD SKU producers, including Green Growth Brands (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) (GGBXF Profile), Charlotte’s Web Holdings (TSX: CWEB) (OTCQX: CWBHF), CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX: TRST) (NYSE: CTST), Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX.V: OGI) (NASDAQ: OGI) (OGI Profile) and..

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