420 with CNW – First Cannabis Restaurant in the UK Set to Open

A restaurant that will offer meals infused with cannabis is due to open in the UK on December 1. The vegetarian and vegan dishes served at this Brighton restaurant will be infused with CBD compounds extracted from the cannabis plant.

The Canna Kitchen aims at changing the way people look at marijuana. The range of vegan and vegetarian dishes infused with CBD will show that marijuana isn’t just for recreational use. The restaurant wants to show the different fragrances, flavors, therapeutic and nutritional benefits inherent in the cannabis plant.

However, a client will first place an order to have his or her meal infused with CBD. This means that vegans or vegetarians who aren’t interested in sampling the cannabis-infused offerings can still dine at the restaurant.

It should be remembered that cannabis is a restricted substance in the UK and only became legal for medicinal use on November 1 this year. Those found in possession of cannabis may be jailed for five years while those found distributing it can be imprisoned for 14-years or face huge fines.

So, how will “The Canna Kitchen” operate legally? The laws in the UK permit the use of the non-psychoactive compounds in the marijuana plant. This means that the restaurant can freely use CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids in its dishes without contravening any existing laws.

Cannabis is still highly restricted across the world. Only a few countries, including Canada and Uruguay, have legalized recreational marijuana. Ten states in the U.S. have permitted recreational marijuana and there are campaigns to end prohibition in more states.

Medical marijuana has fared better across the world with more countries making it legal nearly every month. This growing interest in cannabis has prompted many huge multinationals like Coca Cola to explore avenues of making cannabis-infused drinks so that the companies cash in on the wave of popularity that has engulfed marijuana. That wave of popularity is projected to be worth approximately $75 billion by 2030. That is such a huge magnet to anyone looking for a money-making opportunity.

Against that backdrop, the idea behind The Canna Kitchen is likely to trigger other entrepreneurial ventures all geared at bringing more cannabis-infused products to the market. After all, marijuana is now the new “cool” and even politicians are falling over each other to show support for legalization.

Existing industry players like GreenBox POS, LLC (OTC: GRBX) and Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) welcome the initiative taken by the brains behind The Canna Kitchen. Such efforts will be remembered when the cannabis industry becomes fully established around the world.

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420 with CNW – Canadian Tech Firms Gear Up For Cannabis Legalization Benefits

The legalization of cannabis in Canada has opened the door for different tech companies to cash in on the new opportunities presented by the cannabis industry. Several companies are testing or offering tech products and the consumers are loving those products.

Lobo Genetics is one such Toronto-based tech company that has a bright future if the preliminary interest in its latest product is anything to go by.

The company makes a handheld genetic testing device which only requires the user to take a swab from his or her mouth in order to assess whether that individual will metabolize THC (the major psychoactive ingredient in marijuana).

People who are genetically predisposed to metabolize THC are unlikely to develop adverse reactions when they consume cannabis whether for recreational or medical purposes.

The testing device was initially developed with the medical cannabis market in mind, but players in the recreational space have shown massive interest in it as well.

Strainprint Technologies Inc. is another Toronto-based startup that has designed an app for the cannabis industry. This app can help people track the strains, dosage of cannabis and any side effects that they notice as they use pot.

“Save the Drive” is another tech product being finalized in Winnipeg. It is intended to help people hire someone to buy and deliver cannabis to their addresses instead of driving out to a store themselves. The current supply shortages are the only reason why this platform hasn’t been launched as yet.

However, it is not just Canadian companies getting a piece of the action. A number of US-based tech companies have also thrown their hats in the ring.

“High There!” is a social networking platform with roots in Florida. The platform gives its users an opportunity to locate cannabis users with whom they can meet and enjoy a joint. The platform saw a massive 300 percent spike in new registrations when recreational cannabis became legal in October.

The founders of “Weedmaps” are based in California. Like the name suggests, “Weedmaps” helps people to locate places in Canada where one can buy cannabis. You therefore don’t have to drive randomly in a new place looking for a store selling cannabis.

Such tech innovations paint a very optimistic future for the opportunities available to the different industries with recreational cannabis now legal. It is hard to mention a single industry that may not benefit from the nascent marijuana industry. Golden Developing Solutions, Inc. (OTC: DVLP), Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTC: GRYN) and other existing players welcome the new tech firms which have seen a gap that can filled in order to serve customers better.

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420 with CNW – Why Michigan May Have Decided to Levy Lower Cannabis Taxes

Michigan voters approved recreational marijuana in the recent mid-term elections and the state is now one of those with the lowest tax rates for cannabis. Didn’t Michigan need the revenue marijuana can bring? Was it playing for higher stakes? Several arguments can explain why Michigan chose the path it took.

First could have been concerns about the black market. The tax policy implemented by any state that legalizes marijuana influences whether consumers keep buying from the black market or switch to the legal product.

Michigan seems to have learnt from the pioneer states that legalized cannabis first. California has some of the highest taxes on marijuana, and it continues to struggle with the black market since illicit marijuana still costs much less than the marijuana from regulated suppliers.

Not many consumers would be willing to pay higher prices just because what they are buying is putting money in state coffers.

The low taxes set by Michigan may be geared at driving out the black market since the legal product would be priced competitively.

Secondly, Michigan may have designed their marijuana tax policy with cannabis companies in mind. Industry players are struggling to stay competitive and profitable in the states where taxes are very high.

The prospect of setting up shop in a state with low taxes may be attractive enough to lure many players into the Michigan cannabis space.

The third possible reasons why Michigan may have decided to levy lower taxes on recreational cannabis is the need to make the product affordable to as many willing consumers as possible.

The projections of the potential volume of retail sales often factor in how many people will consume the product on a regular basis. Those calculations can come to nothing if the target buyers see it as too expensive for them to afford.

Imposing lower taxes may therefore be a smart move to bring more consumers into the industry so that the sector can have a sustainable client base.

Generally speaking, taxes on marijuana have been falling as more states legalize adult-use cannabis. California and Washington which impose taxes in the range of more than 40 percent are increasingly becoming isolated as other jurisdictions levy lower taxes.

Fortunately, voters seem to have understood the logic behind the tax policy in Michigan. They voted the ballot measure through, unlike the voters in North Dakota who voted against the proposal.

It remains to be seen whether the reasoning behind the low cannabis taxes in Michigan bears fruit or not. Generation Alpha, Inc. (OTCQB: GNAL), Global Payout, Inc. (OTC: GOHE) and other industry players wish Michigan all the best on the journey it has started as one of the latest states to permit recreational cannabis use.

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420 with CNW – Canadian Employers Meet to Discuss Cannabis Legalization Implications

The cannabis forum of the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) met last month to discuss the workplace implications of cannabis legalization. The forum speakers and participants raised some issues that all employers need to think about as they adjust to the new reality in the country.

The first issue related to the medical cover provided to employees. Employers were asked to think about how they would respond if employees filed claims for medical cannabis benefits. Does the law compel the employer to provide such cover, or it is left to employers to decide whether to provide those benefits?

The second concern had to do with preventing impaired employees from showing up at work. Questions were raised about how the right of the employees to consume recreational cannabis could be married to the need to prevent impairment at work.

There was a suggestion that employers can impose consumption guidelines similar to what other sensitive sectors, such as the airline industry, impose on employees. For example, pilots are instructed to refrain from taking alcohol within a certain number of hours before they are scheduled to fly a plane.

The employers were cautioned to avoid imposing a blanket ban on cannabis consumption since that would be illegal and expose them to liability issues. Only those employers who could prove that the job required total abstinence could take such action. For example, it would be reasonable to restrict security guards from consuming recreational cannabis on the job or some hours before their shift begins.

There was a call for scientific data on how long someone can be impaired after consuming cannabis. Such data would provide a basis upon which employers can draft cannabis policies for their employees.

The issue of impaired customers was also raised. It is one thing to provide guidelines for your employees and it is a totally different matter when it comes to impaired customers in retail outlets.

Members in attendance suggested that employees need to be given some training regarding how to handle customers who visit retail establishments while apparently impaired after consuming cannabis.

The possible fear of being stigmatized for consuming recreational marijuana also came up. A speaker at the forum predicted that some employees may falsely claim that they are medical cannabis users in order to explain away their impairment while at work.

Other members suggested that it would be reasonable for employers to ask employees for a copy of their documentation for medical cannabis to prevent such false claims. However, the employer should not ask for the diagnosis upon which the authorization card was issued since that would be overstepping the acceptable boundaries.

The forum ended with members agreeing that more sessions need to be organized so that people can continue to share experiences and ideas regarding the workplace implications of cannabis legalization. Such healthy and progressive discussions are music to the ears of cannabis companies like Earth Science Tech, Inc. (OTCQB: ETST) and FinCanna Capital Corp. (CSE: CALI) (OTCQB: FNNZF) since such discussions differ from the polarized, adversarial pronouncements that are made in some jurisdictions.

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420 with CNW – Greenhouses Could Eliminate the Cannabis Black Market

Canada has seen a number of cannabis cultivators shifting to the use of greenhouses instead of growing the crop in indoor grow rooms. This new development could mark the final days for the cannabis black market in Canada and elsewhere.

Greenhouses can drive down the cost of legal marijuana in several ways.

As you may know, land accounts for one of the biggest costs that marijuana cultivators have to incur in order to bring the produce to the market. Indoor grows are located on prime industrial land which costs a fortune.

The shift to greenhouses means that cannabis producers can go to rural agricultural land which is cheaper to acquire. The reduced cost of land can translate into lower prices for each pound or kilo of cannabis.

Secondly, indoor grow facilities consume a lot of electricity in order to create the ideal conditions for growing cannabis. That high cost of providing electricity has always meant that legal cannabis will be more expensive than what is available on the black market.

Greenhouses can allow cultivators to use just 40 percent of the power that they needed when they were growing the plants indoors. This reduced energy demand would then make it cheaper to grow cannabis for the legal market.

Furthermore, greenhouses allow the economies of scale to come into play. As already mentioned, rural land is cheaper than the industrial land where cannabis has been grown indoors. Mega cannabis operations can therefore be undertaken on the expansive agricultural land which is available in Canada and elsewhere where cannabis is legal.

Pure Sunfarms is an example of cannabis producers in British Columbia who have decided to harness the power of the sun to grow marijuana. The facility has greenhouses covering a staggering 1.1 million square-feet. The complex used to cultivate other produce, such as tomatoes and peppers, before the greenhouses were retrofitted for the cultivation of cannabis.

This trend is likely to be replicated across Canada and the rest of the world if production costs are to be driven downwards. That means that big agricultural operators are going to drive the smaller players out of business since the “small guys” will not manage to compete with their bigger counterparts.

Ultimately, it is the cannabis consumers who will benefit since the competition among the big players will keep driving innovation in order to cut production costs further. It is those low production costs that will eventually kill the black market since the risks of illegal production are likely to increase with the passage of time. Legal cannabis industry players like Cannabis Strategic Ventures, Inc. (OTC: NUGS) and Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) long to see the day when the black market will dwindle to an insignificant level across the industry.

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420 with CNW – What the World Can Learn from the Dutch about Cannabis

Debate about cannabis has taken center-stage across the world after Canada took the bold decision to legalize recreational marijuana on October 17 this year. As people observe events in Canada, the true lessons about marijuana may lie in Europe, the Netherlands in particular. Several lessons are plain to see for those who are willing to observe how the Dutch have handled the issue of cannabis.

Neutral Observation is Important

While Nixon’s government declared all-out war on marijuana and other psychoactive substances, the Dutch opted for another approach. They decided to neither outlaw nor legalize cannabis. They “tolerated” it and observed what it would do to its users and others involved in the “industry”. That observation led the authorities to conclude that marijuana didn’t pose a serious-enough public safety risk to warrant the allocation of law enforcement resources to fight it.

Lesson number one? First observe a substance you are interested in before you make any policy decisions about it. You will rarely go wrong if you take this approach.

Tolerance Disarms Counterculture

Every community will have a group of people that will want to identify with what is illegal. The hippies are an example of a counterculture movement that swept across the U.S. decades ago. The youth are another section of the community that will be drawn to anything illegal “just for just”.

Counterculture has the irresistible “cool factor” attached to it, and declaring a substance illegal instantly gives it a cool factor. See how the U.S. FDA is having sleepless nights due to the explosion in the use of electronic cigarettes by minors.

The Dutch decided to tolerate cannabis, so it was no longer a substance of choice for those who wanted to rebel against society. It wasn’t cool to light a joint. That provides cannabis lesson number two for the world.

Tolerance Limits Criminal Involvement

The Dutch don’t have a huge cannabis black market to gobble up law enforcement resources because “coffee shops” openly sell marijuana to their clients. The government controls how much stock each establishment can have, and it imposes taxes on each gram of cannabis sold.

Law enforcement just steps in once in a while to confirm that the sellers aren’t breaking any of the rules regulating the sale of cannabis. Why would anyone buy from the black market when the same product can be procured openly? Lesson three, criminalizing cannabis will only magnify law enforcement headaches without stopping the criminal enterprises involved.

Science Prevails Where Legalization Occurs

Is cannabis legal in the Netherlands? No. Is it illegal? The answer again is in the negative. Cannabis is somewhere between legal and illegal, it is tolerated. This kind of legal regime has made it hard for the scientific community to study cannabis in the Netherlands. Consequently, the country has very little to show for all its decades of cannabis tolerance. Countries like Canada that legalized medical marijuana may have more knowledge about the plant than the Netherlands where it has been available for decades.

Lesson four? Legalization is the only way through which the scientific community can devote the immense resources needed to conduct studies about cannabis. This fourth lesson, along with the other lessons, may be why companies like ChineseInvestors.com (OTCQB: CIIX) and Choom Holdings Inc. (CSE: CHOO) (OTCQB: CHOOF) would like to see different jurisdictions enacting laws to regulate the cannabis industry so that it grows in a responsible way instead of letting it thrive underground.

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Political Wins Hold Promise for Strong Cannabis Strategies

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: State ballots and the departure of Jeff Sessions have led to fresh confidence in the cannabis sector.

  • The cannabis industry is going through a period of huge growth.
  • Two states recently voted to legalize medical cannabis and one voted to legalize recreational cannabis.
  • The departure of Jeff Sessions removes a significant block for the industry.
  • A variety of strategies—some focused on product and others on support services—are emerging to make the most of this market.

Generation Alpha, Inc. (OTCQB: GNAL) (GNAL Profile) has developed a dual strategy to make the most of this opportunity, investing in both product and supplies for producers. MedMen Enterprises, Inc. (CSE: MMEN) (OTCQX: MMNFF) is financially supporting further legal reform while building up a cultivation and retail business across several states. KushCo Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: KSHB) has grown from a packaging company to one providing a range of support services. As new niches emerge, The Green Organic Dutchman (OTCQX: TGODF) (TSX: TGOD) is staking its claim through a focus on organic, sustainably grown cannabis. Even non-cannabis companies are profiting from this growth, with Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG) investing in hydroponics offerings that will supply…

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Hydroponics Increasingly Key as Booming Cannabis Sector Goes to Next Level

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: With Canada’s decision to decriminalize cannabis nationwide and the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill’s provision to potentially make industrial hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) legal nationwide, the cannabis CBD product sector is gaining a strong foundation.

  • Analysts expect runaway growth in the cannabis and CBD markets.
  • Industry is scaling up amid regulatory reform.
  • Underlying growth metrics are bullish for hydroponics suppliers and cultivators alike.
  • Branding and marketing are increasingly important and tied to quality control.

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420 with CNW – Mexican Government Drafts Law to Legalize Marijuana

The incoming government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico has drafted a bill which is likely to see medical and recreational cannabis legalized once Congress passes it.

The bill is intended to change the approach that Mexico has been taking to fight crime. The past 12 years have seen escalations in violence and poverty as the country fought to bring down the organized crime networks built around the illicit cultivation and sale of cannabis within and beyond the borders of Mexico, especially to the U.S.

Olga Sanchez, the Interior Minister-nominee, said that it was now time to bring peace to the country and end the war on drugs. She was alluding to the thousands of lives that have been lost due to drug-related crime, such as the wars between rival gangs over drug trafficking routes and cultivation areas.

The proposed bill will allow companies to cultivate and commercialize marijuana. Individuals would also be permitted to grow cannabis for their own use, as long as they didn’t harvest more than the maximum amount (480 grams) permitted each year for such privately grown plants.

Furthermore, individual growers will be required to register with the state so that they can be monitored to ensure that they aren’t growing more than is permitted for personal use. Smoking marijuana in public is also likely to be permitted.

The bill seeks to make it illegal for cannabis companies to employ children. Child labor has been the hallmark of the illegal cannabis industry in the past, so the law wants to make it clear that children should have no part in the legal cannabis industry.

Three key factors may have prompted Mexico to consider a change of policy with regards to marijuana.

First, individual states in the U.S. have legalized not just medical marijuana but recreational use as well. The U.S. has for long supported efforts to stamp out drug trafficking gangs in Mexico.

Secondly, the Supreme Court made five rulings in favor of individuals who were protesting against being restricted from consuming recreational cannabis. Those five rulings effectively made it a must for all other courts to permit anyone who wanted to consume recreational marijuana.

Third, the violence and deaths associated with the war on drugs in Mexico have reached alarming levels of late. For example, not less than 31,000 murders were recorded in the country in 2017. Violent crime had never reached such a level before.

The incoming government doesn’t think legalizing marijuana will magically end all that violence. It plans to offer amnesty and negotiate with many of the armed groups that have been having running battles with the armed forces.

Mexico will join Uruguay and Canada in case cannabis legalization takes place. The U.S. will therefore become isolated among its neighbors if it still insists that marijuana shouldn’t be legalized federally. Youngevity International, Inc. (NASDAQ: YGYI), American Premium Water Corp. (OTC: HIPH) and other companies with interests in the marijuana industry must be hoping that the U.S. federal government takes the hint and conducts marijuana reforms in the way that many of its own states have done.

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420 with CNW – Attorney for Oregon Selected to Head Marijuana Group

The head of the federal prosecutors in Oregon has been selected to lead the U.S. Attorney General’s Marijuana Working Group. This group is made up of all the federal prosecutors in the states where cannabis is legal in some form (recreational and, or medical).

Billy Williams of Oregon will lead this 16-member panel. The panel examines how the different states are handling matters of law enforcement, policy and practices with regards to marijuana. The committee isn’t a new creation. It existed long before Donald Trump took office.

The panel is part of the sub-committee which advises the U.S. Attorney General on issues regarding controlled substances, such as cannabis and heroine.

The selection of Williams is significant since he has been very vocal in expressing his displeasure regarding the way the state of Oregon handled marijuana legalization. He has always pushed for stronger measures to cut off the supplies of marijuana into the black market.

Early this year, Williams revealed his priorities for the federal prosecutors under his leadership in Oregon. He wanted enforcement efforts to be focused on stamping out the illegal cannabis market in the state as well as ending the illegal cultivation of marijuana.

Recently, he again stated that overproduction and the black market have become major law enforcement issues on the west coast where cannabis is legal for both recreational and medical use.

His zeal for “greater regulation” seems to have now received a bigger platform upon which he can promote his desire to see multi-district efforts to control the burgeoning cannabis industry.

Interestingly, the press release announcing the selection of Billy J. Williams was released on the very day that Jeff Sessions resigned as U.S. Attorney General.

It would have been worth following how Jeff Sessions, known for his strong opposition to any form of cannabis legalization, would have acted if he had Williams (a man known for his zeal to see tougher marijuana legislation) as his de facto chief advisor on matters of marijuana. Industry players could be sighing with relief that those two men never got to work closely together.

Medical marijuana became legal in Oregon in 1998 while a ballot measure legalized recreational cannabis in 2014. This means that Oregon was one of the pioneer states to allow adult-use cannabis. The zeal of Attorney Williams can therefore be seen in some quarters as an attempt to roll back the tolerance of cannabis in that state.

Marijuana industry players like TransCanna and VIVO Cannabis Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF) will be observing how Williams will perform his duties in this new office to which he has been selected.

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