Hydroponic Supplies Play Key Role in Hemp Market Growth

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: Surging hemp market growth has created huge demand for hydroponic supplies.

  • Demand for CBD is driving a rise in hemp cultivation, much of which is done indoors using hydroponic equipment.
  • This hydroponic approach allows greater quality control over the cultivation process and the hemp.
  • Acquisitions and expansion are needed for hydroponic companies to keep up with demand.

Hydroponic supplier Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) (SGMD Profile) has been making swift moves to deal with this demand, acquiring other supply companies and outlets. Canadian company Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) has acquired the world’s largest hemp foods company, giving it a strong position in a customer-facing part of the sector. Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE: CGC) (TSX: WEED) has set up a new hemp-growing facility in New York state, using hydroponics to help it meet growing demand. Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON) has received a large boost in investment thanks to interest in the surrounding sector, providing fuel for future growth. Aphria (NYSE: APHA) (TSX: APHA) is looking beyond…

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420 with CNW – Ontario Golf Course Set to be the First Marijuana Themed Course in Canada

Rolling Greens, a golf course found near Smith Falls in Ontario, is set to take the “green” in its name to a whole new level by becoming the first golf course to allow cannabis smoking on its grounds.

Gordon Weiske, the Director of Entertainment at the golf course, revealed that while other people were clamoring to acquire licenses to grow or retail cannabis, Rolling Greens decided to be different and become a golf course with a cannabis theme.

He says that they decided to allow golfers to enjoy cannabis while playing the game. While strict rules prevent the consumption of cannabis in public, golf courses are free to make their own rules. Besides, smoking is allowed on golf courses, and cannabis smoking is usually allowed in places where one can smoke a cigarette.

The management of Rolling Greens therefore decided to take a different approach from other golf courses that banned smoking marijuana on their grounds. Rolling Greens felt that there was no reason to ban cannabis smoking if cigarette smokers are allowed on the property.

Currently, there is no cannabis sold at the golf course, so users have to carry their own cannabis products if they wish to enjoy cannabis at the golf course.

Rolling Greens doesn’t just want to be known as a golf club where one can smoke weed. They have set their eyes on bigger things.

For example, they intend to set up an age-restricted entertainment park where a mini-putt, drive-in movie theatre and virtual reality games will be available.

Such a facility will be easy for them to create because the golf course sits on a massive 164 acres of land. Space is certainly not one of the problems they face.

The golf course also has plans to partner with cannabis producers who will then set up their own sponsored theme on one of the holes of the golf course.

It should be noted that this golf club hasn’t always been called Rolling Greens. This name was introduced as part of a rebrand of the facility after it was acquired by new owners. Previously, the golf course was called Lombard Glen Golf and Country Club.

In effect, Rolling Greens is approximately two months old. The club intends to host a soft launch on April 20 to give clients and fans a chance to sample what the facility has to offer. Bigger launch events will also be held over the coming months.

Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) and ChineseInvestors.com (OTCQB: CIIX) congratulate Rolling Greens upon their trailblazing activities that are widening the boundaries of the cannabis industry while creating new opportunities.

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420 with CNW – Is Thailand Ready for Cannabis Legalization?

A drafting committee in the Thai Legislative Assembly is working on a bill to legalize marijuana in the state. However, many people are wondering whether the country is ready for this move. An analysis of the factors on the ground shows that the road to legalization has a lot going for it while some obstacles remain, as explored in the discussion below.

Why It May Be Time for Legalization

A long history of cannabis use. Cannabis had been used for centuries in Thailand before it was outlawed in 1934. Laborers had for long used it to relax their sore muscles while expectant mothers used it to ease labor pains. The plant was also used as a cooking ingredient. These deep roots of cannabis use also gave the industry the word “bong” derived from Thai. This long history of use therefore makes the legalization of cannabis a no-brainer for this country.

The locals are experts in cultivating the plant. The benefit of the long history of cannabis use in Thailand has also resulted in generations of expert cannabis cultivators in the country. The locals are so good at this that they can identify a seed that will grow into a male plant! Legalization would allow these experts to practice their craft and earn from it.

Thailand is home to a unique cannabis strain. Thailand has a unique cannabis sativa strain that is sought after across the world because of its high THC content. This strain has a citrus aroma and it gives a high that doesn’t cause the user to be lethargic or drowsy. Legalization can allow this gift of nature to be exploited commercially.

But, There Are Roadblocks…

U.S. influence may delay legalization. Thailand has deep ties with the U.S. spanning decades. In fact, the banning of cannabis in 1934 was a result of U.S. pressure on the country. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) even maintains an office in the country. As things stand at the federal level in the U.S., it would be expecting too much for one to think that the U.S. will not try to influence the process of discussing whether marijuana should be legalized or not.

Concerns over foreign firms. The road to legalization is likely to be bumpy as local firms jostle with foreign entities for control of the cannabis industry. Already, a storm is brewing about pending patents that have been filed by foreign companies. Locals see this as an attempt to lock them out of the industry, and they aren’t taking it lying down. The bill being drafted may stall while a way out of this storm is found.

All in all, global trends and the need to boost the agriculture-based economy of Thailand are likely to provide the momentum needed to pass medical cannabis legislation quickly in order to take advantage of the opportunities available.

VIVO Cannabis Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF) and Wildflower Brands Inc. (CSE: SUN) (OTCQB: WLDFF) hope that any stumbling blocks can be resolved quickly so that the people of Thailand can enjoy the economic and medical benefits that the marijuana industry has to offer.

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420 with CNW – Pennsylvania Senators Seek Cosponsors for Cannabis Legalization Bill

Two senators in Pennsylvania have drafted a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, and they are now seeking cosponsors for their initiative.

State Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) and Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) have drafted the bill that reads like a dream come true for any marijuana advocate.

The bill intends to allow adults who are 21 or older to grow a maximum of six mature cannabis plants at home for their own use.

Home delivery of marijuana and its products will also be legal if the bill is enacted.

While it would be illegal to consume cannabis in public, the legislators included provisions that would permit the opening of marijuana consumption lounges where adults can go and indulge.

SB 350 goes further to suggest that not only will minor marijuana convictions and arrests be expunged from people’s criminal records, all individuals on similar charges who are serving time in Pennsylvania jails will be released as well. This goes far beyond what other states have done after legalizing recreational weed.

The bill also touches on where the tax revenue from recreational marijuana will be spent. Sens. Sharif and Leach propose that most of the taxes collected from the industry should go to revamping the public schools in the state.

The taxes generated may be considerable if the projected $600 million in sales for the first year materializes and increases in the subsequent years.

Some of the states that have legalized recreational marijuana have failed to invest cannabis taxes in social services because the funds went to meeting the costs of regulation and law enforcement.

The Pennsylvania Senators want to change that trend by including provisions on tax expenditure in the cannabis law so that there will be no risk of diverting the tax revenue to other expenditure areas.

Senator Sharif Street explains that the legalization of marijuana would help to address the opioid crisis in the state. He cites research data from other states showing that opioid use has reduced by about 33 percent after the legalization of medical marijuana.

While Gov. Tom Wolf is cautiously supportive of cannabis legalization, not everyone is ecstatic about the possibility.

For example, Jake Corman, the Republican Majority Leader in the Senate, says legalizing marijuana is “reckless and irresponsible.” He has gone further to vow that he will do whatever he can to stop any legalization bill from passing.

Cannabis advocates therefore have their work cut out for them if they want to see the bill become law. Therma Bright, Inc. (TSX.V: THRM) (OTC: THRBF) and TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN) look forward to hearing vibrant debates about the issues related to cannabis legalization before a decision is made for the good of all Pennsylvanians.

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Staggering Growth Predicted for CBD Industry as Impact of Farm Bill Seen

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: Following the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD sales have continued their massive growth in the United States and beyond.

  • Cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical found in cannabis, has seen a huge growth in sales over the past few years.
  • CBD can be derived from hemp, and the passing of a new farm bill in the States makes this form of cultivation legal at a federal level.
  • This forms part of wider growth in the cannabis market, as companies expand their operations in North America and even beyond.

Wildflower Brands Inc. (OTCQB: WLDFF) (CSE: SUN) (WLDFF Profile) is among the companies benefiting from this market, with an increase of more than 300 percent in online sales for its CBD products last year. Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) is expanding with its acquisition of hemp foods company Manitoba Harvest. Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE: CGC) (TSX: WEED) announced revenue for its fiscal third quarter rose more than 280 percent compared to a year ago. In December, Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON) announced that tobacco company Altria would be taking a $1.8 billion stake in the company. And Aphria (NYSE: APHA) (TSX: APHA) has just completed expansion projects that allows it to…

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420 with CNW – Research Suggests You Could Be Storing Cannabis Improperly

Ask anyone how they store their cannabis and you are likely to hear that they place it in an airtight plastic container stored away from direct sunlight. While this has been the norm for cannabis storage, new research suggests that such a method may not preserve the ingredients of your valuable stash for long.

The Italian study compared how THC content was preserved if cannabis was stored in four different ways for 100 days.

First, the researchers looked at what would happen to cannabis if it were stored for 100 days in a bright room at room temperature. This method of storage resulted in a 13 percent drop in the THC content of the cannabis.

The researchers also looked into what would happen to the THC content of cannabis that has been stored in a dark room at room temperature. The cannabis lost 11 percent of its THC content.

How do most processors store their cannabis? You guessed right, in a dark room at room temperature. These manufacturers may be slapping themselves in the face as they read this!

Next, the researchers looked at what would happen if a batch of cannabis was stored inside a refrigerator whose temperature was maintained at 4°C. There was a substantial reduction in the drop of THC using this method of storage.

The researchers then upped the ante and kept some marijuana in a freezer for 100 days. The temperature inside the freezer was maintained at -20°C. Tests revealed that there was no noticeable change in the THC content if the cannabis was stored in the freezer.

The researchers concluded that the best way to store cannabis in order to preserve its constituents was by freezing it. Storage in an airtight container in a dark room only works for short-term storage, they added.

The researchers also revealed that the CBD content of cannabis barely changes over time regardless of how you choose to store the marijuana. People who have no interest in THC shouldn’t therefore fret about how they keep their cannabis products.

However, the findings of this study should not be generalized as applicable to all the attributes or components of cannabis. For example, the study didn’t look into how the flavor or scent of cannabis was affected by the four storage methods investigated.

As you wait for research to be done on that, you can conduct your own little experiments to see how your perception of those attributes is affected when you store marijuana in different ways.

Youngevity International, Inc. (NASDAQ: YGYI) and Cannabis Strategic Ventures, Inc. (OTC: NUGS) welcome the insights that the study has shed on the different storage options for cannabis products.

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420 with CNW – Lawmakers in Connecticut Unveil Marijuana Legalization Plan

At the end of last week (March 14), lawmakers in Connecticut’s Assembly held a press conference at which they outlined a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

Rep. Michael D’Agostino, the chair of the General Law Committee, led the proceedings by giving a brief outline of the legalization plan.

He revealed that three major areas would be looked at when pushing the legalization plan forward. These are regulation, monetization and decriminalization. These three areas would be handled by different committees that are mandated to legislate in those areas.

D’Agostino added that the different committees would formulate various bills covering the cannabis legalization areas within their mandate before all those different bills are merged into one comprehensive bill. This will be after the committee bills are modified and agreed upon by all or most of the committee members.

The chair of the House Judiciary Committee (Rep. Steve Stafstrom) was next on the microphone and he talked about the three bills in his committee. One was focused on legalizing cannabis possession by adults 21 or older while also laying out how marijuana misdemeanor crimes would be expunged from the criminal records of residents.

A second bill in this committee looks at issues of impaired driving. One notable provision of this bill would see resources ring-fenced for training law enforcement to be experts at recognizing and screening drivers who may be under the influence.

The third bill for this committee will absolve employers from making any exceptions for employees who use weed. This means that if the bill becomes law, an employer may refuse to hire anyone who tests positive for marijuana, or fire an employee who is under the influence at work.

Rep. Jason Rojas, who sits on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee spoke about the tax structure that Connecticut may adopt once recreational marijuana is permitted. He revealed that they were cautious and would propose a 20 percent tax so that Connecticut’s weed doesn’t cost more than what is available in Massachusetts where adult-use cannabis retails sales are already a reality.

Otherwise, people may buy recreational cannabis out-of-state instead of spending their money on Connecticut’s supply. The details of the tax structure would be made clearer in due course, Rojas added.

What came out strongly during the press briefing was that it is still early days to start talking timelines to the availability of recreational cannabis. A lot of work needs to be done to get the law in place, and this fact is brought home by the memory of what happened last year when legalization by legislative means failed after a bill that had been passed by a slim majority in the Appropriations Committee was stalled by the House Speaker until the end of the legislative session.

Hope is high this time round since Democrats control both chambers. Choom Holdings Inc. (CSE: CHOO) (OTCQB: CHOOF) and Earth Science Tech, Inc. (OTCQB: ETST) wish the cannabis advocates good luck as they try to get the people of Connecticut to enjoy what the residents of 10 other U.S. states are already enjoying.

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CBD Beverages – Possible Next Big Disruptor in the Drinks Industry

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: Drinks infused with cannabis-derived cannabidiol (CBD) are in a prime position to bring disruption to the beverage sector.

  • The growing consumer interest in hemp-derived CBD as a health supplement along with the recent passing of the Farm Bill has spawned a growing interest in CBD-infused drinks.
  • The ever-increasing global trend to legalizing cannabis is also creating demand for “harder” beverages derived from marijuana
  • Big alcohol companies have taken a particular interest in investing in cannabis producers.
  • The relationship is also working in an inverse direction, with CBD producers recruiting experienced beverage executives to help launch new products.

Corporate interest in building a cannabis-infused beverage profile demonstrates the level of potential growth for such an industry, with key developments being made across multiple channels. To address the needs of the wellness-oriented consumer, Phivida Holdings Inc. (CSE: VIDA) (OTCQX: PHVAF) (PHVAF Profile) has created a line of active hemp extract (CBD)-infused drinks that are just starting to hit store shelves and is expected to be distributed to a thousand retail outlets in Q2. In the adult beverage sector, Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE: STZ) has made a $4 billion investment in Canopy Growth Corp. (NYSE: CGC) (TSX: WEED), fueling research into cannabis drinks which suggests a proactive approach to addressing the potential sales impact in markets where consumer use of marijuana is legal. The Canadian business unit of Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE: TAP) has also made a deal with a cannabis producer to create beverages for that market. In the health supplements sector, Charlotte’s Web Holdings Inc. (OTCQX: CWBHF) (CSE: CWEB), which markets hemp-derived CBD oil, has recruited a former Coca-Cola executive to bring…

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420 with CNW – Illinois Legislators Move to Ease Banking for Cannabis Businesses

As Illinois gears up to legalize recreational weed, a couple of bills have been tabled to protect state-chartered banks that decide to accept cannabis businesses as clients.

Under federal law, any money from cannabis businesses is regarded as drug money and banks that accept such money may be prosecuted by the federal authorities.

Consequently, most banks have been reluctant to do business with marijuana companies even if the allure of the huge sums of money that can be made from the cannabis industry is strong.

The past years have seen medical cannabis companies struggling to find a bank that is willing to take them on, and this is the situation that the newly introduced bills seek to fix.

Last year, medical cannabis sales generated approximately 136.5 million, and that figure is likely to grow to $224 million by 2022 once recreational sales begin. This is a huge amount of money to be lying around in sacks or safes within cannabis business premises.

More practical problems like how to pay employees and clients get worse once businesses don’t have access to banking services. For example, Ascend Illinois, one of the leading medical cannabis firms in the state, narrates how they had to take several days to drive cash to different vendors and employees around the state when the bank they were using withdrew its services.

Such a scenario creates a huge attraction to criminals who would want to lay their hands on such a huge amount of cash.

It is also hard for state authorities to track whether the cannabis companies are meeting their tax obligations if there is no paper trail to follow in order to verify the volume of sales each month.

The passing of state laws to shield local banks from federal prosecution can help to remove some of the concerns that the banks may have.

While it is true that no bank or credit union has so far been targeted by the feds for doing business with cannabis companies, a state law would protect the banks in the event that a change in policy at the federal level exposes the banks to risks.

For example, President Obama’s administration had passed a policy not to prosecute banks that do business with cannabis firms in states that legalized marijuana. However, President Trump’s administration rescinded that policy, effectively making it possible for federal law enforcement agencies to go after banks that accept marijuana businesses.

Such fluctuations in federal policy are what the bills introduced by state Sen. Tol Hutchinson and state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth want to shield local banks against.

The sponsors of those two bills believe that just as the states have taken the lead in seeing marijuana legalized, they too must play a leading role in ensuring that banking laws are reformed to accommodate those cannabis businesses. The Flowr Corporation (TSX.V: FLWR) (OTC: FLWPF) and The Green Organic Dutchman (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) wish that such laws were passed much earlier so that legitimate cannabis businesses stop being treated like second-class entities.

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420 with CNW – Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Protect Federal Workers Who Use Marijuana

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress last week (March 12) seeks to shield federal employees from being fired once they test positive for marijuana.

The bill, introduced by Reps. Don Young (R-AK) and Charlie Crist (D-FL), is intended to clarify that federal workers who consume cannabis in states where it is legal cannot be held liable under federal law for testing positive for the substance.

Currently, federal employees can be summarily fired or denied a job if they test positive for THC. This blanket action happens regardless of state law.

Crist explains that the existing policy and law disproportionately impacts veterans because many of them have taken to medical marijuana in order to deal with various issues, such as PTSD and chronic pain. For such veterans, medical cannabis provides an alternative to harmful and addictive opioids.

Crist also notes that one third of the federal workforce is made up of veterans, and the law is unfair to this section of federal employees because they didn’t ask to suffer from the conditions that led them to use medical marijuana.

The bill wants to address the legal conflict that often puts veterans and other employees (or prospective employees) in a difficult position in which they have to choose between using medical cannabis and retaining their employment. No one should be forced to make that choice if medical cannabis is legal in the state where the person lives or works.

However, the bill doesn’t try to stop employers from conducting drugs tests and acting on the results if a person is suspected to have been intoxicated while on the job. Federal employees who require top secret clearance are also exempted from the protections outlined in this bill.

The previous version of this bill didn’t provide protections to individuals who used cannabis in conformity with the policies of Indian tribes. This present version includes such people.

The present bill also used the term “personnel action” when describing the protections offered. The inclusion of the term “personnel action” was intended to clarify that the bill should not be interpreted to mean that federal employees were protected from criminal action resulting from their use of marijuana.

It is hoped that this bill will be enacted so that talented individuals aren’t denied federal employment opportunities. Sugarmade, Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) and Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) wish the sponsors of the bill success since their intention of protecting veterans and other federal employees is a good cause.

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