420 with CNW – New Zealand Releases Details of Cannabis Legalization Referendum

The government in New Zealand has released details of how a referendum will be conducted in 2020 on the legalization of recreational marijuana. The plan was released by Andrew Little, the Justice Minister, in a press release.

The three parties which make up the current government agreed on the basic elements of the plan through which recreational marijuana use will be regulated, taxed and commercialized for adults 20 and above. The outcome of the vote will be binding, so voters shouldn’t have any fears that the government will not implement the decision of the people.

In the proposal, people will be allowed to grow a limited number of cannabis plants and licenses will be issued to places where recreational consumption can be done outside the privacy of people’s homes. Marijuana advertising will be highly restricted as well.

For the voters to make a decision, the referendum question needs to be as clear as possible so that if approval is given, voters know what legalization model they have voted for. This will prevent the lack of clarity on how to implement the decision of voters as is playing out in Britain after voters approved Britain’s exit from the EU but how to implement that decision has proved to be more divisive than the referendum on Brexit.

Andrew Little revealed that the cabinet decided to hold the referendum on full legalization because simply decriminalizing recreational cannabis would not provide the public health safeguards the country needs in order to protect the youth and help those who are addicted.

The minister also outlined the primary and the secondary objectives of the legalization bill which will be formulated so that voters decide based on the contents of that draft bill. These objectives include disempowering the illegal cannabis trade, ensuring cannabis product safety through the control of THC concentrations, and fiscal sustainability.

The legalization plan outlines the timelines for different activities which will be done in the run up to the referendum in 2020. These activities include inter-party consultation, receiving and analyzing feedback from stakeholders about the legalization model and voter education about the entire legalization plan after all the relevant documents have been printed and disseminated widely across the country.

If recreational marijuana is finally legalized through the referendum, New Zealand will be the first country in the world to legalize adult-use marijuana through a referendum. Uruguay and Canada took a legislative route.

ChineseInvestors.com, Inc. (OTCQB: CIIX) and Chemistree Technology Inc. (CSE: CHM) (OTCQB: CHMJF) applaud the government in New Zealand for taking the time to formulate a detailed plan through which the people will be asked to make an informed decision about recreational cannabis. All that is left is to implement the plan and respect the decision made by the voters.

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420 with CNW – SOL Global Expands into Michigan Cannabis Industry with $150M Acquisition

On April 23, 2019, SOL Global, one of the leading medical cannabis companies in Florida, signed a binding letter of intent with Merida Capital Partners to acquire MCP Wellness, Inc., a subsidiary of Merida Capital.

The acquisition is worth $150 million, and it will see SOL Global take over the Michigan firm which is just about to acquire two licenses to cultivate cannabis as well as a license to process the cannabis and three more to dispense medical cannabis.

Additionally, MCP Wellness, Inc. has plans to establish nine provisioning (dispensing) centers by August this year if the municipalities approve their plans in time.

If all these plans go ahead as scheduled, SOL Global and Merida Capital Partners anticipate that the revenue of MCP Wellness, Inc. will exceed $61 million this year and grow to more than $121 million next calendar year (2020).

The acquisition of MCP Wellness, Inc. by SOL Global is expected to be concluded in May this year after the negotiation process, regulatory approval and other related requirements are met by both parties.

SOL Global owns a vertically integrated cannabis company in Florida called “3 Boys” through its subsidiary CannCure Investments Inc. SOL Global plans to fold MCP Wellness Inc. into 3 Boys and form a marijuana multi-state operator (MSO) called CannCure.

The letter of intent signed states that the purchase price of $150 million will not be fully paid in cash. Only $35 million will be paid in cash while the remaining $115 million will be in the form of equity in CannCure offered to Merida Capital Partners. This means that MCP will own a 42 percent stake in the new multi-state operator.

After the acquisition, the 110,000-square foot MCP Wellness Inc. cultivation facility in Michigan will be retrofitted so that CannCure can have added capacity to meet the rapidly growing demand for medical cannabis in Michigan.

Meanwhile, 3 Boys will also continue its own expansion drive within Florida. The company has already got the nod from the Office of Medical Marijuana and the Department of Health in Florida to start processing and provisioning medical marijuana products at their new facility in Indiantown, Florida.

SOL Global and Merida Capital Partners intend to spread their wings in other states as well. For example, SOL Global may soon finalize its plans to acquire a major cultivator and processer in California. Once that deal is concluded, SOL Global wants to take the multistate operator public on an exchange in Canada.

Choom Holdings Inc. (CSE: CHOO) (OTCQB: CHOOF) and ChineseInvestors.com Inc. (OTCQB: CIIX) congratulate SOL Global and Merida Capital upon the massive strides that they are taking to increase their footprint within the cannabis industry.

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420 with CNW – New York City Council Wants to End Employee Drug Testing

As New York State gets closer to legalizing recreational marijuana, the city council of New York has voted in favor of a bill that will ban employers from subjecting prospective employees to pre-employment cannabis tests.

If enacted into law, this bill will be a trailblazer because no other city or municipality in the U.S. has passed such a law explicitly stating that employers are no longer allowed to test job applicants for marijuana before considering them for employment.

The bill contains a clause that it will only be enacted a minimum of one year after the bill has been passed. This lag time is understood to mean that by the time the bill is enacted, the State of New York will have passed its own recreational cannabis legalization law.

Advocates for this bill in the City Council should have no fears because the Mayor of New York City has indicated on several occasions that he will sign the bill when the time comes.

This bill will apply to employees in both the private and public sector. However, some categories of workers would be exempted from the protections of this law. For example, truck drivers, pilots and police officers will still be tested for marijuana.

Similarly, employees who are suspected of smoking marijuana on the job will also not be exempted from this ban on employee testing.

The city council of New York also passed another bill that removes marijuana testing as a condition for parole or probation. This particular bill will be enforced as soon as the Mayor signs it into law.

Analysts say the bill on parole and probation could possibly have a more significant impact than the one on pre-employment cannabis testing. This is because the bill brings a major shift in the dispensing of justice in the City.

According to available statistics, more than half of the companies in New York City perform pre-employment marijuana testing. These tests are expensive, as each test costs approximately $31-$40.

However, the usefulness of such tests has been brought into question since cannabis metabolites can be detected in a sample of blood or urine months after the individual consumed marijuana. Additionally, a positive test result doesn’t give any indication of the frequency of cannabis consumption, or whether the person tested was impaired at the time the test was done.

As more states legalize either recreational or medical marijuana, the likelihood of getting a positive test result increases exponentially and it gets harder to decide what to do with those results since an individual can claim to have consumed cannabis months back when traveling through a state where it is legal.

ChineseInvesters.com (OTCQB: CIIX) and Choom Holdings Inc. (CSE: CHOO) (OTCQB: CHOOF) applaud the framers of the bill since the law will prevent the needless waste of precious resources on drug tests for a substance that is legal in for medical use two-thirds of the country.

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420 with CNW – Ontario Marijuana Stores Open as Fines Loom

When recreational marijuana was legalized across Canada on October 17, 2018, Ontario decided to start by only availing cannabis through a website run by the provincial government. Brick-and-mortar stores were slated to open in April this year, and yesterday (April 1) was the first day of storefront sales.

The provincial government decided to use an unconventional way to select which applicants would be granted the first 25 recreational cannabis retail licenses early this year. It used a lottery to select the lucky 25 businesses to be first to open retail stores. Originally, the plan was to license as many retailers as needed.

However, the persistent countrywide supply shortages compelled the government to change its plan and issue only 25 licenses in preparation for the April 1 deadline for the commencement of brick-and-mortar retail sales of pot.

The entities that participated in the lottery were fully aware that the licenses they received were subject to strict conditions, such as being ready to open by April 1.

Those that didn’t open their stores on that first day would face a fine of $12,500, and the fines would escalate the longer the business didn’t open. This penalty would be deducted from the $50,000 letter of credit that the applicants submitted as part of the preconditions for participating in the lottery.

If a licensee is unable to start operations by this month’s end, that business risks losing the entire $50,000 covered by that letter of credit.

That threat is likely to hit several businesses, since only 10 were able to fulfill all the licensing conditions in order to open on April 1. The race is therefore on for the remaining 15 businesses to reduce the fines that they will suffer as a result of their inability to open on the first day of storefront sales.

Meanwhile, Ontario residents have been waiting eagerly for the retail stores to open. This can be evidenced by the hundreds who started queuing as early as 4 a.m. in order to be among the first to buy pot in a “real store”.

Why would one sacrifice their sleep and yet recreational marijuana is already available online in the province? Each person has his or her own reasons, but a few seem to cut across.

For example, many are excited and want to be witnesses to the making of history in the province. To such people, the experience of walking into a store and paying for cannabis is something that truly marks the end of prohibition, and they wanted to experience it firsthand.

Many other people say that they are lining up at the stores because it gives them a better shopping experience. For instance, one can smell a product before deciding whether to buy it, something that isn’t possible when you order online. Stores also give you a chance to get up close and personal with the different products before you take your pick of what is available. This is worth lining for, they say.

ChineseInvestors.com (OTCQB: CIIX) and Choom Holdings Inc. (CSE: CHOO) (OTCQB: CHOOF) hope that the residents of Ontario can enjoy buying from these retail outlets without being hindered by supply shortages.

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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 – Georgia House Votes to Allow Medical Cannabis Oil

The Georgia House of Representatives voted last week (March 5) and passed a bill intended to regulate the manufacture and sale of medical marijuana oil. This bill now goes to the state senate for consideration before it becomes law.

The existing regulations in Georgia don’t allow the cultivation, manufacture or sale of cannabis oil, and this has left patients using medical marijuana in the state with no source of cannabis oil even if the laws allow the use of that oil as long as its THC content doesn’t exceed 5 percent.

House Bill 324 is geared at changing that so that patients who enroll on the medical cannabis program can access medical cannabis oil.

Once the bill is enacted into law, the 8,400 patients who have so far registered in the medical cannabis program of the state will be able to buy cannabis oil from one of the 60 medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.

Allan Powell, the Republican chair of the committee that initially considered the bill before sending it to the entire House for a vote, said that he was happy that a legal avenue was being created for qualifying patients to access marijuana oil.

He added that it was hypocritical to pass a law stipulating what kind of cannabis oil patients should use yet no mechanism was put in place to make it possible for patients to access that oil.

House Bill 324 sets the bar high for companies that would like to participate in the medical cannabis industry of the state. For example, large companies will have to pay $150,000 for a license while smaller companies will have to fork out $37,000. It will cost $30,000 to get a license to operate a medical cannabis retail business.

Renewing those licenses will not be any easier either. The fees for this range between $10,000 and $50,000. The businesses had better attract a large volume of sales if they are to thrive despite these high license acquisition and renewal fees.

Meanwhile, the bill still has opposition outside the chambers of the lawmakers. For example, the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association led by Terry Norris has described the bill as something that will take the state down a dangerous and treacherous path that may end into kids using marijuana while adults will eventually switch from cannabis to more dangerous drugs.

Such scaremongering isn’t new, but it may amount to nothing since even the Governor has promised to sign the law once it is passed by the senate. Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) and ChineseInvestors.com (OTCQB: CIIX) hope that the legislation will be passed and implemented expeditiously so that patients and investors don’t have to wait any longer than is necessary for them to access medical cannabis oil or the opportunities the industry offers.

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420 with CNW – New Hampshire Cannabis Legalization Movement Gets First Victory

An effort to legalize marijuana in New Hampshire has scored its first major victory as the House has passed a legalization bill. House Bill 481 got 209 votes while 147 lawmakers voted against the bill.

The bill seeks to make it legal for people aged 21 and above to grow and possess cannabis for recreational use. The possession limit has been placed at an ounce. The bill also outlaws the sale of the marijuana grown by individuals. In its place, regulated retail businesses will be allowed to operate within the state.

The bill also imposes a $30 tax on each pound of cannabis flower sold by the licensed retailers. This decision to tax marijuana by weight is a smart move because it cushions the state from any shocks to its revenue in the event that cannabis prices plummet as has been the case in some jurisdictions.

While the victory in the House should be celebrated, cannabis advocates in the state know that the battle hasn’t been won yet. The Governor, Chris Sununu, has vowed to veto any cannabis legalization law that reaches his desk. To him, marijuana legalization in any form is a bad idea that he will oppose using any means at his disposal.

New Hampshire law does provide a way out if the legislators feel differently from a governor on any issue. That legal outlet is a massive vote in the House in favor of the issue in contention.

However, the cannabis legislation bill was passed in the House without the two-thirds majority needed to insulate that bill from a veto by the Governor.

All the same, the House bill is now headed to the state senate where it will be discussed and modified or voted upon in its present form.

Just as is the case for a House bill, a two-thirds majority vote in the senate is required to override a veto by the Governor. This means that at least 16 of the 24 members of the state senate are required to cast their vote in support of the marijuana legalization bill.

The work of cannabis supporters is therefore clearly cut out for them. They need to work tooth and nail to convince enough state senators to support the bill. For now, it isn’t clear whether the senate will make changes to the bill, pass it and then send it back to the House for a vote on the new language of the bill. The second vote can give representatives a chance to improve the 59 percent support the bill garnered earlier.

All that the cannabis industry, including Canopy Rivers, Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) and ChineseInvestors.com (OTCQB: CIIX), can do is hope that the stalemate between the Governor of New Hampshire and the lawmakers is resolved in a way that benefits the people.

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420 with CNW – Demand Soars as UK Customers Fear CBD Drinks Ban

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the UK has triggered panic buying after it announced that CBD drinks fall under the “novel” products category as stipulated by the EU. This classification means that such “novel” products can only be available for sale after being tested and approved.

2018 saw an explosion of CBD-based products on the UK market. These included CBD chocolates, sweets, cakes and even pet products. All these products hit the market amidst a rise in the popularity of CBD.

However, January saw the FSA vowing to exert more control over CBD products on the market. It called on local authorities to work with it to remove any CBD products that were being sold without undergoing the required public safety tests.

As a result of that announcement, customers are rushing to bulk buy CBD drinks just in case the regulator makes good on the threat to pull CBD products from retail shelves.

Green Monkey Drinks (the first UK company to make carbonated CBD drinks) revealed that its online sales have jumped by 8,000 percent ever since the FSA made its ruling. They believe that this rise in sales can be attributed to customers who are trying to stockpile CBD products.

Green Monkey Drinks expressed disappointment that the Food Standards Agency hasn’t been in touch with the different companies that have invested heavily in the CBD industry. The drinks maker believes that the regulator hasn’t taken the right decision given the fact that the World Health Organization has just asserted that CBD is safe and should therefore not be subjected to any international controls.

For its part, the FSA insists that its decision is based on the changes that were made to the Novel Food Catalogue of the EU. The EU says players in the CBD industry failed to prove that CBD products have a history of consumption dating back to 1997 or earlier within the EU. This means that CBD is a novel product which should not be allowed on the market without undergoing safety testing and approval.

The FSA therefore wants to find a way forward in light of the decision made by the EU. They intend to meet different stakeholders, such as CBD product manufacturers and local authorities in order to clarify how the different players will execute their role in ensuring that the CBD industry complies with the existing laws.

ChineseInvestors.com (OTCQB: CIIX) as well as Choom Holdings Inc. (CSE: CHOO) (OTCQB: CHOOF) hope that the UK regulator finds a solution that addresses the regulatory needs without stifling the nascent CBD industry there.

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420 with CNW – Why the US is Unlikely to Legalize Cannabis in 2019

The year of 2018 registered some major wins for marijuana (Canada legalized recreational cannabis, the FDA made history by approving a cannabis-derived drug, more states legalized marijuana, public opinion is at an all-time high in favor of legalization, etc.), and that has led many cannabis advocates to expect 2019 to bring even better news along the lines of the U.S. federal government legalizing marijuana. However, this is unlikely to happen this year for a number of reasons.

The Senate isn’t Warm to Marijuana

While Congress is now dominated by Democrats (and Democrats have a history of being friendly to cannabis law reform), the Senate is still firmly in the hands of Republicans. Even the recent polls that show massive support for cannabis legalization reveal a small majority of Republicans supporting legalization (53 percent, according to the latest Gallup poll) while Democrats (75 percent) support the end of cannabis prohibition. This means that even if Congress passed a bill to legalize marijuana, such a bill is unlikely to make it past the Senate this year.

Marijuana isn’t Yet Divisive Enough to Cost Politicians their Jobs

The elected representatives on Capitol Hill don’t yet feel that their position on marijuana can cost them their jobs. Some opinion polls conducted last year discovered that a large majority of people (82 percent) would still vote for a politician even if that candidate had a different view on marijuana from that of the voter.

What such polls show is that politicians are unlikely to take the public’s views on marijuana seriously if the voters don’t put their representatives on the spot over the issue. Consequently, it is unlikely that marijuana will be legalized federally, unless the subject becomes so polarizing that political offices can be lost or earned based on this one issue alone.

There’s Money Involved

The role of money also rears its head on matters of cannabis legalization. Under the present legal framework, marijuana companies are subjected to very high corporate tax rates (as high as 90 percent). This is because such companies cannot claim corporate tax deductions since they deal in a substance that is federally illegal.

Legalizing cannabis would change the section of the tax code applicable to pot companies, and the federal government may lose approximately $5 billion over five years in corporate taxes from these companies. The federal government may be unable to recoup this money from the federal excise tax on legal marijuana sales since some states already have very high state-level excise taxes on cannabis, hence any increase can effectively be an advert for the cannabis black market. So, 2019 may not be the year for cannabis legalization at the federal level until a solution to this money conundrum is found.

While the issues above appear to be serious individually, the views of the voters can trigger a dramatic shift in the way cannabis is regarded at the federal level. The cannabis industry, including ChineseInvestors.com (OTCQB: CIIX) and Choom Holdings Inc. (CSE: CHOO) (OTCQB: CHOOF) can only wait for that time when pressure from below forces the federal government to end cannabis prohibition.

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420 with CNW – Massachusetts Legal Cannabis Sales Hit Nearly $24M during First Two Months

Massachusetts started retail sales of recreational marijuana on November 20 and nearly $24 million worth of cannabis has so far been sold in just two months, according to statistics released by the state.

The data released by the Cannabis Control Commission shows that cannabis products worth $23.8 million were sold by licensed dispensaries in the maiden two months since retail sales started.

The statistics also show that retail sales have been booming since the first day of legal recreational cannabis sales. For example, the two dispensaries that opened on the first day of legal sales made about $2 million in retail sales during the first five days when they were open.

Each retail sale attracts a 20 percent tax with 3 percent of that tax going to the local authorities while 17 percent goes to the state. You can therefore calculate how much tax Massachusetts earned from the sales made during the first two months after legal sales started.

It is also worth noting that Massachusetts is the first state on the East Coast to permit recreational marijuana. The population there has responded overwhelmingly to this new development.

For example, Cultivate, one of the first dispensaries to open in Leicester, attracted such large numbers that the city held an emergency meeting to discuss how to control traffic in the area. About 1,000 customers have been visiting the retail outlet each day.

Cannabis is such a hit in the area that people flag down each other to ask for directions and everyone knows where to buy marijuana.

Does this large number of customers affect customer service at the retail outlets? Not at all, if the reports from clients are anything to go by. Many reported that everyone was served properly and it was easy to make a purchase.

One Leicester resident even said that he flagged down a cop to ask for directions and found it pleasantly weird to ask a cop for directions to where pot could be bought!

The statistics of the people who are visiting the current dispensaries each day point to the possibility that not enough retail outlets have been licensed in the state, or not all that have been licensed have opened for business. Nevertheless, business is being conducted smoothly, which is a totally different story from what is happening in Canada. ChineseInvestors.com (OTCQB: CIIX), Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) and everyone in the cannabis industry hopes that the Canadian supply issues will soon end so that customers there can enjoy what those in Massachusetts are enjoying.

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