420 with CNW – How Marijuana Legalization Law in Illinois Differs from All Others

If, as is widely expected, Gov. Pritzker signs a bill that was passed to legalize recreational cannabis in Illinois, the state’s legalization law will be different from all others in several aspects.

First, Illinois will have defied the odds to legalize adult-use marijuana legislatively. All the other ten states have done so through voter initiatives. Lawmakers in New Jersey and New York at one time seemed poised to pass bills legalizing recreational marijuana but intraparty disagreements have torpedoed those plans.

Another way in which Illinois’ law is unique is that it contains provisions which are aimed at promoting social equity in the marijuana industry. The law creates a Cannabis Business Development Fund through which minorities will be supported to join the legal industry. $12million has been earmarked for this fund and a fraction of the fees levied on players in the cannabis industry will go to this fund as well.

Additionally, licensing fees will be lowered for applicants from minority communities who wish to start recreational marijuana businesses. Loans will also be given to these “equity” applicants at low interest rates. This will address the longstanding difficulty that members of these communities have always had when it comes to accessing business loans.

The law also stipulates that at least eight community colleges should offer marijuana business education programs by September 2020. A minimum of five of those colleges should enroll at least half of their students from low-income communities since those are the primary beneficiaries of this provision in the law.

Another unique feature of the Illinois law is that 25 percent of the sales tax levied on recreational marijuana sales as well as 25 percent of all other fees levied in the industry will go towards funding a “Restore, Reinvent and Renew” program through which grants will be given for the purpose of combating violence and revitalizing the communities most affected by the war on drugs.

The lawmakers in Illinois didn’t just talk about social justice and equity; they went all out and formulated a law which spells out exactly how these ideals will be brought to life in the state. This law is certainly going to be a model from which other jurisdictions borrow ideas when formulating their own laws.

One has no choice but to believe that the entire marijuana industry, including Therma Bright Inc. (TSX.V: THRM) (OTC: THRBF) and The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF), are likely to be pleased by this cannabis news coming out of Illinois.

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420 with CNW – NBA Commissioner Says the League’s Cannabis Rules Could Be Updated

After the NFL announced that it was studying the possibility of using marijuana as a pain treatment for players, the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has revealed that they too are considering the matter.

While the Commissioner was non-committal about when the rule changes would be made, he did admit that the matter was up for discussion with NBAPA (NBA Players Association).

Any changes to the marijuana rules of the NBA can only come as an inclusion in the collective bargaining agreement signed with the players association. However, the commissioner says that the players haven’t reached a consensus on the matter, so more discussions are needed to get everyone on board.

Commissioner Silver revealed that some players are concerned that if a teammate gets on the court while high on marijuana, such as player could let down the entire team by not giving the game their all.

Silver also said that in his opinion, there was nothing wrong with a player taking some cannabis as a way of winding down after a major game. To him, this is no different than taking a drink, and he feels that the NBA hasn’t moved with the times in permitting such social use of marijuana.

Silver is also open to looking into the medical uses, such as pain relief, of cannabis for NBA players. This is major attitude shift from the position he held two years ago when he told the press that he saw no need to amend the NBA policies to accommodate medical marijuana.

While the commissioner hasn’t made any firm commitments regarding reforming the cannabis policy of the league, the good news is that he is open to the possibility. However, any changes to be made are likely to take a few more years before coming into force since the current collective bargaining agreement with the association of players is still in force until the 2023/24 season comes to an end.

All the same, the fact that the NBA and other sports associations are looking into the potential benefits of marijuana is good news to advocates since such associations have always been notoriously conservative.

The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) and The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) hope that the NFL updates its marijuana rules next year as is widely expected. This will open the way for other associations to follow this lead and update their own policies as well so that players enjoy the benefits of marijuana.

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420 with CNW – New Jersey May Turn to a Referendum to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

As it becomes increasingly clear that the bill to legalize recreational marijuana is unlikely to get enough support in the New Jersey senate, lawmakers are beginning to consider the possibility of letting voters make the decision through a referendum in 2020.

It is now six weeks since a vote on the legalization bill was suddenly called off, but legislative leaders and Gov. Murphy don’t seem to have made any progress is securing the “2-5 votes” needed to guarantee that the legalization bill will pass on the senate floor. The Assembly doesn’t have the same problem and they are just waiting for the senate to be ready before they vote to pass the bill.

That wait doesn’t show any signs of ending soon, and some lawmakers are beginning to float the possibility of letting voters have the final say on marijuana legalization.

New Jersey is unique from other states because voters cannot initiate a referendum or ballot measure as it is known elsewhere in the country. Instead, legislators have to agree and draft the appropriate referendum question so that voters cast their ballots for or against the question presented.

Gov. Murphy laid down a deadline of end of May and threatened to expand the medical marijuana program administratively if the legalization bill isn’t passed by that time. Expanding the medical marijuana program would most likely spell doom for legalization by legislative means since there will be no urgency to debate and pass a standalone recreational marijuana legalization bill.

Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union County), who drafted the legalization bill, is of the opinion that pursuing legislative means to legalize recreational marijuana would bring better and faster results than using a referendum to change the law.

Scutari added that for a referendum to be binding, it needs to be drafted to the effect that the constitution would be amended to allow recreational marijuana in the state. The state should only resort to a referendum if all else fails, he affirmed.

Gov. Phil Murphy is interested in seeing the recreational marijuana bill passed, but the cries of patients who want to see the medical marijuana program expanded may force him to act on having the medical marijuana expansion bill passed on its own. For example, the six existing dispensaries are woefully inadequate to serve the more than 40,000 medical marijuana cardholders.

Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) and Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) call on the lawmakers to put aside their differences so that the people of New Jersey aren’t forced to wait for years before recreational marijuana is legal in the state.

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420 with CNW – Moosehead Teams up With Sproutly Canada to Produce Cannabis Beverages

Moosehead Breweries Ltd, one of the largest breweries in Canada, has announced that it plans to form a joint venture with Sproutly Canada, Inc. in order to make cannabis-infused drinks. The drinks will be introduced on the Canadian market by the end of this year.

Andrew Oland, the CEO of Moosehead Breweries Ltd, said that the company wants to enter the cannabis beverages space as soon as the federal government in Canada releases rules to regulate cannabis edibles in the country.

As a leader in the beer industry, Moosehead is convinced that the company is well placed to be a major player in the cannabis drinks sector.

Once the joint venture is finalized, Mathew Oland will be its head. Mathew Oland is a former Vice President of Moosehead Breweries and in that role, he superintended the supply chain infrastructure of the brewery. While at the joint venture, Mathew Oland will oversee Research and Development (R&D), procurement and distribution as well as the operations of the new entity. A name for the joint venture hasn’t yet been agreed upon. The financial aspects of the joint venture are also yet to be finalized.

Keith Dolo, the CEO of Sproutly Canada, revealed that the joint venture will be given exclusive rights to use Sproutly Canada’s technology for five years, which can be extended for two more years.

Dolo added that working with Moosehead will expedite the process of getting the drinks developed to the market in a sector that is expected to be highly competitive.

To get an idea about how tough the competition is likely to get, consider the fact that Canopy Growth and Constellation Brands are finalizing a bottling line for cannabis beverages. Another cannabis company, Hexo Corp. also teamed up with Molson Coors Brewing Company to make marijuana-infused drinks. Other small players have also expressed their interest in entering the cannabis drinks market.

However, the drinks made using Sproutly Canada’s technology may have an edge in the industry since this technology shortens the time within which a person can feel the effect of the drink he or she has consumed.

Just for comparison purposes, the cannabis drinks available in California take more than an hour to kick in and the effects wear off between 4-8 hours later. In contrast, Sproutly’s technology results in a cannabis drink whose effects are felt within five minutes and those effects wear off in less than two hours. No prizes for guessing which product stands a higher chance of being a hit in the market!

Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) and Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) congratulate Sproutly Canada, Inc. and Moosehead Breweries Ltd upon their desire to form a joint venture so that Canadians can have an increased number of options to select from when they want a cannabis beverage.

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420 with CNW – Maine Releases Recreational Marijuana Draft Rules

Ever since voters in Maine approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, the state had never formulated rules to regulate the commercialization of adult-use cannabis even if residents were allowed to grow a limited number of cannabis plants soon after the midterm vote that paved the way for recreational marijuana. Two years later, the state has released its draft rules indicating how the recreational market will be regulated.

The draft rules indicate that applicants will first have to obtain a conditional license from the state before getting the approval of the town or city where the applicants wish to operate their recreational marijuana businesses. Once the local authority approves, then the state will give the applicant a license that is valid for 12 months.

According to the draft rules, the state will take approximately 90 days before giving applicants the conditional license (the first step of the licensing process). During that time, the state will look into the criminal background of the applicant as well as any other needed checks before the applicant is given the conditional license.

However, the biggest hurdle that applicants may have to navigate is the different conditions that local authorities (towns and cities) will impose before one obtains their approval. Some local jurisdictions have already formulated their own recreational cannabis rules while others are holding out until the state releases their final rules. The local authorities will then analyze those state rules and decide whether recreational marijuana will be allowed within their jurisdictions or not.

The draft rules released by the state indicate that any local authority that doesn’t pass its own recreational marijuana rules will remain cannabis-free since their non-action will be deemed as a lack of interest in having recreational marijuana businesses within their jurisdiction.

It is also worth noting that the draft rules restrict the ownership of recreational cannabis businesses within Maine to residents of the state. Corporate veils to sidestep this requirement are strictly prohibited.

In fact, the rules state that from June 2021, only residents who have filed their tax returns in Maine for at least 4 years will be eligible for marijuana business licenses. The ballot measure that legalized recreational marijuana had stated that medical cannabis businesses would be given first priority when issuing recreational cannabis licenses.

However, that provision was changed legislatively so that the emphasis could be placed on being a resident of the state. This change was intended to ensure that Mainers benefited from this industry.

The draft rules go deeper into the specific conditions that one must fulfill in order to obtain a cultivation, product manufacturing and retail license. Rules governing product testing will be released later, and they will not need legislative approval.

The current draft rules are now open to public comment and the state hopes to start receiving applications later this year if the legislators can approve the draft rules before the summer break of the legislature commences.

Sugarmade, Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) and Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) hope that the long-awaited draft rules will be processed quickly so that Maine can enjoy the benefits of commercializing recreational cannabis.

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420 with CNW – New Mexico Makes Sweeping Changes to its Medical Cannabis Law

Ever since the Compassionate Use Act was signed into law in 2007, no major changes had been made to it until last week when Gov. Michele Grisham appended her signature to Senate Bill 406. This bill, now a law, makes numerous changes to the medical cannabis law of New Mexico.

One major change that will take effect on June 14 has to do with medical cannabis in schools. Under the updated law, medical cannabis will be administered on school premises under specific circumstances. For this to happen, parents of kids on medical cannabis will present to the school a detailed treatment plan designed by a medical professional.

However, schools will still reserve the right to accept or outlaw medical marijuana if the school district thinks that their federal funding may be at risk.

The new changes to the law will also allow patients who have a license to grow their own medical marijuana to take their produce to a manufacturer for processing into edibles, concentrates or any other form desired by the patient. This will, of course, be at the expense of the patient.

Previously, only Non-Profit producers of medical marijuana could take it to manufacturers for processing.

Medical cannabis users from other states also have a reason to smile after the governor signed this bill. Out-of-state medical cannabis users will now be able to take part in the medical marijuana program of New Mexico. Previously, only residents could benefit from this program.

The validity period of medical cannabis cards issued by New Mexico has also been extended from one year to three years. This will save the time and expenses associated with renewing a card each year.

It has also been hard for patients to find a place outside their homes where they can consume medical cannabis. The new law intends to put an end to this since it contains provisions for the licensing of consumption areas. The only condition here is that those consumption areas have to be approved by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The law has provisions that cement the protections accorded to patients using medical cannabis. For example, a patient will not be fired from a job just because he or she uses medical cannabis. However, this protection doesn’t save you from being fired if you are under the influence while at your job. Similarly, a parent will not be denied visitation or custody rights on account of being a user of medical cannabis.

The entire cannabis industry, including Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF), welcomes the updates which have been made to the cannabis law in New Mexico in order to bring the law in line with the evolving needs of the patients using medical marijuana.

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420 with CNW – Congressional Committee Approves Marijuana Banking Bill

On Thursday last week (March 28), the House Financial Services Committee voted to pass a bill that will make it easier for cannabis businesses to access banking services. The bill will now be scheduled for consideration by the entire House after it passed at the committee level when 45 legislators voted in favor while 15 voted against the bill.

Marijuana advocates see this committee action as a sign that the Democrats who dominate the House are finally making good on their support for cannabis law reform.

The bill seeks to make it possible for marijuana businesses to get access to banking services without any fear of federal action against them. Some of these businesses are working with some banks, but the majority of the financial services providers are reluctant to accept cannabis businesses as clients for fear of violating federal money laundering or illicit drug laws.

The SAFE Act was passed after being debated for several days in which a number of amendments were considered and either passed or rejected when a vote on them was called.

For example, one amendment sought to compel the federal government to conduct research on inclusion and diversity in the cannabis industry so that the damage caused by the war on drugs on minorities can be corrected.

Another amendment that was included in the bill added insurance companies to the list of entities that would be protected by the SAFE Act. It should be remembered that cannabis businesses have also been finding it hard to access insurance services that are vital for any business. If the bill becomes law, then marijuana companies will be able to access insurance services in the same way that other legitimate businesses can.

Another amendment added will compel the Government Accountability Office to study the reports banks are required to file about the marijuana businesses they have as clients. This examination is intended to find out how effective those reports are in helping the authorities to unearth illegal activity.

Those reporting requirements have previously been mentioned as one of the major reasons why it is very expensive for cannabis businesses to access banking services even when some banks are willing to accept these businesses as clients.

One proposed amendment tabled by a Republican legislator wanted to delay the implementation of the SAFE Act until the federal government rescheduled marijuana. Sensing that the amendment wouldn’t pass, the mover withdrew it before it could be voted on.

Many of the amendments that were rejected were mainly proposed by Republicans who wanted to cleverly water down the impact of the proposed law or even render it unenforceable. But the Democrats used their majority on the committee to sidestep all those traps.

Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) and others in the space are glad that Congress is finally acting to enact laws that bring U.S. cannabis businesses into the fold of all other legitimate businesses across the country.

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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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420 with CNW – North Dakota Considers Amendments to Improve Access to Medical Marijuana

As North Dakota inches closer to making medical marijuana available to residents, a number of proposals have been brought before the legislature in order to make it easier for patients to access the drug once it becomes available.

One of the most important proposals being considered seeks to include physician assistants among the medical professionals that can certify patients who need medical marijuana cards. The current law only permits advanced practice nurses and physicians to certify patients.

Adding physician assistants to this list would give patients a wider scope of professionals that they can contact for a recommendation.

Another major change that is proposed entails removing the requirement compelling doctors to assert that the patient being recommended will benefit from consuming medical cannabis. This certification requirement has been a major stumbling block in the way of patients who want a recommendation because doctors were uneasy about committing to the efficacy of a drug for a given health condition in the absence of sufficient research backing up the suitability of treating such a condition using medical marijuana.

If the change is adopted, doctors will only be required to state that medical cannabis may help the patient having a qualifying condition. It is hoped that more patients will be able to get recommendations once this change is made.

State statistics show that just about 100 patients had secured medical cannabis cards from October last year when applications started being received. This dismal number was largely due to the reluctance of doctors to certify patients based on the guidelines set in the law passed in 2016.

There is another proposal to include cannabis edibles among the different forms of cannabis that patients can access. This addition is likely to be a welcome one, especially for patients who are uneasy about smoking marijuana. Edibles are more discreet.

While lawmakers are considering proposals to expand the list of qualifying conditions, some advocates are campaigning for a different approach to this matter. They say that it is more sustainable to give the Department of Health the authority to add to the list of qualifying conditions as more research becomes available instead of having to amend the law whenever additional conditions need to be included on that list.

The call of the advocates seems reasonable, because it allows the list of qualifying conditions to grow continuously without the lengthy procedures of the legislative process.

All in all, it is good that the legislature is fine tuning the law so that the beneficiaries (patients) aren’t subjected to any avoidable inconveniences. Sunniva Inc. (CSE: SNN) (OTCQB: SNNVF) and Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) welcome these changes that will ease access to medical cannabis.

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420 with CNW – Minnesota Legislators Introduce Marijuana Legalization Bill

Three legislators in Minnesota have introduced a bill that is intended to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in the state. Two senators (Scott Jensen and Melisa Franzen) and House Rep. Mike Freiberg are the brains behind this bill that was introduced on Monday this week.

The bill seeks to allow adults over 21 years of age to possess, grow and consume cannabis within the state. The state would also set up mechanisms through which the industry can be regulated in order to ensure that all activities conform to set standards during the cultivation, processing and marketing of marijuana. Special attention would also be devoted to preventing teens from accessing cannabis.

Frieberg released a statement in which he said that the prohibitionist laws of Minnesota were outdated and caused more problems rather than fixing the problem of drug abuse. He added that creating a regulated market would get rid of the criminals currently selling the drug and regulated sales would also bring revenue to the state while reducing the potential harm of marijuana to consumers.

Rep. Frieberg also said that it was time to start having a debate on marijuana in the state in order to come up with an appropriate model that will end cannabis prohibition.

In the bill, the Department of Health would be responsible for regulating cannabis dispensaries in the state. The department would also make sure that cannabis regulators establish a system that oversees the entire cannabis value chain from the time a seed is planted to the time the finished product is sold.

The bill will also allow the state to expunge certain cannabis arrests from the criminal records of those who qualify for such a reprieve. Under the bill, approximately $10 million from the cannabis tax revenue will be spent n the impoverished communities that have been affected the most by the prohibitionist laws. Millions of dollars would also be directed towards mental health programs each year in addition to funding education campaigns on drug use by teens.

The Marijuana Policy Project estimates that Minnesota can earn about $200 million to $300 million from marijuana taxes each year.

Currently, 10 states and Washington D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana while 33 states have legalized medical marijuana. Minnesota therefore will have a large pool from which to draw experiences when finalizing its marijuana law.

However, it may be a while before a final law is passed since the Senate’s Majority Leader (Paul Gazelka) said that the most that can happen during this legislative session is to have an informational hearing.

All the same, cannabis industry players like Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPWRF) and Sunniva Inc. (CSE: SNN) (OTCQB: SNNVF) hope that the discussions will be objective and culminate in a decision that is in the best interest of Minnesotans.

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