420 with CNW – First Medical Cannabis Greenhouse Opened in Sydney

Approximately one year ago, the Australian federal government changed its rules on marijuana and cleared the way for cannabis to be grown using taxpayer money. Those changes have seen the first government-run cannabis greenhouse opening in Sydney, New South Wales.

The plan is to start by growing limited amounts of cannabis for research purposes before commercial cultivation can begin.

Right now, the plants in the greenhouse will be studied on issues like humidity, fertilizers, temperature, lighting and other growing factors necessary to produce a crop whose attributes are uniform.

Once the facility can produce cannabis of the same medical quality, then patients will start buying either the plants themselves or their products.

For now, people suffering from cancer and epilepsy will be the first to get their hands on legal weed to help with their symptoms.

Adam Marshall, the Agriculture Minister in the New South Wales government, says that the overriding aim of the greenhouse is to document the conditions necessary to grow marijuana whose properties are consistent.

Dr. Phillip Wright, the chief scientist at this grow facility, says that the research phase of the project has taken long to start. Very little research has so far been done, he added.

There is a heavy security presence of local police and New South Wales drug squad detectives at the marijuana greenhouse in order to keep unauthorized people from accessing the facility.

This security detail is not far-fetched, because one cannot be sure to what lengths criminal gangs may go to lay their hands on the cannabis within the grow facility. Curious onlookers may also want to see legally grown marijuana since their only experience with this controversial plant has been when the authorities seize and destroy illegal supplies of cannabis. The heavy security presence can also therefore serve as a deterrent for onlookers trying to see what is taking place inside this historic greenhouse.

Patients may have to buckle up for a long wait because it is expected that the research work being done at the greenhouse in Sydney will last for several years. Samples are expected to be harvested and tested by the end of this year, but if Dr. Wright’s concerns are anything to go by, then the research process may drag on for longer than originally planned.

For the sake of the patients in Australia, Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) and Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) hope that the process can be expedited so that medical marijuana can be available on the market as soon as possible.

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420 with CNW – Florida Moves to Regulate the Potency of Smokable Medical Cannabis

Barely a month ago, Gov. DeSantis signed a bill to allow patients to smoke medical marijuana after protracted legal battles which ended when court ruled that banning smokable marijuana was unconstitutional. Now a bill to regulate the strength of the smokable medical marijuana has been passed by a House committee amidst protests by medical cannabis advocates.

On Wednesday (April 3), the Health and Human Services Committee decided that the THC content of the marijuana flower that patients wish to smoke should not exceed 10 percent.

Medical cannabis advocates protested, saying that such a cap didn’t even reflect the strength of the cannabis already on the market. The advocates say that higher THC levels are necessary for triggering the therapeutic effects that patients have been enjoying when they use medical marijuana.

The advocates also say that the cap will make medical cannabis more expensive since patients may need to buy more in order to get the effects that they were getting when using more potent cannabis.

Those against this cap also say that the state has just handed a lifeline to the black market since patients are likely to shun legal weed in favor of more potent marijuana on the black market.

In general, the Republicans on the committee were in favor of the cap while the Democrats didn’t want the limit to be passed.

Ray Rodrigues, the chair of the committee, argued that there was research showing that marijuana with a THC concentration that is higher than 10 percent can cause psychosis in some patients while marijuana with less than 10 percent THC content was therapeutic.

He rejected calls for Florida to first study the effects of higher levels of THC on patients before imposing such a cap. The chairman responded that while medical cannabis was relatively new in Florida, it had been around for decades in other states, and the data there shows that high THC levels can be problematic.

Out of the 33 states and the District of Columbia where medical cannabis is legal, 14 have THC limits on medical marijuana. Rodrigues said that most of those 14 states impose a limit that is much lower than what is being proposed in Florida.

Currently, more than 200,000 people have medical cannabis identification cards in Florida. It is not clear how the THC limit will affect their buying habits, and whether more people will enroll for the program.

Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) and Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) hope that more robust debate will be conducted when this proposed bill is tabled before the entire House prior to its passing so that the limit set doesn’t push patients to the black market.

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420 with CNW – DEA Seeks Contractor to Burn Illegal Weed in Arizona

The U.S. DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) is looking for a contractor in Arizona to incinerate cannabis between the months of March and September. The contractor will be expected to burn cannabis at a rate of 1,000 pounds every hour.

The marijuana will be brought to the incineration facility from about 12 cities within Texas. While the agency isn’t certain about the way in which the marijuana to be burnt will be packaged, they predict that some of it will be in the form of tightly packed “bales” or ”bricks” weighing less than 60 pounds.

Some marijuana will be in plastic evidence bags, in aluminum foil, in packing tape, and so many other packing methods.

Needless to say, the DEA got its hands on this marijuana during its field operations against those who sell the drug on the streets, and other illegal activities.

The federal agency reveals that the selected contractor should be able to burn marijuana for eight hours straight on a daily basis and the incineration equipment is expected to have interlocks so that the process can be halted during an emergency.

The marijuana should be destroyed to an extent that standard analytical tests will be unable to detect any cannabis residues once the incineration process has been completed. The DEA will also conduct inspections to confirm that the substance has been destroyed to the required standard.

Additionally, the federal agency will have its representatives or staff present to witness the destruction process, and the facility should have a fence that is so high that onlookers cannot observe the destruction process from outside the facility.

The incineration facility is also expected to have CCTV cameras recording every step of the process. The DEA says that they reserve the right to access the CCTV footage in order to ascertain that the burn was conducted in accordance with the specifications provided, and that the representatives of the agency are safe in that environment.

The contractor selected should have employees who undergo background checks in addition to drugs tests annually.

While the notice has been published to receive applications from interested contractors, the DEA seems to already have an entity in mind that they plan to award this contract. Tuscon Iron & Metal is located within close proximity to the towns where the DEA keeps all the marijuana it confiscates in Arizona. The DEA mentions this company as a potential “sole source” provider of the service they seek.

Golden Developing Solutions, Inc. (OTC: DVLP), Green Growth Brands, Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) and the entire cannabis industry congratulate Tuscon Iron & Metal for positioning itself in such a powerful way that the DEA can consider them as a sole source of their incineration requirements in the area.

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CBD Going Mainstream amid Flood of New Products, Celebrity Endorsements, and Emerging Consensus about Benefits

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: Analysts at Brightfield Group see CBD (cannabidiol) gobbling up a sizeable chunk of a projected $100 billion nutraceuticals 2022 U.S. market.

  • $22 billion-plus CBD market could eclipse broader cannabis market
  • Growing consensus about health benefits backed by clinical work, personal endorsements
  • CBD found in everything from beverages and dog treats to pharmaceuticals and wellness products

The opening of the CBD floodgates represents a huge opportunity for plant-based wellness and health-product developers such as Wildflower Brands Inc. (OTCQB: WLDFF) (CSE: SUN) (WLDFF Profile) and Green Growth Brands Inc. (OTCQB: GGBXF) (CSE: GGB), a lifestyle-oriented developer of cannabis and CBD consumer products. Similarly, some of the fastest-growing producers in the industry today, such as Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) (TSX: ACB), Green Organic Dutchman (OTCQX: TGODF) (TSX: TGOD) and HEXO Corp. (NYSE: HEXO) (TSX: HEXO) all stand to benefit as the rising tide of the CBD market continues to see tremendous growth for…

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CBD Industry Soars in Wake of Farm Bill; Massive Growth Projected to Continue

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. (CSE: SUN) (OTCQB: WLDFF) (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. Some companies are specializing in particular niches, such as The Green Organic Dutchman (OTCQX: TGODF) (TSX: TGOD) with its focus on sustainable organic plants. Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) (TSX: ACB) is making moves into Europe, with cannabis oil sales in Germany and investment in a Portuguese grower. Green Growth Brands Inc. (OTCQB: GGBXF) (CSE: GGB) is launching new products and opening its own shops across the United States. And HEXO Corp. (NYSE: HEXO) (TSX: HEXO), which recently expanded from medical cannabis into…

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420 with CNW – Demand Soars for Missouri Medical Cannabis Licenses

The cannabis bullet train doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down in Missouri ever since voters overwhelmingly passed a ballot measure in the recent midterms to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Now more than 300 businesses are due to be licensed to participate in the medical cannabis industry once it is commercialized.

This announcement was made by Lyndall Fraker, the Missouri Medical Marijuana Program Director, while speaking at a medical marijuana conference in St. Louis on Monday (March 11). He added that if those 300 licenses weren’t enough, then the state wouldn’t hesitate to grant more to the businesses that wish to serve Missouri patients in different capacities.

Already, more than 450 applications have been received from entities that would like to cultivate, manufacture, dispense or test medical marijuana and its products in the state. It is from this pool that the state will select the first 300 businesses to be licensed.

For now, the regulator has set the minimum number of players that will operate in the different segments of the medical marijuana industry. These include at least 192 dispensaries, two marijuana testing facilities, 85 manufacturing facilities and 60 marijuana cultivation facilities.

When added up, those figures exceed the 300 licenses that will be awarded initially, so you can see that the state already has plans for an extensive and robust medical cannabis industry.

You may be wondering, won’t 300 businesses be too many for an industry that is just being set up? This concern may be legitimate, but if anything is to be learnt from the Canadian recreational cannabis industry, it is risky to allow only a few players in the industry.

The cannabis shortages in Canada can largely be explained by the country’s failure to license enough businesses to participate in the different aspects of the cannabis value chain. The resulting mess will possibly take years to fix. Missouri may therefore be onto something when they start off with hundreds of licensed businesses.

Besides, not all of those 300 businesses will start operations at the same time. And when they do start, not all of them will be successful. Others will close shop while more will merge with other businesses.

It is therefore a good thing that the state intends to give all those businesses a shot and then their fate will be squarely in their hands once they get hold of a license. Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF), Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) and all who wish to invest in the medical cannabis industry welcome the steps being taken by the Missouri Medical Marijuana Program to do things right from the get-go.

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420 with CNW – US Federal Government Calls for Input on Marijuana Rescheduling

Following the recommendations by the World Health Organization (“WHO”) that whole-plant cannabis and its resin should be reclassified, the U.S. FDA has issued a notice asking interested parties to submit their views on this matter so that the position that the U.S. takes when the matter comes up for a vote at the UN is informed by the views collected.

While this is the third time that the federal government is asking stakeholders for input on marijuana rescheduling, it is the first time that they are doing so from the time WHO released its recommendations.

The World Health Organization observed that the evidence that was presented before its expert committee didn’t show that marijuana deserved to be in the same category as the other substances in Schedule IV of the treaty setting up guidelines on how various substances should be controlled internationally.

The UN body also made it clear that CBD, one of components of cannabis, should not be subjected to any international controls.

Additionally, the World Health Organization admitted that cannabis and its derivatives had demonstrated therapeutic benefits for a number of conditions, such as pain and multiple sclerosis.

The FDA explained that interested people would have up to March 14 to submit their views for consideration. This deadline was set based on an earlier timeline for the planned meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs. That meeting is expected to be held anywhere between March 14 and March 22 this year.

That original timeline was set because the WHO was expected to release its recommendations in December last year. However, that didn’t happen for unknown reasons.

The FDA therefore expects to extend the period within which members of the public and other stakeholders in the U.S. can submit their comments if the UN communicates that the Narcotics Committee will sit at a later time. The alternative dates for that meeting are in December this year or March next year.

The views collected by the FDA will be analyzed and the findings forwarded to the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS will then formulate a recommendation of the position that the U.S. State Department should take when the matter of reclassification comes up for a vote at the UN.

This call for public comments provides a golden chance for stakeholders to play a role in shaping how the federal government will vote on the matter at the UN. Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) and Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) call upon everyone with an interest in the cannabis industry to share their views with the FDA so that the U.S. can vote in a way that reflects the wishes of the people back home.

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420 with CNW – New Jersey Moves Closer to Legalizing Pot as Top Leaders Strike a Deal

Plans to legalize marijuana in New Jersey ground to a halt last year amidst a disagreement between Gov. Murphy and legislative leaders over taxes and a few other issues. However, a compromise deal on the key sticking points has now put the legalization plans back on course.

We reported at the end of last month that a new tax proposal had given cannabis legalization plans a breath of life. That proposal sought to provide a middle ground between the Governor who wanted a higher sales tax and Sweeney, the State Senate leader, who was adamant anything higher than 12 percent was unacceptable.

In the deal that has been reached, marijuana would be taxed by weight instead of the earlier plan to impose a sales tax. This new plan will insulate the state from witnessing a drop in tax revenue if marijuana prices eventually reduce as has been the case in other states where marijuana has been legal for several years.

The second major bone of contention that has also been reportedly resolved under the new deal has to do with the manner in which the marijuana industry will be regulated. Previously, the legislative leaders had wanted a separate commission to take charge of overseeing most aspects of the new industry. However, the Governor was uncomfortable with that proposal.

Under the new arrangement, an independent commission will still be set up to oversee the cannabis industry. The change in this regard is that the state governor will have the power to appoint three of the five individuals who will constitute the Cannabis Regulatory Commission.

Legislators are also working on a bill to expunge cannabis convictions from the criminal records of New Jersey residents. This law will help to address some of the historical wrongs that were committed against racial minorities, such as African-Americans, who were unduly targeted during the war on drugs that lasted decades.

Once that expungement bill is in place, the Governor, State Senate leader and the leader of the state Assembly will have plenty of work to do to mobilize votes among the legislators so that the marijuana legalization bill passes in both Houses before it can reach the desk of the Governor to be signed into law.

Now that the bickering seems to have come to an end, there is widespread hope across the industry that an enabling law will soon be passed so that a roadmap to the implementation of that law can be known to all concerned. Golden Developing Solutions Inc. (OTC: DVLP) and Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) wish New Jersey a smooth path to legalization now that the major stumbling blocks have been addressed.

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420 with CNW – Florida Judge Rules that Cap on Dispensaries is Unconstitutional

A Circuit Court Judge, Karen Gievers, has ruled that the state and the health department in Florida violated the constitution when they imposed a cap on the number of dispensaries that a licensed business could open within the state.

Trulieve sued the state and asked court to strike down the cap on dispensaries that had been imposed limiting each business to a maximum of 30 outlets. Initially, the cap was at 25 but it was raised to 30.

The plaintiff successfully argued that patients could get better access to medical marijuana treatment centers at an affordable cost if more dispensaries were available instead of forcing patients to incur the cost of vehicle delivery of cannabis to their addresses.

The company had also argued that the ban, which was imposed long after they had opened a number of outlets, affected their business since they wouldn’t have opened dispensaries in some locations had they had prior awareness of that cap. Trulieve therefore asked court to nullify that cap so that their business isn’t unnecessarily hampered.

The judge agreed and wrote in her ruling that the state didn’t have any plausible reason to impose such a restriction on legally licensed businesses. Furthermore, the judge observed that the cap wasn’t mentioned anywhere in the constitutional amendment legalizing medical cannabis.

The state made a vain attempt to justify the cap by saying that the local and state authorities needed time to study how to regulate medical cannabis. Judge Gievers threw out this argument saying that the constitutional amendment didn’t provide for such “study” and that she didn’t get evidence of what needed to be “studied” for three years.

She argued that the state had ample time to study medical cannabis regulation as much as they wanted before the first medical cannabis law was passed years back in 2014.

This same judge lifted the ban on smoking medical cannabis and gave the state a dressing down for the blatant way in which it was disregarding constitutional provisions while implementing the medical marijuana program. The previous Governor, Rick Scott, appealed against that ruling and left office before the appeal was heard.

Recently, Gov. DeSantis threatened to withdraw from pursuing that appeal if the legislature didn’t amend the law to allow patients to smoke medical cannabis. He gave the legislators a few weeks to act or else the courts will be left to change the law by judicial declaration.

Golden Developing Solutions, Inc. (OTC: DVLP), Green Growth Brands, Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) and the whole industry welcomes the decision of the court since patients in Florida will now have medical cannabis dispensaries closer to them.

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