420 with CNW – Nevada Bans Employers from Denying Jobs to Applicants Who Test Positive for Cannabis

From the first day of 2020, no employer in Nevada will be allowed to deny a job applicant employment just because that individual tested positive for marijuana during a pre-employment drugs test. The ban is contained in a bill which was signed into law by Gov. Sisolak on June 5. This makes Nevada the first state to enact such legislation in the country.

The new law contains some exceptions for people who may be denied employment on the basis of pre-employment marijuana screening. These include firefighters, EMTs, those who operate vehicles, federal government employees and anyone else applying for a job that the employer deems to be safety-sensitive.

The law also states that when an employer requires a prospective hire to be tested for marijuana, that potential employee has the right to have another test done within 30 days and the employer is bound to accept the results of that additional test. This extra test is at the expense of the prospective employee, according to the newly signed law.

Gov. Sisolak said that he was happy to sign AB132 because the cannabis industry in Nevada was growing and there was need to pass appropriate laws so that all residents of the state remain eligible to take advantage of all the opportunities available. He added that the exceptions included in that law are a matter of commonsense since matters of public safety and transportation have to be taken seriously.

This law has been regarded as long overdue by cannabis advocates since it was naturally expected that positive test results during pre-employment drugs screening would increase after the state legalized recreational marijuana in 2016 and commercial sales started a year later for adults 21 and older.

The law passed and enacted in Nevada is similar to the bill which was passed by the New York City Council in April this year. That bill banned employers from demanding that job applicants pass a drugs test for marijuana as a condition for being employed.

In Maine where recreational marijuana is legal, state law bans employers from discriminating people based on whether they use or don’t use marijuana. However, there is no specific provision banning marijuana testing during the employee hiring process.

Now that Nevada has paved the way, many other states are likely to ask themselves why they hadn’t thought of passing such a law since it is only logical that once recreational marijuana is legal, adults will legally use it and it would be unfair to deny them jobs because they used a legal substance.

Industry commentators would be glad to hear what different companies in the cannabis industry, such as Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) and Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF), have to say about the developments in the cannabis industry in Nevada.

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420 with CNW – Alabama Legislature Passes Medical Cannabis Commission Bill

On Friday (May 31), the legislature in Alabama passed a bill which opens the way for legalizing medical marijuana in the state. The Assembly voted 80-19 for the bill while the Senate approved the amendments made by the House by a 27-2 vote. All that is left is for Gov. Ivey to sign the bill into law.

While this bill can be lauded as a step in the right direction, it also comes as a setback for marijuana advocates because the original bill sponsored by Sen. Melson (R-Florence) sought to legalize medical cannabis by 2021 but the version passed by the Assembly and sent back to Senate opted for the creation of a Medical Marijuana Study Commission which will be charged with conducting meetings and compiling recommendations about the best way to kickstart the medical marijuana program.

The proposed commission will include a minimum of three attorneys, four physicians, business representatives and mental health counselors. This commission will hold at least three public hearings and have their report ready by Dec. 1.

For some unknown reason, the findings or recommendations of the commission will not be binding on the legislature regardless of the fact that early in May, the Senate had voted in favor of implementing a medical marijuana program. The framers of the bill probably felt that the legislature needs to have the ability to formulate an implementation law, if that step is ever reached, without having its hands tied by the binding recommendations of the medical marijuana commission.

When House members posed endless questions about the mechanisms through which the medical marijuana law will be enforced and how dosages would be controlled, the sponsors of the legislation decided to switch to the creation of a commission so that all those issues would be explored comprehensively before the matter comes before the Assembly again.

Other questions raised had to do with why Carley’s law was included in this bill instead of separating it. Under Carley’s law passed in 2914, the University of Alabama was authorized and funded to conduct research on the effects of CBD oil. Legislators wanted to know whether the commission would receive input from Alabama University, and they wondered why no report has yet been provided to the House regarding how the funds appropriated for the research have been used and the findings so far made. Carley’s law was renewed for another year despite these protests.

Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) and Geyser Brands Inc. (TSX.V: GYSR) welcome the cautious approach to medical marijuana legalization taken by the Alabama legislature. Hopefully, this approach will enable the state to sidestep any avoidable mistakes during the eventual implementation of the program.

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420 with CNW – The Emerald Cup Expands to Europe

For those who may not know, the Emerald Cup can be described as the world championship for the outdoor cultivation of marijuana. This competition is held every year in California. This year, the Emerald Cup is debuting in Europe after the organizers teamed up with the organizers of Product Earth Expo-Fest held in the U.K each year.

The two entities announced their partnership at the start of this week and they plan to use the UK event in August to showcase what growers from the Emerald Triangle have to offer the rest of the world.

James Walton, the founder of Product Earth Expo-Fest, revealed that the partnership with the Emerald Cup was a natural result of the two entities sharing the common objective of showcasing the future of cannabis cultivation around the world.

Walton explains that he came up with the concept of the Expo-Fest after thinking deeply about how he could combine his love for music and his passion for the cannabis industry. He was therefore pleasantly surprised to learn that the Emerald Cup in California was doing exactly the same thing, hence the partnership.

Taylor Blake, the co-producer of the Emerald Cup admitted that he didn’t know that strains and brands from California were a big hit in Europe, and he was excited to learn that the Emerald Cup had played a big role in building those brands across the Atlantic.

Expanding to Europe will therefore give California cultivators a bigger stage on which to showcase their products, and this will result in a bigger footprint for those products in the global cannabis industry.

The August even will be held between the 23rd and the 25th of the month. The major highlights of the planned event include cannabis genetics panels which will discuss how cannabis strains have developed and continue to be developed in order to address the unique needs of different groups of consumers.

There will also be Question & Answer sessions with the best cultivators from California, workshops about cannabis production and harvest, as well as many focus groups on various aspects of the industry. And, of course, there will be plenty of music for the event attendees to enjoy as they soak up all the information that they can absorb about outdoor cannabis cultivation.

Come December this year, all eyes will be on Santa Rosa, California where this year’s edition of the Emerald Cup will be held. Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) and Geyser Brands Inc. (TSX.V: GYSR) wish the new partnership between the Emerald Cup and Product Earth Expo-Fest many years of fruitful collaboration.

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420 with CNW – Georgia Governor Signs Cannabis Oil Bill

Gov. Brian kemp has signed a bill that will make it possible for licensed entities to produce and distribute oils and other products which have limited amounts of plant-derived THC.

House Bill 324 also lays the ground for the establishment of a commission to regulate and oversee the production, manufacture and dispensing of products having the specified amounts of THC to patients who have been registered to receive those products.

Under the bill which has now been signed into law, the state will cooperate with Georgia University to manufacture THC-infused extracts and oils. A maximum of six cultivators will be licensed to operate within the state, according to the new law.

Medical marijuana was legalized in Georgia in 2015. However, the law which legalized this form of medicine didn’t establish mechanisms through which qualifying patients could access low-THC cannabis oils and extracts.

The latest law is intended to fix that shortcoming so that patients can access state-regulated cannabis oils and extracts instead of merely taking comfort in a law which allows them to use these products yet no system is in place to avail the permitted products.

Currently, about 9,500 patients have been approved to use medical cannabis oil. The law sets a possession limit of 20 fluid announces of medical cannabis oil whose THC concentration doesn’t exceed 5 percent.

A registry card issued by the Georgia Department of Public Health protects members of the public from being arrested and prosecuted for possessing a controlled substance.

The state has a small number of patients on its medical marijuana program because Georgia enacted a highly restrictive medical marijuana law.

Under the law, medical marijuana cannot be used in leaf or edible form as is the case in nearly all other jurisdictions where medical marijuana is legal. Vaporization of cannabis oil is also banned in the state.

Additionally, Georgia doesn’t give physicians the right to prescribe cannabis oil to patients. Instead, the physician simply fills a patient certification form confirming that the patient has one of the 17 qualifying conditions, and then the physician and the patient sign a waiver form before the patient certification form is mailed to the Department of Public Health for consideration.

It remains to be seen whether the enactment of the law facilitating the manufacture and sale of cannabis oil will result in an increase in the number of people who apply for the Low THC Oil Registry Card.

Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) and Golden Developing Solutions Inc. (OTC: DVLP) hope that Georgia will enact other reforms soon so that its medical cannabis program expands to the level that other states have reached.

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420 with CNW – Massachusetts Regulators Vote on Cannabis Home Delivery

Marijuana regulators have reached an agreement about plans to allow the home delivery of marijuana products within the state. A vote of 4-1 was passed by the Cannabis Control Commission.

If the plan gets final approval from the commission by the end of May, the delivery of cannabis products within the state would mainly be done by people from the communities that suffered the most during the War on Drugs.

The rules pave the way for people from those disadvantaged communities to have an expedited entry into the legal cannabis industry. Under the regulatory policies, home delivery licenses would exclusively be given to people from communities which were disproportionately targeted during the enforcement of prohibitionist marijuana laws.

The program will run for 24 months after which the regulators will assess its performance before deciding whether to extend it or open the space for all who are interested to apply for licenses.

Companies that are granted home delivery licenses will be free to work for as many cannabis retailers as they can take on, but the delivery vehicles will be obliged to return to the retailer any cannabis products which aren’t sold by the end of the day.

The law by which recreational marijuana was legalized in the state stipulated that a diversity program must be implemented in order to give more people a chance to benefit from the legal marijuana industry.

The home delivery system is therefore seen as one of the ways through which broader participation in the industry can be facilitated.

Regulators hope that the target population will take advantage of the exclusivity period in order to participate in the cannabis industry because the requirements for one to get a home delivery license aren’t as stringent as those for one who wants to get a marijuana cultivation or processing license.

For example, it is harder to access the capital needed to set up a processing plant, but one can find it easier to get funds to establish a cannabis home delivery business.

Kay Doyle, one of the members of the Cannabis Control Commission, expressed concerns that the desired results may not be realized within the initial 24 months, so it was a good thing to include a provision stating that once those months elapse, a review would be conducted before a decision is made regarding the future of the empowerment program.

Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) and Golden Developing Solutions Inc. (OTC: DVLP) look forward to the time when the social equity and empowerment programs bring the people targeted into the mainstream marijuana industry.

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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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