420 with CNW – Cerebral Palsy Added to Michigan Medical Cannabis Qualifying Conditions

Voters approved a ballot measure in 2008 to legalize medical cannabis in Michigan and since then, the list of the qualifying conditions has been expanding slowly. Cerebral palsy is the latest condition to be added onto that list which has just over two dozen health conditions.

LARA (the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs) made the announcement after its sitting to consider the different conditions which had been proposed for inclusion on the list of medical marijuana qualifying conditions. LARA rejected requests to include Chronic Aggressive Behavior among the conditions that can be treated or managed using medical marijuana.

Cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder, develops when the brain of a child gets injured during its developmental stage. Some of the symptoms that can result from this condition are lack of motor function and control. There is evidence that marijuana can help to reduce the spastic movements or the seizures experienced by people suffering from cerebral palsy.

According to the statistics of the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, about 764,000 people are affected by this disorder in the U.S. Most of those individuals (500,000) are kids that are less than 18 years of age.

It is therefore a big help that cerebral palsy has been added to the list of qualifying conditions in Michigan since conventional medicine offers little help to people suffering from this condition.

It is hoped that more people will now be able to get medical cannabis cards from the state. Currently, 294,000 people are registered and have medical marijuana cards in Michigan.

Accessing the medical marijuana program doesn’t have any age restriction, and many kids with various conditions, such as seizures, are cardholders in the state. The only extra requirements for kids is that a minimum of two doctors should recommend them to start using medical cannabis and the parent or guardian of that minor has to give consent for the child to start taking medical marijuana.

Last year, Michigan voters approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational cannabis. Adult-use cannabis will only be available to those who are at least 21 years old. Plans are underway to set up a regulatory system for the recreational sector, but the medical cannabis program will remain intact.

FinCanna Capital Corp. (CSE: CALI) (OTCQB: FNNZF) and Generation Alpha, Inc. (OTCQB: GNAL) applaud the progressive approach taken by LARA which will allow patients and investors in Michigan to benefit from cannabis as the industry evolves.

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420 with CNW – Five Tips for Baby Boomers Trying Cannabis

Baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) are rediscovering cannabis and the industry is taking note of this demographic. However, like everything else, time has exerted its influence on marijuana and the baby boomers would be well advised to keep the following important tips in mind when consuming cannabis.

Start Small

The cannabis of today isn’t the same as what was available decades ago. Plant breeding has yielded cannabis strains that may have more than triple the THC content which was found in the marijuana of the 1970s. It is therefore advisable for you to be cautious when you are just starting out on your “boomerang” journey of reigniting your love for a joint.

Select the Dispensary Carefully

Baby boomers would also be well advised to take their time as they select the dispensary from which to buy marijuana. It is better to select an establishment which has a knowledgeable “budtender.” Such a person will help you to navigate your way through the huge array of cannabis products that are now available in the different dispensaries or retail outlets.

Know the Outcomes You Desire

A knowledgeable budtender can only go so far in helping you to get the right product. You need to make it possible for this person to help you by deciding the effects that you would like to experience when you consume the cannabis you buy. The plant breeding processes mentioned earlier have resulted in the development of different cannabis strains for different purposes.

For example, some strains will calm down your mind as you get ready to sleep while others will reinvigorate your mind and body while you get set for some physical or mental exertion. It is therefore crucial for you to know what experience you want so that the budtender can point you in the right direction.

Learn the Lingo

The cannabis industry has come with its own unique language that one must learn in order to avoid making mistakes. For example, you need to know how “cannabis flower” differs from cannabis “edibles” or “concentrates.” The budtender may help to explain some of the new terminologies you encounter as you explore the new world of marijuana, but it doesn’t hurt to invest some time online learning the language of the industry.

Think About Your Current Medication

It is also helpful to consider how any medication you are currently taking may interact with cannabis. For example, cannabis may increase the uptake of some of the medication you are on, and this may increase the side effects of that medication. To be on the safe side, take the precaution of talking to your doctor first before you consume cannabis.

The cannabis industry, including companies like FinCanna Capital Corp. (CSE: CALI) (OTCQB: FNNZF) and Generation Alpha, Inc. (OTCQB: GNAL), hopes that each baby boomer attains the results for which they try cannabis.

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420 with CNW – New York City Legislators Consider Banning Pre-Employment Cannabis Tests

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has outlined his plan to legalize recreational marijuana and this has put New York in pole position to become the 11th state where adult-use cannabis is legal. This development has prompted some lawmakers in New York City to draft a bill that seeks to ban employers from conducting marijuana drugs tests before hiring an employee.

Councilman Jumaane D. Williams is the NYC lawmaker who has filed a draft law that will stop marijuana tests from being part of the hiring process in the city.

Councilman Williams feels that the legislators and the city should be creating more avenues through which people can find jobs, but the drugs tests do the opposite by making it harder for jobseekers to get hired.

He adds that pre-employment drugs tests for marijuana should be done away with now that preparations were in advanced stages to legalize recreational cannabis. Why should employers continue to test prospective employees for a substance that will soon legal?

The bill tabled by Williams provides exceptions to this ban on pre-employment drugs tests. People who intend to get jobs where safety and security are paramount, as well as jobs with the federal government or its agencies would not be covered by this ban on pre-employment drugs tests. Additionally, individuals who are required to undergo drugs testing as a condition for securing a grant or contract from the federal government will not use this local law as a reason to skip the required drugs tests.

If passed, the bill will take effect one year from the time of its enactment as part of the city’s laws. This will remove the ambiguity that has been observed in various jurisdictions, such as Massachusetts, where marijuana is legal but an employee can still be fired for testing positive for THC.

It is good that the lawmakers in New York City have been proactive in tabling this bill instead of waiting to take action after recreational cannabis becomes legal across the state. In such a case, there would be a legal grey area since the existing laws permit pre-employment marijuana tests, which would run counter to the freedom granted by the law legalizing recreational pot.

It remains to be seen what form the final bill will take once the Committee on Civil and Human Rights discusses it and presents it to the full council for debate and a vote. Generation Alpha Inc. (OTCQB: GNAL), Global Payout Inc. (OTC: GOHE) and the whole marijuana industry say kudos to Councilman Williams and the other two co-sponsors of this reform that will remove the ambiguity regarding the use of legal cannabis and its effects on one’s prospects of getting hired.

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420 with CNW – Baby Boomers are a Growing Cannabis Market

Statistics have it that baby boomers are a rapidly growing market segment in the cannabis industry, and any firm looking to get a foothold in this industry needs to pay attention to this demographic.

Why This Group Matters

First, baby boomers are no longer taking care of kids, and many are approaching retirement. This means that this group has accumulated some resources and they have disposable income that they can spend on cannabis. Who wouldn’t want a potential client that has money to spend?

Secondly, cannabis isn’t an altogether new substance to these people. Many of them sampled the product or know someone who did during their younger years. It will therefore not be as if you are starting from scratch if you want to get these people to buy your cannabis products.

Thirdly, baby boomers tend to be brand-loyal, so it makes sense to get to them early before a competitor wins their loyalty. Getting them to switch from one brand to another can be a monumental undertaking that you don’t want to attempt.

Crucially, many baby boomers have health conditions for which medical cannabis can be a viable solution. For example, arthritis and chronic pain plague a significant fraction of this demographic. Positioning your products as the products to ease their pains and alleviate other ailments can pay off in a big way.

How to Get Your Foot In

Each demographic has its own unique characteristics that businesses must understand in order to win their patronage. For starters, baby boomers are more likely to pay attention to word of mouth recommendations when compared to other marketing efforts. Crack this method and you will have them buying from you in droves.

Another way to get this demographic is by making it easy for them to access your products. Many among them have mobility challenges while some may be concerned about keeping their cannabis use discreet. Home delivery and shuttle services can address these concerns and boost your sales.

Additionally, this group is what some may call “old fashioned.” Product information should be given to them during face-to-face interactions, especially at the dispensary or retail outlet. Cannabis businesses that are designed to make this possible will get a sizeable share of the clientele in this group.

The cannabis industry, especially Generation Alpha Inc. (OTCQB: GNAL) and Global Payout Inc. (OTC: GOHE) will definitely find ways to meet all the needs of the different age groups, including the baby boomers.

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420 with CNW – Legalization Changes How Canadians Talk to Kids about Cannabis

Recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada late last year and this has made parents to rethink how they talk to their kids about cannabis. This adjustment was prompted by the increasing visibility of marijuana in all walks of life.

SheCann founder, Ashleigh Brown, says that the cannabis “talk” should never be regarded as a one-time event. Instead, conversations about the substance should be conducted on an ongoing basis so that kids are empowered to make the right decisions when confronted by opportunities to use the substance.

Speaking in Toronto at a “Women and Weed” event last weekend, Brown said that kids are smart and constantly watch all those around them. It is therefore important that the conversations parents and adults have with kids regarding marijuana should be honest and authentic so that the kids can see a connection between what you are telling them and what they see around them.

Ashleigh Brown used her own experience as a case study. She revealed that she started using medical cannabis in 2016, so her two kids regarded the substance as nothing more than a medicine.

However, after the legalization of recreational cannabis, she started talking to her children about the different ways through which people can use cannabis. Such a discussion helps her kids to make sense of what is around them in case they come across cannabis on the streets or at the parties they attend.

Another participant at the “Women and Weed” event remarked that the way parents talk to kids about alcohol and smoking tobacco cigarettes should be the same way in which they talk about cannabis.

Avoiding such crucial conversations only fuels stigma about cannabis and may increase its appeal to kids, something that every parent would want to avoid.

The issue of discretion vs. hiding cannabis also came up during the discussion. It was okay to lock away one’s stash of cannabis to prevent kids from accessing it, but it wasn’t productive to try to hide the fact that you consume cannabis.

Parents should also educate their kids about the downsides of consuming cannabis, and also emphasize that more research is still being done to get a more detailed understanding of the full effects of cannabis on young users and adults.

Parents in the U.S. states where cannabis is legal can borrow a leaf from what their Canadian counterparts are doing in order to provide sufficient guidance to kids regarding this substance that is still attracting mixed reactions across the U.S. Cannabis industry players like Generation Alpha, Inc. (OTCQB: GNAL) and FinCanna Capital Corp. (CSE: CALI) (OTCQB: FNNZF) would love to see such candid discussions everywhere so that any decisions made are based on concrete information rather than on misconceptions and myths.

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420 with CNW – California Firm Plans Mega Cannabis Facility in Buffalo

Flora California Prime, a cannabis company based in San Diego, intends to build a $200 million cannabis campus in Buffalo once New York legalizes recreational cannabis. Flora California Prime is undertaking the project as a joint venture with Zephyrs Investors (a real estate development firm owned by Brad Termini).

The facility would create up to 1,000 jobs during and after its construction in the vicinity of Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo. These people would be employed to do research work, work in the labs, be involved in manufacturing and other related activities.

Brian Termini, the co-founder of Flora California Prime revealed that they saw a major opportunity when New York started taking steps to legalize recreational marijuana.

The Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, the relevant city agency, has already approved the sale of the land to Flora at approximately $2 million, subject to an appraisal. At 47 acres, the Flora facility would be one of the largest throughout the country.

Brian Termini revealed that his company would be ready to start construction work in less than 120 days after the city grants them a permit to go ahead with the project.

However, Termini admitted that his company was not yet sure how the cannabis grown and processed at the facility would be distributed. He said that those details will emerge once the law legalizing recreational cannabis has been passed since the law will provide the guidelines that the company will comply with when designing its distribution system.

He also added that he hopes that the cannabis campus would be operational within a year, but added that no cannabis will be retailed from its premises.

The project will also involve conducting marijuana research, especially on how cannabis can be used in the treatment of cancer. The research activities will be carried out in conjunction with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Institute.

It is widely expected that a recreational marijuana law will be passed in March or April this year, especially after Gov. Cuomo indicated that the passing of this law would be one of his priorities in the first 100 days of his third term in office.

The city of Buffalo is very hopeful about is economic prospects once the Flora facility is open. This is because the city has been keeping tabs on events across the border in Ontario where several multi-billion companies have emerged from the time medical cannabis was legalized in Canada.

Global Payout, Inc. (OTC: GOHE), Generation Alpha, Inc. (OTCQB: GNAL) and the entire cannabis industry wish Flora all the best in its promising undertaking in New York.

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420 with CNW – Marijuana Justice Initiative Could Wipe Off Some Cannabis Convictions in Washington

Washington State Governor, Jay Inslee, issued a statement on Friday (January 4) announcing a “marijuana justice initiative” which will help residents with a single cannabis misdemeanor conviction on their record to apply for clemency.

The initiative is intended to reflect the current change regarding the status of marijuana in the state. The Democratic Governor felt that it was unfair for state residents to continue being adversely affected by a minor marijuana possession conviction long after the substance became legal to consume.

Under the initiative, approximately 3,500 people would be eligible for clemency. This estimate was arrived at after looking at the records of the misdemeanor convictions between January 1998 and December 2012.

The initiative will only be open to individuals who are residents of the state and they were prosecuted within the state. Those with more than one conviction aren’t eligible under this plan.

Similar plans to expunge marijuana criminal records in other jurisdictions have been dogged by complaints that the process is slow and expensive, sometimes not worth the effort expended. However, Washington State will process the clemency applications online, and this should expedite the process and make it affordable.

Speaking at a marijuana industry conference, the Governor said it was unfair for people to continue finding it hard to secure financing, get jobs or even accompany their kids on some excursions just because a given individual has a marijuana conviction dating way back. Wiping such convictions from the criminal record of the affected people would allow them to have as much of a normal life as possible in light of the way marijuana law has evolved in the state.

The website through which eligible individuals can apply for clemency has a form that one must fill out. It is not clear at this point what else will be required once someone has filled that form. It is also not known how long the clemency application will take before an applicant knows the outcome of the application.

For now, everyone in the industry, including Global Payout, Inc. (OTC: GOHE) and Generation Alpha, Inc. (OTCQB: GNAL) are glad that the past will no longer unjustifiably haunt people who were found guilty of possessing small amounts of a substance that is now legal.

Those who aren’t directly affected by such a blot on their history may think that the marijuana justice initiative is too little and too late, but tell that to someone who wants to buy a home and his or her financier rejects the mortgage application after doing a background check on the person. The initiative may just be what a person needs to hope and believe in a better future.

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420 with CNW – Mexico to Consult Other Countries on Cannabis Legalization, Minister Reveals

The election of a new government in Mexico paved the way for quick steps to be made towards the legalization of recreational cannabis. Now the foreign minister of the country has told a Mexican Senate committee that lessons are going to be drawn from countries and jurisdictions where legalization has already occurred.

The government officials will visit Uruguay and Canada, as well as California and other U.S. states where recreational and medical cannabis are legal. Apparently, a Mexican team has already visited Canada to learn about this important process.

Additionally, a bill was filed before the Mexican Senate last month seeking to legalize recreational cannabis in the country.

Several factors have worked together to bring Mexico to this point regarding its policy on marijuana.

First, its war on the drug has only caused violence to spiral out of control, with gangs battling each other and the authorities on an almost daily basis. People grew weary of that endless war and started calling for another way to deal with the problem.

Secondly, the U.S. has been the biggest ally of the Mexican authorities in their battle against marijuana and other drugs (which were ultimately smuggled into the US). However, the Mexicans started questioning the wisdom of going on with an endless fight while a wave of cannabis legalization is sweeping across the states in the US. The Mexicans may have felt that it was time to take a leaf from the book of California, Colorado and the other more than 30 states where cannabis is legal either for recreational or medicinal use.

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, the Supreme Court of Mexico made a fifth ruling to the effect that private individuals could not be stopped from growing and consuming cannabis if they so wished.

What was significant about making a fifth ruling?

Under Mexican law, any matter upon which the Supreme Court makes five similar rulings automatically sets a precedent that all other courts in the country must follow. Consequently, the fifth ruling that it was unconstitutional to stop an adult from consuming marijuana meant that no court in the country could deny anyone permission to grow and consume cannabis.

The decision to pass appropriate laws regulating the consumption of cannabis was therefore a necessary step to put into practice what the Supreme Court had already authorized by default.

It is commendable that the Mexican authorities have decided to listen to, and learn from several jurisdictions that have walked the legalization path before them. There is no need to try and reinvent the wheel when lessons abound regarding what to do and what to avoid during this journey.

Global Payout, Inc. (OTC: GOHE) and Generation Alpha, Inc. (OTCQB: GNAL) applaud the rational way in which the Mexican government is approaching cannabis adult-use legalization.

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420 with CNW – Cannabis Cooking Classes Equip Maryland Patients with Edibles Making Skills

A couple that owns a gourmet condiment company in Baltimore has branched into a new niche of teaching medical cannabis card holders how to cook with cannabis. Will Parks and his wife Gwenele Parks decided to branch into cooking with cannabis because they are certified medical cannabis patients and needed other ways to consume their medicine instead of being restricted to smoking it. They imagined, and rightly so, that other patients were interested too.

Maryland banned edibles from its medical marijuana program, but the Parkses and others have partnered with some medical cannabis dispensaries in the state to teach people how to blend marijuana into various foods at home.

In order to avoid flouting the law, Will Parks and his wife don’t use actual cannabis as they conduct their cooking with cannabis classes. Instead, they use ordinary ingredients while teaching the concepts of infusing food with cannabis.

The couple has so far held six classes since July, with some sessions being sold out. Infusing food with cannabis makes the effects of the cannabis last longer since food isn’t digested and absorbed as quickly as smoking cannabis.

The number of patients on the medical cannabis program has been growing rapidly. For example, by November, the registered patients had more than doubled from the 22,437 who had got medical cannabis cards in April. This massive growth is fueling the demand for the lessons offered by the Parkses.

Many patients, such as Kiara Walker, said that they attended the classes in order to get skills to make edibles. The edibles can be carried around discreetly without attracting any of the stigma that is still directed towards those who smoke cannabis.

However, some people still regard cannabis edibles as another avenue for recreational users to abuse cannabis. Will Parks thinks such an attitude is wrong because people can abuse anything, including food and alcohol.

He emphasizes that the lessons he and his wife conduct pay a lot of attention to cannabis dosing so that patients aren’t exposed to the side-effects of consuming too much cannabis at once. Furthermore, this information on dosing is vital given that the effects of cannabis don’t start as quickly as is the case when you smoke the substance.

That wait time can expose you to the risk of eating too much, so knowledge about dosing requirements will safeguard you against that risk.

Will and his wife don’t just teach and leave it at that. They go a step further and give their students a packet of written instructions so that the people who attend the cooking classes can experiment with different recipes while at home.

This, however, doesn’t seem to quieten the critical voices against cannabis edibles and the classes organized by people like Will Parks and his wife. They say cannabis edibles can still end up in the hands of minors, but such critics forget that medical cannabis is also kept at home where minors may access it if care isn’t taken. Similar precautions are taken to keep edibles out of the wrong hands.

Nonetheless, Generation Alpha, Inc. (OTCQB: GNAL), Global Payout, Inc. (OTC: GOHE) and other participants in the marijuana industry applaud the creativity of Will and Gwenele Parks.

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420 with CNW – Iowa Doctors Reluctant to Embrace Medical Marijuana Program

Iowa is set to launch its new medical marijuana program on December 1 but the doctors within the state seem lukewarm towards this development. Currently, only 325 out of the 7,000 doctors in the state have certified patients to start receiving medical marijuana.

Under Iowa state law, doctors cannot prescribe medical marijuana since it is a controlled substance. They can only give patients written confirmation of the condition for which the patients are eligible to enroll on the medical marijuana program.

The patient can then buy medical cannabis from authorized dispensaries after receiving a medical cannabis card from the state. So far, approximately 600 patients have been certified to get on the medical cannabis program.

Many doctors, such as oncologist Richard Deming, say that they are uneasy about participating in the program because they haven’t seen any scientific research to prove that cannabis has medicinal value.

He also adds that it is hard to recommend a treatment when there isn’t any information regarding the dosing levels for the substance that someone will take as medicine. Deming added that the whole program is different from the way doctors were trained to administer medicine or provide health care.

The Des Maine oncologist ends by saying that it would be helpful if the federal government eased the restrictions on marijuana research so that more scientific data can become available on the medicinal uses of cannabis.

The views of Dr. Deming were echoed by another doctor, Steven Adelman. The physician has only certified a single patient so far. He says more cannabis research is needed to address the concerns of the medical professionals.

Dr. Adelman says that in the present circumstances, one would conclude that the hype about the medical uses of cannabis has gone ahead of any scientific basis for those claims. This needs to be corrected, he adds.

The operators of the licensed medical cannabis dispensaries feel frustrated by the reluctance of doctors to take the first step needed to get patients on the medical marijuana program. They feel that a great disservice is being done to patients since some are reporting that they are finding it difficult to discuss medical cannabis with their primary healthcare givers.

It is unfortunate that such issues are coming up when the state has just expanded the list of qualifying conditions from only uncontrollable seizure disorders and intractable epilepsy to the current list that has nearly two dozen qualifying conditions.

However, there is hope that more doctors will come on board as more awareness drives are conducted to allay any fears they may have. FinCanna Capital Corp. (CSE: CALI) (OTCQB: FNNZF), Generation Alpha, Inc. (OTCQB: GNAL) and other industry players would love to see the concerns of the doctors addressed quickly so that patients can get the care they need.

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