420 with CNW – Delaware Considers Letting Doctors Prescribe Cannabis for Most Ailments

Senator Anthony Delcollo has introduced a bill in the state senate to change the law so that doctors will be free to decide which patient would be helped by medical marijuana instead of first checking whether that patient has a condition listed in the medical marijuana law.

Under the current law which was passed in 2011, patients can only qualify to get onto the medical marijuana program if they have one of the “debilitating conditions” such as terminal illnesses and cancer.

Delcollo argues that doctors undergo extensive training and have a lot of experience in the field. These professionals should be given the liberty to decide what is in the best interest of their patients, he says.

Senate Bill 24 is therefore intended to free doctors to use their discretion in determining whether medical cannabis will provide “palliative or therapeutic benefit” to patients.

The senator argues that this wouldn’t be a new thing since doctors are already exercising their professional discretion to determine which pharmaceuticals on the market are most likely to be beneficial to their patients.

Medical cannabis advocates concur and say that the proposed change is long overdue. They add that it should have been part of the first law that legalized medical marijuana in the state in 2011.

The bill is also intended to ease the restrictions on the kinds of medical specialists that are authorized to recommend the use of medical cannabis by patients who are younger than 18. However, the change would not alter the current provision stating that patients who are less than 18 can only use cannabis oil and not any other form of medical marijuana.

Senate Bill 24 enjoys bipartisan sponsorship and support, so it is hoped that the lawmakers will debate it thoroughly and give it the nod.

If it passes, Delaware will join Oklahoma and Maine as the only states that give doctors such leeway in deciding who can or cannot be treated using medical marijuana.

It hasn’t been an easy journey for Delaware to get to this point. It should be recalled that there were endless delays in opening the compassion centers where patients could access medical cannabis. To date, only four such centers are operational in the state.

More recently, there were plans to legalize recreational marijuana legislatively. More than a year was taken to debate the bill and when a vote was called, the bill was defeated by just four votes in June last year. No other recreational marijuana bill has yet been tabled during this legislative session.

Be that as it may, Global Payout, Inc. (OTC: GOHE), Golden Developing Solutions, Inc. (OTC: DVLP) and the entire investment community are hoping that this time round, appropriate legislation improving the medical cannabis environment is passed so that all interested parties, such as patients, can benefit.

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420 with CNW – New Hampshire House Committee Okays Medical Cannabis Home-Grows

As momentum gathers to legalize recreational cannabis in New Hampshire, a House committee has passed a bill permitting patients enrolled on the medical cannabis program to grow their own marijuana, as well as other measures intended to expand the medical marijuana program.

The Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee of the New Hampshire Assembly voted on Tuesday last week to allow patients or their caregivers to have three mature cannabis plants, three immature plants as well as 12 seedlings of cannabis.

The bill also included a raise on the cap of medical marijuana that a patient could have from 6 to 8 ounces.

The move to allow patients to grow their own cannabis and also possess higher amounts of the substance is intended to ease the inconveniences that some patients in distant locations were facing in accessing one of the four medical marijuana dispensaries run by the state.

The contents of the bill are also intended to allow patients to customize their medical cannabis without incurring a high cost. For example, one patient (Heather Marie Brown) revealed that she spends $400 each month on medical cannabis to treat PTSD. However, with home-grows now set to be allowed, she will spend approximately $150 to grow all the cannabis she needs for her condition.

There were calls for the committee members to increase the number of qualifying conditions, but this wasn’t acted on because the lawmakers felt that it was premature for them to make a decision on that matter yet a special committee of medical experts set up to advise the State on the qualifying conditions is scheduled to meet this month (March) to discuss that same matter.

One of the qualifying conditions that was being considered for addition to the list is opioid addiction. However, many legislators were hesitant to approve its inclusion because there was insufficient evidence that cannabis could wean people off prescription opioids. Other lawmakers didn’t think it would be good to recommend the use of one potentially addictive substance as a replacement for another addictive substance/drug.

Meanwhile, the entire House is scheduled to vote on a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana across the state. Previous attempts to get recreational cannabis legalized in the state met with dismal failure, but hopes of success are high this time round since Democrats now have control of both the Senate and the Assembly.

For the sake of the patients and the general population in New Hampshire, Global Payout Inc. (OTC: GOHE) and Golden Developing Solutions Inc. (OTC: DVLP) wish for a speedy conclusion to the different bills before the legislators.

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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 – Israeli Cabinet Approves Export of Marijuana Products

Toward the end of last year, we reported that the Israeli parliament had passed a bill permitting local companies to export medical marijuana. However, there were fears that the cabinet may wait until after elections before pronouncing itself on this matter. It turns out that those concerns were premature because the cabinet has given its approval and cannabis firms can start processing the necessary paperwork to sell medical cannabis abroad.

The cabinet’s decision leaned on the recommendations made by an inter-ministerial committee (finance and health ministries) that was tasked with studying the Act of parliament and then advise the cabinet on the matter.

The committee took note of the advanced research, technology and regulatory capabilities of the country as major advantages that would make Israeli medical cannabis competitive on the world market.

The worldwide medical cannabis market is growing rapidly from an estimated valuation of $8.3bn in 2017 to about $28bn by 2024. Medical cannabis exports would earn Israeli firms about $1.09bn each year.

The Ministry of Finance agreed to channel some of the money earned from cannabis exports to the Ministry of Health.

Currently, there are eight companies that grow medical cannabis in Israel. The approval of exports is good news to them because the domestic market wasn’t large enough to sustain these producers as well as those who are still queuing to get licenses.

Medical cannabis exports will be tightly regulated since cannabis is a drug that is subject to strict controls internationally. Israeli companies will get an export permit issued by the Ministry of Health and approved by the police. These companies will then export medical cannabis to other companies in Europe. Those companies should have also obtained permits to import medical cannabis.

Israel is likely to enjoy several advantages when compared to other countries, such as Canada, that export medical cannabis. For example, Israel is closer to most European markets when compared to its competitors.

Secondly, Israel is renowned for having very strict regulatory systems and its research capabilities are famous across the world. This makes Israeli medical cannabis exports to have a good reputation on the market when compared to other exporters whose domestic regulatory mechanisms aren’t so rigorous.

As you can see, different countries are positioning themselves to control a large share of the international medical cannabis market. The question is, when will the U.S. wake up and catch up with the other countries that are already active in the medical cannabis space? The sooner federal marijuana laws are reformed, the better for the U.S. cannabis industry. This speedy legal reform is what entities like Golden Developing Solutions, Inc. (OTC: DVLP) and Global Payout, Inc. (OTC: GOHE) have been hoping to see for years.

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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 – Does Marijuana Legalization Bring Economic Salvation or Just Hype?

One of the major arguments made in favor of marijuana legalization is that it will bring economic transformation to the community. The states that have so far legalized cannabis seem to give credence to this expectation. However, could marijuana legalization have another side that legislators and advocates don’t pay ample attention to?

It is a given that tax dollars start flowing into state coffers when cannabis is legalized. This is because every sale made attracts state and local taxes that are remitted to the relevant entities. Cannabis criminalization just creates business for the criminal world without bringing any benefits to the state or local community.

Secondly, contractors and real estate agents earn even before legal sales begin. This is because these professionals get to work setting up the places from which the legal sale of cannabis will take place.

Thirdly, law enforcement personnel and other resources are diverted to address other pressing law enforcement priorities instead of being saddled with chasing down petty criminals for possessing marijuana.

Furthermore, tourism also booms when marijuana legalization takes place. Just think about the thousands or millions of people who will visit Planet 13 in Las Vegas each year! Jobs are also created once retail sales begin, and those jobs generate more taxes and other benefits. In fact, research has it that every dollar that goes to legal weed generates at least $2.4 in economic activity.

But, there is another side that needs to be considered as well.

Marijuana companies seem to be engaged in a race to the bottom when one considers the rate at which cannabis prices are dropping. As the recent MJBizCon in Las Vegas showed, innovative ways to grow cannabis are being introduced and those techniques will bring the cost of cannabis even lower.

Lower prices affect the taxes collected by states where cannabis is legal. The drop in tax collections can get so serious that some states (Colorado, for example) are raising the rates in order to shore up tax revenues from the industry.

Another unwanted outcome of the dropping marijuana prices is that cannabis companies are tittering on the brink of bankruptcy due to reduced profitability. This threatens the jobs and taxes anticipated from the industry in the long run.

California is pioneering the way forward by changing from taxing marijuana based on the price at which it has been sold to taxing it based on the weight of the product. It is hoped that this new approach will allow cannabis companies to retain more revenue and stay afloat.

However, a better prospect for the industry would be the legalization of cannabis at the federal level. How would this help the industry? It would remove the current forced fragmentation where each company has to set up infrastructure for the entire value chain in each state where it operates.

Marijuana would cross state lines, so the players are likely to consolidate their operations and lower operational costs in order to lock in more profits. Additionally, access to international markets would also help to bolster revenues and protect the local economy.

All in all, the few shortcomings seen above pale in comparison to the massive benefits observed after legalization. Cannabis companies like Global Payout, Inc. (OTC: GOHE) and Golden Developing Solutions, Inc. (OTC: DVLP) are certainly optimistic about the future of the industry, and that is why they are continuing to invest massively in their operations.

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