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 – Medical Marijuana Patient Numbers Outpacing Canadian Doctor and Cannabis Supply

The skyrocketing number of patients on the Canadian medical cannabis program is outstripping the capacity of the health system and the product supply to handle that surge in patient numbers, according to doctors who participate in the program.

One year ago, 250,000 patients were enrolled on the medical cannabis program. By the end of December 2018, the number had ballooned to 350,000. Current estimates put the number of patients in the program at more than 400,000. This surge is partially attributed to the legalization of recreational marijuana because this removed the stigma associated with cannabis.

However, this change in cannabis law has created challenges for physicians who prescribe medical marijuana, according to Dr. Sana-Ara Ahmed (a chronic pain specialist). According to Dr. Ahmed, many people no longer view marijuana as a medicine ever since it became available for recreational use.

During a cannabis summit in Calgary last week, Dr. Ahmed revealed that the number of patients registered to use medical marijuana is expected to hit a million by 2025. While patients have been enthusiastic about the program, the same cannot be said about physicians with just 5 percent of them prescribing medical marijuana.

Ahmed added that he is bothered by that discrepancy between the patient number and the number of physicians available to attend to those patients. He would wish to see more physicians understanding the cannabinoid system in the human body and how that system interacts with marijuana.

This discussion has been stifled by the decades of prohibition, and the hangover of that era still lingers. To compound matters, the ongoing shortage of marijuana on the legal market has also affected the medical side and doctors have to deal with the frustration of knowing that the best products, such as dried marijuana flower and CBD oil, aren’t available and yet that’s what would give patients the best results.

Dr. Ahmed also says the supply shortage isn’t all the doctors have to deal with. Many times, they are compelled to prescribe less medical marijuana than a patient requires simply because the cost of the right amount of cannabis is prohibitive for many of those patients. He cites the example of the patients who aren’t working and rely on disability support.

The black market appears to have stepped up to address some of those gaps. One operator of an illegal cannabis operation revealed that he has been serving patients in Calgary who cannot get what they need from the licensed dispensaries. He even works out arrangements to help those who cannot afford to pay for the medical marijuana that they need.

Hemptown USA and Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) hope that the Canadian government does more to address the bottlenecks preventing the medical cannabis program from serving patients fully.

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420 with CNW – Nebraska Legislators Start Debating Medical Marijuana

Lawmakers in Nebraska started debating a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in the state as cannabis advocates pushed to put the matter before voters next year.

Cannabis advocates are unhappy about the legalization bill because, in their view, it is too narrow and restrictive. For example, the bill bans the smoking of medical cannabis yet advocates see smoking as one of the cheapest ways for patients to get their dose of medical cannabis. Other forms require processed cannabis, which is more expensive, so medical marijuana will be out of the reach of many patients if smoking it isn’t allowed.

The activists also have serious concerns about what the bill has to say about qualifying conditions. The proposed law recommends that patients who want to use medical marijuana must have their qualifying condition certified every 90 days. This step is cumbersome and will inconvenience patients a great deal, they say.

Just having a listed qualifying condition will also not be enough to get one on the medical cannabis program. Other requirements must be met as well. For example, patients suffering from a terminal illness can only use medical marijuana if they have less than a year to live, while those with chronic pain must have had it for longer than three months without getting any improvement after taking non-opioid medications.

The debate on this bill was so polarized that the Speaker was forced to halt it barely three hours after it commenced. The sponsors of the bill, such as Sen. Anna Wishart, see no chance of the bill getting sufficient support to pass on the floor of the legislature after witnessing her colleagues spend more time talking about recreational marijuana rather than discussing the bill before them.

Supporters are now considering putting the matter before voters using a ballot measure during the elections next year. They feel that letting voters decide will result in a less restrictive law which is truly aligned with the needs of patients.

For example, the petition will include a call to allow home cultivation of medical marijuana so that patients can reduce how much they have to spend on medical cannabis products.

However, getting medical marijuana legalized through a ballot measure will not be a walk in the park as there are groups which are opposed to any form of marijuana legalization in the state. Some protestors have been describing themselves as “marijuana refugees” who fled from other states where marijuana is legal to Nebraska where the substance hasn’t been legalized either for medicinal or recreational use.

The activists will therefore have to do a lot of work to secure a majority vote if the initiate is to register success. Hemptown USA and Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) wish that the legislators had been more objective and spared the voters the lengthy process of using a ballot measure to give patients another treatment option for their conditions.

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420 with CNW – Ontario Cracks the Whip on Retailers Who Failed to Open on Time

The government in Ontario has enforced the penalties which were written into the conditions for the businesses that were selected to open the first offline cannabis retail stores. The businesses were mandated to open for business by April 1 this year.

Hundreds of companies applied for brick-and-mortar recreational cannabis retail store licenses. However, the province decided to use a lottery to select just 25 businesses because of the persistent supply shortages in the country. The regulators felt that it would be pointless to license many businesses yet those businesses could not be certain that they would have access to inventory to remain operational.

While the method to select which businesses would receive the first set of licenses was rather unorthodox, there was nothing lax about the stringent conditions which were given to the successful applicants.

One of those conditions required each applicant to provide a $50,000 letter of credit to be entered in the draw. Money would be drawn against the letter of credit as a penalty based on how late that business was in opening its doors to the public.

The first installment of penalties was imposed on the businesses which didn’t open by April 1 and more money was drawn against the letters of credit of the entities which hadn’t opened by April 15.

It should be noted that less than half of the 25 licensees opened by the deadline set by the provincial government.

The recent announcement by the Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission that a final draw down was made against the letters of credit of seven businesses which failed to open by April 30 means that the affected businesses have lost the entire $50,000 indicated in the letter of credit.

It isn’t yet clear whether the provincial government is entirely blameless in these delays to open. For example, was the time given to the businesses to meet all the licensing requirements, such as obtaining approval from the local authorities where the businesses wish to operate sufficient, or the province was unrealistic in the deadlines set?

The reality dawning upon those who wish to run cannabis businesses in Ontario is that no one will be spared if they aren’t serious about making use of the license given to them. Ontario means business on matters of recreational cannabis!

Hemptown USA and Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) sympathize with the entrepreneurs who have lost their entire $50,000 letters of credit and hope that there is a mechanism for them to plead their case before the regulators if there were genuine unavoidable reasons for the delay in opening shop.

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420 with CNW – Canadian Addiction Experts Advocate for Improved Access to Cannabis

While many of the reported benefits of cannabis are backed by scientific evidence, others haven’t yet been subjected to scientific scrutiny. However, cannabis’ role in helping to combat addiction problems has received overwhelming support from addition specialists in Canada.

These addiction experts are asking the authorities to take steps and improve access to legal cannabis so that those who are most at risk of addiction to stronger substances can use medical marijuana to reduce their dependence or avoid getting hooked in the first place.

Of particular concern is Vancouver in British Columbia. Back in 2015, the authorities in Vancouver created an exclusion zone covering Downtown’s Eastside.

The intention of the authorities was to prevent medical cannabis dispensaries from being opened in that area with the largest population of addicts in the city.

In short, the city was admitting that there was a drug problem in that area and they felt that quarantining the problem would, in some obscure way, stamp it out.

The city seems to have been guided more by political rather than medical arguments in making that decision, and the addiction problem hasn’t shown any sign of abating since 2015 when the cannabis exclusion zone was created.

Dr. Keith Ahamad, working with the British Columbia Centres on Substance Abuse as a clinical researcher, says the exclusion zone doesn’t make any sense from a public health point of view.

Dr. Ahamad adds that marijuana is less harmful than other addictive substances, such as fentanyl. He therefore advocates for greater access to medical marijuana as a way to reduce the harm caused by addiction to those other drugs.

Other experts, such as Dr. Michael John Milloy, support Ahamad’s view and say that from their research, people who use cannabis on a daily basis are less likely to inject or overdose on other addictive drugs.

Dr. Milloy goes further and explains that cannabis can help addicts to have a better quality of life because it allows them to sleep.

The addiction experts acknowledge that while it doesn’t sound proper to make people switch from one addictive substance to another potentially addictive one, this step makes sense because cannabis is by far less harmful when compared to the other street drugs.

In this case, harm reduction (through the use of cannabis) is a more attainable target than trying to get addicts to quit using street drugs. Making cannabis more accessible through brick and mortar outlets and online retailers can be a first step to facilitating this switch.

Hemptown USA and Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) hope that the voices of the addiction experts will be heard and changes made so that the addiction problem can be tamed in Canada.

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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 – New York Cannabis Legalization Process Hits Major Snag

The process of legalizing recreational marijuana in New York has hit a major snag with the announcement that it isn’t included in the state budget for 2020. This means that it may now be harder to pass the legalization bill as a standalone bill.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has been pushing to have the bill included in the state budget for 2020, but it seems things haven’t gone his way.

The major issue in the way of legalization appears to be disagreements regarding how the program will be implemented. For example, the legislators are sharply divided about the way in which the taxes from recreational weed should be spent.

Another source of disagreement is the insistence by people of color that measures should be included in the law to avail economic opportunities in the industry to the racial groups, such as African Americans, which suffered the most during the war on drugs. Expunging criminal records isn’t enough, they say.

Even Cuomo admits that the task of passing the bill will be harder now that it isn’t included in the budget. However, the Governor is still optimistic that discussions on legalization will continue at a slower pace and a law may be in place this year.

Before this setback, many legislators had expressed reservations about the possibility of reaching a consensus in time to include marijuana legalization in the budget. Their fears just materialized, and cannabis legalization just got a little harder to attain.

The setback in New York State comes just days before neighboring New Jersey was expected to vote on a bill that would legalize recreational pot. However, that vote was called off on Monday (March 25), to the disappointment of marijuana advocates.

The New Jersey vote cancellation was a strategic decision by the Governor, the State Senate leader and the head of the Assembly. They opted to delay the vote so that they work to secure sufficient support for the bill, rather than insisting that the vote happens and the bill fails to get enough support.

You can now see how the situation in New York State is similar to what happened in New Jersey. Both processes have slowed or stalled because of insufficient support or disagreements among legislators despite the overwhelming public support for legalization.

Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) and Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) urge the legislators in New York State to listen to each other and reach a compromise for the good of the people in the state.

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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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