420 with CNW – American Cannabis Sales Expected to Double on 4/20

For the uninitiated, 4/20 in the marijuana industry can be equated to Fourth of July. The exact origin of that “holiday” isn’t known, but there is speculation that the day is named after the time of the day (4:20 p.m.) when a group of students would meet outside their high school in the 1970s to hunt for some legendary cannabis plants that had been abandoned. According to that myth, those students never found that marijuana crop, so they doggedly kept up their search.

On 4/20, sales of marijuana are expected to, at the very least, double at all retail facilities in the U.S. states where recreational cannabis is legal.

This projection is drawn from the data collected by Headset Inc. The statistics show that historically, 4/20 has been the busiest day for pot sellers. This is especially true when that date falls on a Friday.

According to Headset Inc., 4/20 last year saw a 111 percent jump in sales when the sales on that day were compared to the cannabis sales on four Fridays before that day and another four after the “holiday.” The data analyzed was taken from Washington State, Nevada, Colorado and California.

In comparison, beer sales registered a modest jump in the two weeks that included July 4. Only a 33 percent rise in sales was discovered when the number crunchers did the math. This shows that cannabis “holidays” draw a more enthusiastic weed buyer response when compared to the way beer consumers behave on July 4.

Another way to see it would be that the trajectory of cannabis sales is on a sharp rise while beer sales reached their peak long ago, so holidays cannot trigger major movements in the market.

As already indicated, last year’s 4/20 fell on a Friday, a day when cannabis consumers seem to visit retail outlets more. This year’s 4/20 will be on Saturday, so that brings even better news to recreational cannabis retailers since the “eve” of 4/20 will be a magnet to buyers and the “holiday” itself will also inspire cannabis consumers to spend on weed. Chances are therefore high that marijuana sales will be record-breaking during that long Easter weekend.

The cannabis crowd across the border in Canada will not enjoy the day as much as their American counterparts will. This is because any added demand for recreational cannabis in Canada will be dampened by the persistent supply shortages that have refused to go away since weed was legalized on October 17, 2018.

Queues will be longer on that day, especially in places like Toronto where retail facilities are limited. And unfortunately, not all who line up will leave a retail store with their first-choice cannabis product. Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) and Marijuana Company of America (OTCQB: MCOA) look forward to the day when there will be no more cannabis shortages in Canada so that the people there can access all the products that they want.

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420 with CNW – Student-Organized Event Discusses Cannabis on Sidelines of Michigan Hash Bash

Every year, a Hash Bash festival is held in Ann Arbor as a day of having fun and entertainment. This year, law students at Michigan Law School worked with the organizers of the Hash Bash festival to host an event at the law school to discuss marijuana legalization politics.

This event was held yesterday (Sunday, April 7) while the Hash Bash took place on Saturday. The organizers of the event at Michigan Law School wanted to educate members of the public about issues related to marijuana. Several panelists made presentations on various issues.

Ari Goldstein, a law student who was one of the organizers, remarked that marijuana legalization brings entrepreneurial opportunities that haven’t been seen since the Great Depression, so every effort must be taken to prepare people to seize those opportunities.

Kevin Boehnke, who is a research fellow at Michigan University’s Department of Anesthesiology, revealed during his presentation that several patient studies point to the fact that more patients are opting for medical marijuana to manage pain instead of using prescription opioids.

The shift is due to the better symptom relief experienced by patients, and the concerns about the documented side effects of prescription opioids.

Another panelist, Gus Rosania (a professor of pharmacological sciences) handled the topic of natural vs. synthetic cannabis ingredients. Rosania dispelled the misconception that synthetic cannabis is different from natural cannabis.

He revealed that at the basic level, synthetic marijuana is chemically identical to natural marijuana, so it is hard to tell the two apart. He added that it was only because different ingredients could be isolated and made in a lab that it was possible to identify the different cannabinoids in marijuana.

Andrew Brisbo, the head of Michigan’s Bureau of Marijuana Regulation, was also in attendance to talk about the ramifications of the legalization of recreational cannabis in the state. He revealed that he had a huge task on his desk to put together a program for recreational cannabis implementation in just a year from the time the law was passed.

Brisbo intimated that one way that he was using to get everything done correctly is by engaging different stakeholders in order to tap their perspectives when putting together an implementation plan.

Many people in the audience expressed their frustration about how hard it was for them to get a medical cannabis prescription from their doctors. Brisbo expressed sympathy for their plight and revealed that it wasn’t easy to change attitudes about cannabis after such a long time of prohibition. He added that efforts were underway to give physicians more information about medical cannabis so that they can gradually warm up to prescribing it to their patients who qualify for such treatment.

Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) and Marijuana Company of America, Inc. (OTCQB: MCOA) welcome such engagements between regulators, patients, professors and other stakeholders since such interactions can result in better cannabis industry policies.

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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 – Workers’ Compensation Being Modified to Incorporate Medical Cannabis in Canada

You would expect that with more than 17 years of existence in Canada, medical cannabis should have already led to policy changes in various aspects of life in the country. However, if the claims of injured workers are anything to go by, workers’ compensation guidelines have been slow in changing to accommodate this form of treatment. Now matters are beginning to shift as the discussion below shows.

More Workers Winning in Tribunals

Mellissa Ellsworth is just one of 10 patients who have won hearings in Nova Scotia’s workers’ comp tribunal set up to assess whether the Workers’ Compensation Board should cover the cost of medical marijuana. It took her five years to get this approval.

Alberta’s board has so far also accepted to cover the medical marijuana costs of 10 workers who were injured on the job. New Brunswick shines in this regard because it has so far approved 71 patients’ applications for medical cannabis costs coverage under workers’ comp policies.

It is saddening that patients have to endure years of pain as their applications slowly make their way through the red tape of the Workers’ Compensation Boards in the different provinces and territories. For example, the neurological pain experienced by Melissa Ellsworth led her to take a total of 26 pills on a daily basis just to function as a normal human. She now takes only cannabis and enjoys a better quality of life.

The good news amidst all this is that for each patient who gets approval, more are encouraged to table their requests before the different boards. Eventually, medical cannabis will become a normal form of treatment and no patient will have to go through what the pioneers like Melissa Ellsworth had to endure to get approval.

Doctors’ Prescriptions Rarely Considered

You would think that the different Workers’ Compensation Boards would attach some weight to the recommendations provided by the primary healthcare providers of the patients who apply for coverage.

However, only Quebec recognizes and acts upon those recommendations. Other boards convene their own medical team sittings to assess the eligibility of a patient for medical cannabis. Why should this happen when Health Canada screens patients before giving them a medical cannabis card?

Caps on Daily Cannabis Consumption

Nearly all provinces and territories that are even willing to consider paying for medical cannabis for injured workers impose a three gram cap on how much medical cannabis a patient can claim coverage for each day.

While there may be valid reasons for this cap, it would be reasonable for these boards to acknowledge that different patients have different needs, so mechanisms should be available for those who need more to be covered without major hassles. Even Health Canada allows patients to grow hundreds of cannabis plants if they need a lot on a daily basis for their treatment. But, workers’ comp boards still insist on three grams a day!

But, There’s Progress…

Amidst this huge cloud hovering over injured workers in Canada, winds of change are slowly picking up. Last year, New Brunswick set the stage by passing medical cannabis guidelines. Prince Edward Island followed suit, and now Nova Scotia is drafting its own set of guidelines.

While all this is happening in Canada, one wonders what the situation is here in the U.S. With most marijuana businesses still struggling to access banking services, it is hard to picture what patients may be going through if they wish to have their medical cannabis costs covered by workers’ comp insurance. Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) and Marijuana Company of America (OTCQB: MCOA) decry the slow rate at which workers’ compensation is evolving to accommodate medical cannabis. This isn’t only denying patients a viable treatment option, but it is also limiting the investment opportunities that would boost the economy.

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420 with CNW – This is How Much Recreational Pot Canadians Bought in 2018

If you were asked to make a random guess about how much weed Canadians bought (and presumably consumed) since recreational marijuana was legalized in October last year, what would you say? Well, Statistics Canada released recreational cannabis sales data and the figures are surprising, to say the least.

The statistics show that in October last year, Canadians bought recreational cannabis worth $32.7 million while November sales amounted to $40.4 million. In December, Canadians bought recreational cannabis products worth $41.9 million.

These figures are considered to be highly reliable because the Canadian marijuana market is highly regulated. You should therefore not doubt that the first three months of legal recreational pot resulted in total sales of $115 million. That is shocking, given all the hype that accompanied the lead up to legalization.

However, a number of factors may explain why annual recreational cannabis sales are likely to be far less than was predicted.

First, the persistent supply shortages have made it hard for all Canadian who would like to use weed to buy the substance as often as they would like. Without weed on the shelves, where would the sales come from? Many licensed producers predict that it may take years for them to ramp up their production to a level that can meet the current demand.

Secondly, Health Canada has also played a part in dampening the performance of the recreational cannabis sector. The regulator has been very slow in processing the applications for the different entities that would like to become licensed producers/cultivators of cannabis in the country. There are claims that Health Canada takes several months or even years to make a decision on an application. This sluggish way of conducting their business has made it hard for enough producers to be active in the country, hence the supply shortages.

Another reason for the low recreational cannabis sales has to do with a shortage of packaging and processing facilities. There are reports that harvested cannabis takes unnecessarily long to reach the shelves of retail outlets because the few processers licensed in the country cannot handle the volume of weed available for processing and packaging.

Not surprisingly, the packaging and processing problem also goes back to Health Canada who have been slow in issuing processing or packaging licenses to interested players.

Finally, the provinces may also have a role to play in the dismal sales statistics. For example, Ontario has only been selling recreational cannabis through the state-run online outlets. While there are plans to open offline stores, the current sale in online stores alone has reduced the potential sales that would have been made in the densely populated cities within the province.

Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) and Marijuana Company of America Inc. (OTCQB: MCOA) look forward to a speedy resolution of all the limiting factors above so that the Canadian cannabis industry can reach its full potential.

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420 with CNW – Four Ways Cannabis Entrepreneurs are Using AI in Sales and Ecommerce

As the marijuana industry has grown and become more widely accepted, many tech companies have introduced new products to enable the cannabis industry. Here are the four major AI products that marijuana businesses are deploying to boost sales and make ecommerce more successful.

Chatbots

The explosion of interest in cannabis means that the limited staff of marijuana companies can easily be overwhelmed if they decided to address each person’s queries without the help of AI.

Chatbots have been introduced to engage customers and potential customers quickly and efficiently by providing all the information one needs. For example, the chatbot can take a potential customer through the different cannabis strains that may help to ease the symptoms that the client is experiencing. These bots have revolutionized the way cannabis businesses attend to their customers at a time when people make a query and expect an answer to it “yesterday.”

Finding Leads

One of the hardest aspects of selling is to find prospects. Cannabis businesses are turning to AI tools, such as Node, to generate lists of potential customers. This is a more reliable method than the traditional way of buying lists of prospects who often turned out to be uninterested in what one was selling.

Filtering Prospects

It is one thing to get a list of prospects and it is another matter to filter them into warm or cold prospects. That is where AI comes in. Artificial intelligence systems are now available to analyze data in order to establish which particular products a potential customer has been searching for.

The findings of such AI systems can help sales personnel to concentrate their efforts on those individuals that are most likely to make a purchase instead of spending time and effort on people with a low possibility of making a purchase. An example of this type of AI system is Netra. This system understands consumer preferences by analyzing the visual content on different social media platforms.

Sales Forecasting

As you may know, there is always a multitude of demands competing for the resources that any company has at its disposal. The same applies to cannabis businesses. One of the best ways to determine how to allocate those scarce resources is by forecasting sales so that intelligent decisions can be made for the company.

AI systems have been deployed to forecast cannabis sales so that businesses can plan for the future more effectively, such as by making decisions on when to scale up or down.

While some people may think that AI has come to take cannabis jobs, the truth is that AI can only go so far. For example, AI fails dismally at comprehending the nuances of language based on different contexts and humans have to step in at such points. Cannabis businesses should therefore regard AI as an aid to their workforce rather than as a tool to cut back on human employees. Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) and Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) look forward to seeing even more AI products in every aspect of the cannabis industry.

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420 with CNW – Cannabis Could Prevent Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, Researchers Reveal

Many athletes, such as footballers, commit suicide or die as a result of the brain trauma caused while they engage in contact sports. Chronic traumatic endephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative neurological condition, is one such brain trauma disease that conventional medicine has found so hard to prevent or treat partly because the condition can only be diagnosed posthumously. Now a number of scientists and researchers are suggesting that cannabis may help to prevent or alleviate the symptoms of this disease whose victims are mainly athletes (particularly footballers).

One study conducted in Israel found that the use of cannabis improved blood flow to the brain and prevented brain tissues from dying. While this study was conducted on rats and mice with head trauma, it brings hope for a solution to a problem from which 99 percent of all dead NFL players suffered, researchers say.

Another study conducted in the U.S. concluded that cannabis possesses neuro-protective properties because of the antioxidants it contains. In fact, Kyle Turley, a retired NFL player, uses cannabis to treat the traumatic brain injury he suffers from resulting from his days as a player. Turley was also a friend of another NFL player, Junior Seau, who fatally shot himself in 2012. Brain specialists who examined samples of Seau’s brain found that his suicidal tendency was due to CTE.

Apart from causing people to be suicidal, CTE causes depression, aggression, confusion, dementia and mood swings.

Turley is now an avid advocate for the use of cannabis to treat neurological conditions, especially among athletes.

His mission isn’t farfetched because a number of companies have been developing cannabis-based remedies for different neurological conditions. For example, KannaLife Sciences is developing a synthetic cannabis pill that is intended to prevent CTE in athletes. The company also makes other CBD-based remedies.

Another company, GW Pharmaceuticals, has already obtained FDA approval for Epidiolex, a CBD-based drug that can treat two forms of rare pediatric epilepsy. Epilepsy is a neurological condition, just like CTE. Epidiolex has already proved to be effective for some of the kids with the forms of epilepsy for which it was developed.

It should be noted that treating brain injury isn’t achieved by CBD alone. A study whose findings were published in The American Surgeon showed that patients who suffered brain injuries and tested positive for THC suffered fewer fatalities than those who didn’t test positive for THC.

Such findings provide good news to Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) and other players in the cannabis industry like Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) because it offers a possible solution to a problem (CTE) that could be affecting millions of athletes.

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