CannabisNewsBreaks – MustGrow Biologics Corp. (CSE: MGRO) Developing Natural Biopesticide Products to Ensure Compliant, Pest-Free Cannabis Production

Agricultural biotech company MustGrow Biologics (CSE: MGRO) is engaged in the development and commercialization of a portfolio of natural biopesticides and biofertilizer products for the cannabis industry. A recent article discussing the company reads, “Canada’s licensed producers (‘LPs’) are required by law to demonstrate that no unauthorized pesticides were used on their products or contaminated them (http://cnw.fm/QFu7L), and mandatory testing is underway to ensure that LPs comply. Failure of Health Canada’s sampling and testing program for unauthorized pest control products could result in product seizure or destruction, recall of products sold, suspension or revocation of the firm’s license, or a monetary penalty of up to C$1 million, according to Health Canada. . . . Through MustGrow’s eventual suite of biostimulant/biofertilizer offerings, Canadian cannabis license holders may have access to products that aid in the production of compliant, pest-free cannabis. MustGrow’s science-based suite of signature products have already demonstrated control of many soil-borne diseases and pests that affect cannabis production, including Botrytis (grey mold), Pythium root rot, Rhizoctonia fungus, Fusarium, nematodes, Verticillium wilt, Phytophthora root rot and Sclerotinia. MustGrow’s products are recognized as safe and are EPA- and PRMA-approved for use on fruits and vegetables.”

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About MustGrow Biologics Corp.

MustGrow is an agricultural biotech company focused on developing and commercializing its patented natural biologic product that acts as a pesticide, fungicide nematicide and fertilizer. Targeting the fruit, vegetable, turf, ornamentals and cannabis industries, MustGrow has designed a U.S. EPA-approved organic solution that uses the mustard seed’s natural defense mechanisms to protect plants from pests and diseases. Approximately $9 million has been spent on 110 independent tests, validating MustGrow’s remarkably safe and effective granular product. MustGrow’s granular product is EPA-approved across all key U.S. states as a fertilizer and pesticide (currently limited to fertilizer in California) and is designated by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency as a fruit, vegetable, turf and ornamental biopesticide and biofertilizer. In the cannabis space, MustGrow is currently developing reliable, safe and biological solutions that adhere to Health Canada’s strict regulations. MustGrow is positioning its signature product as an effective preplant soil treatment, reducing the chance for any added soil to a greenhouse to bring in pests or diseases. MustGrow expects its biopesticide and biofertilizer will help licensed cannabis producers control the same conditions addressed in fruit and vegetable crops. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.MustGrow.ca.

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420 with CNW – Canadian Startup Makes Headway in Developing Marijuana Breathalyzer for US Police

Y-Combinator, a startup accelerator based in California, has picked interest in an Ontario-based startup which is developing a breathalyzer that can detect both alcohol and marijuana on the breath of drivers. Y-Combinator is known for having worked with Airbnb, Dropbox and Reddit, so the Canadian startup should be given ample attention if it has caught the eye of this startup accelerator.

SannTek Labs Inc. is the company behind the breathalyzer. This company was founded by two engineering graduate students at the University of Waterloo. The duo plan to develop a testing device which is more robust, more accurate and less invasive than what is currently available on the market. The current THC testing equipment on the market requires a saliva or blood sample.

According to survey data released by Statistics Canada, the Canadian federal government agency responsible for collecting data, approximately 1.4 million Canadian residents in 2018 reported that they had ever travelled in a car driven by someone who had used cannabis within the previous two hours. Such statistics underscore how important roadside marijuana testing equipment is, and the nanotechnology-driven SannTek 315 breathalyzer is an answer to that need.

However, the authorities have to contend with the reality that while it is easy to detect alcohol, marijuana presents numerous challenges since it is fat-soluble. The THC in marijuana may remain in someone’s muscle tissues without that individual showing any sign that they are intoxicated by the drug.

Consequently, it is harder to prove cannabis intoxication when compared to proving that someone is intoxicated/impaired by alcohol.

This is where the SannTek 315 device comes in. The makers of this device claim that their invention has the capability of making an accurate determination of how much THC a person consumed within the past 3-4 hours. Based on these findings, the police can decide whether the person can be prosecuted or not.

This claim may be questionable, given that the scientific community is yet to agree on how much THC can impair a person. To compound matters further, tolerance levels vary, so what can impair one person may not have any effect on another person who uses marijuana more regularly or heavily.

Nevertheless, the innovators at SannTek Labs Inc. hope that their device will attract the attention (and money) of police departments in the U.S. For that to happen, the U.S. NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has to first test and approve the products for use. Each device is estimated to cost between $800 and $1,000 although the products aren’t on sale as yet.

Industry watchers are of the view that the cannabis industry, including actors like MustGrow Biologics Corp. (CSE: MGRO) and Nabis Holdings (CSE: NAB) (OTC: NABIF) (FRA: 71P), may be looking to innovators like the ones at SannTek Labs Inc. for solutions to some of the nagging questions about cannabis use by drivers.

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420 with CNW – Florida Personal Injury Lawyer Turns Around and Decides to Back Marijuana Legalization Drive

Last week, we reported that Regulate Florida, an advocacy group campaigning to put marijuana legalization on the 2020 state ballot had gathered enough valid votes to get the Supreme Court to review the language of their petition and that John Morgan, the personal injury lawyer who had bankrolled an initiative to legalize medical marijuana had declined to support the current push to legalize recreational marijuana saying that in his opinion, Florida wasn’t ready for such a shift. Now the lawyer has made a 180-degree turn and has decided to put his weight behind efforts to make adult-use marijuana legal in the state in 2020.

Initially, John Morgan had opted to back an initiative to raise the minimum wage in Florida rather than support attempts to get a measure on recreational marijuana voted on during the next elections.

However, the lawyer wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday that he was too old to care (about what critics think) and that he believed that marijuana should be legal in Florida. Morgan said that he believes that there is time and money to push for legalization through a ballot measure and now that he had helped to gather sufficient signatures to put the minimum wage issue on the ballot, he would now turn his attention to marijuana legalization.

The self-appointed “pot daddy” wrote that his change of mind came about after marijuana industry leaders who had the financial muscle to get marijuana legalized sooner rather than later approached him and asked for his involvement.

John Morgan admitted that while getting a measure approved for inclusion on the ballot will be very hard, such an initiative will pass with overwhelming support once the matter is up for a decision on Election Day.

Morgan was tightlipped about the identity of the “industry leaders” who contacted him, but one of the legalization campaigns is being spearheaded by a lobbyist who is on the payroll of MedMen, a medical marijuana dispensary chain.

Any measure that is included on the ballot must get at least 60 percent voter approval before the constitution can be amended. In 2014, Morgan backed a move to have medical marijuana legalized but that campaign only garnered 58 percent support, which was just shy of the proportion needed to amend the constitution.

For now, analysts believe that industry participants like Marijuana Company of America Inc. (OTCQB: MCOA) and MustGrow Biologics Corp. (CSE: MGRO) could be relieved that the experienced marijuana campaigner has jumped into the fray even if he hasn’t yet decided which particular campaign he intends to join.

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420 with CNW – Michigan Names 19 Communities to Benefit from Marijuana Social Equity Program

Michigan has unveiled the details of the communities that will benefit from the marijuana Social Equity Program of the state. The MRA (Marijuana Regulatory Authority) made this announcement while releasing the list of 19 communities and the different ways in which applicants from those communities will benefit.

The 19 disadvantaged communities are Detroit, Benton Harbor, East Lansing, Albion, Flint, Ecorse, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Inkster, Kalamazoo, Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Morris, Muskegon Heights, Muskegon, Niles, Pontiac, Saginaw, River Rouge and Ypsilanti.

During an exercise that lasted several months, the Marijuana Regulatory Authority put 150 stakeholders in workgroups and solicited input from them on how to select the disadvantaged communities that will benefit from the Social Equity Program, how qualifying individuals from those selected communities will be identified and what services or support should be provided to those selected individuals in the disproportionately affected communities identified. An online survey was also conducted seeking input on those same matters and 688 people responded to the survey.

From the results received, the MRA decided that disadvantaged communities would be selected based the number of marijuana-related convictions and the rate of poverty in those communities.

Taking the state’s marijuana conviction rate as a benchmark, counties that exceeded that state-level rate were identified for inclusion in the Social Equity Program.

From that group of counties, specific communities in which at least 30 percent of the population lived below the poverty level as defined by the federal government were selected.

MRA plans to start receiving applications from those intending to start marijuana businesses on Nov. 1 this year. Before that date, the authority will visit the 19 selected communities several times to educate the targeted population about the application and licensing process in relation to the Social Equity Program.

The representatives of MRA’s Social Equity Program will also help people from those communities to fill applications for participation in the Social Equity Program. These applications will then be scrutinized to confirm that those individuals qualify to benefit from the program.

The people who qualify stand to enjoy up to 60 percent reductions on the applicable fees for a marijuana business license.

For example, being a resident of one of the 19 listed communities for at least five years will earn the qualifying applicant a 25 percent waiver on the payable fees.

An additional 25 percent waiver will also be given to those who are the majority shareholders in the planned marijuana business which will be located within the disadvantaged community. The individual holding the majority ownership stake must also have a cannabis-related conviction in order to qualify for this additional 25 percent fee waiver.

A further 10 percent waiver will also be given to the Social Equity Program applicants who have also served as registered caregivers for at least two years in the period 2008-2017.

The members of the 19 communities will also get help in addressing all the issues related to running a marijuana business in the state. These include tax matters, employment law, workplace safety and health, environmental issues among others. Applicants will also be linked to other state departments and agencies whose services are pertinent to the marijuana industry.

The Social Equity Program appears to be a well thought-out plan that analysts believe will please cannabis industry players like Nabis Holdings Inc. (CSE: NAB) (OTC: NABIF) (FRA: 71P) and MustGrow Biologics Corp. (CSE: MGRO) that insist action must be taken to correct the wrongs committed during the war on drugs.

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