420 with CNW – California Audit Uncovers 3,000 Illegal Marijuana Businesses

An audit done by a marijuana business association has revealed that the number of black market cannabis industry players is thrice the number of the licensed marijuana businesses in the state.

The audit, whose findings were made public on Wednesday, indicates that there are 2,835 illegal marijuana businesses operating within California while the statistics from the Bureau of Cannabis Control show that only 873 companies are licensed to conduct marijuana-related business activities within…

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CannabisNewsBreaks – Organigram Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: OGI) (TSX: OGI) Receives Health Canada Approval to Bring Moncton Facility’s Annualized Licensed Capacity to 76,000 kg Target

Organigram Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: OGI) (TSX: OGI), the parent company of Organigram Inc., a leading licensed producer of cannabis, today announced its receipt of Health Canada approval, effective September 6, 2019, for the licensing of 17 additional cultivation rooms under the Cannabis Regulations. According to the update, the new cultivation rooms represent an increased target production capacity of approximately 15,000 kg per year. These are the company’s first 17 rooms licensed within its Phase 4B expansion and now brings its Moncton facility’s annualized licensed capacity to a target of 76,000 kg. “Once again, we are pleased to receive licensing approval consistent with our expectations and the streamlined process we have experienced to date,” Organigram CEO Greg Engel said in the news release. “Our Phase 4 facility expansion remains on schedule to meet growing demand and further contribute to efficiencies of scale.”

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Organigram Holdings Inc. is a NASDAQ Global Select and TSX listed company whose wholly owned subsidiary, Organigram Inc., is a licensed producer of cannabis and cannabis-derived products in Canada. Organigram is focused on producing high-quality, indoor-grown cannabis for patients and adult recreational consumers in Canada, as well as developing international business partnerships to extend the company’s global footprint. Organigram has also developed a portfolio of legal adult use recreational cannabis brands including The Edison Cannabis Company, Ankr Organics, Trailer Park Buds and Trailblazer. Organigram’s primary facility is located in Moncton, New Brunswick and the company is regulated by the Cannabis Act and the Cannabis Regulations (Canada). For more information, visit the company’s website at www.Organigram.ca.

* The forward looking estimate of target production capacity, once fully operational, is based on a number of material factors and assumptions. Please see the Company’s latest MD&A.

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420 with CNW – Israel to Triple Medical Marijuana Production

According to Israeli media, the government has issued an additional seven medical marijuana cultivation licenses. This decision will result in the tripling of the amount of medical marijuana grown in the country.

The seven companies granted cultivation licenses are Elpis Flora, Briev Agricultural Crops, Medical Cannabis Growing, Rami Sela, Shavit Agro, Natali Buskila and S. Sydan. It is expected that these seven entities will be in position to avail medical marijuana products to…

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CannabisNewsBreaks – Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX.V: OGI) (NASDAQ: OGI) Gains Media Attention Following Four Profitable Quarters

Organigram Holdings (TSX.V: OGI) (NASDAQ: OGI), the parent company of Organigram Inc., a leading licensed producer of cannabis, recently received coverage in a Bloomberg article discussing OGI’s financial results for the last four quarters (http://cnw.fm/sBS4g). An article further discussing the company reads, “Organigram’s Q3 and fiscal year-to-date results represent some of the strongest operating and financial metrics amongst Canadian licensed producers. With one of the lowest cultivation costs per gram and continued discipline on selling, general and administrative expenses, Organigram’s results place it in the top tier of the Canadian industry. . . . As per the Bloomberg article, Organigram’s sustainable profitability is an outlier due to the fact that the industry has been experiencing some negative developments. Regulatory measures have been undertaken in Canada against some of the cultivators to ensure compliance. Other firms have been registering lower than expected sales, significant negative-adjusted EBITDA and shrinking margins in recent quarters.”

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Organigram Holdings is a TSX Venture Exchange and NASDAQ Global Select-listed company whose wholly owned subsidiary, Organigram Inc., is a licensed producer of cannabis and cannabis-derived products in Canada. Organigram is focused on producing the highest-quality, indoor-grown cannabis for patients and adult-recreational consumers in Canada, as well as developing international business partnerships to extend the company’s global footprint. Organigram has also developed a portfolio of legal adult-use recreational cannabis brands including the Edison Cannabis Company, Ankr Organics, Trailer Park Buds and Trailblazer. Organigram’s primary facility is located in Moncton, New Brunswick, and the company is regulated by the Cannabis Act and the Cannabis Regulations (Canada). For more information, visit the company’s website at www.Investors.Organigram.ca.

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Organigram Holdings Inc.’s (TSX: OGI) (NASDAQ: OGI) Commitment to Corporate Governance, Fiscal Discipline a ‘Rarity in the Industry’

  • Organigram’s corporate governance distinguishes the company in the cannabis industry
  • OGI’s consistent financial performance positions it as an “anomaly in the Canadian cannabis market”
  • The company recently upgraded from the TSX Venture Exchange to the Toronto Stock Exchange

Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX: OGI) (NASDAQ: OGI), the parent company of Organigram Inc., a leading Canadian licensed producer (LP) of premium-quality cannabis and extract-based products, is focused on producing high-quality, indoor-grown cannabis for patients and adult-recreational consumers. Championing that cause is Organigram’s leadership team, a group of seasoned professionals on the forefront of the global cannabis market who bring decades of experience in consumer-packaged goods, and pharma, including a CEO who held the same position at Tilray (NASDAQ: TLRY) before joining Organigram. In addition, the company’s fiscal discipline and execution, as well as its solid corporate governance foundation, distinguish it while some other LPs have met mild to severe consequences for regulatory breaches.

Bloomberg noted that OGI has a fully independent board of directors (excluding CEO Greg Engel), which is a rarity in the cannabis sector. The CEO sees good corporate governance as essential to a well-run pot company. “This is an industry that’s still very much moving from founders and executives being chairmen or multiple insiders on boards,” Engel told Bloomberg…

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420 with CNW – New Zealand Study Concludes Teens Are Losing Interest in Marijuana

A study whose findings were published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Friday suggests that marijuana use among high school students is exhibiting a downward trend. This study comes to the same conclusion as another study that was conducted in the U.S.

According to the New Zealand study, the proportion of high school students who admitted that they tried using marijuana dropped to 23 percent in 2012 from the 38 percent recorded in 2001. The proportion of students who admitted to using marijuana on a weekly basis also reduced from approximately 6 percent in 2001 to 3.1 percent in the figures for 2012.

The data used to arrive at these findings was taken from a total of 2,000 national surveys done in 2001, 2007 and 2012.

Jude Ball, the lead author of the study, admitted that while his team’s findings were five years old, they were still a valuable indicator of teen behavior with regard to marijuana use.

Brad Olsen, a 22-year old New Zealander, talked about his age cohort in response to questions about marijuana use among teens and young adults. Olsen revealed that social media has increased teens’ awareness about different global issues, such as alcohol and drugs. This has made young people to become more careful regarding what they do, and most had resorted to seeking out better experiences (travel and concerts, for example).

Olsen’s views seem to hold water given how often posts and images about travel show up on the social media accounts of teens and young adults.

It is also possible that as people start joining the workforce earlier in life, their priorities change and they are less inclined to get involved in risky behavior that can jeopardize their day-to-day pursuits.

The findings of this study in New Zealand have come at a critical time when the country is gearing up to vote (during the 2020 general election) on whether recreational marijuana should be legalized in the country.

The study findings almost mirror the results of a similar study that was conducted this year in the U.S. The researchers found that there was an 8 percent reduction in the number of high school students who use marijuana ever since the drug was legalized for medical use.

The authors of that study concluded that there was no proof to show that when marijuana is legalized, more teens use the drug.

Analysts believe that industry players like Neutra Corp. (OTCQB: NTRR) and Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX.V: OGI) (NASDAQ: OGI) may feel vindicated by these research findings since the industry has always insisted that legalizing marijuana doesn’t trigger a rise in teen use of the substance.

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420 with CNW – Former FDA Boss Says Federal Marijuana Decriminalization Should Be Considered

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has revealed that he believes that there are valid reasons why the U.S. federal government should consider decriminalizing marijuana at a national level. Gottlieb was speaking on Wednesday during an interview with C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.

Responding to a caller from Washington State who revealed that the legalization of recreational marijuana was showing good results in the state, Gottlieb remarked that it was important to draw a distinction between decriminalization and legalization.

The former director revealed that in his opinion, it wasn’t right from a public policy perspective to keep incarcerating people for low-level marijuana possession and those people suffer because of the resultant criminal records and yet other people who commit more serious offenses don’t suffer as much.

As a follow up question to this response, the show host asked Scott Gottlieb whether he ever made similar statements to the White House while he was still the FDA head. He responded that he had not, and added that his work at the FDA was focused on public health issues and delving into decriminalization would have been beyond his mandate.

Gottlieb explained that he is personally opposed to the legalization of marijuana, especially adult-use marijuana, because it raises public health concerns regarding how the developing brains of minors will be affected in the long-term due to the use of marijuana.

It should be remembered that recent research has shown that the rates of teen cannabis use reduce once states legalize recreational cannabis, contradicting the view held by the former FDA chief.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb also stated that there is need for the federal government to come up with a system which standardizes the marijuana laws in the states which have enacted laws to end cannabis prohibition. In his view, some states are “too permissive” while others have adequate protections in place, such as on matters of access by minors. Federal action would raise the bar and ensure that the states which legalize marijuana do so in a way that meets the minimum standards established by the federal government.

However, Gottlieb admitted that this is unlikely to happen any time soon since the federal government still has a lot of catching up to do on matters of marijuana. Analysts think industry players like Nabis Holdings Inc. (CSE: NAB) (OTC: NABIF) (FRA: 71P) and Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX.V: OGI) (NASDAQ: OGI) can only wait until voters put their elected leaders under immense pressure so that they implement marijuana law reforms.

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420 with CNW – New Data Reveals Cannabis Legalization Increases Rates of Snacking

New data released by Nielsen shows that people who live in states where marijuana is legal snack more than their counterparts in states with prohibitionist laws. The uptick in the sales of snacks was noticed for sweet and well as salty snacks.

This study suggests that legalizing recreational marijuana can create a boom for the confectionary and snack segments of the food and beverage industry in the U.S.

While snacks sales saw a modest 6 percent increase in states where marijuana is still prohibited for recreational use, states that tolerate adult-use marijuana registered an increase of 7.2 percent in the sale of snacks.

In total, candy sales generated approximately $6.5 billion during the period under review. For this item alone, an increase of 2 percent was observed in states with legal recreational marijuana while those without these laws saw a modest 1.3 increase in the sale of candy.

It appears that salty snacks are the preferred option for cannabis users who get the munchies because the states where adult-use marijuana is legal generated $30 billion from the sale of salty snacks alone.

Nielson used this data to assert that no other single factor was responsible for the difference in the sales of snacks in the states where recreational cannabis is legal.

This claim may be credible because there is ample anecdotal and scientific evidence proving that consuming marijuana boosts one’s appetite and enjoyment of food. The data collected by the census divisions of the U.S. federal government also points to the fact that people get the munchies in states where recreational-use marijuana has been legalized.

Currently, 11 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized recreational cannabis while more than half of the union has given the nod to medical marijuana. Each round of elections now appears to bring more states on board either for recreational or medical marijuana, so the entire country could soon have legal marijuana in some form.

However, the federal government still maintains cannabis as a Schedule I drug although recent events, such as the congressional subcommittee hearing on how to end prohibition may suggest that the federal government could soon revise its position on marijuana.

Analysts posit that players in the cannabis industry, such as Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTCQB: PLPRF) and Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX.V: OGI) (NASDAQ: OGI), will not regard the findings of this study as anything new since the industry has known for long that cannabis has a positive effect on those with poor appetite.

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Waves of CBD Beauty Products Filling Shelves of Major Retailers Across the US

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: Mainstream retailers across the United States are embracing the growing popularity of the nonpsychoactive cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), making room for CBD products on their prominent shelves.

With the rise of these cannabis beauty products, major stores from luxury retailers Barney’s and Neiman Marcus down to Walgreens, Rite Aid and now Kroger are stocking products from a range of CBD SKU producers, including Green Growth Brands (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) (GGBXF Profile), Charlotte’s Web Holdings (TSX: CWEB) (OTCQX: CWBHF), CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX: TRST) (NYSE: CTST), Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX.V: OGI) (NASDAQ: OGI) (OGI Profile) and..

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420 with CNW – Ontario Scientists Uncover Why Cannabis Seems to Affect Different Consumers Differently

Marijuana triggers a rewarding high in some people while the substance brings serious psychiatric effects when other people consume it. This contradiction in the way cannabis affects its consumers has baffled the scientific community and researchers from the University of Western Ontario in Canada appear to have uncovered the reason for this difference.

The scientists suggest that how one is affected by marijuana may depend on which part of the brain is acted upon by the substance. For some people, the highly rewarding “high” they experience after consuming marijuana can increase their likelihood of becoming addicted to cannabis. For others, the consumption of cannabis can result in paranoia, schizophrenia and other cognitive problems.

The study done on rodents reveals the different regions of the brain which account for these different effects of taking marijuana.

The scientists discovered that the THC in marijuana triggers highly rewarding effects when it reaches the front part of the nucleus accumbens, a region found at the front of the brain. Furthermore, the research showed that once THC reaches this part of the brain, it magnifies the reward-related activity of the brain neurons in the area thereby amplifying the addictive attributes of opioids like morphine.

In contrast, if THC gets to the posterior of the region of the brain referred to earlier (the nucleus accumbens), highly adverse effects result. These effects are typically similar to what is observed in people who have schizophrenia-like behavioral, cognitive and neural activity.

Christopher Norris, PhD, one of the lead authors of the study, explains that the findings above are very important because they provide valuable insights to explain why the experience of some people is positive when they use marijuana while others have a negative experience after using the same strain or amount of marijuana in the same consumption method.

The scientists go on to suggest that since the reward or aversion comes from different parts of the brain, the individuals who experience one of these two distinct effects seem to be genetically predisposed to have different regions of their nucleus accumbens affected by the THC in marijuana. If the sensitivity of the different parts of the nucleus accumbens is determined by genetics, then marijuana users can forestall future issues by refraining or reducing their use of the substance if they notice that they experience adverse effects each time they use cannabis.

These findings have analysts wondering whether industry players like Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTCQB: PLPRF) and Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX.V: OGI) (NASDAQ: OGI) may consider developing methods to help people know whether they are likely to experience positive or adverse effects after using cannabis.

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