420 with CNW – Another Connecticut Legislative Committee Approves Cannabis Legalization

The Judiciary Committee in Connecticut’s Assembly has also approved a bill that will pave the way for marijuana legalization. This is after the General Law Committee also approved a bill on cannabis legalization.

The move to legalize recreational cannabis in Connecticut is still in its early stages, and the legislators have opted to draft different bills covering different aspects of legalization before merging all those bills into one once they are passed by the relevant committees.

The bill before the Judiciary Committee was hotly contested and it passed with a slim majority (21 votes in favor and 19 against).

If the bill becomes law, adults who are 21 or older would be allowed to possess a maximum of 1.5 ounces of cannabis and a maximum of 5 grams of cannabis concentrates. The bill outlaws the home cultivation of cannabis.

During the meeting of the Judiciary Committee, some members expressed concerns about the possible effects of cannabis legalization on impaired driving and youth consumption. However, many of these individuals acknowledged that voting against the bill would be a futile undertaking since cannabis legalization was inevitable.

The bill eventually passed, and it is now headed to the Finance Committee. Thereafter, the different bills will be combined into one prior to being tabled before the entire legislative assembly for consideration.

Cannabis advocates generally support the bill, although they suggest that it should be improved in several aspects.

One area of improvement suggested by the Marijuana Policy Project has to do with the expungement provisions. The advocates suggest that all prior cannabis convictions should be expunged. They also want the bill to include a provision that allows residents to grow their own recreational marijuana.

Other advocates also want the law to be clear about the way in which the different communities that suffered the brunt of the so-called war on drugs can benefit from the opportunities created in the legal cannabis industry.

As things stand, both sides on this debate may have to make concessions if the bill is to have a chance of becoming a law soon. Otherwise, a lack of consensus and compromise may create a situation similar to what has played out in New York State where adult-use cannabis could not be included in the state budget due to disagreements regarding the way in which the legalization policy would be implemented.

Redfund Capital Corp. (CSE: LOAN) (OTC: PNNRF) (Frankfurt: O3X4) and SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) hope that the path to cannabis legalization gets smoother as the different bills leave the different House Committees in Connecticut.

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420 with CNW – Michigan Commission Advises the State to Avoid Setting THC Impairment Limit for Drivers

The Impaired Driving Safety Commission, a body that was set up by Michigan’s Governor, has recommended that the state should not set any threshold for the THC content in someone’s blood before that person is regarded as being impaired while driving.

This six-member panel was mandated to find a scientifically-backed limit for THC in blood and suggest what provisions should be put in the law to define when a driver is impaired by cannabis.

The members of the commission include a toxicologist, a law enforcement officer, a medical cannabis patient, doctors and cannabis use and traffic experts.

This panel wrote in its report that there was no scientific information upon which they could base a decision on how much THC in someone’s blood renders that person impaired while driving.

Additionally, the commission stated that there wasn’t any correlation between the amount of THC present in a driver’s blood and driving impairment.

The members also observed that according to the research they reviewed, the THC content in someone’s blood drops rapidly shortly after the person consumes cannabis. Conversely, impairment increases slowly and reaches its peak long after THC levels have dropped in that individual’s blood.

The issue of impairment is also affected by someone’s history of cannabis consumption. For example, a non-regular user of cannabis may become impaired after taking a small amount of marijuana.

However, a more regular user may require a larger dose of the substance in order to be impaired to the same degree as the individual who is an irregular user and consumed a little cannabis. Consequently, the commission recommended that the THC level in someone’s blood was a poor determinant of whether that person was driving while impaired.

The panel then suggested that roadside sobriety tests should be used as a more reliable way to determine if a given driver is impaired or not. This suggestion brings to mind the sobriety tests that are administered to drivers who are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.

How then can a police officer distinguish between impairment due to alcohol and impairment due to cannabis consumption? A blood test administered once a person fails the sobriety tests can help to distinguish between impairment caused by cannabis and that caused by alcohol.

The findings of this commission bring to question the decision of the states that set a THC threshold to determine when a driver is impaired by cannabis.

For example, Colorado, Montana and Washington State put the threshold at 5ng/ml. Nevada put the limit at 2ng/ml while Pennsylvania set its limit at 1ng/ml. How were these limits arrived at?

Redfund Capital Corp. (CSE: LOAN) (OTC: PNNRF) (Frankfurt: O3X4) and SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING) applaud the commission for looking at the available scientific data and then making an objective decision without being influenced by what other states have done to define driving while impaired by cannabis.

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420 with CNW – Two New Jersey Committees Voted on Marijuana Legalization Today

Two committees in the New Jersey Senate and Assembly voted on a bill to legalize recreational marijuana today (March 18). If the bill passed in both committees, then the entire House could vote on the matter as soon as March 25.

Stephen Sweeney, the Senate President, revealed that the members had received copies of the bill on Thursday last week and that the Democrats in the House have started talking to Republicans in order to get some of them to vote for the bill.

The support of some Republicans was crucial, because a number of prominent Democrats in the House were likely to vote against the bill. In order to pass, at least 21 Senators needed to vote for the bill.

The current bill is a modified form of the original version. The tax system suggested in the original version was changed so that marijuana could be taxed by weight instead of imposing an excise tax on every sale made.

The modified bill also has a provision to expunge the criminal record of individuals who were arrested or convicted for marijuana distribution. This didn’t exist in the previous version of the marijuana legalization bill.

It is this modified bill that the Senate Judiciary committee considered and voted on at 2:00 p.m. today, while the Appropriations Committee of the Assembly sat at noon today.

Marijuana proponents say they aren’t inventing marijuana. Rather, it is present in the different communities, and the social injustices committed during the so-called war on drugs also exist.

Passing the legalization bill would regulate the cannabis industry and get it out of the hands of criminal gangs. The state would earn taxes from the industry and thousands of jobs would be created. All this isn’t bad, the advocates say.

Another bill that was voted on today aims at increasing the quantity of medical cannabis that a patient can buy in the state. The bill also set in motion steps to end the imposition of excise tax on medical cannabis by 2024, in addition to legalizing marijuana edibles.

A third bill aims at making it easier for New Jersey to expunge marijuana charges from the criminal records of those who qualify under the law. For example, the mandatory time that must elapse before the charges are expunged will be reduced under this law.

This week may potentially be a turning point as far as marijuana is concerned in New Jersey. SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING) and Sproutly Canada, Inc. (OTCQB: SRUTF) (CSE: SPR) (FRA: 38G) called for an objective assessment of the bills before voting took place. Such a sober approach will ensure that the best decisions are made on behalf of the people of New Jersey.

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Savvy Companies Seizing Opportunities in Growing Cannabis Market

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: As the cannabis industry expands, companies are eyeing strategic opportunities in the sector designed to help them establish a foothold in the promising space.

  • Cannabis and related products are legal in Canada and an increasing number of states.
  • Businesses have responded with a growing range of diverse products.
  • Companies making the smartest investments, including carefully selected mergers and acquisitions, are in the best position to profit.

SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) (SING Profile) has invested in a number of other cannabis companies to grow its portfolio and leverage its position in the market. Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) just signed of letter of intent with Malta Enterprises, the economic development agency of Malta. MedMen Enterprises Inc. (CSE: MMEN) (OTCQX: MMNFF) recently wrapped up its previously announced acquisition of Kannaboost Technology Inc. and CSI Solutions LLC, two vertically integrated Arizona-based operations. Charlotte’s Web Holdings Inc. (OTCQX: CWBHF) (CSE: CWEB) reported more than 10 times growth in harvested hemp compared to its 2017 grow season. And Curaleaf Holdings Inc. (OTCQX: CURLF) (CSE: CURA) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire…

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Smart Investment Leads to Big Opportunities in Growing Cannabis Market

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: As the cannabis market grows, companies are seizing the opportunity to make strategic investments in the sector and establish a foothold in the promising space.

  • Cannabis and related products are legal in an ever-increasing number of jurisdictions.
  • Businesses have responded with an increasingly diverse range of products.
  • Companies making the smartest investments, such as carefully selected mergers and acquisitions, are in the best position to profit from this while minimizing risks.

SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) (SING Profile) has invested in a number of other cannabis companies to grow its portfolio and leverage its position in the market. Marijuana Company of America Inc. (OTCQB: MCOA) (MCOA Profile), with its hemp-oriented business, is expecting a surge in profits following the crop’s federal legalization in the United States in December. Medical Marijuana Inc. (OTC: MJNA), the first publicly traded cannabis company in the United States, has seen record sales. PotNetwork Holdings Inc. (OTC: POTN) is reaching out to new customers with a CBD-infused slushy machine. And American Premium Water Corp. (OTC: HIPH) is also pushing…

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420 with CNW – Facebook May Shift its Position on Marijuana

Cannabis businesses and those affiliated to the industry have grown used to waking up and finding that their Facebook pages have been deleted or suspended due to being flagged for carrying unacceptable content (read marijuana). However, this may soon change if the internal discussions going on within the platform bear the desired fruit.

The social media platform is reportedly thinking about amending its rules so that Facebook users can promote the cannabis products that they sell. The existing policies don’t permit the sale of marijuana and other controlled substances on the platform.

If the changes are made, the sale of medical and recreational marijuana products in jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis will be permitted by the social media giant.

One of the big issues that Facebook has to work out is how the platform can decide whether a Facebook page belongs to an entity that is legal within the jurisdiction where it is based or operates.

Another dilemma for the platform is how it can stop access to minors if legal businesses or entities are allowed to sell cannabis or its products on the platform. This issue is compounded by the fact that different jurisdictions define their own minimum age at which someone can use weed legally.

Facebook also has to think about how a policy shift regarding marijuana will be perceived by the users of the platform in the different regions of the world. For example, some regions are strongly opposed to cannabis, and these areas may pushback against the platform for allowing companies to promote or sell marijuana on Facebook.

The task of thinking through all these issues has been assigned to an internal working group. This group will propose new rules for the platform and assess how practical it will be to implement those new rules.

If the policy shift is approved and implemented by the social media giant, it will mark a paradigm shift for the platform that had for long punished marijuana-related pages with blocked searches or outright bans.

Last year, Facebook lifted its “moratorium” on cannabis the day Canada legalized recreational weed. Cannabis is widely sold online within Canada, so Facebook may have had no choice if it didn’t want to risk losing a significant portion of its users in that country.

Previously, the social media platform didn’t stop companies and organizations from opening cannabis-related pages. However, the platform enforced its restrictions on marijuana so rigorously that government cannabis regulatory agencies and policy advocates often found themselves locked out.

It remains to be seen what form the changed policy will take given that the company insists that it will not allow paid ads and other methods of promoting cannabis content on the platform. SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING) and Sproutly Canada, Inc. (OTCQB: SRUTF) (CSE: SPR) (FRA: 38G) hope that Facebook wakes up to the changes in the world regarding cannabis and it stops putting unnecessary roadblocks to the industry.

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420 with CNW – North Dakota Cannabis Activists Consider 2020 Ballot Measure

While attempts to legalize cannabis by a ballot measure last year and by legislative means this month were met with defeat, marijuana advocates in the state aren’t giving up, and they are already planning to have another shot at a ballot measure in 2020.

Dave Owen, a leading cannabis advocate in the state who played a major role in the ballot measure that was voted upon during the recent midterms says that his organization (Legalize ND) will look to national advocacy groups for funding and support this time round. He revealed that the huge amounts of money poured into the state to oppose the ballot measure in the midterms led to the defeat of that effort.

Dave Owen also revealed that come 2020, the ballot measure will be a watered down version of the one of 2018. For example, rather than insist that people should be allowed to grow as much marijuana as they want for their own use, the new ballot measure will propose some restrictions to home grows.

The new ballot measure will also include provisions for licensing as well as excise taxes on marijuana sales. These provisions were lacking in the measure that was rejected by voters during the midterms last year.

The last ballot measure had a provision to expunge marijuana convictions from the criminal records of North Dakota residents. Dave Owen isn’t sure whether the next ballot measure he plans to draft will still have this provision. It should be noted that most of the states that have legalized recreational marijuana have also taken steps to expunge some marijuana convictions from the criminal records of those who qualify for this expungement. It is therefore unclear whether Dave Owen feels that watering down the ballot measure in this regard will win it more supporters.

Polling is an important step during such a campaign for marijuana legalization, and the cannabis advocate admits that they have been finding it hard to get the funds needed to conduct several polls. This lack of funding has compelled the organization to base on assumptions when planning and executing a campaign strategy. Legalize ND intends to change this so that they can work with concrete numbers as they prepare for the polls in 2020.

Dave Owen is confident that the grassroots networks that exist in the state can propel the ballot measure to success if only external help (especially funding) can be sent in by the national marijuana advocacy groups.

All that Redfund Capital Corp. (CSE: LOAN) (OTC: PNNRF) (Frankfurt: O3X4) and SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING) can do is wish both sides good luck as they put their case before North Dakotans for a final decision at the ballot.

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More Mergers Expected as Cannabis Sector Heads into New Year of Growth

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: Several years of impressive growth are expected to continue in the cannabis sector in 2019, and companies are making the most of it through mergers and acquisitions.

  • The cannabis industry has seen growth in acquisitions over the past two years.
  • A large part of this comes from the emergence of the hemp/CBD market.
  • Industry commentators expect these trends to continue.

SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) (SING Profile) is tapping into this exciting potential through a strategy of well-financed acquisitions and investment in other cannabis companies. PotNetwork Holdings Inc. (OTC: POTN) has built up a series of subsidiaries and is now reaching out to mainstream markets with its products. KushCo Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: KSHB) has recently established new supply arrangements that will increase its already growing profits. Following the legalization of hemp farming, CV Sciences Inc. (OTCQB: CVSI) has become one of the United States’ first certified hemp producers. And The Green Organic Dutchman (OTCQX: TGODF) (TSX: TGOD) (TGOD Profile) is building improved…

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420 with CNW – Marijuana Linked to Higher Sperm Concentrations

New research has revealed that men who smoke or have ever smoked cannabis have a higher concentration of sperm when compared to those who have never smoked marijuana. This study was conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The team of researchers, led by a group based at Harvard Chan School of Public Health, based their work on a hypothesis that smoking marijuana would have an adverse effect (poor quality sperm) on the reproductive health of men.

They selected that hypothesis because some previous research seemed to suggest that smoking marijuana was detrimental to male reproductive health. However, those previous studies may have been flawed because they focused on men with drug abuse problems or the research was conducted on mice.

Nevertheless, this research sought to dig deeper into the link between smoking cannabis and sperm health.

To this end, the researchers obtained semen samples from 662 men. These samples (totaling 1,143) were collected for nearly two decades from 2000 to 2017. The men were approximately 36 years old and they were largely white with college degrees.

317 men from that group of participants also provided blood samples to the researchers. These blood samples were analyzed to check for the presence of reproductive hormones.

Additionally, the study participants were asked to fill a questionnaire about their use of marijuana. The questions included whether those men had ever smoked a total of two or more marijuana joints in their lives, and whether they were current cannabis smokers.

55 percent (a total of 365 of that group) of the study subjects admitted that they had ever smoked cannabis. From this number, 11 percent said they still smoked cannabis while 44 percent said they no longer did.

The researchers discovered that the men who smoked or had ever smoked cannabis had approximately 62.7 million sperms in each milliliter of ejaculate. The average sperm concentration for those who said they had never smoked cannabis was 45.4 million in each milliliter of ejaculate.

The World Health Organization puts the threshold for normal sperm concentration at 15million/mL of ejaculate. Interestingly, only 5 percent of the men who smoked cannabis had concentrations lower than this threshold while those who had never smoked had 12 percent of their members registering sperm concentrations that were below this threshold.

Serum testosterone was also higher among men who smoked or had ever smoked cannabis when compared to those who had never done so.

Feiby Nassan, the lead author of this research, warned that their findings should be taken with some caution because the researchers were aware that there is so much that may be going in the bodies of the study participants to explain why the results came out the way they did.

For example, the compounds in cannabis may work with the endocannabinoid system, thereby boosting male fertility.

On the other hand, one can also claim that men who have higher testosterone may be more likely to smoke cannabis since this hormone makes them more likely to indulge in risky behavior.

All in all, the researchers appealed for more research to be conducted on how marijuana affects the reproductive system and the entire body. This is exactly why cannabis industry players like Redfund Capital Corp. (CSE: LOAN) (OTC: PNNRF) (Frankfurt: O3X4) and SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING) have been hoping that the U.S. federal government eases its restrictions on cannabis so that American researchers can add onto what researchers elsewhere are doing to increase the available knowledge about cannabis.

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420 with CNW – Why Suppositories will be Big in the Medical Marijuana Industry

Many people may feel rather squeamish about sticking a cannabis suppository up their backside, but this method of administration is beginning to attract widespread attention as a way to administer medical cannabis. Several reasons can explain their growing popularity.

Better Absorption Rates

The most common ways to take medical cannabis are by eating or smoking the substance. However, these two methods of administration don’t allow enough of the cannabis consumed to be absorbed into the bloodstream.

For example, the acidic environment inside the stomach and the entire gastrointestinal tract destroys most of the therapeutic ingredients in cannabis before those compounds have a chance to enter the bloodstream and do their work.

Smoking also comes with its own risks of damage to the lining of the lungs, among other dangers. Furthermore, not enough cannabis can be absorbed through the lungs since some is exhaled along with the air one breathes.

However, the lining of the rectum provides an excellent medium through which cannabis can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Consequently, a patient will not need to use a large dose in order to get the desired effects.

It’s Ideal for Seriously Ill People

Some patients, such as cancer patients, are in such a bad state that it is nearly impossible for them to smoke or consume cannabis edibles. How can such people get medical cannabis into their bloodstream?

Cannabis suppositories are an excellent option in such situations. Remember, all lists of conditions for which one can access medical cannabis include chronic or debilitating illnesses. No wonder doctors are increasingly recommending that patients use marijuana suppositories.

They Have a Track Record

Suppositories aren’t a new invention. They have been used in conventional medicine for decades. These items are therefore getting a new lease of life by being used in the medical cannabis industry.

Additionally, it is possible to standardize the dosing of cannabis products if patients are going to use suppositories. This is much better than telling someone to smoke “a thick wad of cannabis when the tremors start.”

Such standardization can go a long way in removing the stigma that has sometimes been directed at cannabis as something for reckless people who have nothing to do except getting high.

Less THC Is Absorbed in This Way

Another key advantage of cannabis suppositories is that they are likely to silence the critics who say that patients are using medical cannabis in order to get high.

Research has it that THC (the psychoactive element in cannabis) isn’t as readily absorbed into the bloodstream through the rectum, unlike CBD that is readily absorbed. Thus, there is a lower risk that patients will get addicted to cannabis while taking it anally.

As you can see, cannabis suppositories seem poised to stake their claim in the medical cannabis sector. The cannabis industry, including SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) and Redfund Capital Corp. (CSE: LOAN) (OTC: PNNRF) (Frankfurt: O3X4), welcomes all avenues through which patients can get relief from their conditions.

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