420 with CNW – New Jersey May Turn to a Referendum to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

As it becomes increasingly clear that the bill to legalize recreational marijuana is unlikely to get enough support in the New Jersey senate, lawmakers are beginning to consider the possibility of letting voters make the decision through a referendum in 2020.

It is now six weeks since a vote on the legalization bill was suddenly called off, but legislative leaders and Gov. Murphy don’t seem to have made any progress is securing the “2-5 votes” needed to guarantee that the legalization bill will pass on the senate floor. The Assembly doesn’t have the same problem and they are just waiting for the senate to be ready before they vote to pass the bill.

That wait doesn’t show any signs of ending soon, and some lawmakers are beginning to float the possibility of letting voters have the final say on marijuana legalization.

New Jersey is unique from other states because voters cannot initiate a referendum or ballot measure as it is known elsewhere in the country. Instead, legislators have to agree and draft the appropriate referendum question so that voters cast their ballots for or against the question presented.

Gov. Murphy laid down a deadline of end of May and threatened to expand the medical marijuana program administratively if the legalization bill isn’t passed by that time. Expanding the medical marijuana program would most likely spell doom for legalization by legislative means since there will be no urgency to debate and pass a standalone recreational marijuana legalization bill.

Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union County), who drafted the legalization bill, is of the opinion that pursuing legislative means to legalize recreational marijuana would bring better and faster results than using a referendum to change the law.

Scutari added that for a referendum to be binding, it needs to be drafted to the effect that the constitution would be amended to allow recreational marijuana in the state. The state should only resort to a referendum if all else fails, he affirmed.

Gov. Phil Murphy is interested in seeing the recreational marijuana bill passed, but the cries of patients who want to see the medical marijuana program expanded may force him to act on having the medical marijuana expansion bill passed on its own. For example, the six existing dispensaries are woefully inadequate to serve the more than 40,000 medical marijuana cardholders.

Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) and Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) call on the lawmakers to put aside their differences so that the people of New Jersey aren’t forced to wait for years before recreational marijuana is legal in the state.

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420 with CNW – Moosehead Teams up With Sproutly Canada to Produce Cannabis Beverages

Moosehead Breweries Ltd, one of the largest breweries in Canada, has announced that it plans to form a joint venture with Sproutly Canada, Inc. in order to make cannabis-infused drinks. The drinks will be introduced on the Canadian market by the end of this year.

Andrew Oland, the CEO of Moosehead Breweries Ltd, said that the company wants to enter the cannabis beverages space as soon as the federal government in Canada releases rules to regulate cannabis edibles in the country.

As a leader in the beer industry, Moosehead is convinced that the company is well placed to be a major player in the cannabis drinks sector.

Once the joint venture is finalized, Mathew Oland will be its head. Mathew Oland is a former Vice President of Moosehead Breweries and in that role, he superintended the supply chain infrastructure of the brewery. While at the joint venture, Mathew Oland will oversee Research and Development (R&D), procurement and distribution as well as the operations of the new entity. A name for the joint venture hasn’t yet been agreed upon. The financial aspects of the joint venture are also yet to be finalized.

Keith Dolo, the CEO of Sproutly Canada, revealed that the joint venture will be given exclusive rights to use Sproutly Canada’s technology for five years, which can be extended for two more years.

Dolo added that working with Moosehead will expedite the process of getting the drinks developed to the market in a sector that is expected to be highly competitive.

To get an idea about how tough the competition is likely to get, consider the fact that Canopy Growth and Constellation Brands are finalizing a bottling line for cannabis beverages. Another cannabis company, Hexo Corp. also teamed up with Molson Coors Brewing Company to make marijuana-infused drinks. Other small players have also expressed their interest in entering the cannabis drinks market.

However, the drinks made using Sproutly Canada’s technology may have an edge in the industry since this technology shortens the time within which a person can feel the effect of the drink he or she has consumed.

Just for comparison purposes, the cannabis drinks available in California take more than an hour to kick in and the effects wear off between 4-8 hours later. In contrast, Sproutly’s technology results in a cannabis drink whose effects are felt within five minutes and those effects wear off in less than two hours. No prizes for guessing which product stands a higher chance of being a hit in the market!

Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) and Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) congratulate Sproutly Canada, Inc. and Moosehead Breweries Ltd upon their desire to form a joint venture so that Canadians can have an increased number of options to select from when they want a cannabis beverage.

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420 with CNW – Maine Releases Recreational Marijuana Draft Rules

Ever since voters in Maine approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, the state had never formulated rules to regulate the commercialization of adult-use cannabis even if residents were allowed to grow a limited number of cannabis plants soon after the midterm vote that paved the way for recreational marijuana. Two years later, the state has released its draft rules indicating how the recreational market will be regulated.

The draft rules indicate that applicants will first have to obtain a conditional license from the state before getting the approval of the town or city where the applicants wish to operate their recreational marijuana businesses. Once the local authority approves, then the state will give the applicant a license that is valid for 12 months.

According to the draft rules, the state will take approximately 90 days before giving applicants the conditional license (the first step of the licensing process). During that time, the state will look into the criminal background of the applicant as well as any other needed checks before the applicant is given the conditional license.

However, the biggest hurdle that applicants may have to navigate is the different conditions that local authorities (towns and cities) will impose before one obtains their approval. Some local jurisdictions have already formulated their own recreational cannabis rules while others are holding out until the state releases their final rules. The local authorities will then analyze those state rules and decide whether recreational marijuana will be allowed within their jurisdictions or not.

The draft rules released by the state indicate that any local authority that doesn’t pass its own recreational marijuana rules will remain cannabis-free since their non-action will be deemed as a lack of interest in having recreational marijuana businesses within their jurisdiction.

It is also worth noting that the draft rules restrict the ownership of recreational cannabis businesses within Maine to residents of the state. Corporate veils to sidestep this requirement are strictly prohibited.

In fact, the rules state that from June 2021, only residents who have filed their tax returns in Maine for at least 4 years will be eligible for marijuana business licenses. The ballot measure that legalized recreational marijuana had stated that medical cannabis businesses would be given first priority when issuing recreational cannabis licenses.

However, that provision was changed legislatively so that the emphasis could be placed on being a resident of the state. This change was intended to ensure that Mainers benefited from this industry.

The draft rules go deeper into the specific conditions that one must fulfill in order to obtain a cultivation, product manufacturing and retail license. Rules governing product testing will be released later, and they will not need legislative approval.

The current draft rules are now open to public comment and the state hopes to start receiving applications later this year if the legislators can approve the draft rules before the summer break of the legislature commences.

Sugarmade, Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) and Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) hope that the long-awaited draft rules will be processed quickly so that Maine can enjoy the benefits of commercializing recreational cannabis.

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420 with CNW – New Mexico Makes Sweeping Changes to its Medical Cannabis Law

Ever since the Compassionate Use Act was signed into law in 2007, no major changes had been made to it until last week when Gov. Michele Grisham appended her signature to Senate Bill 406. This bill, now a law, makes numerous changes to the medical cannabis law of New Mexico.

One major change that will take effect on June 14 has to do with medical cannabis in schools. Under the updated law, medical cannabis will be administered on school premises under specific circumstances. For this to happen, parents of kids on medical cannabis will present to the school a detailed treatment plan designed by a medical professional.

However, schools will still reserve the right to accept or outlaw medical marijuana if the school district thinks that their federal funding may be at risk.

The new changes to the law will also allow patients who have a license to grow their own medical marijuana to take their produce to a manufacturer for processing into edibles, concentrates or any other form desired by the patient. This will, of course, be at the expense of the patient.

Previously, only Non-Profit producers of medical marijuana could take it to manufacturers for processing.

Medical cannabis users from other states also have a reason to smile after the governor signed this bill. Out-of-state medical cannabis users will now be able to take part in the medical marijuana program of New Mexico. Previously, only residents could benefit from this program.

The validity period of medical cannabis cards issued by New Mexico has also been extended from one year to three years. This will save the time and expenses associated with renewing a card each year.

It has also been hard for patients to find a place outside their homes where they can consume medical cannabis. The new law intends to put an end to this since it contains provisions for the licensing of consumption areas. The only condition here is that those consumption areas have to be approved by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The law has provisions that cement the protections accorded to patients using medical cannabis. For example, a patient will not be fired from a job just because he or she uses medical cannabis. However, this protection doesn’t save you from being fired if you are under the influence while at your job. Similarly, a parent will not be denied visitation or custody rights on account of being a user of medical cannabis.

The entire cannabis industry, including Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) and The Flowr Corporation (TSX.V: FLWR) (OTC: FLWPF), welcomes the updates which have been made to the cannabis law in New Mexico in order to bring the law in line with the evolving needs of the patients using medical marijuana.

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420 with CNW – Congressional Committee Approves Marijuana Banking Bill

On Thursday last week (March 28), the House Financial Services Committee voted to pass a bill that will make it easier for cannabis businesses to access banking services. The bill will now be scheduled for consideration by the entire House after it passed at the committee level when 45 legislators voted in favor while 15 voted against the bill.

Marijuana advocates see this committee action as a sign that the Democrats who dominate the House are finally making good on their support for cannabis law reform.

The bill seeks to make it possible for marijuana businesses to get access to banking services without any fear of federal action against them. Some of these businesses are working with some banks, but the majority of the financial services providers are reluctant to accept cannabis businesses as clients for fear of violating federal money laundering or illicit drug laws.

The SAFE Act was passed after being debated for several days in which a number of amendments were considered and either passed or rejected when a vote on them was called.

For example, one amendment sought to compel the federal government to conduct research on inclusion and diversity in the cannabis industry so that the damage caused by the war on drugs on minorities can be corrected.

Another amendment that was included in the bill added insurance companies to the list of entities that would be protected by the SAFE Act. It should be remembered that cannabis businesses have also been finding it hard to access insurance services that are vital for any business. If the bill becomes law, then marijuana companies will be able to access insurance services in the same way that other legitimate businesses can.

Another amendment added will compel the Government Accountability Office to study the reports banks are required to file about the marijuana businesses they have as clients. This examination is intended to find out how effective those reports are in helping the authorities to unearth illegal activity.

Those reporting requirements have previously been mentioned as one of the major reasons why it is very expensive for cannabis businesses to access banking services even when some banks are willing to accept these businesses as clients.

One proposed amendment tabled by a Republican legislator wanted to delay the implementation of the SAFE Act until the federal government rescheduled marijuana. Sensing that the amendment wouldn’t pass, the mover withdrew it before it could be voted on.

Many of the amendments that were rejected were mainly proposed by Republicans who wanted to cleverly water down the impact of the proposed law or even render it unenforceable. But the Democrats used their majority on the committee to sidestep all those traps.

Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) and The Flowr Corporation (TSX.V: FLWR) (OTC: FLWPF) are glad that Congress is finally acting to enact laws that bring U.S. cannabis businesses into the fold of all other legitimate businesses across the country.

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420 with CNW – Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Protect Federal Workers Who Use Marijuana

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress last week (March 12) seeks to shield federal employees from being fired once they test positive for marijuana.

The bill, introduced by Reps. Don Young (R-AK) and Charlie Crist (D-FL), is intended to clarify that federal workers who consume cannabis in states where it is legal cannot be held liable under federal law for testing positive for the substance.

Currently, federal employees can be summarily fired or denied a job if they test positive for THC. This blanket action happens regardless of state law.

Crist explains that the existing policy and law disproportionately impacts veterans because many of them have taken to medical marijuana in order to deal with various issues, such as PTSD and chronic pain. For such veterans, medical cannabis provides an alternative to harmful and addictive opioids.

Crist also notes that one third of the federal workforce is made up of veterans, and the law is unfair to this section of federal employees because they didn’t ask to suffer from the conditions that led them to use medical marijuana.

The bill wants to address the legal conflict that often puts veterans and other employees (or prospective employees) in a difficult position in which they have to choose between using medical cannabis and retaining their employment. No one should be forced to make that choice if medical cannabis is legal in the state where the person lives or works.

However, the bill doesn’t try to stop employers from conducting drugs tests and acting on the results if a person is suspected to have been intoxicated while on the job. Federal employees who require top secret clearance are also exempted from the protections outlined in this bill.

The previous version of this bill didn’t provide protections to individuals who used cannabis in conformity with the policies of Indian tribes. This present version includes such people.

The present bill also used the term “personnel action” when describing the protections offered. The inclusion of the term “personnel action” was intended to clarify that the bill should not be interpreted to mean that federal employees were protected from criminal action resulting from their use of marijuana.

It is hoped that this bill will be enacted so that talented individuals aren’t denied federal employment opportunities. Sugarmade, Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) and Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) wish the sponsors of the bill success since their intention of protecting veterans and other federal employees is a good cause.

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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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420 with CNW – Northern Michigan University Now Offers Marijuana Degree

Northern Michigan University has admitted its first lot of students for its medicinal plant chemistry degree program. The students will have a chance to major in marijuana. So far, 300 students from across the country have enrolled for this pioneer program.

Analysts predict that the legal marijuana industry will create nearly half a million jobs by 2022. Recent research shows that more than 211,000 jobs have already been created, so the half a million jobs projected by 2022 could even be an underestimate.

Northern Michigan University wants to do its part by preparing lab analysts, quality assurance directors, cannabis dispensary operators, cannabis master cultivators, and so many other professional-level jobs.

Many universities across the country, including in states where cannabis is still illegal, have added some form of training in the cannabis industry to their offerings. For example, Ohio State University and Harvard University have started training students in cannabis policy and law.

The program offered by Northern Michigan University is the first to get students a detailed training on cannabis from seed to sale. However, the students will not be working with cannabis directly.

Rather, they will study other plants like hemp and St. John’s wort. They will extract medicinal ingredients from these plants and analyze them in a lab. This training can easily be applied to cannabis.

Additionally, as part of their training, the Northern Michigan University students enrolled on the program will do internships at medical marijuana dispensaries. By the time they graduate at the end of the four-year program, the students will be ready to excel as employees or entrepreneurs in the marijuana industry.

Brandon Canfield, a professor of chemistry at Northern Michigan University, revealed that the idea of the program came to him when he was attending a cannabis event and heard industry players lamenting that they aren’t getting the skilled employees that they need.

That conference led Canfield to propose that the university starts a major in therapeutic plant chemistry, and the course was born. Canfield is convinced that the graduates of the program will have an easy entry into the cannabis industry, with some of them even earning more than $70,000 a year right after graduation.

Grace DeNoya, one of the pioneer students on the program, agrees that the cannabis industry offers opportunities that no other industry may be offering at the moment. Getting in now as the industry is just taking off promises to be an exciting prospect with huge opportunities in the years to come.

Sugarmade, Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) and Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) congratulate Northern Michigan University for being proactive and doing what they can to respond to the demand created by the cannabis industry.

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420 with CNW – Iowa Poll Shows Widespread Support for Expanding Medical Cannabis Program

A recent poll sponsored by Mediacom and Des Moines Register has found that more than three-quarters (78 percent) of Iowans want to see the medical cannabis program expanded in order to ease access to this new program.

Iowan adults voiced their support for suggestions that more qualifying conditions should be included in the law that established the medical cannabis program. The proposed expansion would also include increasing the number of shops from which medical marijuana can be bought.

Iowa’s medical cannabis program was launched last year in December with just five dispensaries and one manufacturer allowed to operate within the state. The dispensaries sell cannabis oils, capsules and creams. So far, only 1,200 Iowa patients have received the nod to use medical cannabis in the state.

The Iowa Poll also showed a record level of support for the legalization of recreational cannabis. The poll conducted early this month found that there was an equal proportion of Iowans who wanted to see an end to prohibition and those who opposed it.

The figures stood at 48 percent in favor of legalization while another 48 percent didn’t want recreational cannabis allowed in the state. Four percent of the participants in the poll were not sure whether prohibition should be ended or not.

The Iowa Poll has been tracking the sentiments of Iowans about cannabis legalization since 2010. This year’s poll shows a huge jump in support from the 39 percent who expressed support for legalization last year to the 48 percent expressing the same sentiment this year.

This poll results have come out at a time when Iowa lawmakers are considering proposals to expand the medical cannabis program.

One of the changes that is being considered by the senate committee is a proposal to allow medical professionals to recommend the use of medical cannabis for any condition that they think can be alleviated or treated using marijuana. This would be a major change from the current position where the medical marijuana law provides a list of the conditions for which a patient can apply for a medical marijuana card.

Another change that is being considered is to allow nurse practitioners to certify patients as well. Under the current law, only physicians can certify patients who wish to join the medical cannabis program.

The sole manufacturer (MedPharm) has also been lobbying to have the legislators lift the three percent THC cap on medical cannabis products. This restriction may be harder to change since legislators are wary of “opening the door” to cannabis addiction and abuse if THC levels are allowed to get higher.

Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) and The Flowr Corporation (TSX.V: FLWR) (OTC: FLWPF) applaud the legislators in Iowa for being willing to modify the medical cannabis program so soon after its launch.

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