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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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 – Two Cannabis Legalization Bills Receive Nod from New Mexico Legislative Committees

Two different bills aimed at legalizing cannabis in New Mexico have been passed by committees in the state senate and assembly.

At the start of this month, the Health and Human Services Committee of the state Assembly approved a proposal to allow adults who were at least 21 years old to use recreational cannabis.

Under this proposal, adults would be allowed to grow their own cannabis, if they so wished, and upon fulfilling the requirements to obtain a cultivation license from the state. Retailers would also be licensed by the state.

The proposal also has provisions that would allow previous cannabis arrests and convictions to be expunged from the criminal records of New Mexico residents. However, the proposal allowed employers to maintain zero-tolerance to the consumption of cannabis by their employees.

This bill now waits to be presented before the entire Assembly for debate and a vote.

The second marijuana legalization bill also received a nod from the members of the state Senate Public Affairs Committee. This bill received unanimous support (5-0) when a vote was called.

Under this proposal, adults who were 21 or older could use cannabis for recreational purposes. However, this bill outlaws the home cultivation of marijuana by state residents. Instead, all the recreational cannabis will be bought from retail stores run by the state.

Additionally, the senate bill doesn’t include any provisions to expunge the previous marijuana arrest and conviction records for New Mexico residents.

This senate bill will now be forwarded to two other committees before it is tabled before the entire senate for consideration.

The two bills both have suggestions on how marijuana should be taxed. However, none of those bills proposes any taxes on medical marijuana.

It is clear that there is bi-partisan momentum building up to see the end of cannabis prohibition in the state. In fact, the current governor (Michelle Grisham-D) campaigned on a pro-cannabis platform. While delivering her maiden State of the State address, Gov. Grisham pledged that she would work to include opioid addiction among the conditions for which someone could start using medical marijuana.

She has also indicated that any law that is passed to legalize marijuana should address issues of public safety, regulation of cannabis edibles, workplace intoxication and issues of underage cannabis use.

The cannabis industry, especially Sproutly Canada, Inc. (OTCQB: SRUTF) (CSE: SPR) (FRA: 38G) and Sugarmade, Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD), is glad that New Mexico is in agreement that cannabis would be beneficial to the population there.

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420 with CNW – First Marijuana Hearing Scheduled in Congress

In the past, all the bills and measures related to cannabis have been voted out by a Congress that was dominated by Republicans. Now the Democrats have control of the House, and the first hearing on cannabis has been scheduled for tomorrow (February 13).

This particular hearing is slated to consider making legal changes to federal laws so that cannabis businesses can access banking services.

The hearing is titled “Challenges and Solutions: Access to Banking Services for Cannabis-Related Businesses.” This hearing is intended to address the problems that legitimate marijuana-related businesses face when trying to access banking services.

For example, while state-level laws may permit cannabis businesses to open and operate in these jurisdictions, federal laws govern the banking industry and these federal laws don’t allow players in the banking industry to do business with firms involved with cannabis.

Many cannabis businesses have therefore been left with no choice but to operate on a cash basis, and stories abound of businesses that keep their earnings in sacks. In some places, unions and some banks have defied the federal government and decided to take on marijuana businesses as clients.

Even then, only limited banking services are provided by those few banks or unions that decide to accept marijuana businesses as clients. This has constrained the ability of cannabis businesses to obtain credit or even get basic banking services affordably.

It should be remembered that federal banking laws impose strict reporting requirements upon any financial institution that works with a company that is involved in an industry that is regarded as illegal. These reporting requirements inflate the cost of getting banking services.

Congressman Denny Heck, who has been an advocate of the cannabis industry for years, revealed that the hearing plans to address those issues so that the cannabis industry can handle its finances in a way that can easily be tracked by regulators for different purposes, such as ensuring that these businesses are paying their taxes as expected.

This hearing is one of the signs that cannabis may be a major issue during this legislative session. This is a positive step that hasn’t come too soon given the fact that the majority (33) of the states in the union have legalized marijuana, including at least 10 states that now allow recreational marijuana.

It makes sense that federal laws need to be reformed so that there is some kind of alignment between what is happening in the different states and the position of the federal government. Sproutly Canada, Inc. (OTCQB: SRUTF) (CSE: SPR) (FRA: 38G), Sugarmade, Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) and everyone in the marijuana industry is waiting with bated breath to see what will come of this hearing tomorrow.

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420 with CNW – Another Cannabis Lounge Set to Open in Denver

Vape and Play, a social club that will allow patrons to consume marijuana in its premises, is due to open on February 18 in Denver. This will be the second lounge in the city where one can consume marijuana.

Such businesses are geared at addressing one of the biggest challenges that has existed since recreational cannabis was legalized in Colorado: where can one consume cannabis after buying it?

These businesses want to give cannabis users a place that is a little more than a smoke-filled room from which to consume their cannabis. In fact, Vape and Play aims to provide a venue that is “better than your living room.”

Megan Lumpkins, the Chief Operating Officer of Vape and Play, says that it was hard to come up with a business model for their establishment since such places don’t usually sell marijuana, yet they can’t just say “we have a seat where you can come and use the cannabis you just bought.”

Vape and Play has decided to adopt the model of an event venue where cannabis consumers will be charged an entry fee for two or so hours during which they can enjoy a comedy show or attend a fitness class while consuming their cannabis.

Such an approach may give their target market a valid reason to visit the venue since clients will be able to socialize as they use cannabis.

Lumpkins added that she hopes that other marijuana lounges or venues will open so that Denver can become a cannabis tourism destination where visitors can have a variety of experiences to enjoy while in the city.

The only other consumption lounge in the city is The Coffee Joint which was opened in March last year. The difference with this lounge is that the owners have a cannabis dispensary right next to it, so clients can buy their marijuana and then head to the consumption lounge.

It hasn’t been an easy ride to securing a license to open Vape and Play. The proprietors have had to jump through numerous hoops for over two years before they finally got approval for the business. This challenge could explain why this type of business hasn’t grown in the area despite the decision of voters in 2016 to permit consumption lounges.

Vape and Play plans to give visitors wristbands of different colors based on how much experience each visitor has with consuming cannabis.

For example, a seasoned user will be given a black wristband after completing a survey at the entrance. A “vape tender” will look at the armband of each guest and tweak the temperature setting of one of the custom vaporizers at the venue in order to allow that visitor to vape cannabis whose strength is equal to his or her experience level (a higher temperature setting gives a higher THC concentration in the vapor, for example).

The innovations brought by Vape and Play are welcome news to the entire cannabis industry, including Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) and Sproutly Canada Inc. (OTCQB: SRUTF) (CSE: SPR) (FRA: 38G), since such innovations contribute to the growth of cannabis culture.

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420 with CNW – About 60 Closed Cannabis Dispensaries May Reopen in Michigan

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Licensing Board has voted to allow more than 60 medical cannabis dispensaries to reopen at least until March 31 as their license applications are processed.

The decision was announced after there was an outcry that patients would find it hard to get medical cannabis if that large number of dispensaries is closed pending the processing of their license applications.

The reprieve given to the closed businesses is subject to a number of conditions. First, the local government of the area should have granted the business approval to operate in their jurisdiction. The business should have also submitted its license application within a certain timeframe, in addition to meeting the other conditions before it reopens.

This decision was met with some reservations by a section of the members of the licensing board. These individuals felt that letting these closed businesses to reopen would be unfair to those dispensaries that had done everything possible to acquire a license.

By reopening unlicensed dispensaries, the board may be setting a precedent that it makes no difference whether you comply with regulatory requirements in time or not.

These concerned board members were of the view that the 50 licensed dispensaries should have been given a chance to see a boom in their sales as a reward for taking timely action to get licensed. The unlicensed dispensaries are 72.

In a related development, medical marijuana products that haven’t been tested and approved can still be sold at the different dispensaries within Michigan as long as the dispensary gives the patient an acknowledgment form to sign confirming that the patient is aware that the product hasn’t met all the testing requirements of the state.

The previous Governor of Michigan, Rick Synder, had tried to close all the medical cannabis dispensaries that were still using the emergency rules as the basis of their operation before they get licenses.

However, those attempts to close the dispensaries were thwarted by court rulings and the desire to protect patients’ interests regarding ease of access to medical marijuana. This recent reprieve by the licensing board is yet another speed bump on the journey to accept only licensed dispensaries to operate in the state.

All in all, it is good that the interests of the patients have been given precedence by the medical marijuana licensing board in Michigan. Sproutly Canada, Inc. (OTCQB: SRUTF) (CSE: SPR) (FRA: 38G) and SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING) urge the affected dispensaries to comply with all the regulatory requirements so that their operations aren’t disrupted once the deadline reaches.

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420 with CNW – Cannabis Concentrates Could Be Bigger than Edibles in Canada

Canada is slated to legalize cannabis edibles sometime this year and the population is filled with excitement regarding these products. However, if the trend in the U.S. states where edibles are legal is anything to go by, then edibles will not be the biggest moneymaker. Something else, concentrates, will be king of the market.

For example, edibles fetched $685 million from the start of 2018 to October the same year in Oregon, Colorado, California and Arizona. However, the same period saw consumers spending approximately $1.4 billion on marijuana concentrates.

The bulk of that money spent on cannabis concentrates was for marijuana vape pens and cannabis oil cartridges. These items alone accounted for $972 million in the months referred to earlier as captured in the statistics collected by BDS Analytics.

In the cannabis industry, vape pens are the modern or better version of cannabis joints in the same way that electronic cigarettes provide a better way to get your nicotine hit when compared to smoking a combustible cigarette.

Cannabis vape pens are discreet, not smelly and they are user-friendly when compared to the hassles that one has to go through to roll and light a joint.

The other cannabis concentrates on which Americans in the states named earlier spent money were hash oil, wax and shatter. These particular kinds of concentrates are intended for “dabbing.”

Thus, the evidence from the U.S. shows that cannabis concentrates are likely to fetch more money than the edibles that everyone is excited about.

These findings are given further credence when one considers the responses of ordinary people to different cannabis products. Many people will be more willing to try a vape pen rather than taking a puff on a joint if those people haven’t consumed cannabis before.

Interestingly, data from Canada shows that people have been consuming marijuana concentrates for a while. For example, a 2018 survey of approximately 13,000 cannabis consumers revealed that 26 percent had ever used hashish while 19 percent admitted that they had ever used a solid form of marijuana concentrate.

People opposed to cannabis edibles claim that these products will dominate the market and open the gate to the misuse of cannabis. However, the data collected over time shows that even if edibles grow in popularity, they will always fall behind concentrates and the dried bud in terms of market share.

Industry watchers and participants like Sproutly Canada, Inc. (OTCQB: SRUTF) (CSE: SPR) (FRA: 38G) and SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING) are waiting to see how events play out once edibles become legal throughout Canada.

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420 with CNW – Israeli Parliament Approves Export of Marijuana

The Israeli parliament voted unanimously in favor of a bill that would pave the way for Israel to start exporting medical cannabis. The approval of this bill by cabinet would allow Israel to be the third country in the world (following the lead of the Netherlands and Canada) to tap into the global medical marijuana market.

iCAN, an Israeli company that specializes in medical cannabis, welcomed the decision in parliament and added that the global medical cannabis market is likely to be worth $33 billion within the coming five years as the stigma directed at marijuana melts away.

This growing demand is likely to be entirely met by the few countries which have passed regulations to certify medical cannabis exports. For example, South Korea recently passed a medical marijuana law, and imports will only be accepted from countries that have approved cannabis products for medical use. Israel is now one potential source for medical cannabis for the South Korea market.

The stock market in Israel welcomed the news of the passing of this bill and cannabis companies registered massive gains (up to 10 percent) late on Tuesday (December 25) as the bill was passed.

However, the passing of this law didn’t come easily. For several years, the draft bill lay in limbo as there was massive opposition from law enforcement towards its enactment. The authorities were apprehensive that a significant portion of the medical marijuana which is exported may find its way onto the global black market.

To address these concerns, the framers of the bill added provisions that gave the Israeli police authority to supervise how medical cannabis export licenses are issued. The law imposes strict regulations upon the exporters, and those who violate that law face huge fines and prison time.

The Israel Securities Authority (ISA) immediately appealed to investors to avoid rushing to put their money in marijuana companies just because legislators had passed a law permitting medical cannabis exports. This appeal was similar to the appeal ISA issued regarding cryptocurrencies approximately one year ago.

The bill permitting the export of medical cannabis was passed just before parliament took a break so that preparations for the early elections called (due in April next year) can take place. Any additional delay would have compelled the House to postpone debate and voting on the bill until after the elections.

The export market is important to Israeli cannabis companies since the domestic market isn’t large enough to keep them growing and thriving. What is now left is for cabinet and Benjamin Netanyahu to approve the bill. However, there is some apprehension that the Prime Minister may avoid playing his hand on this controversial topic until after the elections on April 9, 2019.

Sugarmade, Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD), Sproutly Canada, Inc. (OTCQB: SRUTF) (CSE: SPR) (FRA: 38G) and other parties in the cannabis industry welcome the decision in Israel since it will add depth to the existing players at the global level.

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420 with CNW – Utah Seeks Cannabis Program Manager After Prop 2 Passes

The Mormon Church, lawmakers and other stakeholders formulated a compromise bill to legalize medical marijuana long before Prop 2 was voted on in the midterm elections. This compromise deal enabled the different factions to cede some ground on their hard stance about medical marijuana and Prop 2 became a pawn to shape how the final legislation would appear depending on which side won the polls.

Now the polls are over and a law is in place to operationalize the medical cannabis program. In light of this development, Utah published an online advert calling for interested individuals to apply for the job of “Cannabis Program Manager”.

The time within which applications can be submitted is slowly ticking away and the deadline is literally hours away. The job is a hefty one, since the selected candidate will spearhead the establishment of a system to regulate not just medical marijuana but industrial hemp as well.

Hemp cultivation was permitted under the recently passed Hemp Farming Act of 2018, so the Cannabis Program Manager has his or her work cut out.

Among other things, the person selected will be expected to have the ability to “navigate highly stressful and political circumstances” in the course of executing his or her duties. This candidate requirement is a reflection of how sharply divided the population is regarding marijuana despite legalization.

The ideal candidate is also expected to have stellar academic qualifications that will enable him to be the go-to expert on all matters cannabis and industrial hemp.

That person will provide training and leadership to the staff charged with inspecting and enforcing the provisions under which medical cannabis became legal in the state.

It is noteworthy that that Utah opted to select an individual to head the medical cannabis program. Many other states place this responsibility in a commission or other such body where several people at the same seniority level share the responsibility of overseeing such programs.

It remains to be seen how the Utah program will pan out under the direction that they have chosen. Actually, that individual may do a better job than boards since he or she will know that the buck starts and stops at his or her desk regarding the successful implementation of the program. All that is therefore left is to put the right person in office without bending to the wishes of one group or the other since the politicking time has long elapsed and work must be done.

Sproutly Canada, Inc. (OTCQB: SRUTF) (CSE: SPR) (FRA: 38G) and other cannabis sector participants like Sugarmade, Inc. (OTC: SGMD) wish the person selected to head the Utah program all the success in the new office.

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420 with CNW – Smoking Cannabis Makes You Less High than Vaping It, Study Finds

As the law and people’s attitude towards marijuana gradually eases up, questions are emerging about how the different methods of consuming marijuana compare against each other. Well, scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine sought to answer that question by looking into how vaping cannabis differs from smoking it.

With just 17 participants, this study can be aptly described as a small one. However, its findings cannot be discounted when one considers the thoroughness invested in investigating what the researchers had set their minds upon.

First, the study participants were recruited on the basis of being healthy and having abstained from marijuana for at least a month prior to the study. There were eight women and nine men selected for the study.

These selected participants were then given marijuana at varying levels, that is, at concentrations of 0 milligrams (placebo), 10 milligrams and 25 milligrams. This marijuana was given a week apart, and the participants had to consume it within an eight-hour window.

The researchers then subjected the participants to psychomotor and cognitive function tests, tested how much THC was present in their blood, and then recorded their vital signs (pulse, blood pressure, etc.).

Additionally, the study volunteers were asked to complete a questionnaire in which they reported their subjective assessment of how they felt after consuming the cannabis. For example, they were asked to state whether they felted nauseated, anxious, restless or motivated.

The researchers discovered that vaping appeared to trigger stronger effects among the study participants when compared to smoking marijuana, and this was given further credence when lab tests showed that the level of THC in the blood of the participants was higher in the samples taken after they had vaped the substance.

Other scientists who reviewed the findings commended the researchers for focusing on infrequent users of cannabis since all other research centered on regular consumers. Additionally, the methodical approach taken also attracted acclaim.

However, some observers wondered whether the use of pipes to smoke marijuana could give results that were representative of the marijuana joints (cannabis rolled in a paper) that are commonly smoked.

Furthermore, the study participants were asked to vaporize their marijuana three times in quick succession in order to complete their “dose” for the day. This may differ from what people normally do, that is, vaporize once before taking a long break. Consequently, the study could have brought out the extreme effects that are rarely seen among normal users.

Nevertheless, the study provides valuable information that will be useful to particularly individuals taking medical marijuana. This is because such individuals can adjust the dosage based on the method of use. Cannabis companies like Sproutly Canada, Inc. (OTCQB: SRUTF) (CSE: SPR) (FRA: 38G) and Sugarmade, Inc. (OTC: SGMD) certainly appreciate the insights provided to users and the industry by the research at Johns Hopkins.

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