420 with CNW – NBA Commissioner Says the League’s Cannabis Rules Could Be Updated

After the NFL announced that it was studying the possibility of using marijuana as a pain treatment for players, the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has revealed that they too are considering the matter.

While the Commissioner was non-committal about when the rule changes would be made, he did admit that the matter was up for discussion with NBAPA (NBA Players Association).

Any changes to the marijuana rules of the NBA can only come as an inclusion in the collective bargaining agreement signed with the players association. However, the commissioner says that the players haven’t reached a consensus on the matter, so more discussions are needed to get everyone on board.

Commissioner Silver revealed that some players are concerned that if a teammate gets on the court while high on marijuana, such as player could let down the entire team by not giving the game their all.

Silver also said that in his opinion, there was nothing wrong with a player taking some cannabis as a way of winding down after a major game. To him, this is no different than taking a drink, and he feels that the NBA hasn’t moved with the times in permitting such social use of marijuana.

Silver is also open to looking into the medical uses, such as pain relief, of cannabis for NBA players. This is major attitude shift from the position he held two years ago when he told the press that he saw no need to amend the NBA policies to accommodate medical marijuana.

While the commissioner hasn’t made any firm commitments regarding reforming the cannabis policy of the league, the good news is that he is open to the possibility. However, any changes to be made are likely to take a few more years before coming into force since the current collective bargaining agreement with the association of players is still in force until the 2023/24 season comes to an end.

All the same, the fact that the NBA and other sports associations are looking into the potential benefits of marijuana is good news to advocates since such associations have always been notoriously conservative.

The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) and The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) hope that the NFL updates its marijuana rules next year as is widely expected. This will open the way for other associations to follow this lead and update their own policies as well so that players enjoy the benefits of marijuana.

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420 with CNW – TSA Starts Allowing Epilepsy Drug Derived from Cannabis on Flights

The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) has updated its website to show that a pediatric epilepsy drug made from marijuana can now be accepted on flights. This change comes after the TSA was notified about the approval of that drug by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The updated guidance provided to passengers by the TSA indicates that subject to special conditions, certain forms of medical marijuana can now be taken on board flights either in checked luggage or carry-on luggage.

The government agency added that while the federal government’s position on substances containing marijuana hasn’t changed, an exception is being made for the CBD-infused drug which has received FDA approval for the treatment of severe forms of epilepsy in kids.

The TSA revealed that this new change is likely to catch many of its agents unaware, so efforts are being made to brief them on the matter.

The officials from the TSA stated that the agency is primarily interested in matters of security rather than searching for illegal substances. However, in the conduct of their duties, they often come across illegal substances, such as marijuana. In such a case, the matter is brought to the attention of law enforcement agencies for appropriate action.

The new guidance published on the TSA website brings a sigh of relief to many parents who were unsure whether they would be breaking the law if they travelled with this cannabis-derived drug with or without their epileptic kids.

The clarification should not be stretched by travelers to mean that medical marijuana is now allowed on flights. Marijuana remains a Schedule 1 substance under U.S. federal law, so you risk being arrested and prosecuted if you attempt to bring your medical cannabis on any flight. Only the FDA-approved drug has been given an exception to the rule that marijuana and products containing it aren’t allowed on flights.

Cannabis industry advocates have welcomed this updated TSA guidance because, to them, it is common sense that once the drug became legal then it couldn’t be on a list of restricted items which aren’t allowed on flights.

The advocates feel that the federal governments and its agencies should also think about states where marijuana is legal in some form, whether for medical or recreational use. The federal government should pass legislation recognizing that those states are free to pass and implement their own cannabis laws without interference from the federal government. This is as logical as the TSA writing that the FDA-approved cannabis drug can now be allowed on flights.

The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) applauds the step taken by the TSA to clarify that families can now take the cannabis-derived epilepsy drug on flights.

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420 with CNW – Medical Marijuana Edibles Now Legal in Maryland

Edible medical cannabis products are now legal in Maryland after Gov. Larry Hogan signed two related bills on Monday this week (May 13). Medical marijuana businesses stand to boost their revenue potential with the addition of these products to their offerings.

The medical marijuana edibles bill was signed along with a related antitrust law on the same day. There are three major highlights of those two laws as explained below.

First, no single individual or business entity will be allowed to get more than four medical marijuana dispensary licenses in the state. This provision is intended to spread the economic opportunities in the industry to as many individuals as possible. The lawmakers didn’t want to see a situation in which “Big Marijuana” sets foot in the state and dominates the entire industry, to the detriment of small players.

Another provision states that the regulators of the medical marijuana industry will not grant an applicant more than one cultivation or processing license. This clause is also intended to ensure that there is rigorous competition in the industry since many players will be involved in cultivating and processing medical marijuana in Maryland. Innovation will flourish as a result, because growers and cultivators will be hard at work looking for more cost-effective ways to grow or process medical marijuana.

Universities and other research institutions were also allowed to purchase medical marijuana for purposes of conducting research. This provision clears any gray areas which may have existed in the medical marijuana laws that set requirements for a person who wishes to buy, possess and consume medical cannabis.

Under the previous law, research institutions couldn’t get their hands on medical marijuana because they aren’t patients, and they therefore needed to go through a lengthy, often unclear process to get special permission from regulators in order to access medical marijuana. The legal change clarifies how research institutions can access medical marijuana.

Medical marijuana sales started towards the end of 2017 across the state. By the end of 2018, medical marijuana sales grossed nearly $110 million. Figures released by the state show that the first quarter of this year (2019) has seen medical cannabis sales totaling $49 million. The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) hopes that the passing of these two laws will provide an added impetus to the industry so that the annual sales hit higher and higher levels as the industry matures.

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420 with CNW – Illinois Unveils Bill to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

A draft law through which Illinois will legalize recreational marijuana has been unveiled. The bill has some ambitious provisions, while others appear to have been borrowed from other states where marijuana is now legal for adult use.

One of the most noticeable provisions of the draft law is one that sets up a low-interest loan program worth $20million. Under this program, people from disadvantaged communities, such as African Americans, would borrow the money and set up cannabis businesses so that social equity can be promoted in the industry.

Another eye-catching provision in the law which was unveiled on Saturday (May 4) states that large-scale cultivators wouldn’t initially be licensed to operate within the state. Rather, small (“craft”) growers would be given priority at least for the first 12 months, and then larger players would be considered thereafter.

This emphasis on small growers is intended to spread the opportunities in the recreational cannabis sector to as many local players as possible.

The lawmakers also seem to have learnt a lot from California where local authorities have made it difficult for residents to access recreational cannabis by banning the operation of marijuana retail businesses in their jurisdictions. The draft bill in Illinois has a provision allowing local authorities to ban retail outlets within their areas for only the first 12 months.

Thereafter, any ban in a municipality can only be enforced once the voters in that jurisdiction approve the ban through a referendum. This is a great proposal because it puts the fate of recreational marijuana in municipalities in the hands of voters, rather than in the hands of a few municipal council members who may have divergent views from those of the people they represent.

The proposed law also has provisions on the likely taxes which will be levied on recreational marijuana products. For example, the lawmakers propose that customers will pay a 10 percent tax on cannabis products whose THC content is less than 35 percent while the products with a THC content that is higher than 35 percent will attract a 25 percent sales tax.

Entities that want to grow cannabis in the state will pay a permit fee of $100,000 while those who want to operate retail businesses will fork out $30,000 for a permit. Applicants from minority communities would pay lower permit fees so that the barriers to entry are reduced.

Debate on the bill is already heating up between proponents and those opposed to marijuana legalization. The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) hopes that logic will prevail during these debates and the best law will be enacted for the people of Illinois.

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420 with CNW – West Virginia Looks for Financial Institution to Handle Medical Cannabis Money

The Treasurer’s Office in West Virginia plans to issue a request for proposals (RFP) by the end of next month (May 2019) inviting interested financial institutions to submit their proposals for handling the money generated by the state from the medical cannabis industry.

These funds will include license fees, fines, taxes and other revenues accruing from medical marijuana.

Earlier this year, the legislature passed a law to expand the scope of the types of financial institutions that could express interest in handling this money from medical marijuana. Credit unions and other non-traditional banking companies are now eligible to apply.

It should be noted that the traditional financial institutions, such as banks, have been reluctant to handle any marijuana money because they fear being caught in the middle of the divergent state and federal marijuana laws.

Currently, the RFP is being reviewed by a legal team and it will be released once the any legal kinks found are sorted.

Meanwhile, the Office of Medical Cannabis is moving ahead with its plans to get ready for implementing the medical marijuana program. They would like everything to be good to go so that once a financial institution is hired, the implementation plan can start being acted upon.

For example, the process of hiring staff (cannabis inspectors, for example) has already started and will be scaled up basing on how many entities express interest and are cleared to participate in the medical cannabis industry.

The Medical Cannabis Act, which was signed into law in 2017, provides for 10 medical cannabis cultivation licenses, 10 permits for medical cannabis processing and 30 permits for cannabis dispensing.

The law also stipulates that no single entity will be given a permit to grow or process cannabis, and another permit to dispense medical cannabis. However, companies can be both growers and processors.

The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, the entity which spearheaded the preliminary work of establishing the medical cannabis program, visited several states in order to learn how best to design West Virginia’s program. While best practices where picked from different places, the final look of West Virginia’s medical marijuana program resembles the program established in Pennsylvania.

The original plan was to start accepting license applications on July 1, but it seems this deadline will not be met. The Green Organic Dutchman (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) and the entire cannabis industry hopes that patients in West Virginia will not have to wait for an unnecessarily long time before they can access medical cannabis to ease their symptoms.

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420 with CNW – California’s Cannabis Home Delivery Policy Faces Legal Challenge

Recently, California passed a rule to allow the statewide delivery of cannabis. However, a legal battle between the state and 25 cities is brewing after the cities went to court to have that rule overturned.

When California legalized marijuana, local governments were given the right to decide whether cannabis businesses and sales would be permitted in their jurisdictions and the conditions under which such operations could be permitted.

Many local governments exercised their right and opted to ban recreational cannabis from their jurisdictions. The new rule allowing cannabis retailers to deliver cannabis to “any address” within the state has angered the local authorities and 25 of them have gone to court over the matter since the rule would, in effect, render their position to ban cannabis ineffective.

At the core of this lawsuit is a desire to determine whether it is the state regulators in charge, or the local authorities where marijuana is cultivated and sold.

Marijuana companies and consumers advocated for the passing of the rule allowing the delivery of cannabis in the state because there were large “marijuana deserts” created by the action of local authorities that banned marijuana in their jurisdictions.

Those “deserts” made it difficult for people, especially frail patients, in those areas to access cannabis and yet the products were legal in the state.

Prop 64, the law under which cannabis became legal in California, indicates that cannabis can be delivered anywhere in the state by employees of a licensed cannabis retail business.

The cities that have gone to court therefore seem to be interested in establishing whether that provision overrides their power to restrict cannabis businesses from operating within their jurisdictions.

The state insists that the delivery rule is merely reinforcing what is already in the law while the cities argue that cannabis businesses are trying to circumvent the ban imposed by local governments. The cities insist that the deliveries should only be to the areas where the local governments have consented to the operation of cannabis businesses in their areas.

Currently, California is the largest cannabis market within the U.S., but many residents have been finding it hard to buy marijuana because of the ban imposed by several local authorities. This case is therefore going to be a landmark one since the ruling may make a definitive determination of how the cannabis industry in the state will operate.

The Green Organic Dutchman (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF), Therma Bright, Inc. (TSX.V: THRM) (OTC: THRBF) and the entire marijuana industry are watching with bated breath to see how the court will rule on this latest source of friction between the state and the local governments.

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Increasing Growth, Acceptance Move CBD Market Toward Mainstream

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: The CBD market is seeing strong growth and a move towards the mainstream.

  • The North American CBD market, worth more than $9 billion in 2017, is projected to be worth $47 billion by 2027.
  • Growth is possible partly through mainstream acceptance, with pressure on a variety of institutions to accept medical CBD.
  • Leaders are emerging within the CBD and cannabis markets, as leading voices gain recognition for their work.

Wildflower Brands Inc. (OTCQB: WLDFF) (CSE: SUN) (WLDFF Profile), which focuses on health and wellness products, is benefiting from this growth through the establishment of strong distribution deals. Focused on the organic market, Green Organic Dutchman (OTCQX: TGODF) (TSX: TGOD) has significantly increased its output to meet demand. Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) (TSX: ACB) has earned its CEO industry-wide recognition through strong growth and a powerful place as a market leader. HEXO Corp. (NYSE American: HEXO) (TSX: HEXO) is pushing CBD and cannabis toward the mainstream through connections with food and consumer product companies. Significant developments in science and agriculture, where Charlotte’s Web Holdings Inc. (OTCQX: CWBHF) (CSE: CWEB) is making great steps forward in developing…

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420 with CNW – Colorado House Bill Could Make Marijuana Consumption Lounges Legal

Recreational marijuana has been legal in Colorado since 2012, but the people who buy legal pot have been having a hard time finding where they can consume their purchase. This is now set to change if a bill that has been approved by a House Committee eventually gets the nod from the entire State Assembly and Senate.

Under current law, recreational cannabis can only be consumed in private residences and private establishments. The ban on public and open consumption of cannabis remains in place even if the law legalizing recreational cannabis intended to regard recreational cannabis in the same way that alcohol is treated by the law.

In the past, all efforts to create a system by which the social consumption of marijuana could be licensed have failed. However, the sponsors of HB 1230 feel that the time may now be right for an enabling to law to be enacted so that businesses can get licenses for the social consumption of marijuana on their premises.

Representative Jonathan Singer, the sponsor of the bill, says that his intention is to fix two major issues in the law.

First, his bill will provide more clarity about the meaning of “open and public” so that cannabis businesses and consumers can know the limits of where cannabis consumption is allowed or not. Currently, marijuana seems to be in no man’s land on this issue, he added.

By defining what “open and public” means, it will be possible to license premises where tourists and residents can consume recreational marijuana. This is especially important because many people who live in rented premises cannot consume recreational cannabis at home because the landlords don’t permit its consumption on the premises.

HB 1230 seeks to create two kinds of licenses that businesses can apply for in order have cannabis users consume their stuff in the premises.

The first kind of license will enable consumption lounges and other public places to have a limited amount of cannabis that people can buy and consume while in the premises.

The second type of license wouldn’t allow on-site cannabis sales, but people can come in with their own cannabis and consume it from those premises.

However, any business that is licensed to sell or facilitate the consumption of alcohol wouldn’t be eligible for any of the cannabis social consumption licenses. Under the proposed law, local authorities would also have the right to decide whether to permit or ban cannabis consumption lounges and other such facilities within their jurisdictions.

Now that the bill has passed the first hurdle in the Business Affairs and Labor Committee of the House, it now heads to the House Finance Committee. The Green Organic Dutchman (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) and Therma Bright, Inc. (TSX.V: THRM) (OTC: THRBF) hope that this bill is enacted into law so that the dilemma of where people can consume legal weed in Colorado can be solved sooner rather than later.

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CBD Going Mainstream amid Flood of New Products, Celebrity Endorsements, and Emerging Consensus about Benefits

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: Analysts at Brightfield Group see CBD (cannabidiol) gobbling up a sizeable chunk of a projected $100 billion nutraceuticals 2022 U.S. market.

  • $22 billion-plus CBD market could eclipse broader cannabis market
  • Growing consensus about health benefits backed by clinical work, personal endorsements
  • CBD found in everything from beverages and dog treats to pharmaceuticals and wellness products

The opening of the CBD floodgates represents a huge opportunity for plant-based wellness and health-product developers such as Wildflower Brands Inc. (OTCQB: WLDFF) (CSE: SUN) (WLDFF Profile) and Green Growth Brands Inc. (OTCQB: GGBXF) (CSE: GGB), a lifestyle-oriented developer of cannabis and CBD consumer products. Similarly, some of the fastest-growing producers in the industry today, such as Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) (TSX: ACB), Green Organic Dutchman (OTCQX: TGODF) (TSX: TGOD) and HEXO Corp. (NYSE: HEXO) (TSX: HEXO) all stand to benefit as the rising tide of the CBD market continues to see tremendous growth for…

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420 with CNW – Illinois Legislators Move to Ease Banking for Cannabis Businesses

As Illinois gears up to legalize recreational weed, a couple of bills have been tabled to protect state-chartered banks that decide to accept cannabis businesses as clients.

Under federal law, any money from cannabis businesses is regarded as drug money and banks that accept such money may be prosecuted by the federal authorities.

Consequently, most banks have been reluctant to do business with marijuana companies even if the allure of the huge sums of money that can be made from the cannabis industry is strong.

The past years have seen medical cannabis companies struggling to find a bank that is willing to take them on, and this is the situation that the newly introduced bills seek to fix.

Last year, medical cannabis sales generated approximately 136.5 million, and that figure is likely to grow to $224 million by 2022 once recreational sales begin. This is a huge amount of money to be lying around in sacks or safes within cannabis business premises.

More practical problems like how to pay employees and clients get worse once businesses don’t have access to banking services. For example, Ascend Illinois, one of the leading medical cannabis firms in the state, narrates how they had to take several days to drive cash to different vendors and employees around the state when the bank they were using withdrew its services.

Such a scenario creates a huge attraction to criminals who would want to lay their hands on such a huge amount of cash.

It is also hard for state authorities to track whether the cannabis companies are meeting their tax obligations if there is no paper trail to follow in order to verify the volume of sales each month.

The passing of state laws to shield local banks from federal prosecution can help to remove some of the concerns that the banks may have.

While it is true that no bank or credit union has so far been targeted by the feds for doing business with cannabis companies, a state law would protect the banks in the event that a change in policy at the federal level exposes the banks to risks.

For example, President Obama’s administration had passed a policy not to prosecute banks that do business with cannabis firms in states that legalized marijuana. However, President Trump’s administration rescinded that policy, effectively making it possible for federal law enforcement agencies to go after banks that accept marijuana businesses.

Such fluctuations in federal policy are what the bills introduced by state Sen. Tol Hutchinson and state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth want to shield local banks against.

The sponsors of those two bills believe that just as the states have taken the lead in seeing marijuana legalized, they too must play a leading role in ensuring that banking laws are reformed to accommodate those cannabis businesses. The Green Organic Dutchman (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) and other companies wish that such laws were passed much earlier so that legitimate cannabis businesses stop being treated like second-class entities.

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