420 with CNW – Arizona Cannabis Legalization Effort Takes First Step

The Smart and Safe Arizona Initiative has filed a petition with the Secretary of State for clearance so that the group can start a campaign to gather signatures which will see marijuana legalization put on the state’s 2020 ballot.

Under the initiative, adults who are 21 or older will be able to buy, possess, consume and cultivate marijuana in the state. The initiative also has provisions that will make it possible for people with prior low-level marijuana convictions to have their records wiped clean.

Under the proposal, a fraction of the tax revenue generated from the sale of recreational marijuana will be allocated to the community colleges in the state, as well as to the health and infrastructure sectors.

Some of the provisions in this initiative favor the medical marijuana companies which are currently operating in Arizona. For example, the proposal suggests that the medical marijuana dispensaries in the state will have first priority as retail licenses are issued to companies that would like to participate in the distribution of recreational marijuana. Additional retailers can then be selected randomly by the Arizona Department of Health once the medical cannabis dispensaries have been granted retail licenses.

While this initiative has provisions which are intended to win the support of the marijuana industry in the state, there are other provisions which favor the customer. For instance, the inclusion of home cultivation is good for residents because it gives them a way to keep their costs low, if they have the interest in growing their own marijuana.

The proposed legalization initiative suggests some restrictions on marijuana edibles. These include a ban on the sale of gummy worms and gummy bears which resemble products consumed by children. The THC content of marijuana edibles would also be capped at 10mg per serving.

This initiative is coming at a time when support for marijuana legalization is high, but a number of factors may make the work of the campaigners hard.

For example, Gov. Doug Ducey (R) is opposed to marijuana legalization and is on record saying he was glad that a previous ballot measure in 2016 had failed.

The campaigners will also be aware that medical marijuana was legalized through a slim majority during the elections of 2010. Getting the 237,645 voter signatures to put the initiative on the ballot may therefore the easy part while the real work lies in convincing voters that marijuana legalization is good for them and the state.

For now, the activists in Arizona can count on the support of the cannabis industry in the state as well as the growing interest in seeing an end to marijuana prohibition across the U.S. as factors working in their favor.

Industry analysts believe that marijuana industry actors like Therma Bright Inc. (TSX.V: THRM) (OTC: THRBF) and TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN) (FRA: TH8) will be watching events in Arizona closely in the run up to the elections.

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420 with CNW – Florida Activists Notch First Victory in Campaign to Put Cannabis Legalization on the 2020 Ballot

An effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Florida registered its first victory on Monday when reform activists announced that they had collected a sufficient number of signatures in order to trigger a process through which the state’s Supreme Court would review the language of their petition.

If the court approves the petition’s language, Regulate Florida, the group behind the legalization effort, will face its biggest hurdle yet. At least 766, 200 voter signatures will need to be collected in order to put cannabis legalization on the state ballot next year. This required number of signatures is approximately ten times what the group had to collect in order to get the Supreme Court to review the measure’s language.

The activists observe that it is very expensive to collect signatures in support of such an initiative. For example, it costs about $2 to print, collect and validate each petition. The reform advocates have not yet received any financial backing from John Morgan, the personal injury attorney who bankrolled the effort to legalize medical cannabis in the state in 2016. Morgan had also financed a failed attempt to legalize recreational marijuana in the state in 2014.

The personal injury attorney seems to have opted to put his money behind an initiative to increase the minimum wage in the state. He is reported to have said that he is doubtful that Florida is ready for recreational marijuana even if recent polls show that 65 percent of adults in the state want to see an end to marijuana prohibition.

However, the activists are confident that Florida voters will do what the lawmakers have failed to do on several occasions. For example, a bill to legalize recreational marijuana stalled even before a hearing had been scheduled in the state legislature.

Regulate Florida has also adopted another tactic to make the recreational marijuana initiate more attractive. They are positioning this effort as a measure which will make the medical marijuana program more patient-friendly since patients will be allowed to grow a limited number of marijuana plants for their medical needs. Home cultivation wasn’t allowed under the law through which the medical marijuana program was legalized.

The activists are now calling for volunteers to help in the signature collection process, and they are also appealing for donations to fund the signature collectors who aren’t volunteers. Analysts believe that the cannabis industry, including TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN) (FRA: TH8) and Therma Bright Inc. (TSX.V: THRM) (OTC: THRBF), will be rooting for the reform advocates since the wall of prohibition needs to be pegged back in as many states as possible if the industry is to reach its full potential.

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420 with CNW – More than 100 Cannabis Businesses Ask Congress to Consider Social Equity During Legalization

A coalition of more than a hundred cannabis companies and industry groups has sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to include social equity in any legislation that is proposed as a way of ending marijuana prohibition.

The letter, sent on Thursday last week, asserts that the work of Congress will be incomplete if they only stopped at legalizing marijuana without going further to address issues of social equity.

More specifically, the groups and associations that signed this letter express concern that the people who were worst affected by the War on Drugs are likely to be left behind as the marijuana industry takes off because those individuals who have a past conviction for marijuana-related charges are explicitly barred from participating in the legal marijuana industry in the states where marijuana is legal. These individuals are also unable to raise the capital needed to participate meaningfully in what the signees called “the new green rush.”

The letter states that in 2018, the sale of recreational and medical marijuana in the states that approved marijuana generated $10.4 billion, and $1.2 billion went to state governments in the form of taxes. Additionally, more than 200,000 people have jobs in the legal cannabis industry, but a significant proportion of people from the communities which were disproportionately affected by the prohibitionist laws are staying behind due to the constraints they face.

The coalition proposes a number of suggestions that Congress can consider in order to right the wrongs done during the War on Drugs.

For example, the letter suggests that in addition to descheduling marijuana at the federal level, Congress should pass a law allowing banks to service cannabis businesses without any fear of federal action against them.

The coalition also recommends that Congress should appropriate funds towards a social equity program so that the individuals and communities who suffered the most during prohibition can be facilitated or supported to take part in the legal cannabis industry across the country.

Another recommendation is that the criminal records of people on charges related to marijuana should be expunged so that those people no longer suffer the collateral consequences of those convictions.

4Front Ventures led the effort to write this letter. Other signees included Marijuana Policy Project, Michigan Cannabis Industry Association, MJ Freeway, Minority Cannabis Business Association, Americans for Safe Access, National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), and Berkeley Patients Group, among others.

This letter comes soon after another coalition of drug reform and civil rights groups also wrote to Congress making suggestions regarding how marijuana justice could be realized in any law that is passed to end cannabis prohibition.

Pundits believe that the marijuana industry, including companies like Therma Bright Inc. (TSX.V: THRM) (OTC: THRBF) and The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF), will be hoping that Congress uses the recommendations made by the different groups that have written to it when debating a comprehensive marijuana policy reform law.

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420 with CNW – The Global Cannabis Market is Expected to Be Worth $66.3B by 2025

The global legal cannabis market size is predicted to reach $66.3 billion by the end of 2025. This market is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.9 percent within the years covered in the forecast. The increasing legalization of marijuana and the demand for medicinal marijuana is expected to be the key driver of this market growth.

In the coming years, the growing demand for cannabis products in the treatment of various health conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, Parkinson’s, arthritis, and several neurological conditions is expected to boost the demand for marijuana as a pharmaceutical product.

Additionally, many countries and jurisdictions have legalized marijuana either for recreational or medicinal purposes. This has had a major adverse effect on the black market of marijuana in those areas, and this is a plus for the legal industry that will see the market expand at the predicted pace. The desire for governments to earn from the legal industry is another factor that will contribute to further legalization and expansion of the marijuana market.

Regionally, the demand for marijuana products is likely to be largely driven by the huge market in the U.S. and Canada, especially for medical marijuana. In contrast, the stringent regulations and rules imposed on the cultivation and sale of medical marijuana in Europe may dampen the growth of the industry on the European continent even if markets like Germany offer great promise.

At the moment, Israel is playing a pivotal role of sharing its technological prowess and cannabis knowledge with other parts of the world. As these markets, such as Thailand the U.K, open and grow, the global market will benefit from these potentially major players in the industry.

The report also points out that in 2018, the cannabis market in the U.S. was valued at $11.9bn and it is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 24.1 percent for the duration of the forecast in the report till the end of 2025.

Cannabis buds or dried flower took the lion’s share of the global marijuana market in 2018 because it accounted for more than half of all the sales recorded in the industry. This segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 20.6 percent during the forecast period.

Analysts strongly feel that this bullish outlook for the global marijuana industry will spur industry players like TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN) (FRA: TH8) and Therma Bright Inc. (TSX.V: THRM) (OTC: THRBF) to ramp up their own growth plans in order to cash in on the global growth of the industry.

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420 with CNW – Bipartisan Senators Table Cannabis and CBD Research Bill

A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation on Thursday (June 27) intended to facilitate federally-approved research into cannabis and its derivatives, such as cannabidiol (CBD).

The first section of the bill centers on the process through which research institutions can apply to the federal government for authorization to conduct marijuana research. If the bill passes in its current form, the U.S. attorney general would have a maximum of 60 days within which to approve the applications for cannabis research or request the applicant to avail more information.

The first section of the bill also creates a mechanism through which research organizations can get expedited approval if they want a larger quantity of Schedule I drugs, such as marijuana, for their research activities. Currently, the approval process takes a very long time and virtually renders research a near impossibility.

This section of the bill also deals with the process through which entities can apply to become manufacturers of research-grade marijuana products. At the moment, the University of Mississippi has the only federally-approved manufacturing facility across the U.S. The bill seeks to impose a 60-day deadline on the Department of Justice to approve manufacturing applications or ask the applicant to provide supplemental information.

The second section of the draft legislation focuses on the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and how it approves drugs derived from marijuana. To encourage innovation in this area, the bill seeks to allow any accredited medical or osteopathic institutions, schools, practitioners and manufacturers who have been registered to have access to Schedule I drugs to start growing their own marijuana for research purposes.

The bill also has a provision which gives the Drug Enforcement Administration authority to scrutinize and approve applicants who wish to manufacture any approved drug that is derived from marijuana. These approved manufacturers would also be permitted to import any marijuana products that they deem necessary for doing cannabis research.

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), one of the sponsors of this bill, commented that there is a lot of anecdotal evidence about the therapeutic benefits of marijuana and its derivatives, but the country cannot rely on anecdotal evidence to make policies about the treatment of health conditions. He added that the bill is intended to remove the barriers that make it difficult for the needed research to be conducted to ascertain the truth in the claims regarding marijuana’s medicinal effects.

The 22-page bill has been endorsed by a number of mainstream medical associations, such as the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Society of Addiction Medicine and American Psychological Association. Several pro-marijuana advocacy groups, such as NORML and Americans for Safe Access have also voiced their support for this draft legislation.

Marijuana industry analysts think that the entire cannabis industry, including players like Therma Bright Inc. (TSX.V: THRM) (OTC: THRBF) and The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF), will be keeping its fingers crossed hoping to see this bill become law.

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420 with CNW – How Marijuana Legalization Law in Illinois Differs from All Others

If, as is widely expected, Gov. Pritzker signs a bill that was passed to legalize recreational cannabis in Illinois, the state’s legalization law will be different from all others in several aspects.

First, Illinois will have defied the odds to legalize adult-use marijuana legislatively. All the other ten states have done so through voter initiatives. Lawmakers in New Jersey and New York at one time seemed poised to pass bills legalizing recreational marijuana but intraparty disagreements have torpedoed those plans.

Another way in which Illinois’ law is unique is that it contains provisions which are aimed at promoting social equity in the marijuana industry. The law creates a Cannabis Business Development Fund through which minorities will be supported to join the legal industry. $12million has been earmarked for this fund and a fraction of the fees levied on players in the cannabis industry will go to this fund as well.

Additionally, licensing fees will be lowered for applicants from minority communities who wish to start recreational marijuana businesses. Loans will also be given to these “equity” applicants at low interest rates. This will address the longstanding difficulty that members of these communities have always had when it comes to accessing business loans.

The law also stipulates that at least eight community colleges should offer marijuana business education programs by September 2020. A minimum of five of those colleges should enroll at least half of their students from low-income communities since those are the primary beneficiaries of this provision in the law.

Another unique feature of the Illinois law is that 25 percent of the sales tax levied on recreational marijuana sales as well as 25 percent of all other fees levied in the industry will go towards funding a “Restore, Reinvent and Renew” program through which grants will be given for the purpose of combating violence and revitalizing the communities most affected by the war on drugs.

The lawmakers in Illinois didn’t just talk about social justice and equity; they went all out and formulated a law which spells out exactly how these ideals will be brought to life in the state. This law is certainly going to be a model from which other jurisdictions borrow ideas when formulating their own laws.

One has no choice but to believe that the entire marijuana industry, including Therma Bright Inc. (TSX.V: THRM) (OTC: THRBF) and The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF), are likely to be pleased by this cannabis news coming out of Illinois.

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420 with CNW – First Cannabis Charity Launches in Canada

Hope for Health, a Toronto-based charity, has been launched as the first cannabis charity registered by the Canadian government. The charity is registered in the category of organizations whose intention is the “advancement of education.”

Hope for Health says it aims to enable patients to manage their health effectively while also giving them the autonomy to choose which cannabis products and cannabis producers to deal with.

The charity kick-started its operations amidst fears that medical marijuana patients are getting reduced attention as more attention is directed towards the recreational market. This is seen in the rising medical marijuana product prices. Access points for medical cannabis are also reducing while a new excise tax on marijuana prices has also been imposed on medical marijuana products. This excise tax can only be waived on the product price if the company selling medical marijuana products opts to absorb that cost.

To alleviate this increased cost of medical marijuana products, Hope for Health has decided to avail a renewable monthly stipend to patients who meet the eligibility criteria of the charity. This stipend is conditioned upon the patient purchasing their medical marijuana products from one of the 170 producers licensed by the Canadian federal government.

Hope for Health intends to take on at least 150 patients during its first year of operation. More patients will be onboarded each year and the number will vary depending on the resources available as well as the level of interest displayed by patients.

The charity doesn’t only have its eyes on patients. Hope for Health plans to create and disseminate educational materials to health care professionals about the medicinal benefits of marijuana. This will be done in conjunction with creating partnerships with research organizations, academic institutions and medical associations.

Hope for Charity is the brainchild of Auxly Cannabis Group, an entity that provides financing to cannabis cultivators. Auxly Cannabis Group has committed itself to availing funding that they are calling “a cornerstone donation.” The funds will be used to get the charity on its feet.

Hugo Alves, the director of Hope for Health, remarked that the idea of the charity was conceived three years ago. The founders felt that every entity which had reaped from the cannabis industry in the country would rally around the idea and support its operations.

The founders also strongly felt that the leadership and management of the charity should be independent if Hope for Health is to retain its appeal to all players in the industry. To this end, they selected Dr. Jenna Valleriana as the Executive Director of the charity.

Dr. Valleriana is a respected cannabis policy expert who heads the National Institute for Cannabis Health and Education. She recently published a cannabis education toolkit which was used by two other organizations to design digital tools aimed at educating students and parents about marijuana.

TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN) (FRA: TH8) and Therma Bright Inc. (TSX.V: THRM) (OTC: THRBF) commend the people behind Hope for Health and wish them all the best in their noble undertaking.

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420 with CNW – Missouri Puts Final Touches to Medical Marijuana Rules

Voters in Missouri approved a ballot measure which legalized medical marijuana in 2018. In March this year, the Department of Health and Senior Services released draft rules for the medical marijuana program and invited public comment on those rules. Last week, the department completed making changes to the draft rules based on the feedback received and they published the revised draft rules on the department’s website on Friday.

The rules cover 11 broad aspects of the medical cannabis program. These include rules covering patients and caregivers participating in the program, cultivation facility license procedures and requirements, testing facilities, seed to sale marijuana tracking and the rules governing medical marijuana manufacturing facilities.

The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) will start receiving patient applications based on these rules on July 4 while applications from businesses which want licenses will be received starting August 3. The application forms are now available on the website and all interested parties can access and fill those forms.

DHSS will then start scoring the business applications and complete this exercise on December 31 this year, after which business licenses will be issued to the successful applicants in 2020.

The medical marijuana program has attracted a lot of interest from the business community, and the state expects to generate millions of dollars in taxes and fees from the industry.

However, the actual earnings are likely to fall short of what has been predicted. Economics professors at Missouri University crunched the numbers and concluded that the number of eligible patients in the state would be less than initially expected. The professors estimated that in 2022, the medical marijuana program is likely to raise about $3.4 million in taxes and fees, a figure which is much lower than the $24 million predicted by the people behind the initiative which saw the approval of the ballot measure legalizing medical marijuana.

In the meantime, 510 applications have been pre-filled and are due to be submitted. Those applications have generated more than $3.67 million in application fees. From these applications, 60 cultivation facilities, 86 manufacturing facilities and 192 medical marijuana dispensaries will be selected. The state will license 24 dispensaries for each of the eight congressional districts.

These draft rules will also be subject to public comment and a public hearing will be organized in July. TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN) and Therma Bright Inc. (TSX.V: THRM) (OTC: THRBF) applaud the authorities in Missouri for systematically implementing the roadmap to the commercialization of the medical marijuana program.

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420 with CNW – State Statistics Reveal Less than 50 Percent of Ohio Patients Have Purchased Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana was legalized in Ohio in 2016 and sales only started this year. Figures coming in from the state show that only 15,339 of the patients who hold medical marijuana cards have so far visited a dispensary and purchased medicinal marijuana products. Several factors can explain why just 49 percent of the cardholders have bought medical marijuana.

First, very few medical marijuana dispensaries have opened their doors to patients. Out of 56 dispensary licenses which were issued, just a paltry 15 establishments have started operating. These few dispensaries aren’t evenly distributed across the state, and this may explain why few patients have visited them and bought products.

Secondly, the price of the available products is still too high for many patients. The high prices may be resulting from the limited competition between the few dispensaries which have opened. Additionally, not many growers and processors are currently operating in the state. Prices are expected to reduce as more growers and processors come on board to supply the dispensaries in the state.

The state agencies involved in regulating the medical marijuana program also released other statistics related to the program.

For example, out of the 31,075 patients registered on the medical marijuana program, 171 have a diagnosis for a terminal illness, such as cancer. This could suggest that these people are taking medical marijuana to deal with pain.

The medical marijuana register also has 2,109 people registered as caregivers. Caregivers buy and administer medical cannabis to minors or people whose illness is so severe that they cannot buy and administer the medical marijuana by themselves.

In terms of sales, $5.8 million has been recorded as the revenue earned by medical marijuana businesses in the first four months of 2019. This is way below the potential of the industry since Ohio is ranked 7th in the country in terms of its population and GDP.

In total, 750 pounds of marijuana plant material were sold by the medical cannabis dispensaries in the past four months. 3,610 units of manufactured cannabis products, such as oils and tinctures, were also sold.

Larger volumes of products are expected to be sold as medical marijuana becomes more readily available and as more people qualify for medical cannabis cards after more qualifying conditions were added to the initial list of 21 qualifying conditions.

TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN) and Therma Bright Inc. (TSX.V: THRM) (OTC: THRBF) encourage all the entities that have received medical cannabis licenses to start operations quickly so that they can contribute to the growth of the medical marijuana industry in Ohio.

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420 with CNW – New Hampshire Senate Okays Medical Marijuana Home Cultivation

House Bill 364, a proposed law that seeks to allow patients taking medical cannabis to grow marijuana at home, has been approved by the senate in New Hampshire. The vote was close, but the bill sailed through 14-10.

Under the proposed legislation, patients who have been enrolled on the medical marijuana program of the state can have 12 medical marijuana seedlings, 3 young plants and 3 mature plants for their own use.

Currently, New Hampshire has 7,000 registered patients in the medical cannabis program. These patients have been compelled to get all their medical marijuana from just four Alternative Treatment Centers operating in the state.

The small number of retail outlets has resulted in high medical cannabis product prices, and many patients who cannot afford those products have resorted to using prescription opioids and other potentially harmful alternatives since medical marijuana isn’t covered by most insurance companies.

Activists have welcomed the bill saying that it will give patients a viable alternative to the expensive medical marijuana available at Alternative Treatment Centers.

There was resistance to the bill in the senate, and several changes were made in order to accommodate the concerns of the dissenting voices. For example, the bill initially had a provision which would allow a medical cannabis patient to gift marijuana to another patient who is registered to use medical cannabis in the state.

This provision was removed because there were concerns that such gifting would open the way to medical marijuana getting to the wrong people, such as criminal gangs selling marijuana on the black market.

Despite the changes, some senators, such as Sen. James Gray, are still adamant that legalizing home grows isn’t a good move. He said that the state has a rigorous system in place to make sure that the licensed cultivators only supply their products to the state-approved retailers. Allowing home grows creates a regulatory nightmare because it will be hard to monitor the plants grown by each patient who chooses to grow medical marijuana, Gray added.

Now that the bill has received senate approval, it now heads back to the House of Representatives where it had initially been approved and sent to the senate. The bill is coming back to the House so that the lawmakers there can consider the changes made by senate.

If the lawmakers in the House of Representatives pass the bill in its current form, then it will be sent to the desk of Gov. Sununu for a final decision on whether it becomes law.

TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN) and Therma Bright Inc. (TSX.V: THRM) (OTC: THRBF) sympathize with the patients and call upon the authorities to pass the bill quickly so that those who cannot afford the medical cannabis in Alternative Treatment Centers can grow their own.

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