420 with CNW – New Technologies Offer Solutions to Cannabis Dosing Challenges

One of the biggest issues that has stood in the way of medical marijuana patients and healthcare professionals has been the challenge of how to determine the precise dosage to be administered in order to attain the required therapeutic effects. Additionally, it has been hard to find cannabis products whose potency is uniform in order to trigger repeatable outcomes in patients. To compound matters even further, CBD normally brings therapeutic effects at a certain specific concentration. Anything greater or lower than that optimum level reduces its efficacy. The marijuana industry has responded to these challenges by getting more clinical and scientific.

Stratos, a cannabis company based in Colorado, is one of those entities which have stepped up to provide medical cannabis products that are consistent in terms of potency. Their products are so precise that splitting a tablet in half is a guaranteed way to take just half of the dose indicated on the product label.

Charlotte Payton, the VP of Development and Co-founder of Stratos, revealed that the company leveraged the roots of its founders in the medical arena to find ways to bring the consistency which is a given in other industries to the medical cannabis space. She wondered why people would easily get reliability and consistency in pharmaceuticals but not cannabis. Strato’s solution addressed that issue.

GoFire is another healthcare technology company which is also blazing a trail in finding solutions to deliver consistency in the medical cannabis industry. One of the products which they have brought to market is called the GoFire Inhaler. The inhaler’s unique convection heating system, precision dosing mechanism and medical-grade materials and design have just been patented.

The inhaler made by GoFire was designed for medicines extracted from plants, so patients can use this product to take cannabis flower and concentrates. Buyers of the inhaler also get an app which allows them to track and document their dosage preferences in addition to connecting with a community of other users of the GoFire Inhaler.

The work of these two companies has been welcomed by both medical professionals and patients. One such professional who was full of praises for the inhaler is Denver-based Dr. Michael Keller. He said such devices help to ease some of the concerns that members of the medical community have about prescribing medical marijuana products. The possibility of recommending exactly how much a patient should consume at a given frequency brings medical marijuana closer to what is expected of any therapeutic product.

VPR Brands LP (OTC: VPRB) and VIVO Cannabis Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF) applaud the innovations introduced by Stratos and GoFire since these technologies will bring medical cannabis closer to becoming a mainstream way to treat or manage different health conditions.

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420 with CNW – Illinois Senate Passes Recreational Cannabis Legislation Bill

As the legislative session enters its final days, the senate in Illinois has voted to pass a recreational cannabis legalization bill after months of debate and modification. The bill now goes to the Assembly before being presented to Gov. Pritzker by the end of this month.

The bill has a number of provisions which are intended to promote social equity once the marijuana industry becomes fully legal. For example, the bill provides for the automatic expungement of previous convictions for the possession of less than an ounce (30 grams) of marijuana. Individuals who were convicted for possessing between 30-500 grams of marijuana can appeal to court for expungement, or the state’s attorney can petition court on behalf of those individuals.

One notable change which was made to the original bill regards the home cultivation of recreational marijuana. While the original bill provided for the home cultivation of up to five plants, the revised version changed that provision and only allowed patients on the medical marijuana program to grow up to five plants. The law under which medical marijuana became legal didn’t allow home grows.

The bill also decriminalizes low-level marijuana cultivation (five or fewer plants) by non-patients. This means that those found growing few plants will be fined up to $200 instead of serving a custodial sentence upon conviction.

The bill stipulates the taxes which different recreational marijuana products will attract. Cannabis flower whose THC content is less than 35 percent will attract a 10 percent tax while any cannabis products with more than 35 percent THC content will attract a 25 percent tax. Marijuana-infused drinks will face a 20 percent tax. The state will also impose an additional 6.5 percent sales tax, and local authorities will be free to impose an extra 3.5 percent tax on recreational marijuana products.

Under the bill, individuals who have convictions that qualify for expungement and those who live in areas described as disproportionately affected by the war on drugs qualify to be categorized as equity applicants as business license applications are considered. Such equity applicants qualify for extra points during the scoring process and they are also eligible for fee waivers.

Social equity applicants can also obtain a low-interest loan from a special $30 million fund created by this law to help such applicants to meet some of the costs associated with starting a marijuana business.

Sen. Heather Steans, the sponsor of the bill, described the proposed law as one which will set the gold standard for creating a cannabis industry which embraces diversity.

If the bill becomes law as planned, it will take effect on the first day of 2020. Dispensaries would receive licenses by May 1, 2020 while transporters, craft growers and processors would get their licenses by July 1.

Advocates have welcomed this bill saying that while it isn’t perfect, it is better than having prohibition extended for longer. What is now left is for the Assembly to consider and pass the bill so that it gets to the desk of the governor in time. VPR Brands LP (OTC: VPRB) and VIVO Cannabis Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF) hope that nothing happens to derail the long-awaited legalization of recreational cannabis in Illinois.

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420 with CNW – New Jersey Health Department Unveils Changes to Medical Marijuana Rules

As the deadline set by Gov. Murphy to have the bill to legalize recreational cannabis passed approaches, the Department of Health has released the proposed rule changes which will see the medical cannabis program expanded. The program was due to be expanded at the same time as the legalization of recreational weed, but that seems to be failing as lawmakers fail to convince 2-5 other senators to support full legalization.

The rule changes are broadly aimed at improving access to medical marijuana. For example, there is a provision that will see the registration fee for patients and caregivers reduced to $100 from the current $200.

The new rules will also see veterans and seniors included among the categories of people who will pay a reduced fee of $20 when they apply to get a medical marijuana card. This will make access to the program more affordable for these groups of people.

When the new rules take effect, patients will now designate two people as primary caregivers instead of just one as was the case before. Having two authorized primary caregivers ensures that patients can still access medical marijuana even when one caregiver is indisposed.

The new rules will also allow more forms of medical marijuana to become available in the state. These include oil-based products, such as vape cartridges.

Currently, minors must undergo a psychiatric evaluation before a physician can certify or recommend medical marijuana for such patients. The new rules will remove this requirement, thereby easing the process of accessing medical marijuana by people who are underage.

The proposed rules will also see the addition of seven more conditions to the original list of medical marijuana qualifying conditions. The new ones include anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain and opioid use disorder. The expansion of the qualifying conditions will give more patients access to medical marijuana.

The drafters of the new rules have also included provisions which will reform the way permits are issued for cultivation, processing and dispensing medical marijuana. Currently, all permits are issued using the same system. This is going to change since the new rules provide for separate permitting systems for those different aspects of the industry.

Physicians will also be allowed to opt out of a list that is made available to the public showing which medical professionals have been approved to prescribe medical marijuana.

If Gov. Phil Murphy makes good on his threat, the new rules will be considered in a standalone bill separate from the one legalizing recreational cannabis. Unlike recreational weed which has attracted strong opposition, the lawmakers are in agreement regarding the expansion of the medical marijuana program and passing the medical marijuana bill will, in effect, make it harder to legalize recreational cannabis.

VPR Brands LP (OTC: VPRB) and VIVO Cannabis Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF) hope that the lawmakers will find a middle ground that will see the expansion of the medical cannabis program and the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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420 with CNW – Group Plans 2020 Ballot Measure to Legalize Recreational Cannabis in Montana

Coalition406, a new group in Montana, is planning to formulate a ballot measure so that residents can decide whether recreational marijuana should be legalized in the state during the 2020 elections.

In recent years, efforts to legalize adult-use marijuana have attracted growing support in the population. This support is buoyed by the increasing number of states that are either in the process or have already legalized recreational marijuana.

A poll conducted in February this year by researchers from the University of Montana found that 51 percent of all voters in the state support recreational cannabis legalization.

Coalition406 strongly believes that once recreational cannabis is legalized, thousands of people will be employed in the industry and the state will collect revenues that can help to fund education, healthcare and infrastructure projects.

Ted Dick, a campaign manager for Coalition406, announced that the group would sponsor a listening tour throughout the state in order to gather views from people regarding the plan to legalize recreational marijuana. “We want to hear from real Montanans,” he added.

Ted Dick isn’t new on the political landscape of Montana. Previously, he worked as the Executive Director of the Democratic Party in Montana. He therefore brings extensive experience in politics to this initiative to see recreational marijuana legalized.

If the initiative is to make its way onto the ballot in November 2020, at least 25,468 signatures of registered voters will have to be collected after the initiate gets the nod to proceed to the step of gathering signatures.

If the University of Montana poll is indicative of people’s current views in the state, Coalition406 will have to do a lot of work to convince more people to support the measure since the opinion poll shows that legalization currently enjoys a slim majority which can be swayed by those opposed to legalization.

Events in other states which have tried to legalize recreational marijuana also show that the objective is often easier to attain through a ballot than through legislative means.

For example, a law legalizing recreational marijuana was almost a foregone conclusion until voting on the bill was postponed after legislative leaders realized that not enough support existed in the New Jersey senate.

Similarly, the state budget was presented in New York State without including recreational marijuana, and that has cast doubt over plans to legalize recreational marijuana there during this legislative session.

Ballot measures therefore appear to be a better approach to take since the people are often ahead of their elected representatives in terms of voicing what they want. For this reason, VIVO Cannabis Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF) and Wildflower Brands Inc. (CSE: SUN) (OTCQB: WLDFF) applaud Coalition406 for taking the initiative to involve voters directly in matters of legalizing recreational cannabis in Montana.

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420 with CNW – Cumbersome UK Medical Cannabis Program Forces Parents to Resort to Smuggling

Legally, patients who qualify can access medical cannabis across the UK ever since an enabling law paved the way for this treatment to be available from November 1, 2018. However, the reality is another thing altogether as patients are made to jump endless hoops in order to access medical marijuana through the National Health Service (NHS).

The cumbersome bureaucratic system has compelled many desperate parents of kids who badly need medical marijuana to resort to smuggling the medicine from other countries.

Emma Appleby is one of those parents, and her story is heart-wrenching. She says her daughter, aged nine, suffers from severe epilepsy that causes the child to have more than 300 seizures every single day.

Appleby tried to follow the official channels in order to get her daughter on the medical cannabis that has been documented to help patients like her child. However, she got one flat “no” after another as she presented her case before various medical officials who had to approve her application before her daughter could get medical cannabis.

This rejection pushed Appleby to the edge and last week, she decided to take matters into her own hands. She travelled to the Netherlands and bought medical cannabis oil worth nearly $6,000. This was sufficient to treat her daughter for three months.

However, customs authorities seized the medicine as soon as she landed back home. She is angry that her daughter continues to suffer while the medical professionals and the NHS keep arguing about what sort of evidence is required for one to access medical marijuana.

Emma Appleby has vowed to fight until the seized medication is returned so that her child can be treated. Hers isn’t a farfetched dream, since there is a precedent on this issue.

Earlier this year, another parent, Charlotte Caldwell, also tried to smuggle medical cannabis into the UK but it was intercepted by customs. However, the medicine was quickly returned to her (in less than a week) after her sick son’s health deteriorated and he was admitted. Cannabis had been keeping the boy stable, so when he went without it as the authorities prevented his mother from treating him with the smuggled medicine then his health went downhill rapidly.

Such cases have led medical cannabis supporters in the British parliament to rise up in arms against the implementers of the medical cannabis law who have made it hard for the intended beneficiaries of that law to access badly needed treatment.

The program is so hard to navigate that only 12 patients have got licenses to receive medical cannabis since November 1 last year when the law came into effect. TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN) and VIVO Cannabis Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF) sympathize with the parents who have been forced to try and circumnavigate the law in order to access medical cannabis. The authorities should do whatever is possible to make it easier for patients to get the treatment they need.

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420 with CNW – Cuomo Insists Recreational Weed Will Be Legal By June

When the $17 billion state budget was adopted without marijuana policy reflected in it, cannabis advocates were crestfallen because they realized that their dream of seeing marijuana legal for adult-use had just taken a major hit. However, Governor Andrew Cuomo has vowed that he will do everything possible to pass the law by June when the legislative session ends.

The Governor said that the problem wasn’t the lack of political will to pass the law. Rather, there were differing opinions regarding the way in which legalization would be implemented in the state.

Because of those differing views on implementation, it wasn’t possible to reach an agreement on the matter while getting a budget ready for adoption. Now that the budget is out of the way, Cuomo feels that his full attention can now be devoted to hammering out the details of how recreational cannabis will be taxed, regulated and social justice attained.

Many lawmakers aren’t as optimistic as the Governor regarding the chances of the bill now that it isn’t included in the budget. For example, State Sen. Diane Savino points to what happened in neighboring New Jersey where marijuana advocates thought they had a done deal but voting on the legalization bill was cancelled due to fears that not enough “yes” votes had been secured in the State Senate.

That sobering example from New Jersey shows how tough things could get in New York State now that marijuana policy wasn’t included in the state budget.

It should also be remembered that out of the 10 states and Washington, D.C. that have legalized recreational pot, only one did so by legislative means. All the other states relied on ballot measures or referenda to legalize recreational cannabis.

This statistic shows that the general populace is always ahead of the lawmakers who have the responsibility to make decisions on behalf of the people that they represent.

It is therefore going to be a great deal harder for a majority of the lawmakers in New York State to pass a standalone marijuana legalization bill.

Already, there was intense opposition even while there was a chance that marijuana legalization would be included in the state budget. For example, the leaders in two of the New York suburbs with the largest population have already indicated that the sale of recreational cannabis will not be allowed in those jurisdictions.

TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN) and Vivo Cannabis Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF) hope that the lawmakers can put aside their political differences and put the interests of New Yorkers first when discussing the way forward on marijuana legalization.

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420 with CNW – Is Thailand Ready for Cannabis Legalization?

A drafting committee in the Thai Legislative Assembly is working on a bill to legalize marijuana in the state. However, many people are wondering whether the country is ready for this move. An analysis of the factors on the ground shows that the road to legalization has a lot going for it while some obstacles remain, as explored in the discussion below.

Why It May Be Time for Legalization

A long history of cannabis use. Cannabis had been used for centuries in Thailand before it was outlawed in 1934. Laborers had for long used it to relax their sore muscles while expectant mothers used it to ease labor pains. The plant was also used as a cooking ingredient. These deep roots of cannabis use also gave the industry the word “bong” derived from Thai. This long history of use therefore makes the legalization of cannabis a no-brainer for this country.

The locals are experts in cultivating the plant. The benefit of the long history of cannabis use in Thailand has also resulted in generations of expert cannabis cultivators in the country. The locals are so good at this that they can identify a seed that will grow into a male plant! Legalization would allow these experts to practice their craft and earn from it.

Thailand is home to a unique cannabis strain. Thailand has a unique cannabis sativa strain that is sought after across the world because of its high THC content. This strain has a citrus aroma and it gives a high that doesn’t cause the user to be lethargic or drowsy. Legalization can allow this gift of nature to be exploited commercially.

But, There Are Roadblocks…

U.S. influence may delay legalization. Thailand has deep ties with the U.S. spanning decades. In fact, the banning of cannabis in 1934 was a result of U.S. pressure on the country. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) even maintains an office in the country. As things stand at the federal level in the U.S., it would be expecting too much for one to think that the U.S. will not try to influence the process of discussing whether marijuana should be legalized or not.

Concerns over foreign firms. The road to legalization is likely to be bumpy as local firms jostle with foreign entities for control of the cannabis industry. Already, a storm is brewing about pending patents that have been filed by foreign companies. Locals see this as an attempt to lock them out of the industry, and they aren’t taking it lying down. The bill being drafted may stall while a way out of this storm is found.

All in all, global trends and the need to boost the agriculture-based economy of Thailand are likely to provide the momentum needed to pass medical cannabis legislation quickly in order to take advantage of the opportunities available.

VIVO Cannabis Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF) and Wildflower Brands Inc. (CSE: SUN) (OTCQB: WLDFF) hope that any stumbling blocks can be resolved quickly so that the people of Thailand can enjoy the economic and medical benefits that the marijuana industry has to offer.

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420 with CNW – The NFL Could Change its Cannabis Rules

According to recent media reports, the National Football League (NFL) may be considering changing its substance abuse rules with regard to marijuana. Analysts expect that the NFL may try to use any changes that it makes to its marijuana rules as a negotiating chip during its talks with the NFL players’ union.

A former offensive linesman, Kyle Turley, has also revealed that the NFL is studying the possibility of using cannabis as an alternative to pain killers. Research is being done by the NFL in this regard.

Kyle Turley owns a company that makes CBD supplements for athletes, so he can be expected to have an ear on the ground regarding the developments in the league, especially those developments that may impact his business either positively or adversely.

Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner, admitted in January that he had talked to some players’ representatives about marijuana. He added that the medical advisers of the league constantly look at the new research and the available data regarding the effects of cannabis on the players and advise accordingly.

In the past, Goodell was unequivocal in his opposition to the consumption of marijuana in the league. For example, in 2017, the Commissioner told ESPN that ingesting smoke (cannabis) couldn’t in any way be good for an NFL player.

However, recent times have seen a decline in the vigor that the league deploys to enforce its policy on marijuana even if some players have been suspended for testing positive for the substance. Those players were given a chance to return to the league yet previously one would be out for good.

While the news that the NFL may be thinking about changing its policy on cannabis may be good, industry advocates are wondering what the Commissioner and his team have up their sleeves. For example, what kind of concessions do they want to squeeze out of the players’ union in return for altering the policy on cannabis?

What these advocates had expected were statements to the effect that the NFL regrets any past actions that may have driven players into opioid addiction yet cannabis would have saved them and kept them playing. This is exactly what is happening in the states that are legalizing recreational cannabis. There is an admission that the war on drugs meted out untold suffering on sections of the population, and that legalization wants to put that past behind.

VIVO Cannabis Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF) and other industry players like Wildflower Brands Inc. (CSE: SUN) (OTCQB: WLDFF) hope that the NFL changes its cannabis policy for the right reasons, instead of using it as a tool to manipulate the players.

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Sector ETFs Provide Diversified Entry Point for Fast-Moving Industries

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420 with CNW – Edmonton Considers “Notwithstanding Clause” to Allow Cannabis Retail Shops in Malls

Barely four months after recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada, the city of Edmonton has made a proposal to include a “notwithstanding clause” in the law that stipulates the distance between cannabis retail shops and other public facilities, such as libraries and schools.

The current separation distances stipulated in the city’s bylaws state that there should be at least 200 meters between cannabis retail stores and schools or libraries. The law also stipulates that there should be at least 100 meters between a cannabis retail shop and provincial healthcare sites, parks and other public recreation facilities.

While the approach included in the existing laws is important in keeping minors from accessing cannabis, it is woefully inadequate when one considers large shopping malls and undeveloped land that hasn’t been subdivided as yet.

For example, the existing laws would prevent a cannabis retail facility from being opened in a large mall if that mall was close to a library. The exception clause being advocated for could address such unique situations.

There is no intention to change the rule stating that the distance between one cannabis retail shop and the next one should be at least 200 meters, but the “notwithstanding clause” will clarify how that separation distance is arrived at for different situations.

Such calls for amendments are to be expected when something new like recreational cannabis is first legalized. It is not possible for the framers of the original law to anticipate every possible situation, so the proposed amendments provide an avenue to iron out any kinks that may have been overlooked earlier.

As these calls for city bylaw amendments make their way through the system, the shortages of cannabis throughout the country are still ongoing. However, there is hope that the supply shortages will diminish over the coming months as the different licensed producers begin harvesting from the additional cultivation facilities that they rushed to commission as soon as retailers run out of cannabis a day after recreational cannabis was legalized.

In the meantime, the federal government is beginning to consider draft proposals for the regulation of cannabis edibles in the country. This segment of the industry was left out and there was a promise that an appropriate regulatory framework would be in place one year after recreational cannabis hit the shelves.

TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN), VIVO Cannabis Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF) and the entire cannabis industry look forward to the outcome of the amendments proposed in Edmonton since those changes may make it easier for residents to have a retail facility close by.

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