420 with CNW – Study Reviews How Cannabis Inhibits and Kills Cancer Cells

A recent scientific review conducted by researchers at Amity University in India has concluded that the legal status of marijuana should be reconsidered given that there is a lot of research suggesting that compounds from marijuana can inhibit the growth of tumors and also aid the management of different forms of cancer.

The researchers focused on the scientific literature available on the subjects of how different cannabinoids act on various cancers, stimulate appetite, relieve pain and combat nausea.

They discovered that while marijuana compounds can help in treating the symptoms caused by chemotherapy, marijuana shows promise in slowing down the growth of tumors and it can actually kill cancer cells in some cases.

The vast majority of the scientific studies which were included in this review were in vitro (in a test tube) studies while other studies had mice as their test subjects.

There was also a clinical trial which showed that the patients who had an aggressive form of brain cancer exhibited a higher (83 percent) one-year survival rate when given certain cannabinoids as compared to the patients who were treated using a placebo (53 percent one-year survival rate).

Another study included in the review also showed that blood cancer cells which were exposed to two synthetic cannabinoids showed a high rate of mediated apoptosis (programmed cell death). This means that the cannabinoids caused the cancer cells to “commit suicide.”

The researchers point out that not much research has been done on the effect of cannabinoids on breast, oral, liver and lung cancers but those researchers were able to find some studies which revealed that mice with certain types of lung cancer exhibited reduced tumor growth beneath the skin and the cancers didn’t spread as fast from their lungs once those mice were treated with THC.

Even if THC has been given a lot of attention by researchers studying how marijuana can help in the treatment of different cancers, the Amity University team found evidence that other cannabis compounds could also be therapeutic.

For example, they found a study which showed that a certain line of breast cancer significantly reduced its invasiveness and proliferation when those breast cancer cells were exposed to a synthetic form of CBD.

The researchers conclude that on the strength of the existing research pointing to the potential of different marijuana compounds as therapeutic, it is important for the legal status of marijuana (currently regarded as a controlled substance by international conventions) to be revised.

Analysts believe that this call for the revision of the legal status of marijuana is one that industry participants like VIVO Cannabis Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF) support wholeheartedly since it would unlock the full potential of the cannabis plant once unfettered research is done.

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420 with CNW – Medical Marijuana Could Be on Louisiana Dispensary Shelves as Early as Next Week

Early this week, officials from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) announced that medical marijuana products could soon be available in licensed dispensaries as soon as next week. This news brings a sigh of relief to patients who have waited through endless delays since 2015 when voters approved a measure to legalize medical cannabis.

Mike Strain, the LDAF Commissioner, revealed that his department had received the first batch of medical marijuana products that were ready for distribution to the licensed medical cannabis dispensaries within the state. Those samples would be tested to ascertain their potency, homogeneity and presence of contaminants.

If those samples pass the lab tests, then the department would give the manufacturers the green light to distribute their products to the places where patients with recommendations can access them.

GB Sciences, a company that was subcontracted by Louisiana State University, has provided the samples to be tested by the state. Strain revealed that the testing process would take approximately seven days and the products would be available if no issues are found during the tests. If any problem is found, the availability of the products would be delayed until those issues were resolved.

Some of the products that were randomly selected from the stores of GB Sciences for the purpose of testing by the regulator include inhalers and cannabis oil drops. The products were made in different formulations of THC and CBD. For example, some products are high in CBD while others are high in THC and low in CBD.

These products will be available to patients with debilitating conditions as long as those patients have been certified by the state to use medical marijuana as a form of treatment.

Louisiana passed strict rules under which the medical cannabis program would be implemented. For example, only two cultivation and manufacturing licenses were issued. Louisiana State University and Southern University were the recipients of those licenses. However, these two institutions could subcontract partners to help them execute their activities, and that is why GB Sciences had a chance to process the products which are undergoing testing.

Southern University partnered with Advanced Biometrics and they are soon planting their maiden medical cannabis crop. They expect the products from this crop to be ready for the market in about five months since it takes that long to grow and process a cannabis crop.

Marijuana industry watchers believe that industry actors like VPR Brands LP (OTC: VPRB) and VIVO Cannabis Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF) will be pleased that the long wait is showing signs of coming to an end and Louisiana patients will soon benefit from medical marijuana.

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420 with CNW – Thousands Submit Comments Urging FDA to Allow CBD in Supplements and Foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started receiving comments on CBD regulation from the public and other stakeholders in April and the comments period came to an end early last week.

The agency had initially planned to close the comments period on July 2 but the overwhelming public interest in the matter led the FDA to extent that deadline to July 16. By the close of the comments period, more than 4,400 submissions had been filed by individuals and organization.

The comments received covered everything imaginable about the therapeutic effects of CBD, how the compound should be tested, packaged and marketed, as well as matters of consumer protection and law enforcement.

There were hundreds of comments from individuals who claimed that CBD had helped them to deal with the symptoms of different health challenges, such as pain and anxiety. Other people claimed that they were able to wean themselves off of other drugs that had serious side effects by using CBD.

Several health associations and medical professionals submitted comments to the effect that the agency should regulate CBD as a health supplement as long as strict labeling and quality standards are set for manufacturers.

The Dravet Syndrome Foundation submitted a comment urging the FDA to formulate regulations that standardize the labeling of CBD supplements on matters of concentration, stability and the ingredients in the products since Dravet syndrome sufferers have been turning to these products after failing to get relief from the existing remedies.

A group of 37 state attorneys general also wrote to the FDA asking the agency to formulate rules that would protect consumers by requiring manufacturers to provide accurate information about the risks and potential benefits of CBD products. This would enable consumers to make an informed decision about the CBD products they use.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) submitted their comment requesting the FDA to design a program through which the state laws on CBD and other related products could be gradually aligned with the federal regulations on these products. By bringing uniformity to the CBD rules across different jurisdictions, the FDA will have taken a significant step towards safeguarding consumers from adulterated, mislabeled and contaminated CBD products, CSPI added.

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) called on the FDA to work closely with them in order to find ways to regulate the industry without stifling its growth.

The FDA will use these comments, along with any other input it receives from other fora, such as a planned hemp conference next month, while formulating the draft rules for the hemp industry which are slated to be released in August.

Marijuana industry analysts believe that players like VIVO Cannabis Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF) and TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN) (FRA: TH8), will be eager to see what rules are finally released since CBD products could be an additional moneymaker for these entities.

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420 with CNW – Group Announces Intention to Initiate Ballot Measure to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in Arkansas

A marijuana education and advocacy group in Arkansas has announced that it plans to file two petitions with the state government so that recreational marijuana can be legalized through a ballot measure. The second petition covers the expungement of marijuana-related convictions.

Drug Policy Education Group (DPEG), the nonprofit planning the petitions, says that they had initially wanted to have both issues (legalization and expungement) in the same initiative. However, their legal advisors recommended that they submit separate petitions since it would be hard for the Attorney General to approve a petition which has a constitutional amendment within another proposed amendment.

Melissa Fults, the Executive Director of DPEG, revealed that they had been planning the petitions for more than a year but they decided to move quickly since the lawmakers seem to be moving towards making it harder for voters to effect changes to the state constitution.

Fults revealed that there was consensus among pro-medical marijuana advocates that the Medical Marijuana Commission (MMC) and the State General Assembly had deliberately delayed the launch of the medical cannabis program after voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2016. Sales started 2.5 years after the constitutional amendment, and sales totaling $2 million had so far been registered.

Fults and other advocates have been trying to see more reforms made to the existing cannabis laws. For example, they tried to expand the list of medical marijuana qualifying conditions to three times its current size but the bill failed to make it beyond committee level during the legislative session that has just ended.

The first petition, named Arkansas Adult Use Cannabis Amendment (AAUCA) seeks to give the state’s finance department, through its Alcohol and Beverage Control Division, permission to draft regulations for the recreational marijuana program (cultivation, manufacturing, testing and sales). Under the proposal, adults who are at least 21 years old will be allowed to purchase recreational marijuana in addition to having a maximum of six seedlings and six mature plants for their own use.

The second ballot petition, named the Arkansas Marijuana Expungement Amendment (AMEA), seeks to allow people who were convicted for possessing up to 16 ounces of cannabis to petition a court (which will be set up for this purpose) to be released from prison, have the conviction expunged or request for the restoration of their rights.

Under Arkansas law, any proposed petition for the passing of a new law requires signatures of at least 8 percent of the voters who participated in the most recent elections. A petition for a constitutional amendment requires 10 percent voter support to be approved for inclusion on the ballot.

The nonprofit and its supporters therefore have their work cut out if their petition is to see the light of day. Pundits think that the entire cannabis industry, including participants like VPR Brands LP (OTC: VPRB) and VIVO Cannabis, Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF), will be rooting for the success of the initiatives since adult Arkansans will be able to enjoy the numerous benefits of the adult-use marijuana industry, such as employment.

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420 with CNW – Cannabis Edibles Could Cause a Spike in Life Insurance Premiums for Canadians

As Canadians countdown to the start of cannabis edibles sales in December, some sobering information is filtering in to the effect that life insurance premiums could go up depending on one’s cannabis edibles consumption habits.

When recreational marijuana was legalized in October 2018, most insurance companies stopped regarding marijuana users as smokers. People who are categorized as smokers can pay up to four times more in life insurance premiums when compared to those who are categorized as non-smokers. This is because smokers are seen as being higher-risk clients for insurance companies.

However, it has emerged that one’s marijuana consumption habits can still get that person in the smokers’ category when taking out a life insurance policy.

Different insurance companies have their own cannabis consumption threshold beyond which the individual is classified as a smoker. Many put the weekly consumption cap at 2-4 times, but some have a higher consumption threshold.

So, what’s the deal with cannabis edibles and life insurance premiums?

It is anticipated that marijuana edibles will appeal to a broader section of the Canadian community, including those who are queasy about smoking cannabis flower. Additionally, it will be easier for someone to consume an edible product, such as a brownie, containing cannabis since these products will become readily available.

For example, many will not find any problem consuming at least one cannabis edible each day, and it is rational to expect lots of Canadians to consume more than one pot edible a day. This puts their weekly average consumption at more than the threshold set by insurers, and the smoker classification can get activated for such people.

Since marijuana has only been recently legalized, insurance policies are still in their infancy and the fine print hasn’t yet been adjusted to cater for the actual quantity of marijuana consumed. For example, a small brownie containing a small amount of marijuana is currently rated the same as a jumbo one having much more marijuana than what is contained in the smaller brownie.

This seems unfair to marijuana users, but it is what it is until the policies are modified to accommodate those nuances.

Some people may be wondering how life insurance companies will get data on their clients or prospective clients’ cannabis consumption habits. While these insurers will not access your cannabis products purchase records, they will ask you to provide some information about your marijuana consumption habits as you take out a policy.

If you downplay how much marijuana you consume in order to avoid being classified as a smoker, you face a high risk of any insurance claim you or your loved ones make being denied if the insurer later discovers, from your medical records for example, that you consume way more marijuana than what you declared. A discussion with your attorney is advisable before you sign any life insurance paperwork.

These developments in Canada paint a picture of what could happen in the U.S. if the federal government ever amends its marijuana policies to become more permissive towards the substance. How would this insurance issue play out? It would be enlightening to know what the take of marijuana industry players like VIVO Cannabis Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF) and TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN) (FRA: TH8) is on this matter.

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420 with CNW – Canadian Companies Forced to Delay Launching “Cannabis 2.0” Products

The effects of the longstanding cannabis shortages in Canada are being felt far beyond the empty shelves in retail outlets. When recreational marijuana was legalized on October 17, 2018, a promise was made that marijuana edibles, vapes, CBD and beverages (so-called cannabis 2.0 products) would be available for purchase exactly one year later. Now the regulator has delayed the start of retail sales of those products citing a procedural requirement for the producers.

Health Canada, the regulator of the marijuana industry in Canada, held a briefing on Friday, June 14 in which the regulator informed the public that there would be a delay in rolling out the “cannabis 2.0” products for another two months.

Health Canada mentioned that while its rules would start being operational on October 17, it wouldn’t be possible for any edibles or other “2.0 products” to be sold until at least two months later. This is because the manufacturers of those products will start filing notices with the regulator of the products being brought to market and those manufacturers must then wait for a minimum of 60 days before starting to ship the products to the retail outlets.

It is believed that the 60-day window will allow the regulator to scrutinize those products and approve those which meet all the requirements in the law. In effect, retail sales will begin on Dec. 17 or thereafter.

The revenue generated from cannabis edibles and other second-generation marijuana products will not be reflected in the earnings of the fourth quarter (Q4) of this year. Instead, those figures will only become meaningful at the end of Q1 of 2020.

Canadian companies like Aurora Cannabis and Canopy Growth had been looking forward to launching the sale of these products because those products have performed excellently in the U.S. states which permit their sale.

These Canadian companies are therefore going to have no choice but to revise their revenue projections for Q4 of 2019 to reflect this delay to bring edibles, beverages and other “second-wave” marijuana products to the market.

On the other hand, marijuana companies shouldn’t be too concerned by the delay unless the cannabis 2.0 products were going to carry a bigger profit margin than the smokable flower which is chronically sold out at retail outlets.

Analysts are eager to know what marijuana industry players like VIVO Cannabis Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF) and TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN) (FRA: TH8) have to say about this latest announcement by Health Canada.

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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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