420 with CNW — Rhode Island Senate Passes Legislation Creating Safe Sites for Illicit Drug Users

Opioids initially gained popularity in the 1990s as doctors started prescribing prescription opioids to patients. Over the years, there has been a sharp increase in overdose-related deaths across the globe, from both prescribed and illicit drugs. To combat the growing opioid crisis, Australia, Canada, and some European countries established safe consumption sites (“SCS”) to help prevent overdose deaths and to provide substance-use disorder treatment to individuals.

The United States, however, doesn’t have a single safe consumption site, despite losing over 750,000 people from 1999–2018 to drug overdoses. However, the country may see its first-ever SCS if either of two bills in Rhode Island’s General Assembly passes. Initially introduced back in 2019, bills H 5245 and S 0016 would approve the creation of safe consumption sites in the state. According to Substance Use Policy, Education, and Recovery PAC co-chair Haley McKee, the bills have had strong support after being reintroduced to the General Assembly.

The state Senate-approved bill S 0016 would institute a 10-person advisory committee that would advise the director of the Rhode Island Department of Health on how to regulate SCS. The committee should include at least three people who have experience with controlled substances. This will include one individual who has been jailed or is currently receiving treatment for substance -use disorder, one who is currently recovering from a substance-use disorder and is working in overdose prevention or recovery, and a third who suffered a drug overdose in the past or has a family member who did.

On the other hand, bill H 5245 is still being reviewed by the House Committee on Health and Human Services. However, it is still unclear whether the committee will vote on the bill and whether it will have a floor vote. If the House does pass bill H 5245 and Governor Gina Raimondo signs it into law, Rhode Island will become the first state in the country to allow safe consumption sites, or as lawmakers call them, harm reduction centers.

These facilities would provide disease prevention services, health screening and recovery assistance for people who have consumed preacquired drugs on-site. The Senate version of the bill would also provide liability protection for managers, property owners, employees, participants, volunteers and any public service employees working in the harm reduction centers. With the more liberal Democrat Joseph Shekarchi as Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, McKee is cautiously optimistic that the legislation will pass.

While cannabis for recreational adult use was only decriminalized in Rhode Island, the substance is fully legal in Michigan, among other states. This legalization has allowed lots of companies to thrive. For example, Gage Growth Corp. (d.b.a. Gage Cannabis) is a new entrant on the Michigan cannabis market, but it is already on course to open a retail outlet within an hour’s drive from every state resident.

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420 with CNW — Washington State Supreme Court Repeals Law Criminalizing Drug Possession

The Washington State Supreme Court recently nullified the state’s criminal penalties against drug possession, terming them unconstitutional. This was followed by some prosecutors and police departments in the state announcing that they’d no longer pursue cases of possession or arrest individuals over the possession of small amounts of drugs.

The Seattle Police Department issued a public statement that stated that simple drug possession was no longer deemed to be an arrestable offense, adding that effective immediately, officers in the department would not be arresting persons for merely being in possession of drugs.

The Supreme Court ruling only applies to the possession of controlled substances. Other drug legislations in the state, such as the laws that govern the sale of drugs or driving under the influence, remain unaffected.

The Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys also sent a memo that directed its members to drop any ongoing drug possession cases.

Additionally, an official who is a member of the prosecutors’ group wrote an email to the Seattle Police Department stating that police officers should immediately stop arresting individuals for simple drug possession. This would also mean that police officers would not be allowed to search individuals or detain individuals while awaiting the arrival of canine units because they suspect said individuals of being in possession of drugs.

The email also noted that the police officers would need to be advised on whether they’d be permitted to seize any contraband or leave the drugs in the possession of the person in question.

The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs also conveyed guidelines to their members, which noted that under the law that was nullified by the state’s Supreme Court, law enforcement officers would no longer be allowed to seek a search warrant, carry out a criminal investigation, effect an arrest or take any other actions for the simple possession of controlled substances.

Pacific County Prosecutor Ben Haslam stated in an interview that the Supreme Court’s ruling had come as a surprise to the prosecutor’s office. Despite this, he added, the office was working on requesting the immediate release of persons who were currently being held in custody for simple possession.

He remarked that the prosecutor’s office would then move to revoke all active warrants on pending possession cases, going further to note that he expects that moving forward, the office would be required to vacate charges for persons who had been previously convicted of simple possession.

The decision passed down by Washington State’s Supreme Court may be seen as a good one by medical marijuana advocate because many companies are devoting their energies to developing therapeutic formulations from cannabis compounds. For instance, XPhyto Therapeutics Corp. (CSE: XPHY) (OTCQB: XPHYF) (FSE: 4XT) is set to begin clinical trials for its oral and sublingual strip of CBD, which is intended to treat forms of epilepsy that are nonresponsive to existing treatments.

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420 with CNW — Michigan Rolls Back Key Recreational Cannabis Business License Restriction

After months of restricting access to its recreational cannabis industry, Michigan has loosened a key restriction that kept many from acquiring a recreational cannabis license. Beginning on March 1, 2021, applicants for five types of recreational cannabis licenses will not be required to have an active medical marijuana license to qualify. The state initially put this policy in place to allow the companies that first invested in cannabis to become established and recoup their costs before the industry was filled with sellers, says the director of the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association.

Although the requirement was supposed to remain active for two years after the state began issuing recreational cannabis licenses, cannabis legislation passed by voters in 2018 said the state could remove the prerequisite after a year to fight black market sales, address reduced supply and provide rural communities more access to cannabis. According to the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (“MRA”), the body in charge of regulating cannabis in the state, it is loosening licensing requirements earlier than planned to deal with an influx of unlicensed and untested cannabis from the black market.

Individuals will now be eligible for the following licenses even if they do not currently hold an active medical cannabis license: Class B marijuana grower, Class C marijuana grower, marijuana processor, marijuana secure transporter and marijuana retailer. The MRA first announced the change in license eligibility last October, saying that if it determined that more licenses would deal a blow to black-market sales, boost supply to meet rising demand or provide access to rural communities, it would remove the restriction.

Data from the Michigan State Police Marijuana Tobacco Investigation Section shows that 83% of illegal cannabis plant and product seizures happen in municipalities that do not have licensed cannabis establishments. In the city of Detroit, there has been a 36% increase in drug-related homicides and a 214% increase in nonfatal cannabis-related shootings, says the agency. The state had reduced supply to just the companies that held medical marijuana licenses, and since they couldn’t cater to demand, customers turned to the black market.

According to the MRA, greater participation by municipal authorities is a positive step towards curbing the growth of the illicit market. The agency will update the license applications and instructions on its website, and starting this month, it will not accept previous versions of recreational cannabis applications. Interested individuals should submit their applications via the Accela Citizen Access online portal.

Away from Michigan and its attempts to stamp out the illicit cannabis market, Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) is making strides in a market where cannabis is legal. The company secured USDA organic certification for its hemp cultivation facilities based in California. This certification positions the company for massive growth both nationally and internationally.

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CannabisNewsBreaks – Gage Cannabis Co. President Featured Guest on Gamechangers LIVE Interview

Gage Growth Corp. (d.b.a. Gage Cannabis) president and director Fabian Monaco recently appeared on Gamechangers LIVE, a podcast series that features individuals who are gamechangers in their fields. During the podcast, which is hosted by Sergio Tigera, guests talk about their journeys and share their mindsets, struggles and successes in an effort to both inspire and inform listeners. During the interview, Monaco discussed Gage’s recent closing of its oversubscribed Regulation A+, Tier 2, equity financing that totaled $50 million, the maximum amount allowed under the company’s offering. Monaco talked about the financing, referencing his extensive background in investment banking and capital markets; he also noted that Gage plans an upcoming initial public offering. Monaco also provided additional insights about the future of the cannabis industry, including the challenges cannabis companies regarding U.S. banking regulations. He also outlined why now is the ideal time for anyone — investors as well as anyone looking for a career in a sector with promising growth — to get into the industry. “The industry continues to move in a positive direction,” said Gage Cannabis president and director Fabian Monaco in the press release. “Right now, it’s probably the most positive it has ever been. I think we’re going to see explosive growth. If you look at the U.S., I think it’s going to be crazy in terms of the growth this year. You’re frequently thrown a curveball in this industry. Things you think will happen fast end up being slow. Things you think are going to be slow end up happening fast. It’s like constantly being on the treadmill at super high speed, just trying to make sure you don’t fall off.”

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Gage Cannabis is innovating and curating the highest-quality cannabis experiences possible for cannabis consumers in the state of Michigan and bringing internationally renowned brands to market. Through years of progressive industry experience, the firm’s founding partners have successfully built and grown operations with federal and state licenses, including cultivation, processing and retail locations. Gage’s portfolio includes city and state approvals for 19 Class C cultivation licenses, three processing licenses and 12 provisioning centers (dispensaries). For more information, visit the company website at www.GageUSA.com.   

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CBDNewsBreaks – The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) Announces Entry into Mexican Bottled Water Market

The Alkaline Water Company (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) has announced that its Alkaline88(R) line of  bottled water will soon be available in Mexico through Tiendas Sindicales, a superstore grocery chain based in Mexico; Tiendas Sindicales is also a food service and vending service provider. WTER partnered with Tiendas Sindicales to enter Mexico, which is one of the largest bottled water markets in the world; the country reported a per capita consumption of 73.7 gallons in 2019, with eight out of 10 Mexican citizens regularly consuming bottled water. The market is ideal for The Alkaline Water Company Inc., a producer of premium bottled alkaline water along with flavor-infused waters and CBD-infused products sold under the brand names Alkaline88, A88 Infused(TM) and A88CBD(TM), respectively. Tiendas Sindicales provides consumer products through grocery stores, cafeterias and vending machines in all of the Maquiladora factories in the Mexican Free Trade Zone, a potential target audience of six million people every month. “We believe this is a significant opportunity for us to ‘test the waters’ in a major international market and that this expansion marks the beginning of our international brand presence,” said The Alkaline Water Company Inc. president and CEO Richard Wright in the press release. “This is our first step into Mexico and expect this will lead to additional opportunities in North America and other foreign jurisdictions. We continue to dominate the U.S. supermarkets and expect similar results in the Mexican and other international markets. As with all our current customers, we expect to exceed Tiendas’ forecast as our friends in Mexico enjoy the smooth clean taste of Alkaline88.”

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Founded in 2012, The Alkaline Water Company is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. Its flagship product, Alkaline88(R), is a leading premier alkaline water brand available in bulk and single-serve sizes along with eco-friendly aluminum packaging options. With its innovative, state-of-the-art proprietary electrolysis process, Alkaline88(R) delivers perfect 8.8 pH balanced alkaline drinking water with trace minerals and electrolytes and boasts its trademarked label Clean Beverage. Quickly being recognized as a growing lifestyle brand, Alkaline88(R) launched A88 Infused(TM) in 2019 to meet consumer demand for flavor-infused products. A88 Infused(TM) flavored water is available in seven unique all-natural flavors, with new flavors coming soon. Additionally, in 2020, the company launched A88 Infused Beverage Division Inc., which includes the company’s CBD water and flavor-infused water. For the company’s topical and ingestible offerings, A88 Infused Products includes both the company’s lab-tested, full-spectrum hemp salves, balms, lotions, essential oils and bath salts, along with broad-spectrum hemp beverage shots, powder packs, oil tinctures, capsules and gummies. To learn more about the company, please visit www.A88CBD.com and www.TheAlkalineWaterCo.com.

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420 with CNW — Past Cannabis Use Won’t Be a Disqualifying Factor for Potential Hires for White House Positions

The new White House administration recently issued revised guidelines whose purpose will be to resolve the matter on recreational cannabis use for individuals hired to fill crucial White House positions. While the use of cannabis is legal in various states and cities across the country, it is not legal under federal law, which makes it a potential basis for disqualification in acquiring security clearance.

Transition officials had earlier identified recreational cannabis use as a possible obstacle for applicants, which prompted the White House to begin waiving a requirement that would permit possible appointees in the President’s Executive Office be allowed, on a case-by-case basis. The officials stated that this waiver would only be afforded to individuals who would be occupying positions that did not need security clearance and had used cannabis only on a limited basis.

An official in the White House noted that the policy only applied to cannabis use, adding that under the new policy, a few appointees would still not be issued a waiver, depending on the extent of their admitted cannabis use.

During the November elections, four states voted to legalize cannabis use, joining Washington D.C. and 11 other states in allowing recreational cannabis use for adults, in addition to roughly  three dozen states that allow medical cannabis use, including Oklahoma, Utah, Florida and Michigan.

Despite this, however, cannabis continues to be classified as a controlled substance under federal law, with applications for minimum security clearances requiring persons to answer questions about any past use of drugs. While not all White House staff require security clearance, all appointees must undergo a vetting process that allows officials to determine whether an individual is at least eligible for clearance.

In turn, any person who obtains the security clearance waiver must agree to random drug testing, in addition to agreeing to terminate the use of cannabis for the whole period of their government service.

Another White House official who declined to give the specifics on how many possible appointees would have been disqualified due to cannabis use did reveal that the issue of cannabis use affected many applicants, which was enough to prompt the administration to review the policies that were in place.

The revised policy came a few days after the Office of Personnel Management’s acting director circulated a memorandum to other agency and executive branch department heads, which outlined the criteria that should be considered when assessing possible new hires.

Meanwhile, many companies are advancing the field of cannabis medicine. For instance, RYAH Group Inc., which is planning to list on the CSE this year, has a patented dose-measuring and monitoring platform that allows clinicians to regulate the administration of cannabis medicines remotely.

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420 with CNW — Nevada Legislators to Debate Cannabis Lounges Again

Since 2017, Nevada has allowed recreational cannabis sales, and as a result, the state has seen an influx of tourists looking to purchase and consume cannabis before they head home. However, since state law requires that recreational cannabis be consumed in a private residence, which excludes hotel rooms, these tourists essentially break the law when they consume cannabis. To fix this issue, there have been several unsuccessful attempts to legalize cannabis consumption lounges over the years.

Thanks to a new bill in the legislature seeking to legalize marijuana consumption lounges, tourists may soon be able to consume marijuana legally in the state. The legislation’s sponsor, Assemblyman Steve Yeager, D-Las Vegas, says the state needs to provide an avenue for people to consume cannabis responsibly. Tick Segerblom, Clark County Commissioner, says the fact that Nevada encourages people to come from out of state and buy cannabis but makes it practically illegal for them to consume it is crazy.

Efforts to launch cannabis consumption lounges in the past have been unsuccessful. The Nevada Resort Association, for instance, has opposed such efforts claiming that placing marijuana consumption lounges next to casinos could result in federal reprisals. Although several states, including Nevada, have legalized cannabis, it is still illegal at the federal level. Association president Virginia Valentine said the resort association doesn’t have an opinion on Yeager’s cannabis lounge bill as it is still in the drafting stage.

Back when Segerblom was a state senator in 2017, he tried to advance a bill to allow cannabis consumption lounges with little success. At the time, the bill also noted that on special events, such as Electric Daisy Carnival, applications for public consumption permits could be made. In 2019, former Assemblyman William Mccurdy also pushed a consumption lounges bill, but it too gained little traction.

In May 2019, the Las Vegas City Council approved an ordinance that would legalize marijuana consumption lounges within city limits. The council’s plans were, however, dashed when Gov. Steve Sisolak had the Legislature amend a bill barring local government from allowing any sort of cannabis consumption within its jurisdictions for two years while regulators studied the issue. With the study complete, regulators are now ready to work on legislation for cannabis consumption lounges.

Bill sponsor Yeager says the details are still being worked out, adding that the finer points of the legislation may ultimately be up to the cannabis board. He believes the state will see an influx of cannabis tourists after the pandemic, making marijuana consumption lounges even more crucial.

Farther north, Pure Extracts Technologies Corp. (CSE: PULL) (OTC: PRXTF) is set to reap maximum benefits as the Canadian cannabis industry reaches maturity and consumers switch to extracts. Pure Extracts is already the leader in this segment, so changing consumer preferences will bring bigger returns for the company.

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420 with CNW — Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Legalize Cannabis in Pennsylvania

The wave of cannabis legislation reform sweeping across the United States has reached Pennsylvania, and the Commonwealth may very well be the next state to legalize cannabis. A new bipartisan bill introduced to the Pennsylvania legislature last week by state Senators Dan Laughlin and Sharif Street seeks to legalize marijuana, allowing individuals aged 21 and over to purchase and consume marijuana. The new bipartisan bill would also expunge the records of people with previous cannabis-related, nonviolent offenses.

Unlike the state’s medical cannabis market, which has just a few growers due to limited licenses, licenses for recreational cannabis growers would be widely available. Additionally, medical dispensaries that are currently selling medical cannabis would be allowed to sell marijuana for adult use. Although there have been attempts to pass cannabis legislation in the past, they have been unsuccessful in the Republican-controlled legislature. However, this new bill has a greater chance of success compared to past efforts because this is the first time legislation is being backed by a Republican.

Senator Laughlin notes that while he and Senator Street belong to different political parties, they have joined hands to ensure the state has a cannabis market that is based on safety as well as social equity. Speaking on Twitter, he said the new bipartisan bill would ensure legalization in Pennsylvania is done right. Street has been a vocal supporter of cannabis legalization in the state, going as far as helping people to register for medical marijuana cards.

In 2019, he co-sponsored a cannabis legalization bill with Senator Daylin Leach that would have legalized recreational cannabis, expunged prior nonviolent, cannabis-related convictions automatically and allowed home delivery. Unfortunately, the legislation didn’t make it past the committee stage. He later appeared in a news conference in September 2020 with Governor Tom Wolf who said the state needed to legalize recreational cannabis to help the thousands of Pennsylvanians in the criminal justice system as well as to raise revenue at a time when state coffers are running dry.

In a statement, Street said that he and Laughlin in collaboration with stakeholders and key community groups had developed a bill to legalize adult-use cannabis in Pennsylvania. On Twitter, he noted that Blacks and Latinos are four to five times more likely to be impacted by marijuana use, and they were committed to social justice reform. On top of changing the lives of thousands of Pennsylvanians with prior cannabis convictions for the better, legalization would also earn the state more than $400 million in revenue annually.

As discussions continue on the legalization of cannabis in different jurisdictions, many companies are recording success in the market for nonintoxicating cannabis products. For instance, The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) has distinguished itself as a supplier of various CBD-infused products (salves and lotions, for example) by adopting a model that ensures that a parking house or warehouse is within 600 miles from nearly the entire population of the United States.

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420 with CNW — Virginia Becomes 16th State to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

Virginia’s Legislature recently passed a measure that would legalize adult-use cannabis in the state. The Senate passed the initiative in a 20–19 vote while the House approved it in a 48–43 vote, making Virginia the only state in the Old South to allow legalization. It should be noted that not one Republican in either chamber voted for the measure.

Democratic Majority Leader Del. Charniele Herring, who sponsored the measure, stated on the floor that to her, the legislation was a justice bill, adding that while it still had flaws, it represented a step in the right direction.

While cannabis sales will not begin until 2024, Virginia is now the 16th state in America to approve an adult-use cannabis legalization bill. Apart from Virginia, Vermont and Illinois are the two other states that have approved bills to regulate, tax and legalize recreational cannabis through the legislature.

Under the compromise bill, cannabis for recreational use would still not be legal until January 2024, when regulated sales are scheduled to commence. The state will establish a cannabis regulatory agency this July.

Earlier in April 2020, the state’s Governor Ralph Northam approved a legislation that decriminalized cannabis possession, with the law taking effect on July 1 last year. Legislators approved a legislation this session that would broaden the state’s medical cannabis program to permit cannabis flower products. The first medical cannabis dispensary in the state was launched in August 2020.

Gov. Northam stated last year that he supported legalization, urging legislators to approve his proposal during his state of the state address. The bill was based off of a pair of comprehensive studies on the issue: a report from the independent Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee and his administration’s report on the matter.

The measures made their rounds in the chambers, with legislators addressing various issues, including how to handle automatic expungements of cannabis offenses and how to prevent big corporations from monopolizing the cannabis market in the state.

The legislation encompasses strong social equity provisions, which include the prioritization of business licenses for people considered to have been disproportionately affected by criminal enforcement. The bill would also permit individuals who are 21 years or older to possess up to an ounce of cannabis, while also allowing individuals to grow up to four plants per household.

Additionally, the bill imposes a 21% excise tax on cannabis, with the tax revenues generated being directed to fund substance use disorder treatment programs, prekindergarten education and other public health initiatives.

Meanwhile, other states that legalized cannabis earlier are also seeing the list of successful industry players growing. For example, Grapefruit USA Inc. (OTCQB: GPFT), based in California, excels at manufacturing cannabis distillates using the ethanol extraction method, and these distillates find use in lots of different applications, such as in tinctures and cannabis-infused edibles.

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420 with CNW — Virginia Lawmakers Scramble to Reconcile Marijuana Legalization Bills Before Deadline

Legislators in Virginia spent last week trying to bring together Senate and House cannabis legalization bills in an attempt to reach an agreement on matters such as criminal penalties and business licensing before a looming legislative deadline.

Each chamber had approved its own legalization measure earlier in the month, based on a plan that was introduced at the start of the year by other leaders of the state, who had in 2020 pledged to legalize marijuana. The two initiatives are similar in many ways but have a few differences that span various topics.

Both initiatives — SB 1406 and HB 2312 — would permit individuals who are 21 years and above to grow up to four marijuana plants and buy up to an ounce of cannabis. Additionally, both retail sales and commercial production would be state regulated, while tax imposed on the legal cannabis industry would be directed to various investments.

Both legislations would also establish a new body whose purpose would be to regulate marijuana instead of having the alcohol authority in the state do so. However, the proposals had been amended as they made their rounds through the respective chambers, which brought about the differences. For instance, the House bill would not remove any penalties till later in 2024, which would align with legal sales launching, while the Senate proposal would legalize personal possession of cannabis later in 2021.

Additionally, while both measures would give regulators the power to limit the amount of business license holders in the state, the Senate proposal would limit grower licenses any person can hold while the House proposal would limit individual license holders to just five licenses each, to help prevent the monopolization of the market by large cannabis firms.

Other differences include how violations under the new legislations would be punished. The Senate bill suggested that penalties for consuming marijuana in public be brought down to a misdemeanor instead of the $25 fine that is currently imposed. However, the proposal would criminalize consumption of marijuana in a car that was moving, even if the person is consuming a marijuana edible.

On the other hand, the House proposal would subject a $25 fine for minors who were found with marijuana, in addition to being referred to a treatment program or substance education. Additionally, the Senate proposal would subject a $250 fine for first offenders and jail time or criminal charges for certain convictions.

It should be noted though that, under both measures, the state of Virginia’s first legal adult-use marijuana sale wouldn’t take place until 2024, regardless of whether the state’s legislators approved a reconciled legalization measure in the near future or not.

Meanwhile, plenty of cannabis firms are thriving in states that have legalized marijuana in some form. For example, Golden Leaf Holdings Ltd. (CSE: GLH) (OTCQB: GLDFF) registered revenue that exceeded its 2019 total revenue by the third quarter of last year.

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