420 with CNW – Border Patrol Union Boss Admits Legalizing Pot Forces Illicit Players Out

On Friday, the head of the labor union representing U.S. Border Patrol agents acknowledged that cartel activities are being disrupted by the states where marijuana is legal.

Although the President of the National Border Patrol Council, Brandon Judd, tried to downplay the impact of legalization, he was inadvertently making a case for the regulation of all illegal drugs by saying that cartels might start smuggling other commodities when marijuana is legalized within the states.

Judd made an appearance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal when he made these remarks, and while he was there, a caller said that legalization of marijuana within the U.S. states has helped put an end to drug cartels more than the DEA could ever think.

Judd further said that as far as drugs go, U.S. states enforce the law, but do not sit down and determine what those laws are. On Friday, Judd is scheduled to meet President Trump. Judd also noted that the Border Patrol Unit would not be seizing marijuana if Congress legalizes it.

He said that when marijuana is legalized, the cartels transition to another drug that will fetch them profits. Judd also noted that legalizing marijuana does not mean that they will stop their businesses; it only means that they will get more innovative and they will start smuggling opioids, such as fentanyl.

However, Judd did not recommend the legalization of other drugs as a potential solution to removing all sources of profits for the cartels. Last December, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang said that legalizing certain drugs can be used to fight the illegal drug trade.

Border Patrol data on drug seizures within the country shows that after the legalization of marijuana at the state level, the demand for the product on the black market seems to have reduced. Cato Institute submitted a report in 2018 that showed that a significant decrease in illegal drug trade could be attributed to state-level reform efforts.

Besides, there has been a decrease in marijuana trafficking cases at the federal level since U.S. states started legalizing marijuana, and the markets are well regulated.

The U.S. Chief Justice, John Roberts, in his annual report said that last year, he noticed a decrease in federal marijuana prosecutions, which is an indication that the black market is drying up since people are now buying weed from the legal marijuana market.

Analysts believe that marijuana sector players like Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTCQX: PLPRF) have always known that it will only be a matter of time before law enforcement agencies begin admitting that legalization is a more effective way to squeeze out the blackmarket that denies states revenue and exposes consumers to untold risks.

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CannabisNewsBreaks – O’Cannabiz Conference Adds Key Focus on Retail with Introduction of the Retail Zone

This year’s O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo includes a key focus on retail, with the O’Cannabiz Retail Zone a highlight of the upcoming event slated to take place at Toronto’s International Centre from April 23­25, 2020.  Featuring two full days of education and 20,000 square feet of dedicated expo space, the O’Cannabiz Retail Zone offers an unparalleled opportunity to dive deep into the retail potential of the cannabis space. The Retail Zone also includes several workshops and panel discussions covering best practices on inventory management, the capabilities of technology to transform the cannabis in-store experience, as well as many other subjects including the 10 biggest mistakes that retailers make and how to avoid them. As part of this year’s added focus on retail, retailers can register for complimentary expo tickets.

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The O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo, voted the No. 1 cannabis event in Canada by High Canada magazine, is the premiere cannabis industry event on the calendar in Canada. Combining business, investors, healthcare, and consumer features, the 4th annual show is a must-attend event for the entire cannabis market. Cannabis in any form is not available at this show. You must be 19+ to attend.

The producers of O’Cannabiz have decades of experience producing national profile events and creating global connections between business communities in the arts, broadcasting, media and technology. They have organized trade summit initiatives with governments around the world and have worked closely with sponsors in all levels of Canadian government.

To learn more about the O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo, including how to purchase tickets, become a sponsor or reserve a booth, visit: www.OCannabiz.com

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CannabisNewsBreaks – Sugarmade, Inc. (SGMD) Announces Growth Strategy, Eyes Strong Opportunities in Delivery Services, Manufacturing via Co-Branding and Selective Genetic Cultivation

Sugarmade (OTCQB: SGMD) today released statements from its Chief Executive Officer, Jimmy Chan, relating to the company’s growth strategy within the regulated California cannabis marketplace. “The regulated cannabis market in California is changing quickly with new investment and operational opportunities opening as acceptance grows among the public, as the industry moves past its initial growth stage and as the crackdown on black market operators continues,” Chan said in the news release. “Several market sectors where prospects looked bleak only a few months ago now hold strong promise. It is in these areas where we are targeting our investing activities. In particular, we are seeing strong opportunities in delivery services (non-storefront retailer), manufacturing via co-branding and selective genetic cultivation. But, we believe being highly selective and targeting only the best of these opportunities is the only sound strategic growth strategy. This is the corporate mission for Sugarmade moving into the rest of 2020.”

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Sugarmade, Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) is a product and branding marketing company investing in operations and technologies with disruptive potential. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.Sugarmade.com.

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CannabisNewsBreaks – LiveWire Ergogenics Inc. (LVVV) Releases Shareholder Update

LiveWire Ergogenics (OTC: LVVV), a company focused on acquiring special purpose real estate properties conducive to discovering and developing cannabinoid products for the health and wellness industry to improve life performance, today released a letter to shareholders. In the letter, LiveWire Ergogenics Chairman and CEO Bill Hodson discussed the forecast for 2020 as a year of significant growth in total cannabis sales and provided updates surrounding the company’s Estrella Ranch “Estate Grown Weedery,” as well as other corporate initiatives. “With the demand for pure, organically grown, legal and thoroughly tested cannabis products growing rapidly, we expect the high-quality, handcrafted product that we will be growing at our California Ranch to become the most sought-after premium cannabis in the industry during 2020,” Hodson stated in the letter. “In the true spirit of ‘Doing-it-Right’ we are developing our Paso Robles Weedery into a special place operated with unique “tractor-less” farming methods by independent growers and passionate and experienced experts, carefully tending to each plant grown under the natural canopy of a perfect micro-climate in the midst of California wine country.”

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LiveWire Ergogenics, Inc. (LVVV) specializes in identifying and monetizing current and future trends in the human and veterinary health and wellness industry. The Company is focused on acquiring, managing and licensing specialized “closed loop” turnkey cannabis real estate locations of fully compliant and permitted turnkey facilities to produce cannabis-based products and services in California and the state-wide distribution of these products. This includes verification of zero pesticide products for quality brands via its “7X Pure” Cannabis Verification System, the development, licensing and distribution of legal and high-quality cannabinoid-based products and services and the creation of the high-quality “Estrella Weedery” brand. LiveWire Ergogenics does not produce, sell or distribute products that are in violation of the United States Controlled Substance Act. For more information, please visit:  www.LiveWireErgogenics.com.

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CannabisNewsBreaks – The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) Receives Prestigious COTA Award for Leadership in Organic Farming

The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF), a leading producer of premium, certified-organic cannabis, today announced its receipt of the prestigious Leadership in Organic Farming Award from the Canada Organic Trade Association (“COTA”). According to the update, these awards are given to industry leaders displaying exceptional leadership through involvement in advancing Canada’s organic sector. “TGOD was born from a bold vision, building the global leader in certified organic cannabis,” TGOD CEO. Brian Athaide said in the news release. “Receiving this award validates the hard work and dedication of the team at TGOD and speaks to our promise of making life better for our customers and the communities where we do business. We would like to thank COTA for recognizing our efforts and commitment to sustainable organic cultivation.”

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The Green Organic Dutchman (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) is a premium, certified-organic cannabis company focused on the health and wellness market. Its certified-organic cannabis is grown in living soil, as nature intended. The company is committed to cultivating a better tomorrow by producing its products responsibly, with less waste and impact on the environment. Its two Canadian facilities are built to LEED certification standards, and its products are sold in recyclable packaging. In Canada, TGOD plans to expand its product portfolio by launching a series of next-generation cannabis products such as organic teas, infusers and vapes. Through its European subsidiary, HemPoland, the company also distributes premium hemp-CBD oil in Europe. By leveraging science and technology, TGOD harnesses the power of nature from seed to sale. For more information on The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd., please visit www.TGOD.ca.

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420 with CNW – LA Moves to Dismiss 66,000 Pot Convictions

State officials in Los Angeles say the people who are slated to benefit from the dismissal of approximately 66,000 past pot convictions include Latinos (45%), African American (32%), 20% are whites, and 3% consist of others racial groups.

The cases that were dismissed include 62,000 marijuana felony convictions that go back several decades, and 4,000 misdemeanor charges for possession, Los Angeles County District Attorney, Jackie Lacey said.

When California voters legalized adult-use marijuana after they approved Proposition 64 in November 2016, they passed the dismissal of simple marijuana crimes. The law also included provisions providing for the expungement of past convictions and the reduction of felonies to misdemeanors. In 2018, the state legislators approved another measure AB1793, which required the Justice Department to go through prior convictions in California and pinpoint marijuana convictions that are eligible for dismissal, expungement, or reduction to misdemeanors.

People of color are the ones that have mostly felt the impact of the fight against drugs, and the move to dismiss the convictions brings much-needed relief to the communities.

Acey further said that she is privileged to be part of a team that is committed to finding innovative solutions and implementing meaningful criminal justice reforms that provide the people of LA with the support they need to rebuild their much-deserved life.

Pinpointing an estimated number of 200,000 cases within the state was not an easy task. For the records to be amended, the convicts were supposed to file their petitions as well as hire the services of a lawyer to help and speed up the process.

Code for America has offered all the 50 state district attorneys with their technology, Clear My Record.

The officials said that the Code for America technology would help in dismissing more than 85,000 cannabis convictions in five counties within LA, and they include San Francisco, Sacramento, San Joaquin, and Costa Rica.

In a statement, Code for America senior program director of criminal justice Evonne Silva said that it is possible to automate record clearance at scale, which would help right the wrongs of failed prohibition.

The computer technology, Clear My Record, identifies the qualified cases and automatically fills out the documents to file with the courts. The technology can also analyze more than 10,000 marijuana convictions at a time when checking for eligibility, instead of having county employees go through individual records.

The decision on whether to dismiss the sentences or oppose a reduction in convictions, is due in July, and the district attorneys are expected to present their decision.

Prosecutors in other cities such as Baltimore, Seattle, Chicago and other cities said they would also clear simple marijuana convictions.

This move to use technology to speed up the process of expunging past convinctions is likely to be welcomed by the entire cannabis industry, including companies like MCTC Holdings Inc. (OTC: MCTC), who see thes justice reforms as long overdue.

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420 with CNW – Alabama Senate Bill Seeks to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Southeast and Midwest states in the U.S. are historically conservative, and they are opposed to the legalization of marijuana in any form, but in recent years, several states such as Florida and Louisiana have been adopting marijuana reform for legalizing medical marijuana. And Alabama is among the 17 states where medical marijuana is still illegal. But new legislation which was introduced last Tuesday in the state Senate by Senator Tim Melson is seeking to authorize medical marijuana.

The legislation SB 165, which would establish the Compassion Act, would allow the state of Alabama to legalize certain forms of medical cannabis, create cultivation programs, and administer and tax the sales of marijuana products. However, even if the bill is approved, people are not expected to smoke or vape weed legally within the state.

The bill was introduced last week following an intensive study by a commission composed of doctors, legislators, and lawyers. The study commission was chaired by Senator Melson.

The bill states that people with specific ailments or conditions such as anxiety, cancer, and other chronic conditions would be allowed to get a medical marijuana card. However, the legislation prohibits any form of marijuana smoking, vaping, or edibles within the state. The type of marijuana products patients’ are allowed to consume include pills, gelatinous cubes or lozenges, topicals ( creams or oils), suppositories, transdermal patches, nebulizers, and inhalers.

Patients who do not suffer from any of the conditions listed on the list of qualifying conditions within the state could appeal to the board for special considerations.

Once the legislation is approved, Alabama would be the 34th state to legalize medical marijuana in the U.S. while adult-use cannabis is legal in 11 states, including Washington D.C.

Alabama is not the only state in the U.S. joining the rest of the country; earlier this month, Kentucky advanced a bill seeking to legalize medical marijuana.

The Alabama legislation would enact stringent controls on the people cultivating and selling medical marijuana.  They would employ the use of electronic trackers to keep tabs on the inventory as well as the card holders. Medical marijuana products would also be subjected to a sales tax of 9%, and some of the tax revenue would be used to fund the operation of the medical marijuana program within the state.  The state would also create a unique account for the Medical Marijuana Research Fund.

If the bill is approved and the governor signs it, it would immediately become law. Experts believe that sector players like HTC Extraction Systems (TSX.V: HTC) (OTCQB: HTPRF) are hoping that the draft legislation sails through and gives people in Alabama an extra treatment option for their health challenges.

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