420 with CNW – American Cannabis Sales Expected to Double on 4/20

For the uninitiated, 4/20 in the marijuana industry can be equated to Fourth of July. The exact origin of that “holiday” isn’t known, but there is speculation that the day is named after the time of the day (4:20 p.m.) when a group of students would meet outside their high school in the 1970s to hunt for some legendary cannabis plants that had been abandoned. According to that myth, those students never found that marijuana crop, so they doggedly kept up their search.

On 4/20, sales of marijuana are expected to, at the very least, double at all retail facilities in the U.S. states where recreational cannabis is legal.

This projection is drawn from the data collected by Headset Inc. The statistics show that historically, 4/20 has been the busiest day for pot sellers. This is especially true when that date falls on a Friday.

According to Headset Inc., 4/20 last year saw a 111 percent jump in sales when the sales on that day were compared to the cannabis sales on four Fridays before that day and another four after the “holiday.” The data analyzed was taken from Washington State, Nevada, Colorado and California.

In comparison, beer sales registered a modest jump in the two weeks that included July 4. Only a 33 percent rise in sales was discovered when the number crunchers did the math. This shows that cannabis “holidays” draw a more enthusiastic weed buyer response when compared to the way beer consumers behave on July 4.

Another way to see it would be that the trajectory of cannabis sales is on a sharp rise while beer sales reached their peak long ago, so holidays cannot trigger major movements in the market.

As already indicated, last year’s 4/20 fell on a Friday, a day when cannabis consumers seem to visit retail outlets more. This year’s 4/20 will be on Saturday, so that brings even better news to recreational cannabis retailers since the “eve” of 4/20 will be a magnet to buyers and the “holiday” itself will also inspire cannabis consumers to spend on weed. Chances are therefore high that marijuana sales will be record-breaking during that long Easter weekend.

The cannabis crowd across the border in Canada will not enjoy the day as much as their American counterparts will. This is because any added demand for recreational cannabis in Canada will be dampened by the persistent supply shortages that have refused to go away since weed was legalized on October 17, 2018.

Queues will be longer on that day, especially in places like Toronto where retail facilities are limited. And unfortunately, not all who line up will leave a retail store with their first-choice cannabis product. Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) and Marijuana Company of America (OTCQB: MCOA) look forward to the day when there will be no more cannabis shortages in Canada so that the people there can access all the products that they want.

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420 with CNW – First Medical Cannabis Greenhouse Opened in Sydney

Approximately one year ago, the Australian federal government changed its rules on marijuana and cleared the way for cannabis to be grown using taxpayer money. Those changes have seen the first government-run cannabis greenhouse opening in Sydney, New South Wales.

The plan is to start by growing limited amounts of cannabis for research purposes before commercial cultivation can begin.

Right now, the plants in the greenhouse will be studied on issues like humidity, fertilizers, temperature, lighting and other growing factors necessary to produce a crop whose attributes are uniform.

Once the facility can produce cannabis of the same medical quality, then patients will start buying either the plants themselves or their products.

For now, people suffering from cancer and epilepsy will be the first to get their hands on legal weed to help with their symptoms.

Adam Marshall, the Agriculture Minister in the New South Wales government, says that the overriding aim of the greenhouse is to document the conditions necessary to grow marijuana whose properties are consistent.

Dr. Phillip Wright, the chief scientist at this grow facility, says that the research phase of the project has taken long to start. Very little research has so far been done, he added.

There is a heavy security presence of local police and New South Wales drug squad detectives at the marijuana greenhouse in order to keep unauthorized people from accessing the facility.

This security detail is not far-fetched, because one cannot be sure to what lengths criminal gangs may go to lay their hands on the cannabis within the grow facility. Curious onlookers may also want to see legally grown marijuana since their only experience with this controversial plant has been when the authorities seize and destroy illegal supplies of cannabis. The heavy security presence can also therefore serve as a deterrent for onlookers trying to see what is taking place inside this historic greenhouse.

Patients may have to buckle up for a long wait because it is expected that the research work being done at the greenhouse in Sydney will last for several years. Samples are expected to be harvested and tested by the end of this year, but if Dr. Wright’s concerns are anything to go by, then the research process may drag on for longer than originally planned.

For the sake of the patients in Australia, Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) and Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) hope that the process can be expedited so that medical marijuana can be available on the market as soon as possible.

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420 with CNW – New Jersey Lawmakers Remain Undecided as Governor Sets Cannabis Legalization Deadline

Approximately a month ago, a vote in the New Jersey senate on a bill to legalize recreational cannabis was postponed after it was realized that the bill may not have enough support among the senators. Now Gov. Murphy has given the legislators up to the end of May to pass the bill or he would use his executive powers to expand the medical cannabis program.

Insiders say that the biggest sticking point is the matter of who qualifies to have their cannabis-related criminal record expunged.

The bill sets the marijuana possession limit at 5 pounds if someone is to have their criminal record erased. Some lawmakers are suffering from “sticker shock” at that number because they think that such a high limit will allow hardened drug dealers to benefit from this law.

However, supporters of the law say that the 5-pound marijuana possession limit is fair, and many of the people who qualify to have their records expunged have already served their jail sentences.

The supporters therefore say that it is hypocritical for New Jersey to collect money from recreational marijuana while continuing to “punish” those who were convicted for possessing the same marijuana that the state is collecting taxes from.

The advocates say ex-convicts should have a chance to rebuild their lives by getting jobs, buying homes and doing any other thing that other residents can easily do without being encumbered by a criminal past related to cannabis possession.

This now sets up the state for a classic catch-22 situation because the framers of the marijuana legalization bill may never convince other senators to support the bill if the limit remains at 5 pounds while some supporters will jump ship if the limit is lowered to accommodate what some Republicans and even Democrats are demanding.

It is believed that the bill needs 1-4 additional votes to pass. Those four votes are turning out to be a huge mountain to climb, yet the clock is ticking on the deadline set by the Governor who came to office having promised to legalize marijuana within his first year at the top.

If a vote doesn’t take place by end of May, then it may be pushed to December after new lawmakers are elected. For now, the Senate leader and other top leaders are scrambling to find a solution to the impasse so that the law can be passed as soon as possible.

The cannabis industry, including Global Payout Inc. (OTC: GOHE) and Golden Developing Solutions Inc. (OTC: DVLP), is holding its breath hoping that a solution is found quickly so that the intended beneficiaries of the law don’t have to wait for longer than is absolutely necessary.

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Hemp Boom Spawns Lucrative Deals

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: Ever since the Farm Bill was signed into law, farmers across the United States have rushed into hemp cultivation, driving demand for the supplies needed to grow the crop necessary to meet surging CBD use.

  • Global hemp industry to reach $22 billion in 2022.
  • CBD market could increase 40 times in the next four years.
  • Hemp farming skyrockets to meet demand.
  • Serious squeeze on hydroponic and cultivation supply products.

Hemp is booming across the country, and nowhere more so than in Kentucky, where the applications to grow hemp are expected to increase fivefold, and acreage dedicated to growing the crop is set to more than triple this year. At the forefront of this explosive market growth, Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) (SGMD Profile) recently inked a strategic supply contract with Hempistry Inc., a leading Kentucky-based cultivator of high CBD content hemp. Since passage of the farm bill, other major Canadian producers have also been making deals to expand hemp and CBD operations south of the border. Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) announced the acquisition of a large hemp foods maker, and Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE: CGC) (TSX: WEED) is making substantial investments in New York state. Aphria (NYSE: APHA) (TSX: APHA) temporarily withdrew from the U.S. market while fighting off a hostile takeover bid. And after a $1.8 billion investment from a U.S. tobacco giant, Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON) is expanding globally with eyes to the U.S. markets in the future. Even the largest Canadian licensed producers are betting on hemp CBD, underscoring titanic market growth.

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The Money Pump

In the course of only a few years, CBD extracted from hemp is now marketed for everything from pain relief and reducing inflammation to relieving stress and anxiety. CBD is sold in an array of products from shampoos, lotions and oils to drinks, pet treats and granola. The popularity of CBD isn’t likely to wane any time soon, and the soaring popularity is reflected in market projections.

The CBD boom was presaged by passage of the Farm Bill, an absolute sea change in the balance of power in global hemp markets. Historically, the United States had been an importer of hemp products, but now the U.S. market is expected to lead the global hemp industry reaching an eye-popping $22 billion in 2022. With a market expected to increase 40-fold in the next four years, it’s little wonder there’s such an enormous upsurge in hemp cultivation.

To achieve quality and consistency, much of the hemp cultivated in North America isn’t grown from seed but is cloned or propagated from existing hemp plants. Known as micropropagation, this process allows for a large number of plants to be readied simultaneously, facilitating stable, consistent production and guaranteeing that the plants are exact genetic copies of the most desirable mother plants. It’s exceptionally important in hemp cultivation to produce healthy, high-content CBD plants with all the characteristics required by hemp-product producers.

This process gives cultivators more control over how their plants grow and results in more valuable crops. The rapid vegetative propagation of plants under the controlled conditions of light intensity, temperature and precise nutrient mediums requires unique equipment and supplies. The nationwide surge in hemp production has created shortages and increased demand for these much-needed hydroponic supplies. With the boom in hemp cultivation occurring this planting season, many of the supplies required for successful micropropagation operations are in short supply. This supply squeeze has spawned an unprecedented industry opportunity.

The Right Moves

Identifying the upside early, Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) has been making all the right moves to capture an outsized share of this burgeoning new market. A specialty product and brand marketing company, Sugarmade invests in and develops products and brands with disruptive potential.

Expanding its footprint in the supply of high-demand hydroponic and cultivation products, the company has been on an acquisition spree and executing new supply contracts to capture an ever-increasing market share. The latest supply contract with hemp cultivator Hempistry reflects Sugarmade’s hydroponic trajectory. Utilizing advanced plant genetics and technological innovation, Hempistry is now scaling operations to approximately 2,600 acres aggregated between its subsidiaries, while adding to the product value chain and enhancing production efficiencies.

To achieve these objectives requires a secure, reliable source of specialty equipment and supplies. Sugarmade recognized the potential windfall last year and locked in an option to invest $1 million in Hempistry. That relationship has blossomed into a supply agreement that should serve both companies extremely well. Hempistry is acquiring supplies for its hemp micropropagation operation from Sugarmade, and expectations are that this supply relationship will flourish as Hempistry expands operations domestically and internationally. The agreement will ensure supplies reach supply-starved Kentucky, which is on the leading-edge of the hemp cultivation boom.

“Industrial hemp is promising and is the fastest area of growth in Kentucky agriculture,” said Ryan Quarles, Kentucky commissioner of agriculture, in an interview with CNBC. “We don’t know if industrial hemp will replace tobacco, but we are going to champion it.”

Sugarmade CEO Jimmy Chan, now also a director at Hempistry, commented, “With at least 42,000 acres of hemp expected to be planted in Kentucky and considering an average plant density per acre of well over 1,000, farmers in Kentucky will need hundreds of millions of clones over the coming years. When these numbers are multiplied over the many other hemp cultivation states, it is easy for anyone to see the strong demand scenario that is quickly developing. We have already received our first shipments of micropropagation supplies, and we are in process of making deliveries. Sugarmade plans to significantly expand our operations relative to hemp cultivation.”

E Pluribus Unum

Out of many, one. The Latin phrase emblazoned on U.S. currency should be the slogan for what’s happening in the fractured and fragmented specialty hydroponic supply industry. With demand reaching epic proportions, the clutch of small and inefficient supply companies is ill prepared to service the requirements of the blooming hemp industry.

Cognizant of the shortfall, Sugarmade is on a mission to consolidate the fragmented industry by strategically acquiring other synergistic hemp-based operations. Sugarmade’s brands already include: Zenhydro.com, a comprehensive online hydroponics supply outlet; AthenaUnited.com, a specialist company providing hydroponic supplies to large commercial cultivators; CarryOutSupplies.com, a leader in paper and plastic supplies; and BudLife Cannabis Storage Solutions, which offers the world’s only patented intelligent packaging, storage and distribution for medicinal plants.

Continuing its consolidation strategy, Sugarmade recently announced that it will acquire the flagship operation of Washington State-based Hydro4Less, which is expected to produce about $5 million in revenues and be profitable this year. In the agreement, Sugarmade also gained an option to purchase two additional Hydro4Less retail operations, currently producing in excess of $20 million annually.

“Sugarmade is expecting to realize exceptional revenue growth this year from all of our hydroponic-related market sectors,” said Chan. “We are excited about having the very talented staff of Hydro4Less join the Sugarmade family of companies. We continue to seek additional acquisitions to further boost our already expected robust revenue growth rate.”

Expanding on a 2017 master marketing agreement with Bizright LLC where Sugarmade would sell its products, Sugarmade also announced that it will acquire Bzrth Inc., a sister company of Bizright. These accretive acquisitions will make Sugarmade one of the largest publicly traded hydroponic supply companies in the world.

“Sugarmade plans to integrate these businesses fully as soon as is possible, making us one of the larger suppliers to this growing marketplace,” stated Chan. “Additionally, we are in process of vetting other possible acquisitions to further enhance our portfolio of hydroponic and cultivation supply products. We are certainly excited about our prospects for the remaining part of this year and into next yea” stated Chan.

Northern Neighbors Look to Capitalize

In its most expensive acquisition to date, Canadian based Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) announced that it has agreed to purchase Manitoba Harvest for $317 million in cash and stock to bolster its thrust into the U.S. CBD product market. Manitoba Harvest claims to be the world’s largest hemp food maker. With operations around the globe, Tilray now expects to launch CBD-derived products in the United States as early as this summer.

Less than a month after the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill, Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE: CGC) (TSX: WEED) announced plans to invest up to $150 million to establish its first U.S. production facility in New York state. The company plans to establish large-scale production capabilities focused on hemp extraction and product manufacturing. Canopy called its expansion into the United States “another example of the strategic advantage” last year’s $4 billion investment Constellation Brands provides the company.

Aphria (NYSE: APHA) (TSX: APHA) temporarily withdrew from the U.S. market while fighting off a $2 billion hostile takeover bid from U.S.-based Green Growth Brands. Aphria rejected the bid saying it was being undervalued. Located in the greenhouse capital of Canada, Aphria Inc. is one of world’s lowest cost producers.

With international production and distribution, Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON) is committed to building disruptive intellectual property by advancing research, technology and product development. The Cronos Group is building a global network with partnerships, joint ventures, production and distribution spreading across five continents. Cronos Group is intent on building an iconic brand portfolio around the globe.

Evaluating what has transpired and the projections of what is to come, the hemp markets and affiliated products and services appear to be sectors that could offer incredible returns. With multiple contracts in place, several acquisitions completed with more pending and planned, plus immense opportunity ahead, Sugarmade is hotly pursuing its mission to be a dominant player in the hydroponic supply industry piece of that pie.

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420 with CNW – Dutch Government Unveils Plan to Conduct Regulated Cannabis Market Experiment

The Netherlands has had a unique model in which marijuana is neither legal nor illegal yet it is sold in coffee shops. However, the cultivation of cannabis is illegal in the country, so the cannabis products consumed in the licensed coffee shops are obtained from illegal sources. The government wants to end this situation by conducting experiments in the regulated production of cannabis.

To this end, ten cultivators have been selected and each one of them is expected to grow between six and ten different varieties of marijuana. The THC content of that marijuana will be prominently indicated on the product label.

Additionally, about six or ten local authorities will be selected to participate in this experiment. The cannabis grown by the selected cultivators will be exclusively sold in the local authorities that are selected for the program.

This planned experiment was revealed last year when consultations about the program started. The experiment will last for four years, so a final decision on the matter is likely to be made by the government or cabinet that is elected once the current one runs its course.

Already, opposition to this experiment has emerged from different quarters. For example, the umbrella body of the local authorities in the Netherlands (the VNG) says that the government will have a hard time getting local authorities that are willing to participate in the experiment.

This is because those selected areas will have to commit, and ensure that no cannabis from illegal sources is sold within their jurisdictions during the experiment.

Furthermore, the local authorities near borders are also expected to prevent cannabis from being sold to non-residents of Holland to prevent what the government is calling “drug tourism.”

In response to this criticism, the government stated that it would introduce the legally-grown cannabis in phases so that the participating local authorities and coffee shops don’t get rushed into the program.

The Council of State, which is the highest advisory body to the Dutch government, also criticized the cannabis experiment saying that its scope was too small. Just ten local authorities cannot be based upon to get representative information about the whole country, they said.

Nevertheless, the government is pressing on with its plan to announce the ten local authorities that have been selected to participate in this program by the end of this year.

Perhaps this approach of experimenting before passing laws legalizing or outlawing recreational cannabis needs to be adopted by other jurisdictions, such as the U.S. federal government. Such a controlled experiment can bring reliable results instead of passing laws based on preconceived ideas about the perceived effects of recreational cannabis.

Generation Alpha Inc. (OTCQB: GNAL) and Global Consortium Inc. (OTC: GCGX) look forward to the results of the Dutch experiment since those findings will provide valuable lessons that jurisdictions elsewhere can learn from.

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420 with CNW – Canadian Army Veterans Switch to Cannabis Instead of Opioids

Veterans Affairs Canada has revealed that marijuana use among veterans in the country has skyrocketed so much that $65 million was spent on weed for veterans last year. This rise in medical cannabis use not surprisingly coincides with a decline in the use of prescription opioids by the veterans.

Previously, injured veterans had to take a cocktail of medications for the different conditions they were suffering from. Major Mark Campbell (Rtd) is one such former soldier who lost both legs during a tour to Afghanistan.

The retired major calls cannabis “magic” because it was the only remedy that could give him some relief from the chronic pain he felt since his final tour of duty. He reveals that he has reduced the prescription opioids that he takes by half from the time that his doctor recommended that he tries medical marijuana.

He added that the fact that so many veterans are turning to medical cannabis shows that it works for them. They aren’t taking it just to be high 24/7, Major Campbell joked.

The statistics of cannabis use among Canadian veterans are staggering. For example, 10,000 veterans used medical marijuana in 2018 alone. This is much higher than the 1,700 who used weed in 2015.

That surge in number explains why the department of Veteran Affairs forked out $65 million last year to reimburse medical cannabis dispensaries that dispensed marijuana to vets. That expenditure on cannabis comes as the reimbursements for prescription painkillers are dropping.

For instance, reimbursements for the prescription opioid fentanyl have reduced by 85 percent in just five years while the reimbursements for oxycodone have registered a 75 percent reduction in the same five-year duration.

Veteran affairs experts say that they have witnessed firsthand the switch by veterans from prescription opioids to marijuana without the accompanying depression and other symptoms of withdrawal from the addictive opioids.

The experts, such as Zachary Walsh (a University of British Columbia psychology professor), say that cannabis also holds massive promise because of its ability to combat different health challenges simultaneously. For instance, the veterans who use cannabis say it helps them fight pain, anxiety and sleep disorders.

While the department of Veteran Affairs in Canada has been spending record-breaking amounts of money on medical marijuana for veterans, advocates say a lot still needs to be done. The advocates say the department has a huge backlog of disability benefits to process and they are woefully understaffed.

Addressing those concerns would go a long way in assuring the former members of the armed forces that their contribution to the nation is valued. Earth Science Tech Inc. (OTCQB: ETST) and FinCanna Capital Corp. (CSE: CALI) (OTCQB: FNNZF) call on the federal government in Canada to fix the kinks in the Veterans Affairs department so that the injured former soldiers can access medical cannabis without any needless hassles.

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420 with CNW – Washington State Passes Medical Cannabis in Schools and Marijuana Testing Bills

Two separate cannabis bills have been passed by the Washington state Senate. One has to do with the use of medical cannabis in schools and another regards testing cannabis products before they get on the market.

The bill on medical cannabis in schools is intended to help students with chronic illnesses for which they are being treated using medical marijuana. The bill will allow those students to get their medical cannabis treatment while at school.

More specifically, the treatment will be administered by a parent, and not a school official or a nurse. This provision was intended to eliminate any liability issues that can arise from the administration of medical cannabis to students.

Secondly, the stipulation that only parents can administer medical cannabis to their children at school will also remove any issues that could have arisen regarding the licensing of the people administering medical cannabis to kids.

The senate bill also bans smoking medical cannabis on school premises. Students can therefore only receive medical cannabis edibles and other forms of marijuana. Cannabis products whose THC content is high are also banned from school premises. Most medical cannabis plants are carefully bred to have a high CBD content and very low, if any, THC.

The bill has a trigger clause that allows schools in Washington State to suspend accepting medical marijuana for students once the federal government threatens to cut off the funding of the schools over the medical marijuana program.

In a related development, the senate also passed a bill to modify the marijuana testing requirements of the state. This bill looks at various testing parameters, such as potency, mold, and pesticides.

The lawmakers observed that the existing law had gaps which allowed players in the cannabis industry to make some claims that are hard to verify on their product labels.

The bill wants to transfer oversight of cannabis testing labs from the Liquor and Cannabis Board to the Department of Ecology.

If the bill becomes law, the ecology department will be expected to table new testing guidelines in 2020 and 2021. These guidelines will stem the tide of facilities springing up and claiming to be cannabis testing labs.

The two bills had already got the nod from the state Assembly. The “yes” vote from the senate therefore means that the modified bills will be sent back to the House so that the lawmakers there can approve the changes made by the senators. Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) and Chemistree Technology Inc. (CSE: CHM) (OTCQB: CHMJF) welcome the two bills because they will not only inspire confidence in cannabis products but also make it easy for students to receive their medical cannabis treatment while at school.

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