420 with CNW – Illinois Registers Record Breaking Marijuana Sales in June

The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating effect on the economy. In early March, most states issued lockdown orders to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, and this involved all but the most essential businesses to shut down. This has led to Great Depression-era levels of unemployment, and most industries, especially the travel and service industries, have a long road of recovery ahead of them. However, one industry that seems to have weathered the storm fairly well for the past few months is cannabis.

Most states that legalized marijuana declared the industry essential and pot dispensaries have been operational during the lockdown. Illinois’ first cannabis stores opened in January and in June, marijuana retailers saw their busiest month ever. According to data released on Tuesday, recreational cannabis sales in June shattered existing records, with retailers selling 994,545 cannabis items and bringing in more than $47.6 million in total sales. In-state residents brought in $35.3 million while out of state visitors brought in $12.4 million.

On the first day of legal cannabis sales, customers bought more than $3.1 million worth of products but the following months, especially March and April, were quite slow. However, things picked up in May, and cannabis retailers in the state enjoyed record sales, followed by record-breaking sales in June. Since Illinois launched its cannabis program in January, it has consistently brought in tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue from cannabis sales. State policy dictates that 35% of that money goes to the state’s general fund, 25% to aid communities disproportionately affected by the war on drugs, 20% to substance use treatment and mental health programs, and 10% towards the state’s bill backlog.

Oregon has also enjoyed record cannabis sales despite the coronavirus pandemic, beginning with a spike in sales during the weeks leading up to lockdown in March. The state then saw record-high sales in April, especially on April 20, the unofficial holiday for cannabis lovers. However, analysts predict the boom in sales will continue but taper off as the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus crisis finally takes hold. “Expectations are that some of these increases are due to temporary factors like the one-time household recovery rebates, expanded unemployment insurance benefits, and the shelter in place style policies,” said Oregon’s office of Economic Analysis in a May report.

“As the impact of these programs fades in the months ahead, and bars and restaurants reopen to a larger degree, marijuana sales are expected to mellow.”

Nevertheless, the entire cannabis industry, including companies like Pure Extracts Corp., is glad that several states are reaping the economic benefits of legalizing marijuana given the huge battering that the COVID-19 pandemic has visited upon economies around the world.

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420 with CNW – Study Finds Marijuana Legalization in Colorado Reduced Crime in Neighboring States

For years, law enforcement and opponents of marijuana prohibition have argued that legalizing the controversial plant could lead to a surge in crime in neighborhoods hosting retail marijuana stores and spill over into neighboring states that still prohibit it. There have even been a few studies showing that this is indeed true, but according to researchers going through county-level crime data in municipalities neighboring two states which legalized marijuana, these studies may have been skewed. Ultimately, they found scant evidence that legalizing marijuana increased crime rates.

The research was conducted by Guangzhen Wu of the University of Utah, Francis D. Boateng of the University of Mississippi and Thomas Roney, an economic and statistical consultant based in Texas. The study, published in the Journal of Drug Issues looked at before and after crime data in Washington and Colorado, the first two states to pass adult-use cannabis laws in 2012, seeking to find out how neighboring states were affected after the passage of adult-use cannabis laws. After studying data on crimes such as robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft, the researchers found that legalizing cannabis may have actually reduced certain major crimes in nearby jurisdictions.

“We did not detect any increases in the rates of multiple types of crimes in border counties of the non-legalized states bordering Colorado and Washington,” wrote the authors of the study. “Moreover, we observed a substantial reduction in certain types of crimes, namely property crime, larceny, and simple assault, in border counties in the Colorado region. This finding challenges the argument made by the opponents of legalization that marijuana legalization would increase crime.”

Existing research proving that legalizing marijuana increases crime rates is skewed and doesn’t account for all variables, the researchers say. Due to federal prohibition, banking institutions avoid working with the cannabis industry, forcing retail marijuana stores to operate on a cash-only basis. “As scholars have reasoned, the criminogenic effect of recreational marijuana dispensaries is largely attributable to the fact that marijuana sale is a cash-and-carry business, which exposes both the business and customers to criminal victimization,” says the study.

The researchers argue that decriminalization reduces crime instead, stating in the study that it shrinks “the underground marijuana market that is believed to be fertile soil for violent crime.” In fact, the data from Colorado suggested a ‘crime reducing effect’ of recreational marijuana legalization in Colorado on neighboring states. They concluded that recreational marijuana legalization in a state may not bring about negative consequences on crime in neighboring states, which challenges the assertions made by public officials in these neighboring states arguing a crime-inducing effect of legalization.

Analysts say that industry participants like Sugarmade, Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) will be glad that the misconceptions about the marijuana industry are being dismantled, one at a time, by independent researchers.

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420 with CNW – California Plans to Issue Marijuana Organic Certification to Boost Profits

Federal prohibition has been a thorn in cannabis’ side for a long time. And even as tens of states move to legalize recreational and medical marijuana, it remains illegal at the federal level and this has held the industry back in many ways. For instance, state-legal cannabis cannot be considered ‘organic’, a title bestowed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, even if the growers maintained the purported ‘organic’ standards while growing the crop. However, regulators in California, the largest legal cannabis market in the world, have unveiled proposed regulations for a program that would equal the federally bestowed ‘organic’ status.

Draft regulation for the OCal Program, a statewide certification program, was released in early May, with a public comment period open until July 7. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (“CDFA”), the program “will ensure that cannabis products bearing the OCal seal have been certified to consistent, uniform standards comparable to the National Organic Program.” The CDFA is required to have established the certification program for cannabis by January 1, 2021.

Growers who meet a certain set of rules, including proper use of the approved fertilizers and pesticides, will be able to apply the OCal seal to their crop, and brands looking to stand out will be able to charge their health-conscious customers a premium for OCal-certified products. California will join Washington state as the only two state-legal cannabis markets to consider an organic certification for marijuana products, and being the largest legal cannabis market in the nation, it could set a precedent for other states.

According to Kristin Nevedal, Chair and Founder of the International Cannabis Farmers Association, the state-based program will “probably instill more confidence.” Consumers are willing to spend a premium for products deemed ‘organic’, she says. “It’s recognizable, and the branding opportunities are readily apparent.” She adds that some cannabis companies have already been using the consumer appetite for organically grown cannabis and have started labeling their products ‘clean and green.’

Sarah Armstrong, policy chair for the Southern California Coalition, the largest cannabis trade association in the region, hopes the program will be cost-effective enough to be well-received by the industry. “Our hope is that the proposed program will be cost-effective enough that the cannabis industry can fully participate. Right now, testing expenses represent 10% of the cost of product production, resulting in an exceptionally pure product at no small expense. Hopefully, the Organics Program can work with cultivators to develop methods that ensure the program safeguards purity in a cost-effective manner.”

Experts say industry actors like Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) could be hoping that many other states adopt similar quality standards so that the industry is lifted as a whole.

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420 with CNW – Feds Hire Hazmat Company for Cannabis Eradication Training

The U.S. Forest Service has in the past come under fire for its handling of illegal marijuana cultivation sites. Most of the unregulated growers use dangerous chemicals that pollute nearby waterways and in some cases, they clear entire sections of natural forest to plant their crop. The Forest Service has been accused of not always reclaiming and rehabilitating the grow sites after the marijuana has been eradicated, and for reportedly exposing employees to the harmful chemicals at the sites without proper protection.

In response to these concerns, the agency has announced that it will hire a hazardous materials consulting firm to train employees on how to safely remove marijuana grown on public lands under a newly awarded government contract. According to a document filed in support of the contract and posted last week to the U.S. General Services Administration Website, a large number of Forest Service agents and officers fell ill at public lands, “requiring trips to the emergency room with possible long term health effects.”

Agents with the Forest Service’s South Pacific Southwest Region will now be trained by NES, a leading hazardous materials consultant and training company that has worked extensively with law enforcement, and they will have to pass a hazmat class before they can take part in a cannabis clearing operation. The document states that the NES program “is the only training course in the U.S. available that meets our needs, and has met OSHA standards.” The program will cost taxpayers an estimated $44,732, and there will be no bidding process or consideration of competing firms.

In April 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Inspector General stated that the Forest Service doesn’t always reclaim and rehabilitate illicit marijuana grow sites after clearing the crop and as a result, “trash and chemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers are still present in these grow sites, thereby putting the public, wildlife, and environment at risk of contamination.” Marijuana legalization advocates have said for years that legalizing the plant will go a long way in reducing and eventually eliminating the environmental and health threats posed by the chemical contaminants used at illegal marijuana grow sites.

“It’s no surprise that those who elect to clandestinely cultivate cannabis on federal lands engage in practices that provide greater potential risks both to the environment and the end product itself,” says Paul Armentano, Deputy Director advocacy group NORML. “By contrast, a legal market provides regulatory oversight and demands that those engaged in these activities be licensed and utilize best practices. While legalization itself will likely not entirely eliminate the illicit market, just as, for instance, border alcohol legalization has not eliminated moon-shining in its entirety, the reality is that it will continue to severely curtail thee activities and the involvement of criminal entrepreneurs.”

The step taken to train federal agents in the best ways to eliminate illegal marijuana grows is likely to be applauded by the entire cannabis industry, including Pure Extracts Corp.

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CannabisNewsBreaks – The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd.’s (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) Ancaster Facility Receives “EU-GMP” Certification

The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF), a leading producer of premium, certified-organic cannabis, today announced that its Ancaster facility has obtained a European Union Good Manufacturing Practice (“EU-GMP”) certificate enabling it to commence exports to Germany. “This EU-GMP certificate enables export of dried flower and cannabis extracts to Germany for validation, making TGOD the first certified organic Canadian licensed producer to obtain the prestigious certification,” Dr. Joachim Lubig, managing director of TGOD Europe, said in the news release. “By leveraging our existing network of distribution partners in Germany and other countries, TGOD will be in a strong position to quickly ramp up international sales of premium certified organic cannabis products in 2021.”

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About The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd.

The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings 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 have been built to LEED certification standards and its products are sold in recyclable packaging.  In Canada, TGOD sells dried flower and oil, and recently launched a series of next–generation cannabis products such as organic teas, dissolvables and vapes.  Through its European subsidiary, HemPoland, the Company also distributes premium hemp CBD oil and CBD-infused topicals in Europe. By leveraging science and technology, TGOD harnesses the power of nature from seed to sale.

TGOD’s Common Shares and warrants issued under the indentures dated November 1, 2017 and December 19, 2019 trade on the TSX under the symbol “TGOD”, “TGOD.WT” and “TGOD.WS”, respectively, and TGODF trades in the U.S. on the OTCQX. For more information on The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd., please visit www.TGOD.ca.

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CannabisNewsBreaks – Round Meadow Holdings Corp.’s Budtender Awards Announces Launch of Its 710 Master Award

Round Meadow Holdings’ (“RMH”) Budtender Awards today announced the launch of its 710 Master Award! The update reads, “A Budtender who would be a 710 Master can tell you the difference in sauce, live resin, wax, dabs, and all products related to concentrates and vapes. They experiment with new technologies in the oil space like with Fuze ExtractsRove, or Vessel.”

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Round Meadow Holdings is a professional organization that represents accountability, delivering business solutions created exclusively for the expanding cannabis industry. A synergistic portfolio of cannabis service companies, RMH is dedicated to supporting the competitive cannabis landscape and its participants as the industry evolves and faces historic growth spurts and challenges. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.ROMHCorp.com.

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CannabisNewsBreaks – Canopy Rivers Inc.’s (TSX: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) Portfolio Companies Respond to Shifting Consumer Demands

Three of Canopy Rivers’ (TSX: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) portfolio companies have made recent announcements as they aim to introduce new or expanded choices for cannabis consumers and medical patients in Canada and the U.S. “We continue to be impressed with the ability of our portfolio companies to respond to shifting consumer demands in the cannabis space while executing on their long-term strategies,” Narbé Alexandrian, president and CEO of Canopy Rivers, said in the news release. “We still see greenfield in the Canadian brand market, and we are excited to see both Agripharm and Dynaleo taking steps to introduce Canadians to brands that have proven track records in U.S. markets.”

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Canopy Rivers is a venture capital firm specializing in cannabis with a portfolio of 18 companies across various segments of the cannabis value chain. Canopy Rivers believes that bringing together people, capital and ideas raises the potential of the entire cannabis industry. By leveraging its industry insights, in-house expertise, and thesis-driven approach to investing, Canopy Rivers aims to provide shareholders with exposure to specialized and disruptive cannabis companies. The company’s mission is to invest in innovators across the cannabis value chain, help them grow, and ultimately create value by guiding these companies towards a monetization event. Together with its portfolio, Canopy Rivers is helping build the cannabis industry of tomorrow, today. For more information, visit www.CanopyRivers.com.

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HempNewsBreaks – SinglePoint, Inc. (SING) President Discusses Solar Growth, Hemp Cigarette Sales on MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon

SinglePoint (OTCQB: SING) was featured on this week’s episode of MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon. The internationally syndicated program covers money-focused topics, featuring various companies and in-depth interviews with CEOs and executives that offer insights into operations and future outlooks. MoneyTV is viewed in over 200 million households in more than 75 countries. Among other highlights from this week’s program, SinglePoint President Will Ralston provided an update on solar growth and hemp cigarette sales. “Direct Solar has been doing phenomenal, both on residential and the commercial side is really starting to pick up,” Ralston said in the interview. “So, what we’ve been looking to do is supplement that business where we can actually vertically integrate a lot of the processes.”

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Founded in 2011, SinglePoint invests in and acquires brands and companies that will benefit from injection of growth capital and its sales and marketing expertise. The company’s portfolio currently includes solar, hemp and technology applications. SinglePoint is working to grow the company to a multi-national brand. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.SinglePoint.com.

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420 with CNW – Mississippi Medical Cannabis Campaigners Relieved After Controversial Bill Stalls

For the past few months, cannabis legalization activists and lawmakers in Mississippi have been trying to one-up each other with different marijuana legalization measures and resolutions. In early January, then Governor Phil Bryant said that he was opposed to an activist-led medical marijuana initiative that qualified for the ballot and hinted that state legislators would introduce a revised, alternative reform measure. Quite recently, Mississippi lawmakers introduced a new medical marijuana resolution that would have represented a threat to the activist-driven reform Initiative 65.

The resolution was introduced by Sen. Kevin Blackwell and it called for the suspension of legislative rules so that lawmakers could draft and file a bill to legalize medical marijuana in the state. The resolution advanced through the Senate Rules Committee last week but to advocates’ relief did not make it onto the floor. Although the lieutenant governor who presides over the Senate could call back the resolution before October 10, insiders expect that if it were to happen, it would be to approve emergency legislation related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The introduction of this resolution represents one of the many conflicts of interest between lawmakers and marijuana legalization activists in recent months. In March, lawmakers introduced an alternative medical marijuana resolution that will appear alongside the activist-backed initiative on the ballot. However, advocates have argued that the only reason Mississippi lawmakers passed the alternative resolution is to undermine them by confusing residents and splitting votes. Aside from banning patients who aren’t terminally ill from smoking medical marijuana, the legislature-driven initiative is less specific than the advocate-led measure, leaving more room for interpretation. Should it pass, lawmakers will be able to create a more restrictive program.

Last month, lawmakers introduced another resolution that would have suspended legislative rules, allowing lawmakers to craft legislation in accordance with the legislature-approved constitutional amendment that’s on the ballot. Although it cleared the Rules Committee, it did not make it to the floor. Another measure introduced by lawmakers last week doesn’t mention the constitutional amendment at all, but it would have simply let lawmakers start working on legalizing medical cannabis.

According to Jaime Graham, Communications Director for Mississippians for Compassionate Care, the group behind the legalization initiative, a marijuana business owner based in Arkansas orchestrated the legislature-led resolution introduced in March. “He hired Mississippi lobbyists and twisted arms in Jackson to design a program that would allow him to dominate the medical marijuana industry here in Mississippi.”

“It’s an attempt to exploit patients in Mississippi with debilitating medical conditions like cancer, seizures and multiple sclerosis, and to undermine the voices of 228,000 people who signed petitions to put Initiative 65 on the ballot for Mississippians to vote on in November.”

Experts say the whole marijuana industry, including companies like Sugarmade, Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD), will be relieved when Mississippi finally has a medical marijuana law that truly serves the needs of the residents and not those of selfish groups.

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420 with CNW – How to Prep for Your First Trip to a Cannabis Dispensary

The past few years have been good to cannabis. Across the globe, attitudes towards the controversial plant are changing and plenty of territories have legalized cannabis in various capacities. In America, 11 states allow recreational marijuana use for adults over the age of 21 while 31 states have legalized medical cannabis. Research has found that marijuana has a variety of health benefits, from relieving chronic pain and regulating and treating diabetes to alleviating anxiety and slowing the development of Alzheimer’s.

More and more people have been turning to cannabis to help cure what ails them, and if you haven’t been to a cannabis dispensary yet, chances are you will pretty soon. However, visiting a cannabis dispensary is an experience that’s unique to the industry, and you will have to do some prep for your first visit to be successful.

For starters, why do you want to purchase medical cannabis? Cannabis is effective against a wide range of medical conditions, and what you’re trying to treat will dictate the kind of cannabis you will buy. For example, are you looking to relieve some pain? Or do you want something to help you relax and get a good night’s rest?

What’s more, you will have to consider how you want to take the product. Most dispensaries offer a wide selection of edible, smokable and topical products, each tailored for a specific function. Smokable and topical products take effect rather quickly, while edibles take anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours. Incidentally, you will have to have an in depth discussion about dosage and other suggestions with the budtender if you opt for edibles.

budtender is the resident expert on all things cannabis, and they will help you navigate the menu and offer you guidance on how best to consume whichever products you buy.

Additionally, make sure you bring your ID and your medical marijuana card. Recreational dispensaries won’t ask for a medical marijuana card but you will need your ID or driver’s license to prove you are at least 21 years old.

Bring plenty of cash as well. Due to federal prohibition, banking institutions avoid working with the cannabis industry, forcing most businesses to operate on a cash only basis. Some dispensaries use alternative payment services like Hypur and Alt Thirty Six, but you’ll have to download their apps and link your checking account to it.

As your budtender will tell you, getting to the perfect strain’s dosage is a trial and error process. Cannabis affects everyone differently, and your journey won’t be like anyone else, so be patient, and follow the instructions diligently.

Armed with the tips above, your first trip will change from a nervous one to an adventure! And, as sector players like Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) always say, there is never such as thing as too much information when it comes to cannabis.

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