420 with CNW — Arkansas Governor Wants a More Aggressive Stance on Marijuana Legalization

Arkansas Gov. William Hutchinson states that the national government’s casual approach to cannabis is the reason why many more states are legalizing the drug. During a recent interview with the Washington Post, the governor of Arkansas explained that where the government’s stance on cannabis legalization is unclear, the legalization of drugs will continue, which brings about more measures for the legalization of cannabis at the state level.

Jeff Sessions, the first attorney general under outgoing President Donald Trump’s administration, revoked the counsel that was put in place by former President Barack Obama’s administration, which directed that state attorneys shouldn’t intrude on any state marijuana laws. However, apart from revoking former counsel, the Trump administration did not launch any extensive clamp down on people who complied with these local policies or the policies themselves.

Hutchinson explained that as long as the national government had a hands-off policy on all things marijuana in terms of legalization of marijuana in states, then the pressure for marijuana legalization will only grow. A lot of funds are used in that sector, which could result in additional initiatives to legalize the drug. Furthermore, increased funding poured into advertising these legalization initiatives and the lack of a clear position by the national government only furthers the cause. This is despite the fact that voters from Arkansas approved a measure on medical marijuana on their ballots in 2016.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that the Hutchinson was the Drug Enforcement Administration head during the President George. W. Bush administration. The governor also mentioned that earlier this year, activists of reform from the state had tried placing an initiative that would legalize cannabis on the ballot of the state. However, they did not succeed as they were unable to gather the number of signatures needed to qualify for placement on the ballot because of the social-distancing measures implemented after the COVID-19 pandemic began. He added that while the activists had not been successful, they would try again.

Two decades ago, Hutchinson had the DEA raid various medical marijuana dispensaries in California, despite the fact that the dispensaries were legal. At the time, California was among the few states that had legalized medical cannabis.

When the governor was asked about the election victories seen in the states such as Oregon, which had legalized cannabis, he criticized the victories. It should be noted, however, that clinical studies have disproven many “reasons” that are cited by prohibitionists as reasons why cannabis should not be legalized.

The increase in the number of states with regulated cannabis markets has created a chance for many companies to grow. An example of such a company is The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER). WTER’s signature premium alkaline water as well as CBD-infused products can be found on the shelves of a minimum of 70,000 leading retail outlets around the United States.

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420 with CNW — Marijuana Potency Has Spiked in the Recent 50 Years

A team of researchers from the University of Bath Addiction and Mental Health Group has discovered that street marijuana around the globe is substantially stronger now than it was 50 years ago. This, they say, increases the risk of harm. The team incorporated into its study a minimum of 80,000 marijuana samples that had been tested within the past five decades from street samples collected in New Zealand, Italy, Denmark, France, Netherlands, UK and the United States. The research was financed by the Society for the Study of Addiction with the study’s findings being reported in the “Addiction” journal.

The researchers explored how THC concentrations had changed in various types of marijuana as the years rolled by. In herbal marijuana, the team discovered that the concentration of THC registered a 14% jump in the years 1970 through 2017. This was largely because the growing popular share of more potent marijuana varieties such as sinsemilla, which was preferred to traditional herbal marijuana, had less THC and contained seeds.

The researchers found prior evidence indicating that using marijuana with higher THC levels frequently carries an increased risk of issues such as psychotic disorders and addiction. Dr. Tom Freeman, the study’s lead author, stated that as the strength of marijuana increased, the number of individuals who entered treatment for marijuana use problems also grew. More Europeans, he said, were now receiving treatment because of marijuana than cocaine or heroin.

The team discovered that the THC increase was especially high for cannabis resin, as THC concentrations spiked by 24% in the period 1975 through 2017. According to the study’s findings, cannabis resin, which is extracted from herbal marijuana, is generally stronger than herbal marijuana. The researchers also looked at CBD concentrations but found no evidence for changes in CBD in marijuana over time.

Sam Craft, the study’s coauthor, explained that hash or cannabis resin is commonly seen as safer than other marijuana types. However, their findings show that hash is now more potent than herbal marijuana. In the past, hash contained lower quantities of CBD and THC, and while cannabidiol’s concentration has not changed, the concentration of THC has grown considerably. This led the researchers to conclude that consuming the drug may be potentially more harmful today than decades ago.

Marijuana takes pole position among illicit drugs consumed across the globe and has been legalized recently in some states in the U.S. as well as in Uruguay and Canada. This study’s findings are particularly relevant as they shed light on the safety of marijuana as more call for it to be legalized in various nations around the world. The researchers assert that the rise in the strength of marijuana puts the spotlight on the need to execute broader strategies to reduce the drug’s harm, similar to the strategies used for liquor. These strategies include public guidelines on safer limits of consumption as well as standard units. This would help individuals limit their consumption and use marijuana more safely.

The cannabis sector is seeing major transformations orchestrated by many industry leaders. One of those industry leaders is The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER). The company specializes in using a proprietary electrolysis system to produce premium alkaline water, and WTER is also making edible and topical products infused with CBD.

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420 with CNW — GrowDiaries Mishap Leaves Millions of Cannabis Grower Passwords Exposed

GrowDiaries is an online community of cannabis growers that allows its members to ask questions, interact with other members and blog about their crops. In September, the company suffered a major security breach that left millions of users’ posts, passwords and other data exposed. The unprotected database was discovered by researcher Volodymyr “Bob” Diachenko on Oct. 10, 2020. Diachenko, who is known for pointing out unsecured databases, said the company was responsible for the vulnerability.

He reports on LinkedIn that two Kibana apps, which are usually used by IT and development staff to manage Elasticsearch databases, were left unsecured without a password since September 22. Through these two unsecured apps, attackers could access two sets of Elasticsearch databases. According to Diachenko, the databases consisted of around 1.4 million records containing IP addresses and email addresses and another 2 million records containing hashed account passwords and user posts.

The MD5 hashed format that the passwords were stored in is notoriously vulnerable, says Diachenko, and attackers could easily crack it and access the plain-text passwords, allowing them access to the users’ data. The exposed IP addresses spanned a wide range of provinces and countries, including a couple that still outlaw cannabis. After Diachenko reported the unsecured Kibana apps to GrowDiaries, the company secured its database but did not offer any further communication.

He states that since he probably wasn’t the only one looking for databases vulnerable to attackers, it is very likely that someone else was able to access and download user data from GrowDiaries’ Elasticssearch databases. Although the company has not replied to any inquiries on the matter, the website’s FAQ portion assures customers that their data is safe. “GrowDiaries is entirely safe and sound to use and retail outlet information on. We do not shop or share any particular information and facts. All meta-knowledge is erased.”

Diachenko advises GrowDiaries users to change their passwords across all platforms, not just on GrowDiaries, to avoid “stuffing” attacks. These kinds of attacks employ an automated bug that plugs in different combinations of stolen passwords and usernames in an attempt to break into other websites and apps.

Community members should also keep an eye out for phishing attacks where an individual is sent an email, text or instant message with a malicious link. Clicking on these links allows attackers to install malware onto your system, freeze it as part of a ransomware attack orsteal funds and sensitive information.

An entity that you should watch in the cannabis industry is The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER). This company not only makes premium alkaline water but also has a line of CBD-infused topical as well as ingestible products.

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CannabisNewsBreaks – The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (CSE: WTER) (NASDAQ: WTER) Announces Fiscal Q2 Results

The Alkaline Water Company (CSE: WTER) (NASDAQ: WTER), a producer of premium bottled alkaline and flavored-infused drinking waters and CBD-infused products, on Monday announced revenue of $10.8 million for the fiscal second quarter ended September 30, 2020. “During the fiscal second quarter, we made good progress toward our strategic goals, gained market share, launched innovating new products, added leading partners, and expanded into new growth markets, all while navigating through a challenging COVID environment. Our quarterly growth was impacted as various distributors reduced deliveries and cleared excess inventory built in the prior quarter. Delivery and inventory trends continued to improve throughout the quarter, with order activity reverting to pre-pandemic levels,” said Richard A. Wright, president and chief executive officer of The Alkaline Water Company. “Our fiscal third quarter is off to a strong start, and we are seeing a record month of sales for October. Demand for our lifestyle brands at the retail level remains strong, and revenue grew a healthy 21% during the first half of our fiscal year. According to the October 3 Nielsen’s data, our flagship brand, Alkaline88(R), has been the fastest-growing non-flavored value-added water in the top 10 brands over the last 13, 26, and 52 week period. Our footprint continues to grow nationally, and this quarter alone, we added over 1,000 new store locations for our A88 family of lifestyle brands. We see strong momentum across all our product categories and consider this quarter’s performance to be an outlier. As of early November, inventory at retailers has normalized, driven by our aggressive summer marketing efforts. We believe the actions taken positions us for stronger growth for the balance of this fiscal year and beyond.”

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About The Alkaline Water Company

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 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 launched A88 Infused(TM) in 2019 to meet consumer demand for flavor-infused products. A88 Infused 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, visit www.A88CBD.com and www.TheAlkalineWaterCo.com.

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420 with CNW — Medical Marijuana May Be Future Treatment for Alcoholism

Research carried out by the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria along with the Canadian Institute for Substance Abuse Research revealed that people who used medical marijuana experienced a decline in their alcohol consumption.

The study involved 1,000 medical marijuana patients in Canada and examined them on their habits, which included questions on their alcohol consumption. The study’s findings revealed a decline in alcohol use.

The study asserted that marijuana can affect the use of other psychoactive substances, including illicit drugs, tobacco, alcohol and prescription medications. However, little research has been conducted that looks into the factors linked to these changes in substance use.

During the study, 18% of the individuals who were polled reported that they abstained from alcohol, 85% claimed that they decreased the drinks they consumed every week and 44% reported a decline in the frequency of their alcohol consumption as they used medical marijuana.

From the Canadian medical marijuana program, a sample of 2,102 individuals provided their data, with each individual giving answers based on their medical marijuana use throughout the study and how it affected their alcohol consumption. More than 970 respondents who used alcohol at least 10 times over a year before starting to use medical marijuana were also included in the study. The researchers then assessed retrospective data on amount of alcohol and the frequency of use before and after medical marijuana initiation.

It is estimated that about 107 million people around the globe suffer from alcohol use disorder. This is a physical and mental addiction that’s common. The use of marijuana/medical marijuana to help decrease alcohol use is good news for many. Additionally, the WHO reports that marijuana is 114 times safer than alcohol, with alcoholism killing 3 million individuals around the globe annually.

The study findings suggest that the use of medical marijuana may be linked to reductions in alcohol intake and cessation among medical marijuana patients. Liquor is the most common recreational substance in North America, and it has high rates of mortality, morbidity and criminality as a result of its use. The authors of the study claim that these findings may bring about better health outcomes for medical marijuana patients and improve general safety and public health as well.

While this is only one study that looks into the link between the use of alcohol and medical marijuana, it may be the key to more research that supports marijuana treatment as a way to keep off liquor.

A company worthy of your attention in the cannabis industry is The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER). The company focuses on using innovative proprietary electrolysis processes to make perfectly balanced alkaline water as well as CBD-infused eats and drinks.

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420 with CNW — Connecticut Governor Says Legalizing Pot Good for Public Health Amid Pandemic

With several states legalizing cannabis use, marijuana tourism has been on the rise. Cannabis tourism, or traveling across state lines to purchase and consume the infamous plant, attracts millions of visitors and dollars to states that allow recreational cannabis. However, with the coronavirus pandemic raging, traveling across state lines for cannabis may not be safe, says Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont.

In an interview with Yahoo Finance, Gov. Lamont said that legalizing cannabis amid the coronavirus crisis would be a big win for public health. With work-from-home and social-distancing measures in place to curb the spread of the virus, the last thing states need is people driving back and forth across state lines for marijuana. Connecticut doesn’t allow recreational cannabis yet but is surrounded by states that do, creating a situation where consumers are more likely to travel to neighboring states.

During his interview, Lamont stated that officials have “got to think regionally when it comes to how we deal with the pandemic, and I think we have to think regionally when it comes to marijuana as well.” When asked whether he would pursue cannabis legalization next year, Lamont said that he thinks he will.

Connecticut is facing a budget deficit of $2 billion, and the governor has shied away from increasing taxes or cutting government spending. Without stimulus funds, he says, Connecticut may very well slide into a mild recession and suffer even more job losses. The cannabis industry has proven to be quite resilient during the pandemic, and taxing cannabis sales would be a great way to close the deficit and boost revenues.

“Right now, I’m surrounded by states — New Jersey and Massachusetts — where marijuana is already legal,” said Lamont. “I don’t need a lot of people driving back and forth across the border. We’re trying to keep people close to home as best as we can right now. I think legalizing marijuana, doing that safely and making sure no poison is laced in, I think is one way to keep people closer to home.”

Although voters in neighboring New Jersey voted in favor of a referendum to legalize cannabis during last week’s election, marijuana possession, use and sales will still be prohibited until lawmakers pass enabling legislation for the program. In a separate appearance, Lamont stated that the passage of cannabis legislation in New Jersey as well as ongoing cannabis reform efforts throughout the Northeast underscores the need for Connecticut to enact cannabis policy change.

A company you should watch in the marijuana industry is The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER). This maker of alkaline as well as flavored water has also unveiled a line of CBD-infused products.

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Alkaline88 Eyes Professional Sports (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER)

  • PGA, MLB changes CBD policies; other leagues evaluating policy changes regarding marijuana, CBD use
  • Global market for CBD oil projected to grow from $967.2 million in 2020 to $5.3 billion by 2025
  • WTER offers an exclusive line of A88CBD(TM) products, ranging from tinctures, capsules and gummies to lotion, creams salves

Since CBD was removed from professional golf’s banned substance list in 2018, PGA and Champions Tour players are turning more frequently to the plant to treat aches and pains, and golfers aren’t the only athletes to choose the compound. Earlier this year, Major League Baseball removed marijuana from its banned-substance list during the offseason (https://cnw.fm/wNnWg). The benefits of CBD use by athletes are still being studied, but the Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) offers an exclusive line of A88CBD(TM) products (https://cnw.fm/nAIrd) that provide those benefits to sports enthusiasts — and anyone else looking for high-quality CBD-infused options.

“Billy Horschel went six months without a top-eight finish last year before he found a remedy for his ailing golf game from a surprising source: the hemp plant,” reported a recent “New York Times” article (https://cnw.fm/cH4CI). “Horschel, a five-time PGA Tour winner, began using cannabidiol, or CBD, products shortly after he missed the cut at the British Open in July. He had four top-eight finishes in the next four months and was playing some of the most consistent golf of his career before the season was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. . . . He is the latest in a growing group of tour members, including Bubba Watson, a two-time Masters champion, and Scott McCarron, the reigning Schwab Cup winner on the Champions Tour, who are paid endorsers for CBD products.”

In addition to golf and the MLB, an ESPN article reports that CBD use is allowed in the National Women’s Soccer League. The substance is currently prohibited in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. However, “the NBA has also expressed interest in revising its bylaws against CBD use. In 2018, CBD was removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned substances list” (https://cnw.fm/ZkgFm).

The same article noted that CBD, short for cannabidiol, “has often been touted as a cure-all of sorts. Manufacturers and users claim, mostly anecdotally, that it has given them relief from muscle soreness and swelling and helped curb stress and anxiety. . . . Hemp-based CBD is legal — in various forms from ingestible oils to topicals — in all but three states in the U.S. and is legal at the federal level. States have their own rules restricting or allowing CBD products to be sold, and in many states, CBD can be sold over the counter in drug stores. It remains unregulated by the Federal Drug Administration, however.”

The ESPN article reported that the global market for CBD oil should grow from $967.2 million in 2020 to $5.3 billion by 2025 — all without CBD brands being allowed to directly advertise their products on social media.

WTER chairman Aaron Keay, a former Canadian national soccer team member, is an advocate for CBD use in sports, as well as other aspects of everyday use. “If you look at the kind of the athlete adoption of it, it kind of coincides with how the world is taking it on and looking at it. But you have a few movers and shakers that are willing to take the risk and say: ‘Look, CBD is going to become mainstream way ahead of cannabis and THC,'” Keay told ESPN. The Alkaline Water Company Inc. is a proud supporter of sports; the company’s brand ambassador Chez Reavie, who wears WTER’s flagship Alkaline88 logo on his shirt and sports an Alkaline88 golf bag at all PGA events, won the 2019 Travelers Championship Tournament.

The Alkaline Water Company offers an exclusive line of A88CBD(TM) products, ranging from tinctures, capsules and gummies to lotion, creams salves. The A88CBD products are formulated using high-quality, U.S.-grown hemp and made with 100% natural ingredients, cruelty-free, and gluten-free ingredients.

Founded in 2012, The Alkaline Water Company is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. Its flagship product, Alkaline88, is a leading premier alkaline water brand available in bulk and single-serve sizes along with eco-friendly aluminum packaging options. In 2019, Alkaline88 launched A88 Infused(TM) to meet consumer demand for flavor-infused products. A88 Infused 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.

To learn more about this company, please visit www.TheAlkalineWaterco.com.

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CBDNewsBreaks – The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (CSE: WTER) (NASDAQ: WTER) Expands A88CBD(TM) Ingestible Line with Innovative New Product

The Alkaline Water Company (CSE: WTER) (NASDAQ: WTER), a producer of premium bottled alkaline and flavored-infused drinking waters and CBD-infused products, today announced that its lifestyle brand A88CBD(TM) will introduce new powder packs in four exciting flavors available by the end of November. “We are thrilled to announce another exciting and innovative product for our A88CBD ingestible line,” said WTER president and CEO Ricky Wright. “Recently, we have added multiple category-leading items to our portfolio of products that differentiate us from competitors. Initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, resulting in strong online sales. Our latest addition, the A88CBD powder packs, tastes great and carries the same high-quality, lab-tested CBD that is fully dissolvable in any food and beverage. With commitments from over 500 retail locations, we expect this highly anticipated product to be a hit in the all-natural channel, especially with the support of our growing CBD partner network. These powder packs will be available in four exciting flavors and are perfect for the on-the-go consumer looking for a quick boost with fast onset times. Our loyal customers can drop these powder packs into their favorite A88 products to create an energizing and refreshing drink.”

To view the full press release, visit https://cnw.fm/bKvKx

About The Alkaline Water Company

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 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 launched A88 Infused(TM) in 2019 to meet consumer demand for flavor-infused products. A88 Infused 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, visit www.A88CBD.com and www.TheAlkalineWaterCo.com.

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420 with CNW — State Reveals Stores Have Sold Marijuana Products Valued at Half a Billion Dollars

For the sixth consecutive month, Illinois has crushed yet another cannabis sales record, having reached a $500-million-worth benchmark of legal marijuana products that have been bought since the program was launched at the start of this year. Illinois has shown that its marijuana market is not only pandemic proof but also recession proof.

Last month, adults bought 1,557,880 cannabis products worth $75,278,200 cumulatively. That’s almost $8 million more than sales in September and about twice the sales recorded in January. These figures do not include purchases made through the state’s medical marijuana program. Based on this, to say the strides made in the market weren’t in the least impressive would be a blatant lie.

It is estimated that about $21 million of these recorded sales came from out-of-state tourists while roughly $55 million in purchases came from in-state residents. In addition, state officials announced in October that the state had surpassed $100 million in revenue due to the high sales. The revenue is being used to fund restorative justice programs and local governments.

Illinois state officials stated that the tax revenue from the market will be reinvested in communities that have been most affected by the drug war. Almost 25% of the tax revenue collected has been designated for restorative justice grants, and other funds will be used to support mental health and substance misuse treatment programs. In May, the state had announced that it would be making nearly $31 million in social equity grants available to communities that had been identified as economically distressed.

Additionally, before the state implemented its cannabis system, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker pardoned more than 11,000 individuals with prior marijuana convictions. The governor also revealed in October that he would be granting more acts of cannabis clemency in the coming months. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the recent sales numbers also strengthen the argument made by pro-reform lawmakers in various states.

However, not all parties are excited about this increase in sales. An alliance of state medical societies released a joint statement last week that criticized the efforts to legalize cannabis. These statements noted that the various societies appreciated the economic challenges states face as a result of the coronavirus pandemic but urged against legalization of cannabis as a way to address these challenges.

This is despite the fact that South DakotaOregonNew JerseyMontanaArizona and Mississippi have approved various measures that legalize cannabis in their states during this week’s elections.

The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) is one cannabis sector player you should watch. The company started out providing premium alkaline water, and it has now set its sights on adding topical and ingestible hemp-infused products to its portfolio.

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CannabisNewsBreaks – The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) Announces Its Alkaline88 Product Reaches No. 1 Spot at KeHE Winter Show

The Alkaline Water Company’s (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) flagship brand, Alkaline88(r), was the No. 1 item by cases sold at the recent KeHE Virtual Winter Show. The company produces premium bottled alkaline water, flavor-infused waters and CBD-infused products sold under the brand names Alkaline88, A88 Infused(TM) and A88CBD(TM), respectively. Held Oct. 5–12, 2020, the winter show is sponsored by KeHE, which has a nationwide distribution network comprised of an estimated 12,000 customers representing more than 30,000 accounts. KeHE distributes natural, organic, specialty and fresh products to chain and independent grocery and natural food stores, as well as other specialty product retailers throughout North America. “This is the second major KeHE event this year where our brands have done exceptionally well and achieved one of the top performer statuses,” The Alkaline Water Company CEO Ricky Wright stated in the press release. “At the KeHE winter show, a newly added virtual show this year, interest in our flagship brand Alkaline88 and our A88 Infused flavored waters remained strong. Our team met with some of the leading regional and national retail chains in the natural food industry, including Fresh Garden, Little Giant, Pete’s Fresh, Wayfield, Vitamin Plus and Nam Dae Mun, to name a few. Buyers booked orders for the upcoming seasonal store resets, which included a pickup in orders of our flavored waters.”

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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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