CannabisNewsBreaks – The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) Announces Expanded East Coast Capacity to Meet Surging Demand

The Alkaline Water Company (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER),the country’s largest independent alkaline water company, today announced that two of its leading suppliers have expanded their capacity by opening east coast facilities. According to the update, the company’s exclusive arrangements with these manufacturers will alleviate raw material concerns during its east coast expansion. Additionally, to meet anticipated demand, the company intends to add three new strategically located co-packers prior to the end of the third quarter. “As we position ourselves for continued growth, we continue to deploy assets that allow our production to exceed increased demand for Alkaline88(R),” said Ricky Wright, president and CEO of The Alkaline Water Company. “While much of the industry finds itself squeezed with raw material demands and capacity constraints, we’ve never been stronger. Our foresight to find multiple domestic sources for our raw materials paid dividends last year. Over the last six months, two of our west coast providers have opened operating facilities on the east coast.”

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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, 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 six 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 Inc. includes the company’s lab-tested, hemp-extract salves, balms, lotions, essential oils, bath salts, powder packs, oil tinctures, capsules, and gummies. To learn more about the company, visit www.TheAlkalineWaterCo.com.

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420 with CNW — Are CBD Gummies Worth Trying Out?

Ever since Congress legalized industrial hemp and its derivatives via the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp extract cannabidiol (“CBD”) has become exceedingly popular. It is part of a group of compounds called cannabinoids that are produced by plants in the cannabis family, and unlike THC, it does not get users high. Instead, CBD is allegedly packed with numerous health benefits, and as the industry has matured, CBD edibles have become especially popular with consumers.

In fact, the CBD edibles space is one of the fastest-growing markets in the nascent CBD industry, growing from what was a niche product just a couple of years ago to becoming one of the most-searched-for foods on the internet. Not only are they sweet and fun, but they also allow customers to consume CBD in a relatively discreet manner. With several preliminary studies finding that cannabidiol may be able to relieve a wide variety of health conditions, CBD gummies are a great way for consumers to access these benefits in a tasty, fun package.

But is their popularity warranted? Are CBD gummies just a fad that will lose steam in a few years, or are they effective products that are worth your hard-earned money? Research into cannabidiol’s health benefits, although quite limited, shows that CBD-infused gummies are worth the purchase, especially if you are trying to address certain issues. And since they are often made using healthier, natural ingredients, they can be great alternatives to regular candy.

Unlike CBD oils, tinctures, or salves, which can seem a little complicated, especially to the novice CBD user, gummies are fairly straightforward. They usually contain low doses of CBD, so you can easily figure out the dosage that works best for you after only a few tries. Since cannabidiol reacts differently with each person, you’ll definitely have to use it for a day or two before you find a dose that sufficiently reduces your season. With their low dosage and ability for discreet use, CBD gummies are a great way to do this.

You can use CBD gummies to help reduce the symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, stress and inflammation. Thanks to their small, predetermined doses, cannabidiol-infused gummies can be easily incorporated into your daily wellness routine. Taking a couple of CBD gummies throughout the day would ensure your system gets a steady supply of CBD as the gummies are broken down in the stomach and metabolized by the liver, making them perfect for conditions like chronic pain.

If you wish to boost the CBD levels in your system to manage pain, reduce stress or help your body recover from a strenuous workout, you could use gummies along with products such as CBD patches and oils. However, make sure you consult your physician before you start taking CBD regularly, especially if you are pregnant or are currently taking other medication.

With CBD legal at the federal level, there is no shortage of reputable companies that manufacture CBD-infused products, such as The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER), which produces a high-quality line of CBD-infused beverages.

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420 with CNW — Illinois Cannabis Equity Licensing Bill Passed by House

Last week, a bill to create new cannabis dispensary licenses in the state of Illinois was approved by the House. The bill, HB 1443, was sponsored by Rep. La Shawn Ford and will be used to address the shortcomings of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act of 2019, specifically the license lottery that has been delayed by legal disputes, controversy and the coronavirus pandemic, for more than a year.

The measure would establish a pair of new cannabis dispensary lotteries, providing more than 50 licenses while addressing concerns about the initial 75 licenses cited in the 2019 legislation.

The initiative was approved by the House with bipartisan opposition as well as support. For instance, Carol Ammons, the Democratic Representative of Urbana, asked if the legislation would achieve the social equity spirit of the first cannabis legalization legislation. Ford explained that his measure was the best way to increase the chances of local brown and Black communities in the state gaining access to the burgeoning cannabis industry.

The licenses established by the 2019 legislation were to be granted in May of last year. However, the coronavirus outbreak hindered this. Backlash over how some applicants received their licenses prompted further delay with lawsuits against the state delaying the move for a third time. The finalists of the preliminary lottery had sued the state after Governor JB Pritzker declared that the applications didn’t meet the requirements and would have to be rescored and edited.

Initially, licenses were to be awarded in order of applicant scores, with applicants that received similar scores entering tiebreaker lotteries. However, only 20 or so applicants out of the 900 that applied received perfect scores, making them eligible for the lottery.

Under the new legislation, the 55 licenses would be provided via a Qualifying Applicant Lottery, which would be accessible to applicants that received a score of 85% or higher in the earlier submissions. This would allow companies that either weren’t included in the first lottery or didn’t receive perfect scores an additional chance at receiving dispensary licenses.

The other 55 licenses will be provided via a social equity justice lottery. The eligibility criteria states that to be eligible, one must qualify as a social equity applicant and have a score of 85% or more on their submission. This means that 51% of the company’s ownership must be a member of a family that has been affected by the drug war, have been arrested and/or convicted of a cannabis crime eligible for expungement or be somebody who lived in an area affected by the drug war for a decade.

As applicants vie to win the social equity licenses, additional opportunities are also available in the federally legal niche of cannabis products that don’t contain THC. An example in this regard is the success registered by The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) which manufactures, among other products CBD gummies, drinks and tinctures.

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420 with CNW — Poll Shows Mississippi Voters Favor Impeaching Justices Who Voided Medical Marijuana Measure

A majority of Americans support legalizing cannabis, at least for medical purposes, and the numbers show it. In Mississippi, for instance, voters approved a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in the state. The win was, however, overturned by the state Supreme Court after a city mayor filed a legal challenge against the citizens’ initiative, arguing that it violated procedural rules laid out by the constitution.

According to a poll undertaken shortly after the ruling went public, Mississippi voters are in favor of impeaching the judges who overturned the medical marijuana ballot initiative. Mississippi-based Chism Strategies, which had provided help to supporters of the now-void voters’ initiative, conducted the study. The company found that 60.9% of Mississippi voters were against the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the initiative and entirely do away with the process of gathering signatures to allow voters to decide issues at the ballot.

Only 22% of the respondents supported the ruling while 59.6% felt that Miss. Governor Tate Reeves should call a special session to discuss medical marijuana. The thought of holding such a session has been on many people’s minds since the ruling, with inside sources saying that some lawmakers have already mentioned the issue to the governor’s office. House Speaker Phillip Gunn has voiced his support for a special session, stating that he believes that voters have the right to use the referendum and initiative process as it gives them a direct say in public policy issues.

More than 69% of the Mississippi residents polled had voted in favor of the medical cannabis initiative while 25.2% voted against it. The poll, which was conducted over mobile with landline and cell phone users, had a marginal error of 3.26%. According to Brad Chism from Chism Strategies, support for the medical cannabis ballot initiative was bipartisan with both Republicans and Democrats reacting with shock to the Supreme Court’s decision.

In fact, 52% of those polled revealed that they were “much” or “somewhat” less likely to vote for a lawmaker who supported legalizing medical marijuana in the state while under 30% were “much” or “somewhat” more likely to support a candidate who opposed medical marijuana. Additionally, 69.7% of Mississippi voters supported the idea of the legislature allowing a medical cannabis program similar to the one initiated by the voter-passed ballot initiative.

The decision to overturn the 2019 ballot initiative came after Mary Hawkins, mayor of the city of Madison, filed a lawsuit alleging that some procedural rules for placing measures on the ballot had been violated. The Supreme Court obliged and voided the medical marijuana initiative.

Cannabis industry actors such as The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) may empathize with the voters in Mississippi who saw their ballot decision go up in smoke on a technicality.

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420 with CNW — Feds Announce Standardized THC Dose Researchers Must Use

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (“NIDA”), a leading health agency of the U.S. federal government, has announced a standardized THC dosage that research teams have to use from now on when studying cannabis. The standard unit set is 5mg, and the unit strictly applies to all studies that have humans as test subjects.

The federal agency noted that the current differences in the way THC is reported by researchers made it difficult for interested parties to compare the findings of different studies on the same substance. The standard dose is designed to make it easier to compare the possible adverse or medical benefits of marijuana as established by various researchers.

However, the feds admitted that it was true that the same concentration of THC could trigger different effects based on several factors, such as how it was administered, the other compounds within the marijuana sample, and the genetic constitution of the test subjects, among other variables. NIDA nonetheless reiterated that having a standardized THC dose would help in the task of comparing different studies, something that NIDA and other federal authorities regard as a high priority.

The federal notice clarifies that researchers aren’t constrained to use only 5mg as they conduct studies. Rather, they are free to use as little or as much THC as they want, provided that they report their findings using the standard dose stipulated for all applicable studies.

The notice comes approximately a year after NIDA asked for feedback regarding a plan to set a standard unit for THC while marijuana research is conducted. The federal agency now reveals that its decision was informed by views of cannabis experts as well as the data from the responses collected from stakeholders as feedback was submitted.

The dosage guidance only applies to those scientific studies focusing on THC, and those applying to conduct such studies will be expected to determine whether and how the standard applies to their specific research. If researchers don’t want to adhere to the guidance, they are required to include a justification for such a decision while submitting their application for authorization to proceed with the study.

NIDA director Nora Volkow has previously voiced strong support for the need to come up with a standard unit for THC. Last year she commented that the complexities associated with cannabis research didn’t warrant abandoning efforts to establish a standard unit for THC. She has also openly criticized the federal scheduling of cannabis as hampering efforts to conduct research into the substance.

When future research cementing the effects of different cannabis compounds can no longer be doubted under the guise that a different dose was used to report the findings obtained, cannabis sector players that don’t make products containing THC, such as The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER), stand to benefit as well.

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420 with CNW — Maryland Court Declares Cannabis Smell Insufficient as Justification for Police Stops, Searches

An appeals court in Maryland has ruled that law enforcement officers aren’t allowed to stop individuals based on the smell of cannabis alone. The decision, which was announced last week, stated that the smell of cannabis didn’t give officers egal justification to stop and examine someone. It noted that officers needed “reasonable suspicion” that there was a crime being carried out before they could detain an individual.

The court ruled that cannabis smell would no longer be used as a basis to stop or detain someone because cannabis in small amounts has been decriminalized in the state. University of Baltimore Law School professor David Jaros stated that the rulings demonstrated that the courts were considering the decriminalization laws in their decision making. The state enacted its decriminalization laws a few years ago, in 2014.

This ruling also limits the small transgressions that officers use to justify their actions. It arose from a Prince George County case where a law enforcement officer had responded to information about a group of males who were meeting at an apartment complex. The facts in the court opinion indicated that the police officer smelled an odor of cannabis when he arrived, which led to his questioning the group; eventually both he and another officer patted down some of the individuals. He recovered a handgun from one of the boys who was a juvenile.

The public defender, who was the accused’s counsel, noted that officers often used the smell of cannabis as an excuse to justify examining individuals further, adding that it was commonly used on individuals of color as a justification for further examination. The state’s representative from the Attorney General’s office refused to give a comment on the case, in addition to not revealing if they planned to appeal the court’s ruling.

While medical cannabis is legal in the state of Maryland, efforts to legalize recreational marijuana stalled in the state’s legislature. It should be noted though, that the court’s decision does not prevent officers of the law from searching vehicles if they smell cannabis, as there’s a different set of rules for vehicles.

Wicomico County sheriff Mike Lewis stated that, while he agreed with the decision in this case, he was concerned that future rulings may limit the ability of officers of the law to search cars if they smelled cannabis. He noted that this was a tool that law enforcement use to find illegal and large quantities of marijuana.

Fortunately, people across the country can still access THC-free products made by entities such as The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER). Such products contain a range of other popular compounds, such as CBD and terpenes found in the hemp plant. Using these legal products can keep individuals on the safe side of the law in Maryland and elsewhere.

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420 with CNW — Statistics Show Marijuana Industry Registering Increases in Employee Compensation

Despite its relative youth, the state legal cannabis industry has proven to be quite profitable. The sector has provided states with millions of dollars in tax revenue at a time when their coffers were running dry and employs hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country. According to a new report, marijuana’s soaring success over the last few years has resulted in year-over-year increases in compensation packages for most lower-, mid-, and top-level employees.

Additionally, the marijuana industry is much more disciplined with pay compared to how some companies acted three to four years ago, says Dan Walter, a compensation specialist and managing consultant with BlueFire Cannabis by FutureSense. The national compensation strategies firm provided payroll data from marijuana companies for the report.

Walter notes that while CEOs and other executives may earn less than what their contemporaries in mainstream industries earn, specialists at large cannabis companies bring home the same or even more than what mainstream specialists earn. Even so, compensation packages for lower-level and executive positions steadily increased. On the other hand, mid-level employees have experienced only modest compensation increases and even, in some cases, declines.

Companies that deal in cultivation and retail enjoyed increased sales and consequently upped their employees’ pay while those in manufacturing saw more modest growth. Even though the cannabis space is becoming more competitive, CannabizTeams CEO Liesl Benard says multistate operators (“MSOs”) keep hiring from the same limited talent pool and thus push salaries up. Walter adds that a cannabis company with at least 50 employees will have to pay a C-suite officer around $150,000–$200,000 on top of paying their lower-level employees at least $15 an hour.

As businesses in the cannabis space grow older and larger and become more complex to manage, they require managers with certain skill sets and experience. A CannabizTeamz reports shows that companies have been drawing experienced individuals from industries such as biotech, retail, financial services and consumer packaged goods, to name a few, increasing average compensation for executives by 16% in 2020.

Cannabis companies prefer candidates with extensive backgrounds in compliance, lawyers and chief financial officers (“CFOs”) from global companies, and retailers with experience managing several stores, Benard says, and those leaders don’t come cheap. Candidates who have experience with state legal cannabis on top of working in mainstream industries are in even more demand, increasing their average compensation packages.

Data from Vangst, a Vancouver-based cannabis recruitment firm, shows that salaries in the cultivation space increased 5% from 2019 to 2020, retail salaries went up 3%, and cultivation directors and managers saw a 25% and 3% bump respectively. However, the extraction sector saw a 4% reduction, and lower level salaries either decreased or remained static.

It is gratifying that cannabis sector players such as The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) are contributing towards giving people well-paying jobs as well as bringing other benefits to the communities in which they operate.

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420 with CNW — Idaho House Rejects Constitutional Amendment to Ban Cannabis Legalization

A bill that would have hindered the legalization of cannabis and other substances without the approval of two-thirds of the state’s legislature was rejected in Idaho last week. The proposed amendment, which had already been cleared in the Senate, did not attain the 47 votes it needed to be approved in the House. If it had attained the two-thirds majority needed, voters in the state would have had the chance to vote on it next year.

During the two-hour debate held before voting, legislators in the House, a majority of whom are Republicans, disagreed on two themes: the damage cannabis could cause, particularly in young individuals who overindulge recreationally, and the help the drug could offer to those living in constant pain.

The vote saw liberal and conservative members of the chamber teaming up to outvote the initiative, which ended with every Democratic member in the chamber not supporting the initiative.

The legislators saw the measure as a reaction to the surrounding states that have passed measures legalizing or decriminalizing the recreational and medical use of cannabis.

The state of Idaho is one of the three states in the country that have no policy allowing their residents to possess cannabis products, even products with low THC amounts. However, residents of the state can cross the border in almost any direction and find themselves in a state where cannabis can be bought for medicinal and recreational purposes.

Lawmakers who supported the legislation gave examples of the states of Colorado, Washington, Oregon and California, noting that they didn’t want Idaho to end up like these states. Despite these examples, support for the use of medical cannabis in Idaho has been growing, with activists working toward getting a legalization measure on the ballot by next year.

The legislators who opposed the measure, a majority of whom stated that they’d never used cannabis and did not plan on trying it, stated that the measure could hinder the approval of drugs that could be useful because it was too extensive. They also noted that it would prevent the legalization of products such as CBD oil, which contain small THC amounts.

While the sponsors of the proposed amendment had focused on drugs such as methamphetamines and heroin, the debate almost entirely revolved around cannabis. Republican Rep. Chad Christensen stated that the measure was a cannabis legislation, which explains why he voted against it. Christensen observed that opioid use was the real issue in the state and that’s where the clamp down was needed.

While the rejection of the restrictive constitutional amendment gives Idaho residents hope that cannabis policy reform may be possible in future, they can at least access zero-THC hemp products made by firms such as The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER). These include salves, lotions, gummies and powder packs.

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420 with CNW — Medical Cannabis Bill Awaits Floor Vote in Alabama House

Patients suffering from a variety of serious ailments in Alabama are a step closer to accessing medical cannabis after a House Committee made several amendments to a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. The legislation, which has already passed the Senate, would allow qualifying patients to purchase and possess up to 70 daily doses of medical cannabis. Additionally, the bill would establish an Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission and task it with implementing industry legislations and issuing licenses.

Senator Tim Melson, who sponsored the bill, stated that giving patients access to medical cannabis could reduce the number of deaths caused by opioid overdose. To qualify for medical cannabis under the program, patients would have to be diagnosed with one of 20 qualifying conditions including intractable pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”). As per one of the amendments, the daily dose…

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420 with CNW — Ailing MTA Employee Mulls $5 Million Suit Against New York for Denying Him Medical Cannabis

Although more than 30 states have legalized some form of cannabis, the drug still remains illegal at the federal level. So while people in states with legal cannabis markets can consume cannabis legally, they are still liable to federal repercussions in certain situations. This is especially true for individuals who are employed by federal organizations, which base their policies on federal regulations and consequently penalize employees who use cannabis.

An ailing Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) worker found this out the hard way after the NYC Transit Authority suspended him and forced him to attend drug rehab classes for using medical cannabis. NYC Transit worker Myles Watson is now looking to file a $5 million notice of claim against the agency, arguing that he was a victim of discrimination due to severe back and neck injuries he had sustained while on the job. Watson’s legal claims came soon after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo finally signed legislation to legalize recreational cannabis in the state.

The 43-year-old’s troubles began back in 2017 when he was involved in a car accident while in an NYC transit vehicle. The ordeal left him with three herniated disks and two bulging disks and forced him to have neck fusion surgery. However, he couldn’t rely on prescription painkillers to reduce the pain he was in because he suffered from diverticulosis and celiac disease. He began using cannabis to help manage his pain and stomach issues.

Since it is a federal agency, NYC Transit carries out random drug tests. During one such test, Watson tested positive for marijuana and was instructed to attend drug counseling sessions. Another car crash in December 2019 injured him further, tearing cartilage in his knee and causing even more pain. He began smoking CBD flower for pain relief, tested positive for marijuana during another random drug test, and was suspended without pay last November. Due to this, Watson has had his vehicle repossessed, his daughters have no health insurance and their home is under threat of foreclosure.

The agency also instructed Watson to attend several drug counseling sessions per week with individuals who are addicted to much more dangerous drugs. He argues that he isn’t addicted to cannabis, he is just using it medicinally to address his health issues. His lawyer, John Scola, says that although federal agencies such as the MTA have to abide by federal law, they cannot ignore anti-disability discrimination laws in their quest to enforce “archaic” cannabis policies.

Still on the subject of medical marijuana, many programs are underway to conduct clinical trials on several cannabis-based medications, including trials being done by XPhyto Therapeutics Corp. (CSE: XPHY) (OTCQB: XPHYF) (FSE: 4XT). If such clinical trials are successful, FDA approval could be secured and patients wouldn’t face the risk of being penalized for using those medicines.

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