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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420 with CNW — Texas Legislative Committee Unanimously Approves Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill

Last week, a Texas House committee voted in favor of a bill to expand the state’s medical cannabis program. One of a number of cannabis reform bills discussed by the legislature last week, the legislation was sponsored by House Public Health committee chair Stephanie Klick. The bill is designed to significantly expand Texas’ already-limited medical marijuana Compassionate Use Program (“TCUP”), adding a couple more conditions to the list of diseases that qualify patients for a medical marijuana prescription.

Patients suffering from chronic pain and any type of cancer, as well as veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, will now be able to take medical marijuana to treat their conditions. Bill HB 1535 will also include debilitating conditions that have been determined by the Department of State Health Services and included on the list of qualifying conditions. On top of that, the legislation will increase the medical marijuana cap for THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) from 0.5% to 5%.

Finally, House Bill 1535 would create institutional review boards and authorize those boards to promote studies on medical cannabis and how the state’s medical cannabis program has affected its patients. The 11-0 vote in favor of the legislation came after a landmark committee hearing that included testimonies from physicians, veterans and Texans who were forced to manage or treat their medical conditions with opioids.

Klick, who authored as well as sponsored it, is also responsible for separate legislation that expanded the state’s medical cannabis program to include seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis (“MS”) and terminal cancer in 2019. Klick says the new bill will expand the medical cannabis program again and task Texas Health and Human Services with creating a medical cannabis research program. The legislation has been met with plenty of support from medical cannabis patients, industry stakeholders and drug reform advocates.

According to Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation CEO Morris Denton, the bill is a step in the right direction. However, he concedes that it still isn’t as comprehensive as he would have liked it to be, and his opinion is shared by many. The hope was that the committee would amend the legislation to remove the cap for THC, allow all patients who can benefit from it to use medical cannabis, allow independent laboratories to test marijuana products, and grant physicians and patients in the medical cannabis space legal protections.

Despite this, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy isn’t worried. Its representatives as well as Senators will have the chance to make amendments to House Bill 1535 on the floor.

As the debate on the expansion of the medical cannabis bill rages on, there are cannabis products that are legal across the country. To access these products, consumers don’t need a physician’s recommendation. Such products include the CBD-infused tinctures, drinks, powder packs and gummies made by many companies, including The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER).

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420 with CNW — Schumer Says Senate Will Loosen Marijuana Policies Regardless of Biden’s Attitude

Although more than 30 states have legalized cannabis in various forms over the past decade, federal law still classifies cannabis as a controlled substance. With the House, Senate and White House in the Democratic Party’s hands, however, federal cannabis legislation has never had a greater chance of becoming law as it does right now. Unfortunately, President Joe Biden is staunchly against allowing adult-use cannabis, although he does support modest cannabis reform, including medical cannabis and expunging records of prior cannabis related offenses.

But according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Biden’s views on the matter won’t hold him back, and consequently, the Senate will move forward with federal marijuana legislation whether or not the president is on board. For a while now, Schumer has been an outspoken advocate of cannabis reform, first introducing a bill to legalize cannabis back in April 2018. Schumer, whose home state New York recently legalized recreational marijuana, has said he supports federal legalization and that he will soon introduce a federal cannabis reform bill with Senators Ron Wyden and Cory Booker.

Even though the White House isn’t behind broad cannabis legalization, Schumer says the Senate will still take aggressive action to loosen the currently restrictive federal laws on cannabis. Although most cannabis reform opponents said legalizing cannabis would lead to all kinds of social ills, including increased drug use and higher crime rates, Schumer says the fears are unfounded. Most states that legalized cannabis in the past decade have seen more positives than negatives from their legal cannabis markets, including increased job opportunities, social justice, and millions of dollars in tax revenue.

State-legal cannabis markets also proved that the American people wanted to legalize cannabis, says Schumer, adding that if a relatively conservative state such as South Dakota votes in favor of legalizing cannabis, then the tides are definitely changing in favor of legalization. With Democrats now in control of the Senate, he can now put a cannabis reform bill on the floor, something that was basically impossible while Senator Mitch McConnell was in charge.

The only holdout is Biden, who has said that although he supports medical cannabis and record expungement, he isn’t behind legalizing adult-use cannabis. According to Schumer, Biden has said he would like to see more information, and the Senate Majority Leader would be happy to make his arguments and try to evolve his stance on cannabis. If the president doesn’t budge, the Senate will still move forward with cannabis reform without his support.

The entire cannabis sector is holding its breath and doing what it can to operate within the existing legal landscape as the journey of reforming those laws plays out. The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) is one of the companies that has found success manufacturing CBD-infused products and premium bottled drinking water.

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420 with CNW — Poll Finds 67% of Voters in Louisiana Support Marijuana Legalization

According to the recently published results of a poll, at least two-thirds of voters in Louisiana support the full legalization of cannabis, both for recreational and medical use. These voters include the majority of the Republicans in the state, according to the poll.

This recent survey, conducted by JMC Enterprises, indicates that support for marijuana legalization in the state has risen significantly from the time a similar poll was done. For example, only 54% of the voters expressed support for legalization last year compared to the 67% who now say they would prefer to see cannabis legalized.

In this recent poll, only 16% of the people sampled admitted that they wouldn’t want to see marijuana legalized in Louisiana for recreational use, but they would support legalization for medicinal use. Just 8% expressed opposition to both medical and recreational use legalization.

As has been the case previously, Democrats lead the surge of supporters of cannabis legalization. The JMC poll, not surprisingly, shows that 67% of all Democrats support recreational marijuana legalization compared to 58% of Republicans who support the policy change. Youth are particularly bullish on the subject with 93% of all younger voters saying they would like to see marijuana legalized not only for medical but for recreational use as well.

During the same poll, voters were asked to express their thoughts about changing cannabis policy so that people are fined for marijuana possession or use instead of serving time in jail. Nearly half of the respondents said they preferred full legalization rather than decriminalization. Only 27% said removing criminal penalties would be preferred in lieu of full legalization.

At the moment, the marijuana laws in the state only allow patients enrolled in the medical marijuana program access a limited range of cannabis products. An estimated 75% of those who took part in the JMC poll want this to change so that patients have access to a wider variety of products, including the entire marijuana plant.

Last year, Gov. John B. Edwards appended his signature to a bill geared at expanding the state’s medical cannabis program so that licensed physicians could prescribe medical marijuana for any patient suffering from a debilitating condition. Previously, physicians could only recommend medical marijuana as a treatment for a narrowly defined list of conditions and diseases.

JMC Enterprises polled a total of 1,160 voters in the state March 22–23. The findings represent the latest views of registered voters in the state. It remains to be seen how these results will influence policy in the coming years.

As the discussion on whether marijuana should or shouldn’t be legalized in different jurisdictions rages on, many companies have found success in manufacturing products from nonintoxicating ingredients of the cannabis sativa plant. For instance, The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) started out selling pH-balanced drinking water, but the company has added a line of CBD-infused products to its offering, and the market has given an overwhelming positive response to those gummies, salves, tinctures and drinks.

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420 with CNW — First On-Site Cannabis Consumption Lounge to Open Soon in Illinois

The state of Illinois’ marijuana market is booming with data showing that last year the state sold more than $1 billion worth of legal marijuana both from recreational and medical marijuana purchases. Projections indicate that those sales figures will only keep growing as the market grows and consumption of marijuana products increases.

Currently, officials in the state are rolling back on the rules and restrictions that were imposed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to help control the virus spread. With vaccines being rolled out, more and more bar and restaurant operators are launching new projects.

One of these projects is the launch of the first on-site consumption bar of cannabis in the state. Located in Sesser, which is nearly 300 miles south of Chicago, owners are making their final preparations to open the Luna Lounge either late next month or in early May.

The venue is a bring-your-own-style bar where consumers are encouraged to buy marijuana from off-site dispensaries. The venue is billed as a safe space where consumers will not have to worry about being thrown out of a bar for rolling up a joint. The venue will also have smoking paraphernalia that can be rented.

Luna Lounge owners reveal that the bar will pave the way for Sesser to become more of a tourist destination, in addition to being the first bar of its kind in the state of Illinois. However, because of the indoor restrictions imposed on smoking in the state, the bar will not be serving alcohol. Customers who wish to buy food can purchase it from food trucks that will be parked outside the venue.

In 2020, the state of Alaska became the first state in the United States to permit on-site cannabis consumption while a site in Springfield became the pioneer to receive an onsite-license in the state of Illinois. Local law enforcement in Sesser then followed suit by approving the plan to launch Luna Lounge in March of the same year.

The first cannabis dispensary in downtown Chicago also began its operations last year. However, there doesn’t seem to be a push demanding for on-site consumption to be allowed in the city. This is despite the fact that on-site consumption of cannabis has the potential to unbridle creative possibilities in the city’s restaurant industry. For instance, underground marijuana dinners have a better chance of becoming popular if regulations were loosened.

While it is important for onsite marijuana consumption lounges to open, not all products made from cannabis are subject to restrictions regarding where they can be consumed. For instance, the CBD-infused powder packs, drinks and gummies made by The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) are nonintoxicating and can be legally consumed anywhere.

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CannabisNewsBreaks – The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) Announces 2nd Major DSD Expansion

The Alkaline Water Company (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) today announced its latest partnership with Nevada Beverage Company, a Nevada-based direct-store-delivery (“DSD”) distributor. Under the agreement, Nevada Beverage will carry WTER’s full line of smooth-tasting Alkaline88 and A88 Infused flavored waters. “We are pleased to welcome Nevada Beverage Company to our growing DSD network. Nevada Beverage is a leading beverage distributor in Nevada, serving over 2,900 accounts with a territory encompassing 74% of the state population. As a best-in-class DSD provider, the partnership allows our waters to inundate another important market in the Southwest,” said Ricky Wright, president and CEO of The Alkaline Water Company. “This marks our second major DSD market expansion, following our recently announced distribution agreement with the Arizona-based Hensley Beverage Company. With our superior smooth taste profile and increasing consumer demand for eco-friendly options, we believe Alkaline88 and our A88 Infused flavored waters will be very successful and popular with Nevada Beverage’s customers.”

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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 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 both the company’s lab-tested, full-spectrum hemp salves, balms, lotions, essential oils, and bath salts, along with broad-spectrum hemp, powder packs, oil tinctures, capsules, and gummies. To purchase A88CBD(TM) products online, visit www.A88CBD.com. To learn more about the company, visit www.TheAlkalineWaterCo.com.

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