420 with CNW – Illinois Breaks Yet Another Monthly Cannabis Sales Record

According to a Department of Financial and Professional Regulation report from the state of Illinois, cannabis sales in the state this past month of August have yet again broken another monthly record.

The report which was released on Tuesday showed how marijuana sales in the state had been increasing each month, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Last month, consumers bought more than 1.3 million cannabis products whose value was calculated to be about $64 million. Out-of-state sales (to visitors) were recorded to be roughly $17 million. The previous sales record was $61 million, which was recorded in July.

The data collected seems to support the idea that the state’s cannabis market is not only pandemic-proof but also recession-proof.

Officials from the state have stated that despite the upward trend in cannabis sales, their primary focus at the moment lies in using the tax revenue generated to reinvest in neighborhoods and communities that have been the most affected by the drug war.

The state had announced in August that since marijuana retail sales began in January, it had recorded $52 million in tax revenue within the first six months of the year. 25% of this revenue will be directed to a social equity program.

A senior cannabis advisor to Gov. Jay Robert Pritzker, Toi Hutchinson, stated that the main aim of the state was not to make money but to help people, supporting the communities that had been most affected by the drug war.

Earlier in May, the state had reported that it was availing $31.5 million in marijuana tax revenue for restorative justice grants.

All things considered, making sure the market is equitable has not been a smooth ride. Dozens of individuals who had applied for social equity licenses recently sued regulators. They were denied the opportunity to take part in a licensing lottery as they reportedly had issues with their applications. Despite the state saying that they would approve 75 applicants, only 21 individuals qualified. Some critics protest that the resources one requires in order to turn in an acceptable application only bars those who actually need these special licenses from accessing them.

On the other hand, data of out-of-state sales supports the Governor’s prediction that marijuana tourism would reinforce the state’s reserves. Before its implementation, the State had pardoned about 11,000 individuals who had marijuana convictions.

In the State of Oregon, officials have also noticed a similar upward trend in the rise of sales amid the coronavirus pandemic. Data that was released earlier this year show that adult-use marijuana product sales had risen by 60%.

This record-breaking sales report only goes to show that the cannabis industry, including The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (CSE: WTER) (NASDAQ: WTER), was always right in asserting that the economic benefits of a legalized marijuana industry would be far-reaching.

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420 with CNW – Vermont Assembly Approves Expanding Marijuana Expungement, Decriminalization Provisions

Last Friday, the Vermont House gave an early approval to a proposal that would issue automatic expungements of cannabis convictions, thus allowing people to possess and also grow more marijuana without the risk of getting jailed for a longer time than is allowed.

In the bill, people who have been convicted for cannabis possession for amounts up to 2 ounces, 4 fully grown marijuana plants and 8 immature plants before January 2021 will have their records cleared automatically, and the individuals who are granted expungements will be notified through the mail.

Despite the state legalizing possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and the growing of 2 plants in 2018, possessing a second ounce of marijuana or 3 plants is still considered a felony. If the new bill is passed, this would change.

The legislation also states that from 2021, individuals who have basic marijuana possession convictions will be allowed to deny that record in license, civil rights or employment. This is regardless of whether they have obtained a notice of their expungement being processed or not.

This provision was included by the House Judiciary Committee, which acquired jurisdiction over this legislation after Senate approved the bill earlier in May this year.

Individuals who are caught in possession of the decriminalized amounts mentioned above may face a fine of up to $100 for a first misdemeanor, $200 for a second misdemeanor and $500 for any subsequent offenses.

Matt Simon, who is the political director of the Marijuana Policy Project, New England stated in a recent interview that Vermont had a chance to move forward in terms of cannabis policy and establish an equitable market if S.54 and S.234 were made into laws.

Furthermore, the Senate and the House both approved bills to create a tax-regulated model for cannabis sales. Up until now however, the bills have not been enacted and activists as well as legislators in the state are still calling for the legalization of cannabis sales.

In a draft platform for 2020, Democratic Party insiders from Vermont included plans to legalize cannabis sales and decriminalize drug possession. The document is still subject to change though, based on the comments from delegates and county committees at the party’s meeting Saturday.

Vermont is not the only state pushing for expungement of records. In Virginia, both chambers of the state legislature approved proposals last week that would help individuals expunge prior cannabis convictions from their records.

It is believed that the entire cannabis industry, including The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (CSE: WTER) (NASDAQ: WTER), is pleased that Vermont is pressing ahead with marijuana policy reform.

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420 with CNW – Marijuana Back in the Spotlight; Twitter to Blame for Bad Press

Twitter has partnered up with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to advocate for substance misuse treatment. When a Twitter user searches for “marijuana” or any other substance-related keyword, health warnings will appear. However, it turns out this only applies to marijuana.

In partnership with the same federal drug agency, Twitter began to add a notification above tweets on certain drug terms earlier this week. In addition to this, the notification also directs Twitter users to SAMHSA’s website and help line.

Advocates for drug policy reform have drawn attention to the fact that the message sustains the stereotype about drug use, which suggests that an interest in any of the ‘substances’ shows an indication that the users may have a problem with seeking treatment. Other than that, there are various reasons why people might have an online interest in marijuana, which may include wanting to follow news on policy debates that discuss its legalization. Additionally, a majority of people who consume marijuana are not dependent or addicted to it and many may not appreciate the suggestion that they may require professional help.

This is not to mean that advocating for substance misuse treatment is necessarily problematic. The problem lies in the fact that Twitter chose to attach these notices to marijuana and other drugs that are currently illegal while alcohol brands are still allowed promotions on their platform. For instance, when you search vodka in the search bar, alcohol companies pop up.

Similarly, when you search alcohol, wine or beer, no warnings are displayed alongside, which is a little worrying. This is because according to the World Health Organization, we lose more than 3,000,000 people due to the harmful use of alcohol, each year. On the other hand, the Drug Enforcement Agency has admitted that no reports of deaths have been made concerning marijuana overdoses.

What’s more interesting about this is the fact that only searches for “cocaine,” “marijuana” and “heroin” were flagged whilst searches for “LSD,” “cannabis,” “MDMA,” “pills,” “psilocybin,” “adderall” as well as other drug terms are not accompanied with invitations to seek help. This sheds the light on the arbitrary nature of this new feature on Twitter.

Its unexpected timing also coincides with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden calling for the promotion of compulsory drug rehabilitation treatment of persons who are charged with possession. Many advocates of drug reform feel this reinforces the misconception about substance abuse.

Furthermore, the effectiveness of mandatory rehabilitation programs is scientifically questionable. It would be interesting to hear what companies like The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (CSE: WTER) (NASDAQ: WTER) have to say about this seeming improper portrayal of marijuana users and the substance itself.

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420 with CNW – Affordable Deals Drive Ohio Residents to Michigan to Purchase Medical Marijuana

Michigan has a new consumer market: Ohio’s medical cannabis patients and no, it’s not because their marijuana is better or of a higher quality. Only because it’s cheaper. Marijuana card holders from Ohio have revealed numerous times that they only travel to the cannabis clinics up north in Michigan to save money.

One medical marijuana patient recently stated in an interview that most Ohio clinics charged double the price that dispensaries in Michigan did. Another cannabis card holder, George McClure, admitted to going to Michigan dispensaries as they were far cheaper, even after factoring in the amount he’d spend to pay for gas to and from Michigan. He added that he signed himself up for text notifications that would inform him when Michigan cannabis clinics had sales, which would allow him to save almost 90% of what he’d pay in Ohio.

Most officials in Ohio’s medical cannabis industry hypothesize that once the cannabis industry in the state matures, the prices will decrease, making the herb more affordable to its consumers. State bodies who are tracking consumer costs support this notion.

It is estimated that approximately 9% of Michigan’s legal marijuana is sold to non-residents of the state, particularly individuals from Ohio and Indiana.

Michigan did have a head start though, seeing as they legalized medical cannabis over a decade ago and legalized recreational marijuana in 2018 for residents who are 21 years of age and above. Sales for recreational marijuana began in the state in late December of 2019.

This also makes Michigan a mature market in comparison to Ohio’s new market. However, buying medical marijuana in another state has its disadvantages. For instance, carrying cannabis across state lines, even legal cannabis, is illegal. Residents of Ohio can therefore, travel to Michigan and purchase the drug at any Michigan cannabis clinic of their choice but need to consume it before travelling back to Ohio.

Both states are however looking into an agreement that would allow cannabis cardholders who live in Ohio to purchase marijuana in Michigan and carry it back to Ohio. Nothing has been finalized though. Ohio issued a letter to medical cannabis cardholders that would allow them to bring cannabis products from Michigan for a period of 60 days after Ohio started a patient registry in 2018.

However, this appears not to apply to all Ohio residents who consume medical marijuana. Some residents of Ohio claim that prices in Ohio’s cannabis dispensaries are actually affordable. That is yet to be proven though.

It is such interstate activity that prompts analysts to think that sector players like The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (CSE: WTER) (NASDAQ: WTER) would be happier is the federal government legalized marijuana so that patients are free to buy and transport cannabis products anywhere around the country.

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420 with CNW – Research Finds Cannabis Use Has Grown Among Baby Boomers

A recent study that was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine last Monday, shows that the use of cannabis among people aged between 56 and 74, is on the rise in America, with men in the lead. The baby boomer generation which makes up people aged between 56 and 74, refers to people who were born between the year 1946 and 1964. They make up about 20% of the world’s population, mostly in developed nations.

The study’s co-author, Bill Jesdale, suggests that the attitudes toward marijuana in the country seem to be changing. Bill Jesdale, who also works at the University of Massachusetts Medical School as an assistant professor of Population and Quantitative Health, also stated that the findings showed an increase in the use of cannabis in older people. This applies to states where cannabis has not been legalized for recreational use as well as in states where it’s been legalized.

The data used in the study was collected for a 3-year period (2016-2018) and focused on the use of marijuana in 171,507 grown-ups aged 55 and above, from 2 territories and 19 states.

Men aged 60 to 64 recorded the highest cannabis use rates, with 12.6% admitting to having used cannabis in the last 30 days in the year 2018, which is an increase from the 2016 rate, which was 3.7%. Over the same period of time, cannabis use is said to have almost doubled, to 8.2% in 2018 from 4.3% in 2016, in men aged 65 to 69 and in men aged 70 to 74, a rise to 6% from 3.2%. In women, a lesser change was recorded.

Despite the study itself not offering any explanations that would demonstrate why exactly more and more boomers are using marijuana, Jesdale as well as his colleagues suggest possible explanations, such as,

  • Lowered inhibitions against use
  • Increased availability of marijuana
  • Lower stigma linked to cannabis use
  • Numerous medical benefits coming to light

The researchers also added that other studies discovered that older people have been using marijuana to help with anxiety, pain as well as sleep problems.

In spite of this though, experts warn that marijuana use in people who are older might grow the risk of drug interactions, especially if combined with some types of medication. Researchers suggest that how marijuana affects older grown-ups may not be similar to what younger individuals experience when they use marijuana.

For instance, a review that was published earlier this year revealed that a combination of various heart medications and cannabis put consumers at risk. Dizziness, confusion, falls as well as other accidents have also been recorded.

Industry watchers say that the fact that older people are waking up to the benefits of marijuana isn’t surprising the sector players like The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (CSE: WTER) (NASDAQ: WTER)  who have always known about those nearly limitless benefits.

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CannabisNewsBreaks – The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (CSE: WTER) (NASDAQ: WTER) Adds New Distributor, Builds Momentum in Eco-Friendly Bottle Sector

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 it has added Valu Merchandisers Company (“VMC”) as a distributor covering Midwest and Southern states. In addition, the company announced that H-E-B will now carry Alkaline88(R) aluminum bottles in 288 stores across Texas and receipt of strong initial orders from KeHE and UNFI, which recently agreed to carry the Alkaline88 eco-friendly aluminum bottles. “It is exciting to see momentum build around our eco-friendly and truly sustainable aluminum bottles,” said WTER president and CEO Ricky Wright in the press release. “Since its launch earlier this year, we have seen growing consumer demand for the product and see it as a perfect fit in the all-natural and organic channel. With UNFI and KeHE already carrying this line, the addition of VMC as a channel partner further strengthens our position in this category. VMC is one of the largest providers to more than 3,800 independently owned supermarkets, with a concentrated footprint in the Midwest and Southern markets. Our recent partnerships now give us reach into over 60,000 regional, national and independently owned grocery stores for our eco-friendly aluminum bottles. This positions us firmly to capture growth in the reusable water bottle market segment, which is expected to reach $1.5 billion by 2025.”

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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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CannabisNewsBreaks – The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) Executive to Present at Three September Conferences

The Alkaline Water Company (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER), a producer of premium bottled alkaline water, flavor-infused waters, and CBD-infused products, has announced that WTER president and CEO Richard Wright is slated to present at several virtual investor conferences scheduled for September. Those conferences include the H.C. Wainwright 22nd annual Global Investment Conference, where Wright will conduct an analyst-moderated fireside chat on Sept. 15 and the company will participate in one-on-one meetings throughout the three-day conference; the Sidoti Fall 2020 Virtual Investor Conference, where Wright will be presenting on Sept. 23 and the company will be participating in one-on-one meetings Sept. 23–24; and the Alliance Global Partners Cannabis Conference 2020, where Wright will be participating in one-on-one meetings with investors throughout the Sept. 29 event. Where available, Wright’s presentations will be webcast live with replays available for up to 30 days following the initial presentation on WTER’s Investor Relations site.

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About The Alkaline Water Company Inc.

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 – Hemp-Based Meat: The future of Plant-Based Diets

The Sustainable Food Co. from New Zealand, a zero-waste catering company, has developed hemp-based meat, the first of its kind in the world. It plans to introduce it to the market as a sustainable substitute to meat in early 2021.

This company is also the producer of other plant-based meats. Some of these plant-based meats have hemp in them for its nutritional value. The company will roll out its hemp-based burgers in collaboration with Greenfern Industries, a medical marijuana producer, through its Craft Meat Co. brand.

Kyran Rei, the co-founder of Sustainable Food Co. revealed in an interview earlier this year that all of their consumer goods use hemp as it is very rich in nutrition and is considered to be a nutritionally complete food source globally.

The company has been testing and developing the hemp-burger for several months now and in cooperation with the Massey University’s Ridley Institute’s researchers, they concluded their research after the founders, Justin Lemmens and Kyran Rei decided on different products that were environmentally friendly and were also rich in dietary fiber and protein.

Kyran Rei added that despite the main focus of the company not being to create an alternative that is an exact duplicate of meat, he relates the taste of the hemp-burger to the experience of eating chicken.

Dan Casey, Managing Director at Greenfern Industries when asked about the collaboration stated that they partnered up with the Riddet Institute for about a year for background research as well as hemp product development. Here, they used obtained cake, seed and oil from high-quality hemp for the end result.

The hemp Sustainable Foods Co. used in the hemp-burger is also sourced locally and the highly sustainable hemp growing techniques that Greenfern Industries uses are a plus. Additionally, the plastic packaging to be used will be made from recycled materials.

Furthermore, a plant-based diet minimizes the carbon footprint that is created by the meat industry. With the public becoming more conscious of the destructive effect on the environment that meat production has, plant-based meat as well as dairy substitutes have grown in popularity and use in the developed world.

The Sustainable Foods Co. plans to carry out various product trials in the remainder of this year so as to be ready for next year’s launch both for exporting and for the local market in New Zealand.

It is these sorts of innovative hemp products that make sector players like The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (CSE: WTER) (NASDAQ: WTER) believe that there is no limit as what products can be made from hemp.

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420 with CNW – Virginia Senate Passes Bill Ending Marijuana Odor Police Stops

As millions of Americans from every corner of the country flood the streets to protest against the over-policing of black and brown communities, the Virginia Senate has approved a bill that would greatly advance that cause. Introduced by Sen. Louise Lucas, Senate Bill 5029 would prohibit police search and seizures based solely on the odor of marijuana. The legislation, which passed with a 21-15 vote, has been lauded by activists who say it is a small step towards ending the aggressive over policing certain communities have had to endure for decades.

“This is a small but important step to decriminalizing black and brown bodies of being targeted by this longtime policing tool, which was really created by politicizing the war on drugs,” says Chelsea Higgs Wise, executive director of Marijuana Justice, a nonprofit that is pushing for the statewide legalization of marijuana. Even after the state decriminalized marijuana back in July, she says, police stops initiated on the smell of marijuana have continued to adversely affect minority groups.

According to 2018 data from the ACLU, black people are more than three times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession in Virginia compared to white people. “The odor of marijuana is something that our undocumented community is anxious about because it’s life or death and separation from their families,” Higgs Wise says. She adds that although there is still a long way to go before demands for full marijuana legalization are met, right now she wants legislators to focus on ending the enforcement of remaining marijuana-related penalties.

Possession of up to an ounce of marijuana in Virginia will result in a $25 civil penalty. Before the state decriminalized marijuana, possession for having up to half an ounce would have resulted in a $500 criminal fine and 30 days in jail. She says that true reform would require the clearing of records, releasing people jailed for marijuana offenses and eliminating the $25 fine. “ALL of that has to stop to meet the full demand of legalization and fully, truly decriminalizing marijuana and black and brown bodies in the eyes of the police.”

However, not everyone agrees with Higgs Wise. The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police has stated its opposition to the bill, with Executive Director Dana Schrad saying that “enacting this type of legislation allows and promotes smoking of marijuana while operating a motor vehicle, which is a fundamental disregard for maintaining a safe driving environment for motorists.”

Though the process of rolling back decades of marijuana prohibition is slow, analysts believe that sector players like The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (CSE: WTER) (NASDAQ: WTER) celebrate every success scored in chipping away at the legacy of the war on drugs.

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CannabisNewsBreaks – The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (CSE: WTER) (NASDAQ: WTER) Announces Increased Brand Presence Across the Midwest

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 flagship brand, Alkaline88(R), will be available in 1-gallon and 1-liter sizes at all 123 Fareway store locations across Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota. “We are excited to announce that our flagship brand, Alkaline88, will be available in all Fareway locations across six states in the Midwest,” said Ricky Wright, president and CEO of The Alkaline Water Company, in the press release. “Our brand presence in the Midwest is growing stronger by the day, especially in the grocery channel. Fareway further extends our market share, and our customers can now find our products in many of the leading grocery chains in the region. Our lifestyle brands are currently in over 70,000 retail locations, and we are targeting an additional 40,000 stores over the next 12 to 18 months across multiple trades. We continue to see growth in our single-serve offerings, including our eco-friendly aluminum bottles and our A88 flavor-infused 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 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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