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TuesdayMay 14, 2019 4:20 am

420 with CNW – Health Canada Changes Tactics in a Bid to End Cannabis Shortages

Tired of the endless cannabis shortages which have threatened to hand the legal cannabis industry back to the black market, Health Canada has come up with a new way to increase how soon a newly licensed cultivator can start growing cannabis. The solution that Health Canada wants to start implementing entails giving production licenses to entities which already have a cultivation facility ready. This means that companies which want to grow cannabis will have to first construct the greenhouses they intend to use so that the facilities can be ready for inspection by Health Canada. Facilities which pass the inspection…

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MondayMay 13, 2019 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – 38 Attorneys General Urge Congress to Open Banking System to Marijuana

Thirty-eight attorneys general have written a letter to Congress asking the lawmakers to pass legislation which will enable the banking industry to receive money from legitimate marijuana businesses. The attorneys general are from different states and territories where marijuana is legal in some form. While more than 33 states have legalized medical marijuana and 10 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized recreational cannabis, the federal government still regards marijuana as an illegal substance. This federal government position means that banks face a risk of federal enforcement action if money from the cannabis industry finds its way into any…

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MondayMay 13, 2019 4:20 am

420 with CNW – China Reaps from Cannabis Industry Boom

Look around your home and nearly half (or even more) of the products you see may have been made in China. Now China has jumped into the fray and it is bringing loads of CBD to the market in cosmetics, ingestible oil and other products. This boom is largely centered in just two of China’s 34 provinces. These provinces are cultivating the plants even if Chinese law is very strict on psychotropic drugs, with death sentences routinely handed out to drug traffickers. Hanma Investment Group is one of the first companies that secured a license to grow cannabis in Southern…

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FridayMay 10, 2019 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – Ontario Cracks the Whip on Retailers Who Failed to Open on Time

The government in Ontario has enforced the penalties which were written into the conditions for the businesses that were selected to open the first offline cannabis retail stores. The businesses were mandated to open for business by April 1 this year. Hundreds of companies applied for brick-and-mortar recreational cannabis retail store licenses. However, the province decided to use a lottery to select just 25 businesses because of the persistent supply shortages in the country. The regulators felt that it would be pointless to license many businesses yet those businesses could not be certain that they would have access to inventory…

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FridayMay 10, 2019 4:20 am

420 with CNW – Data Confirms that Cannabis Sales Were Boosted on 420

Data collected shows that cannabis sales were higher on 4/20 in line with the predictions that had been made regarding the effect of the marijuana “holiday” on sales. Headset, a cannabis industry analysis company, had initially predicted a 100 percent increase in sales on that day. The data that they collected shows that marijuana sales on 4/20 actually exceeded what had been predicted since sales increased 128 percent when compared to the volume of sales registered on the previous four Saturdays. The report released by Headset also shows that the “eve” of 4/20 was also good for cannabis retailers since…

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ThursdayMay 09, 2019 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – Georgia Governor Signs Cannabis Oil Bill

Gov. Brian Kemp has signed a bill that will make it possible for licensed entities to produce and distribute oils and other products which have limited amounts of plant-derived THC. House Bill 324 also lays the ground for the establishment of a commission to regulate and oversee the production, manufacture and dispensing of products having the specified amounts of THC to patients who have been registered to receive those products. Under the bill which has now been signed into law, the state will cooperate with Georgia University to manufacture THC-infused extracts and oils. A maximum of six cultivators will be…

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ThursdayMay 09, 2019 4:20 am

420 with CNW – New Zealand Releases Details of Cannabis Legalization Referendum

The government in New Zealand has released details of how a referendum will be conducted in 2020 on the legalization of recreational marijuana. The plan was released by Andrew Little, the Justice Minister, in a press release. The three parties which make up the current government agreed on the basic elements of the plan through which recreational marijuana use will be regulated, taxed and commercialized for adults 20 and above. The outcome of the vote will be binding, so voters shouldn’t have any fears that the government will not implement the decision of the people. In the proposal, people will…

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WednesdayMay 08, 2019 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – Michigan Retailers Ordered to Only Stock Cannabis from Licensed Growers

Michigan has been struggling to get a handle on the illegal cannabis market and their latest action has seen them instruct medical marijuana provisioning centers to stop accepting cannabis grown by caregivers and instead only accept supplies from growers licensed by the state. LARA (Licensing and Regulatory Affairs) also says that caregiver growers can start selling cannabis to the licensed growers and processors, but the caregiver growers will have to meet the cost of testing their cannabis before the licensed processors and growers can accept it. Rejecting the cannabis grown by caregivers is just another twist in the regulatory chaos…

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WednesdayMay 08, 2019 4:20 am

420 with CNW – Two Cannabis Bills to be Voted on by Congressional Committee this Week

Two bills dealing with access to medical marijuana by veterans are slated to be voted on by a congressional committee today (Wednesday, May 8). This vote comes barely a week after the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee of Health conducted a hearing on the bills. One of the bills up for a vote has to do with allowing VA doctors to prescribe medical marijuana. This bill also seeks to codify into law an existing policy which protects the VA benefits of veterans who use medical cannabis in accordance with state law. The second bill that will be voted on seeks to compel…

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TuesdayMay 07, 2019 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – Oregon Legislators Discuss Exporting Marijuana Surplus

The production of marijuana in Oregon is so high that the Oregon Liquor Commission estimates that the available inventory can address the supply needs of the state for nearly 7 years if demand remains at the current level. This overproduction has prompted lawmakers to consider exporting the excess cannabis to other jurisdictions where recreational marijuana is legal. Senate Bill 582 is a preemptive step aimed at getting Oregon ready to move fast once the federal government relaxes its marijuana laws. Currently, marijuana is a schedule 1 controlled substance which cannot cross state lines. Cannabis law reform at the federal level…

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