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FridayMay 20, 2022 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Governor Newsom Proposes Cannabis Tax Cuts to Combat California’s Illicit Market

Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California unveiled a modified budget proposal whose approval would revise the state’s marijuana tax revenue allocations and eliminate the state’s cannabis cultivation tax. The governor’s announcement comes just months after officials in the state announced that California had allocated $100 million in funding for the development of local cannabis markets, which would involve getting marijuana businesses fully licensed. Newsom’s plan will maintain the 15% excise tax rate on cannabis sales and shift the point of collection and remittance for excise tax to retail from distribution, effective Jan. 1, 2023. This updated budget will also…

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FridayMay 20, 2022 4:20 am

420 with CNW — Poll Finds That Majority of Biden Voters Support Federal Cannabis Legalization

A new poll has discovered that a majority of people in America support letting states set their own marijuana policies, including the legalization of cannabis. The YouGov poll found that 7 in every 10 individuals who voted to elect President Joseph Biden support the nationwide legalization of cannabis, despite Biden’s opposition to the change in policy. This survey emphasizes how unpopular cannabis prohibition is in the United States, with none of the demographics surveyed showing majority support for federal marijuana prohibition. The survey found that 25% of respondents felt that states needed to be able to decide whether or not…

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ThursdayMay 19, 2022 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Congressional Legislators Voice Support for Cannabis Banking

A bicameral conference charged with negotiating the final text of a large-scale bill intended to make the U.S. competitive against China saw many conferees express support for including cannabis banking language in the manufacturing bill. This was during the first sitting of the conference. At least half a dozen conferees took to the floor to mention the marijuana banking issue when debate on the manufacturing bill started. The majority of these members spoke in support of including the banking bill in the final document agreed upon during the conference. For example, Rep. Earl Blumenauer from Oregon stated that several overdue…

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ThursdayMay 19, 2022 9:45 am

Flora Growth Corp. (NASDAQ: FLGC), A Company Revolutionizing the Plant-Based Wellness and Lifestyle Industry

Flora Growth has been building a design-led collective of plant-based wellness and lifestyle brands Through the work done by its pharma division, the company earned over $31.5 million in gross proceeds in the year ended November 2021 The company still maintains its revenue guidance projection of $35-45 million for 2022, attributed mainly to product diversification initiatives, strengthening its supply chain, and adoption of cost-effective cultivation practices Since its inception, Flora Growth (NASDAQ: FLGC) has remained committed to building a design-led collective of plant-based wellness and lifestyle brands. This objective has defined Flora Growth’s three central pillars- wholesale cannabis, pharmaceutical cannabis,…

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ThursdayMay 19, 2022 4:20 am

420 with CNW — Washington State Offers Cannabis Shops Free Security Checks

In the wake of the recent armed robberies targeting marijuana businesses, Washington state has partnered with a private company to give cannabis businesses access to a free security check so that experts can advise the businesses about what specific steps each company needs to strengthen in order to reduce the likelihood of being adversely affected by this crime wave. This security assessment is an offer from the Liquor and Cannabis Board ("LCB") of the state, and the program will be implemented by Setracon, a security firm based in Tacoma. Currently, there are 180 retail marijuana businesses registered in Washington. All…

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WednesdayMay 18, 2022 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — New Device Could Provide More Accuracy in Measuring Cannabis Impairment

The use of marijuana, whether for medicinal or recreational purposes, has grown rapidly within the United States during the past few years. This growth is said to be due to the wave of legalizations that has swept through several states as well as the changing public attitudes towards this controversial plant. The growing use of marijuana has presented a huge challenge to both law enforcement agencies and employers as they work to detect and prevent cannabis impairment on the roads and at workplaces. Many have looked to breathalyzers to provide a way to quickly identify someone who is acting under…

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WednesdayMay 18, 2022 11:15 am

NECANN Illinois Cannabis Convention

Date: June 10-11, 2022Venue: McCormick Lakeside Center, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL Exhibit Hall Hours10:00 AM – 4:00 PM The 2nd annual NECANN Illinois Cannabis Convention is scheduled for June 10-11, 2022, at the McCormick Lakeside Center, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL The event promises an excellent resource for the cannabis industry and a platform for stakeholders to connect, learn and grow together This convention is ideal for those looking to launch a new cannabis business, start a new career in the cannabis space, or promote their existing cannabis business All stakeholders in the Illinois cannabis…

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WednesdayMay 18, 2022 4:20 am

420 with CNW — NIH to Fund Studies Exploring Marijuana’s Role in Cancer Treatment

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has published a notice calling on interested researchers to apply for funding to facilitate studies related to the role cannabis can play in various aspects of cancer treatment. In that notice, the federal agency revealed that one out of every four patients with cancer report using marijuana products in order to manage the symptoms they experience. These symptoms include pain, nausea and anorexia. However, NIH points out that despite these reasons for using marijuana, there is scant research about its efficacy and any potential risks that the cancer patients may be exposing themselves to.…

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TuesdayMay 17, 2022 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — IRS Official Discusses Cannabis Sector’s Current Financial Challenges

The U.S. IRS Taxpayer Advocate, an agency under the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), has published a blog post in which the agency discusses the tax obligations that marijuana companies have and the efforts which are being taken at the Congressional level to resolve some of those challenges. The blog post pointed out that, although companies in the cannabis industry are expected to meet their federal tax obligations, the firms aren’t at liberty to deduct many of the expenses that firms in other industries normally deduct when determining their tax obligations. This disparity stems from the fact that under federal law,…

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TuesdayMay 17, 2022 10:30 am

Flora Growth Corp. (NASDAQ: FLGC) Bolsters its Board of Directors following Tim Leslie’s Addition and Luis Merchan’s Appointment as Chairman

Luis Merchan, Flora Growth’s CEO, will serve as the new Chairman of the Board Tim Leslie, the Chairman of the company’s Advisory Board, will serve on its Board and audit committee Flora Growth’s management is confident that these changes will position it as a U.S-based issuer while increasing its access to U.S-based investment Since the beginning of 2022, Flora Growth (NASDAQ: FLGC) has been making strategic moves that strengthen its human resources and reinforce its executive team.  The company kicked off the year with the appointment of Tim Leslie as the Chairman of its newly formed Advisory Board (https://cnw.fm/suiqd).  Later,…

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