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Tilray Launches High Park Company to Produce And Distribute Adult-Use Cannabis In Canada

CANADA: In anticipation of the historic legalization of adult-use cannabis in Canada,  Tilray has announced the creation of wholly-owned subsidiary High Park Company to produce and distribute a broad-based portfolio of cannabis brands and products. As a part of this announcement, the company announced it will be making an investment of up to $10 million in a new facility located in London, Ontario to process and distribute finished cannabis products for the adult-use market in Canada.

Broad-Based Brand Portfolio
Based in Toronto and led by a team with deep experience in cannabis and global consumer brands, High Park has secured the exclusive rights to produce and distribute a broad-based portfolio of adult-use cannabis brands and products in Canada, subject to applicable laws and regulations. These brands include:

  • Marley Natural, crafted with deep respect for wellness and the positive potential of the herb. Marley Natural products include whole flower, pre-rolls, vape oil cartridges and cannabis-infused edibles.*
  • Irisa, a women’s wellness brand. Irisa products include milled blends, pre-rolls and elixirs.*
  • Dutchy, for the more frequent consumer. Dutchy products include whole flower, pre-rolls and vape oil cartridges.*
  • Graila luxury brand. The Grail brand offers a unique variety of products, including rare strains with exotic cannabinoid and terpene profiles.
  • Headlight, for the experienced consumer. Headlight products include cannabis concentrates, waxes and vape oil cartridges.*
  • Goodship, makers of damn fine edibles. The Goodship brand is known for its delectable cannabis-infused baked goods, chocolates and confections.*
  • Wallopscreators of high-intensity chews and confections.*

In addition to acquiring the rights to bring the brands listed above to Canada, High Park has developed new brands and products for the Canadian market.

*Vape oil cartridges, tinctures, cannabis concentrates, waxes and cannabis edibles are not anticipated to be permitted under Canadian adult-use legislation initially, but the Government of Canada has indicated that edibles will be permitted no later than 12 months after the legislation comes into force. Other forms may be permitted at a later date.

Production Capacity Expansion
In response to rapidly growing global demand for cannabis products, we previously announced an investment of up to $30 million in a second facility featuring 13 acres of greenhouse located on 100 acres of property in Enniskillen, Ontario. The facility, now called High Park Farms™, is currently under construction and is expected to begin cultivating cannabis in the first half of 2018 subject to the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals.

 

The Higher Ground Legal Stash Box! CoronaVirus Edition

A Highly Curated Cannabis Collection

The Coronavirus is a global pandemic, and to be taken seriously. And while we’re following scientific advice and protocols, we’re also aware of the need to medicate – which is where the Higher Ground Legal Stash Box: CoronaVirus Edition comes in. Curated from legal markets across the country, we’ve hand-selected the items to help you continue using cannabis for a health buzz – as well as sanitizers, hemp masks and CBD to calm our nerves in this very strange time.
Some common-sense info for the canna-community during the CoronaVirus outbreak include the following: Don’t share joints, vapes, pipes or bongs. If you do share a smoking device, have a disinfectant wipe handy to swap the piece before sharing. Obviously, if you’re feeling sick – skip any smoking or recreational cannabis session. COVID-19 causes infections in the nose, throat and lungs. Since – over time – smoking cannabis can impact lung health, it’s best to take a break from smoking or vaping until you’re feeling better or have been tested. Finally, maintain social distancing, even among friends at smoke sessions. One person on a recliner, another pacing the room, and a third on the couch will do the trick. Just be smart, follow guidelines, and common sense.
The notable selections in this Higher Ground Legal Stash Box, CoronaVirus Edition include:
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). Luckily, we can support businesses using hemp and promote cannabis through the masks we purchase and wear. An example of reusable, breathable and washable hemp face masks with a natural hemp filter is a great option. The hemp fibre filter is encased in cotton for comfort and make the face mask easy to wash for reuse.
While we have one of these insane contraptions below in the Higher Ground office, it is NOT recommended to replace an actual mask, and should be used with caution. (Wearing a mask when you go out not only protects the user, but others who may become infected.)
The use of edibles can eliminate exposure to potential lung irritants entirely, and Kin Slips is an innovative and slick option. Kin Slips was founded by a passionate group of entrepreneurs hell-bent on reimagining cannabis and developing the most efficient products around. Their commitment to providing an alternative cannabis consumption experience began with these sublingual strips —a infused product that is discreet and all-natural, and provides health and wellness conscious consumers with a consistent, smoke-free cannabis experience. Kin Slips dissolve under the tongue to deliver a precise dose of CBD or THC. Unlike traditional edibles, Kin Slips absorb directly into the bloodstream to bypass the digestive system, enabling an onset of about 15 minutes and are available in standard dose (10MG) and micro-dose (5MG) formulas, which allow consumers easy control over their preferred experience that’s tailored by the variations they offer; Creativity and Focus, Comfort and Relief and Sleep and Serenity. In our box are “Park Life” strips, minty fresh with hints of tumeric, each has a 10:1 ratio of CBD to THC that works nicely to help take the edge off – like a stroll in the park.
Many folks are stressed to the max, and having difficulty sleeping; it’s no wonder – we have a reality-show buffoon running the sitch. There are many sleep-aid options in the cannabis world, including CBD-rich gummies, transdermal patches, and capsules with CBD and melatonin. One of our favorite ways to end the evening is via the Beboe Downtime Vaporizer. Beboe is a luxury cannabis brand, and their gorgeous rose gold pen comes in a glass test tube (we admit it – we are obsessed with cool packaging), with a letterpresses label in gold foil. The Beboe Indica Downtime vape pen is intended for quiet evenings at home, great for reducing anxiety and winding down. A relaxing combination of the choicest Indica-dominant strains makes the Downtime Pen an excellent way to smooth out life’s stresses at the end of a long day, and is a go-to cure for stress and insomnia without any of the usual next-day grogginess.
The Nuggy is the Swiss Army Knife for potheads – and Lord KNOWS what challenges lie ahead in this Corona-ClusterF*ck. While others stock up on AK-47s, chainsaws and ATVs, we prefer tools we can use – like the “Original Smoker’s Multi-Tool!” The Nuggy is a 10-in-One, pocket friendly multi-tool designed specifically for smokers. This stoner-survival tool has everything a real connoisseur could possibly need to help with rolling, cutting, shredding, dabbing, scraping, poking and vaping all packed into one durable unit. The designers have managed to fit 10 must have spring-locking tools into this super compact pocket size device including: a knife, scissors, roach clip, tamper, mini spoon, herb bowl scraper, bottle opener, flat head screwdriver, pointy pick AND an LED flashlight! Cuz, you know, it’s kind of dark out right now…
For those of us who just like the wonderful tradition of smoking a joint, we’re including Mini Joints in the CoronaVirus Stash Box. With small doobies (aka DogWalkers), joints are small enough for a single person using it without the threat of passing on a virus through saliva exchange. Also, kind of hard to be socially distant while passing the blunt.
Island Minis: With five 0.5 gram pre-rolls in each box, Island all-flower Minis are the perfect combination of fun and flavor. Island is a for-benefit organization, and their commitment extends beyond providing cannabis that is both safe and effective. Island actively supports organizations focused on positive social change and have made it part of their mission to give back to our community.
TRIPLE J’S ORIGINAL MINI JOINTS come in different blends to suit every lifestyle; Hybrid, Indica, Sativa and Enhanced with Kief. Known for quality, convenience, and reliability, Triple J’s are assembled by hand in a process that ensures the best quality experience every time without the hassle of rolling your own.
Tinctures are a great way to consume cannabis, and there are a million combinations of THC, CBD and plant materials to fine-tune a particular experience or relief. Sativa Valley Blueberry CBD tincture is formulated to help reduce anxiety, inflammation, and aid in insomnia relief. Paired with a variety of fruit extract flavors, their organic sublingual tincture is placed under the tongue to produce different effects depending on the serving size: calming and anxiety relief effects at low milligram servings sizes, while anti-inflammatory and muscle pain relief is achieved with medium to higher milligram serving sizes. Best of all, Sativa Valley participates in “Wildcrafting” – an age-old practice of collecting plant materials in their natural habitat for food, medicine, and craft.
We know that COVID-19 attacks the respiratory system and is more dangerous for people with additional health issues. While clearly not mandated, people may consider limiting or refraining from smoking as a cautious prevention method. Vaporizers, multi-chamber water pipes, and edibles are simple going to be better on the lungs. The DaVinci MIQRO and IQ Vaporizers, for example, are ultra-portable vapes designed for the solo vape connoisseur, convection-cooking your cannabis to the perfect temp – and not causing lung irritation.
As insomnia affects around 30% of Americans and can pose greater risk factors for those suffering from chronic pain, cardiovascular disease, and mental disorders, many are finding relief through cannabis to sleep through the night. We like the wok of Lord Jones, who manufactures some of the world’s finest hemp-derived CBD infused topicals and ingestibles. Lord Jones gumdrops and chews are made by hand in small batches with the finest ingredients and CBD extract derived from select hemp cultivated in the USA. Their hemp-derived CBD oil retains the plant’s original terpenes and phytocannabinoids for broad and full spectrum formulations, and are lab-tested to ensure proper purity and potency. One of our favorite canna-collaborations are their work with the great band Sigur Ros. Together they created cannabidiol-infused (CBD-infused) gumdrops called “Wild Sigurberry!” The limited-edition collection of medicated gumdrops are a “proprietary terpene blend designed to provide a calming sense of well-being inspired by the music of Sigur Rós, “Wild Sigurberry” was inspired by the flavors of foraged berries from the band’s home country – and we’re inspired by the teamwork.
Wash your hands early & often! We all know the drill – and we’re personally using the first verse from Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” as our washing duration song!
When soap and water are not readily available, the use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is equally effective. Hand Sanitizers by Dr. Bronners Soap are essential tools to help keep Covid-19 from spreading and help maintain public health. And Dr. Bronners has always been the coolest all-organic company around, leading the charge to be eco-friendly, and donating to wonderful pro-cannabis organizations. Most recently, Dr. Bronners is working on campaigns for more widespread therapeutic use of psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms, donating a million dollars to a legalize psilocybin therapy initiative in Oregon.Family-owned and run since 1948, Dr. Bronners are allotting a reserve of 2% of all hand sanitizer production to donate to at-risk communities and the organizations that serve them, so they have access to the hand sanitizer as well, and are continuing to work with advocates and service providers to get their products in the hands of those who need them most during this public health crisis.

“Life is just a bowl of cherries.”

Originating as the title of a song (1931) by Lew Brown (lyrics) and composer Ray Henderson, this term expressed the idea that everything was going very well – and life was wonderful. (Today it’s often used ironically, but we’re looking on the bright side.) Clearly, things are quite odd in our CoronaVirus realm. But we’ll make it through, and hope to accentuate the positive – and something that’s pretty darn great are Goodship Tart CHERRY Pastilles. Tart and fruity, Goodship confections are made from all-natural, locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients. Each “sweet tart” pastille is micro dosed at 2.5mg per piece, giving a consistent, uplifting and delicious experience each go-round. Best of all, Goodship tarts come in a beautiful embossed tin – which you can put joints and buds in when the pastilles are long gone.
While the Higher Ground Legal Stash Box is not available for purchase, there are several high end curated delivery boxes for sale, including Club M  and PotBox
Stay tuned to MJ News Network where we will continue to curate the best in legal cannabis, and highlight the most innovative and elegant brands in upcoming Higher Ground Legal Stash Boxes.
Higher Ground is the World’s first talk show highlighting cannabis culture. Think of it as “The Daily Show” meets “Good Morning America”…but with a giant bong on the desk. For more on Higher Ground and host Michael Stusser, visit www.highergroundtv.com or www.michaelstusser.com

FDA, FTC Warn Company Marketing Unapproved Cannabidiol Products With Unsubstantiated Claims

FDA is also working quickly to evaluate regulatory policies related to cannabis and cannabis-derived ingredients like CBD

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission posted a joint warning letter to Rooted Apothecary LLC, of Naples, Florida, for illegally selling unapproved products containing cannabidiol (CBD) online with unsubstantiated claims that the products treat teething pain and ear aches in infants, autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, among other conditions or diseases.

“Cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds are subject to the same laws and requirements as FDA-regulated products that contain any other substance. We are working to protect Americans from companies marketing products with unsubstantiated claims that they prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure a number of diseases or conditions. This is especially concerning when companies are peddling unproven CBD products for use in vulnerable populations like infants and children,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, M.D. “We’ve sent numerous warning letters that focus on matters of significant public health concern to CBD companies, and these actions should send a message to the broader market about complying with FDA requirements. As we examine potential regulatory pathways for the lawful marketing of cannabis products, protecting and promoting public health through sound, science-based decision-making remains our top priority. We appreciate the FTC joining us on these and other actions to protect consumers from fraudulent CBD products.”

As described in the warning letter issued to Rooted Apothecary, the company used product webpages, through its online store and social media websites, to make unfounded claims about its CBD products, and some of the products were also unlawfully marketed as dietary supplements. The agency has determined that CBD products cannot be marketed as dietary supplements.

Examples of the unsupported claims made by the company include:

  • “Instead of synthetic chemical[s] that can have safety concerns, this blend uses the best of nature to help calm the inflammation and pain of teething, while also promoting sleepiness for your little one.”
  • “No matter what age, ear aches are a terrible, no good way to live each day! Our main priority was safety, effectiveness . . . as we formulated this for the entire family including our precious little ones. When the pain is bad, this roller goes to work for soothing pain, inflammation, and to battle against the bacterial/viral critters to blame.”
  • “Increasing evidence suggests that CBD oil is a powerful option for pain . . . anxiety . . . and autism . . . It seems like an attractive and safe option for children.”
  • “CBD oil may have neuroprotective properties and may protect against neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.”
  • “[P]ossible uses for CBD include helping with skin problems such as acne, autism, ADHD, and even cancer. It’s often used in conjunction with traditional treatments to provide extra help. Children can use high amounts of CBD safely and without any risk.”

Additionally, under the Federal Trade Commission Act, it is unlawful to advertise that a product can prevent, treat, or cure human disease unless the advertiser possesses competent and reliable scientific evidence, including, when appropriate, well-controlled human clinical studies, substantiating that the claims are true at the time they are made. More generally, to make or exaggerate such claims, whether directly or indirectly, through the use of a product name, website name, metatags, or other means, without rigorous scientific evidence sufficient to substantiate the claims, violates the FTC Act. The FTC is concerned that one or more of the efficacy claims cited may not be substantiated by competent and reliable scientific evidence. These products are also misbranded under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act, because the products’ labels and product information fail to include adequate directions for use. Drugs in the United States must contain directions explaining how a consumer can use a drug safely for its intended purpose. Under the law, there is an exemption for this labeling requirement for prescription drugs that have FDA-approved applications in effect. However, none of Rooted Apothecary’s products are FDA-approved.

The FDA and FTC have requested responses from Rooted Apothecary within 15 working days stating how the company will correct the violations. Failure to correct the violations promptly may result in legal action, including product seizure and/or injunction. Violations of the FTC Act may result in legal action seeking a Federal District Court injunction or administrative cease and desist order, and an order also may require that a company pay back money to consumers.

The FDA continues to be concerned about the proliferation of products claiming to contain CBD that are marketed for therapeutic or medical uses that have not been approved by the agency. The FDA approval process ensures that drugs on the market are safe and effective for their intended therapeutic uses. CBD is marketed in a variety of product types, such as oil drops, capsules, syrups, teas and topical lotions and creams. The FDA has not approved any CBD products other than one prescription human drug product to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy. There is very limited information for other marketed CBD products, which likely differ in composition from the FDA-approved product and have not been evaluated for potential adverse effects on the body.

The FDA continues to explore potential pathways for various types of CBD products to be lawfully marketed. An important component of this work is obtaining and evaluating information to address outstanding questions related to the safety of CBD products while maintaining the FDA’s rigorous public health standards.

“The FDA is working quickly to further clarify our regulatory approach for products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds like CBD while using all available resources to monitor the marketplace and protect public health by taking action as needed against companies,” said FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D. “We recognize that there is significant public interest in cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds; however, we must work together to fill in the knowledge gaps about the science, safety and quality of many of these products. We are committed to advancing our regulation of these products through an approach that, in line with our mission, prioritizes public health, fosters innovation and promotes consumer confidence.”

Unlike drugs approved by the FDA, the manufacturing process of unapproved CBD products has not been subject to FDA review as part of the drug approval process. Further, there has been no FDA evaluation of whether these products are effective for their intended use, what the proper dosage is, how they could interact with FDA-approved drugs, or whether they have dangerous side effects or other safety concerns. Consumers may put off getting important medical care, such as proper diagnosis, treatment and supportive care due to unsubstantiated claims associated with CBD products. For that reason, it’s important that consumers talk to a health care professional about the best way to treat diseases or conditions with existing, approved treatment options.

The FDA has previously sent warning letters to other companies illegally selling CBD products that claimed to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure serious diseases, such as cancer. Some of these products were in further violation of the FD&C Act because they were marketed as dietary supplements or because they involved the addition of CBD to food.

The FDA encourages health care professionals and consumers to report adverse reactions associated with these or similar products to the agency’s MedWatch program.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, promotes and protects the public health by, among other things, assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

 

iCAN: Israel Cannabis CEO: “Cannabis to Become as Important to Israel’s Economy as High-Tech”

ISRAEL: In a long-awaited move, the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, has finally approved the export of medical cannabis allowing Israel to fully participate in the exploding cannabis industry world-wide.

Saul Kaye, CEO of iCAN: Israel-Cannabis issued the following statement:

“This is a long overdue but welcome development.  iCAN has been diligently working together with Israeli regulators to further the growth of the cannabis industry with the goal of having Israel become the leading global export nation of medical cannabis.

Israel, already the most advanced nation in cannabis R&D will now be able to produce and market cannabis and cannabis-based products that will help millions of people suffering from illnesses including cancer, MS, Parkinson’s, sleep disorders, epilepsy, and PTSD, to name just a few.

Israel’s expertise in the field extends from cultivation and processing to research and development.  By law, Israeli companies will be subject to strict supervision and maintain high medical grade standards. Israel is perfectly positioned to enter and disrupt the medical cannabis market that is expected to soar to $33 billion dollars worldwide in the next 5 years.  In Israel alone, we quickly expect over $1 billion in sales to countries interested in our products.

“We are proud of our forward-thinking government and will continue to work together to build the industry and help patients world-wide access safe, quality medical cannabis.”

The law, which passed today, provides a budget that allows the Interior Ministry and specifically the Israeli Police, to monitor, track and control the production and delivery of cannabis for export, and ensure there is no risk of leakage to the local illegal drug market. iCAN, through its partner Theracann, has secured the technology that can power the police and Ministry of Health in Israel and provide complete transparency and tracking of every gram of cannabis both for export and the local market.

The new law also specifies that any foreign investment of more than 5% in an Israeli cannabis company will require regulatory approval.

High Park Farms Begins Cannabis Cultivation in Ontario

CANADA: High Park Farms has announced that cannabis cultivation has begun at its state-of-the-art greenhouse in Enniskillen, Ontario following the successful arrival of thousands of live cannabis plants from Nanaimo, British Columbia. The arrival of the plants marks a major milestone for High Park as the company rapidly scales its operations in anticipation of the historic legalization of cannabis for adult-use in Canada expected to occur later this year.

“British Columbia is known around the world for its rich cannabis culture and the quality of its cannabis genetics,” said Adine Fabiani-Carter, Chief Marketing Officer at High Park. “We’re proud to bring high-quality cannabis genetics from British Columbia to Ontario to be ready for adult-use legalization anticipated later this year.”

The plant transfer, which occurred over the course of 36 hours last week, took thousands of healthy cannabis plants on a journey of more than 4,100 kilometres from Vancouver Island, British Columbia to Lambton County, Ontario. A carefully choreographed process involving a team of drivers, pilots, growers, production managers and security personnel ensured the health and safety of the plants. The plants rode an early-morning ferry from Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay, then departed from Vancouver International Airport on a chartered, cargo-configured, Boeing 757. Upon landing at Hamilton International Airport, the plants made the final leg of the trip to High Park Farms in Enniskillen via climate-controlled tractor-trailers.

High Park Farms, which is anticipated to represent an investment of up to $30 million, received its federal license from Health Canada to cultivate cannabis under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) on April 13, 2018. The facility features 13 acres of greenhouse on 100 acres of property. Its first harvest is anticipated in June. In accordance with the Cannabis Act introduced in Canadian parliament in April 2017, High Park Farms anticipates that its ACMPR cultivation license will provide the company the ability to supply the adult-use cannabis market in Canada once the legislation is adopted.

 

High Park Farms Receives Cannabis Cultivation License From Health Canada

CANADA:  High Park Farms announced that it has received a federal license from Health Canada to cultivate cannabis under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). The High Park Farms facility, which is anticipated to represent an investment of up to $30 million, features 13 acres of greenhouse on 100 acres of property in Enniskillen, Ontario.

“This license is a major milestone for High Park as we work to prepare for the anticipated launch of the world’s largest federally legal cannabis market later this year,” said Adine Carter, Chief Marketing Officer of High Park.

High Park Farms will begin cultivating cannabis plants in its greenhouse next week and anticipates its first harvest in June. In accordance with the Cannabis Act introduced in Canadian parliament in April 2017, High Park Farms anticipates that its ACMPR cultivation license will provide the company the ability to supply the adult-use cannabis market in Canada once the legislation is adopted.

High Park launched earlier this month to produce and distribute a broad-based portfolio of cannabis brands and products for the Canadian market in anticipation of adult-use legalization. Based in Toronto and led by a team with deep experience in cannabis and global consumer brands, High Park has secured the exclusive rights to produce and distribute a broad-based portfolio of adult-use cannabis brands and products in Canada, subject to applicable laws and regulations. In addition, High Park has developed new brands and products for the Canadian market. Pending federal legalization of cannabis for adult-use and corresponding provincial legislation, High Park anticipates fulfilling adult-use supply agreements in QuebecManitoba, and Yukon. High Park plans to secure additional supply agreements with crown corporations and private entities in other provinces in the coming months.

4 & 20 Blackbirds Presents Fifth Annual Mother’s High Tea On May 12 In Denver

COLORADO: 4 & 20 Blackbirdswill present Fifth Annual Mother’s High Tea, taking place at  on Friday May 12, 2017, featuring an inspiring speaker program, activities, nonprofit education and tea menu. Mother’s High Tea is a non-consumption event celebrating business women, mothers and advocates in the cannabis community.

This year’s featured national speakers are

  • Diane Czarkowski, Founding Partner Canna Advisors and Founding Benefactor of Women Grow from Boulder, Colorado,
  • Nina Parks, CEO of Mirage Medicinal and Co-founder of Supernova Women from San    Francisco, California,
  • Ah Warner, CEO of Cannabis Basics and founder of private social club, Women of Weed from Seattle,Washington and
  • Sonia Espinosa, co founder of Cannabis Cultural Association and Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council from Boston, Massachusetts.

Mother’s High Tea is possible by the generous sponsorship of Eden Labs and Mary’s Medicinals.

Eden Labs doesn’t just build systems, we build industry. Eden Labs has developed safe extraction methodologies for 21 years because we believe in health and wellness through botanicals…for the health of the world and the people we love.

Mary’s Medicinals, best known as the developer of the award-winning transdermal cannabis patch, Mary’s Medicinals innovates at the intersection of technology and horticulture, transforming how people view and utilize cannabis by developing accurately-dosed, natural pain-relief products that maximize the benefits of cannabinoids, terpenes and other plant nutrients.

Diane Czarkowski is a Founding Partner of Canna Advisors,a cannabis consulting firm serving competitive, emerging markets. As an influential industry leader, Diane owned one of the first dispensary and cultivation operations in Colorado and has over a decade of experience in real estate development. A Founding Benefactor of Women Grow and Founding Member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, she is a Lifetime Member of The ArcView Group, and a sustaining member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the Marijuana Policy Project. In 2016 she was named one of the 50 Most Important Women in Cannabis by Cannabis Business Executive and received The Arcview Group’s Outstanding Member award. She is recently featured in the book, Breaking the Grass Ceiling: Women, Weed and Business.​

Nina Parks is the CEO of Mirage Medicinal, a California state-certified medicinal cannabis cooperative.  Parks is one of the co-founders of Supernova Women, a group designed to empower people of color to be stakeholders in the cannabis economy. As an artist,poet, community organizer or activist, Nina dives head first into the changes to the regulated Calfornia marijuana market.

Ah Warner is the CEO of Cannabis Basics. Since 1995, Cannabis Basics award winning topicals utilize the best industrial hemp and marijuana therapeutics. Ah is a proud member of the Cannabis Committee of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and Founder of International Cannabis Health and Beauty Aids Producer’s Alliance, (ICHABAPA). She is a guiding member of NORML Women of Washington, and  (MJBA) Marijuana Business Association’s Women’s Alliance. She is the founder of the private social club, Women of Weed. She was a recipient of the MJBA Women’s Alliance Award for her focus and dedication to the women in Washington’s Cannabis Industry Recently, Ah successfully lobbied for legislative changes to Cannabis Health and Beauty Aids (CHABA)  which now legally allow for cannabis topicals to be sold in mainstream stores in Washington state. Cannabis Basics is at the forefront of federal trademark protection. In 2015, the company was issued a registered trademark from US Patent and Trademark Office for the Cannabis Basics name and leaf logo.

Sonia Espinosa’s academic work explored the relationship between the nation’s “booming cannabis industry” and access through race, class, and citizenship. Prior to graduating with Harvard’s class of 2016, Espinosa co-founded the Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA), an organization which strives to involve underrepresented communities in the legal cannabis/hemp industry, by providing informational workshops, cultural programs, and community events with an emphasis on issues disproportionately affecting communities of color. Currently, Sonia is focused on Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council (MRCC),  whose efforts bridge the gap between communities and local legislators. #WeedTalk, is an educational series that helps people understand the new cannabis laws through visual chronicles of the science, culture, technology, and economics of marijuana legalization. Additionally, Sonia runs @EatMe.Land, a cannabis art collective.

 General admission, children tickets and reserved VIP tables are on sale through AXS website and box offices.  

Use the code TEATIME10 at check out to save 10% off the ticket price.

Mother’s High Tea Continues to be a Pivotal Force in Driving Cannabis Thought-Leadership.

COLORADO:  Mother’s High Tea, the fourth annual gathering of cannabis professionals, regulators, advocates, patients and families on Monday, October 10th, 2016 at 10:00 AM in the landmark McNichols Civic Center Building, in historic downtown Civic Center Park, 144 West Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80202. 

Mother’s High Tea is a non-consumption event celebrating women and mothers in the cannabis community. Founded by Ms. Susan Squibb in 2011 to honor her own mother, this event is the longest running women’s cannabis event in the U.S. and the only one to welcome children. The Co-chairs are Ms. Susan Squibb and Mrs. Christie Lunsford. Susan, The Cannabis Maven, has been integral to the cannabis business and legalization communities since the mid-1990s. She is an established freelance writer and Director of Operations at CBDRx.  Christie is Cannabis Woman of the Year, a founding member and speaker for National Cannabis Industry Association and COO of Pro Max Grow. 

This year’s presenting sponsor is Mindful. Mindful was established in 2009 and provides customers with the highest quality, strains in the country, inspired by nature. At MiNDFUL, their mission is to improve the lives of their customers by providing them with the world’s most exotic strains and highest quality products.

The morning will begin with an elegant tea reception where guests will have a chance to mingle, write a letter to their legislature, craft with their children or step outside and enjoy a view of downtown Denver. The tea reception will be followed by a lineup of inspiring speakers. 

Colorado State Senator, Irene Aguilar, MD., gives the keynote speech. The program also includes notable cannabis industry leaders, Ms. Eileen Konieczny, RN, President of the American Cannabis Nurses Association, Mrs. Carrie Roberts Scurti, of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Medicine Man Technologies and Mrs. Floribeth Beckman an owner of natural cannabis herbal company, Herbanoids. 

Joint Venture Flavors, creators of the Purple Monkey line of cannabis infused teas and coffees, has contracted Wystone’s World Teas to design this year’s menu. An array of Wystone’s fine teas will be accompanied by delicious scones with Devonshire Cream, hearty finger sandwiches, and assortments of sweet treats.

The craft tables have fun, educational and creative activities for children and adults as well. Design and take home your own mementos and start your collection. Children’s tickets are limited, reserve in advance. 

The other ladies of the Mother’s High Tea Committee are Ms. Dawn Blackman, Ms. Sara Conrad, Mrs. Christianna Brown, Mrs. Cici Dunn, Ms. Kara Janowski, Ms. Caren Kershner, Ms. Ashley Picollo, and Mrs. Teri Robnett. 

Mother’s High Tea has become the longest running annual celebration of women in cannabis and the only one to welcome children as a non-consumption event. 

The event costs $42 per guest. As space is limited, advance reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased Mother’s High Tea EventBrite Tickets. 

For more information about Mother’s High Tea, visit the Facebook Event page.

AB InBev And Tilray Announce Research Partnership Focused On Non-Alcohol THC And CBD Beverages

New Partnership to Focus on Research that will Guide Responsible Innovation

CANADA: AB InBev, the world’s leading brewer, and Tilray, a global pioneer in cannabis production and distribution, announced a partnership to research non-alcohol beverages containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The partnership is limited to Canada and decisions regarding the commercialization of the beverages will be made in the future.

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The research partnership combines AB InBev’s deep experience in beverages with Tilray’s expertise in cannabis products. AB InBev’s participation will be through its subsidiary Labatt Breweries of Canada, one of the country’s founding businesses and its leading brewery, and Tilray’s participation will be through its Canadian adult-use cannabis subsidiary High Park Company, which develops, sells, and distributes a portfolio of socially responsible cannabis brands and products in Canada.  Each company intends to invest up to $50 million USD, for a total of up to $100 million USD.

“Labatt is committed to staying ahead of emerging consumer trends. As consumers in Canada explore THC and CBD-infused products, our innovative drive is matched only by our commitment to the highest standards of product quality and responsible marketing. We intend to develop a deeper understanding of non-alcohol beverages containing THC and CBD that will guide future decisions about potential commercial opportunities,” said Kyle Norrington, President, Labatt Breweries of Canada. “We look forward to learning more about these beverages and this category in the months ahead.”

“We are delighted to be joining forces with a world-leading beverage company, AB InBev, to research how to create enjoyable cannabis beverage products. Tilray and AB InBev share a commitment to responsible product development and marketing, and we look forward to beginning our work on this important partnership as Tilray continues to pioneer the development of a professional, transparent, and well-regulated cannabis industry,” said Brendan Kennedy, CEO of Tilray.

This Pack Of Weed Will Register You To Vote!

Introducing the Higher Ground Ballot Box

To celebrate National Voter Registration Week (Sept. 22nd – 28th), Higher Ground and Saints Joints has created The Ballot Box. The elegant voter pack contains a QR code that immediately registers voters, a mini version of the Bill of Rights, non-partisan information about voting and elections. It also includes five premium cannabis joints to help fire up voter activity in the democratic process.

“The Ballot Box is a new platform to spark engagement, and register new voters,” notes Higher Ground Editor-in-Chief Michael A. Stusser. “In addition to helping get out the vote in 2020, it will also put folks in a damn good mood till Election Day.”

Higher Ground TV has been using humorous viral videos and parodies to elevate the dialogue on cannabis culture, including Comedians in Cars Smoking Cannabis, and Profiles in Legal Cannabis. Their latest project is a joint effort with Saints Joints, an innovative marijuana company based in Seattle.

Saints Joints is one of the most successful cannabis brands in the country, collaborating with a variety of artists and musicians. Their hard-cased luxury boxes have highlighted artists such as the Bay Area’s Jeremy Fish in their Artist’s Series packs, a Tattoo Art Series featuring Jimbo Phillips , and a Limited Edition Pride Pack with proceeds benefiting Equal Rights organizations. Each specialty box is a limited edition similar to album covers, and creating a rock n’roll collect-‘em-all incentive.

“We see ourselves as leaders not only in the arena of legal cannabis, but as members of the mainstream community,” said Lawrence Perrigo, founder of Saints. “The collaboration with Higher Ground is our latest joint effort to raise awareness, and show how cannabis brands – and consumers – are doing more than getting high. We’re also highly engaged in the democratic process.”

Racial disparities in cannabis are also reflected in the current Black Lives Matter movement. “When we dreamed up this project, we never envisioned the incredible Black Lives Matter movement we are seeing,” notes Perrigo. “But as with so many issues, people of color are more negatively effected by the War on Drugs. Black people are four times more likely to be arrested for possession – even though whites and blacks use cannabis at the similar rates. People voting to make policy change in these areas is more important that ever.”

National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. First observed in 2012, it has quickly gained momentum ever since. Nearly 3 million voters have registered to vote on the holiday to date. The holiday has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and the National Association of Election Officials (The Election Center).

“We thought it was important to include the Bill of Rights in our Ballot Box,” said Stusser, “because these individual rights weren’t originally included in the Constitution. Like the legalization of marijuana, the people had to push the government to allow it.” The Bill of Rights, of course, includes the first 10 amendments in the Constitution, including freedom of speech, religion and the press, the right to assemble, States rights, and due process.

Thirty-three states have legalized marijuana for medical use, and another eleven, plus the District of Columbia, have authorized recreational sales and consumption for adults. Thomas Jefferson argued in 1787 for the right to be free from warrantless search and seizures: “A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.” While the Father of the Declaration wasn’t speaking of cannabis legalization at the time, his words ring true for activists supporting the movement.

The Ballot Box includes a special QR code that directs to the Cannabis Voter Project – and immediately registers individuals to vote. Established in 2018 as an initiative from HeadCount, the nonprofit and non-partisan Cannabis Voter Project is focused on educating, registering and turning out voters. HeadCount has registered half a million voters since 2004 at concerts and events. The Ballot Box link includes an easy-to-use online registration page and news to keep voters informed on election deadlines and voting locations.

Higher Ground explores and celebrates the elevated aspects of getting high. Founded during a revolutionary time of economic and spiritual transformation in the legalization movement, the brand documents and chronicles this incredible era in our history, and advocates for the legalization of cannabis (along with civil rights, gay rights, and human rights), and embraces the end of – yet another – prohibition.

Members of the abolitionist press, Higher Ground combines advocacy journalism with a sense of humor to bring the cannabis culture to the masses.


For more information, contact michael@michaelstusser.com