Mass Cannabis Control Commission To Host “Cannabis x Equity” Panel As Part Of Fierce Urgency of Now Festival

MASSACHUSETTS: The Cannabis Control Commission (Commission) is proud to again partner with the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and City Awake as part of their 2020 Fierce Urgency of Now (FUN) Festival by hosting a virtual panel titled “Cannabis x Equity” on Friday, September 18 at 1:00 p.m.

Interested individuals—especially those who have been disproportionately impacted by previous cannabis prohibition, arrests, and incarceration—are invited to register to attend through Eventbrite.

The panel, which will be emceed by the Commission’s Interim Director of Community Outreach Alyssa Flores, will provide attendees with a deeper understanding of Massachusetts’ regulated cannabis industry, the Commission’s equity programming, and entrepreneurial opportunities that are available in the evolving marketplace. Additionally, Friday’s conversation will help establish new connections to Commission staff and community members who are pursuing similar types of engagement in legal marijuana.

FUN “Cannabis x Equity” panelists will include participants of the Commission’s first-in-the-nation Social Equity Program and certified Economic Empowerment Priority Applicants, as well as Marijuana Establishment owners and founders who have been certified as “Minority-Owned Businesses” through the Commonwealth’s Supplier Diversity Office.

The Commission’s mission is to honor the will of Massachusetts voters by safely, equitably and effectively implementing and administering the laws enabling access to medical- and adult-use marijuana. Equity provisions have been enacted to fulfill a legislative mandate that the Commission ensures people from communities disproportionately harmed by marijuana law enforcement are included in the legal industry. More information about the agency’s equity programming is available at MassCannabisControl.com/EquityPrograms.

Today Is World Alzheimer’s Day

September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day, a date recognized by the Alzheimer’s Society globally. This important date marks the need to defend and raise awareness in society about the importance of prevention, early diagnosis and care offered, as well as support and assistance to family members and caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s disease.

 

According to the WHO, it is estimated that there are around 50 million people with dementia in the world, and this number should triple in the next 30 years. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and can contribute to 60-70% of cases.

Dementia is one of the main causes of disability and dependence among elderly people around the world. Dementia has a physical, psychological, social and economic impact not only on people with dementia, but also on their caregivers, families and society in general.

 

Research on cannabis and Alzheimer’s continues to develop and may present an additional option for treatment

 

Different scientific studies highlight the use of medicinal cannabis for the treatment of Alzheimer’s symptoms. The main properties of cannabinoids for the treatment of symptoms would be: anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and antioxidant.

 

Global medical affairs director of Spectrum Therapeutics, Dr. Wellington Briques, highlights some of these studies and their results below and is available for interviews.

 

 

Based on the complex pathology of Alzheimer’s disease, a preventive and multimodal drug approach that targets a combination of pathological symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease seems ideal. It is important to note that cannabinoids have anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and antioxidant properties and have immunosuppressive effects

 

 

Studies have demonstrated the ability of the CBD to reduce reactive gliosis and neuroinflammatory response, as well as to promote neurogenesis. It is important to note that the CBD also reverses and prevents the development of cognitive deficits in AD rodent models. Interestingly, the combined therapies of CBD and Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), show that CBD can antagonise the psychoactive effects associated with THC and possibly mediate greater therapeutic benefits than any of the phytochanabinoids alone. The studies provide “proof of principle” that CBD and possibly CBD-THC combinations are valid candidates for new AD therapies. Further research should address the long-term potential of CBD and evaluate the mechanisms involved in the therapeutic effects described.

 

The brain cells of Alzheimer’s patients often show a path of rapid decline and destruction. The potential to stimulate brain tissue has recently been discovered as a potential benefit of CBD. In clinical trials, the BDC has demonstrated the ability to reverse and even prevent the development of the negative impact of Alzheimer’s disease. A 2011 study by Australian researchers Tim Karl and Carl Group revealed that CBD promotes the growth and development of brain cells, reducing the decline in memory and other brain functions.

WSLCB Virtual Listen and Learn Forum Session #2: Rules Regarding Marijuana Vapor Products

WASHINGTON:  The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is hosting two Listen and Learn forums to consider establishing new and amending existing sections of rule concerning marijuana definitions and marijuana vapor products. This is the second of two planned sessions. The full text of the draft conceptual rules are provided here.

For this session, we are discussing only draft conceptual rule sections 314-55-550 to implement House Bill 2826 pertaining to marijuana vapor products, and the Marijuana Vapor Product Disclosure Form. The Disclosure Form is provided here.

Please join us virtually on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. via WebEx.

**Attendees wishing to provide feedback are encouraged to participate early in the meeting, as the meeting may end early dependent on level of participation.**

Background
On March 25, 2020, HB 2826 passed the legislature in response to concerns related to marijuana vapor product and vapor related lung illnesses. The bill contained an emergency clause, and in its intent section, found that “recent reports of lung illnesses associated with vapor products” demanded “serious attention by the state in the interest of protecting public health and preventing youth access.

HB 2826 provides that the Board may adopt rules prohibiting any type of marijuana vapor product device, or prohibit the use of any type of additive, solvent, ingredient, or compound in the production and processing of marijuana products, including marijuana vapor products. However, before adopting either of these types of rules, the Board must have determined, following a consultation with the Department of Health (DOH), or any other authority the Board deems appropriate, the device, additive, solvent, ingredient, or compound may pose a risk to public health or youth access.

HB 2826 authorizes the Board to require marijuana processors to submit, under oath, to the Department of Health, a complete list of all constituent substances and the amount and sources of all constituent substances in each marijuana vapor product. HB 2826 also provides that Board may adopt rules prohibiting the use of a characterizing flavor in marijuana vapor products.

Rules are needed to implement the provisions of HB 2826, and to establish definitions for terms including, but not limited to “characterizing flavor,” botanical terpenes,” and others.

The Pre-proposal Statement of Inquiry filed by the Liquor and Cannabis Board may be found here.

Meeting Details
An agenda is attached. Please come prepared to offer feedback and suggestions regarding this rule section.

If you wish to participate virtually, we’d like to offer the following reminders:

  • Virtual participation will be structured to allow one speaker at a time through a hand-raising feature on WebEx.
  • If you experience difficulty with audio or visual elements of virtual participation, please be patient.

Please remember that we are still in the developmental phase of rulemaking, and there are not yet any proposed or final rules amendments. To help you prepare for this listen/learn/contribute forum, please review the guidance document prepared for this and future forums.

Questions? Contact Casey Schaufler at casey.schaufler@lcb.wa.gov

To join the WebEx meeting online:
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Curved Papers & CelebStoner Roll Out ‘Roach Clips’ Movie Contest

Curved Rolling Papers and CelebStoner website (a site devoted to chronicling the pot smoking shenanigans of famous entertainers) have teamed up to find the best joint rolling scenes in movie history.

Contestant need only post these scenes (found by searching YouTube and Vimeo) onto the CelebStoner website to enter. Most popular submissions will win free Curved Rolling Papers (Easy To Roll), t-shirts and other fun swag.

CelebStoner publisher Steve Bloom and Curved Papers founder Michael O’Malley will announce the winners on September 22 (the Autumnal Equinox).

To start playing, begin here:

 

 

WASHINGTON: Virtual Listen And Learn Forum Session #1: Rules Regarding Marijuana Definitions And Vapor Products

WASHINGTON:  The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is hosting two Listen and Learn forums to consider establishing new and amending existing sections of rule concerning marijuana definitions and marijuana vapor products. This is the first of two planned sessions. The full text of the draft conceptual rules are provided here.

For this session, we are discussing only draft conceptual rule sections 314-55-010(4) and (40) to implement House Bill 2826 pertaining to marijuana vapor products.

Please join us virtually on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. via WebEx.

Background
On March 25, 2020, HB 2826 passed the legislature in response to concerns related to marijuana vapor product and vapor related lung illnesses. The bill contained an emergency clause, and in its intent section, found that “recent reports of lung illnesses associated with vapor products” demanded “serious attention by the state in the interest of protecting public health and preventing youth access.

HB 2826 provides that the Board may adopt rules prohibiting any type of marijuana vapor product device, or prohibit the use of any type of additive, solvent, ingredient, or compound in the production and processing of marijuana products, including marijuana vapor products. However, before adopting either of these types of rules, the Board must have determined, following a consultation with the Department of Health (DOH), or any other authority the Board deems appropriate, the device, additive, solvent, ingredient, or compound may pose a risk to public health or youth access.

HB 2826 authorizes the Board to require marijuana processors to submit, under oath, to the Department of Health, a complete list of all constituent substances and the amount and sources of all constituent substances in each marijuana vapor product. HB 2826 also provides that Board may adopt rules prohibiting the use of a characterizing flavor in marijuana vapor products.

Rules are needed to implement the provisions of HB 2826, and to establish definitions for terms including, but not limited to “characterizing flavor,” botanical terpenes,” and others.

The Pre-proposal Statement of Inquiry filed by the Liquor and Cannabis Board may be found here.

Meeting Details
An agenda is attached. Please come prepared to offer feedback and suggestions regarding this rule section.

If you wish to participate virtually, we’d like to offer the following reminders:

  • Virtual participation will be structured to allow one speaker at a time through a hand-raising feature on WebEx.
  • If you experience difficulty with audio or visual elements of virtual participation, please be patient.

Please remember that we are still in the developmental phase of rulemaking, and there are not yet any proposed or final rules amendments. To help you prepare for this listen/learn/contribute forum, please review the guidance document prepared for this and future forums.

Questions? Contact Casey Schaufler at casey.schaufler@lcb.wa.gov

To join the WebEx meeting online:
https://watech.webex.com/watech/j.php?MTID=mee35a3ea86f3824ff52650252c672ee9

To join the WebEx meeting via audio conference only:

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Attorney Ben Crump To Announce Civil Lawsuit Against Disney For False Arrest Of Elderly Woman

The great-grandmother was wrongfully arrested for a drug felony at the “Most Magical Place on Earth”

FLORIDA: Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump will announce a civil lawsuit against The Walt Disney Company on August 5 during a virtual press conference on behalf of Hester Burkhalter.
Burkhalter, a then 69-year-old great-grandmother, was wrongfully arrested and taken into custody at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for possessing federally legal CBD oil. Hester was using the CBD oil per her doctor’s recommendation to treat her advanced arthritis.
Co-counsels Mark Marderosian and Michele Rayner-Goolsby are also representing Ms. Burkhalter.
WHO: 
Attorney Ben Crump
Attorney Mike Gagliardi
Ms. Hester Burkhalter
WHEN:
August 5, 2020 at 11 a.m ET
WHERE:

CalCPA Cannabis Industry Symposium Examines Impact Of COVID-19, Regulation & Economic Outlook On CA’s $3 Billion Cannabis Sector

CALIFORNIA: COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the California economy, and the cannabis sector has not been immune. Supply chains have been disrupted, revenues have taken a hit, and labor has been impacted. California’s cannabis industry is feeling the pain and seeking a path to recovery through economic stimulus, innovation and new business models, and solid advice from key advisors like CPAs who guide them through complex tax, accounting and auditing matters.

On August 7, 2020, CalCPA will again bring together leading experts and thinkers at its annual Cannabis Industry Virtual Symposium, where attendees will learn about the latest tax, legal and accounting updates impacting cannabis industry businesses and the professionals who advise them. Speakers will provide insight into new, recently implemented policies, outcomes from the COVID-19 stimulus legislation, interpretation of tax law, review of banking rules, trends in federal legislative actions, how to handle bankruptcy and receivership, and valuation of cannabis businesses.

Cage-Free Repair Kicks Off “Show Your Love” Campaign To Benefit National Expungement Week 2020

NEW YORK:  Cage-Free Repair, advocates working towards an equitable, just, and reparative cannabis industry, has launched SHOW YOUR LOVE, a campaign to raise funds for National Expungement Week and its signature expungement and record clearing/sealing events (N.E.W. 2020).  Education, awareness, and transparency are in focus for this fundraising initiative, which also includes the creation of a digital marketplace to empower consumers seeking brands that are backing the group’s legal relief efforts.

Starting August 1st, individuals can donate directly to the cause at https://cagefreerepair.wedid.it/, while businesses are invited to take part in the “fundraiser through the SHOW YOUR LOVE digital marketplace. To participate as “Creators,” businesses can connect with N.E.W. at showyourlove@nationalexpungementweek.org by August 22nd to designate products where a share of the profits go towards 2020 expungement week clinics and year-round efforts regarding such issues as criminal justice reform, voting rights, and housing and food insecurity.  “Creators” can show their followers that they are a part of the campaign by using the hashtag #ShowNEWLove.  As more and more consumers are looking for ways to practice conscious capitalism, the SHOW YOUR LOVE marketplace is an easy way to identify brands whose values align with N.E.W.’s fight for automated expungements and the repair of devastating harms caused by the War on Drugs and legal entanglements that block access to basic rights and opportunities. 

“Relief services often require fees to be paid, in some cases these fees exceed $450,” says N.E.W. co-founding organizer James Watts.  “N.E.W. is focused on raising these funds to pay these fees and better serve our communities.”

Cage-Free Repair is the 501(c)(3) non-profit arm of Cage-Free Cannabis, which helped to launch N.E.W. in 2018.  N.E.W.’s third annual week of legal relief events and wrap-around services is slated to take place online and in-person (where available) on September 19-26, 2020. Since 2018, N.E.W. has helped over 1,000 people start to clear or seal convictions on their records. More than 3,000 people have also received wrap-around services offered at N.E.W. clinics and events, including employment resources, voter registration, and health screenings. In two years, the grassroots network has generated a public benefit of over $10,000,000 to date. In the wake of COVID-19 and the growing calls for social, racial, and economic justice, the work of N.E.W. has become even more essential.

“A criminal record creates more than 48,000 barriers to a person’s life,” says Watts. “Clearing records allows for millions of Americans to once again access opportunity and our wrap-around services seek to offer support thru this process.”

Besides the marketplace, another key goal of the SHOW YOUR LOVE campaign is to increase awareness around issues of expungement and the 48,000 legal and socioeconomic barriers that exist for the disenfranchised.  Topics such as the boundaries created by having a criminal record, hurdles to expungement, the criminalization of youth and issues relating to Veterans, and the systematic abuse of Black lives will also be explored across N.E.W.’s social media channels. Transparency regarding the amount of money raised and the allocation of funds is also built into the campaign, which winds down in at the conclusion of N.E.W. 2020.

SHOW YOUR LOVE, a fundraiser for N.E.W. runs from August 1 – September 26, 2020.  To be a part of this fundraising effort, please visit https://cagefreerepair.wedid.it/ or contact showyourlove@nationalexpungementweek.org to participate in the N.E.W. digital marketplace.   For more information on N.E.W. and N.E.W. 2020 events, please visit nationalexpungementweek.org or @expungementweek on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Cannabis Nurses Network Conference 2020 With Focus On How Cannabis Has Caused A Revolution In Healthcare

Virtual Educational Session and Panels Devoted on New and Promising Cannabis-based Therapeutics

Conference expected to be in person in 2021 with Ticket in 2020 to include both Events

CALIFORNIA: Noted medical cannabis experts and health professionals will be leading educational panels and continued education programs at this year’s Cannabis Nurses Network Conference (CNNC), the annual professional development and education conference designed exclusively for Registered Nurses and wellness professionals to advance their understanding of cannabis medicine, the endocannabinoid system, and practical applications in day-to-day patient care & practice.

This year’s conference will be held virtually on September 3rd and 4th. This year’s ticket includes an in-person ticket for 2021’s CNNC conference, expected to be held in San Diego once it is safe to do so.

CNNC 2020 is an advanced, unique, and empowering 2-day education experience; the program is designed for nurses, healthcare and licensed wellness professionals who are serious about advancing their expertise in cannabis medicine. According to Cannabis Nurses Network, the speakers, education content and programming schedule for September will continue as planned, and for the in-person experience will be built upon the virtual event with even more advanced education, and additional speakers.

“We will take the “Revolution in Healthcare” theme of our conference very seriously – so we are taking this opportunity to continue with our conference, by innovating on the CNNC experience. We have moved the conference into a virtual space for the September 3rd-4th 2020, with special experiences designed to take advantage of online technology. Once large events have been given the “all clear” by the State of California, we will be rescheduling our in-person event for an appropriate time in 2021,” said CNN Founding Member, Heather Manus, RN.

Tickets to CNNC 2020 will get attendees admission to TWO full scale cannabis education conferences for medical professionals. According to CNN management, this is a great opportunity for new cannabis nurses to participate in the privacy of their own home, making connections and new friends they can join at the in-person event when it is rescheduled.

Nurse Heather Manus is founder of the Cannabis Nurses Network

TOPICS FOR 2020 VIRTUAL CNNC: ESSENTIAL EDUCATION AND EXPERT PANEL SESSIONS

CNNC 2020 offers two full days delivering accredited continuing nurse education credits (CEU) in cannabis medicine education. Healthcare professionals are encouraged to register to learn about cannabis science, research, and clinical applications related to the human endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid therapeutics from world-class experts.

This year’s topics include:

  • Cannabis and Cancer Care – Can Cannabis offer Quality of Life
  • The Emergence of Cannabis Nurses
  • New and Promising Cannabis Therapeutics
  • Overcoming Roadblocks to Effective Care
  • Pharmaceutical considerations for Nurses
  • Supporting Patient Empowerment
  • Healing with a Tender Touch
  • Nurturing Nursing Partnerships
  • Advancing Nursing Practice
  • Elevating Sports Medicine
  • New Approach to Elder Care
  • Lessons from Plant Messengers
  • Hemp Healing: Planet, Progress and People
  • Political Nature of Healthcare and Research

“Patients are using cannabis legally, with or without medical oversight. Nurses are being encouraged by the National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to seek and gain knowledge regarding Cannabis Patient Care. I believe we are witnessing a revolution in healthcare, and Nurses are among those at the forefront,” adds Nurse Manus. For more information on purchasing tickers for both the 2020 and 2021 events, please log to Cannabis Nurses Network.

‘Easy To Roll’ W/ Mike Every Sunday @ 4:20 EST

Can you roll a joint? In today’s legal cannabis culture, being able to twist up a respectable doobie is “essential,” according to Curved Papers founder Michael O’Malley.

Inventor, entrepreneur, MIT Grad and longtime pot smoker, O’Malley invented a new kind of rolling paper whose patented curved edges make it “Easy To Roll.”

As a public service, O’Malley has been invited cannabis industry professionals to join him on a ZOOM meetup, “Easy To Roll With Mike O’Malley’ every Sunday at 4:20 EST.  On the call, participants share tips, tricks and joint rolling stories…and much more!

WANT TO JOIN IN ON THE FUN? DM @curvedpapers or e-mail info@curvedpapers.com for the Zoom Info. All are welcome. #easytoroll #easytolearn #NORMLtoroll #fourpack #toyourdoor