WSLCB Looking For Panelists For Its First Deliberative Dialogue Sessions

Be a Panelist, Participant, or Listener

WASHINGTON:  Do you want to share your perspectives about cannabis quality assurance testing? Would you like to share your experiences with fellow licensees, consumers, and others? Would you like to be part of a different way of sharing information and gaining understanding?

If you answered “yes,” let us know!

WSLCB has been working on developing new cannabis product-testing rules. A public hearing on proposed rules was held on November 18, 2020. While we heard oral comment from many licensees, we would like to hear from everyone in the supply chain so we have a better understanding of the complete system – processors, producers, retailers, consumers, and others. And we want everyone in the supply chain to have an opportunity to hear the wide range of perspectives

We’d like to hear from everyone in the supply chain so we have a better understanding of the complete system – processors, producers, retailers, consumers, and others. And we want everyone in the supply chain to have an opportunity to hear the wide range of perspectives.

About the sessions

LCB’s Policy and Rules manager Kathy Hoffman will moderate three sessions with different panelists and topics. To get the conversation started the sessions begin with prepared questions for each panel, with time near the end for audience questions and participation (online of course). Our goal is to increase communication between consumers, licensees, labs, and the agency.

The three session dates and topics as follows:

  • January 28, 2020: Consumer Panel (4 -5 panelists)
  • February 4, 2020: Processor/Producer Panel (5-6 panelists)
  • February 11, 2020: Cannabis Testing Lab Panel (4 -5 panelists)

We want to make sure that each panel represents the rich diversity of our communities, license types, and growing practices. Can you help?

Please send the following information to rules@lcb.wa.gov, attention Kathy Hoffman by close of business (5PM) on TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2020:

  1. Your name
  2. Which of the three panels and dates you’d like to be considered for
  3. Your contact information (email and phone number)
  4. Tell us if you are a consumer, producer, processor, producer/processor, retailer or lab employee or owner
  5. If you are a processor, producer or processor/producer, tell us:
    • Your tier size (1, 2,or 3); whether you are an indoor or outdoor grower; and where you are located.
  6. Tell us three or four questions you’d like to ask others on your panel (for example, how do other producers sample? Or, when you purchase product, what are you looking for?)

We will be sending more information on the deliberative dialogue process, our panelist selection process, and other details.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to offer your perspectives on an important topic – send your information to rules@lcb.wa.gov, type in the subject line “Attention Kathy Hoffman” today!!

NH DHHS Announces Public Information Session In Chichester On Proposed Alternative Treatment Center Therapeutic Cannabis Dispensary

NEW HAMPSHIRE: The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced a public information session regarding a proposed Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) therapeutic cannabis dispensary in Chichester, NH, to be operated by Prime Alternative Treatment Centers of NH. This proposed dispensary location is responsive to Legislative intent and designed to increase patient access to the State’s Therapeutic Cannabis Program.

The public information session will be held at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 5th, via ZOOM, as part of the Chichester Selectmen Meeting. Information on how to participate in the meeting remotely is posted on the Town of Chichester’s website at www.chichesternh.org/home/news/public-information-session-therapeutic-cannabis.

During the public session, officials from the DHHS Therapeutic Cannabis Program and representatives from Prime ATC will make brief presentations and answer attendees’ questions.

In 2019, the NH Legislature approved HB 335, which approved the establishment of two new therapeutic cannabis dispensaries in areas of the State where access to the currently established ATCs is limited. The new dispensaries are to be operated by Prime ATC in Region 2 (representing Hillsborough and Merrimack counties) and Temescal Wellness in Region 1 (representing Belknap, Rockingham, and Strafford counties). Prime ATC currently operates its dispensary in Merrimack. As required by HB 335, DHHS conducted a patient needs assessment Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol to determine locations that would have the greatest impact on patient access. The needs assessment identified the Concord area as a location that would best alleviate the travel burden on TCP patients in Region 2.

OLCC Rules Advisory Committee Meeting – Marijuana Licensing Streamlining Rules Package

***Please note that the meeting begins at 9:30 AM***

OREGON: This past fall the Commission implemented temporary rules to expedite and refine the recreational marijuana licensing process. The proposed amendments integrate a more efficient licensing process and reduce required documentation that must be submitted as part of a license application. Applicants will still be required to satisfy the same substantive requirements to receive a license. The Commission’s proposed rule language that will be discussed can be found here:

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we are holding Rules Advisory Committee meetings virtually. Please note that invited committee members and OLCC are the only persons allowed to participate in the discussion. Please be respectful and mute your phone.

 

To listen to the meeting, use the call-in information below;

 

Date and Time:       9:30am – 12:30pm, Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

Location:                 Virtual

 

To listen to the meeting, dial: 1 (571) 317-3122; Access Code: 258-917-013

 

The Vagina Marijuanalogues Third Remix Returns December 19th

By Michael O’Malley
Founder & CEO Curved Papers

NEW YORK: At Curved Papers we express our values by sponsoring artists and activists here locally in New York, and around the country. Le Haute Spa LLC is an innovative, Black female cannabis brand out of Brooklyn, designed to showcase quality WOC cannabis brands. According to Founder Shana Campbell, “The innovation aims to address the stigmas of marijuana and mental health in the world today, in line with the founder’s goal of helping more people harness the benefits of cannabis.”

 

The Vagina Marijuanalogues is a signature event in its third year, created by Le Haute Spa, which aims to empower women and teach them about the relationship between womb wellness and cannabis consumption. A 2017 consumer report by New Frontier Data revealed that women are much more likely than men to use marijuana for its health and wellness-related properties. In fact, women also use marijuana to help relieve gynecological issues and improve sexual health, according to a study in the journal Sexual Medicine. Shana says “Le Haute Spa is filling that gap in the market that excludes women as the center of integral conversation regarding conscious cannabis consumption.” Curved Papers was a sponsor of The Vagina Marijuanalogues last year and it was a great success. We’re so pleased help build upon the tradition with the virtual version this year.

This year we’ve joined with friends and local industry sponsors Happy Munkey and Lock and Key Remedies and others to support the third presentation of The Vagina Marijuanalogues. The “Third Remix” will include cannabis industry experts, interactive breakout sessions, a lingerie fashion show, a holiday marketplace, virtual swag bags, Vagina Steam offer, prizes/giveaways and more! You can use promo code CURVEDPAPERS to get a discount on your ticket!

There was a very funny comedy in New York many years ago called The Marijuana-logues, a marijuana take on The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler by three guys. The Vagina Marijuanalogues are entertaining, but not comedy! It’s a wellness centered experience for women and will include Vannessa Summers, Samantha Martins, Tamara Anderson and a Cannabis and Sexuality Panel. Through intimate and curated spa experiences and pop up events, Le Haute Spa and these experts create a safe and relaxing space for their clients.

Get a taste of the conversation tomorrow on “Easy To Roll,” our Sunday School for Rolling Joints. See it on our Facebook page at 4:20pm EST as always. The Vagina Marijuanalogues is Saturday, December 19th at 4pm EST.

Meeting Announcement For H.R. 3884—Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment And Expungement Act of 2019

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The Committee on Rules will meet on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 1:00 PM EST via Cisco Webex on the following measure:

  • H.R. 3884—Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019 [MORE Act of 2020]

**PLEASE NOTE:

  • This proceeding will be streamed live on rules.house.gov. Information will be provided separately to Members on how to join via theCisco Webex platform.
  • Members intending to testify during this meeting should notify the Rules Committee of their interest in order to receive instructions on how to participate.

Santa Sativa Kicks Off “High Holidaze 2020” With 420MEDIA and MJNews

It’s November, and now that the longest presidential election season is (almost) over, we here at MJNews Network turn our attention to the holiday season. To help us kick off the holiday season in style, we invited Santa Sativa to join us for a pre-season chat with MJNews Network founder David Rheins, exclusively here on Marijuana Channel One.

Santa Sativa is kicking off the season with a “High Holidaze 2020” campaign with 420MEDIA.  Watch it here:

 

Arizona: Special Meeting of the Mayor and City Council on November 10, 2020 to Discuss Proposition 207

The Willcox City Council will meet to discuss and direct marijuana ordinance following the passing of Proposition 207.

ARIZONA: Arizona residents voted on November 3rd, 2020 to pass Proposition 207, which legalized the possession and use of recreational marijuana for adults (age 21 years or older) in Arizona. Individuals were permitted to possess no more than one ounce of marijuana and grow up to six marijuana plants in their residences. The legislation also allowed any person convicted of certain crimes related to marijuana possession, consumption, and transportation to petition for the expungement of their criminal record starting on July 12, 2021.

Prop. 207 placed a 16 percent tax on marijuana sales, in addition to the existing transaction privilege tax and use tax. Revenue from the tax was divided between public programs such as community college districts, infrastructure, public safety, and public health organizations.

Through this legislation, local governments have the ability to ban marijuana facilities and testing centers and can control of aspects of licensing, regulation, and zoning.

The community is invited to attend the meeting on Tuesday, November 10th, at 3:30 PM in the City Council Chambers located at 300 W Rex Allen Drive, Willcox, AZ 85643.

Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee November 2020 Meeting Agenda

 

OHIO: The Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee will hold a meeting virtually via Skype on November 12, 2020.

AGENDA MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING

November 12, 2020 10:00 a.m.

The Advisory Committee meeting will be held virtually via Skype.

Instructions to access the Skype Meeting will be posted here the morning of November 12, and via email update.

NOTE: The Advisory Committee will not be accepting testimony or public comments at this meeting.

10:00 a.m.

ROLL CALL AND MINUTES REVIEW

▪ Advisory Committee Members

10:05 a.m.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA CONTROL PROGRAM UPDATE

▪ Patient and Caregiver Update (Maerten-Moore)

▪ Dispensary Update (Maerten-Moore)

▪ Program Update (Maerten-Moore)

▪ Patient Survey Results (Maerten-Moore)

▪ Commerce Licensee Updates (McIlvaine)

▪ Program Sales and Product Data (McIlvaine)

▪ Commerce Initiatives (McIlvaine)

▪ Petitions for Qualifying Conditions (Pollock) o Current petition period and criteria o 2021 petition period dates

▪ Physicians with a CTR (Pollock)

▪ COVID-19 Update (Pollock)

Aphria Announces Strategic Entry Into The United States With An Agreement To Acquire Sweetwater Brewing Company

SweetWater’s Portfolio of Beer Brands, Including the Flagship 420 Brand, Aligns with a Cannabis Lifestyle and Provides a Scalable Platform for Expansion into the U.S. and Canada

Accretive Acquisition Significantly Expands Aphria’s Addressable Market and Diversifies Product Offerings

Establishes an Infrastructure in the U.S. Enabling Accelerated Entry into U.S. Cannabis Market, Subject to Federal Legalization

Aphria to Host a Conference Call and Webcast on November 4, 2020, at 4:15 pm EST.

CANADA:  Aphria Inc., a leading global cannabis company inspiring and empowering the worldwide community to live their very best life, today announced it has entered into an agreement of merger and acquisition to acquire SW Brewing Company, LLC. SweetWater Brewing Company is one of the largest independent craft brewers in the United States  based on volume. Beginning with the flagship 420 beverage offerings, SweetWater has created an award-winning lineup of year-round, seasonal and specialty beers, a portfolio of brands closely aligned with a cannabis lifestyle. The approximately USD $300 million acquisition has been unanimously approved by Aphria’s Board of Directors and is expected to close before the end of December 2020. Aphria expects this acquisition to be immediately accretive to EBITDA and diluted earnings per share. All dollar amounts in the press release are expressed in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted.

Founded in 1997 by Freddy Bensch, SweetWater has broad consumer appeal and has established strong distribution across 27 states plus Washington, D.C. and has ample capacity to support distribution efforts into new geographies, with limited capital expenditure. From its state-of-the-art brewery in Atlanta, Georgia, SweetWater produces a balanced variety of year-round and seasonal specialty craft brews, with SweetWater beverages available in approximately 29,000 off-premise retail locations ranging from independent bottle shops to national chains. SweetWater’s significant on-premises business allows consumers to enjoy its varietals in more than 10,000 restaurants and bars.

In addition to its traditional distribution footprint, SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale and IPA are served on all Delta flights nationwide plus internationally totaling more than 50 countries across six continents which have served to extend SweetWater’s brand reach on both a national and international level. The Company also hosts an annual music festival, “SweetWater 420 Fest,” that has evolved into one of the largest and most anticipated music festivals in the U.S., increasing brand awareness nationwide. In 2019, the 420 Strain G13 IPA became the top new craft brand in the U.S. in the first 12 months after its launch. In addition to branding, SweetWater’s various 420 strains of craft brews use terpenes and natural hemp flavours that, when combined with select hops, emulate the flavours and aromas of popular cannabis strains, to appeal to a loyal consumer base that made the 420 Strain G13 IPA their #2 best-selling beer and #1 best-selling new craft beer in the U.S. For the year ended December 31, 2019, SweetWater Brewing Company generated net revenue and adjusted EBITDA of $66.6 million and $22.1 million, respectively, and production volume increased 7% year-over-year to nearly 261,000 barrels, twice the growth rate of the craft beer market nationally, according to the Brewers Association.

“Our strong balance sheet and access to capital have enabled us to enter the U.S. through this strategic and accretive acquisition. We will establish and grow our U.S. presence through SweetWater’s robust, profitable platform of craft brewing innovation, manufacturing, marketing and distribution expertise. At the same time, we will build brand awareness for our adult-use cannabis brands, Broken Coast, Good Supply, Riff and Solei, through our participation in the growing $29 billion craft brew market in the U.S. ahead of potential future state or federal cannabis legalization,” said Irwin D. Simon, Aphria’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to building upon the strengths of each of our respective and complementary brands, diversifying our product offering, broadening our consumer reach, and enhancing loyalty with consumers.”

OLCC Notice of Public Hearing: Marijuana Additives

Notice of Public Hearing: Marijuana Additives

Date and Time:      Monday, November 16, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

 

Location: Virtual Meeting and via Telephone

To listen to, or participate in, this Public Hearing please call: 1 (571) 317-

3112 and enter access code: 497-665-445#

 

In order to offer oral comment, please email: OLCC.rulemaking@oregon.gov, no later than 9:30 am on Monday, November 16, 2020. The hearing will end at 2:15 pm, if no interested parties have emailed to offer comment by 9:30 am; or 5 minutes after the last oral comment has been recorded into the record.

 

Presiding Officer:  Madeline Kane

Phone: 503-801-5322

Email: olcc.rulemaking@oregon.gov

 

Notice of Proposed Rule-making, including Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact

This rule package updates the requirements for inhalable cannabinoid products that use non-cannabis additives. The rules are being amended to address technical fixes, define and clarify the requirements for non-cannabis additives in inhalable cannabinoid products, and require more transparent ingredient labeling in order to better enable informed choice by consumers. These rules are intended to reinforce the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s ability to protect public health and safety, by specifying the standards for non-cannabis additives being used in inhalable cannabinoid products related to disclosure of ingredients and declarations of intended use.

 

All written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2020.