California Cannabis Advisory Committee To Hold Upcoming October Meetings In Burlingame

CALIFORNIA: The Bureau of Cannabis Control announced that the Cannabis Advisory Committee will hold two subcommittee meetings on Tuesday, October 22 and a full committee meeting on Wednesday, October 23 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame.

Meeting Notices and Agendas for these meetings have been posted to the Bureau’s website and may be found at the following link:

BCCA OCTOBER MEETING

 

LIVE WEBCAST: The Bureau also plans to webcast the full committee meeting. To view the Cannabis Advisory Committee meeting webcast, visit the following link on October 23: (Please note, the two subcommittee meetings on October 22 will not be webcast.)

SEATING LIMITED: Meeting attendees are encouraged to arrive early as the Bureau cannot guarantee seating in the event the room reaches capacity. The Cannabis Advisory Committee advises the Bureau, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the California Department of Public Health on the development of regulations that help protect public health and safety and do not perpetuate the illegal market for cannabis.

OLCC To Host Special Commission Meeting To Address Vape Rules

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OREGON: Special Commission Meeting Friday October 11, 2019 11:30 a.m.

Roll Call RULES – Staff presentation of the issues and Commissioners discussion and decision of vaping rules. (Danica Hibpshman and Kelly Routt)

Friday, October 11, 2019

11:30 a.m.

AGENDA

Staff presentation of the issues and 
Commissioners discussion and decision of vaping rules.

OLCC Commisioners:

Chairman Paul Rosenbaum
Jennifer Currin
Kiauna Floyd
Michael Harper
Matthew Maletis
Hugh Palcic
Marvin Révoal

Commission Meeting Calendar

“The Guru of Ganja,” Ed Rosenthal To Speak In Nashville Oct. 5th

TENNESSEE: 7 Point Farm and Apothecary is pleased to present “The Guru of Ganja,” Ed Rosenthal, scheduled for October 5 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Wilson County Expo Center’s South Hall (located at 945 East Baddour Parkway in Lebanon, Tenn.). Rosenthal is the world’s leading cannabis horticulture authority, educator, social activist and legalization pioneer. His books have sold well over a million copies and his most recent edition of”Marijuana Grower’s Handbook” has revolutionized the field. Co-founder of High Times magazine, Ed also penned the much loved and long-running cannabis column “Ask Ed: Your Marijuana Questions Answered.” The New York Times described Mr. Rosenthal as “the pothead’s answer to Ann Landers, Judge Judy, Martha Stewart and the Burpee Garden Wizard all in one.” Limited tickets remain for the event for $25 (general admission), available through Eventbrite, by clicking HERE. Doors open at 5 p.m. 

An advocate for both cultivation and legalization for both recreational and medicinal cannabis use, Rosenthal has served as expert witness for numerous federal, state, and civil marijuana cases and is passionately active in cannabis education and developing policies of civil regulation within the United States and Europe. He is the founder of many successful, socially responsible cannabis organizations including Quantum 9, a marijuana consulting and technology company, Green Aid: The Medical Marijuana Legal Defense and Educational Fund (a 501(c)(3)), the International Cannabis Business Conference and The Wonders of Cannabis Festival. He also serves on the faculty of Oaksterdam University, the leading trade school for the cannabis industry. Rosenthal’s efforts have help to shift public opinion on the use of marijuana. 

Rosenthal will discuss societal trends, cultivation, usage, legalization, cannabidiol (CBD) benefits, and more at this one-night-only event, presented by 7 Point Farm & Apothecary, a leading wholesale and retail supplier of quality CBD products, now approved for legal use in the state of Tennessee. For more information or to purchase tickets for the event, please visit the Eventbrite link, HERE. For more information on 7 Point Farm and Apothecary, please visit 7pointfarm.com.

WSLCB Announces Marijuana Packaging Listen And Learn Forum

WASHINGTON: The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is hosting a day-long Listen and Learn forum concerning draft conceptual marijuana packaging and labeling rules (red-line version; non-red-line version). An agenda is attached to help you prepare.

Please join us on Friday, October 11, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at our Headquarters Boardroom, located at 1025 Union Avenue SE, in downtown Olympia. You may also attend via webinar.

Revisions of the draft conceptual marijuana packaging and labeling rules include:

  • Packaging thickness of 2 mil. or greater (formerly 4 mil.);
  • Provision that marijuana infused edibles in liquid form may include a measuring device such as a measuring cup or dropper; hash marks on the bottle or container qualify as a measuring device;
  • Inclusion of framework for therapeutic claims, including definition of “structure and function” consistent with the requirements of ESHB 5298;
  • Strengthened existing language regarding listing compounds and other substances added to marijuana concentrates;
  • Alignment of references to child, youth, or minor to “persons under the age of twenty-one” to assure consistency; and
  • Complete redesign of WAC 314-55-105. The rule section begins with definitions. Then, each subsection addresses a specific type of product, and the specific packaging and labeling requirements for that product. This creates a framework for checklists being developed by LCB staff that will align with rule, and are anticipated to increase compliance success.

Additionally, this draft conceptual rule set contemplates withdrawal of BIPs 05-2018, 07-2018, 09-2018, 10-2018, and 14-2019.

 

Seth Rogen Explains National Expungement Week

CALIFORNIA: Actor/Producer Seth Rogentalks about the importance of National Expungement Week (N.E.W.), from September 21-28, 2019, in a new PSA released today.   Rogen, whose cannabis brand Houseplant is a presenting sponsor of the nationwide effort, breaks down how millions of Americans with convictions can lose access to housing, employment, education, public assistance, and voting rights long after sentences have been served, in the video clip.

N.E.W. is a week of close to 40 events across the U.S. that offer expungement and other forms of legal relief to some of the 77 million Americans with convictions on their records.  N.E.W. events will offer as many wraparound services as possible to restore people’s rights and lift up communities.

Besides Houseplant, N.E.W. is made possible by Canopy Growth Corporation, dozens of local sponsors and partners, and the tireless work of community-based organizations dedicated to repairing harms of the War on Drugs. For more information, please visit www.offtherecord.us or @expungementweek on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Find us at #offtherecordus and #NEWeek19.

 

Burns & Levinson Hosts Third Annual State of the Cannabis Industry Conference In Boston October 23, 2019

Capital markets, investments, M&A and regulatory issues will be key topics at event

MASSACHUSETTS: Burns & Levinson will host its third annual “State of the Cannabis Industry” conference, which will focus on capital markets, investments, M&A, and regulatory issues in the rapidly growing multi-billion dollar cannabis industry. The conference will be held on October 23, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Westin Waltham Boston hotel.

The event, which is also sponsored by CohnReznick and KushCo Holdings, will feature an interview with Commissioner Steven Hoffman, Chairman of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, in an exclusive one-on-one Q&A with Frank A. Segall, co-chair of the Cannabis Business & Law Advisory Group at Burns & Levinson. This is the second year that Hoffman has participated in this high-profile event, and the two will discuss current and future issues in the Massachusetts cannabis industry.

B&L Speakers 2019

Keynote speakers include: Dan Fireman, founder of Fireman Capital Partners, and Karen Munkacy, MD, founder and CEO of Garden Remedies. 

“Cannabis is already a multi-billion dollar industry, and its growth is projected to increase at an exponential and unprecedented rate in the coming years. This is opening up significant business opportunities in the capital markets, investments and M&A areas to invest in and acquire cannabis and cannabis-related companies,” said Segall. “We want to help the investment and business community understand the risks and rewards, and give them the strategies they need to take advantage of these opportunities,” added Scott Moskol, who co-chairs Burns’ Cannabis Business & Law Advisory Group with Segall.

Past “State of the Cannabis Industry” conferences have focused on banking and institutional investing in the cannabis space.

Burns & Levinson was the first major Boston corporate law firm to develop a cannabis business practice, and has been advising cannabis businesses, entrepreneurs and investors across the country for over six years. Burns helps clients navigate the complex legal and business framework that surrounds the rapidly growing marijuana industry in the U.S. The firm has unrivaled experience in cannabis business formation and corporate structuring, M&A, cannabis and hemp/CBD banking issues and debt financing; fund formation, debt and equity financing; real estate acquisitions and leasing; labor and employment issues; intellectual property protection; 280E taxation issues; and cannabis litigation.

For more information about the conference and to register click here. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kristen Weller at kweller@burnslev.com.

 

Curved Papers & CWCBExpo Roll Out NORML FORML LA Sept 25th

CALIFORNIA: On Wednesday, September 25th, 2019, Curved Papers will once again partner with CWCBExpo to present NORML FORML LA, An Evening of Art, Music and Fashion.” The fundraiser for The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws takes place on the eve of the CWCBExpo at The Pattern Bar in the LA’s Fashion District.
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Michael O’Malley, Curved Paper’s CEO and Founder, told MJNews that attendees will be treated to an enchanted evening of artists, activists and entrepreneurs.  “This fundraiser will be the featured charity event of Cannabis Week in LA.” the entrepreneur said. “NORML has provided leadership for the legalization movement for 50 years. They stand to finish the fight, and to continue to fight for the rights and protection of the cannabis consumer.”
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Attendees will be treated to speeches by Dale Gieringer and Ellen Komp of CA NORML, and Bruce Margolin of LA NORML. as well as a show of music, art and fashion, music by Stunt Double and a Medical Marijuana Series by artist Jacob Wheeler.
“The spirit of cooperation and progress that drives the NORML FORML will bring together .Coms, .Orgs, .EDUs and .GOVs.,” O’Malley said.

Tickets to NORML FORML LA are $75 and available at Eventbrite.

Cannabis Advocacy Organization M4MM To Launch Licensing Boot Camp For Minority & Women-Owned Business Owners in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY: On the heels of the success of its groundbreaking cannabis licensing boot camp in Missouri, advocacy organization Minorities for Medical Marijuana  (M4MM) proudly announces three kickoff events for its New Jersey Cannabis Licensing Boot Camp (CBLB) program.

M4MM’s New Jersey Cannabis Business Licensing Boot Camp (CBLB) is an unparalleled opportunity for those interested in entering the cannabis industry who may not have access to critical information and resources. New Jersey recently expanded its Medical Marijuana program to better serve  the state’s medical patients, which now has more than 50,000 enrollees. CBLB provides intensive training and support, empowering participants with the knowledge, connections and support necessary to successfully obtain a license.The support provided by Trulieve, Inc.-Presenting Sponsor, Oaksterdam University-Education Partner and New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association-Industry Partner allows M4MM to prepare potential licensees quickly and efficiently prior to the next open application period.  The CBLB, slated for Oct 19th and 26th, is a two day intensive training developed specifically to help minority- and women-owned businesses prepare for the licensing process in the Garden State.

In March 2019, the CBLB debuted in St. Louis Missouri with over 50 minority, women, and veteran small business owners participating. Over 40% of the attendees applied, partnered, or formed joint ventures in pursuit of a cannabis business license.“Our program has already helped dozens of people overcome multiple obstacles and successfully navigate the licensing process, says M4MM Founder and CEO Roz McCarthy. “Our proven method can replicate the same success in New Jersey, helping minorities and women entrepreneurs enter the legal cannabis industry in record numbers.”

The three kickoff events are scheduled on September 17th 6pm-9pm EST, at LaunchPad Newark,nSeptember 24th at Historic Trenton Masonic Temple, and October 1st at NJ Cowork Street in Camden NJ will give an overview of New Jersey’s licensing process, address questions and concerns, preview the CBLB instructional curriculum, and meet key medical cannabis experts who will be teaching at the CBLB in October. The CBLB KickOff event fee is $25. Aimed at tackling inequity and the lack of minority- and women-owned business operators in the cannabis industry, the CBLB is scheduled for October 19th and 26th from 8:30a- 6:00pm EST at LaunchPad Newark. This integrative multi-week workshop will be open to 150-200 qualifying business license applicants. Attendees can expect to gain a clear understanding of the licensing process, access Oaksterdam University’s nationally renowned educational tools and experts, learn key strategies, receive specialized training and resource development through M4MM, gain exclusive access to industry professionals necessary to build businesses that succeed, and access to additional pre- and post license support. For more information and registration go to www.m4mmunited.org.

 

National Expungement Week (N.E.W.) Returns September 21-28, 2019

NEW YORK:  The second annual National Expungement Week (N.E.W) will be held from September 21-28, 2019, with events in 30 cities throughout the country. A coalition of more than three dozen organizations working at the intersection of the cannabis industry, racial equity, and reparative justice, led by Equity First Alliance and Cage-Free Repair, conceived the week  to highlight the need to fully integrate those disenfranchised by the war on drugs within their respective communities. Events to be featured throughout the week include free clinics to help remove, seal, or reclassify eligible convictions from criminal records (depending on local legislation), as well as provide expungement education workshops and complementary services. 

N.E.W. events have inspired teams of attorneys, organizers, and activists nationwide to continue to increase expungement opportunities where possible, with over 40 events scheduled to take place throughout the week. Cities featuring participating events have nearly doubled from 16 in 2018 to 30, including major hubs such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. N.E.W. is made possible by Presenting Sponsors Houseplant and Canopy Growth Corporation, dozens of local sponsors and partners, and the tireless work of community-based organizations dedicated to repairing harms of the War on Drugs. 

“Too many people are locked up in this country, and far too many people are still locked out of society long after they’ve completed their sentence. This week offers a way to provide legal relief and wraparound services to justice-impacted people and their families while calling for automated expungement,” says Torie Marshall, Director of Programs at Cage-Free Repair.

The inaugural N.E.W., which ran from  October 20-27, 2018, is credited with leading 298 people to record clearing and sealing – resulting in a public benefit of over $3 million in its first year alone. Over 400 people also received related social services including employment resources, voter registration, and  health screenings. Though expungement legislation, especially in regards to cannabis convictions, has gained in acceptance across the political spectrum, the laws themselves present a virtual web of legal procedures and restrictions, solidifying  N.E.W.’s push to expand access to expungement and streamline the use of automated expungement.

N.E.W.’s launch on September 21st coincides with Code For America’s National Day of Civic Hacking, and Code For America’s volunteer Brigades have chosen to focus on record clearance this year. Many Brigades are working with local N.E.W. organizers to combine live events with technological solutions. N.E.W. also coincides with National Voter Registration Day, which highlights the need for voting rights restoration, and the N.E.W. website provides a link to an online toolkit so communities can organize such events beyond the scope of the week.

“Every community’s events look different. In Boston, our event will feature record clearance and GED services, voter registration, and a City Councilor candidate forum. In Chicago, educational events will let people know about recent changes in the state’s expungement and cannabis laws. In Washington, DC, N.E.W. events will provide housing and legal assistance, resume workshops, and other re-entry services,” says Joe Gilmore, President of Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council, one of the participating organizations

 

7th Annual Mother’s High Tea – Tea Along The Rio de la Plata South America

COLORADO:  4 & 20 Blackbirds presents 7th Annual Mother’s High Tea® – Tea Along the Rio de la Plata South America, taking place at McNichols Building on Friday September 20, 2019, from 1pm to 4pm in Denver, featuring an inspiring speaker program, activities, nonprofit education and tea menu. Mother’s High Tea® is a public, non-consumption event celebrating mothers, business women, and advocates in the cannabis community. Cannabis Maven, Susan Squibb, with a volunteer committee is proud to produce and emcee Mother’s High Tea®, the longest running women’s cannabis event in the U.S.

Speakers: The speaker theme is personal and community wellness. The keynote speaker is Jessica Peck, Esq. Denver attorney, Ms. Peck is a constitutional scholar and passionate family law trial attorney, often representing families and kids in crisis. This year, she was appointed by Gov. Jared Polis to the Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force, Subcommittee on Children’s Behavioral Health, tasked with rebuilding Colorado’s juvenile mental health system. Over a decade ago, Ms. Peck co-founded Moms for Marijuana and Guarding Our Children Against Marijuana Prohibition. Dr. Lisa Calderón, currently Chief of Staff for Candi Cde Baca in Denver City Council District 9 was born and raised in Denver. Dr. Calderón holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, law degree, and a doctorate in education. Her 30-years of public service also includes being a justice reform advocate, nonprofit executive and social justice organizer. She is a former university professor she has taught in academia for 15 years in the areas of Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, Sociology, and Criminal Justice. She has obtained several awards for inspirational leadership for her work serving the community.

Tea Along the Rio de la Plata South America comes to life with tea buffets and catering by Encore Catering & Culinary Services. The menu is inspired by the yerba mate teas and culinary regions of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

The non- profit and educational tables feature information from National Alliance on Mental Illness, UCD Cannabis Cultures Anthropology Professor, Marty Otanez, and Denver Open Media.

Tickets: VIP tables, general admission and children tickets available through AXS website. GA Tickets are $35. Child tickets are $15. Children 4 and under are free. A VIP table for 10 is available for $425 with the promo code bestfriend10 at AXS.com. Each guest receives a passport to travel through event activities, a gift bag from event sponsors, and entries to prize drawings.

Susan Squibb, Cannabis Maven, is a trailblazer of the hemp and marijuana business and advocacy communities in Colorado. She is a paralegal, event producer and speaker.