Julian Marley Returns To The Stage For “AS I AM” West Coast Tour After Tragic Family Loss To Cancer.

Thousands to attend Julian Marley’s, 2019 West Coast “AS I AM” Tour,  in support of the Artist’s latest album release and his mission for Children’s Cancer Research Awareness.”   The chart topping 4th album release, “AS I AM” captivated music lovers worldwide last year, the West Coast fans have been eagerly awaiting their turn. 

CALIFORNIA:  Not since the loss of his father 40 years ago, has the artist endured this type of heart shattering family tragedy. Julian vows to continue creating healing awareness, through his global reach, growing Reggae Roots deeper in to the evolving culture; and spreading a message of urgency, unity and hope for the people.

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“I come “as I am” still healing- left with no choice but to turn to my music and advocacy. It is the only way to carry on,” – Julian Marley

This tour will begin a new chapter in Julian Marley’s music career and humanitarian efforts. The story Julian only recently made public to his fans -a few days ago inMerry Jane Magazine, was a hope filled, but somber experience. It explains what led to a few tour postponements- since the album’s release.

Over the summer Julian suffered the loss of  an adolescent, a close family member, deeply loved and honored by  all. This marks the 2nd Marley family member to be lost to cancer, a heart shattering tragedy for Julian, after losing his father almost 40 years ago.

In both sadness and a mission of determination, Julian courageously takes to the stage this Friday, to soothe our hearts-and his, through the healing power of his inspirational music. Carving out his own legacy, Julian is redefining the messages in Reggae music, passed down from generations of nobility- to motivate a new era advocacy, health awareness, and sustainability. Education to exercise our natural rights, in a limbo legal culture, with new medicinal education, is a cornerstone of Julian’s mission. With the help of research pioneer Tracy Ryan of CannaKids, and the charity Saving Sophie & JUJU ROYAL Foundation, they are raising funds and awareness on this tour—- to find a means to an end. Julian aims to bring proven data, results and treatment, to children needlessly suffering, by way of societies misinformation.

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Just this week, Snoop Dogg reached out to all of his “Snoop Lion” fans on Facebook, and posted a recent article to promote Julian’s upcoming tour-  and garner support for his cause.

Seattle Hempfest Threatened With Extinction By Travel Giant Expedia’s Denial Of Access

Last minute denial of service road expected to negatively impact “Protestival”

WASHINGTON: “The Seattle Hempfest is taking place this year but with an extreme burden that will be disruptive to waterfront businesses and locals in the area. Hempfest has made good faith efforts to negotiate solutions, but even the most modest accommodation has been rejected by Expedia and the Port of Seattle,” says Seattle Hempfest director, Vivian McPeak.

“Forty-five days before the event, Expedia informed us via the Port of Seattle that they are not allowing Hempfest access to the road it has used for 25 years to bring supply vehicles, vendors, and staff into the back of the event. Expedia is blocking access because they say Hempfest will interfere with their construction and employee vehicle traffic for a few days,” he continues. “First Expedia took away all of Hempfest’s parking, now they are declining access for its production.

 

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This last-minute denial is costing Seattle Hempfest thousands of dollars in extra fees and is creating a logistical nightmare likely to lead to unnecessary traffic snarls on a major arterial along and near the central waterfront.” Over 100,000 attendees are expected at the August 16, 17, 18 Seattle Special Event, now in its 28th year, and the 25th year at its current venue, Myrtle Edwards and Centennial Parks.

Expedia’s denial of access may jeopardize the future of this historic event. “Expedia purchased the former Amgen facility that is adjacent to Centennial Park and is undergoing a massive development project. Seattle residents have been severely impacted by the recent relocation to the city by giant tech companies, threatening the city’s culture, history, and historic buildings as gentrification and congestion runs rampant across the city,” says McPeak. “Expedia is apparently willing to end Hempfest rather than endure a few days of temporary inconvenience.”

At Expedia’s bidding, the Port of Seattle, which issues a permit for Hempfest to use Centennial Park, is only granting Hempfest use of the north service road Alaska Way West between the hours of 7 PM and 4 AM ―impossible hours to load event equipment such as staging, fencing, scaffolding, portable toilets, tent canopies, and wash stations in and out of the venue. Even the most meager requests, such as a few band parking spots, have been ignored by Expedia.

Organizers believe Expedia is working to end the world-renowned free speech event.  Hempfest supporters have created a MoveOn.org boycott petition.

A Family of Pioneers In Cannabinoid Medicine Host Their First Seminar In Portland, OR

OREGON: An Introduction to Endocannabinology is the first seminar presented by Doctors Knox, a family of physicians pioneering the fields of endocannabinology and cannabinoid medicine.

Through their seminar series, the Knox doctors seek to share their expertise in the endocannabinoid system and the use of cannabis as medicine with other key cannabis industry stakeholders to ensure mutual success across the industry.

At this inaugural seminar, attendees will receive a world-class orientation to the endocannabinoid system and cannabis as medicine from this family of subject matter experts. Additionally, the event offers 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for healthcare professionals in the fields of pharmacy, nursing and medicine.

At the completion of An Introduction to Endocannabinology, attendees will be better prepared to engage meaningfully with the cannabis industry, whether discussing endocannabinoid health with colleagues, answering patients’ questions about cannabis use, assessing cannabis product quality, or advocating for sensible cannabis policy. 

The seminar takes place on Saturday, August 3rd from 9 am – 12 pm at Jupiter NEXT Hotel, located at 900 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214. The event will also be live streamed for remote viewers.

What’s on the agenda?

8:30-9:00 Registration + Coffee Bar

9:00-9:15 Welcome + Gratitude

9:15-10:15 An Introduction to Endocannabinology: Past, Present, and Future

10:15-10:30 Q&A

10:30-10:45 Break + Sponsor Marketplace

10:45-11:45 The Doctors’ Roundtable

11:45-12:00 pm Q&A + Conclusion

12:00-12:30 Sponsor Marketplace

Interested parties can register to attend in-person or via live stream at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-doctors-knox-event-an-introduction-to-endocannabinology-tickets-63452161122

Indo Expo Returns To Portland August 3–4 As Hemp’s Potential Is Being Embraced—Again

Country’s Premier Cannabis Trade Show Cultivating Community, Growing Industry

OREGON: Indo Expo, the country’s leading business-to-business forum for the cannabis industry, announced its return to the Portland Expo Center on August 3 and 4 as the industry both matures and continues to rapidly evolve. Nowhere else can producers, processors and retailers have access to such a wide array of products and services for the cannabis and hemp industry under one roof. In addition to access to hundreds of exhibitors, attendees will be able to learn from some of the industry’s most renowned experts at seminars and demonstrations throughout the weekend.

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“Cannabis growers who attend this year’s Indo Expo will be very pleasantly surprised to see the continued expansion of opportunities to grow with the cannabis industry. Not only will they have access to hundreds of exhibitors and a wealth of information shared through the seminars, but almost as importantly, they will have the ability to interact and network with all those industry leaders who have been at the forefront of turning the legalized cannabis trade into a multibillion-dollar enterprise,” said Chris Olson, Executive Director of Indo Expo.

Indo Expo guests this year will also find an expanded presence on how to capitalize on the rapidly expanding hemp market. With the passage of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 as part of the U.S. Farm Bill, exhibitors will be displaying ways to turn hemp into everything from food and beverage items to an array of apparel and accessories, beauty products, pet supplies and virtually everything that touches consumers’ everyday lives.

“What I am particularly excited to see is that after decades of hearing about unlocking the potential of hemp, that day has come. Hemp is back in a big way. Hemp flower can now be legally sold in all 50 states and will overlap with dozens of other industries to be turned into food, fuel, fiber, medicine and more. The opportunities are endless and attendees should leave Indo Expo emboldened that after decades of starts and stops, hemp is here to stay and change the way we live.”

Seminars and panel discussions feature some of the industry’s most knowledgeable experts on legal and political issues, extraction and processing, cultivation, genetics, and other important issues that both confront and open doors to attendees who seek to maximize their cannabis and hemp businesses.

Indo Expo shows in Denver, San Francisco and Portland are the only places where attendees have the opportunity to interact with such a large cross section of cannabis industry leaders who have the experience and knowledge to share with those interested in capitalizing on the business.

The Portland show on Saturday, August 3, is for industry professionals and trade only. Sunday, August 4, is for both trade and the general public.

OLCC Begins Listening Tour With Marijuana Industry

Bend Session Set for Tuesday July 9th

OREGON: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission launches its first in a series of listening sessions with the marijuana industry this Tuesday, July 9, 2019 in Bend.

The listening session will be held at the Riverhouse Convention Center from 6 PM to 9 PM.

The listening sessions provide an informal setting for Commissioners to learn about the issues facing the marijuana industry.

In particular the Commission wants to hear from the marijuana industry on: the Producer License moratorium (Senate Bill 218), exporting, social consumption, and changes to the Marijuana Program.

The OLCC will hold four additional  listening sessions for the marijuana industry in:  Ashland on July 17, Eugene on July 30, Ontario on August 6, and in Portland on August 12.

The Commission will also hold its regularly scheduled July 18, 2019 meeting at Southern Oregon University.

Licensees and stakeholders can register to attend the listening tour sessions on the OLCC Eventbrite page at: www.bit.ly/2AGaYUS

Marijuana Industry Listening Sessions

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 – 6 to 9 PM

Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center

2850 NW Rippling River Court, Bend 97703

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Southern Oregon University – Stevenson Union

1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland 97520

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Lane Community College – Center for Meeting and Learning

4000 E. 30th Avenue, Eugene 97405

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Four Rivers Cultural Center

675 SW 5th Avenue, Ontario 97914

Monday, August 12, 2019 – 6 to 9 p.m.

OLCC Headquarters – Commission Meeting Room

9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Portland 97222

Register for the OLCC marijuana industry listening tour on the OLCC Eventbrite page at: www.bit.ly/2AGaYUS

Global Cannabis Business Leaders, Scientists, Technologists & Thought Leaders Gather For CannaTech Cape Town, South Africa, November 24 – 26, 2019

ISRAEL: As the global medical cannabis market continues to expand and increasing numbers of countries around the globe legalize its use, the renowned CannaTech Summit will take place for the first time on the African Continent in Cape Town, South Africa, November 24 – 26 at The Lookout, V&A Waterfront.

With estimates that the cannabis and associated products market could be worth R27 billion by 2023, this immense potential has led to a boom in regional cannabis interest and investment.

CannaTech Cape Town will bring together industry leaders from across the African Continent and around the world known for their significant and ground-breaking contributions to the global medical and recreational cannabis market in all fields including Agricultural Tech and Innovation, Business and Finance, Policy and Regulation, Science and Medicine.

“The global interest in Africa’s cannabis market and South Africa’s recent legislative acceptance of cannabis makes Cape Town the perfect destination for CannaTech. Following South Africa, several African countries, including Swaziland, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, are examining legalizing cannabis cultivation for medical or industrial applications.  We are thrilled to bring some of the world’s leading companies and investors to CapeTown to meet with their counterparts to discuss a range of business and technological issues and work with like minded professionals who understand the immense global health and business potential of medical and recreational cannabis moving forward,” said Saul Kaye, Founder and CEO of iCAN:Israel-Cannabis. “As someone born in South Africa, I am especially looking forward to establishing ties throughout the entire continental cannabis eco-system,” he added.

Vets & Cannabis: LTC(R) Todd Scattini- TheHempColonel Remarks At Emerald Science Conference

Thanks to the Emerald Sciences Conference team— Jules Sinclair, Ken Snoke, Wes Burk, and Cliff Beneventi, and Dr. John Abrams

I am so grateful for this platform. I am humbled to have the opportunity to kick off this important conference focused on the science of cannabis and the technology to facilitate its research. I’m honored to address you, the leaders in the field on this occasion.

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I love coming back to my home state of California and seeing how the bravery of activists changed cannabis policy here in 1996, which began a policy evolution across the United States and around the world. For example, it was the bravery of gay activists in California, like Denis Peron, Harvey Milk, and Richard Eastman, teaming up with Jack Herer responding to suffering brought on by the AIDS epidemic that inspired their movement. The loss and suffering of their friends was too much to bear, and they risked their freedom and reputations to come to the rescue of their comrades.

Todd Scattini on Stage

In many ways, my own life has followed the arc of cannabis policy.

I was born in 1970, the same year that Richard Nixon—another Californian—created the “war on drugs.” I was raised in the “Just Say No” generation in a law enforcement household. And in 1996, the same year that I graduated from West Point, CA was the first state to take the brave step forward to legalize medical cannabis.

And then on January 1st, 2018, I was officially retired from the Army, and my home state of CA legalized the adult use of cannabis. I now call Kansas City, MO home, and I’m proud to say that I was part of legalizing medical cannabis there, which passed by a vast majority during the November 2018 election.

As you’ve likely concluded from my bio, I’m not a scientist. I’m not a doctor. I am now just an old soldier. At West Point, I was trained under the banner of DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY and inspired to a lifetime of service to the Nation. Much like many of you, I feel like working in the medical cannabis industry is my calling. I consider this how I continue to serve, today. Given my experiences in the Army and my understanding of the power of the cannabis plant, I believe that I have a voice to lend to this discussion and a duty to pursue safer and more effective methods of treating veterans and military personnel who suffer from wounds both visible and invisible.

As a Veteran now, I find myself part of a population in the midst of a health crisis marked by elevated levels of suicide, mental health concerns, substance abuse issues, and addiction. I cannot purport to speak for all veterans, but today I will attempt to describe the view from my foxhole.

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But first, I also want to thank Doug Distaso for the great introduction, and congratulate him for being named the new Executive Director of the Veterans Cannabis Project, where I’m proud to serve as a board member and the director of the Midwest region. Doug is a 1996 USAFA graduate who served our Nation as a special operator for many years. He is now working tirelessly to bring about policy changes every day by waving our flag in Washington D.C., providing leaders with a great reason to say yes to increased research and access to medical cannabis for veterans. The VCP was founded by Nick Etten, a Naval Academy grad, and The VCP is turning out to be incredibly influential instrument in cannabis policy at the federal level. I believe it is because the creation of the VCP and the execution of what we do come from a place of great PURPOSE for us and a sense of DUTY, because we feel like we’re doing what we were trained to do—protect and care for those who have served. And because of our time as leaders in the military, we also care deeply about the families of those who serve; keeping in mind the often serious cascading effects of pain and trauma experienced in veterans’ families and the communities in which they live.

Todd at Emerald Science ConferenceCOMMANDER IN CHIEF’S TROPHY:

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that West Point owns—for the second year in a row—the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy. This means that Army beat both the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy this year in football. I bring this up not only to gloat but also to bring us to the football field. Part of our training at the military academies is participation in athletics. This instills in all of us a sense of the interconnectedness between competitive athletics and military action–these are ideas of struggle, tactics, and strategic engagement. And football of course has a long tradition at the academies—the Army-Navy game, first played in 1890, is one of the most traditional, enduring rivalries in college football.

General Douglas MacArthur, himself a superb athlete, while serving as Superintendent of West Point identified so clearly the relationship between competition on  the football field and combat on the battlefield. He said, “On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other days, on other fields will bear the fruits of victory.”

In no other forum is there a clearer representation of today’s modern gladiators and warriors.

On the second Saturday every of every December, the football field is where gladiators from both Army and Navy engage in competition that will translate one day to the battlefield, where they will serve as warriors. It’s also the field where men engage in competition that is a multi-billion dollar “entertainment” industry. Professional athletes, our modern Gladiators on the football field risk their health, and arguably their lives in the long term, for our entertainment. And warriors on the battlefield do our nation’s bidding, by putting their lives on the line as part of duty to our country. Both of these populations are at high risk for suffering from long-term health issues, including chronic pain, PTSD, TBI, and CTE, just to name a few. These populations are also at extremely high risk of becoming addicted to opioids and other frequently prescribed drugs. These populations should have access to medical cannabis as an option.

I believe that we are in a position to change the lives of veterans, football players, men and women affected by

these debilitating medical conditions. And indeed we have an ethical duty to do so.

So, How does an Army Colonel get involved in cannabis?

In Afghanistan, I served  on the Commander’s Initiatives Group, which is an interdisciplinary team comprised of diplomats, military personnel, and civilians tasked with providing strategic advice to the Coalition Commander.

Among many other things, we were asked to develop innovative solutions to transform the Afghan economy using the country’s available natural resources. I proposed the use of hemp as an element of the Afghan economy to provide a replacement to the widespread cultivation of opium. An additional benefit of this plan would have been the cross-pollination of hemp and cannabis, thereby reducing the amount of THC in the hashish crops they grew to sell in prohibition markets for exorbitant profits. My recommendation fell on deaf ears, because, although I served for incredibly intelligent and talented leaders, this was still a bit “out there.”

But it was there, in Afghanistan, where I became so interested in everything revolving around cannabis. I had never found a subject more fascinating on so many levels. Its history in the United States charts a path beginning with the devastating Social Justice implications of our prohibition of this plant rooted in racism, greed, and often illogical, fear-mongering, and uninformed political arguments.

The social justice impacts alone, coupled with the  potential health impacts on our society, merit focus and the concentrated efforts of the entire global community. This includes international organizations, federal, state and local governments, as well as academic institutions. Our future must focus on the as-yet untapped transformative possibilities that this plant has to offer.

As states begin to legalize adult use of marijuana, we’re beginning to see positive outcomes in Job Creation, Revenue Generation, and increased Research opportunities. We are building an industry from the underground up. It is amazing to watch, as many of you are already doing, what it looks like when we apply modern scientific tools and techniques to a plant we’ve been unable to study for far too long. So, I am very excited to hear many of your findings over the next two days.

Today, we find ourselves in a position to facilitate meaningful research and then to amplify the medical outcomes of cannabis. By creating opportunities for interdisciplinary, multinational collaborative groups, we can synchronize research agendas. And with the support of powerful partners in the federal arena, including but not limited to the DoD, and in national, influential institutions like the NFL, we can make visible the results of this research.

And I believe that this conference, with the incredible roster of scientists leading sessions on significant topics such as cannabis genomics and chemotyping, genetic sequencing, standards and practices, pharmacological strategies, cultivation, extraction, and processing, and emerging research trends and findings, to name just a few, , are so vital to forward progress and to what I see as our ethical responsibility, our DUTY, to our planet and our fellow human beings.

Before I left the military, I struggled, at first, to see how my skill sets might translate to the industry. But I realize that the skill sets that I am deploying in the cannabis space were the same ones that were developed in me in the military. While serving, I was trained to lead soldiers in combat, and I was trained in the art of diplomacy. In the military we have been told that our only limit was our imagination and that we have to think critically about complex issues and develop creative solutions to apply to them.

There are few issues facing our country that are more complex than that of veteran suicide and our Nation’s opioid crisis. The two combined result in the death of nearly 12,000 veterans annually. Beyond that, opioid overdoses cost the lives of almost 70,000 American civilians last year, resulting for the third year in a row, in a decline in the life expectancy of American citizens.

Now, THAT is a national emergency. Cannabis can help reverse this situation. This is no longer an assumption. This is what we know from experience in 33 states that have legalized cannabis for medical purposes.

Even the FDA holds several patents on cannabinoids as a neuroprotectant, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. This triad comprises, ironically, the three things that would be most useful to combat Traumatic Brain Injuries, what the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (or DARPA) has called “The Signature Wound of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.”

My passion project is The Athena Protocol.

I’ve named this project after the Greek goddess, Athena, who is the goddess of military victory, knowledge, and good counsel. And, her helmet is prominently displayed on the crest of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Athena Protocol

The Athena Protocol is a four-phased, multi-disciplinary strategy designed to mitigate and treat traumatic brain injury (TBI). And, we believe it may have the same application to prevent and treat chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The Protocol seeks to harness the neuroprotective, anti-oxidative, and anti-inflammatory properties of non-impairing cannabinoids administered as a prophylaxis and a treatment through a phased program prior to and following a brain injury, which would include administration on the battlefield immediately following a suspected TBI, at the point of injury.

The development of this Protocol was inspired by the loss of one of my Lieutenants who had served under my command.

Captain Andrew Houghton, from Houston, Texas was an exceptional young officer and a fellow graduate of West Point (Class of 2001). Andy threw his hat in the air on the field at Michie Stadium just months before the attacks of 9/11 on our Nation that thrust us into what is our country’s longest conflict. I last saw Andy at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where I met his parents. We pinned a purple heart on his chest, and the following day he succumbed to his traumatic brain injury sustained while serving in Iraq. My hope is that The Athena Protocol might be able to prevent or reduce the severity of TBIs, and perhaps increase the survivability of soldiers in combat. It is scientists and researchers like you who fill this room and the technology that we are all working to bring to bear on the cannabis plant that might help move research like this forward.

So, where are we now?

I’d say that we are in The Adaptive Space. This is a concept we train our officers on at the Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. It’s based on Michael Arena’s groundbreaking work that leads organizations to become more agile and to embrace disruptive forces as positive accelerators. Cannabis is that disruptive force.

The Adaptive Space exists in between and intersecting the Entrepreneurial and the Operational realms of leadership. In short, the Adaptive Space is the space that exists between the prohibition period, where research was stifled (an understatement) to a place where cannabinoid medicines can be prescribed with predictable outcomes. It is the place where we will soon get to apply the most complex plant that we know of at some of the worlds most complex health issues.  In this space–if people collaborate freely with parallel objectives–real growth happens and true organic innovation emerges.

In order to develop a deeper understanding of how cannabinoid medicine might be applied to some of the most complex medical conditions of our time, we need to:

  • Reduce barriers to research
  • Develop clear protocols for cannabis
  • Create an environment to conduct research on the predictability of cannabis’ effects on the prevention and treatment of injury, illness, and disease.
  • Conduct research on dosing, which the Emerald Sciences Team is currently working toward.
  • Furthermore, we should demand that medical schools train their students on the endocannabinoid system and the most current science on cannabis.
  • Finally, I believe that the DoD is uniquely positioned as the ideal organization to lean into medical cannabis research. The veteran community represents the largest patient population in the United States. The DoD has over 1,200 health care facilities nationwide, including 170 VA Medical Centers, and over 1,000 outpatient sites of care. These serve over 9 Million enrolled veterans annually. 75% of that population have made it known that they would welcome cannabis as a treatment option.  The two largest VSOs (VFW and AL) have made demands for increased cannabis research part of their national platforms.
  • It makes sense that the military would lead this effort

The military has a long history of driving medical advances, including the discovery of penicillin, the development of plastic surgery, and the treatment of amputation. These advances were realized in response to necessity. We’re now in a moment of necessity. And we need the DoD to STEP UP, get past the stigma, and look at medical cannabis as a way to address the veterans health crisis that we’re in today. I’m confident that cannabis would become an effective tool for the military medical community to address veterans health issues, if they were to commit to understanding the full potential this plant possesses. And, I believe that we would reduce healthcare costs for our nation, as a whole.

If we focus science, technology, and minds with clear vision and purpose, we can maximize innovations in this Adaptive Space. And this must happen NOW. In the military, we spend a lot of time learning about revolutions in military affairs. That is to say how small changes or inventions change warfare. These include the advent of the stirrup that made it possible for warfare to be conducted while mounted on a horse. It is the advent of the rail lines to speed military transport. It is the invention of the computer…of the satellite. These all add to revolutions in military affairs.

Today, we are on the precipice of an authentic paradigm shift that will be seen as a true revolution in medical affairs. Even today, medical cannabis is saving people’s lives and improving the health and well-being of their families and communities. It is my goal to ensure that this happens within the veteran community, as well.

We are so lucky to be operating within the cannabis industry today, in whatever role you might be playing. While the rest of the world gets to watch the shifting of a paradigm, we get to actually guide it, shape it, direct it. We get to make it in the form of something that we can be really proud of. We can set the example for other industries to follow.

My final thought

We spend a lot of time discussing this plant, and that is for good reason. For many of us, we consider that this plant has saved our lives or the lives of someone close to us. Most of us are inspired by this plant for the bounty we believe it possesses and because we believe that it can revolutionize the way we treat patients and how it might improve the health and well-being of our species. What will make this all possible are the People. And, that is why we are gathered here, to interact with one another, and to create connections that might help us advance medical science and deepen our understanding of the cannabis plant and how to deploy it. We are here to promote collaboration among Nations, institutions, and people. I’m sure many of you have experienced the deep friendships that develop around the study of this plant…some of it even owed to the mutual communion around the cannabis plant.

One particular individual that I would like to mention was a dear friend and colleague, Steve Baugh. He spoke here last year and was a member of the Harvest 360 Team. Steve passed away suddenly just ten days ago. He was an accomplished chemist and inventor who held several patents. He was a husband and father with a genius mind. But most of all, he was our friend and a valued teammate. His passing is a great loss to the scientific community. We will miss him dearly and offer condolences to his family.

My goal for this address was to inspire this crowd by pointing out the need for greater research of cannabis and perhaps introduce you to the struggles of a the veteran population so desperately in need of safer and more effective treatments for the wounds of war. But, I believe you already know this. I think we are all well aware of the potential for cannabis to serve as a life saving medicine. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t.

In the end, I believe what I am trying to do is to inspire our country to significantly reduce the barriers to research of cannabis. I think that access to this medicine and the ability of scientists to research it should be considered a human right, and that it is our DUTY to explore it.

During a recent trip to Washington DC with the VCP, I visited the American Academy of Sciences. I went there to pick up a copy of their recent publication: The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research. This report provides a broad set of evidence-based research conclusions on the health effects of cannabis and cannabinoids and puts forth recommendations to help advance the research field and better inform public health decisions.

As I entered the building, I was immediately struck by Albert Einstein’s words that guard the entrance to the building.

He was quoted as saying:

“The right to search for truth implies also a duty;

One must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true.”

In this, Einstein is challenging all of us to search for truth with integrity and purpose and to share that truth for the greater good.

I feel that Einstein’s quote was an appropriate way to open our proceedings this week, and I hope to harness or enlist the intellectual power and the scientific capabilities represented in this room to that end.

I cannot wait to search for truth with you and share it with the world.

I implore this group to join me and so many other veterans who are working toward this end to find solutions to address the healthcare crisis we are in today. I invite the Department of Defense and others to join us in helping facilitate research.\

I believe it is our duty to do so.

I believe we have WE HAVE SKIN IN THE GAME!

Sproutways to Present Top Cannabis Breeders And Market Leaders On May 18th In Aptos, CA

CALIFORNIA:  Sproutways, a B2B platform provider for the cannabis and hemp marketplace, together with the Santa Cruz Center of Botanical Studies, will be holding the California Cannabis Summit 2019 on May 18th at the Seascape Resort in Aptos, California.

Leaders in breeding and genetics, cultivation, research, and business from California’s thriving cannabis and hemp market will gather for an exclusive day-long conference. The summit content is organized from seed to retail with experts in each phase of the journey, including finance and legal, providing actionable insights for attendees.

“For too long, cannabis has been part of the underground economy. As state and local regulations evolve to provide a legal framework in which to operate, cannabis supply chain operators need access to pertinent information to help develop the market,” said Joseph Sulistyo, CEO and founder of Sproutways. “The time is right for smart B2B platforms that facilitate marketing, brand-building, knowledge-sharing and trusted connections between producers, operators, financiers, and service providers to maximize the cannabis and hemp market opportunity.”

The main panel will showcase three legendary breeders: Bodhi Seeds, SnowHigh of Genetix Genius, and Kagyu of Coastal Seed Co., all of whom have curated and developed award-winning cultivars featured at the Emerald Cup, High Times Cannabis Cup, and Santa Cruz Cup. They will join panels of cannabis and hemp industry luminaries including Nikki and Swami of Swami Select, Matt McCain of Recreator, and Craig Nejedly of Satori Movement.

Progressive financial, agricultural, and technology corporations are sponsoring the event, providing a productive environment in which to form new business relationships. Sponsors for the event include:

Event information can be found at https://events.sproutways.com/

 

May 15th In NYC: CannaStocks2019 Q1 Investor Conference

CaptureCannaStocks2019 Q1 Investor Conference takes place today (May 15, 2019) in New York City. 

For Investment Professionals, Accredited Investors, and Financial Media

8AM-6PM – Reservations required. Send an INQUIRY to bruce@cannastocks2019.com

OTC Markets Group, 300 Vesey Street, NYC 10282

Featuring: Presentations, Q-and-A, and Panels with select OTC Markets Group leaders in the Cannabis sector. Themes to be explored: innovation, consolidation, international expansion, specialization, legalities, and advertising. 

Companies presenting: KushCo Holdings, Acreage Holdings, MariMed, Emerald Bioscience, OrganiGram Holdings, Sproutly, Emerald Health Therapeutics, Supreme Cannabis Company, Canopy Rivers, 1933 Industries, AXIM Biotechnologies, GSRX Industries, and New Frontier Data will provide an industry overview about current market trends. Investors unable to attend can watch a video webcast of the conference.


To pre-register for the webcast, click HERE:
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There is no charge for access to the webcast. Those unable to view the webcast on May 15 will find it archived and for later viewing on the Virtual Investor Conferences website.

Don’t Rain On My NYC Cannabis Parade

By Stu Zakim

It was a cold rainy Saturday May 4 in NYC as the 49th annual NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally began its roster of speakers before heading from Herald Square to Union Square Park. Emcee Leo Bridgewater encouraged the crowd, many under umbrellas, to embrace the chant “What do we want? JUSTICE. When do we want it ? NOW, as speakers addressed the social injustice issues that have plagued the marijuana industry.

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As the parade began, the skies opened again, but, as the marchers, escorted by NYC’s finest, felt nothing as they focused on the mission at hand – drawing attention to the fight for Cannabis legalization in NYC and NJ. And, yet, as if karma, upon arrival at Union Square, the clouds disappeared, the sun came out and the rally kicked off in front of a crowd that easily topped 5000.

The crowd was addressed by a number of speakers, including local NYC officials like recently-elected New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried (District 75, Manhattan) as well as Cannabis industry leaders like Joy Beckerman, Michael O’Malley of Curved Papers and others.

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The musical lineup featured some amazing performances from  Clip Payne’s 420 Funk Mob (including members of Parliament-Funkadelic), Brooklyn’s High & Mighty Brass Band, the CCB Reggae All Stars (formerly the High Times Cannabis Cup Band), rappers Cambatta and SCRIBE the Verbalist, and the East Village’s SoulCake.

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The NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally’s coalition partners included Empire State NORML, Women Grow NYC, Drug Policy Project, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Cannabis Cultural Association, Start SMART New York, New Jersey Cannabusiness Association, High NY, Revel, LatinoJustice, Hemp Industry Association, Patients Out of Time, Marijuana Business AssociationGreen Party of New York State, A Rebel Minded Society, Freedom Leaf, Honeysuckle, Infuzes and Good Deed Entertainment.

The Event sponsors are Dutch company Sensi SeedsEtain Health, one of New York’s medical cannabis providers with dispensaries in Manhattan (142 E. 39 St.), Yonkers and Kingston; hemp supplier Tonic; grow-box manufacturer SunBud SolutionsCannaGather; Presto DoctorCurved Papers; and TribeTokes.

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The day ended with a massive 420 smoke out at 4:20; it was a very successful event.