Nominations Sought for Colorado State Hemp Advisory Committee

COLORADO:The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is seeking member nominations for its Hemp Advisory Committee (HAC). The HAC advises the Department and confers on all matters regarding the regulation of hemp.

Committee members assist the Commissioner of Agriculture and program staff in promulgating rules to carry out the Hemp Act, Title 35, Article 61, and provide advice and consultation to the Commissioner and program staff by reviewing rules, recommending new rules or changes to existing rules. Members also offer advice and consultation on the establishment of an inspection program to determine THC concentration in compliance with the USDA Interim Final Rule and approved Colorado State Hemp Plan.

HAC members meet quarterly and serve two to three year terms. Members may be nominated to serve two successive terms. The committee is comprised of 10 members and there are a number of current openings. Specifically, nominations are sought for the following positions:

  • One member with experience in hemp regulation – to serve until July 31, 2021.
  • One member who is a farmer from a cooperative – to serve until July 31, 2022.
  • One member who is a commercial farmer – to serve until July 31, 2022.
  • One member with experience in seed development and genetics – to serve until July 31, 2022.
  • One representative from a research institution of higher education –  to serve until July 31, 2022.
  • One representative from the cannabinoid industry – to serve until July 31, 2021.

CDA welcomes nominations from those interested in serving from third party Hemp Associations. People from diverse constituencies and communities of color are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due August 31, 2020. The nomination form is available here. Please contact industrialhemp@state.co.us with questions and learn more about CDA’s industrial hemp program here.

Helix Technologies Sells Security Guarding Business

COLORADO: Helix Technologies announced today the divestiture of its security guarding business. The strategic decision to sell the guarding unit solidifies Helix’s transition into a pure play technology company focused on the cannabis industry.

The divestiture of the guarding business is expected to increase gross margins and allow management to focus on growing the Company’s scalable, high margin suite of critical technology infrastructure services. Denver-based, Veteran-owned Invicta Group purchased the business and Security ProAdvisors LLC represented Helix in the sale. Helix will use the net proceeds to pay off existing liabilities and strengthen its working capital position.

“We are incredibly proud of what we have accomplished with Helix Security. In a short time, we went from start-up–without a single client– to the undisputed leader in the Colorado security market, clearing the field of well-established, larger competitors, and leveraged that dominant position to expand into higher-margin critical technology infrastructure, and data. Now we will continue to bring that same discipline to bear – focused solely on our core technology strengths and on creating a more streamlined value proposition for investors” said Zachary L. Venegas, Helix Technologies’ Executive Chairman and CEO. “The additional working capital and narrowed focus provided by the divestiture will allow us to accelerate growth and continue shaping the cannabis technology landscape.”

Paul Ballenger, Invicta Group CEO added “This is a tremendous opportunity for us and our investors. Helix built a dominant business, and I could not be more excited to leverage our expertise to continue the rapid growth. Recent social unrest has underlined the need for this type of service, and I am excited to help our clients continue to grow while feeling safe and confident in their future.”

Colorado Legal Cannabis By The Numbers 2/2020

COLORADO: Just how big is Colorado’s legal cannabis business?  Here are the official MED numbers, as of February, 2020.

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Medical Marijuana Business License Numbers:

  • 435 Centers
  • 462 Cultivations
  • 216 Infused Product Manufacturers
  • 11 Testing Facilities
  • 7 Operators
  • 7 Transporters
  • 1 Research and Development and Research Cultivation

 Retail Marijuana Businesses License Numbers:

  • 575 Stores
  • 680 Cultivations
  • 282 Product Manufacturers
  • 13 Testing Facilities
  •  9 Operators
  • 10 Transporters

Individual Licensees:

  • 1,712 Owners Licensees
  • 40,168 Employee Licensees

 

How Do Musicians Choice Of Weed Strain Affects Their Music?

What do Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg have in common? Their own cannabis strains! See how Artists’ favorite weed strains connect with their music.

By Kate Patterson

Over the years, Denver, Colorado, has gained the reputation for being the biggest ‘reefer town’ in the U.S. The “Mile High City” certainly has had its share of celebrities coming in to visit and experience legal marijuana consumption.

But as the cannabis culture is crossing over to the mainstream world, local musicians along with famous American rock stars are heading to Colorado to create their own marijuana strains. How cool is that?

With 4/20 – the official stoner holiday – coming up in a few short weeks, 303 Magazine teamed up with Big Gigantic, Snoop Dogg, Trev Rich, GRiZ, Willie Nelson and Allman Brothers Band’s bassist, Oteil Burbridge to test out their very own cannabis bud.

If you’re curious to find out what type of experience you can get from these famous musicians strains, keep reading. We’ll also delve into what it was like to smoke their strains, while at the same time, listen to their very own music.

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  • Musician: Willie Nelson
  • Genre: Country
  • Album: Wille and Family Live (Released 1978)
  • Name of Strain: Colin OG Strain (Indica)
  • Where To Buy This Strain: Diego Pellicer and LivWell Enlightened Health

The Inside Scoop: The initial scent that comes up when we lit up Colin OG was very distinct. It had a fruity smell that was very pungent. The smoke tasted a little bit sweet. If you like to smoke sweet strains, as opposed to the earthly ones, you’ll enjoy Colin OG for its berry fragrance.

Colin OG is an indica hybrid with a 70:30 indica/sativa ratio. In the initial stages of smoking, the indica effects were felt right away. It creates a body buzz and about halfway through, drowsiness creeps in. On the other hand, the sativa side to Colin OG is its mood-boosting effects. As the body buzz starts to make its way through, you feel uplifted and happy.

Now about relating it to Willie Nelson’s music. Since Colin OG is a dominant indica strain, listening to Nelson’s country ballad hits, “One Day At A Time”, “Crazy” and the “Red Headed Stranger Medley,” made you drift into a relaxing mood. Colin OG is meant for those who like to kick back, smoke and listen to the slow songs of Nelson’s laid-back Nashville twang.

Final Decision: Can you believe that Willie Nelson has been smoking weed for more than 60 years? He’s been noted for being the first country artist coming out of Nashville for smoking weed on stage and even advocating for its legalization since the 1960s.

In an April 2019 interview with Rolling Stone, Nelson called weed ‘the safest medicine.’ However, in December 2019, he has reportedly stopped smoking, since he is battling a serious case of emphysema.

But the legacy of Colin OG lives on as it’s still a popular strain sold on his brand site, Willie’s Reserve. If you’re a fan of Willie Nelson and cannabis, you got to get your hands on Colin OG. It’s for the smoker who likes to mellow out and listen to old country music. We’re sure that the man himself, Willie, would enjoy seeing you unwind and relax.

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  • Musician: Willie Nelson
  • Genre: Country
  • Album: Willie and Family Live (Released 1978)
  • Name of Strain: Sour Diesel (Sativa)
  • Where To Buy This Strain: Bud Fox Enterprises LLC and LivWell Enlightened Health

The Inside Scoop: Although Colin OG lined up perfectly with Nelson’s Willie and Family Live album, his Sour Diesel bud doesn’t trail off too far.

Nelson’s e-commerce website Willie’s Reserve is popular for carrying strains with high THC content and potency, and Sour Diesel ranks high in those two departments.

In comparison to Colin OG, Sour Diesel is a sativa plant. It doesn’t give the punch of a body buzz like Colin OG does. With Sour Diesel, you won’t feel anxious. The scent is that of a mix of ‘skunky’ and sweet. A few puffs of Sour Diesel and it tastes earthy with a hint of lemon and berries.

This complemented the 1978 release of the Willie and Family Live album as it brought out a creative and introspective feeling. While I was listening to Nelson’s live album, I closed my eyes and transcended back to that time. I imagined myself sitting on the lawn, smoking a joint, while Nelson performed on stage with his guitar and singing his country tunes in his deep Southern drawl. I was swaying slowly to his country hits, “The Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line” and “I Gotta Get Drunk.”

Final Decision: Even though Willie Nelson has reportedly stopped smoking weed in 2019 due to emphysema, do you think he wouldn’t have created a line of buds that didn’t complement his music? If you prefer sativa experiences that uplift your mood, smoke some Sour Diesel and turn up Nelson’s faster songs like “Uncloudy Day” and “I Gotta Get Drunk.”

Global Cannabis Sales Grow 48% To $15 Billion In 2019

COLORADO: Global cannabis sales rose 48% to $15 billion in 2019, driven by growth in sales in Canada and seven U.S. states that saw sales more than double.

Continued consumer adoption in maturing markets such as Colorado and new adult-use markets including Massachusetts contributed to 45% growth in adult-use sales to $8.9 billion. However, medical-only states and countries actually grew faster – up 54% growth to $6.2 billion. The United States saw 81% of spending in 2019, although superior growth in the rest of the world will continue balancing the market across the US, Canada, and Europe through 2024.

“These stunning growth numbers prove the negative stigma of cannabis is coming to an end in the US. What’s incredible is the realization that so much potential growth remains both domestically and globally,” said Troy Dayton, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of The Arcview Group. “With sales jumping nearly 50% in an industry with only a handful of markets online, this report quantifies why there’s so much anticipation from producers and shrewd investors waiting for national and international markets to open up or mature. The fallout in public market valuations is not trending with the tremendous growth curve of this exploding market. That discrepancy represents a unique and time-bound opportunity for investors.”

Despite strong growth, regulatory challenges created headwinds that artificially hampered business activity in California, Canada, and numerous other markets.

“The disconnect between investor sentiment and the facts on the ground is as dramatic as anything I’ve seen since the dot.com stock crash of 2000, which happened just as the internet caught fire with consumers,” said Tom Adams, Editor-in-Chief of Arcview Market Research and Managing Director of BDS Analytics Industry Intelligence. “Five billion additional dollars were spent on legal cannabis in 2019. That’s bigger than the entire legal cannabis market was in 2015.”

Among the key points in the forecasts:

  • Sales in 2020 are forecast to increase by 38% driven by growth in established markets and continued geographic expansion, including Illinois’ recreational market opening;
  • Despite medical spending outgrowing adult-use spending in 2019, adult-use markets will be the primary drivers of global market growth through 2024;
  • More than $400 million in Massachusetts adult use sales in the first year of an adult use East Coast market;
  • Florida continues to perform strongly with over $650 million in sales despite being a medical-only market;
  • New consumers continue to enter the market at a rapid pace with the development of new products and social acceptance

For more information, please visit www.arcviewgroup.com and www.bdsanalytics.com

M&A News: Cannabis One & ONE Cannabis Unite

Cannabis’ “House of Brands” and U.S. Cannabis Dispensary Franchisor Form a Definitive Arrangement Agreement to Combine Businesses

COLORADO: Cannabis One Holdings and ONE Cannabis Group announced that they have entered into a definitive arrangement agreement to combine businesses. Both are cannabis leaders in their own right, their combined prowess creates a strong, national force among cannabis retail and product brands alike.

Cannabis One is known for its globally-recognized “House of Brands,” comprised of award-winning products with an extensive market footprint across North America. Meanwhile, ONE Cannabis has paved the way for franchising cannabis dispensaries in the United States with more than a dozen deals signed in new and emerging markets nationwide. Franchise partners utilize the company’s deep network of seasoned experts and turnkey franchise blueprint to enter the complex industry with ease.

“As two Colorado born and bred companies, we’re comprised of industry pioneers who have honed best practices across nearly all areas of cannabis over the past decade. Together, Cannabis One and ONE Cannabis will lead the industry into a truly successful Cannabis 2.0 with our winning combination. Our products and services deliver a level of consistency and quality to cannabis consumers that’s unmatched. Connecting these exceptional performers will usher in a wave of game-changing initiatives for the industry as a whole,” said Jeff Mascio, CEO of Cannabis One.

Together, the Colorado-based companies will be focused on expanding its franchise footprint worldwide, which includes agreements signed for 15 dispensary franchises across five states and multiple corporate dispensaries in the United States. They will also continue offering leading cannabis products, including brands such as Honu, Cheech, Evergreen Organix, INDVR and Green Man Cannabis with a distribution platform of over 900 retail dispensary locations nationally.

“Franchising is the most agile and proven way to scale in the cannabis industry,” said Mike Weinberger, COO of ONE Cannabis, which began its franchise program in 2018. “Our franchisees own and operate their own dispensaries, hire locally and keep money in the communities they serve. The ongoing support and resources we provide allows them to scale more quickly [than having go at it alone]. Cannabis One shares our vision of inspiring confidence in cannabis for all, and we look forward to working together to elevate our brands across North America and beyond.”

Both Cannabis One and ONE Cannabis will be exhibiting at MJBizCon from December 11 to December 13 at booth C2948. ONE Cannabis has been nominated for MJBizDaily’s Cannabis Retailer of The Year award, which will be announced at the MJBizDaily award ceremony at 7 p.m. on December 12.

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.

Colorado’s MedPharm Clears Significant DEA Hurdle For Federal Cannabis Research License

COLORADO: MedPharm Research, the leader in cannabis research and formulation development, was notified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that it had been selected to move forward as one of the first applicants to be granted a license to grow federally legal cannabis under the terms of a new policy statement issued today in the Federal Register.

“This is something we have been waiting for since we first sent in our application in September, 2016, as one of the first medical grow facilities to apply for a license,” Albert Gutierrez, CEO of MedPharm, said. “Now, finally, the DEA has seen the importance of allowing federally legal grows to get more active in medical cannabis research, and do the work that we really need to do for patients across the country. It is a real game-changer for the whole medical cannabis industry.”

In a letter to Gutierrez, the DEA stated that MedPharm will be issued a Notice of Proposed Rule-making, where the company will be asked to comment on regulations about growing cannabis for medical research. However, the DEA has not provided a timetable for when those regulations will be completed. “We at MedPharm stand ready to assist the DEA in any way we can to help expedite this process, and bring to patients the best quality, FDA-approved cannabis that they need for research and treatment as quickly as possible,” said Gutierrez.

According to the University of Mississippi News, in 1968, the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy was awarded a competitive contract from the government to grow marijuana that could be standardized for research. For over 50 years, it has remained the only cultivation facility licensed by the DEA to provide federally legal cannabis for medical researchers, who have reported that cannabis from the university is of such poor quality that it is essentially useless in conducting the lab work and human trials necessary for a reliable FDA-approved medical research.

As more medical cannabis research ramped up, a growing group of medical cannabis researchers pressured the DEA to open up licensing to other facilities. Then, in August, 2016, the DEA stated that they would begin accepting applications for companies wanting licenses for legal grows, but nothing more happened until this June, when one of the applicants sued the DEA for unreasonable delays, prompting today’s response.

MedPharm is well-positioned to work with the DEA and be among the first providers of federally legal cannabis for medical research. The application for the license included outlining research objectives and creating areas where medical research cannabis is grown specifically for research purposes.

First US Clinical Study Assessing Hemp-Derived Cannabinoid Supplementation In Recovery From Traumatic Brain Injury Begins In Colorado

COLORADO:  The Flowering HOPE Foundation and Clover Leaf University have just announced sponsorship and collaboration on the first US clinical study to be approved to investigate plant-derived cannabinoid supplements in recovery from brain injury. 

The study will analyze quantitative EEG brain activity and a cannabinoid-sensitive salivary biomarker in 40 subjects with mild traumatic brain injury and controls who currently take hemp-derived botanical supplements on a regular basis (i.e. phytocannabinoids). The study is recruiting adults age 18 to 55 to participate in the year-long trial. 

Jason Cranford, Founder of the Flowering HOPE Foundation, a Colorado registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the medicinal use of plant-derived cannabinoids, called phytocannabinoids, described the motivation for sponsoring the study: “We hope to provide scientific support for the benefits of the natural plant-based compounds contained in hemp and move a step closer towards the unrestricted availability of non synthetic cannabinoid therapeutics.”

Cranford is a pioneer in the emerging cannabis industry with more than 25 years experience in cultivation, extraction and formulations. His know-how allowed him to breed a unique hemp strain selected for a blend of phytoterpenes and phytocannabinoids designed to alleviate treatment-resistant epilepsy in children without psychoactive side effects. The resulting strain, called Haleigh’s Hope, was formulated into a supplement offered by the FHF (2013). 

The FHF has partnered with Clover Leaf University to study brain injury. The President and Founder, Chloe Villano, received accredited approval for CLU in 2013 by the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s Private Occupational School Board. Villano is a pioneer in the cannabis and hemp industry and prioritized brain injury for the study.

“This historic study is the first of its kind and it is a privilege to work with the Flowering HOPE Foundation to address the problem of brain injury and collaborate with a neuroscientist who understands the brain endocannabinoid system, such as Dr. Cooper. There are currently no effective treatments for traumatic brain injury or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, but phytocannabinoids may be a good candidate, based on the established science of anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective mechanisms. Clover Leaf University is excited to take the lead in clinical studies that will improve and save lives,” said Villano.

The lead neuroscientist responsible for the study,  Don Cooper, Ph.D, is President of Real-Time Diagnostics Ventures Inc. He has published 45 peer reviewed papers on neuronal memory formation/plasticity and has studied brain cannabinoids since 2000, when he received his first NIH grant. 

“I never thought it would take almost 20 years from when I started working on the brain cannabinoid system to have the first approved clinical study on phytocannabinoids and brain injury. We have convincing preclinical data showing that phytocannabinoids are neuroprotective and may be critically important for restoring neuronal function after brain injury,” stated Cooper.

For more information contact the study Clinical Coordinator at TBIstudy@protonmail.com.