The People’s Alliance Of Cannabis In Canada Brings Support, Services & Standards To The Growing Industry

CANADA: “We are concerned with setting standards for the cannabis industry in Canada that will not only demonstrate our united strength, but also give countries across the world something to emulate as they pursue federal legalization as well,” said Anne-Marie Fischer, M.Ed., the President of the newly launched People’s Alliance of Cannabis in Canada (PACC).

The People’s Alliance of Cannabis in Canada, known as PACC, launched today on the second anniversary of cannabis legalization in Canada. PACC represents the interests of professionals and consumers within the growing cannabis space across the nation. They provide support through crucial programming, develop professional standards for the industry to emulate, encourage the unification of all cannabis markets, and create a standard for education across cannabis in our country.

PACC operates and advocates for legislative change so that we create a cannabis industry where cannabis is always safely accessed, and provided by cultivators and producers who meet a set of defined professional standards.

“We came together in spring of this year because we were all frustrated about some of the things that were happening in the cannabis industry,” says Fischer, Founder and CEO of CannaWrite, “We saw that people were losing their jobs, that harassment and discrimination was a big problem, and that there were certain divides between markets that were preventing a united front for the progression of the plant.”

The People’s Alliance of Cannabis in Canada has 6 focus areas that are led by one of the founding members, and supported by an Advisory Team of cannabis professionals, advocates, and consumers that have been carefully chosen to represent their part of cannabis. These focus areas are:

Medical Cannabis

Recreational/Retail

Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) in Cannabis

Hemp and Agriculture

Legacy Market

Cannabis Advocacy

Each Focus Area will work to develop professional standards, educational resources, and a path towards advocacy in their area of passion.

In addition to the Focus Areas, PACC will have several service areas that aim to provide support, benefits, and methods of recourse for disputes:

Group Medical Benefits

Legal Support

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Human Resources Standards/Best Practices

Harassment & Discrimination Reporting & Support

“The Founding Members of PACC all have professional backgrounds, and experiences, that we would like to see brought into this industry,” says Fischer, “By putting our skills, background, and knowledge of business, human resources, group benefits, and legal standards together, we hope that the people of cannabis feel they have somewhere to go, where they feel taken care of in all aspects of their lives”. The People’s Alliance of Cannabis in Canada will unveil its membership program, that gives professionals in cannabis access to the above services, in mid-2021.

At present, PACC is working on establishing its Advisory Team and Working Groups, at which time the organization will move forward with establishing bylaws, terms and conditions, and objectives of PACC for the remainder of this year, and the year ahead.

Joining Fischer within the Founding Board is Vice President Kelly Addison, of Kelly’s Green Lounge, Michelle Parrotta of Mimi Cannabis, Khadisha Thornhill of Afro Cannada Bud Sistas, and Stacy Bobak of Cannadent.ca. “It’s been a passionate project for us all,” says Fischer, “We’ve been working every week together to move this forward. We genuinely hope this organization is a success that is supported by many.”

To learn more about The People’s Alliance of Cannabis in Canada, visit www.peoplescannabis.ca, or follow the organization on Instagram at @peoplescannabiscanada or Facebook at www.facebook.com/peoplescannacanada

California Cannabis Licensing Authorities File Civil Action Against Vertical Bliss (Kushy Punch) For Unlicensed Activity

CALIFORNIA:  The Bureau of Cannabis Control and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today the filing of a complaint seeking civil penalties from Vertical Bliss, Inc. also known as Kushy Punch and related people for unlicensed commercial cannabis activity. The complaint was filed on September 23, 2020 by the California Office of the Attorney General in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The complaint alleges that Vertical Bliss conducted unlicensed operations on an undisclosed premise in Canoga Park, California, and inverted illegally manufactured product back into the regulated market. On October 2, 2019, in response to tips about illegal manufacturing and distribution of cannabis goods, the Division of Investigation executed search warrants at the unlicensed Canoga Park location. The search revealed significant quantities of cannabis concentrates, edibles, vape cartridges and raw materials. Seized records document the production of more than 3.3 million Kushy Punch brand gummies during an 18-month period, with an estimated value of $64 million.

Vertical Bliss simultaneously held cannabis manufacturing and distribution licenses for a premises located in Chatsworth, California. These licenses were revoked, following the discovery of the unlicensed operations.

The Medicinal and Adult-Use Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) establishes strict requirements for the cannabis market and products, including requiring a state license and local approval for every premises where commercial cannabis activity is conducted. Manufacturing, distributing or selling cannabis goods without a state license or at a location that is not licensed is a violation of state law. A person engaging in commercial cannabis activity without a license is subject to civil penalties of up to three times the amount of the license fee for each day of operation.

To file a complaint regarding illegal cannabis activity, click here – Enforcement Online Services.

California Cannabis Licensing Authorities Unveil New Unified License Search Tool

CALIFORNIA:  California’s three cannabis licensing authorities – BCC, CDFA and CDPH announced today the launch of a unified licensing search platform, the culmination of a collaboration between the California Department of Technology, the California Health and Human Services Agency Office of Innovation, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), and the licensing authorities.

The unified license search tool allows the public to search for cannabis license information from all three licensing authorities by using one search tool. The need for a unified search was identified through conversations with, and surveys of, licensed businesses, local governments, and law enforcement conducted in late 2019 and early 2020.

“This unified license data search tool will make it easier for the public to access cannabis license information without having to inquire with each licensing authority separately,” Bureau Chief Lori Ajax said. “This will also help consumers identify licensed cannabis retailers near them.”

Some features of the new license search include an interactive map and geolocation tools. There is also a survey where users can submit usability feedback to the licensing authorities as they continue to refine the search tool. The unified license search tool can be accessed at https://search.cannabis.ca.gov/.

The unified license search will be updated every 24 hours; however, the most recent data will still be available through each licensing authority’s existing search tool on its website.

In January 2020, Governor Newsom announced plans to consolidate the three cannabis licensing authorities into a single Department of Cannabis Control, in an effort to improve access to licensing and simplify regulatory oversight of commercial cannabis activity. Today’s announcement is part of that overall plan.

CDFA Launches Cannabis Industry Education & Outreach Campaign – “This is California Cannabis”

CALIFORNIA: The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) today launched a statewide public education and outreach campaign, “This is California Cannabis,” designed to promote the state’s legal cannabis cultivation market and highlight the support and guidance CDFA provides to help cannabis growers secure and maintain their legal cultivation license. “CDFA is committed to the success of our state’s commercial cannabis cultivators,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “‘This is California Cannabis’ celebrates the passion and hard work of licensed cannabis growers and highlights how we’re all working together to protect and promote the health, safety and quality of the industry.”

CDFA’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division is managing the campaign, which profiles the wide range of licensed California cannabis farmers, from legacy outdoor farms in rural Humboldt to high-tech, vertically-integrated operations in urban locations. “This is California Cannabis” will feature comprehensive outreach and education efforts, including community events and workshops to highlight the technical assistance and support that is available year-round to licensed growers and new applicants seeking commercial cannabis cultivation licensure.

“We’re proud of California’s vibrant cannabis cultivator community,” said Richard Parrott, director of CDFA’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division. “California is known for growing the best cannabis in the world and our licensed cultivators are leading the way with innovative practices and environmental sustainability.” California cultivators who are interested in seeking a license can begin the application process online at calcannabis.cdfa.ca.gov or by contacting a licensing specialist by calling toll-free 1-833-CALGROW (1-833-225-4769) or sending an email to calcannabis@cdfa.ca.gov.

CDFA provides year-round support and technical assistance, including updated services for commercial cultivators during the pandemic. For more information about the campaign, please visit growwithCA.com to view the videos, farmer profiles and other outreach materials.

Weedmaps’ New Docuseries Digs Into The Challenges California’s Cannabis Industry Faces Four Years After Legalization

‘Uprooted’ explores how excessive regulation, escalating taxes, flawed social equity programs and NIMBYism have stymied the promise of legal cannabis

CALIFORNIA: When it comes to the legalization of cannabis, is California a model to follow or a cautionary tale?

California-based Weedmaps, the leading technology and software infrastructure provider to the cannabis industry, has produced a three-part docuseries titled Uprooted that explores that question. It premieres today on Weedmaps.

Governors across the country have deemed dispensaries essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Once proudly and loudly anti-pot, many mayors and city councils in California are now considering the public good that comes from cannabis tax revenues, especially as they scramble to cover budget shortfalls from the pandemic-devastated economies. And with the election on the horizon, voters in several states will head to the polls where medicinal and adult-use cannabis is on the ballot, potentially legalizing in their jurisdictions what the federal government still lists as illegal and considers as dangerous as heroin, LSD and Ecstasy.

Cannabis legalization is at an inflection point. As states serve as innovation hubs of legal implementation, California, the proverbial cannabis capital of the world, is the super laboratory, but has their great experiment been a success?

That story is told by those Californians still fighting the unanticipated and unintended consequences of Proposition 64 – the 2016 ballot initiative that legalized adult-use cannabis. Sewing together interviews from experts, as well as the extraordinary leaders and change-makers of the industry, Uprooteddetails the complex history of legal cannabis in California. But more than that, it reveals the barriers to entry still faced by entrepreneurs of color, many of whom built the industry before it legalized, and were incarcerated as a result. The series also sheds light on the unanticipated roadblocks that continue to stifle medical access, hinder legitimacy and fair competition within the industry, and thwart the realization of much-needed tax revenue. Patients, entrepreneurs, veterans, workers, advocates and consumers share the personal and financial heartache inflicted on them by a law that was intended to help them. And still, their belief in the industry and in themselves is unwavering, and they offer practical, sensible solutions to move the industry forward.

“Today, more than 70% of California municipalities prohibit cannabis business, and the people who should be first in line for business opportunities in this industry are too often told to wait somewhere else. That’s not what legalization should look like,” stated Juanjo Feijoo, Chief Marketing Officer at Weedmaps. “Our goal with this film project is to put a human face on the industry and on its history, and remind everyone that policy issues directly impact the lives and livelihoods of thousands of people.”

Uprooted features interviews with experts, advocates and licensed shop owners, including John Entwistle, Jr., Author and Political Activist; Joe Airone, Sweetleaf Joe Founder & Director at Sweetleaf Collection; and Alphonso “Tucky” Blunt Jr., Owner, Blunts and Moore. The docuseries is presented in three separate episodes:

Episode ONE: “California’s Complicated”
California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996 and has been globally recognized for having some of the best cannabis on the market. So few Californians were prepared for the unintended consequences that resulted from the passage of 2016’s Proposition 64. From people who were there at the beginning, to those fighting for access today, Episode ONE looks at the impact of change, reveals lessons learned along the way and explores the path that lies ahead.

Episode TWO: “Patients Left Behind”
Proposition 64 “decompassionized” cannabis in California. Cultivators and collectives were no longer allowed to “gift” cannabis to patients. Inadequate licensing along the supply chain left patients with limited options and inconsistent supply, while retail prices skyrocketed. But advocates fought back and the Dennis Perone and Brownie Mary Act was signed into law in 2020. This legislation provides a pathway for compassionate cannabis to once again enter the legal marketplace.

Episode THREE: “Inadequate and Inequitable”
Those with the most to lose in an overtaxed and over-regulated cannabis marketplace are disadvantaged communities negatively impacted by the failed War on Drugs. The great promise of legalization is social equity. Everybody talks about how important it is, but it never seems to be high on anyone’s “to do” list. The community is demanding accountability and action. In addition, lawmakers and regulators are working to create a more functional framework for cannabis in their communities. Prohibition persists and the fight for legalization in California is not yet won.

All three episodes can be viewed free of charge on Weedmaps.com beginning Wednesday, September 2.

California: Willow Creek Cannabis Alliance Launches, Showcases Local Businesses

CALIFORNIA:  The Willow Creek Cannabis Alliance (WCCA) has launched as a voluntary association of local cannabis businesses to support the community and enhance awareness of the exceptional cannabis products crafted in the Willow Creek region and surrounding mountain communities.

The WCCA is made up primarily of cannabis farmers, along with supportive allied businesses. Nineteen members have founded the WCCA, including Aloha Humboldt, Ambrosia Willow Creek, Bridges Academy Farms, Chronic Creek, Dragon with Matches, Emerald Family Farm, Emerald Queen Farms, Fresh Off The Hill, Full Cup Farmstead, Golden Gardens, Grouse Mountain Green, Humboldt Edge Farm, Humboldt Seed Company, Nasha, New Earth Farms, Outlaw Mountain Ranch, Rambling Rose, River Day Farm, Sol Spirit, Sunrise Mountain, Talking Trees, The Emerald Kid and Trinity Sungrown. Jill Forman, CEO of Golden Gardens and Founding Member of the WCCA, notes that “in total, our current membership holds cultivation licenses allowing for 667,832 square feet of outdoor, mixed light and indoor Humboldt County cultivation, which amounts to $2,315,778 in taxes from 19 cannabis businesses given back to the community through 2019.”

Linsey Jones, CEO of Aloha Humboldt as well as WCCA Founding Member, emphasizes that although many members have their own branded farms, “our goal to support all of our members including the other farmers in our community that sell their flower in bulk. We want to showcase northern Humboldt’s beauty and support our community in and out of the cannabis realm.”

The WCCA is planning for a large “Taste of Willow Creek” event in summer 2021 to celebrate the terroir of the region and its product offerings. The aim is “to share our bounty and beautiful community with a revived- craft flower consumption event, Taste of Willow Creek!” says Hannah Whyte, WCCA Founding Member and CEO of Emerald Queen Farms

The WCCA is proactive in the policy realm advocating on behalf of local voices on issues of common interest, and is a proud member of the Humboldt County Growers Alliance (HCGA) and the United Cannabis Business Association (UCBA). “It is wonderful to see and support the development of place-based organizations like the Willow Creek Cannabis Alliance,” says Natalynne DeLapp, Operations Director for the Humboldt County Growers Alliance. “There are incredible cannabis ambassadors in the Willow Creek and surrounding Trinity River area who are able to show how cannabis farming, business development, and land stewardship go hand-in-hand to improve the entire community.”

Members gain voting rights on the Alliance propositions, access to its internal forum, invitation to member meetings and networking events, social media and website visibility, logo placement for events, and leadership opportunities. Businesses interested in getting involved with the WCCA can learn more at www.willowcreekcanna.com/join.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nurse Heather Manus is founder of the Cannabis Nurses Network

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

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

This year’s topics include:

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

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

Canopy Growth Announces Changes To Global Operations To Drive Strategic Focus

 

The Company continues to expect to incur approximately $700-800MM pre-tax charge in Q4 Fiscal 2020.

CANADA: Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) today announced a series of global operational changes designed to further optimize production, better align supply and demand, and improve efficiencies in its global operations. As part of its ongoing strategic review of the business, the Company announced today the following changes to its operations:

  • Africa: Canopy Growth has exited its operations in South Africa and Lesotho, transferring ownership of all of its African operations.
  • Canada: The Company will shut down its indoor facility in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, to further align production in Canada with market conditions.
  • Latin America: Canopy Growth will cease operations at its cultivation facility in Colombia, moving to an asset-light model that leverages local suppliers for raw materials and Procaps for formulation and encapsulation activities as outlined in the previously announced agreement between the two companies. These activities will support the position of Colombia as the Company’s LATAM production hub and the ongoing development of its cannabis industry.
  • United States: Canopy Growth will cease its farming operations in Springfield, New York, due to current market demand for hemp.

“When I arrived at Canopy Growth in January, I committed to conducting a strategic review in order to optimize our cost structure and reduce our cash burn,” said David Klein, CEO, Canopy Growth. “I believe the changes outlined today are an important step in our continuing efforts to focus the Company’s priorities, and will result in a healthier, stronger organization that will continue to be an innovator and leader in this industry. I want to sincerely thank the members of the teams affected by these decisions for their contributions in helping build Canopy Growth.”

The Company continues to expect, based upon information currently available to management, to record estimated pre-tax charges of approximately $700-800MM in the quarter ending March 31, 2020. This relates to this announcement and previous announcements, as well as any additional changes made during the organizational and strategic review. The organizational changes announced today include a headcount reduction of approximately 85 full-time positions.

All figures reported above with respect to the quarter ending March 31, 2020 are preliminary and are unaudited and subject to change and adjustment as the Company prepares its consolidated financial statements for the year ending March 31, 2020. Accordingly, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the foregoing information. The Company does not intend to provide preliminary results in the future. The preliminary results provided in this news release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation, are based on several assumptions and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially. See “Notice Regarding Forward Looking Statements”.

The Arcview Group Launches First Member-Based Fund

Cannabis-Focused Investor Network Announces The Arcview Collective Fund; Members to Participate in Investment Decisions

CALIFORNIA:  The Arcview Group, the leading cannabis investment and market research network, announces the launch of its first member-based fund: the Arcview Collective Fund. Arcview members will have exclusive access to the fund led by Arcview Ventures Chief Investment Officer, Jeanne M. Sullivan and its CEO, Jeffrey Finkle. Their deep experience in the cannabis sector, professional investing and venture capital uniquely position them to lead Arcview Ventures and this first member-based fund.

The Arcview Collective Fund will uniquely and effectively allow Arcview cannabis investors to collaborate on investment decisions, providing exposure to a portfolio of diverse companies in this exciting space.

“Starting a member-based fund is a natural, logical step for us,” remarked CIO Jeanne Sullivan. “For years, Arcview has been introducing its members to viable investment opportunities in the cannabis space. In that time, members have asked for a way to combine their individual resources into something more substantial – a fund which enables them to be both diversified and dedicated to the cannabis sector.”

“This is the cannabis fund best positioned to source and evaluate early stage deals because every member is highly motivated to find the best. I’m so pleased that Arcview members have already responded so positively to this opportunity,” said Troy Dayton, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of The Arcview Group.

“This new fund gives investors the benefit of an experienced team guiding a member-led investment process,” commented CEO Jeffrey Finkle. “I have been involved with this structure for a few years now and have seen how successful it can be. The Arcview Collective Fund is a great way for cannabis investors to put money to work in this emerging industry.”

Please reach out to info@arcviewventures.com for more information.