Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board CCRS Timeline, Milestones and Updates

CCRS Timeline, Milestones and Updates

CCRS testing and development has been well underway since our initial communications about the project. The CCRS team has developed some major milestones and goals for CCRS before, during and after launch. With about a month to go before CCRS deployment, please review some of the expectations and upcoming deadlines below. 

Third Party Integrator Approval Process

On Oct. 27, 2021, the LCB sent a message to licensees and integrators regarding the newly developed Third Party Integrator Approval Process. Steps for approval were detailed in that message and are listed on the LCB CCRS web page. Integrators interested in being added to the approved integrator list should follow the approval process and submit their applications by Nov. 22, 2021 for full consideration. Integrators currently involved in the testing process will still need to gain approval through the process listed on the LCB CCRS Approval Process web page.

Access to the CCRS Test Environment for All Users Testing access in the CCRS system has been ongoing for the past few weeks. You will continue to have access moving forward for setting up your system and continued testing. Integrators will lose access to the test environment effective Nov. 22, 2021, if they have not followed the Third Party Integrator Approval Process.

Leaf Decommission

LCB will be decommissioning use of Leaf at a later date. Please keep an eye on upcoming LCB communications for more information about the decommission of Leaf for reporting purposes. The LCB will be sending a reminder to stop using Leaf after the successful deployment of CCRS in December.

CCRS Launch Expectations

CCRS will launch the file submission and Manifest web form on Dec. 6, 2021. Licensees will be notified as well when CCRS is live. Reporting should transition to the CCRS and Leaf will be decommissioned shortly thereafter.

CCRS Manifest web form The Manifest form is available for testing until Dec. 1, 2021, you can find it on the LCB website here. The same link will be available for use when the system launches on December 6, 2021. 

Communications with the CCRS Team

Staff is monitoring the ccrs@lcb.wa.gov inbox regularly and have continued to update the Frequently Asked Questions page with relevant questions. Please make sure to review the FAQs to see if a submitted question has been answered by a content expert.

The testcannabisreport@lcb.wa.gov is also regularly monitored by Information Technology staff who are working with approved testers to address bugs and issues that have arisen throughout the test process. These email addresses will be decommissioned at a later date, after the successful launch of CCRS.

Questions and assistance

Ohio Board of Pharmacy Begins Accepting Provisional Dispensary License Applications

OHIO: The Board of Pharmacy is now accepting applications for provisional medical marijuana dispensary licenses. The Application Period will close at 2:00 p.m. on November 18, 2021.

The link to the online application has been added to “DISPENSARY APPLICATIONS – RFA II” at https://www.medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov/dispensaries along with the already available 2021 Request for Applications and Dispensary Application Instructions, First and Second Round Q&A Responses, and RFA II Presentation.
Click here to access the online Application.

Alan Kwan, One Tech, Is Redefining FinTech for Legal Cannabis

NEVADA: Australian technology entrepreneur Alan Kwan has quickly become a major player in the fast-growing United States digital payments market, and he and his partner now set their eyes on helping the cannabis sector. Their technology services company, One Tech Platform, owns the US patent for the use and application of fundamental steps governing the use of QR code technology by smartphones that makes it easier to extract and share information contained in QR codes.

QR codes contain 200X more information than traditional barcodes and One Tech is building systems that will make it cheaper and easier for merchants to set up businesses that run on their QR technology.   The One Tech platform addresses several concerns bankers may have – one of the largest is that its platform allows users to meet their obligations under the US Banking Services Act via an unbreakable audit trail. The company provides Federal and State regulators full transparency across business-to-business and business to consumer transactions.

 

MJNews caught up with Alan Kwan at the MJBizCon 2021 trade show in Las Vegas, where we had a chance to discuss the many challenges that the cannabis market faces, and how the industry is underbanked because of the resistance from traditional banks to provide basic business services to companies within this fast-growing sector.

MJNews: Good morning to another episode of Marijuana Channel One today we are streaming live from MJBizCon 2021 here in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the cannabis industry has taken a break from the pandemic and re-emerged to exchange information, build community and explore opportunity.  It’s my pleasure to meet with Alan Kwan who is one of the founders of One Tech, a new financial technology platform for the cannabis space.  Alan has a very interesting background so I’m looking forward to a great conversation.  Good morning, Alan.

AK: Good morning.

MJNews:  You’re Australian.  You have a background in banking, and you’ve got some really interesting investments in things like vision technology for the blind and cyber security, how did you get into the crazy cannabis financial technology space?

AK: Well, it all began with hard money lending and I’m very diversified in my investments: I run two public companies, and i also run a fund that invests in biotechnology, hence my. investment into the bionic eye in Australia.  I was in property development in the US and I sold out of those developments and. had some free cash and i was approached by some cannabis guys wanting to look at buying warehouses etc., so I was doing convertible notes, and it’s fairly easy to do loans here given its community-based law — you know, you can run promissory notes so essentially that’s how it started.   And that sort of piqued my interest.  These guys that are hugely successful in their field but unable to have the proper financial support.  So I looked at the legislation to try to understand the dichotomy.  I read the Cole memo and tried to see how I could participate and how I could solve this thing.

 

Serendipitously, we have a number of investments in QR Code technologies out of China,  and also I have a technology firm in Singapore that I’ve been director of for the last 20 years. We are ERP specialists, so we’ve been partners with SAP and we’ve been involved in the Monopoly ETF platform over there, so combining these skill sets I thought [made sense].  I was approached by a reverse ATM company, and so I flew over to Blackhawk Technology put in a hundred dollars and I thought ‘oh wow. it got stuck!’   How are you supposed to manage this hardware in thousands of dispensaries across the United States? And doing further study, I thought ‘oh well it’s probably not kosher to do workarounds.’

Prior to Covid, I was flying to Sacramento where I met with [California Cannabis Czar] Laurie Ajax.  At that time there was the vaping issue, and she was suggesting you should scan the QR Code, but a static QR Code doesn’t really mean anything unless it’s part of a providence chain,  So what the Singapore government has done with the popularity of QR Code-based wallets…  what they call SGQR so they will disseminate the original QR Code. So, our company bought the rights to a

QR Code scanning technology that precedes WeChat.  In China, 98 percent of the population pay by scanning QR Code, Alipay, wepay and that sort of thing. so I was able to meet the SAP scientists that developed that technology. I took the rights to the U.S., hoping that I could work with a federally-governed bank to solve this issue of banking.  And so I teamed up with a firm in California Umberg/Zipser and the founder of that, Tom Umberg, a California State Senator who was very much involved in trying to  shape that landscape, and be involved in safe banking.

I met with City Mayors and it’s really a workaround, I mean even the money that they take, so what One Tech can do is sort of a process where all the participants have to be involved and if the bureau or any agency was to disseminate that code then it would have to run across from manufacturing through laboratory tests etc.

And so that sort of information can then be embedded within the QR Code. It’s cheap to generate a QR Code.  It doesn’t cost anything: you don’t need infrastructure, or the sort of major costs involved — CapEx — in terms of running your business.

We met with the owner of Metrc, and were able to work with them to become an approved partner, so we can integrate with almost with every sort of [POS and traceability] software around. Aand that essentially means [compliance with] the [state] marijuana amendments,  as they look [ensuring] product does not cross state lines, and that you’re not selling to minors.  And you’re able to set from a banking point of view what would then be a suspicious activity report, so if there’s any discrepancy between your stock and what you’ve sold etc.   We all know that a lot of businesses have to do that in order to survive, but you know it’s almost tightening the screws and ensuring that there is no money laundering and you could only really achieve that if you have that providence chain.

WATCH THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVELY ON MARIJUANA CHANNEL ONE

 

 

Emerald Cup Harvest Ball 2021 Musical Acts Lineup Announced with Headliner Big Wild

 

  • DEBUT CANNABIS CELEBRATION MARKS THE START OF THE JOURNEY TO THE 18TH ANNUAL EMERALD CUP AWARDS

  • DISCOVER A CHART TOPPING LINEUP OF MUSIC, CULTURE AND CONVERSATION

  • HARVEST BALL MUSICAL ACTS LINEUP ANNOUNCED WITH HEADLINERS INCLUDING BIG WILD AND TREVOR HALL

  • BOX OFFICE IS FULLY OPEN WITH TICKETS ON SALE NOW TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

CALIFORNIA: A full-spectrum blend of both nostalgia and discovery awaits at Harvest Ball 2021 , a 2-day celebration of the fall cannabis harvest and the farmers and craftspeople who bring it to market. The Emerald Cup Harvest Ball also marks the debut of the start of the journey to the 18th Annual Emerald Cup Awards.

The event’s diverse soundtrack will feature headliners BIG WILD (@bigwildmusic) and Trevor Hall (@trevorhallmusic) along with Mr. Carmack, HIRIE, Sudan Archives, Dirtwire, and Dumpstaphunk on Saturday December 11 and Sunday, December 12, 2021 at the Sonoma County Fairground in Santa Rosa, California.

The explosive roster will also feature local and international talent from chart-topping and emerging musical performers, to sharp-witted comedians; entertainment that is punctuated by culture-driving conversations with visionaries from the cannabis and psychedelics industries. Official sponsors of the event — Cookies, Puffco, Humboldt Seed Company, and Compound Genetics — are excited to partner with The Emerald Cup to bring these top talents to the first annual Harvest Ball’s main stage. These acts join a long list of past Emerald Cup Awards performances including SantiGold, Rebelution, The Roots, Damian Marley, Michael Franti and Cut Chemist.

“After two years away from the majority of our community I’m thrilled at the thought of the Harvest Ball event and gathering of the tribe in December,” says founder Tim Blake. “We’re helping small farmers by donating free booths. The musical lineup is our best ever, we’re setting things up to party hard. We’ve tightened the footprint so even if it rains we’ll be good to go. Come join us to celebrate in Santa Rosa at the Harvest Ball!.”

Humboldt Social Launches In-house Cannabis Hotel Deliveries

Innovative new amenity pays homage to Humboldt County’s surrounding cannabis farms while normalizing connection between cannabis and hospitality

CALIFORNIA: Humboldt Social, a California hospitality and cannabis group, announced today the launch of its daily cannabis delivery service to its hotels beginning this month. Delivery will be available at the newly opened Scotia Lodge, a boutique cannabis-friendly hotel nestled between the Redwoods and more cannabis farms than anywhere else in the world, as well as its sister property, Humboldt Bay Social Club. The service will offer guests a unique approach to safely obtaining and consuming cannabis without leaving either hotel. Humboldt County local dispensary chain and delivery service, Proper Wellness, will be delivering the cannabis daily through its operating platform with Dutchie.
All cannabis offerings will be provided by Social Nature, Humboldt Social’s in-house brand. Social Nature products are made with cannabis harvested from three women-led farms in Humboldt County, including Sunrise Mountain Farms, Dewpoint, and Emerald Queen Farms. The delivery service will feature a curated menu with various cannabis options such as pre-rolls, vape pens, tinctures, intimate oil, edibles, flower, gummies, chocolates and more. Visitors and locals alike can leisurely relax, socialize with friends and family, and consume cannabis at both property’s outdoor spaces.
For more information on Humboldt Social and Social Nature, or to make a reservation, please visit www.oursocialnature.com and www.humboldt-social.com.

CBD Brand Mendi Partners With Jars Cannabis and Pro Skateboarder Leo Baker on Volunteer ‘Build And Ride Day’

Volunteer event WAKE-N-SKATE at Bishop DIY Skatepark will feature the build of new skateboard features and a Q&A discussion on CBD/THC and cannabis in the skate community.

 

MICHIGAN: Developed and created by professional athletes, all-natural recovery cannabis brand MENDI has added leading Michigan-owned cannabis retailer JARS Cannabis as its newest retail partner for 2021. To kick off this partnership, the brands, along with professional skateboarder and MENDI brand ambassador Leo Baker (they/them), will come together for an exciting one-day event to support Community Push, a  Detroit non-profit  that bridges the gap between skateboarders and their communities. WAKE-N-SKATE is a true philanthropic community event and will be held at Bishop DIY Skatepark in Detroit. The event will include a build of new features exclusive to the park, park-wide clean-up, and an intimate discussion with Leo Baker. Additionally, JARS will donate $5,000 to support Community Push and its initiatives throughout Detroit. A 20% off coupon will be provided to those in attendance to use towards their next purchase at JARS Cannabis. 

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with JARS Cannabis and rolling out Mendi into the Michigan market,” says MENDI co-founder and CEO, Rachael Rapinoe. “This is a very exciting step for our brand, and we’re grateful for their support in helping expand our retail footprint. There’s natural alignment with JARS in thinking creatively to amplify this partnership while also giving back to the community of Detroit with our ambassador, Leo Baker.”

Who: Professional skateboarder Leo Baker
When: Friday, October 22, 2-6PM EST
Where: Bishop DIY Skatepark, 6017 Grand River Avenue., Detroit, MI, 48208

Baker, a seven-time X Games medalist, left the inaugural U.S. Women’s Olympic Skateboard team in 2020 in order to publicly change their name to Leo and focus on mental health and their gender identity journey. Their inspiring story was brought into the public eye when they were featured in a Miley Cyrus video in 2019 and became the first-ever openly trans person to be represented in a video game (Tony Hawk Pro Skater). Since then, the professional athlete has focused on increasing non-binary visibility and introducing trans inclusivity to a predominantly straight, cis-male skate industry while partnering with brands like MENDI, who are committed to bringing representation and equality to the world of sports and beyond.

“Overall Mendi CBD has been a benefit in every part of my life, when I’m skating, meditating, or just getting into some music. Discovering Mendi has been super helpful for me in maximizing my recovery and spending more time on my skateboard. I am looking forward to being on the ground with other skaters, especially in Detroit, and creating more safe and sick spaces to skate.”

Ohio Board of Pharmacy Publishes First Round Questions & Answer Responses

OHIO: The Ohio Board of Pharmacy has posted the First Round Question and Answer Responses. The responses may now be found under the heading DISPENSARY APPLICATIONS – RFA II at www.medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov/dispensaries

The second Question and Answer period will begin October 17, 2021 and end October 21, 2021. Questions may be submitted by emailing rfaquestions@medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov. Please review RFA II, the First Round Question and Answer Responses, and all additional posted documents before submitting questions. Individuals may submit a maximum of three questions during this Second Question & Answer Period.
The application process will formally open on November 4, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. and close on November 18, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

 

 

Senators Booker & Warren Call on DOJ to Decriminalize Cannabis

Senators Seek Removal of Cannabis From Federal Controlled Substances List Decriminalization Would Allow States to Regulate as They See Fit, Begin to Remedy the Harm Caused by Decades of Racial Disparities in Enforcement, and Facilitate Valuable Medical Research

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  United States Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to decriminalize cannabis by removing the drug from the Federal controlled substances list. Under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (CSA), the Attorney General can remove a substance from the CSA’s list, in consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), based on the finding that it does not have the potential for abuse. Decriminalizing cannabis at the federal level via this descheduling process would allow states to regulate cannabis as they see fit, begin to remedy the harm caused by decades of racial disparities in enforcement of cannabis laws, and facilitate valuable medical research.
“While Congress works to pass comprehensive cannabis reform, you can act now to decriminalize cannabis,” wrote Senators Booker and Warren. 

The vast majority of the country supports decriminalization of cannabis: approximately 91% of adults in the United States believe that cannabis should be legal for medical and recreational use, or for medical use only. To date, thirty-six states, four territories, and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes, and eighteen states, two territories, and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for adult recreational use. These state-level legalizations have not caused spikes in traffic accidents or violent crime, or use by teenagers, paving the way for much-needed action at the federal level.

Decriminalizing cannabis at the federal level is a critical first step in addressing the racial inequities in cannabis law enforcement. Federal cannabis policy has disproportionately affected the ability of people of color in the United States to vote, to pursue educational and career opportunities, and to build intergenerational wealth. Moreover, decriminalizing cannabis is a vital step so that Americans seeking cannabis treatment options for conditions such as chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and certain terminal illnesses can legally use the drug.
“We urge the DOJ to initiate the process to decriminalize cannabis. Doing so would be an important first step in the broader tasks of remedying the harmful racial impact of our nation’s enforcement of cannabis laws and ensuring that states can effectively regulate the growing cannabis industry, including by assisting small business owners and those most harmed by our historical enforcement of cannabis laws,” wrote Senators Booker and Warren.

A Team of BIPOC Women Launch The People’s Group: A $50M Fund for Social Equity in Cannabis

The People’s Group Fund Aims to Provide Growth Capital for Diverse and Competitive BIPOC and Women-led Cannabis Businesses

Despite efforts to repair the damage of the War on Drugs and its disproportionate impact on BIPOC communities, less than 10% of cannabis business owners are BIPOC. The People’s Group (TPG) led by Christine De La Rosa, one of the most influential women in cannabis, aims to change that with its $50 million nationwide fund. The fund will invest in BIPOC- and women-led cannabis businesses with the goal of breaking the pattern of oppression and creating a representative future for the growing industry.

The group is fueled by a powerhouse of sought-after industry experts with diverse backgrounds. TPG is led, directed and advised by BIPOC women, queer people, the disabled, veterans and people with chronic illness as a catalyst for community empowerment. The fund will draw attention to the lack of social equity, capital and investment opportunities within the field. It also will work toward eliminating the barriers of prosperity and unlocking efficient pathways to profitability. The fund’s mission is to deploy its total capital by 2024. This allows for advisory, management services and enhanced technology to be distributed across diverse and competitive companies over the course of the next 10 years.

“The cannabis market is projected to be a $70 billion industry by 2028, and BIPOC continues to struggle to benefit from this lucrative field,” explains De La Rosa. “Recently, initiatives have been established to contribute to minority-owned cannabis business growth. However, many programs have failed due to the lack of access to capital, business spaces and technical support provided to this demographic. Through this fund, our objective is to break this cycle by supplying minority-owned cannabis companies with the capital they need to bring their companies to probability and the mentorship required to contribute to a more diverse cannabis industry. Our social equity initiatives will also shed light on unjust laws that have been disproportionately affecting minority communities.”

TPG has additional strategies to take advantage of immediate market opportunities via new product and license investments through proven models, offering growth capital and debt facilities to expedite the transition to profitability, acquisition of off-market assets that need a cash infusion to become profitable and to provide an abundance of job opportunities.

“For over 50 years, lives have been taken, time has been lost, and communities have been devastated due to the disparate enforcement of policies attached to the war on drugs. Use of the term ‘social equity’ must be more than a cliché,” says Frederika Easley, the director of strategic initiatives at The People’s Ecosystem. “We are committed to advocating for the creation and implementation of policies and practices that hold systems of power accountable and support the repairing of harm to individuals and communities.”

De La Rosa founded The People’s Group to address the lack of support for minorities that she experienced first-hand when starting her own business in the industry in 2016. She saw the endless potential in a type of fund that understands how to value and support such founders and their teams in an ample amount of beneficial and meaningful ways.

For more details and updates on The People’s Group, please visit https://thepeoplesgroup.fund/

Ohio Board of Pharmacy Publishes Updated Patient & Caregiver Numbers for August 2021

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy today published updated patient & caregiver numbers for July 2021. These numbers include:

  • 344,301 Recommendations
  • 209,133 Registered patients
    • 14,290 Patients with Veteran Status
    • 15,817 Patients with Indigent Status
    • 888 Patients with a Terminal Diagnosis
  • 127,282 Patients with both an active registration and an active recommendation
  • 190,639 Unique patients who purchased medical marijuana (as reported to OARRS by licensed dispensaries)
  • 24,835 Registered Caregivers

For the full list of program numbers, please visit the Program Update page.