NECANN Announces Largest Digital Cannabis Industry Event In The World

NECANN Online Debuts September 14-16

Three fall NECANN shows in VT, MA and NJ rescheduled to 2021

MASSACHUSETTS: The New England Cannabis Convention (NECANN) today announced it will host the largest Digital Cannabis Industry Event in the world September 14-16, while also rescheduling three fall conventions to new dates in 2021.

NECANN Online will feature over 500 exhibitors and 50-plus programming sessions covering all aspects of the industry. Participants will also receive a virtual swag bag and 2020 cannabis industry resource guide, and the all-digital event will feature live feeds from the 2020 New England Canna Community Awards Show and the NECANN Cannabis Competition Awards.

“As disappointed as we are to be moving three of our upcoming conventions into next year, we are incredibly excited to be presenting our exhibitors and attendees with NECANN Online, the largest and most content-packed digital event ever in the cannabis and hemp space”, said Marc Shepard, President of NECANN.

Programming will include four tracks running all three days, including expert speakers and panels from around the country speaking on technology & innovation, growing and extraction, business and careers, hemp, CBD, medical marijuana, and social justice & equity.

NECANN’s 2020 Burlington, VT, Springfield, MA and Atlantic City, NJ shows have been rescheduled to 2021. New dates are: May 29-30, 2021 for Burlington; June 19-20, 2021 for Springfield; and Sept. 10-11, 2021 for Atlantic City. NECANN’s 2020 conventions in Portland, ME, Chicago, IL and Boston, MA are still scheduled for respective dates in October, November and December.

“NECANN Online will feature much more than the virtual booths and webinars most shows present. We will have live awards shows, virtual gift bags and even a few surprise guests,” Shepard said.  In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the COVID 19 situation around the country and hope to be seeing everyone in-person again soon”.

 

NECANN 2020-21 Convention Schedule

NECANN ONLINE (Sep 14-16, 2020

 

Portland, Maine (October 17-18, 2020)

Chicago, IL (Nov. 20-21, 2020)

Boston, MA (Dec 10-12, 2020)

 

Burlington, VT (was Sept 29-27 2020), rescheduled to May 29-30, 2021

Springfield, MA (was Oct. 24-25, 2020), rescheduled to June 19-20, 2021

Atlantic City, NJ (was Sept 11-12, 2020), rescheduled to Sept 10-11, 2021

 

Oklahoma Mandatory Marijuana Products Testing To Begin July 1st

OKLAHOMA: Beginning July 1st, all marijuana product sold by a grower or processor will be required to be tested by an Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) licensed laboratory.

The mandatory testing requirements were created by the Oklahoma Legislature and went into effect on Nov 1st, 2019. Since that time, the OMMA has been creating the rules and guidelines under the guidance of Laboratory Oversight Manager Lee Rhodes.

The OMMA has ten fully licensed laboratories in the state. There are many more in different stages of the licensing process. A fully licensed lab will have not only a license from OMMA but have been inspected by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

Current requirements include:

  • Any dispensary customer may request the certificate of analysis from the dispensary. The document can be kept in either a paper or electronic format.
  • A processor or grower shall retain test results and related records for at least two years.

A list of the fully licensed labs can be found on the OMMA website.

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

 

OLCC Commission Approves Marijuana Licensee Stipulated Settlements

OREGON: At its monthly meeting on February 20, 2020, the Commissioners of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved three marijuana violation stipulated settlement agreements:

Slabtown in Portland will pay a fine of $5,280 AND serve a 32-day recreational marijuana retailer license suspension for two violations.

  • Licensee is: Slabtown Proprietors, LLC; Portadelphia, LLC, Member; Albert Corrado, Member/Manager; Rose City Brands, LLC, Member; Troy Patterson, Member; CannaRefinery, LLC, Member; Alexandra lmholz, Member/Manager; Kyler Buck, Member/Manager.

Home Grown Apothecary in Portland will surrender its recreational marijuana retailer license AND each licensee agrees to accept a letter of reprimand for three violations.

  • Licensees are: New Horizons Consultants, LLC; Randa Shahin, Member; Joshua Larkin, Member.

Oso Verde Farms* will pay a fine of $4,950 AND serve a 60-day recreational marijuana producer license suspension OR pay a fine of $9,900 for five violations.

  • Licensees are: Oso Verde, LLC; Britton Price, Managing Member; Kendra Freeman, Managing Member.

OLCC Approves Marijuana License Stipulated Settlement

Starts Additional Rule-making Affecting Bottle Bill & Milk Beverages

OREGON: At a special meeting on January 30, 2020, the Commissioners of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved one marijuana violation stipulated settlement agreement.

Cura CS, a licensed recreational marijuana wholesaler, will pay a fine of $110,000 for two violations.

Licensees are: Cura CS, LLC; Cura Partners, Inc., Member; Cameron Forni, President/Director/Stockholder; Nitin Khanna, Director/Stockholder; David Thompson, Secretary; Nicholas Slinde, Director; Kali Mata, LLC, Stockholder; Nitin Khanna, Member; Karan Khanna, Member; Serpico, LLC, Stockholder; Nicholas Slinde, Member; Phil Nelson, Member.

The Commission also undertook the initial step to rescind previous rulemaking that established a definition of “milk” for determining whether or not specific categories of beverage containers are exempt from collection and redemption under the Oregon Bottle Bill.  The Commission initially adopted the rule in December 2019 (OAR 845-020-0005(11)).

To better align with the barriers to accepting empty containers of milk and plant-based milk beverages that do not fall under the statutory exemption, the OLCC has initiated rulemaking to again look at the definition of “milk.”

This rulemaking could result in rescinding the language that was added during the 2019 rulemaking process.  OLCC will work with the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, grocers both large and small, and manufacturers of milk and milk-beverage products that are or might be exempt from bottle bill redemption, to provide for and ensure orderly compliance within the marketplace.

 

OLCC Affirms Authority To Prohibit Marijuana Adulterants, Ban Vitamin E Acetate From Marijuana Vapes

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OREGON: At its monthly meeting on November 21, 2019, the Commissioners of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission affirmed the OLCC’s existing authority to ban adulterants, such as Vitamin E acetate, from inclusion in marijuana products.  The Commission also approved eight marijuana violation stipulated settlement agreements.

Public health investigators with the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have identified Vitamin E acetate as a potential culprit in the national vaping respiratory illness outbreak.  Forty-two people, including two in Oregon, have died from the illness.  More than 2,100 individuals have been afflicted with the lung injury, including 18 Oregonians.

Previously the OLCC had not expressly allowed or banned Vitamin E acetate from being mixed into marijuana vaping products.  Ingredients for marijuana products are already screened as part of the OLCC’s packaging and labeling pre-approval process.  The Commission’s action supports both the public health finding and the agency’s ability to ban Vitamin E acetate.

“We’re making it clear that to protect consumer health we will vigorously scrutinize what goes into marijuana products sold in Oregon’s legal marketplace,” said Steve Marks, OLCC Executive Director.  “The Commission is taking steps with our regulatory partners to put in place additional consumer safeguards.  Just this week we discussed with the legislature establishing a state-run reference lab so that regulators can test marijuana products in an effort to better protect consumers.”

Under Oregon law, the OLCC can prohibit recreational marijuana licensees from selling a marijuana item that contains “injurious or adulterated” ingredients. See ORS 475B.232(2) for reference.

Under existing OLCC administrative rules “adulterated” is defined to mean in part “a foreign, inferior, poisonous or deleterious ingredient or substance that renders the marijuana item injurious to health.  See OAR 845-025-1015(2) for reference.  Based upon the CDC finding, the OLCC has determined that Vitamin E acetate is an adulterant.

Vitamin E acetate may continue to be included in non-inhaled marijuana products, such as lotions and edibles, so long as its introduction into those products meets all other OLCC requirements.

The Commission approved the following fines and/or marijuana license suspensions, license surrenders, or marijuana worker permit surrender based on stipulated settlements:

Deshe’ in Gladstone will pay a fine of $4,950 and serve a 15-day marijuana retailer license suspension or serve a 45-day license suspension for one violation.

Licensees are: Emily Lumachi, President/Director/Stockholder; Jeremy Lumachi, Secretary/Director /Stockholder; Shane Hutchins, Director/Stockholder; Alan Hutchins, Director/Stockholder.

Decibel Farms* will pay a fine of $1,485 or serve a nine-day marijuana producer license suspension for one violation.

Licensees are: Decibel Farms, Inc.; Shawn Bishop, President; Horace Wilson, Secretary

4-Twenty Market in Eugene will surrender its recreational marijuana retailer license for two violations and the licensee will receive a letter of reprimand.

Licensee is: Seed Soil Sun, LLC; Kevin Blum, Member.

Gold River Botanicals in Rogue River will pay a fine of $6,600 or serve a 40-day marijuana retailer license suspension for two violations.

Licensees are: Gold River Botanicals, LLC; Richard Porta, Member; Norma Porta, Member

Top Hill Cannabis* will pay a fine of $6,105 or serve a 37-day marijuana producer license suspension for five violations.

Licensees are: Top Hill Cannabis, LLC; Loni Schaffer, Member; Robert Schaffer, Member

Sweet Leaf Cannabis in Eugene will surrender its recreational marijuana retailer license for six violations and the licensee will receive a letter of reprimand.

Licensee is: Sweet Leaf Cannabis of Eugene, LLC; Jeremy Wheeler, Member

Sweet Leaf Cannabis in Springfield will surrender its recreational marijuana retailer license for seven violations and the licensee will receive a letter of reprimand.

Licensee is: Sweet Leaf Cannabis LLC; Jeremy Wheeler, Member

Heavy Lids will surrender its recreational marijuana producer license for nine violations and the licensee will receive a letter of reprimand.

Licensee is: Heavy Lids, LLC; Jeremy Wheeler, Member

 

Ohio Board Of Pharmacy Awards Dispensary Certificates Of Operation in Cincinnati, Maumee & Carroll

State_of_Ohio_Board_of_pharmacy_logo2COHIO:  The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy today awarded Dispensary Certificates of Operation to the following entities:

  • Verilife, located at 5431 Ridge Ave., Cincinnati;
  • Bloom Medicinals, LLC, located at 1238 Conant St., Maumee; and
  • Ohio Provisions, located at 3560 Dolson Ct., Carroll.

The interactive map of Dispensaries with Certificates of Operation will be updated within the next 48 hours.

Ohio Board Of Pharmacy Awards Dispensary Certificate Of Operation In Painesville Township

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OHIO: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy today awarded a Dispensary Certificate of Operation to Bloom Medicinals, LLC, located at 382 Blackbrook Rd., Painesville Township.

For a list of all Dispensary Certificates of Operation, please click here.

Oregon And Washington’s Top Marijuana Regulators In Conversation At 2019 Cannabis Collaborative Conference

OLCC to Provide Program, Rules Updates at Portland Expo on January 23, 2019

OREGON: The top regulators from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board will reprise their conversation on the state of the legal cannabis industry in their respective states at the 2019 Cannabis Collaborative Conference (CCC).

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 9 a.m. at the Portland Expo Center, OLCC Executive Director Steve Marks, and WSLCB Director Rick Garza, will talk about the similar and different issues regulators are working on in Oregon and Washington.

Their conversation will be the keynote kick off for the 2019 CCC and will include observations about testing standards and consumer safety, product demand, and the work to standardize regulations across state lines as more states legalize adult use cannabis.

OLCC policy staff will also be on CCC panels discussing: OLCC Policies & Rules – Three Years in the Making, What’s Next?, OLCC Compliance Updates,Regulations and Profitability: A Listening Session, Hemp Rules and Regulation Updates, and The Future of Enforcement.

During both conference days – Wednesday, January 23, and Thursday January 24 -policy experts from the OLCC and other state agencies including:  Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Department of Revenue, and Oregon Water Resources Department will be available to answer questions at the OLCC booth on the conference exhibit floor.  Look for the state regulators at Booth 125 at the southwest end of the exhibit floor.

For OLCC Marijuana Program licensees and medical marijuana registrants participating in the OMMP Marijuana Tracking program, the OLCC will present information sessions at the Portland Expo Center, in the lobby of Building E next door to the Cannabis Collaborative Conference covering Recreational Marijuana Program and Rules updates, a Packaging and Labeling program update, and an OMMP Marijuana Tracking Program update.  Admission to the conference is NOT required to attend the OLCC programs.

Register for the OLCC information sessions here