Attorney Ben Crump To Announce Civil Lawsuit Against Disney For False Arrest Of Elderly Woman

The great-grandmother was wrongfully arrested for a drug felony at the “Most Magical Place on Earth”

FLORIDA: Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump will announce a civil lawsuit against The Walt Disney Company on August 5 during a virtual press conference on behalf of Hester Burkhalter.
Burkhalter, a then 69-year-old great-grandmother, was wrongfully arrested and taken into custody at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for possessing federally legal CBD oil. Hester was using the CBD oil per her doctor’s recommendation to treat her advanced arthritis.
Co-counsels Mark Marderosian and Michele Rayner-Goolsby are also representing Ms. Burkhalter.
Attorney Ben Crump
Attorney Mike Gagliardi
Ms. Hester Burkhalter
August 5, 2020 at 11 a.m ET

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


OLCC Revised Agenda March Commission Meeting

OREGON: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we are abbreviating our agenda and holding our commission meeting via conference call. An audio recording of the meeting will be posted on our website after the meeting.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 9:00 a.m.


OLCC Commissioners:

Chairman Paul Rosenbaum
Jennifer Currin
Kiauna Floyd
Michael Harper
Matthew Maletis
Hugh Palcic
Marvin Révoal

For more information, contact: 503-872-5006 / 1-800-452-6522

March 18 WSLCB Board Meeting Cancelled, Quality Control Testing Hearing Postponed

WASHINGTON: The public hearing for Quality Control Testing rules is currently on the March 18, 2020 Board agenda.

Given COVID-19 concerns, the Board voted yesterday to cancel tomorrow’s Board meeting, and continue this public hearing until the next scheduled Board meeting at 10 a.m. on April 1, 2020.

Kathy Hoffman, Policy and Rules coordinator, will file an updated CR 102 with the Code Reviser confirming this change.

Other rule-making items that were tentatively scheduled during tomorrow’s cancelled meeting (CR 102 for Alternating Proprietorships for Distilleries and Craft Distilleries; Supplemental CR 102 for Special Occasion Licenses Rules Review) have also been postponed.

Please contact with questions regarding rule-making timelines.

NECANN Boston To Be Re-scheduled Due To COVID-19 Concerns

MASSACHUSETTS: Due to the increasing concern and public health crisis due to the COVID-19
outbreak, the NECANN Boston convention, scheduled for March 20-22, is being postponed.
We are working with our venue partners and city officials to select a new date in 2020 and will update everyone as soon as we have specific information and details to share. All vendor registrations and pre-sale tickets will be honored for the new date. Please be advised that this postponement will impact the convention, the NE Canna Community awards show, and the NECANN Competition awards.
We appreciate everyone’s patience and support during this incredibly difficult time and this decision, and look forward to working with everyone to make this year’s event as successful as it has been for the last five years.
If anyone has any questions, please understand that we are still actively working with our partners to secure the new date and address this change, and ask that you wait before contacting us until we know exactly the new details and dates.
Thank you again on behalf of the NECANN family. We will see everyone soon and get through this together.
Marc Shepard, Co-Founder
Jeff Lawrence, Co-Founder

Listen And Learn Forum RESCHEDULED: Draft Conceptual Rules Regarding Voluntary Licensee Consultation And Education Program Rules

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) has rescheduled a Listen and Learn forum about draft conceptual rules regarding the voluntary cannabis licensee consultation and education program to accommodate concerns around the COVID-19 outbreak. 

WASHINGTON: The meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, 20020 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. has been changed to Wednesday, March 17, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. via zoom only. This meeting is being conducted in a virtual environmentin alignment with guidance and recommendations issued by the Governor’s office.

As you may recall, the Board began to consider revisions to existing enforcement guidelines by initiating a formal rule inquiry under in October, 2018. Those efforts were extended by the passage of Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill (ESSB) 5318 during the 2019 regular session of the Washington State legislature, and a completely redesigned penalty rule framework was adopted on January 22, 2020.

ESSB 5318 emphasized a strong focus on compliance, education, and enforcement in the oversight of the regulated cannabis market. The bill mandated that in addition to revising existing penalty rules, that the Board adopt rules to perfect and expand existing programs for compliance education for licensed cannabis businesses and their employees. The program must include recommendations on abating violations described in chapter 69.50 RCW, and be developed in consultation with licensees and their employees. The Board approved the filing of a CR101 on July 17, 2019 as WSR 19-15-074 to begin this work.

Following recruitment of licensees, WSLCB held two meetings to develop the draft conceptual rules we’ll be discussing during this Listen and Learn session. These draft conceptual rules reflect an engaged and inclusive developmental process that embodies not only WSLCB’s commitment to regulatory stability and consistency, but the intent of ESSB 5318, and the input of licensees.

An agenda is attached to help you prepare. Please come prepared to offer feedback and suggestions regarding this new rule section and the draft conceptual rules.

Please remember that we are still in the developmental phase of rulemaking, and these are not proposed or final rules. To help you prepare for this listen/learn/contribute forum, please review the guidance document prepared for this and future forums.

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CannaTech Tel Aviv & PsyTech Summit Postponed

New Dates

PsyTech Summit: June 14-15, 2020

CannaTech Tel Aviv: June 15-16, 2020

ISRAEL: In light of developing circumstances with the COVID-19 coronavirus and based on recommendations from the Israeli Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CannaTech Tel Aviv and PsyTech Summit are postponed.  PsyTech Summit will take place June 14-15 and CannaTech, June 15-16, 2020.

Saul Kaye, CEO of iCAN: Israel-Cannabis commented: “Our number one concern is the health and safety of our attendees and speakers, our partners, our colleagues and our vendors. While we are disappointed to postpone both CannaTech Tel Aviv and PsyTech Summit, we are very confident it will be worth the wait.

“We thank our sponsors and attendees for their understanding and wish all those affected by the virus our very best. We are fully committed to create beautifully crafted events in June that will showcase the brands and solutions that fuel this industry.”

OLCC Notice of Public Hearing: OAR 845-025-5760 Audit, Compliance, And Random Testing


OREGON:  OLCC Notice of Public Hearing.

What: OAR 845-025-5760, Audit, Compliance, and Random Testing

When:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday, March 16, 2020

Where: Oregon Liquor Control Commission, 9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Portland, OR 97222

Public Notice & Proposed Rule Draft

The national outbreak of e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) has resulted in more than 2,800 hospitalizations and 68 deaths, including 2 deaths in Oregon. At this time neither the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), nor the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) have determined the cause of the illness outbreak in Oregon. While studies using cases in other states have identified Vitamin E acetate as one likely cause in those states, there is no evidence of Vitamin E acetate being linked to cases in Oregon and the CDC and FDA have not ruled out other potential causes of the illness outbreak.

This rule is needed to assist the OLCC and OHA in the ongoing investigation of the cause of EVALI cases in Oregon as well as to prevent and respond to potential future outbreaks or risks to public safety due to additives, adulterants, microbiological contamination, heavy metals, or other contaminants.

In addition to the recent EVALI outbreak, undisclosed ingredients and additives have been discovered in marijuana products in violation of Commission rules. These ingredients and additives cause public health and safety issues and decrease transparency for members of the public using these products. These rule amendments will allow the OLCC to sample the products of marijuana licensees to determine whether they contain ingredients or additives. Further, the ability to randomly test acts as a deterrent and discouraging licensees from making marijuana items with illegal or unknown indigents, additives, solvents or pesticides.

Public comment period ends Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 11:55PM




Medical Marijuana, Inc Subsidiary HempMeds Brasil Sponsors Autism Event At Rice University In Houston

 CALIFORNIA: Medical Marijuana, Inc., the first-ever publicly traded cannabis company in the United States that launched the world’s first-ever cannabis-derived nutraceutical products, brands and supply chain, announced today that its subsidiary HempMeds Brasil, in partnership with the Consulate General of Brazil in Houston, sponsored “Autism Together We Are Stronger” at Rice University on February 22.

“We see events like this one as prime opportunities to educate people on what cannabidiol, or CBD, is and its potential benefits,” said HempMeds® Brasil Vice President Caroline Heinz. “CBD can be legally imported in Brazil and is even subsidized by the Brazilian government for many indications including autism. We want to do everything we can to help bring awareness to current research that is being conducted on how CBD can be used by people around the world.”

In addition to sponsoring the event, HempMeds® Brasil shared the event stage with two researchers who the Company has worked with frequently in the past, Dr. Alysson Muotri, Professor at the School of Medicine, University of California in San Diego, and Dr. Abram Topczewski, Neuropediatrician and Enuresis Clinic Director at the Albert Einstein Hospital.

“Education is the most important thing when it comes to helping the world become more accepting of cannabis and its compounds,” said Medical Marijuana, Inc. CEO Dr. Stuart Titus. “We’re proud to be able to sponsor events like these and work with such prestigious doctors such as Dr. Muotri and Dr. Topczewski to help further medical research around the world.”

Former NFL linebacker Lofa Tatupu Will Headline 2020 New England Cannabis Convention in Boston

Ex-Seattle Seahawk is founder of “Zone In” line of CBD products

MASSACHUSETTS: Former All-Pro Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu will headline the 2020 New England Cannabis Convention, which returns to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, March 20-22nd, 2020.

In October 2019 Tatupu founded the CBD company Zone In following an NFL career that spanned six seasons and was cut short by injury.

“Rehabilitation from injury, enhanced recovery from training, and promoting overall wellness are some of the primary drivers behind the explosive growth and adoption of CBD and other cannabis products across the U.S.,” said Marc Shepard, co-founder and President of NECANN.  “We’re incredibly excited to have an athlete the caliber of Lofa Tatupu headlining what has become the Northeast’s annual meeting of the cannabis industry.”

Tatupu attended high school in Massachusetts – compiling a standout scholastic football career at King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham. His father, and high school coach, was the late Mosi Tatupu – a former New England Patriots running back and special teams player and beloved New England sports figure. Lofa followed in his father’s footsteps by attending and playing football at USC. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2005.

“After a lengthy football career, my chronic pain, lethargy, and mental fogginess took over.  I was unfocused and unmotivated.  I wanted to find something that could help these issues I was facing. This led me to trying CBD,” said Tatupu.  “Just one week after my first dose my head was clear, pain was alleviated, and my mind and body felt connected. My old self was back. This is when I realized the transformative power of CBD. This is how the idea for ZoneIn was born.”

Joining Tatupu as second keynote will be Zone In Ambassador and fellow NFL alumnus Stedman Bailey – a one-time Los Angeles Rams receiver whose career was cut short by a violent 2015 attack in which he was shot twice in the head. Following a miraculous recovery, Bailey also began using CBD as part of his treatment regimen for seizures, anxiety and post-traumatic stress.

Over 300 vendors and more than 10,000 attendees are expected to attend the three-day NECANN Boston convention, one of the largest and most influential events of its kind in America. Other highlights include a panel discussion featuring Cannabis Control Commissioner Shaleen Title regarding the industry’s shared responsibilities surrounding social equity, an environmental sustainability panel, and two days of medical marijuana-related programming for patients and healthcare providers. NECANN Boston 2020 will be the largest NECANN event ever, and comes on the heels of the first full year of adult-use recreational cannabis stores being open in Massachusetts.

The 2020 NECANN Boston show will also feature three major initiatives recognizing excellence in cannabis product development and innovation, diversity and inclusion, and significant contributions by individuals and organizations that have done great things for the New England cannabis community and industry.

The 2nd Annual NE Cannabis Community Awards ceremony will take place on Friday evening March 20 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Hynes Convention Center. The Cannabis Community Awards is not a competition, but rather a platform to spotlight and celebrate members of the local community who have done exceptional work in the cannabis space. Final ballots are available now for voting. Tickets to the event are $30.

On Saturday evening, March 21, the Convention will host a supplier diversity event organized by Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana and ELEVATE Northeast. This action-oriented networking event is designed to connect minority-owned suppliers and vendors with cannabis business operators in Massachusetts as a means of increasing the number of awarded contracts going to minority businesses.

And finally, the first-ever NECANN Competition will present awards for the top product developments and innovations in cannabis flower, edibles, concentrates and topicals across nine categories – as well as ancillary non-cannabis products and equipment. Entries are being accepted through March 1, 2020. Winners in all categories will be recognized Sunday, March 24 in the Hynes Expo Hall.

“We believe the NECANN Competition awards will become one of the most significant cannabis industry honors that product developers and retailers can earn,” said Shepard. “It’s incredibly exciting to debut this event as we also mark the second year of the NE Cannabis Community Awards. The annual meeting of the cannabis industry is the ideal setting to recognize the very best in cannabis product developments, as well as the most dedicated advocates, supporters and promoters of the cannabis community and industry.”

Attendees at NECANN can network with more than 300 local and national cannabis industry businesses, talk with doctors and health care providers, explore investment & career opportunities, connect with advocacy groups, see the latest developments in lighting, soil, and growing equipment, and purchase a wide variety of accessories. Every facet of the cannabis industry is represented at NECANN Boston 2020. A full list of exhibitors is available at