The Emerald Cup 2022 Moves to Los Angeles & Adds “Harvest Ball” NorCal Event

CALIFORNIA: The iconic cannabis competition, The Emerald Cup, is proud to announce they are moving the ECA’s (The Emerald Cup Awards) and legendary festival for 2022 to Los Angeles. This news follows a historic 2021 event where the pandemic-proof event went virtual – via hundreds of hours of new and existing content – becoming “The Emerald Cup Channel” on cannabis’ first TV network Social Club TV. A full director’s cut of the event debuted for video-on-demand on 4/20/2021.

Staying connected to their roots the traditional December dates for the Cup will live on as the Emerald Cup Harvest Ball and the beginning of the Road to the Cup.  The event will be the opening of submissions for the Spring 2022 contest and the beginning of the Road to the Cup.  The event will be more intimate than the past and focus on the fresh harvest and genetics.  Tickets will be limited so don’t wait and miss out.  Described as a global gathering of the Emerald Cup tribe in celebration of the traditional harvest time, the event will take place in Santa Rosa, CA over 2 days and will continue to offer education, entertainment and community to their international family and fan base.

“The tribe has spoken and we are making the move to bring our Cup to the world’s largest cannabis community and industry  – Los Angeles” says The Emerald Cup founder and CEO Tim Blake. “Following our most recent, and largest event ever, our community has exploded and we are transitioning to a venue closer to the epicenter of California’s cannabis market. This evolution continues as we cement our place as the most recognized and attended cannabis competition in the world.”

Named the “Academy Awards of Cannabis” by Rolling Stone, The Emerald Cup, has celebrated excellence in organic, sun grown and now indoor cannabis with over 35 catagories and awards across the product spectrum from flower, concentrates, topicals and edibles. Attracting countless attendees and special guests over the years, including top talent including The Roots, Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti, Rebelution, Chelsea Handler and SantiGold. Joining the calendar and complementing The Emerald Cup, the new Harvest Ball is an opportunity for the community among the cannabis industry to serve as a first opportunity to submit entries for the 2022 Emerald Cup Awards, but will also host a diverse marketplace, high-wattage musical performances and expert panel discussion on trends and innovation and in the industry.

Key elements of The Emerald Cup Harvest Ball will include:

  • Featuring the fresh harvest of the growing season with a focus on new genetics

  • Marketplace

  • Emerald Concert Stage

  • Kickoff to the 2022 Emerald Cup Contest

  • A Sanctuary Space honoring plant medicine with educational and entertainment programming

  • Area 101 (Where it all started)

  • Regenerative Agriculture Garden Activation

  • VIP Parties

  • Food, Beverages and Cannabis

“With over 17 events, starting with our first in 2004, the Cup has always been a fixture on the cannabis and festival calendar with our early December presence,” shared Tim Blake.With the pandemic forcefully changing, and evolving us, we moved this year’s event to April. The response from our community, entrants and audience was resounding, this new timing was better for growing and cultivating the most optimum entries for competition. Our new event the Harvest Ball  continues to open the space for our community to bond and share information in the wake of a time of massive change across all parts of cannabis. What this experience is teaching us is that our industry thrives on communication and collaboration. We are confident the Harvest Ball will quickly blossom into a must-attend in all our calendars.”

Benefit Concert ‘Rock the RoC’ Assembles Global Community In Support Of Awareness for Hemp And Cannabis

Virtual Tribute Concert Gathers Leading Musical Artists, Advocates and Sponsors to Support Improving Lives

COLORADO: Rock the RoC, the upcoming virtual tribute concert hosted by cannabinoid research, education, and advocacy nonprofit Realm of Caring (RoC), will unite a global community that is dedicated to improving quality of life.

Rock the RoC has curated a standout show to honor the legacy of the late CBD pioneer, Charlotte Figi. The April 7 show will heal, inspire, celebrate, and unite a broad community of advocates as they groove to musical performances by Grammy award-winning artists including The Avett Brothers, Jason Mraz, Michael Franti, Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers, Ruthie Foster, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash, Glen Phillips, Molly Tuttle, Sarah Jarosz, Corey Glover, and more. Featured spokespeople include Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.

“My son would not have transitioned off of hospice without Charlotte. The important mission that RoC performs will endure with continued community support.” Realm of Caring President and Event Host Heather Jackson shared, “RoC has the largest cannabinoid research registry in the world, we have guided individuals and doctors over two million minutes at our free call center, and have granted close to $3 million to families in need. This is Charlotte’s legacy. Please celebrate her life with us, meet brave families we serve and help carry on the urgent pursuit here at RoC.”

Support for Rock the RoC is provided by presenting sponsor Charlotte’s Web and Blaze sponsors including the Fontenot family, The Functional Chocolate CompanyGreen FlowerPeake Family FoundationPlanetarieReCreate, and Savage Cabbage among others.

There are 3 ways to get involved on April 7th 6PM MDT

  1. RSVP to get your FREE ticket and make a tax deductible gift towards RoC’s programs.
  2. Kickstart this project to get exclusive merchandise by Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One.
  3. Sponsor this event to impact plant-based therapy.

RoC will see you on the stream powered by Nugs.TV at RockTheRoC.org!

Ohio Board Of Pharmacy Files Amended Program Rules With The Common Sense Initiative Office

OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT:
STATE BOARD OF PHARMACY FILES AMENDED PROGRAM RULES WITH THE COMMON SENSE INITIATIVE OFFICE – MARCH 22, 2021

OHIO:  The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy has filed amended program rules with the Common Sense Initiative Office (CSI). Those impacted by the proposed rules may submit comments to CSI and the Board for review until close of business on April 2, 2021.

The CSI Business Impact Analysis, the amended rule text, and instructions on how to provide comments are available on the Board of Pharmacy’s proposed rules page (under the Common Sense Initiative header): www.pharmacy.ohio.gov/proposed.

The Emerald Cup Launches TV Channel For 2021 Edition of Award Show On SocialClub

CALIFORNIA:The Emerald Cup announced they will be going virtual and global for the first-time during their 2021 edition. Long known as the “Academy Awards of Cannabis” the iconic global cannabis competition will launch their own CTV channel on the SocialClub TV platform on April 5, 2021. With countless hours of linear programming launching over the all 6 days leading into the live-cast of the world-renown The Emerald Cup 2021 Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 11, 2021.

Fans of the event – new, old and all across the planet – will be able to enjoy:

  • High wattage exclusive live-musical and comedy performances (line-up revealed later this week)
  • Insider access to the judging of awards with special appearances by B-Real (Cypress Hill/Dr. Greenthumbs), Jimi Devine (LA Weekly) and Abdulluh Saeed (Great Moments in Weed History Podcast)
  • A visual history of iconic moments from The Emerald Cup in a documentary format
  • A full library of past The Emerald Cup shows spanning 17 years of events
  • Fireside chats with leading names across the cannabis, and now psychedelic industry
  • Expert filled educational panels concerning topics including “The Cannabis Plant: Terpenes And Beyond”, “The future of Cannabis Genetics Around The Globe” and “Real Social Equity: Creating Impact not Impressions”
  • Interviews with hosts and founders Tim and Taylor Blake, Willie Nelson Lifetime Award recipient Winona LaDuke and many more

 

Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee March 2021 Meeting Notice

Update from the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program

 

MEETING NOTICE MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVISORY COMMITTEE

March 25, 2021

10:00 a.m.

OHIO: The Advisory Committee meeting will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.  Instructions to access the Teams Meeting will be posted here the morning of March 25, and via email update.
To register for email updates please visit our website.
NOTE: The Advisory Committee will not be accepting testimony or public comments at this meeting. Public comment can be submitted at: www.medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov/contactus.

OLCC Rules Advisory Committee Meeting – February 3, 2021

Marijuana Licensing Streamlining

Rules Package

Oregon Liquor Control Commission News

This past fall the Commission implemented temporary rules to expedite and refine the recreational marijuana licensing process. The proposed amendments integrate a more efficient licensing process and reduce required documentation that must be submitted as part of a license application. Applicants will still be required to satisfy the same substantive requirements to receive a license. The Commission’s proposed rule language that will be discussed can be found here:

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we are holding Rules Advisory Committee meetings virtually. Please note that invited committee members and OLCC are the only persons allowed to participate in the discussion. Please be respectful and mute your phone.

 

To listen to the meeting, use the call-in information below;

 

Date and Time:       9:30am – 12:30pm, Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Location:                 Virtual

 

To listen to the meeting, dial: 1 (408) 650-3123; Access Code: 740-951-661

 

For more information, contact:

Madeline Kane

Phone: 503-872-5081

Email: olcc.rulemaking@oregon.gov

NH DHHS Announces Public Information Session In Chichester On Proposed Alternative Treatment Center Therapeutic Cannabis Dispensary

NEW HAMPSHIRE: The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced a public information session regarding a proposed Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) therapeutic cannabis dispensary in Chichester, NH, to be operated by Prime Alternative Treatment Centers of NH. This proposed dispensary location is responsive to Legislative intent and designed to increase patient access to the State’s Therapeutic Cannabis Program.

The public information session will be held at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 5th, via ZOOM, as part of the Chichester Selectmen Meeting. Information on how to participate in the meeting remotely is posted on the Town of Chichester’s website at www.chichesternh.org/home/news/public-information-session-therapeutic-cannabis.

During the public session, officials from the DHHS Therapeutic Cannabis Program and representatives from Prime ATC will make brief presentations and answer attendees’ questions.

In 2019, the NH Legislature approved HB 335, which approved the establishment of two new therapeutic cannabis dispensaries in areas of the State where access to the currently established ATCs is limited. The new dispensaries are to be operated by Prime ATC in Region 2 (representing Hillsborough and Merrimack counties) and Temescal Wellness in Region 1 (representing Belknap, Rockingham, and Strafford counties). Prime ATC currently operates its dispensary in Merrimack. As required by HB 335, DHHS conducted a patient needs assessment Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol to determine locations that would have the greatest impact on patient access. The needs assessment identified the Concord area as a location that would best alleviate the travel burden on TCP patients in Region 2.

Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee November 2020 Meeting Agenda

 

OHIO: The Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee will hold a meeting virtually via Skype on November 12, 2020.

AGENDA MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING

November 12, 2020 10:00 a.m.

The Advisory Committee meeting will be held virtually via Skype.

Instructions to access the Skype Meeting will be posted here the morning of November 12, and via email update.

NOTE: The Advisory Committee will not be accepting testimony or public comments at this meeting.

10:00 a.m.

ROLL CALL AND MINUTES REVIEW

▪ Advisory Committee Members

10:05 a.m.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA CONTROL PROGRAM UPDATE

▪ Patient and Caregiver Update (Maerten-Moore)

▪ Dispensary Update (Maerten-Moore)

▪ Program Update (Maerten-Moore)

▪ Patient Survey Results (Maerten-Moore)

▪ Commerce Licensee Updates (McIlvaine)

▪ Program Sales and Product Data (McIlvaine)

▪ Commerce Initiatives (McIlvaine)

▪ Petitions for Qualifying Conditions (Pollock) o Current petition period and criteria o 2021 petition period dates

▪ Physicians with a CTR (Pollock)

▪ COVID-19 Update (Pollock)

Aphria Announces Strategic Entry Into The United States With An Agreement To Acquire Sweetwater Brewing Company

SweetWater’s Portfolio of Beer Brands, Including the Flagship 420 Brand, Aligns with a Cannabis Lifestyle and Provides a Scalable Platform for Expansion into the U.S. and Canada

Accretive Acquisition Significantly Expands Aphria’s Addressable Market and Diversifies Product Offerings

Establishes an Infrastructure in the U.S. Enabling Accelerated Entry into U.S. Cannabis Market, Subject to Federal Legalization

Aphria to Host a Conference Call and Webcast on November 4, 2020, at 4:15 pm EST.

CANADA:  Aphria Inc., a leading global cannabis company inspiring and empowering the worldwide community to live their very best life, today announced it has entered into an agreement of merger and acquisition to acquire SW Brewing Company, LLC. SweetWater Brewing Company is one of the largest independent craft brewers in the United States  based on volume. Beginning with the flagship 420 beverage offerings, SweetWater has created an award-winning lineup of year-round, seasonal and specialty beers, a portfolio of brands closely aligned with a cannabis lifestyle. The approximately USD $300 million acquisition has been unanimously approved by Aphria’s Board of Directors and is expected to close before the end of December 2020. Aphria expects this acquisition to be immediately accretive to EBITDA and diluted earnings per share. All dollar amounts in the press release are expressed in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted.

Founded in 1997 by Freddy Bensch, SweetWater has broad consumer appeal and has established strong distribution across 27 states plus Washington, D.C. and has ample capacity to support distribution efforts into new geographies, with limited capital expenditure. From its state-of-the-art brewery in Atlanta, Georgia, SweetWater produces a balanced variety of year-round and seasonal specialty craft brews, with SweetWater beverages available in approximately 29,000 off-premise retail locations ranging from independent bottle shops to national chains. SweetWater’s significant on-premises business allows consumers to enjoy its varietals in more than 10,000 restaurants and bars.

In addition to its traditional distribution footprint, SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale and IPA are served on all Delta flights nationwide plus internationally totaling more than 50 countries across six continents which have served to extend SweetWater’s brand reach on both a national and international level. The Company also hosts an annual music festival, “SweetWater 420 Fest,” that has evolved into one of the largest and most anticipated music festivals in the U.S., increasing brand awareness nationwide. In 2019, the 420 Strain G13 IPA became the top new craft brand in the U.S. in the first 12 months after its launch. In addition to branding, SweetWater’s various 420 strains of craft brews use terpenes and natural hemp flavours that, when combined with select hops, emulate the flavours and aromas of popular cannabis strains, to appeal to a loyal consumer base that made the 420 Strain G13 IPA their #2 best-selling beer and #1 best-selling new craft beer in the U.S. For the year ended December 31, 2019, SweetWater Brewing Company generated net revenue and adjusted EBITDA of $66.6 million and $22.1 million, respectively, and production volume increased 7% year-over-year to nearly 261,000 barrels, twice the growth rate of the craft beer market nationally, according to the Brewers Association.

“Our strong balance sheet and access to capital have enabled us to enter the U.S. through this strategic and accretive acquisition. We will establish and grow our U.S. presence through SweetWater’s robust, profitable platform of craft brewing innovation, manufacturing, marketing and distribution expertise. At the same time, we will build brand awareness for our adult-use cannabis brands, Broken Coast, Good Supply, Riff and Solei, through our participation in the growing $29 billion craft brew market in the U.S. ahead of potential future state or federal cannabis legalization,” said Irwin D. Simon, Aphria’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to building upon the strengths of each of our respective and complementary brands, diversifying our product offering, broadening our consumer reach, and enhancing loyalty with consumers.”