Cannabis Educational And Awareness Campaign Makes Red-Carpet Debut During 91st Academy Awards Oscar Telecast

30-Second Commercial Spots expected to air during Red carpet arrivals, Oscar show and post Oscar programming

NEW YORK: Cannabis Education takes centerstage during this Sunday’s 91st Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science Oscar telecast, as a groundbreaking media campaign for the online cannabis TV network Hmm Did You Know (HDYK) airs in both the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico media markets.

The spot — the first in a series showcasing prominent voices in the cannabis industry and community — features former seven-term US Virgin islands Senator Positive T.A. Nelson, now the appointed Agriculture Commissioner of St. Croix, discussing the science and economic power of medical cannabis. The HDYK media campaign suggests that standards are shifting for cannabis marketing in legal states.

Medical cannabis companies in the USVI and Puerto Rico suffered millions of dollars in damage – including leveled greenhouses, lost business and rebuilding. One year after a hurricane devastated the island, medical cannabis businesses are reporting a remarkable turnaround: with more than 90 cannabis businesses currently in operation, including 54 dispensaries. About 34,000 patients have signed up for the program, up from about 12,000 last year, according to industry experts

Medical cannabis companies in the Caribbean suffered millions of dollars in damage – including leveled greenhouses, lost business and rebuilding. One year after a hurricane devastated the island, medical cannabis businesses are reporting a remarkable turnaround: with more than 90 cannabis businesses currently in operation, including 54 dispensaries. About 34,000 patients have signed up for the program, up from about 12,000 last year, according to industry experts

“The rationale behind medicinal cannabis is real, the science is real, the economics behind it is real, the health behind it is real,  and the opportunities behind are very real,” former Senator Positive Nelson says in the spot promoting Hmm Did You Know Online Cannabis Network, a collaborative effort with 420MEDIA to launch an internet based digital video service that provides insight, education, and entertainment in the world of cannabis.

“We are excited to work with Senator Positive Nelson and other renowned cannabis experts in the sports, medical and entertainment field to bring much needed cannabis education to Spanish speaking communities,” said Kerri Accardi, CEO of 420MEDIA.  “Being visible in Puerto Rico during this premier television broadcast is a great first step,” she adds.

The public service announcement was co-sponsored by 420MEDIA along with several cannabis-based organizations and businesses including:

Humboldt Grace, a woman-owned cannabis strategic consulting company. Founder Lelehnia Du Bois offers her 45 years of experience to educate on the cannabis culture, work with individual, businesses, and organizations to develop successful strategies, and advocate for a healthy and sustainable industry.

The Marijuana Business Association (MJBA), a leading national b2b organizations in legal cannabis.  Established in 2013 to provide business intelligence, professional networking and new business opportunity, MJBA hosts regular industry networking meetups, boot camps and seminars publishes the MJNews Network and Marijuana Channel One.

Nature Nurse Products utilize the power of nature and knowledge of medicine to create products that support the biological Endocannabinoid system. Nature Nurse is a beautifully blended and synergistic combination of ancient plant wisdom which has been expanded upon through science to create high-quality, easy to use products to incorporate into everyday life supporting health and well-being.

Curved Papers, a new twist on Rolling Papers, was founded by Michael O’Malleyan MIT-educated entrepreneur whose innovative patented curved design makes joints Easy To Roll.

Vital CBD:  Age Vital pharmacy, research and wellness is your local community and compounding family pharmacy Sarasota. By working in the medical field closely with physicians and patients for several years, their primary commitment is to serve people who suffer from chronic conditions such as pain, inflammatory conditions, and stress.

Tikun Olam Teams With iaso To Serve Puerto Rico

PUERTO RICO: Tikun Olam will soon have a presence in Puerto Rico, according to a company press release. Through an exclusive licensing agreement with iaso Corporation,  a leading San Juan-based science and technology company, Tikun products and strains, including the widely researched high-CBD Avidekel, will be distributed s throughout the Commonwealth in 2019.  The arrangement with iaso is the tenth struck in the United States by Tikun Olam’s US joint venture, TO Global.
iaso is Puerto Rico’s only all-indoor cultivation facility, employing soil-less, aeroponic technology.

Tikun products to be distributed throughout PR in 2019.

Tikun products to be distributed throughout PR in 2019.

“iaso is an ideal partner for Tikun’s values and mission,” says Tikun USA CEO Bernard Sucher. “César Cordero-Krüger has accomplished so much for his community, in business and philanthropy.  We are privileged to work with his team of professionals dedicated to advancing the science of cannabis.”

“Tikun’s proprietary cultivars are shown to treat patients in a safe, effective, and consistent manner,” says iaso founder and CEO César Cordero-Krüger. “This partnership advances iaso’s mission to become a trusted provider of cannabis products to Puerto Rican patients.”

Puerto Rican Alzheimer’s Patients To Be First In U.S. To Obtain Cannabis-Based Relief

MARYLAND: Alzheimer’s patients in Puerto Rico will be the first in the United States to obtain Hyalolex, IGC’s proprietary cannabinoid based formulation aimed at relieving many of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease, such as agitation, anxiety, sleep disorder, as well as caregiver distress, among others.

Pursuant to an agreement between IGC and DaMa Pharmaceutical and its affiliates, Hyalolex will be on the shelves in April, and available to patients in ten of Puerto Rico’s 30 dispensaries, including the two premier dispensaries in San Juan, the largest city in Puerto Rico. Under the licensing terms DaMa will help produce Hyalolex in Puerto Rico, and market Hyalolex to medical dispensaries and end users. Hyalolex will be prescribed as a liquid supplement in twice-daily doses for mild to moderate Alzheimer patients, and thrice-daily doses for moderate to advanced patients.

“We are very pleased to work with the DaMa Pharmaceutical team to bring Hyalolex to Puerto Rico, which has a long history of developing premier pharmaceutical products,” said Ram Mukunda CEO of IGC. He noted that the Puerto Rican government has been a supporter of a comprehensive medical cannabis program. “We are proud to be a contributor to Puerto Rico’s economic development and to the wellbeing of its Alzheimer’s patients”, he said. According to alz.org, Hispanics are approximately one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer’s as non-Hispanic whites.

“This is a decisive step in delivering our cannabis intellectual property to patients, after many years of development. It is particularly important as part of our effort to establish a distribution network to productize our IP,” Mukunda said.

This partnership represents a significant opportunity to provide those afflicted with Alzheimer’s with potential relief from a very difficult diagnosis and ease the burden of their caregivers who attend to them. It also represents a significant opportunity to collect data on Hyalolex’s performance within a diverse patient set”, said Mukunda. IGC will deploy a QR code-based product assurance, information dissemination, and data collection system as a step towards a more robust block chain-based product assurance system.

Future Farm Signs Dispensary Lease for High Traffic Puerto Rico Location

CANADA: Future Farm Technologies Inc., which has built a portfolio of projects across the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, announced that its Puerto Rico subsidiary has signed the first of five planned leases for its Clinica Verde branded Puerto Ricodispensaries. The Company expects to sign two more leases in the next thirty days with the additional two leases to follow soon after.

The Future Farm Clinica Verde branded dispensary is located in the Condado neighborhood of San Juan, one of the island’s most highly trafficked areas.

“Now that we have identified a prime dispensary location and signed a lease we are excited to work on the build out,” comments William Gildea, Chairman and CEO of Future Farm. “We look forward to providing clean cannabis to the island’s patients and generating sales.”

Future Farm continues to execute on its strategy of building a portfolio of valuable, revenue-generating assets in the fastest growing cannabis and hemp markets in North America. Mr. Gildea continues, “I look forward to building out and adding to our existing portfolio, which has grown quickly over the past year with assets in Rhode IslandMaineCalifornia and Florida.”

HempMeds Wins Product Registration Hearing In Puerto Rico, Begins Selling First-Ever Approved Nutraceutical Product

CALIFORNIA: Medical Marijuana, Inc., the first publicly traded cannabis company in the United States, has announced that its subsidiary HempMeds had its product registrations affirmed in Puerto Rico, enabling the company to continue selling its CBD hemp oil products freely throughout the U.S. territory. This major milestone marks another historic first for RSHO as the first and only legally registered cannabis product to be sold in Puerto Rico as a nutritional supplement.

In September of 2015, Puerto Rico’s Departmento de Salud (Department of Health) approved 12 RSHO products through Medical Marijuana, Inc. subsidiary HempMeds for use in the territory. In Sept. 2016, the Department of Health notified Medical Marijuana, Inc. of its intention to cancel the registration of the Company’s CBD hemp oil products, stating that “HempMeds products contained a controlled substance (CBD) considered to be unlawful under the Classification or Schedule 1 of the Federal Law on Controlled Substances.”

In July 2017, per request of Medical Marijuana, Inc. for a reconsideration of this determination, Puerto Rico’s Department of Health repealed its initial determination, reinstating the registration of HempMeds products in Puerto Rico and providing the Company the right to sell them freely in the market of Puerto Rico. In appealing the decision, the Company asserted that its products were derived from the part of the plant, Cannabis Sativa L, that is exempt from the definition of “marijuana” under both the federal and Puerto Rico Controlled Substances Acts. Accordingly, the Company asserted, its products were legal under both federal and Puerto Rico law.  The final determination held that:

  • HempMeds products are neither marijuana, nor containing marijuana. They are natural – not synthetic – based products of industrial oil or “hemp oil” that is extracted from the stalk or mature stems of the plant Cannabis Sativa L. The products are not psychoactive and do not have the psychotropic effect of marijuana.
  • HempMeds products are not substances controlled under federal law. The federal CSA identifies “marijuana” as a controlled substance under Category or Schedule 1, but the definition of “marijuana” expressly excludes from its scope oil and other derivatives of the stalk or mature stems of the Cannabis Sativa plant L.

“We are pleased with the decision to reinstate the registration of HempMeds products in Puerto Rico, as we can now continue providing the more than 3.6 million residents of this territory with CBD hemp oil products that are helping people around the world,” said Medical Marijuana, Inc. CEO Dr. Stuart Titus. “We are extremely proud to have been the first Company to provide the people of Puerto Rico with CBD hemp oil products, especially after the World Health Organization’s recent recommendation not to schedule CBD.”

Puerto Rico Moves To Legalize Marijuana For Medical Uses

PUERTO RICO:  The governor of Puerto Rico has signed an executive order to allow marijuana to be permitted for medical uses. Alejandro Garcia Padilla endorsed the move, which will come into immediate effect, following a lengthy public debate on the US territory.

Governor Padilla mentioned that Puerto Rico’s health secretary will have three months to file a report about how the executive order will be implemented. The order will also mean that some or all controlled substances that derive from the cannabis plant will be permitted for medical use.

“We’re taking a significant step in the area of health that is fundamental to our development and quality of life,” Garcia said in a statement, cited by AP. “I am sure that many patients will receive appropriate treatment that will offer them new hope.”

Momentum Builds In Puerto Rico For Major Marijuana Reforms

PUERTO RICO: Momentum is building in Puerto Rico to legalize medical marijuana, decriminalize marijuana possession and export industrial hemp.

If this happens, Puerto Rico will become the first American territory to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize marijuana possession. Yes, you read that right. If House Bill 1362 and Senate Bill 517 are approved, as is widely expected to happen, Puerto Rico will become the first U.S. overseas territory to join the other 20 states, including Washington, D.C., that have reformed their marijuana laws.

Last year, Representative Carlos Vargas, introduced House Bill 1362 to legalize medical marijuana and regulate its sale, possession and consumption. During the public hearings on House Bill 1362, most groups testified in favor of medical marijuana and argued that major reform is needed to tackle drug addiction and high incarceration rates.

Lawmakers Take Pause In Pot Decriminalization Debate In Puerto Rico

PUERTO RICO: The decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana for personal use in Puerto Rico will have to wait after the island’s House of Representatives did not discuss a bill already passed by the Senate on its last working day for approving measures during the current legislative session.

The controversial measure, which is being sponsored by Sen. Miguel Pereira of the ruling Popular Democratic Party, or PPD, will not be approved until January in the lower house, after which it will go to Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla’s desk for his signature before becoming law. [Read more…]

Lawmakers Take Pause In Pot Decriminalization Debate In Puerto Rico

PUERTO RICO: The decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana for personal use in Puerto Rico will have to wait after the island’s House of Representatives did not discuss a bill already passed by the Senate on its last working day for approving measures during the current legislative session.

The controversial measure, which is being sponsored by Sen. Miguel Pereira of the ruling Popular Democratic Party, or PPD, will not be approved until January in the lower house, after which it will go to Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla’s desk for his signature before becoming law. [Read more…]

Caribbean Countries Start Looking At Marijuana Legalization

CARIBBEAN: The small economies of the Caribbean are beginning to examine the legalization, or at least the decriminalization, of the consumption and possession of marijuana, with Puerto Rico leading the pack now that next week the Senate will begin studying the issue. [Read more…]