Nutritional High Announces Exclusive Partnership For Jimi Hendrix Products

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Nutritional High International Inc. (the “Company” or “Nutritional High”) (CSE:NHL)(OTCQB:SPLIF) is pleased to announce that the Company has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement (“Agreement”), under which the Company may manufacture and distribute various marijuana and hemp-based edible products using the song titles and bearing the likeness of iconic guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

Jimi Hendrix is one of the most legendary rock guitarists of all time and this partnership should create instant brand recognition for our edible marijuana products by Jimi’s fans across North America,” said David Posner, CEO of Nutritional High. “Entering into brand partnerships with the world’s foremost marijuana-related artists is a core component of our strategy, and we are honored to become part of Jimi’s legacy,” he added.

A variety of products under the “Edibles Experience” banner are in development including the “Purple Haze” line of THC-based products and the “Stone Free” line of CBD-based, non-psychoactive health products.

 

Marijuana And Hemp Growers Duke It Out In Oregon Legislature

OREGON:  Depending on who’s talking, a 20-acre hemp farm about 10 miles south of Grants Pass is either the harbinger of a new industry that could help save rural Oregon – or an existential threat to local marijuana farmers just as they’re anticipating boom times.

Hemp, the non-intoxicating version of cannabis sativa, has long been a big part of the marijuana culture, celebrated for its wide variety of uses and status as a fellow victim of federal prohibition.

But now that both hemp and marijuana are coming out of the legal shadows in Oregon, they’re suddenly in conflict – and state legislators may be about to side with the much more well-established marijuana industry.

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would temporarily halt hemp production and force that farm near Grants Pass to yank its plants out of the ground, albeit with compensation from the state. The bill would also put stricter controls on hemp in areas of the state – such as southern Oregon – where marijuana farms are plentiful.

Meet Washington State’s Official New Liquor And Cannabis Board

WASHINGTON: Big changes are coming to the state Liquor Control Board, including a name change.

The same law that will change the Liquor Control Board’s name July 24 to the “Liquor and Cannabis Board” also directed the agency to decide which unlicensed medical-marijuana shops and grow operations to legitimize by July 1, 2016.

The process will involve a merit system, the Olympian reported.

The agency assumes 825 unlicensed medical shops will apply for a license and half will receive one.

First dibs would go to people who have been in the medical-marijuana industry since before 2013, have paid their taxes and applied for one of the recreational licenses. Next up are applicants who didn’t apply for a recreational license but meet the other requirements. Everyone else falls into a third tier.

Legal Marijuana Business 2015: Accurate Testing For Potency Lacking In Cannabis Industry, But May Be On Its Way

ILLINOIS:  Everything from antacids to frozen veggies has a label detailing nutritional values and active ingredients, but when it comes to cannabis that information has been sorely lacking. How does one know how much to ingest or inhale if potency information is lacking?

Sage Analytics has an answer. The company, one of 162 exhibitors at last week’s Marijuana Business Conference and Expo in Chicago, wants to bring pharmaceutical-level testing to the cannabis industry with the Luminary Profiler, a black box that measures potency on-site within seconds. Marijuana leaves are sprinkled or extracts are dripped onto a lens that uses spectroscopy “to instantly measure the potency of cannabis products on the molecular level,” the company’s literature says.

“It’s a matter of consumer safety,” said Matt Kaplan, president of the company. “You wouldn’t want to drink something you thought was a pinot grigio and find out later it was 151 proof rum.”

The $50,000 device, which is not yet on the market, can be used in retail stores or at growing operations. One advantage is the testing process does not destroy the sample as chromatography, which separates organic and inorganic compounds, and other testing methods do.

 

 

Colorado MJ Sales At All Time High

COLORADO: Colorado’s total marijuana sales hit an all-time high in March 2015, according to numbers released By the Colorado Department of Revenue.  

Sales in March topped $72 million, 9 percent higher than the prior month’s $66 million in sales. Colorado medical marijuana accounted for $31 million in sales in March while retail (recreational) marijuana accounted for $41 million, both increasing 9 percent from February.

Sales in 2015 reached $200 million with $114 million being attributed to recreational purchases and $86 million going to medical purchases.

Estimated $10 Billion Marijuana Sales In 2015 Far Too Low

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  When new business segments start to reach $1 billion in annual sales, they often get noticed by new business and venture seekers. But when new business segments reach $10 billion in annual sales, let’s just say that venture backers, speculators and business owners want to get a piece of the next big thing. If recent data from the Marijuana Business Daily turns out to be accurate, then the legalized marijuana business is likely to hit $10 billion in 2015 alone.

What is interesting about this figure is that the dispensaries and recreational stores were shown to account for only about $3.1 billion of that total. Also, that $10 billion total comes from a projected range of $9.6 to $11.1 billion — versus a 2014 range of $7.2 billion to $8.6 billion.

24/7 Wall St. wanted to go a step further on this issue about the economy of legalized marijuana. The reason here is simple: the projections have the legal marijuana business close to $30 billion by the year 2019, and there are so many issues not counted in the figures that the numbers could be much larger.

The Marijuana Business Daily also projected that each $1.00 of cannabis sold at the retail level (legally) adds at least another $2.60 to the economy in states where medical or recreational cannabis is legal.

 

Did GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH) Just Destroy The CBD-Product Industry?

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that products which contain cannabidiol (CBD) cannot be sold as dietary supplements. The agency, however, left open the possibility that would it consider contrary evidence.

The FDA’s website provides questions and answers pertaining its policies on marijuana. The way the questions were written provides avenues for addressing the agency’s view and for showing that cannabis-derived products that contain cannabidiol can be sold as a dietary supplement.

The FDA said that a substance authorized as a new drug for which clinical investigations had begun cannot be introduced in a dietary supplement. Although federal law carves out an exception for substances already in a dietary supplement prior to authorization of the investigational new drug (IND), the FDA determined the exception did not apply to CBD.

 

Cannabis Munchies On Display At Marijuana Trade Show In Chicago

ILLINOIS:  Cannabis lemonade. Cannabis honey. Even cannabis krispie treats — bottled, packaged and labeled like any other products.

A few years ago, they could have landed you in prison.  But in Illinois, they’re about to become big business.

“When we first started in Colorado, there was no blueprint for this business,” said consultant Greg Gamet, walking the exhibit floor at Chicago’s Marijuana Business Conference and Expo. “We’ve seen real estate prices go from $50 a square foot, to $250 a square foot in three years.”

 

Marijuana: Coming To A St. Helens Storefront Near You?

OREGON:  It’s far from official yet, but medical and retail marijuana outlets could begin appearing in St. Helens’ commercial areas within months.

The St. Helens City Council held a public hearing Wednesday evening, May 20, on proposed amendments to the city’s community development code dealing with the placement of potential marijuana stores and medical dispensaries.

The council heard from Carl Coffman, owner of the Muckle Building at the corner of Cowlitz and Strand streets in the Riverfront District, and Lauren Terry, a Portland medical marijuana dispensary manager. Coffman and Terry are interested in siting a dispensary on the ground floor of the Muckle Building, which is currently vacant.

 

Washington Marijuana Compliance Checks: 4 Of 22 Recreational Marijuana Stores Sell To Minors

WASHINGTON: Four Western Washington recreational retail marijuana businesses recently failed compliance checks conducted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB). Officers, working with underage investigative aides, checked 22 businesses for sales of marijuana to minors. The first checks represent an 82 percent no-sales-to-minors compliance rate.

The four businesses will be cited for selling marijuana to minors. The individuals who sold the marijuana will be referred to their respective prosecuting attorney’s office for potential criminal prosecution.

First Marijuana Compliance Checks

The WSLCB and local authorities regularly conduct compliance checks of area businesses licensed to sell alcohol. The checks, conducted May 15-18 in Skagit, Snohomish, Kitsap, Pierce and Cowlitz Counties, were the first marijuana compliance checks. The checks followed a recent communication to all licensees that enforcement officers were beginning compliance checks and recommended best practices for avoiding an illegal sale.

Compliance checks are proven tools to reduce the sale of age-restricted products to minors. Investigative aides assist officers with compliance checks. These individuals are from 18 to 20 years old. They must either present their true identification or none at all if asked by a clerk.

Administrative Penalties

Liquor enforcement officers are empowered to issue Administrative Violation Notices to businesses that fail compliance checks. Fines or temporary license suspensions can be issued depending on the severity of the infraction or the frequency with which a business has been cited. Sales to minors are considered the most serious violations because they present a threat to public safety. Businesses cited for Sale to a Minor face a 10-day suspension or $2,500 fine. Businesses who receive three public safety violations within three years face license cancellation.

Businesses that sold marijuana to a minor

Mary Mart

3005 6th Avenue Ste. B (Tacoma)

Emerald Leaves

2702 6th Avenue (Tacoma)

Green City Collective

13601 Highway 99 Suite B (Everett)

Purple Haze

4218 Rucker Ave. (Everett)

Businesses that did not sell marijuana to a minor

Westside 420 Recreational

4503 Ocean Beach Highway (Longview)

Freedom Market

820A Westside Highway (Kelso)

Localamster

1006 California Way (Longview)

Longview Freedom Market

971 14th Avenue Suite 110 (Longview)

420 Holiday

2028 10th Avenue (Longview)

Diamond Green

4002 South 12th Street (Tacoma)

Rainier Downtown

112 South 24th Street (Tacoma)

Crockpot

1703 SE Sedgwick Road Suite 113 (Port Orchard)

Greenway Marijuana

4851 Geiger Road SE (Port Orchard)

420 Pot Shop

1374 SE Lund Avenue (Port Orchard)

HWY 420

1110 Charleston Beach Road West (Bremerton)

Kushmart

6309 Evergreen Way (Everett)

Bud Hut

11603 Highway 99 (Everett)

Herbal Nation

19302 Bothell Everett Highway (Bothell)

High Times

1519 Highway 99 (Lynnwood)

Euphorium Lynnwood

20925 Cypress Way Suite 104 (Lynnwood)

Local Roots Marijuana

212 West Winesap Road Suite 101 (Bothell)

High Society

8630 South March Point Road (Anacortes)

The WSLCB mission is to promote public safety and trust through fair administration and enforcement of liquor, tobacco and marijuana laws. Per 2015 legislation, on July 24, 2015, the agency will change its name to the Liquor and Cannabis Board. It will retain the WSLCB acronym.