Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales Heads To Vermont House Floor Following Key Committee Vote (Marijuana Moment)

// Arizona High Schooler Facing Deportation Over Weed Vape Pens (Merry Jane)

// Green Growth Sells Off CBD Biz As The Board Says It Has Limited Alternatives (Green Market Report)


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// AP Exclusive: DEA agent accused of conspiring with cartel (AP News)

// Alaska wholesale cannabis flower prices remain strong despite heavy tax burden on growers (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Capitol Confidential: THC bill would kill Arizona’s medical marijuana system (Leafly)

// Marijuana use is rising sharply among seniors over 65, study says, and there are serious risks (CNN)

// New Mexico alters rules for medical marijuana sales to nonresidents (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Bernie Sanders Touts Marijuana Legalization Plan In South Carolina Ad Ahead Of Primary (Marijuana Moment)

// Mississippi Lawmakers Attempt To ‘Kill’ Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative With New Strategy (Marijuana Moment)


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DOT Not Taking CBD as Excuse for Failed Drug Test

On Feb. 19 the U.S. Department of Transportation clarified its stance that it does not test for CBD, but stated it will continue to penalize workers for THC.

Within a noticeDOT, which sets regulations for safety-sensitive employees such as transit vehicle operators and aircraft maintenance personnel, noted that while the Farm Bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, it did not except marijuana. This means hemp-derived CBD products with a THC concentration of less than 0.3% are not controlled substances. But any product, including those labeled as CBD, that breaks that THC limit is still a controlled substance.

With the legalization of hemp, DOT said they have received multiple inquiries about whether DOT-regulated safety-sensitive employees can use CBD products. They don’t want to get caught up in the testing protocols structures established after the 1991 Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act. The bill required all of the agencies under DOT’s regulatory umbrella to come up with a plan for drug and alcohol testing for safety-sensitive transportation employees.

“This includes pilots, school bus drivers, truck drivers, train engineers, transit vehicle operators, aircraft maintenance personnel, fire-armed transit security personnel, ship captains, and pipeline emergency response personnel, among others,” DOT noted in the announcement.

There were three main points DOT emphasized. The first is that they require testing for “marijuana and not CBD.” While CBD is present in both marijuana and hemp, what defines a plant as hemp is the presence of less than .3% of CBD. The second point was about the actual quality of the CBD marketplace right now.

“The labeling of many CBD products may be misleading because the products could contain higher levels of THC than what the product label states,” The notice reads. “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not currently certify the levels of THC in CBD products, so there is no Federal oversight to ensure that the labels are accurate.

“The FDA has cautioned the public that: ‘Consumers should beware purchasing and using any [CBD] products.’ The FDA has stated: ‘It is currently illegal to market CBD by adding it to a food or labeling it as a dietary supplement.’ Also, the FDA has issued several warning letters to companies because their products contained more CBD than indicated on the product label.”

DOT’s final point was that CBD use is not a legitimate medical explanation for a laboratory-confirmed THC positive result.

“Therefore, Medical Review Officers will verify a drug test confirmed at the appropriate cutoffs as positive, even if an employee claims they only used a CBD product.” CBD products could lead to all the problems that would come with a failed drug test and DOT recommends people exercise caution when considering whether to use CBD products. DOT also said the announcement was meant to provide clarity to the public on existing requirements under the law or agency policies.

The DOT set its policies on recreational marijuana in the wake of the first states legalizing in December 2012. Back then, they wanted to make sure everyone knew what happened in Colorado and Washington had zero impact on the agency.

“Therefore, Medical Review Officers (MROs) will not verify a drug test as negative based upon learning that the employee used ‘recreational marijuana’ when states have passed ‘recreational marijuana’ initiatives,” the compliance notice reads. “We also firmly reiterate that an MRO will not verify a drug test negative based upon information that a physician recommended that the employee use ‘medical marijuana’ when states have passed ‘medical marijuana’ initiatives.”

In September 2019 at the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao noted the new rift between the U.S. and Canada when it came to pot during her speech.

“Traditionally, our two countries’ approach to road and automobile safety have been aligned,” Chao said. “Let me note an emerging challenge, however. As safety advocates know so well, alcohol and drugs play a disproportionate role in auto fatalities. Canada has legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while the United States has not. It is still illegal under U.S. federal law, although nine states have decriminalized it. While there is still much research to be done, data from states that have legalized is already pointing to the dangers of driving under the influence of both illicit and legal drugs.”

Chao did confuse legalization and decriminalization though as 25 states have some form of marijuana decriminalization on the books.

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Monday, February 24, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Monday, February 24, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Elizabeth Warren Has A New Plan For Legalizing Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

// Licensing appeals overwhelm Missouri’s medical marijuana program, point to widespread MJ industry concern about scoring fairness (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Vape crisis forced cannabis sector to increase focus on technology, testing, and transparency (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// House Candidate Gives Marijuana To Voters At ‘First-Ever Congressional Weed Party’ (Marijuana Moment)

// Guidance issued for advertising marijuana products in Maine (Portland Press Herald)

// Legal Pot Sales in Canada Rise 8% in December (Motley Fool)

// Reynolds says she’s comfortable with board recs on medical marijuana (Radio Iowa)

// Secret U.S. document shows Canadians who use legal cannabis ‘not eligible’ for Nexus program (Growth Op)

// Medical Schools Aren’t Teaching Their Students About Cannabis, Survey Finds (Merry Jane)

// Federal Reserve Sends Reminder That Hemp Businesses Can Get Bank Accounts (Marijuana Moment)


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Friday, February 21, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, February 21, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

// Kentucky House Approves Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

// USDA Approves Hemp Plans For Washington State And Wyoming (Marijuana Moment)


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// Missouri faces complaints over how it licensed marijuana businesses. So who won? (St. Louis Today)

// NFL Would End Marijuana Suspensions In Deal Circulated By Players Union (Forbes)

// Harvest expands medical cannabis market reach by buying Arizona rival (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Peru sells out of medical cannabis (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Australia claims it has enough cannabis flower to meet demand, but industry says otherwise (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Australis ends purchase of Colorado CBD firm after lurid charges emerge (Marijuana Business Daily)

// New York Governor Will Visit Legal Marijuana States To Take Lessons Back Home (Marijuana Moment)


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Everything You Need To Know About CBG Isolate

When it comes to any product other than raw flowers, the cannabinoid in question needs to be extracted from the plant matter and processed into a substance that’s pure, potent, and easily measured.

If you’re trying to manufacture a product with a very specific amount of any cannabinoid in it – medication for example that would require accuracy down to the milligram, cosmetics, supplements, and the like – you will need something called Isolate, in this case – CBG Isolate.

CBG Isolate is the purest form of cannabigerol available on the market. As the name suggests, it’s CBG isolated from every other compound. The final product is a white, powdery substance that’s over 99% pure. It can be added to everything including food, medications, cosmetics and more.

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What is CBG?

CBG (cannabigerol), or rather CBGA, was discovered in the 1960s by none other than Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli Professor who dedicated his life to medical cannabis research. Following the discovery of THC and CBD, Mechoulam and his partner Yehiel Gaoni isolated CBG.

CBGA (cannabigerolic acid) is just CBG that still has its carboxyl acidy group and can be found in completely raw cannabis plants. It’s one of the most important cannabinoids in existence – it’s a precursor to all other cannabinoids. It has since been rightfully dubbed, the Mother of All Cannabinoids.

Specifically, CBGA (cannabigerolic acid) is a direct line to three main cannabinoids: tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), and cannabichromenic acid (CBCA). Once exposed to heat or light in process known as decarboxylation, THCACBDA, and CBCA will shed their carboxyl acid group and become THC, CBD, and CBC, respectively. When it comes to CBGA though, certain enzymes break it down and it is immediately converted to THCA, CBDA, or CBCA. This is why more THC means less CBG, because of the unique way these compounds interact and are synthesized.

Because of this, plants that do covert to CBG will have their highest cannabigerol content early in the flowering stage. In most cultivars, if left to fully mature, almost all CBG will be converted into other cannabinoids. However, as mentioned above, some hemp strains naturally produce high amounts of CBG rather than CBD or THC.

Medical Benefits

CBG has many potential medicinal benefits. Research has found it to be neuroprotectant, antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory. It’s also believed to help treat gastrointestinal disorders, glaucoma, and might also have a positive effect on cancer – although more research is needed to fully verify these statements. 

Why CBG Flowers Could Become The Trendiest Bud of 2020

2008 study found
CBG to be beneficial in the treatment of MRSA due to its antibacterial and
antifungal properties. Its neuroprotective properties may help people with
Huntington’s disease, while further research has looked into its potential to
treat bladder dysfunction. A more recent study has found CBG to be effective
for increasing appetite.

CBG is also
being used as a safe and effective antidepressant and its effects mimic those
of SSRI medications. It’s also believed that CBG can boost production of the
endocannabinoid Anandamide,
which naturally increases dopamine levels as well as regulates various
functions such as sleep, mood, and appetite.

What is Isolate?

As the name implies, this CBG Isolate is made by completely isolating the cannabidiol from all the other plant matter and compounds. That means all other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and inactive compounds like plant waxes are stripped from the extract, leaving only CBD. The final product is a fine white powder that has over 91% – 99% CBG.

Because
it’s odorless, tasteless, and highly concentrated, it’s the preferred extract
for use in the manufacture of many medical, wellness, and retail products. Its
purity means that 1 milligram of isolate equals exactly 1 milligram of CBG,
whereas 1 milligram of less potent extract might have 0.5 milligrams of CBG,
0.3 milligrams of CBD, and 0.2 combination of other
terpenes and compounds. This makes isolate very easy to use for specific
dosing.

How is it made?

Photo courtesy of Green Mill Supercritical

To
make isolate, the CBG must be extracted from the plant – and there are numerous
ways to do this. The industry gold standard and consumer favorite is CO2
extraction. The equipment is industrial and very pricey, but this method
results in a very pure final product. A closed-loop system is used to cool CO2
to -56C, as the pressure inside the chamber is hiked up to 75psi.

The
CO2 becomes “supercritical” at this stage as it sits somewhere between a liquid
and gaseous state. The CO2 is then passed through the closed chamber and,
almost like a solvent, the cannabinoids and terpenes are extracted and remain
intact. This process is called Supercritical CO2 Extraction. There’s also
Subcritical CO2 Extraction which used cheaper equipment, lower pressure, and
results in smaller yields.

A more cost-efficient but equally effective method is with an ethanol extraction system. Ethanol extraction involves applying the solvent ethanol directly to the hemp plant in order to extract the cannabinoids. Ethanol extraction has gotten a bad reputation as being unsafe, but that’s simply incorrect. Ethanol extraction is actually an FDA-approved method of extraction compounds from various plants in order to make food and medicines.

There is one issue with ethanol extraction, however. Certain compounds easily co-extract with ethanol, and the one of concern here is chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a molecule that absorbs sunlight and converts it into plant energy. It also gives plants their green color. When using ethanol extraction, the chlorophyll may need to be stripped away in a separate process.

What is CBG Isolate Used For?

Isolate
can be used to make anything that has CBG in it – edibles, topicals,
tinctures, softgels, nasal sprays, various pharmaceuticals, and the list goes
on. Anything that requires accurate dosing and very specific measurments will
benefit from isolate.

It’s even better if the isolate is
manufactured in a GMP-certified facility GMP stands for Good Manufacturing
Practice and it’s already a requirement in Europe, India, and many other
countries/continents that all medications, supplements, and cosmetics must be
GMP-certified.

And
while the North American market is currently an unregulated free-for-all, this
is expected to change over the next few years. GMP is the way of the future
when it comes to the medical cannabis and hemp industries.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are many valuable uses for high-quality distillate. If you would like to purchase some, we have partnered with some leading companies who manufacture EU GMP-certified CBG Isolate.

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Dr. Norm’s Partners with Cannabis Now on CBD Cookie

Dr. Norm’s, a well-respected and established brand in the cannabis culinary space, has recently expanded its offerings to include a line of hemp CBD products. Now, the family-run company that found its initial success with a non-medicated cookie line carried in places like Whole Foods, has also partnered with the team at Cannabis Now to offer a pecan shortbread cookie with 15 mg of CBD. And, true to one of the pillars of Dr. Norm’s business ethos of honoring taste first, not only does the cookie taste like a delicious buttery pillow of CBD decadence, but it also has the power to bring families closer together.

“It’s all about the taste for us,” says Roberta Wilson, who founded the company with her brother Jeff Koz in 2012.

Dr. Norm’s is named after the pair’s father, who was a physician, and their mother, who was also a medical professional and, as family legend says, an incredible baker.

“Now, you might think it’s crazy that a brother and sister (our other brother is a silent partner) would team up, hunker down in the kitchen, and craft cannabis and hemp edibles in the name of their parents,” the company website reads. “But if you knew us, you’d know that that’s the type of people we are: hardworking, funny, caring folks that just want to give a little something back in the way our Mom and Dr. Norm did.”

Wilson is the baker who comes up with the cookie recipe creations that have expanded in recent years to offer gluten-free and vegan options. The collab cookie, Pecan Shortbread Therapy, will soon also be offered in a THC-infused version found in licensed cannabis dispensaries throughout California.

The CBD side of the company, Dr. Norm’s Wellness, is available throughout the U.S. The hemp is sourced from Colorado and is added to the cookies with a flavorless form of CBD concentrate called distillate. Using distillate as a base, the maximum flavor of the cookie’s other ingredients shine through without any herbaceous green weedy aftertaste. These cookies contain 15 mg of CBD and taste like we wouldn’t mind eating more than a few. 

In addition to the healing properties of CBD, the Pecan Shortbread Therapy Cookie also has an added feel-good bonus, as a portion of the proceeds from each sale will go to the Elephant Cooperation, an organization dedicated to helping the dwindling African elephant population, as well as local communities. Through Project Bake,  funds will also be provided to the Amson Education Centre in Mathare, Kenya.

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GPR55 – How CBD prevents THC-induced inflammation

Certain ailments are not sequential and require dynamic therapy. The vascular functions of migraine attacks are a prime example. Thankfully though, cannabis‘ flexibility allows it to adapt to shifting stresses within blood vessels and peripheral tissues. We have explained how the body’s own endogenous cannabinoids, as well as the plants, blend their actions to keep […]

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USA CBD Expo Promises Innovation & Education in Las Vegas

Following last summer’s successful
inaugural event, the USA CBD Expo is heading to Las Vegas.

The nation’s largest CBD and hemp
trade show will take place over three days at the Las Vegas Convention Center
from February 13-15, providing invaluable experience for anyone affiliated with
— or interested in — the CBD industry.

Sample the latest product
developments and innovative new products including topicals, cosmetics, flowers,
pet products and more from over 300 vendors and 500 brands.

The USA CBD Expo also provides opportunities to listen to over 50 CBD and hemp industry professionals through a number of educational seminars, keynote addresses and workshops. Coming from multiple facets of CBD and hemp industries like e-commerce, marketing and entrepreneurial spaces, these speakers will educate and enlighten attendees

Former NFL star Kyle Turley will discuss his experience with CBD and his hemp-derived supplement, Neuro XPF. Other speakers include Joy Beckerman from the Hemp Industries Association, Julian Garcia of the Cannabis Law Society, and Antonio Frazier, VP of Operations at CannaSafe.

Other highlights of note include a new beverage launch from social media playboy and businessman Dan Bilzerian’s Ignite CBD, plus the new collaboration between Ronnie Ortiz-Magro from MTV’s Jersey Shore and Verge CBD, who will be promoting their CBD-infused tanning lotion.

Who Should Attend?

Over 14,000 attendees are expected to attend the event where exhibitors can take advantage of educational seminars and networking events with key players across all facets of the CBD industry. 

If you’re already in the industry and
you’re looking to discover new and exciting products at wholesale prices, you need
an industry buyer ticket. Along with enabling you to secure great products at
great prices, you can also utilize exclusive B2B focused seminars and panels.

Attending industry professionals can
gain invaluable networking opportunities with fellow industry insiders and
experts and enjoy dedicated B2B-only hours and seminars.

The event is also open to the
canna-curious public during certain hours. Along with product samples and
exclusive discounts, the general admission ticket also includes access to seminars
and panels.

Interested in a change of career or
climbing the ladder in the cannabis industry? There will be a career
recruitment fair for two day at the USA CBD Expo, where attendees can discover their
dream job and best career path.

The global CBD market size was valued at over USD 3 billion in 2018 and is predicted to touch USD 2207 billion by 2026. Make sure you’re at the epicenter and get your tickets to the USA CBD Expo today.

TELL US, are you interested in joining the CBD industry?

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Two New Cannabinoids: THCP and CBDP

An Italian team of researchers, led by Professor Giuseppe Cannazza, from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UniMore), have announced the discovery of a new cannabinoid, shown in lab results to be more than 30 times as potent as THC. Newly named tetrahydrocannabiforol, Δ9-THCP, it was isolated alongside a corresponding cannabidiol, CBD, homolog with […]

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USA CBD Expo Promises Innovation & Education in Las Vegas

Following last summer’s successful
inaugural event, the USA CBD Expo is heading to Las Vegas.

The nation’s largest CBD and hemp
trade show will take place over three days at the Las Vegas Convention Center
from February 13-15, providing invaluable experience for anyone affiliated with
— or interested in — the CBD industry.

Sample the latest product
developments and innovative new products including topicals, cosmetics, flowers,
pet products and more from over 300 vendors and 500 brands.

The USA CBD Expo also provides opportunities to listen to over 50 CBD and hemp industry professionals through a number of educational seminars, keynote addresses and workshops. Coming from multiple facets of CBD and hemp industries like e-commerce, marketing and entrepreneurial spaces, these speakers will educate and enlighten attendees

Former NFL star Kyle Turley will discuss his experience with CBD and his hemp-derived supplement, Neuro XPF. Other speakers include Joy Beckerman from the Hemp Industries Association, Julian Garcia of the Cannabis Law Society, and Antonio Frazier, VP of Operations at CannaSafe.

Other highlights of note include a new beverage launch from social media playboy and businessman Dan Bilzerian’s Ignite CBD, plus the new collaboration between Ronnie Ortiz-Magro from MTV’s Jersey Shore and Verge CBD, who will be promoting their CBD-infused tanning lotion.

Who Should Attend?

Over 14,000 attendees are expected to attend the event where exhibitors can take advantage of educational seminars and networking events with key players across all facets of the CBD industry. 

If you’re already in the industry and
you’re looking to discover new and exciting products at wholesale prices, you need
an industry buyer ticket. Along with enabling you to secure great products at
great prices, you can also utilize exclusive B2B focused seminars and panels.

Attending industry professionals can
gain invaluable networking opportunities with fellow industry insiders and
experts and enjoy dedicated B2B-only hours and seminars.

The event is also open to the
canna-curious public during certain hours. Along with product samples and
exclusive discounts, the general admission ticket also includes access to seminars
and panels.

Interested in a change of career or
climbing the ladder in the cannabis industry? There will be a career
recruitment fair for two day at the USA CBD Expo, where attendees can discover their
dream job and best career path.

The global CBD market size was valued at over USD 3 billion in 2018 and is predicted to touch USD 2207 billion by 2026. Make sure you’re at the epicenter and get your tickets to the USA CBD Expo today.

TELL US, are you interested in joining the CBD industry?

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