Maine Marijuana News

Children are no longer barred from marijuana processing plants in Washington, as the state adjusts its laws in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board said Thursday that it will temporarily relax enforcement of a provision in a statute that bars minors from the premises of such facilities. Under the revised rules, which will be in effect until April 30, children under the age of 16 will no longer be prohibited from the processing plants so long as they are a child or grandchild of the licensee, not engaging in any work or act of employment for the licensed business, and not in possession of any products associated with the production, processing, or sales of marijuana. 

The board said that the “temporary allowance is to accommodate families that have been impacted by school closures,” and that it “ covers only the licensed marijuana facility for producers and processors, and does not include or cover retail locations or transportation vehicles.” 

“We’re saying these are extraordinary times,” Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board spokesman Brian Smith told local television station KING5 News. Joshua Gonzales, the cultivation manager for Washington processor Walden Cannabis, told KING5 that the revised rules allow

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Cannabis stores across Ontario will have to close as of Saturday night after the provincial government removed them from their list of essential businesses.

Many non-essential businesses in the province have been closed under government order since March 24, but cannabis and liquor stores have remained open.

At the time the initial list of what would remain open and what would have to close during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said mental health and addiction experts voiced that is was “absolutely critical” to keep these stores open.

– Read the entire article at CTV News.

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A group of 11 Democratic lawmakers is calling for cannabis businesses to be allowed to receive economic assistance from the Small Business Administration in the midst of the continuing coronavirus pandemic. In a letter sent to the chairman and vice-chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and other leadership on March 26, the senators called on “the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government to include language in … forthcoming legislation to help extend SBA loan programs to legal cannabis businesses.”

Because of marijuana’s continuing classification as a Schedule I drug, licensed cannabis companies are excluded from receiving federal assistance from the SBA. Additionally, “SBA’s current policy excludes small businesses with “direct” or “indirect” products or services that aid the use, growth, enhancement, or other development of cannabis from SBA-backed financing,” the letter reads.

“Consequently, small businesses in states with some form of legal cannabis must choose between remaining eligible for SBA loan programs, or doing business with a rapidly-growing and legal industry,” the senators added.

Noting that “there has been a clear shift in public opinion toward supporting the legalization of cannabis in the United States,” they called for legislative provisions that would allow marijuana companies access to SBA

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The spread of COVID-19 has seen typically stable sectors of the economy rival the chaos of the nascent cannabis industry. True to their reputation, these past few weeks have not been smooth sailing for pot companies.

Here’s a look at some of the cannabis-related stumbles you may have missed:

Green Growth Brands lays off about 800 workers

The spread of COVID-19 across North America couldn’t have come at a worse time for Green Growth Brands (GGB.CN)(GGBXF).

– Read the entire article at Yahoo News.

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We are in the middle of an unprecedented global event.  The key words to highlight are, “we” and “global”.  This is one of the rare moments in human history where together we are fighting the same problem, therefore we are all on the same global team.  Some of us are battling on the front lines, while others are supporting remotely.  What matters most is that we do our part for the good of others and look inward for the betterment of ourselves.

There is a great parable which comes to mind during this time.  It reads, “The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words, and doesn’t do them, will realize what it means to have built a house on the sand.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it”.

Now is the time to refocus and make a positive shift.  A shift to that which is most important or essential to human life.  Take the time to repair, rebuild, or simply make

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High Times Exclusive

New research shows that the amount of cannabidiol found in CBD products can vary dramatically by purchase location, with items from gas stations faring worse and delivering only 40% of the labeled potency. Results of the study performed by the CBD Awareness Project were published recently on the online information resource’s website.

Austin Meadows, the research editor for the CBD Awareness Project, told High Times that the overwhelming presence of CBD products in the marketplace inspired the group to investigate potency claims.

“We were interested in testing potency in CBD products because right now the CBD market is saturated and yet fairly unregulated,” Meadows said in an email. “We have seen so many CBD products in gas stations and grocery stores, and like any product that advertises dosages, became curious as to how much CBD was actually in these infused waters, pain relief creams, lozenges, etc.”

Which Retailers Have The Most Reliable Products?

To conduct the study, researchers purchased 15 CBD projects from various sales outlets throughout South Florida. A variety of products including topicals, edibles, and infused beverages of varying price points were purchased from grocery stores, CBD stores, and gas stations. The products were then

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Unfortunately, in times of crisis and hardship there will always be companies attempting to take advantage of people, playing off of fear and desperation. Earlier this month, the FDA sent out a round of warning letters to companies that were selling fraudulent COVID-19 products. We’ve written extensively about what CBD companies should not do if they want to avoid FDA scrutiny, as well as the scrutiny that CBD companies have already received. And although none of the letters sent out in this round of FDA enforcement specifically referenced CBD products, at least one of the companies targeted does sell CBD products, and we have heard anecdotal reports of CBD companies making dubious statements related to the coronavirus that may or may not rise to the level of medical claims.

In light of the foregoing, we thought it would be helpful to lay out the nature of the claims being made related to COVID-19 that the FDA will not tolerate, and to review the basics of labeling and advertising related to medical claims as they pertain not just to CBD companies, but to any company in the health and wellness space. Here’s what the FDA had to say in its

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The gains cannabis companies were banking on in the lead-up to legalization of recreational sales in October 2018 have not materialized. So, what went sideways?

In February, weeks before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic and the stock market was sent into a tailspin, a handful of Canada’s largest cannabis companies were already in layoff mode. In B.C., Canopy Growth was preparing to shutter what was once the world’s largest licensed indoor growing operation, a sprawling 12-hectare greenhouse facility in Aldergrove, along with a smaller one in nearby Delta. The early March closures eliminated 500 jobs. A month earlier, Alberta-based Aurora Cannabis Inc. laid off 500 employees and announced the immediate departure of CEO Terry Booth.

Gone were the heady days of 2018 when the legalization of recreational pot was on the horizon, and cannabis companies were so flush with cash that Canopy Growth chartered planes to fly seedlings from Ontario to B.C. and proudly invited media to watch the deliveries. Freelance photographer Jen Osborne witnessed one of the arrivals and toured the massive Aldergrove greenhouse (one of her photos appeared in Maclean’s).

– Read the entire article at M.

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Cannabis Cares is a movement started to show the world a different side of cannabis, the successful side, the active side, the side that cares about people of cannabis, not just the plant. For ages cannabis has been seen as a villain in the community despite all the wonders it works for that same community that has criticized it. Now that cannabis business is developing and the world is learning more about CBD and cannabis, Devin and Nichole are pushing the needle. I Love Trees is helping to educate and eradicate the negative stigma wherever possible. Cannabis Cares hosted the second feed the people event, where cannabis, CBD, and related companies gathered in skid row, downtown Los Angeles, fed 2000 people and had clothes for 1800. Shirley and her company @beauty2thestreets came out and gave haircuts for the less fortunate and Lock and Vegas led the Fighters For the World Mc that day helping break the stigma as well. Some of the companies that sponsored this event were:

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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Last month, adult-use marijuana sales in Illinois continued to surge.

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