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"SHOW ME STATE VOTE"-- Missouri Readies for RMJ Vote, Nov. 8th.  For the fall election, the chance for Maryland to become RMJ state 21 is trending YES.   But the fight for Missouri (St Louis' Arc above) promises to be a much closer race- as opponents have said they will launch an aggressive anti-Amendment 3 campaign.    Opponents went to the Missouri Supreme Court challenging petition numbers, but the court upheld the ballot measure.   With a low statewide sales tax of 6%, Amendment 3 will allow home grow (up to 18 plants), possession of 3 ounces, and will add 144 new RMJ licenses on top of its current medical program.
Retiring congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) has seen his SAFE Banking Act pass the House seven times, and now hopes to have a Senate vote on an expanded bill by year end.  Above, Perlmutter(right) was given a "Lifetime Legislator Award" on Sept. 14 at the NCIA's 10th Lobby Days gathering in DC.  Presenting the a award, are NCIA Washington office staffers (from left) Madeline Grant, Michelle Rutter and government affairs sr. v.p. Michael Correa.  Speakers expect the current SAFE act to be expanded with expungement funding for states,  veterans access, impaired driving parameters, loans and grants to targeted "impacted groups" and greater access to a variety of cannabis formats for research.  View the NCIA press event with SAFE co-sponsor Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) at:  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2178679478979502

Upcoming OnLine Webinars
Live Expos & Confabs for Next Month
Chicago is Ground Zero For Benzinga Confab -- "Cautious Optimism" from MSOs, Analyst Crystal Ball-
- Natl Hispanic Cannabis' Heritage Month-
Key CEOs and Investors Gather in Chicago- Panelists and MSO CEOs pointed to tight capital and rising cost of borrowing-- but most agreed the big MSOs are most likely to survive further economic turmoil-- especially as debt restructuring in 2023 kicks in.  Above, the financial panel (from left) Owen Bennett (Jeffries), Vivien Azer (COWEN), Erin Gray (AGP), Paulo Zuanic (Cantor Fitzgerald) and moderator David Feldman(Skip Intro).  Curaleaf chairman Boris Jordan said many 2023 debt restructurings will put financial pressure on "second and third tier MSOs" who he guesses will have single digit EBITDAs, potentially not producing free cash flow to cover debt obligations. View day one (Sept. 13) and 7 hours of content at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWHFI1OQM_s

Below:  "How Brands Scale Outside the MSO Structure," with experts (from left) Madison Fiore (Matteo-Fiore), Erin Gore (Garden Society),  Luke Anderson (CANN), Nancy Whiteman (Wana Brands) and moderator Cy Scott (Headset).  Day two sessions are found at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx26rlbfNDU
A full Chicago/Benzinga schedule of all sessions and keynotes are at :
https://www.benzinga.com/events/cannabis-conference/agenda/
HISPANIC HERITAGE PROFILES FROM NHCC --  For Hispanic Heritage Month the NHCC is featuring 4 real cannabis entrepreneurs making a difference, and they are all women! For the next four weeks, NHCC shares a new video interview of their journey into cannabis.  First of 4 profiles of key Latino-ownned cannabis firms.  Above is Sue Carlton of Ranchera Familia.  See the short profile at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYtDUcROXa4
 
BELOW:  "AMERICAN POT STORY"-- a documentary about OAKSTERDAM University and OAKLAND's years-long fight for cannabis freedom.    Opening at Oakland's Fox Theatre, Sept 24, the documentary from Dan Katzir and Ravit Markus will be available for viewing online in early October.  See the preview at: https://vimeo.com/731225848
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"HighTide99" Malibu's VIP Customer-- Earlier in August, Melissa Cohen (bottom left in photo above) entered the HighTide99 dispensary with a Secret Service escort in tow.  Normally not a big news event,  except this South African film-maker is also the wife of "First Son" Hunter Biden.  Cohen's affinity for cannabis products won't seem to budge her father-in-law, President Joe Biden, who remains cool to the idea of federal MJ legalization.  Meanwhile, Melissa and Hunter enjoy the spectacular life in their  3000-square-foot, $20,000 per month Malibu home rental.   Below: High Tide budtenders help clean up the beach.

Upcoming Key OnLine Webinars
Live Expos & Confabs for September
Benzinga Speakers in Chicago will hear from leading MJ CEOs including: Boris Jordan (CuraLeaf), Kim Rivers (TruLieve), Brett Novey (PharmaCann), Charlie Bachtell (Cresco Labs/Columbia Care), Peter Caldini (Acreage Holdings), Gary Santo, TILT, Robert Firestone (MariMed), Paul Smithers (LLPR) and GTI board member Wendy Berger.  Boxing champ and MJ edible marketer Mike Tyson presents, along with House Reps. David Joyce(R-OH) and Rep. Troy Carter (D-LA). A Sept. 12th Awards Dinner will showcase industry execs and leading MJ innovations. Complete agenda at:  https://www.benzinga.com/events/cannabis-conference/agenda/
 Nashville SHE Gathers-- Webinars & Replay of Social Equity Panel
Hemp Sector Gathers In Nashville --  Calls for greater fiber and non-CBD  hemp development was echoed at the 4th Southeast Hemp Expo (exhibit hall above), Aug 18-20.    Speakers shared their hopes for next year's Congressional debate on the 2023 Farm Bill,  with a push for 1% THC-limit (up from 0.3%) and other farmer-friendly hemp policies from the US Dept of Agriculture. 
 
Below:  A replay of a key report suggesting upgrades to the SAFE Banking act moderator Maritza Perez(Drug Policy Alliance) and white paper co-writers/panelists:
Cat Packer(past LA Mj regulator and Ohio State U fellow);  Rafi Aliya Crockett(Washington MJ Commissioner); Dasheeda Dawson ( Portland's Cannabis Program Mgr.) and  Shaleen Title (former Mass regulator and CEO, Parabola).  Read the paper at:
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4188072
View the Webinar replay at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnLatBPdtG0
Above-Below:  SUMMER'S TOPPER AT BURNING MAN -- One of the counter-culture annual rite of passage.  Years ago, this Nevada desert gathering of 30,000-plus drew attention to issues of cannabis freedom.  Now, after bering cancelled by COVID, the mass event returns August 31 to Sept. 5th, when the man burns on Labor Day eve.  Get full details:   
https://burningman.org/event/preparation/faq/#General_Information
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Replay: Advent of Web3 for Cannabis                  Open in Your Browser for Images
Medical MJ Champion Newton-John Passes--
John Easterling (above left) helped grow special "little strains" for wife and superstar Olivia Newton-John, who succumbed to her 20- fight with cancer on Aug. 7th at her Santa Barbera(CA) ranch.  "Patients should have a right to try," said Newton-John, who first disclosed her medical MJ treatments in 2018.  As  founder of an MMJ Clinic in Melbourne(Australia), Newton-John appeared on many global media  (including the documentary above) raising the awareness of medical cannabis efficacy.  

This plant is a healing plant. I think we need to change the vision of what it is because it helped me greatly and it helps with pain and inflammation.” said the Grammy winner.   “I’m totally off painkillers, I’m totally off morphine, and I attribute that to the cannabis because it was able to take over with the pain,” she told You Magazine in March 2021.

Newton-John, helping to produce the documentary shown above, said  "it's been a total blessing... its a matter of common senses and the compassionates thing to do for people."  Watch the 7min. segment from Australia's TODAY show at   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AFgI1Giqws
Upcoming Live Expos & Conference
This August and September
Paris Hotel -- Aug. 23-25, 2022

       Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Conference, in collaboration with FOHSE – Future of Horticultural Science + Engineering, will honor five inspiring cannabis industry professionals through their Cannabis Leadership Awards, for their contribution towards the cannabis industry.

Over 50 imminent cannabis entrepreneurs and industry veterans who will offer invaluable insights into the cannabis space. The event will showcase a track dedicated to the cultivation and sale of hemp and hemp-derived products, as well as cannabis cultivation and related business operations. 

 Major August-Sept. Online 
 Big MSOs Report Results-- Industry Slowdown Examined --W3 & W33d
 New CURALEAF CEO Matt Darin(above) tells YahooFinance "there has never been more bi-partisan support" for sensible MJ reforms in DC.  In the past 3 months, Darin hired four key executives (strategy, finance, HR and global)  and noted the April 20th start of legal sales in New Jersey has been a game-changer.  As the number one MSO, CURALEAF's chairman Boris Jordan revealed the company's EMMAC European firm (as well as a new acquisition of a major German drug chain) would be ready when Germany commences adult-use sales in 2024.  Hear the Aug. 8th second-quarter earnings report replay at calling 877-344-7529 with Conference ID: 7759736 and replay ID # 4470743.  And here Darin's short interview with Yahoo at https://news.yahoo.com/cannabis-reform-never-more-bipartisan-154311158.html

Also reporting (Aug. 10) was TRULIEVE's 2nd quarter results reporting revenues rose 49% over the past year ($320.3Mil)-- but revenues were flat sequentially from first quarter. With some 165 retail stores (as MSO number 2) Trulieve posted a $22.5Mil loss, while wholesale and licensing fell 22% in the 2Q.  Hear CEO Kim Rivers at the archived replay (and the powerpoint deck) at https://investors.trulieve,com/events-presentations
Chart Above:  HEADSET ANALYZES MJ SLOWDOWN... 
         After massive sales gains during COVID(as MJ stores were "essential")--  2021-22's slower sales, new competition, and consumers reducing purchasing, HeadSet predicts that MJ western U.S. sales should normalize over the rest of 2022.  Key Takeways:
  • Consumer behavior re-adjusted once again as the pressures of the pandemic rescinded from day-to-day life. This resulted in a softening of cannabis demand in mature US markets and negative year over year sales growth.
  • The market is correcting to a pre-COVID growth rates, and sales should stabilize soon.
  • The good news is that long term trends still demonstrate growth across all cannabis markets, both legacy and emerging.
  • Colorado’s market has faced some of the greatest pressure in recent months. Sales declines in this state are being caused by both increased competition, lowering prices, and a slight decline in consumer engagement.   See the full free report at:   https://bit.ly/3BZImWX
 
Below Expert Replay Panel:

Web3 and W33D Replay
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSiqdb6kAw0
SIX MONTHS SINCE BRITTNEY GRINER'S RUSSIAN ARREST FOR TWO CANNABIS VAPE PENS (medically approved in Arizona) IS OUTRAGEOUS.  LET YOUR SENATOR KNOW YOUR CONCERN-- AND ASK CURALEAF TO USE ITS CONNECTIONS TO RETURN HER.
“The Marijuana Policy Project stands with the millions of Americans, including the family and loved ones of Brittney Griner, calling for her immediate release. We unequivocally condemn this imprisonment of an American athletic hero and the incarceration of anyone for consuming cannabis, which has been used as a plant-based medicine for millennia. 
       MPP vows to continue our fight to legalize cannabis and free those unfairly imprisoned for possession around the world and right here in the United States. We will not stop fighting until both the plant and the people are freed.” 
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MSO Earnings Will Reflect MJ Industry Prospects                                                  Open in Your Browser for Images
Booker To Hold July 26 Hearing on Revised CAOA -- Above: Senate leader Sen Chuck Schumer(D-NY) above left, with CAOA co-sponsors Sen. Cory Booker(D-J) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)-- took a year to collect a comprehensive set of cannabis/hemp policies in one bill.  Sen. Booker will lead a  Judiciary subcommittee hearing on July 28th (See details below).

      The massive, 296-page bill touches on social, scientific and economic elements, and "It includes rules to prevent impaired driving, prevent youth access, and prevent illegal diversion. We also robustly fund a variety of research programs to make up for lost time when it comes to cannabis research,” Schumer said.  Key provisions will re-frame cannabis and derivatives with the foundation of removing MJ from schedule 1, ending federal interferance, and allowing states to set their own path to legalization.--

NCIA and other advocacy organizations provided comprehensive feedback and the fill contains  many of the goals in the Housepassed SAFE and MORE acts.  Here are some key CAOA measures:

  • Increases the permissible THC by dry weight from the current 0.3 percent to 0.7 percent and refines the definition of “hemp,” and consequently “cannabis” by taking into account the total THC in a cannabis product, rather than just delta-9 THC.

  • Provides that a court shall automatically, after a sentencing review, expunge each federal cannabis conviction, vacate any remaining sentence, and resentence the defendant as if this law had been in place prior to the original sentencing.

  • Funds local efforts by law enforcement to conduct aggressive identification and eradication of illegal cannabis grows.
    Directs the Department of Transportation to conduct research and develop a national standard for the measurement of marijuana-effected impaired driving.

  • Establishes a new 10-year intermediary lending pilot program in which SBA would make direct loans to eligible intermediaries that in turn make small business loans to startups, businesses owned by individuals adversely impacted by the War on Drugs, and socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses.

  • Removes the requirement to maintain a bond for any cannabis business that had less than $100,000 in excise tax liability in the prior year and reasonably expects excise tax liability in the current year to be below such amount.
     

         Treats all hemp derived CBD as a dietary supplements with strict rules for safe production and FDA/ATF involvement in consumer sales
 

             Enables a noncitizen who has received a deportation order based on a cannabis-related offense to file a motion to reconsider that decision. If the motion to reconsider is filed within 30 days of the removal order, the motion may allow for the cancellation of the deportation order.   
  • Changes to the weight quantity to qualify a person for felony cannabis distribution or possession charge under the section from 10 pounds to 20 pounds.

The Senate Judiciary subcommittee on criminal justice and counterterrorism will host the Tue., Jan. 26th hearing entitled, “Decriminalizing cannabis at the federal level: Necessary steps to address past harms.”  In person, DC residents can attend at the Senate Dirksen building, room 226 or go to the live stream at:  https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/decriminalizing-cannabis-at-the-federal-level-necessary-steps-to-address-past-harms

Full text of the 296-page bill may be found here:
https://hempsupporter.com/assets/uploads/CAOA-Final-Introduction-GAI22273.pdf
 Major July-August Live Events 
CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR
JULY 15-JULY 31  -- SACRAMENTO, CA
See the 60 finalists of 300 California growers entered for Best Bud in both indoor and outdoor grows. Winners and a full slate of State Fair Cannabis events at  https://calexpostatefair.com/fair/cannabis-exhibit/ Major Award Winners:


 There won't be any consumption at the State Fair, but even so, it puts cannabis side by side with California’s lauded wines, cheeses and olive oils as a key agricultural product. It also means that weed is under the same umbrella with classic crowd-pleasing activities like rock concerts, cornhole championships, rollercoaster rides and pygmy goat shows.  Organizers at the California State Fair made it clear in creating the new competition that they wanted to “highlight the role of the cannabis industry as a vital contributor” to the state’s economy and take “another step toward normalization and destigmatization,” according to its social media.
 
Upcoming Webinar Virtual Events
             Above: The Colorado Senate 22-205 Task Force is intended to study intoxicating hemp products and make legislative and regulatory recommendations, this Task Force offers stakeholders a valuable opportunity to influence good policy and provide regulators with accurate information regarding hemp products. The Task Force will be comprised of 20 different stakeholders, including participants in the hemp and marijuana industry, representatives of state government, adult-use patients, and experts in hemp and marijuana regulation.  Next taskforce meets Wed. Aug. 3, 2022-All are open to the public.   Info at:  https://sbg.colorado.gov/med/205-Task-Force

ZOOM MEETING ID:  875 3137 9903 -- Call in number:  669-900-6933.  Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8751379903
Future task force meetings may be accessed with same sign-ons.  Scheduled fall meetings will occur on Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7th after which recommendations will be summarized for potential consideration in the 2023 Colorado legislature.
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MSOs Ready Earnings Reports--Live!
VS Debt Finance Replay &
ESPY  Appeal for Brittney Griner 
MSO EARNINGS WILL GAUGE MJ SECTOR TEMPERATURE -- 
With cannabis stock prospects come under fire-- supply chains, pricing, new states, inflation, CAOA-- Above"  Live quarterly earnings updates by the lead MSOs and their executive leadership.  Chart above courtesy:  New Cannabis Ventures --  
https://www.newcannabisventures.com/category/exclusives/


BELOW:  DEBT FINANCINGS FOR MJ FIRMS -- A VICENTE SEDERBERG WEBINAR  originally broadcast July 25th.  This virtual discussion examines:  - The evolving role of debt financing in the cannabis industry - Trends in debt financing terms, the bifurcation of the debt financing trends between MSOs and smaller operators, and common provisions to expect as a lender - Debt financings related to real estate such as sale-leasebacks and construction loans - The providers of debt financing such as REITs, alternative credit providers, hard money lenders, and the emergence of Nasdaq-listed debt providers - Cannabis regulatory considerations when structuring debt transactions, including state receivership provisions for license transfers.  The VS Debt Financing-- replay at   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S51LimYoFiE
The July 25 ESPYS, with host basketball great Stephen Curry--- brings attention to the plight of WNBA star Brittney Griner, who is being detained in Russia for carrying two cannabis vape pens. Curry, who won ESPYS for Best NBA Player and for Best Record-Breaking Performance, joined WNBA players Nneka Ogwumike and Skylar Diggins-Smith to address Griner's status during the show. The United States considers Griner wrongfully detained.  See their emotional appeal at:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvHEg1MWlK0
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Interview: PharmaCann CEO Brett Novey                    Open in Your Browser for Images
Germany's MMJ Success Lays Groundwork for Adult Use; And Klum Is In!--    This month's ICBC (July 19-21) conference in Berlin signals the imminent roll-out for Continental adult access with more than 5000 delegates expected from 80 countries--and an expert lineup of global cannabis speakers.  International TV host and influencer Heidi Klum (above) last month confirmed that she is planning to invest in the national cannabis sector--which to date has been only available to MMJ patients through the nation's drugstore sector.  ICBC will host the conference afterparty with  Reggae sensation Morgan Heritage with Rocker T.  Find more reporting on the German government push toward MJ access rules-- https://internationalcbc.com/the-german-cannabis-legalization-hearings/?utm_source=ICBC+Combined+List+Newsletter+and+Outreach&utm_campaign=864003916b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2022_07_05_07_36&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9d7ae5ac6c-864003916b-23547770  
BERLIN HOSTS THE EMMINENT WAVE OF EURO MJ GROWTH!
 Major July Live MJ Events 
JULY 15-JULY 31  -- SACRAMENTO, CA
 Celebrating California’s rich agricultural history, cannabis is joining the official California State Fair roster of coveted annual competitions, including wine, cheese, olive oil, and craft beer. Based on objective science, including abundance of terpenes and cannabinoids tested and certified by SC Labs, these awards honor the raw, whole cannabis plant, showcasing the innovation, craftsmanship, and leadership of California’s cultivators.  
Upcoming Webinars & Virtual Events
             Above: The Task Force is intended to study intoxicating hemp products and make legislative and regulatory recommendations, this Task Force offers stakeholders a valuable opportunity to influence good policy and provide regulators with accurate information regarding hemp products. The Task Force will be comprised of 20 different stakeholders, including participants in the hemp and marijuana industry, representatives of state government, adult-use patients, and experts in hemp and marijuana regulation.  
"Endocannabinoid Signaling in the Regulation of Mood and Responses to Stress" -- CSU/Pueblo & Jefferson University /Lambert Center for CBD
Dr Cecilia Hillard - July 14, 2022  - 3pm
(EST)

Professor Cecilia Hillard is the Director of the Neuroscience Research Center and Associate Dean for Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. As a highly active researcher, Dr. Hillard’s laboratory primarily focuses on the pharmacology and biochemistry of cannabinoids and endocannabinoids. Her research focuses on cannabinoids, the receptors with which they interact, and the role of endocannabinoid.  Free registration at: https://csupueblo.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B7M1ZxjTRO6A10iUluYl6Q

Denver's Excise and Licensing will host a industry information event Tue., July 19 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m,  in-person with an option to attend virtually. The meeting will be recorded and posted on our website for those unable to attend.  Location:  Wellington Webb Municipal Building (201 W Colfax Ave. Conference room 2.H.14) .  Timely requests for more specific details on this event may be found by emailing [email protected]
Minnesota Goes Legal-- PharmaCann CEO Novey & Cannabis Golf Sked
MINNESOTA IS HALF WAY TO LEGAL ADULT ACCESS ---  A newly-signed bill by Gov Tony Evers became effective July 1, originally written for clearing up access to delta-8 edibles, but now also increases access to THC(Delta9 too) in edible and beverage products.  For an in-depth political analysis from St. Rep. Ryan Winkler (abpve) at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOTZBUXfBmg&t=4s  or the KARE news report at youtube.com/watch?v=PUOsMR2yChI   Full RMJ legalization was introduced (but failed) under Winkler's House bill 600.

       Below: New Cannabis Ventures interview PharmaCann CEO Brett Novey on plans for consolidating the company's 2022 MJ position-- with 2023 growth in New York, Pennsvylvania, Maryland and Ohio. PharmaCann spans 8 states and anticipates doubling Its Revenue in 2022.   Hear the full podcast at:
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Mace Out Polls Despite Cannabis Attacks                    Open in Your Browser for Images
SC's Mace Wins Primary; SRA Pushes On -- Attacked by her opponent for her pro-cannabis work-- first-term Congresswoman Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) survived the June 14th primary challenge, and will likely be re-elected in November.  As author of the SRA (States Reform Act) Mace fought backlash from South Carolina's Republican party, Donald Trump, and opponent Kate Arrington, who demanded that Mace "get a drug test."  But U.S. Cannabis Council executive director Steve Hawkins says the contest-- in deep-red S.C. shows "politicians who bet against reform and use cannabis as a punchline do so at their own peril,"  adding  "Arrington thought GOP primary voters would abandon Mace over cannabis reform, but that's an outdated playbook.   Cannabis reform enjoys growing and bipartisan support across the nation," said Hawkins.
         Charleston businessman and boyfriend Patrick Bryant asked Mace(who said yes) to marry him during the Spring campaign, making this her third marriage. Following up on his luxury cigar venture in S.C., Bryant is also the founder of "Shine Papers," a 24-karat gold rolling paper.  Mace says she became a champion or medicinal MJ after it helped her heal from a teenage rape.  Prospects for a Washington hearing on her SRA bill remain  elusive.  See her victory comments at:
 
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/14/us/politics/nancy-mace-south-carolina.html
 Major Live Events:  June & July
JULY 15-JULY 31  -- SACRAMENTO, CA
 Celebrating California’s rich agricultural history, cannabis is joining the official California State Fair roster of coveted annual competitions, including wine, cheese, olive oil, and craft beer. Based on objective science, including abundance of terpenes and cannabinoids tested and certified by SC Labs, these awards honor the raw, whole cannabis plant, showcasing the innovation, craftsmanship, and leadership of California’s cultivators.  Info:
Upcoming Webinar Virtual Events
CMA, AWH Abner Kurtin, and FDA's Science Board CBD Hearing 
Replays and Special Mktg Report along with FDA Science Board Slides From June 14 Meeting
Above:  More than 400 national marketing experts gathered June 7-9 for the Cannabis Marketing Summit at Denver's McNichols Event Center.  CMA and NXTeck also released results of their "Digital Marketing Survey (below) free at  https://bit.ly/39wHayl  .  CMA panelists(below) included an expert M&A discussion with (far left) Curaleaf s.v.p. for Corporate Responsibility Khadijah Tribble, Vicente Sederberg co-founder Brian Vicente, WANA Brands founder/CEO Nancy Whiteman and MJ Biz CEO Chris Walsh(right).  See the West420 conference coverage at https://bit.ly/3zDRuzf
FDA Science Board June 14, 2022
The new chair of the FDA's Cannabis Product Committee, Dr. Janet Woodcock, leads several other FDA experts as they review issues surrounding future pathways for CBD, THC and minor cannabinoids regulation, and the various clinical research sought.  While no video was made, this link provides the day's 92 powerpoint slides  https://www.fda.gov/media/159252/download
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Replays: Jim Belush, Steve DeAngelo &  Heidi Klum                                  Open in Your Browser for Images
PBS host and global travel guru Rick Steves has actively worked for MJ legalization.  Now, in his role as chairman of NORML, Steves has committed $100,000 of his own funds for a major matching fund drive.Steves wrote this week:   "Prohibitionist groups across the country are fundraising and spending money to defeat any pro-marijuana ballot initiatives and also to try to knock out our legalization-supporting allies in Congress. These regressive and reactionary forces are working to roll back civil liberties across our country. And I can’t just stand by.  So, I’m putting my money where my heart is. And we need your help too. 
       
Here’s the deal: I’ll match all donations up to $100,000 - so your donation to NORML will have double the impact in our fight to take the crime out of the marijuana equation. If you can help out too, I know we can pass legalization in several more states this fall."

        And there’s more! When you send NORML a donation of $100 or more, I’ll personally send you a copy of my newest book, On the Hippie Trail. (It’s a 180-page journal of my 1978 trip from Istanbul to Kathmandu when I was just 23)      Find the NORML donation page at:  https://bit.ly/3PWV4Ko

 Major Live Events for  June
Cannabis Marketing Assn:-- Tue June 7th- Welcome Party(4-6)
 

 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8

  • 8:00 – 8:45 am: Coffee & Networking sponsored by Lucid Green
  • 8:45 – 9:15 am: Opening Remarks featuring Lisa Buffo
  • 9:15 – 10:15 am: Session 1
  • 10:30 – 11:30 am: Session 2
  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch — Expo Networking @ Outdoor Lounge
  • 1:15 – 4:30 pm: Sessions 3, 4 & 5
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  • 4:30 pm: Day 1 Wrap-Up: A Measured Approach to Optimized Campaigns
  • 4:30 – 6:00 pm: Expo Hall opens, Happy Hour sponsored by Dispense
  • After Party @ Tetra Lounge (MJ Consumption event) & The Walnut Room

THURSDAY, JUNE 9

  • 8:00 – 8:45 am: Coffee & Networking
  • 9:00 – 9:30 am: Keynote, Fireside Chat with Corvain Cooper
  • 9:45 – 10:45 am: Session 1
  • 11:00 – 12:00 am: Session 2
  • 12:00  – 1:30 pm: Lunch — Expo Networking @ Outdoor Lounge
  • 1:45 – 5:15 pm: Sessions 3, 4 & 5
  • 5:15 – 6:00 pm: Expo Hall opens, Happy Hour
Upcoming Webinar Virtual Events
 FIGHT FOR SAFE BANKING --  With over 30 senators expressing support, the next few weeks are critical for more Republican support.  Please emailing Sen. Pat Toomey(R-PA), Conference Ranking member at  https://www.toomey.senate.gov/contact/email-senator-toomey
Replays and Special Celebrity Broadcasts:  Steve DeAngelo (New York), Heidi Klum(Germany) and Jim Belushi (Oregon) along with VS Webinar Repeat.
MAY  brought several events to  NEW YORK including the 2nd MJ UNpacked.  Above, a panel "A Movement So New"  from SouthXSouthwest is viewable at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-WwYZNW6Bc  .  Below-- Superstar Heidi Klum is a surprise proponent for Germany's move to legalization with several reported meetings last week.   According to a report in the English Times from two days ago (Friday), the supermodel recently met with the Secretary for Drug Addictions on behalf of the German Ministry of Health, Burkhard Blinard.    In addition to Klum and Blinard, the meeting was attended by the CEO of the German medical cannabis company Sanity Group, and although it is not clear what the details of the meeting were, the German Bild reported that the three discussed the legalization of cannabis, and Klum’s intentions to invest in the German cannabis industry.
   
   Below:  Repeat of the expert panel on minor intoxicvating  cannabinoids, and legal issues. From Vicente Sederberg, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhEeFrYi_8M  And catch a special MJBiz podcast, "SeedToCEO" with entertainer and Oregon pot farmer Jim Belushi.
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Live Shows Coming to  New York --                      Open in Your Browser for Images
SHOW & TELL AT SETH ROGAN'S HOUSEPLANT --- Get a look inside the creative minds -- and home office-- for cannabis enthusiast Seth Rogan and team.  This Architectural Digest(April 26) visit details the creative process at HousePlant, offering consumers MJ-related home goods and how to "furnish" the cannabis experience.    
Seth endorses decorating with items that speak to your taste—whether that be a stylish record player, retro letter sign, or a vintage arcade game: 
Orbit Special Walnut Turntable with Built-In Pre Amp: https://fave.co/3Ozp1Qg 
My Cinema Lightbox: https://amzn.to/3vFxGaZ (Similar)
N2fun Mame/Hyperspin Upright Arcade Game: https://fave.co/3EIDJjj


  Enjoy the whole 13-minute tour at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGqYP1sKJ2Y
Regenerative Cannabis from the UN:
Live & Virtual- Thu. May 4th 
The Full Day New York  "Regenerative Cannabis" is free, live and LiveStream by registering at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/regenerative-cannabis-live-tickets-326036924217
Here is the video VIMEO link--   https://vimeo.com/event/2059079

      Sessions start at 8:30EST, and end at 5pm(EST).  Below: 2pm EST panel with Kim Rivers(Trulieve), Jamie Pearson (Bhang) and Beau Whitney (MJ Economist), then at 3pm (EST) an expert panel on medical MJ with Dr. Staci Gruber(Harvard Medicine), Sandra Carillo (Panama Unis) and Tengku Ibrahim (Halai Hemp).  See the full schedule at:   https://regenerativecannabislive.com/
 
Upcoming Webinar Virtual Events
Live Events Slated for  May & June
Rivers & Joyce Look Into Congress Moves-- Brittney Griner Media Reports & Vape Risks
Above:  Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers joins Rep. David Joyce(R-OH) to talk about the need for Congressional cannabis action at the April 20-21 Benzinga conference in Miami.  Joyce and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez(D-NY) are the sponsors of the HOPE Act--specifically written to address supporting national efforts at mass-expungements and records clearing for low-level drug charges.  Beyond DC lobbying, Joyce suggests all cannabis firms reach out to their member of Congress to tell them about their businesses, and even to offer tours.  POLITICO updates the pending consideration of SAFE banking act at:
https://thehill.com/news/senate/3476119-momentum-builds-in-senate-for-major-cannabis-bill/

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US citizen and Marine veteran 
Trevor Reed was released from Russia last week, and on May 3, the Biden administration elevated it's demand for the return of WNBA basketball star Brittney Griner (below)--arrested in mid-February for having two cannabis vape carts.

Brittney Griner: 'It's the most audacious hostage taking by a state imaginable,' says former captive
Brittney Griner: 'It's the most audacious hostage taking by a state imaginable,' says former captive  --  "When it comes to our efforts to free Americans, the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Ambassador Carstens, he will go anywhere, he will talk to anyone if it means that we're able to come home with an American, to reunite that American with her or his family," State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Monday.   May 3rd reporting on the heightened Griner concern is found at:
https://www.newsy.com/stories/state-dept-brittney-griner-wrongfully-detained-in-russia/

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May Looks Like New York Month--                      Open in Your Browser for Images
Pres Biden Commutes 75 Low-Level Offenders-- 8 for MJ
See the Yahoo News report at:  https://www.yahoo.com/now/president-biden-commutes-sentences-75-163741986.html   -- Here are the 7 past cannabis offenders who saw their sentences shortened, April 26, 2022.
 

Dexter Eugene Jackson – Athens, Georgia--  Jackson is a 52-year-old man who was convicted in 2002 for using his business to facilitate the distribution of marijuana in the Northern District of Georgia.  Jackson was not personally involved in trafficking marijuana, but allowed marijuana distributors to use his pool hall to facilitate drug transactions.  He accepted full responsibility for his actions at the time he was charged, and pled guilty.  Since his release from custody, Mr. Jackson has converted his business into a cell-phone repair service, and also worked to build and renovate homes in a community that lacks quality affordable housing.

2--  Jose Luis Colunga – Juniata, Nebraska
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana in Tennessee. Sentence: 240 months of imprisonment, 10-year term of supervised release (July 13, 2010).

3-Stacie Demers – Constable, New York
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana; aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute marijuana (New York). Sentence: 120 months of imprisonment, five-year term of supervised release (October 26, 2016). Commutation Grant: Sentence commuted to expire on April 26, 2023

4-Carry Le – Duluth, Georgia
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1,000 or more marijuana plants (Texas) Sentence: 120 months of imprisonment, five-year term of supervised release (March 4, 2016). Commutation Grant: Sentence commuted to expire on April 26, 2023

5- Paul A. Lupercio – Blue Springs, Missouri
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana and 5 kilograms or more of cocaine (Missouri). Sentence: 240 months of imprisonment.  Commutation Grant: Sentence to expire on August 24, 2022

6-Quang Nguyen – Houston, Texas
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1,000 or more marijuana plants (Texas).Sentence: 120 months of imprisonment, five-year term of supervised release (March 30, 2017).

7-Fermin Serna – Rio Grande City, Texas
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute in excess of 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, (Texas). Sentence: 240 months of imprisonment,
commuted to expire on August 24, 2022, leaving intact and in effect the 10-year term of supervised release.

Upcoming Webinar Virtual Events
Live Hemp/MJ Events in May
New Jersey Kicks Off-- Media Reports
Replays:  VS Minor Cannabinoids  ---  ArcView: Deal Breakups
JERSEY REC KICKOFFS AT 12 STORES---His 3:30am arrival at the Patterson(NJ) dispensary of RISE (Green Thumb Industries) cemented 23-year old Dan Garcia(above)  as one of New Jersey's first adult-use customers on April 21.  MJ Biz estimates this year's RMJ haul will sell $625 to $775Mil., rising to 2026 estimated sales of $2-$2.4Bil.  Thirteen MMJ stores-- which now service more than 120,000 NJ patients-- have told state officials they will have adequate MJ supplies to keep medical access served, and also start RMJ sales as typical top shelf flower sells for $60 per eighth. Beyond GTI,  other MSO-owned stores opened in New Jersey came from Acreage Holdings, Ascend Wellness, Columbia Care(Cresco), Curaleaf, TerrAscend and Verano Holdings. PHOTO CREDIT: NorthJersey.com 
See TV reports from New York network stations:
https://abc7ny.com/marijuana-medical-legal-new-jersey/11775885/
https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/video/recreational-marijuana-sales-begin-in-new-jersey/



Below:  Vicente Sederberg panel slides and repeat of the expert panel on minor cannabinoids. 
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/webinar+replay/FMfcgzGpFWLJXbrnCcGKHZGSzdsbztsq
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