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Happy Cannabis Anniversary, Canada! Customers at the SQDC's downtown store talk about their experiences in the first year of legal weed.
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Kewanee Council considers cannabis – Community meeting to determine city's next steps

“As a community, it's up to us to decide whether or not we want to allow cannabis businesses in the community, and if so, where” said City Manager ...
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HEXO Moves to Grab Budget Cannabis Customers

In a move at allaying concerns that legalized marijuana is too expensive for many consumers -- a situation that allows the black market to thrive ...
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Hesperia Council approves cannabis audits

HESPERIA — The City Council voted to amend its municipal code governing audits and fees for cannabis businesses in the city's green zone.
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OLCC Approves Marijuana Licensee Stipulated Settlements

License Surrender for Exceeding Daily Purchase Limits Commissioners Air Concerns about Marijuana Licensees with Habitual Bad Behavior OREGON: At its monthly meeting on October 17, 2019 the Commissioners of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved six marijuana violation stipulated settlement agreements.  The Commission also held a work session to review actions it could take to strengthen fines Read the full article...
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Medical cannabis advocates win a round in lawsuit against Utah over Prop. 2 replacement bill

SALT LAKE CITY — Medical cannabis advocates have won a round in court in their lawsuit challenging the legislature's replacement of Proposition 2.
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State lifts license suspension on cannabis company Nova Farms

The state's Cannabis Control Commission suspended Nova Farm's licenses on Sept. 6, stopping all work, when it launched an investigation into the ...
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7 cannabis strains with balanced mind and body effects

Some seek out cannabis for its mental effects, others for the physical feelings it provides. Then there are those of us whose perfect strain encompasses ...
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Governors, public health officials meet to discuss cannabis, vaping regulations

That's why he invited governors and public health officials from neighboring states to a Regional Cannabis Regulation and Vaping Summit in New ...
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Legal but unavailable: What you need to know about cannabis edibles

"Edibles may not take effect for hours after being consumed. The effects of edibles are also generally more intense and last longer than the effects of ...
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BRAUN: Say 'I do' to Cannabis Wedding Expo

You can find out more about pot-themed wedding ideas on Oct. 27, when the Toronto Cannabis Wedding Expo rolls into the Berkeley Church event ...
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Florida Supreme Court Will Take Up Governor’s Appeal in Medical Cannabis Case

The Florida Supreme Court will take up Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appeal in a medical cannabis case that illustrates the tension between a 2016 voter-approved legalization measure and state lawmakers’ attempts to implement that measure.

The court has given state lawyers a Nov. 5 deadline to file an initial brief, according to a CBS Miami report.

The Oct. 16 order by justices Ricky Polston, Jorge Labarga, Alan Lawson, Barbara Lagoa and Carlos Muniz comes after an appeals court refused in August to grant the state’s request for a new hearing in a cannabis business licensing dispute brought by Florigrown, one of Florida’s medical cannabis businesses.

In July, an appellate court sided with Florigrown after it sued the state upon being denied a license. The Tampa-based company argued that the state’s vertical integration requirement for cannabis businesses is unconstitutional under the constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical cannabis in the state. In late August, the 1st District Court of Appeals asked the Florida Supreme Court to weigh in on the case, but five judges recused themselves from deciding whether the case should get a hearing by the full court, and the rest of the judges were split in their decision.

Florida lawmakers instituted the vertical integration requirement and capped the total number of medical cannabis business licenses in the state when implementing the medical cannabis program, but last year, a Leon County Circuit Court judge supported Florida’s argument and issued a temporary injunction, ordering the state to begin issuing more medical cannabis business licenses. That’s when the state appealed.

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Hopedale greenlights third cannabis business

Each of the three signed agreements with marijuana companies planning to open in Hopedale requires those companies to pay the town quarterly ...
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Retail cannabis regs get initial council OK

New rules that would allow and govern the retail sale of cannabis products in Fort Bragg got a first look and general approval from the Fort Bragg City ...
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Lamont Goes To New York For Cannabis, Vaping Summit

Colorado and Massachusetts both have legalized cannabis. The governor's and their representatives received presentations both on cannabis ...
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Westleaf Receives Health Canada Standard Processing License

CALGARY, Oct. 15, 2019 /CNW/ - PRESS RELEASE - Westleaf Inc. has announced that its large-scale cannabis extraction, processing and product formulation facility, The Plant by Westleaf Labs, received a standard processing licence from Health Canada and is ready to start operations immediately. The Standard Processing Licence will allow Westleaf to process bulk cannabis to create and sell derivative products through a variety of commercial arrangements.

"This is a major catalyst for Westleaf to generate material revenue through the sale of derivative cannabis products and by offering contract manufacturing services," said Scott Hurd, president and CEO of Westleaf. "The issuance of the Standard Processing Licence is timely as Westleaf prepares to launch its cannabis 2.0 products upon legalization which is expected on Oct. 17, 2019."

Cannabis 2.0 is the legalization of the next wave of recreational and medicinal cannabis products currently set to begin in Canada on Oct. 17, 2019. It will allow cannabis manufacturers and retailers to provide consumers with a wide range of new cannabis products including high-quality and safe vape cartridges, edibles, concentrates and other oil products.

The 15,000-square-foot Phase I of the facility has been built to European Union good manufacturing practice (GMP) specifications and is designed to process up to approximately 65,000 kgs of dried cannabis per annum into anticipated high quality edibles, concentrates, vape and oil products, including Westleaf's first in-house product, a line of vape pens under the brand General Admission, as well as products under the company's other house brands, Backstage, and wellness brand, Loon. The Plant has an additional 45,000 square feet of space to expand extraction capacity as well as add additional product lines based on consumer preferences once the additional products are licensed post Oct. 17, 2019.

With the pending legalization of cannabis derivative products, Westleaf anticipates strong industry wide demand for efficient extraction, processing and formulation capacity. The scalability of The Plant ensures Westleaf is well positioned to capitalize on the expected demand growth for contract manufacturing, tolling arrangements, white labeling, and in-house product formulation. In July 2019, Westleaf signed its first extraction contract with Delta 9 for white label derivative cannabis products worth at minimum approximately $4 million per annum with an option to increase up to $16 million per annum.

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Truss Beverage Co. Announces First of Six Cannabis Beverage Brands, Flow Glow

TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2019 /CNW/ - PRESS RELEASE - Truss Beverage Co. announces a partnership with Flow Glow Beverages Inc., the team behind Flow Alkaline Spring Water, to manufacture and distribute a CBD-infused spring water. Flow Glow Beverages' flavored CBD-infused spring water will be one of six cannabis beverage brands within the Truss Beverage Co. product portfolio.

Backed by 150 years of beverage experience, Truss Beverage Co. is committed to developing a range of cannabis beverages that focus on great taste, consistency and choice.

"As a cannabis beverage specialist we're excited to partner with the team behind Flow Alkaline Spring Water, a beverage brand Canadians know and love, on a CBD-infused spring water to round-out our product portfolio for launch," says Brett Vye, CEO of Truss Beverage Co. "The newly formed Flow Glow Beverages Inc. will produce products that are an important part of our Truss beverage line-up. We can't wait to bring Flow Glow and our other Truss cannabis beverages to market."

Flow Glow is the first brand partnership for Truss Beverage Co., and will be one of six brands within the Truss beverage portfolio for launch. At launch, Flow Glow will be available in two flavors: Goji+Grapefruit and Raspberry+Lemon. Each flavor will contain 10 mg of CBD.

"We know CBD products are in high demand in Canada, especially within the growing self-care space. The Truss product portfolio will include a range of products with CBD, THC or both," says Vye. "In line with our other Truss beverage offerings, Flow Glow offers new and existing cannabis consumers of legal age the opportunity to begin exploring the wonders of cannabis in a way that's right for them personally."

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SLANG Worldwide Expands Cannabis Brand Portfolio Through Exclusive Partnership with Cookies in the Colorado Market

TORONTO, Oct. 15, 2019 /CNW/ - PRESS RELEASE - SLANG Worldwide Inc., a global cannabis consumer packaged goods company with a portfolio of brands distributed across 2,600 stores in 12 U.S. states, has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Cookies, a California-based cannabis and lifestyle brand, to bring Cookies' products to the Colorado market.

Pursuant to the partnership with Cookies, SLANG has signed an exclusive licensing and distribution agreement in connection with the proposed sale of pre-packaged flower products and concentrates for the Colorado market. A SLANG Network partner will cultivate the Cookies strains, and SLANG will market and sell the products through its statewide distribution channels. Colorado aficionados will appreciate the official Cookies cultivars coming to their state, including next-generation hybrids of some of the most popular strains in the world.

SLANG and Cookies will also work together to evaluate additional opportunities in other markets where SLANG operates.

SLANG has deep roots in Colorado, with its branded products having been sold in the state since 2012. The company's O.penVAPE brand is the best-selling cannabis brand in Colorado's history, while its District Edibles gummies, Bakked concentrates and Pressies are currently among the state's top-ranked cannabis products in their categories, according to BDS Analytics. SLANG-branded products are sold in the majority of leading retailers across Colorado.

The dried flower and concentrate products licensed from Cookies will complement SLANG's existing product portfolio in the Colorado market and provide for additional opportunities to provide customers with high quality, branded cannabis experiences. Dried flower represented approximately 40 percent of the cannabis market in Colorado, which totaled US$1.2 billion of sales in the first eight months of 2019, according to BDS Analytics. The company's entry into the branded dried flower market will further diversify its business.

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Neptune Achieves a Milestone with Completion of Phase II Expansion

LAVAL, QC, Oct. 16, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - PRESS RELEASE - Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc. has announced that its Sherbrooke, Quebec facility started to process biomass using its new cold ethanol equipment. The first shipments of cannabis extracts produced with the ethanol equipment are expected in the coming weeks once the final release testing is completed on the first batches that have been extracted. Combined with Neptune's CO2 extraction line, the company's capacity to process biomass is expected to reach an annual run rate of 200,000 kg by the end of November. As indicated previously, Neptune's current capacity, including the phase II expansion, is fully committed to existing clients.

Starting with Phase II and going forward, Neptune has opted for cold ethanol technology, which could be up to five times faster than its CO2 equipment and which consumes up to two times less energy than our CO2 technology. Our cold ethanol process combined with the high level of automation of Neptune's Sherbrooke facility should position the company as a low-cost manufacturer in Canada. Additionally, in recent weeks, it has received additional security clearance from Health Canada for our production personnel which should alleviate operational constraints.

"The Phase II cold ethanol production was completed on budget and is another important milestone in our capacity expansion strategy. We are currently working on Phase IIIa which will bring total annual extraction capacity to 1,500,000 kg. This capacity expansion is necessary to support the execution of Neptune's growth strategy to become a global leader in cannabis extraction and purification while meeting the growing demand from consumers for natural products. With our diverse base of 100-plus customers across North America in multiple verticals, including legal cannabis and hemp, nutraceutical, and consumer packaged goods, Neptune is well positioned to execute on its growth plans," said Michael Cammarata, Neptune's CEO.

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Nabis Holdings Receives Regulatory Approval to Operate its New Assets, Emerald Phoenix and Infusion Edibles in Arizona

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PRESS RELEASE -- Nabis Holdings Inc., a Canadian investment company with specialty investments in assets across multiple divisions of the cannabis sector, has announced that it has received all required regulatory approvals to operate the assets of Perpetual Healthcare Inc, Emerald Phoenix, a licensed medical marijuana dispensary located in Phoenix, Ariz., and Infusion Edibles, a popular cannabis infused snack and beverage brand. The acquisition of these assets was previously announced on Aug. 12, 2019. Nabis’ portfolio of operating licensing rights has now increased to a total of 11 for retail, cultivation and processing facilities combined in four states across the U.S.

“As one of the strongest limited-license, medical cannabis markets in the U.S., Arizona continues to be a priority market for Nabis. Expanding our operations with the Emerald Phoenix dispensary and well-known Infusion Edibles brand better positions us for our next phase of growth. Both businesses have a wide reach in Arizona, including an active registered purchasing patient roster of over 12,000 patients at the dispensary,” said Shay Shnet, CEO and director of Nabis. “Our team remains focused on continued expansion as well as the development of our innovative product lines and brands.”

Nabis’ Arizona operations now include cultivation, fulfillment, production and retail:

The Hub, a 44,000-square-foot cultivation, fulfillment and production facility, is located on 2.5 acres of total land and one of the largest industrial warehouses in the Verde Valley. The Hub is also the new home of production for WISP pods in Arizona. This is an exclusive production agreement for the company.Emerald Phoenix, Nabis’ first operating dispensary licensed to operate in the city of Phoenix (Maricopa County), which serves more than 133,000 unique patients, per the Arizona Department of Health Services August 2019 reporting. This dispensary has an active registered purchasing patient roster of more than 12,000 patients, a healthy marketing outreach and a loyal word of mouth clientele.Infusion Edibles, a highly popular brand of cannabis infused snacks and beverages. Infusion Edibles’ line of products includes baked goods - brownies and cookies; candies - gummies and lollies, and soda - root beer and cherry to name a few flavors. As one of the first medical cannabis kitchens in Arizona, Infusion Edibles produces superior products with outstanding flavors, delivering safe, consistent and effective medication. Under Nabis ownership, the menu will be expanded to include new products and seasonal treats.

Nabis will acquire 100 percent of the membership units of the asset for total consideration of USD $15 million (CAD $19.65 million) comprised of USD $7 million in cash, $2 million of Nabis’ common stock, and $6 million deferred for 12 months at 5 percent interest. The Nabis common stock will be issued in three tranches with each tranche to be priced based on the ten day volume weighted average price calculated on the day prior to issuance. Shares issued are subject to customary regulatory approvals and restrictions.

In connection with the previously announced CFO and VP Investor Relations appointments, the company announces that two million management incentive stock options have been granted, pursuant to the terms of the company's stock option plan. The stock options are subject to vesting conditions, are priced at $0.10 per share and expire five years after the date of grant.

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