California Bureau of Cannabis Control Seeks Civil Penalties for Unlicensed Commercial Cannabis Activity

On September 24, 2020, the Bureau of Cannabis Control (“BCC”) issued a press release announcing its filing of a complaint seeking civil penalties from Vertical Bliss, Inc., also known as Kushy Punch (“Vertical Bliss”), as well as other related individuals for unlicensed commercial cannabis activity.

For a bit of background, in November of last year, the BCC and the CDPH announced that they had revoked the commercial cannabis licenses issued to Vertical Bliss at its Chatsworth, CA facility. According to that announcement the regulatory authorities had received a complaint of illegal cannabis activity at a location in Canoga Park. Upon searching the facility, regulators found and seized nearly $21 million in illegal cannabis products, including 7,200 illegal vape cartridges. The regulators discovered a link between the Canoga Park facility and the licensed facility in Chatsworth, which is why the Vertical Bliss licenses were revoked.

It is unclear why the BCC and CDPH waited nearly a year after revoking Vertical Bliss’ licenses to file a civil complaint, although the agencies may have been conducting further investigation. According to the press release:

The complaint alleges that Vertical Bliss conducted unlicensed operations on an undisclosed premise in Canoga Park, California, and

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Decarboxylation: How to Activate Cannabis

As you venture into the world of cannabis, you may hear references to a chemical process called ‘decarboxylation’. If you are feeling confused about what decarboxylation means or how to utilize it, you aren’t alone. Decarboxylation comes up most often as a method to make cannabis edibles’ psychoactive effects more potent, but it actually goes far beyond a simple cooking technique for edibles.

What does ‘decarboxylation’ mean? Well, it is a key reaction in the process of creating the cannabinoids that produce some of cannabis’ most medicinal effects. By understanding how this process works, you can better understand how to predict the effects of different cannabis options and thus use cannabis more effectively.

Curious to learn more about this key chemical reaction? Read on to discover the science behind decarboxylation and learn how to decarboxylate your own cannabis for optimal results.

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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Proposed Sidney Cannabis Store Wins Favour With Public, Businesses

Of 348 received submissions, 311 favour cannabis store proposed for 2400-block of Beacon Avenue.

Municipal staff in Sidney are recommending councillors signal support for what would be that community’s first retail location for recreation cannabis with community input also favouring approval.

The staff recommendation appears in a report that also shows the large public interest in plans for the business. Council received 348 submissions (as of Thursday) prior to Monday’s special public participation opportunity.

Cindy Pendergast and Brad Styles plan to open a retail cannabis location in the 2400-block of Beacon Avenue. As was the case when council first heard the application almost exactly 11 months ago, submissions favour the proponent, with staff reporting 311 of the received responses “being generally in favour of the licence being issued” with 37 opposed. While just six out of those responses appear to come from within the 100-metre notification radius, they too favour the proposal with four submission supportive.

– Read the entire article at Saanich News.

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Billionaire Investor Nelson Peltz Resigns As Aurora Cannabis Advisor

Billionaire activist investor Nelson Peltz has resigned as a senior advisor to Aurora Cannabis Inc. to pursue other commitments, the company announced Monday.

Peltz first joined Aurora in March 2019 under a senior advisory services agreement where he was tasked with helping the company devise a strategy to find a way to marry its cannabis business with the U.S. consumer market.

Peltz, a founding partner of Trian Fund Management LP, a New York-based hedge fund with more than US$9 billion in assets under management, was heralded at the time of his hiring to be a key part of a broader U.S. play that could help unlock potential partnerships with Aurora and other consumer-packaged goods companies.

– Read the entire article at BNN Bloomberg.

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Medterra Review: Do They Live Up to Their Reputation?

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More often than not, shopping online for CBD products can feel like sorting through a big pile of fluff. Websites are full of buzzwords that seem to have little meaning, and companies make claims and promises that have no support. After spending hours trying to make sense of a cacophony of CBD noise, shoppers may be tempted to just close their eyes and pick something without looking.

This is an unfortunate consequence of the market being flooded with disreputable companies taking advantage of the newness of the industry. Their websites may look pretty and have lots of reassuring words, but there is little substance to their claims. When a company notes its level of transparency and traceability on every page, but it never produces any third-party lab results—or even the location of its hemp source—warning bells should go off. Any CBD company can use the jargon. Only the best can back it up and help their customers understand it.

Medterra doesn’t waste any time before it

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Green Roads CBD Review: Ultimate Guide

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Green Roads CBD makes its purpose clear from the very beginning. Helping people live their best lives through the power of hemp has been the focus since the company was founded in 2013. It was one of the first in the consumer CBD market—several years before CBD was popular or even Federally legal; and co-founder Laura Fuentes recalls the days that she worried about the DEA knocking on her door. Now she breathes a sigh of relief that it’s so much easier than it used to be.

In the early days, the founders of Green Roads struggled to get consumers to see the company as legitimate. They had a hard time finding a bank that was willing to work with them, and transporters wouldn’t even touch their raw materials. Just picture a truck full of hemp hauling through a state like Kansas before the Farm Bill made hemp Federally legal and try not to cringe for the poor driver.

Green Roads has come a long way

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American Firm Engineers Federally Legal Cannabis Strain

CANNABIS CULTURE – Cannabis America, a product described on the company’s website as “the world’s safest, cleanest, and most effective cannabis Sativa L genetics.” The company is Bazelet Oglesby and their 0.00% THC Hemp does not qualify as a Schedule 1 drug. 

Michael Elzufon is a director for Bazelet Oglesby and has worked for years in development. “We have a strong background in the genetics and the study of the molecular structure of cannabis Sativa L, and so that backdrop, that foundation that is rooted in science, helps develop this kind of an outcome.” He said in a recent interview with Cannabis Culture Magazine. 

Michael Elzufon – Bazelet Oglesby

According to Elzufon, in a regulatory sense Cannabis America is “the concord grape versus the Bordeaux grape.  They are both grapes, but one of them is sold in a grocery store and bought and sold on the commodity market, whereas the other is very strongly regulated, and for due reason as this is alcohol.  So similarly, Cannabis America introduces us to a whole new paradigm, a whole new way to look at cannabis, or a new way to utilize science-based outcomes

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New Bill Would Give Cannabis Businesses Emergency Relief Access

A new bill has been introduced to Congress by a team of Democratic senators who think it’s unfair that cannabis businesses in legal states are excluded from federal aid while other businesses in the state are able to get a leg up with government-funded help.

Like all other businesses, they have been hit by the COVID pandemic, as business practices have been disrupted and sales have been affected. Now, they are being hit again by wildfires, which have harmed some outdoor grows. 

“Cannabis businesses in Oregon hurt by the blazing wildfires or any other disaster shouldn’t be shut out from federal relief simply because the federal government is stuck in yesteryear,” said Senator Ron Wyden, according to a press release sent out about the newly introduced bill. “These legal small businesses employ thousands of workers and support our struggling economy. If they need federal support, they should get it. Full stop.”

The Small Business Disaster Relief Equity Act

The bill, backed by Senators Wyden, D-Ore., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., is known as the Small Business Disaster Relief Equity Act.

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The Hemp Industry Responds to the DEA Rule With a Lawsuit

On August 21, the Drug Enforcement Agency (the “DEA”) released an Interim Final Rule (the “Rule”), which, in part, suggests that in-process hemp extract shall be treated as a schedule I controlled substance during any point at which its THC concentration exceeds 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. “Any point” includes even fleetingly during the processing phase and includes situations where the THC percentage is brought back into legal compliance for the finished product.

In response to this threat, close to 2,500 hemp stakeholders have already expressed their opposition to the Rule by submitting comments via the federal public docket. But some have taken their opposition one step further by suing the DEA. On Friday, September 18, the Hemp Industries Association (“HIA”) and RE Botanicals, a South Carolina hemp CBD manufacturer, filed a petition against the DEA and its acting administrator, Timothy Shea, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

The petitioners claim that the Rule is unlawful because it exceeds the DEA’s authority and violates the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the “2018 Farm Bill”). Specifically, the Rule contradicts the plain language and the intent of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp,

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The Winners of The Cannabis Cup Illinois: People’s Choice Edition 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic can’t keep the Cannabis Cup down! For our People’s Choice Edition tour, we made a stop in Illinois, where folks thriving in the cannabis space stepped up to compete. Here are the winners of the Cannabis Cup Illinois: People’s Choice Edition 2020!

Courtesy of Revolution Cannabis Indica Flower

First Place: Florida Orange by Revolution Cannabis
Second Place: Velvet Glove by Columbia Care
Third Place: Private Stock Mag Landrace by Verano

The Winners of The Cannabis Cup Illinois: People's Choice Edition 2020

Courtesy of Revolution Cannabis Hybrid Flower

First Place: Gorilla’d Cheese by Revolution Cannabis
Second Place: Grape Sugar Cookies by Bedford Grow
Third Place: Jenny Kush by Aeriz

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