Kiwibank Shuts Down ‘Green Fairy’ Account After Giving Her ‘Local Hero’ Medal

“Green fairy” Rose Renton is having her Kiwibank account shut down less than a year after the same bank awarded her a “local hero” medal.
Renton has been a prominent campaigner for medicinal cannabis since the death of her son Alex in 2015, for whom she had fought for the right to treat with cannabis products.

The following year she presented a 15,000-signature petition to Parliament, urging the Government to make medicinal cannabis more available.

In October last year, Kiwibank gave Renton a “Local Hero Medal”, but the bank has just written to Renton to tell her that her bank account will be closed on September 14.

– Read the entire article at Star News.

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Mother Of Epileptic 15-Year-Old Urges Government To Provide Medical Cannabis On NHS

Charlotte Caldwell pleads with health secretary Matt Hancock to ‘intervene and stop this torturous ordeal’.

The mother of a 15-year-old boy who can suffer from hundreds of seizures a day has called on the health secretary Matt Hancock to intervene and allow him a prescription for medical cannabis on the NHS.

Charlotte Caldwell’s son Billy has severe epilepsy and has been accessing specialist cannabis oil from a private doctor through a temporary arrangement which runs out on Monday.

A high-profile campaign by Ms Caldwell saw UK rules relaxed in November 2018 to allow some cannabis-derived medicines to be prescribed by specialist doctors in limited circumstances.

– Read the entire article at Independent.

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Restorative Justice Advocates Prepare For National Expungement Week

People with convictions for minor cannabis offenses and other low-level crimes will have access to services to help them clear their records at free events scheduled to take place across the nation later this month. More than 40 events designed to provide legal aid and related services have been planned in over 30 cities during National Expungement Week (N.E.W.), taking place September 19 through 26.

National Expungement Week began in 2018 as a way to offer legal aid to those adversely affected by the War on Drugs and the racial disparity prevalent in the enforcement of the nation’s drug laws. Today, the group’s work continues year-round in addition to the N.E.W. events scheduled annually, providing wrap-around services to those with a criminal record. Although restrictions on in-person events have been put in place in many places because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year will feature inaugural events in Kentucky, Missouri, and Florida.

Seven Expungement Clinics Coming To Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, N.E.W. events are being powered by a number of community organizations and partners, including The Social Impact Center, Social Equity LA, and the TransLatin@ Coalition. Felicia Carbajal, the executive director of The Social Impact Center, explained how having

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Pakistan Approves Industrial Cannabis and Hemp

Pakistan made a bold move when they decided to allow commercial, domestic, medical cannabis and hemp production within the nation. The hemp, at least for now, will be grown at an Herbal Medicine Park based in Jhelum. 

“Cabinet has approved the first license for @MinistryofST and PCSIR [Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research] for industrial and medical use of Hemp… [The] landmark decision will place Pakistan in billions of USD CBD market,” minister for science and technology Fawad Chaudhry announced on Twitter in an exciting update. 

This is a huge step for Pakistan, as this will help them enter the CBD market and become viable players in the hemp and non-THC industries and earn some of the much needed-income that the market generates. It took much deliberation between government departments to make this happen, but the hope is now that the industry will generate income for the community. The plan is to import specific cannabis seeds in order to grow CBD-containing cannabis that can be used for medical purposes.  

The Plan For Pakistani Pot

The plan so far is for Pakistan to grow plants that contain only

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Oregon Cannabis Real Estate Sales

Buying and selling Oregon cannabis properties can be pretty interesting. We have helped negotiate and paper a ton of these sales going back to 2015 or so. At this point, our deal book includes everything from small commercial lots in the City of Portland (for retail dispensaries) to large sawmill properties in Southern Oregon (for hemp processing conversion). And that is to say nothing of the myriad other types of real property transactions we’ve handled, from various forms of commercial leases to more exotic instruments, like wrap-around mortgages.

Among lawyers and real estate agents who work extensively in the industry, it has also been interesting to see certain standards begin to emerge over the past few years, related to how cannabis properties are bought and sold. Here, I’ve compiled a brief, alphabetized glossary for anyone looking at one of these deals. As you read, assume I’m talking about non-hemp cannabis (aka “marijuana”) unless otherwise specified. Also, please note that this glossary is far from comprehensive: the idea here is simply to give a reference point to potential buyers and sellers.

Escrow. Given the absence of title company services in this area (discussed below) there are a handful of law

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Pot Product Manufacturing Jobs Fell By One-Third This Year, StatsCan Says

Canopy Growth has laid off an unspecified amount of staff from one of its Ontario facilities, The Canadian Press reports. The newswire service said Canopy conducted a number of layoffs from its facility located at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., but didn’t provide specific figures on the departures. It is unknown whether the layoffs were related to previous workforce reductions the company confirmed to BNN Bloomberg in July. Canopy said last month it had reduced its staff count by about 18 per cent from the beginning of the year. The company had 4,434 total employees at the end of March, according to recent filings.

Jobs in Canada’s cannabis product manufacturing sector have declined by more than one-third in the first six months of the new year, figures from Statistics Canada show. StatsCan said Friday that 2,282 people were employed in the cannabis sector in June, a decline from 3,483 at the beginning of the year. The country’s national statistics agency released the figures alongside broader Canadian jobs data that came out on Friday which showed Canada’s economy added 245,800 jobs in August​. Employment in the cannabis sector has been hard hit in 2020 following several rounds of layoffs conducted by major producers such

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Give Cannabis To Elderly People With Chronic Pain, Doctors Say

Experts say cannabis-based medicines, including those that contain THC, should be used instead of opioids.

Elderly people with chronic pain including back and joint injuries should be prescribed cannabis instead of conventional painkillers, doctors have said, as polling shows that three quarters of over-55s would consider taking it.

Doctors said cannabis-based medicines, including those that contain THC, the chemical that makes recreational users “high”, should be used instead of opioid medications.

Draft guidance published last month by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence suggested prescription guidelines for patients with chronic pain will soon move away from drugs like paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin and opioid medications such as tramadol, codeine and morphine.

– Read the entire article at Telegraph.

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Here’s How Cannabis Can Help Fight Chronic Gut Problems

Though cannabis provides therapeutic value for those with IBD, its primary benefit doesn’t really seem to have to do with pain.

A primary reason that many patients turn to medicinal cannabis is to treat chronic pain. In fact, a 2019 study published in the journal Health Affairs found that more than 62 per cent of medical marijuana patients were using the plant to relieve pain symptoms.

Those with chronic gut issues also experience intense pain, and reports are that patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, have begun using medicinal cannabis to treat their symptoms. Though cannabis provides therapeutic value for these people, its primary benefit doesn’t really seem to have to do with pain.

– Read the entire article at Regina Leader-Post.

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2020 California Cannabis Bill Round-Up

Due to coronavirus, what normally would have been a pretty robust legislative session in the California Assembly for new cannabis bills was generally underwhelming. The set-up is markedly different than the 2020 session, where there were over 30 cannabis-related bills. Nevertheless, here we are.

At this point, we have a handful of live bills that are not terribly mind-blowing or potentially impactful. In fact, there’s not even a gubernatorial budget trailer bill catch all this year, which normally would accomplish some major and much needed legal changes to and technical fixes to the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA”).

With the shortened session at hand, the Assembly was hyper-focused on passing laws related to COVID-19, homelessness, and dealing with wildfires. Nonetheless, this post covers the more important California cannabis bills that passed as of August 31 and what you need to know about them (note that Governor Newsom still has time to veto those bills, too). I’ll also give an honorable mention to certain bills that stalled out (for better or worse).

AB 1525

This Assembly Bill addresses cannabis banking on the state level. The summary of the bill provides that:

any entity that receives

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Hemp CBD Labeling Requirements: How to Mitigate Risk

Every week, clients ask us to review their hemp-derived cannabidiol (“Hemp CBD”) products to ensure “full compliance.” Unfortunately, given the patchwork of often conflicting state labeling laws, and the lack of a federal pathway for the sale and marketing of these products, it is virtually impossible for Hemp CBD stakeholders to meet compliance standards.

Consequently, we review labels to ensure certain labeling requirements that have become standard across jurisdictions are met for the particular category of products at issue (e.g., conventional foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics or smokable products) to mitigate the risk of non-compliance, and thus, reduce the threat of enforcement actions.

These requirements include the use of:

A statement of identity; A declaration of the net quantity of contents; A list of all ingredients in descending order of prominence, which clearly identifies the hemp extract and/or CBD; If expressly advertised, the concentration of CBD, and any other cannabinoids, in milligrams; The name and address of the manufacturer or distributor; The product’s intended use or directions; A scannable bar code or QR code, which provides information such as
(a) the product certificate of analysis tested by an independent testing laboratory to show the product (i) contains hemp that was lawfully cultivated under a

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