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🌿 What Pot Legalization in Canada Means for the U.S.
« Reply #495 on: June 21, 2018, 01:44:42 AM »
https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/pot-marijuana-legalization-canada-means-for-us-w521772

What Pot Legalization in Canada Means for the U.S.


Canada is the first G-20 country to legalize weed. Could the United States be close behind? Chris Roussakis/AFP/Getty Images

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With Donald Trump subverting America's global standing – feuding with allies, palling around with dictators, snatching toddlers from migrant mothers – Justin Trudeau just may be the leader of the Free World. Starting this week, the prime minister's youthful, forward-looking Canada is now also the leader of the weed world.
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By a nearly two-to-one margin on Tuesday, the Canadian Senate voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Canada has become the first member of the G-20 group of industrialized nations to end prohibition of pot – joining tiny global pioneer Uruguay. Canadians 18 years and older (19-plus in select provinces) will now be able to possess an ounce of weed in public and up to four plants at home. The nation's retail markets should be in operation by September; regulation of edibles will be sorted within the year.

This is a major political victory for Trudeau, who campaigned on the issue marijuana legalization:

Canada's reform is also a grave blow to the War on Drugs. It may be tempting the lump Canada in with states that have legalized; California has roughly the same population, for example. But legalizing states in America don't have international obligations. Canada's move flouts treaties (to which the U.S. is also a party) that bar legalization, making the country a proud renegade under international law.
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The notion that a world power has just legalized the world's most popular illicit substance, is to cop a phrase from Joe Biden, "a big fucking deal"; its stable, legal pot marketplace could destabilize prohibition regimes from Europe to Asia. Closer to home, Canada's legalization might even provide cover for Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to release his federal decriminalization bill, and for a number of other marijuana bills currently in the legislature to be taken more seriously. "Canada's progress will galvanize support for drug policy reforms around the world," says Hannah Hetzer, Senior International Policy Manager for the Drug Policy Alliance.

Geopolitically, Canada's legal pot could further strain relations between Trudeau and his new nemesis, Trump. The president's trade advisor, Peter Navarro, channeled Trump just days ago declaring that "bad-faith Justin" deserves "a special place in hell" after the countries locked horns over trade policy at the G7 Summit, and Trudeau vowed that Canada would "not be pushed around." We can now add marijuana to the growing list of trade irritants that includes everything from maple syrup to – as the president remarked oddly on Tuesday – smuggled sneakers.

Trump himself has sent mixed signals on pot, appointing prohibitionist gremlin Jeff Sessions as his attorney general, but recently saying he'll "probably" back legislation to safeguard pot-legal states like Colorado. There's a new risk that the bumptious president's posture on pot will fall victim to his beef with the suave Canadian leader. But any crackdown would be unpopular. A poll finds that more than two thirds of American voters – and even 57 percent of Republicans – support full legalization.

Canada's pot market is already huge; by one estimate Canadians spend more money on weed than wine – an estimated U.S. $4.5 billion in 2015. And stocks in cannabis businesses have been booming on Canadian stock exchanges. This rich new industry – and the proliferation of legal marijuana shops from British Columbia to Nova Scotia – will challenge American border states, of all political stripes, where pot is prohibited – including Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, New York and New Hampshire.

The impact could be greatest in Michigan, where the Detroit metro area includes a swath of Canada. Detroiters who have long flocked to Windsor for its under-age drinking, Cuban cigars and nudie bars, will soon frequent its dispensaries. Michigan is already flirting with legalization; and the reality of legal pot across the river may send a message to opponents of a ballot initiative in November that resistance is futile.

America's southern neighbor is also taking an interest in Canada's bold experiment. And with weed now legal up and down the West Coast, from Alaska to San Diego, Mexico could be the next country to embrace taxed and regulated marijuana. As Rep. Earl Blumenauer, cofounder of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, told Mother Jones in a recent interview: "There is serious reappraisal of what Mexico's going to do. The prospect of a North American market is quite exciting."
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🌿 Rite Aid poised to sell its first cannabis-derived drug
« Reply #496 on: June 28, 2018, 12:03:31 AM »
http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/27/news/companies/epidiolex-gw-cannabis/index.html

Rite Aid poised to sell its first cannabis-derived drug
by Aaron Smith   @AaronSmithCNN June 27, 2018: 5:22 PM ET


Rite Aid and other US pharmacies could soon sell a drug derived from cannabis.

The Food and Drug Administration on June 25 approved Epidiolex, a treatment for epilepsy created by British drugmaker GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH). The Drug Enforcement Administration has 90 days to schedule the medication, and it is widely expected to allow doctors to prescribe it.

That will open the cannabis industry to mainstream pharmacies and medical practitioners.
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Rite Aid (RAD) told CNNMoney it would sell Epidiolex once the DEA schedules it.

"Rite Aid pharmacists fill prescriptions in accordance with all state regulations and laws as well as those set forth by the DEA and FDA," said Rite Aid spokeswoman Ashley Flower. "Given that Epidiolex has received approval from the FDA, upon being rescheduled, Rite Aid expects to fill prescriptions for Epidiolex later this year based on availability."

Walgreens (WBA), CVS (CVS) and Walmart (WMT)did not immediately comment about their plans to fill Epidiolex prescriptions.

Stephen Schultz, vice president of investor relations for GW Pharmaceuticals, said the company expects to launch Epidiolex in the fall, pending scheduling from the DEA. He said it will be produced in the United Kingdom and exported to the United States.

Smaller, independent pharmacies would also be able to provide the medication, which is approved to treat both adults and children aged two and older.

"If it's possible to stock it and dispense it, we will do it," said Phil Kuhr, manager and pharmacist at Stoner Drug, a pharmacy in Hamburg, Iowa, that's been in business since 1896.

Related: Stoner Drug, serving small-town Iowa since 1896

Epidiolex is derived from cannabidiol, or CBD, an active chemical compound in marijuana that reduces the frequency of seizures. In clinical trials, some patients said they no longer had seizures.

CBD is different from marijuana's more well-known compound: tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which gets people high. Marijuana is considered a schedule 1 drug by the US government, putting it on par with heroin. It is a federal crime to buy and sell marijuana, although 10 states have legalized its recreational use.

DEA spokesman Melvin Patterson said the agency has no plans to reschedule or deschedule marijuana, though there is a "discussion" about rescheduling CBD.

But he said that won't affect Epidiolex's approval, since individual drugs often receive their own schedule.

In the 30 states where medical marijuana is legal, dispensaries already sell CBD treatments. The drugs can be prescribed for patients suffering from epilepsy, cancer, HIV, MS and chronic pain.

But dispensaries won't be selling Epidiolex or any future FDA-approved drug with CBD, according to Kris Krane, president and co-founder of 4Front, an advisory and investment firm that owns dispensaries.

He said that as an FDA-approved pharmaceutical, it can only be sold in stores that have pharmacy licenses.

Related: Celebs are jumping on the marijuana brand wagon

Dispensaries are licensed by state agencies, and can only sell products authorized within the state program.

Krane said that Epidiolex would probably be more expensive than CBD treatments within a state medical program, which typically costs $200 to $500 a month. But FDA-approved drugs are often covered by insurance, and state-authorized medical marijuana is not.

Schultz, of GW Pharmaceuticals, said the pricing will be set after the DEA scheduling.
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🌿 Senate Votes to Legalize Hemp After 80 Years of Prohibition
« Reply #497 on: July 01, 2018, 09:07:28 AM »
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Senate Votes to Legalize Hemp After 80 Years of Prohibition
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On Thursday, the U.S. Senate approved a bill to legalize hemp, an industrial crop that has been banned for decades.

In April, Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) submitted a separate bill to legalize hemp, and those provisions were then incorporated into the broader farm bill. The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry approved that version before the upper house of Congress voted to approve it this week by a margin of 86-11. The bill would legalize the cultivation, processing, and sale of hemp.

"Consumers across America buy hundreds of millions in retail products every year that contain hemp," McConnell said Thursday. "But due to outdated federal regulations that do not sufficiently distinguish this industrial crop from its illicit cousin, American farmers have been mostly unable to meet that demand themselves. It's left consumers with little choice but to buy imported hemp products from foreign-produced hemp."

According to Wyden:

“Legalizing hemp nationwide ends decades of bad policymaking and opens up untold economic opportunity for farmers in Oregon and across the country.”

Hemp is a versatile crop that can be used in everything from construction material to clothing, and it has long been a staple in the United States and around the world. In fact, in the 17th century, the government encouraged people to grow it.

Though hemp was eventually banned amid the widespread attack on cannabis in the 1930s, ironically, it then had to be imported to sustain the war effort during World War II.

Farmers across the country have expressed relief and excitement that hemp has come this close to legalization. “It’s super big,” Dani Billings, who owns LoCo farms in Longmont Colorado, said, as reported by an NBC affiliate station in Colorado . “We have people who understand agriculture, that understand this is for farming and it’s not to get people high.”

Bruce Perlowin, CEO of NC-based Hemp Inc., which worked with veterans, said in a press release:

“With Veteran Village Kins Community B-Corporations set up in 8 states so far, the legalization of industrial hemp will now allow these future veteran villages to be built and to flourish - creating more support for our veterans than anyone can possibly imagine.”

The bill still must be approved by the House, which has expressed opposition to hemp legalization, though McConnell is expected to campaign heavily in favor of the bill in the lower house of Congress. A list of concerns about the bill handed down from the White House reportedly did not include any objections to hemp legalization, meaning that if the bill makes it through the House, it’s likely President Trump will sign it into law.

Some states have passed legislation in recent years legalizing hemp, but the latest legislation would make it national policy.
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https://www.naturalblaze.com/2018/07/fda-cbd-drug-epilepsy-epidiolex.html

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https://www.naturalblaze.com/2018/07/fda-cbd-drug-epilepsy-epidiolex.html

Epidiolex is not a drug I've taken, but I do know one person in Canada whose father took it in his last months. I was told it had a lot of nasty side effects, and this one patient (sorry, just the one anecdotal report) did much better with "regular" edibles than with the pharmaceutical product.

However, the big deal with epidiolex is not that it's a great drug, just that it makes the FDA have to change ANY cannabis drug from Schedule I.  It will be interesting to see what new schedule they decide to make it assigned to.....It shouldn't be a scheduled drug at all.
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The Potfolio - NJ chooses cannabis over opioids for workers comp payouts
« Reply #500 on: July 14, 2018, 08:27:19 AM »
https://thefreethoughtproject.com/precedent-set-as-court-orders-govt-to-pay-for-medical-pot-instead-of-opioids-for-workers-comp/
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Re: The Potfolio Alert Eddie Hot off the press
« Reply #501 on: August 01, 2018, 12:20:11 PM »
Molson Coors makes cannabis-infused beverage deal in Canada

                         

   Molson Coors Brewing Co. said its Canadian unit is entering into a deal that will develop cannabis-infused beverages in Canada.

The Denver brewer said its Canadian unit, Molson Coors Canada, is teaming with Canadian cannabis producer, The Hydropothecary Corporation (HEXO), to create a joint partnership "to pursue opportunities to develop non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages for the Canadian market following legalization." Marijuana use in Canada will become legal later this year.

"Canada is breaking new ground in the cannabis sector and, as one of the country's leading beverage companies, Molson Coors Canada has a unique opportunity to participate in this exciting and rapidly expanding consumer segment," said Frederic Landtmeters, president and CEO of Molson Coors Canada, in a statement.

Molson Coors Canada will have a 57.5 percent controlling interest in the joint standalone venture and HEXO will control the remainder.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/01/molson-coors-makes-cannabis-infused-beverage-deal-in-canada.html

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Re: The Potfolio
« Reply #502 on: August 01, 2018, 12:25:31 PM »
I used to own some Hydropothecary.  It should help them out, the Molson thing.I won't be going there, but thanks for the tip.

Hydropothecary is a Quebec outfit. My Canadian pot stock investor friends never had much good to say about HYYDF or Quebec in general.
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Re: The Potfolio
« Reply #503 on: August 01, 2018, 12:34:38 PM »
I used to own some Hydropothecary.  It should help them out, the Molson thing.I won't be going there, but thanks for the tip.

Hydropothecary is a Quebec outfit. My Canadian pot stock investor friends never had much good to say about HYYDF or Quebec in general.

Understood. My thoughts are with the vast distribution network Coors Molson has. There in every package store, supermarket, Seven Eleven and mom and pop convenience store in North America.

That kind of power in shelf space and display power boggles my imagination at how fast that network can make a new product appear. Especially one that the public is looking for.

Big time marketing presence and muscle, not that there won't be much competition. 

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Re: The Potfolio
« Reply #504 on: September 03, 2018, 11:18:10 AM »


Futurism

MIND CONTROL. Some people recreationally partake in cannabis to free their minds. But the plant’s non-intoxicating compound, cannabidiol (CBD), might actually be able to help others rein their minds in.

According to a new study from King’s College London (KCL), just one dose of CBD can reduce abnormal brain function in people with psychosis, a condition in which a person experiences a disconnect from reality and may see, hear, or believe things that aren’t actually real.

The KCL team published its research on Thursday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.


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🌿 Coca-Cola Is Eyeing the Cannabis Market
« Reply #505 on: September 18, 2018, 12:03:01 AM »
Now, if they put the Coke back in Coca-Cola, we'll really be getting somewhere!

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-17/coca-cola-eyes-cannabis-market-in-push-beyond-sluggish-sodas

Coca-Cola Is Eyeing the Cannabis Market
By Jen Skerritt
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September 17, 2018, 3:00 AM AKDT Updated on September 17, 2018, 6:19 AM AKDT


    Drinks maker in talks with Aurora Cannabis, BNN Bloomberg says
    Pot stocks Aurora, Tilray jump on the Coke’s CBD interest

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Coca-Cola is looking closely at the cannabis drinks sector. Bloomberg’s Emma Chandra reports.


Aurora Cannabis Inc. led pot stocks higher after Coca-Cola Co. said it’s eyeing the cannabis drinks market, becoming the latest beverage company to tap into surging demand for marijuana products as traditional sales slow.

Coca-Cola says it’s monitoring the nascent industry and is interested in drinks infused with CBD -- the non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that treats pain but doesn’t get you high. The Atlanta-based soft drinks maker is in talks with Canadian marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis to develop the beverages, according to a report from BNN Bloomberg Television.

“We are closely watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world,” Coca-Cola spokesman Kent Landers said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg News. “The space is evolving quickly. No decisions have been made at this time.” Landers declined to comment on Aurora.

Aurora’s shares surged on the news, jumping as much as 23 percent Monday in New York to $8. Other stocks in the cannabis industry got a boost, with Tilray Inc. adding as much as 9.4 percent in response to Coca-Cola’s interest.

Coke’s possible foray into the marijuana sector comes as beverage makers are trying to add cannabis as a trendy ingredient while their traditional businesses slow. Last month, Corona beer brewer Constellation Brands Inc. announced it will spend $3.8 billion to increase its stake in Canopy Growth Corp., the Canadian marijuana producer with a value that exceeds C$13 billion ($10 billion).

Molson Coors Brewing Co. is starting a joint venture with Quebec’s Hexo’s Corp., formerly known as Hydropothecary Corp., to develop cannabis drinks in Canada. Diageo PLC, maker of Guinness beer, is holding discussions with at least three Canadian cannabis producers about a possible deal, BNN Bloomberg reported last month. Heineken NV’s Lagunitas craft-brewing label has launched a brand specializing in non-alcoholic drinks infused with THC, marijuana’s active ingredient.

Why the World Is Watching Canada’s Pot Legalization: QuickTake

Coca-Cola has already been diversifying as consumption of soda continues to decline. The company, with its iconic brands ranging from Coke and Sprite to Powerade, announced it will acquire the Costa Coffee chain for $5.1 billion in August, and has expanded into other products including juice, tea and mineral water over the past decade.

The discussions with Aurora are focused on CBD-infused drinks to ease inflammation, pain and cramping, according to the BNN Bloomberg report. CBD, or cannabidiol, is the chemical in the pot plant often used for medicinal purposes, and doesn’t produce the high that comes from THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. There are no guarantees of any deal between Aurora and Coca-Cola, according to the report.
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Heather MacGregor, a spokeswoman for Aurora, said in an emailed statement that the cannabis producer has expressed specific interest in the infused-beverage space, and intends to enter that market, BNN Bloomberg’s David George-Cosh reported.

While marijuana remains illegal at the national level in the U.S., there is growing acceptance of the use of CBD derived from marijuana to treat illnesses ranging from chronic pain to anxiety and epilepsy. The first-ever medical treatment derived from a marijuana plant will hit the U.S. market soon, after regulators in June gave an epilepsy treatment by GW Pharmaceuticals Plc the green light.

Aurora is Canada’s third-largest pot company, with a market value of C$8.7 billion. The Edmonton, Alberta-based company has soared along with other pot stocks in Canada as the country gears up to become the first Group of Seven nation to legalize cannabis on Oct. 17. The BI Canada Cannabis Competitive Peers Index has more than doubled in the past 12 months, though has dropped 24 percent in 2018 on concern that the stocks are overvalued.
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🌿 Pot stock short sellers increasing bets even as losses and costs mount
« Reply #506 on: September 18, 2018, 05:19:04 PM »
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/pot-stock-short-sellers-increasing-bets-even-as-losses-and-costs-mount-2018-09-18


Pot stock short sellers increasing bets even as losses and costs mount

Published: Sept 18, 2018 4:04 p.m. ET


Short interest has increased 44% to $1.5 billion since end of the second quarter, even as borrowing costs reach levels that are ‘totally out of the ordinary’
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Adult recreational use of cannabis will become legal in Canada on Oct. 17.

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Investors shorting stocks related to the cannabis industry have lost $490 million on paper this year, but bets that pot stocks will fall have only increased despite high costs as the sector has rallied.

Massive gains in the industry among names such as the recently public Tilray Inc. TLRY, +28.95% Canopy Growth Corp. CGC, +6.77%  — which received a $4 billion investment from Constellation Brands Inc., which seemed to be a major factor in the sector’s rise — and Cronos Group Inc. CRON, +13.56%  have likely encouraged short sellers to take positions in cannabis stocks.

Short interest has increased 44% since the end of the second quarter, climbing to $1.5 billion across 33 stocks, according to data from financial technology and analytics firm S3 Partners. Most of the increase in short activity was focused in Canopy and Tilray, S3 said in a note released late Monday.

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The number of investors interested in shorting the stock and the amount of interest has made short positions very expensive. According to S3 data, the average borrow fee for the basket of pot stocks is 21.8%.

“On the whole, 20% is ridiculous,” said S3 managing director of predictive analytics Ihor Dusaniwsky. “It’s totally out of the ordinary, the normal fee for a general collateral stock — IBM IBM, +0.42%  , General Electric GE, -0.31%  for example — is 30 basis points.”

Tilray especially has outsize fees for short sellers — those wishing to borrow the stock to short it were paying 450% to 600% Monday, Dusaniwsky said. Tilray is a special case, he says, because the float is relatively small and there is no institutional holding able to loan the stock to short sellers. As a result, Tilray’s gains — such as the 29% it posted in Tuesday trading after announcing a clinical trial in the U.S. — are almost entirely the result of the buy side bidding up or bidding down the market, Dusaniwsky said.

“I’m wondering whether [Tilray] is a Tesla or a normal stock,” Dusaniwsky said, referring to the fact that investors shorting Tesla Inc. TSLA, -3.35%  stock have been willing to absorb massive losses while waiting for the stock to plummet. Roughly 34% of Tilray shares are currently being shorted.

See also: For Canadian marijuana investors, coming to U.S. is a ‘crapshoot’ that can end in lifetime ban

Fees for other cannabis stocks trading on U.S. exchanges are also high, but nowhere near Tilray’s levels. Shorting Cronos stock carries a 40% borrow fee, and Canopy was 6%, according to S3 data.

“Short sellers are paying $2.5 million every day at the moment in stock-borrow fees,” Dusaniwsky said. “If you’re going to short these stocks, your thesis has to be correct and it has to be right, fast.”

Cronos stock is up 16% Tuesday, and Canopy gained 6.3% as the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.54%  climbed 0.7%. Cannabis officially becomes legal in Canada on Oct. 17. It is illegal under U.S. federal law, though nine states have legalized the drug for adult recreational consumption and several more allow for medical use.
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Potfolio-Maine Restaurant gets Lobsters Loaded prior, It's humane....
« Reply #507 on: September 20, 2018, 07:48:58 AM »

A restaurant in Maine is going to start getting lobsters high on marijuana before cooking them because killing them while they are doped up is “more humane” and ethical than simply boiling them alive sober. Most people enjoy lobster steamed or boiled, but these will be “baked.”

All jokes aside, the owner of Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound, Charlotte Gill, believes that getting lobsters high off marijuana smoke before she kills them is more humane,according to a report by Fox News. The Southwest Harbor restaurant was opened seven years ago, and patrons are liking Gill’s idea of getting lobsters high.


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« Reply #508 on: September 20, 2018, 08:15:36 AM »
I expect there are more humane ways to kill lobsters for food, but it sounds great for the cooks.
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« Reply #509 on: September 20, 2018, 08:20:55 AM »
I expect there are more humane ways to kill lobsters for food, but it sounds great for the cooks.


Gotta' love these new energies from the Age of Aquarius.

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