House Takes First Step Pass the SAFE Banking Act

House Takes First Step Pass the SAFE Banking Act

Original Article: Green Market Report: House Takes First Step Pass the SAFE Banking Act

[Canniseur: This is the first step of the 3 necessary to make cannabis businesses safer. Now the SAFE Banking Act needs to pass the Senate, and then the President has to approve it. Ultimately, this is about big money and big business. If cannabis businesses can access traditional banking systems, more fortune 1000 companies will enter the market place. IMHO, because of this, it has a strong chance of passing the Senate by year’s end.]

House Takes First Step Toward Federal Validation of the Marijuana Industry: Votes 321 to 103 to Pass the SAFE Banking Act

In a showing of bipartisan support, the House of Congress voted 321 to 103 to pass the SAFE Banking Act.  Of those voting yes, 229 were Democrats and 91 were Republicans.  Unity amongst Democrats was particularly strong with only one Democrat vote being in opposition.  Going forward, this overwhelming amount of party support should help assuage any fears as to whether the Democrats will continue to back the bill as it moves to Senate.

What the SAFE Act Means for the Industry

Currently, banks that provide services to the cannabis industry are at risk of being prosecuted under federal law.  The risk is the same for insurance companies and landlords that operate in, or provide services to, the cannabis industry.  Consequently, cannabis companies are often forced to horde cash and jump through hoops to make payment for items as simple as a utility bill; proper insurance coverage is often difficult to obtain; and options are limited for cannabis companies seeking to rent facilities for their operations.  The lack of federal legalization has not only created several operational obstacles and inefficiencies for companies involved in the cannabis ecosystem, but by forcing cannabis companies to operate only in cash it has created safety issues for employees by making them, and their places of work, targets of robbery.

Although approval of the SAFE Banking Act would not fully legalize cannabis, it would prevent the federal government from taking action against banks, insurers and landlords that provide services to cannabis companies that are operating in compliance with applicable state laws.  Not only would such legislation go a long way towards normalizing the industry, moving from a cash-only environment would significantly enhance public safety.

It should be noted that the bill does not contain provisions relating to capital markets access for cannabis companies.  Accordingly, approval of the SAFE Banking Act would not provide cannabis companies with access to the U.S. capital markets or exchanges.

Next Steps

The next step is for the Senate to consider and vote on the SAFE Banking Act.  This process is expected to occur later this year.  While some are skeptical of the SAFE Banking Act’s chances of receiving approval from a Republican-controlled Senate, there are provisions in the bill that should appeal to Republicans.  One provision addresses Operation Choke Point, a program put in place by the Obama administration that investigated banks for doing business with payday lenders, firearms dealers and other companies at higher risk for fraud and anti-money laundering.  Another provision addresses access to banking services for the hemp industry, which should be of particular importance to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his home state of Kentucky.  If the bill is passed by Senate, it would then be submitted for Presidential approval.

Approval of the SAFE Banking Act will not fully legalize cannabis, but it would represent a significant milestone for the cannabis industry by providing access to banking services, and it could also lead to the approval of other cannabis-focused policies, and possibly, full federal legalization.

Jason Wilson
Global Cannabis Industry Expert with over 15 years of experience in the asset management, finance, and structured product space, Jason has a track record of bringing hard-to-access asset classes to market. Recently, Jason was Senior Vice President at INFOR Financial Inc., a boutique investment bank that acted as advisor to Canopy Growth Corporation in connection with entering into its strategic relationship with Constellation Brands.

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How To Spot Fake CBD

How To Spot Fake CBD

Original Article: Green Market Report: How To Spot Fake CBD

[Canniseur: Third-party laboratory testing is the critical piece of information when considering which CBD brand to purchase. Be careful out there. There’s a lot of counterfeit CBD being sold. ]

Guest submission from Ivan Green.

Hundreds of people have been benefited from using Cannabidiol (CBD) – a substance scientifically proven to be safe for human consumption – even for children! 

It not only has a wide range of therapeutic benefits but also has been useful for treating numerous serious ailments and disorders. 

However, not all products touted as “natural CBD oil” are actually as natural they claim to be. 

Natural CBD is admittedly safe. But they don’t include products that are made from synthetic lab-produced cannabinoids or contain contaminants, high levels of hallucinatory cannabinoids like Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or other harmful substances. 

Using such products will do more damage to you than simply making you fail a drug test. You can end up falling horribly sick or even dead! 

With the growing popularity of CBD products, some unscrupulous cannabis growers and CBD oil manufacturers are taking advantage of loopholes in the existing regulations and the vulnerabilities of the common man in this country to push their business forward with cheap, artificial and untested products in the name of CBD oil. 

Cheap Synthetic CBD 

From a once non-existent market category to a $1 billion industry, the hemp-derived CBD has become a booming industry today. 

But, it was disheartening to hear of 50 people falling severely ill after using CBD oil in Utah last year. It is worse when we find out that the oil that those people unwittingly smoked up thinking it was genuine CBD vape oil did not even contain any natural cannabinoid, but contained some lab-produced synthetic cannabinoids

The reason why people fall for these products are usually because of three reasons: 

  1. Their low price, 
  2. Tall promises of curing all health conditions, and 
  3. Claims of not being detected on a drug test. 

The unfortunate thing is these people were plain and simple duped! The company lied to its customers, and as a result, harmed them in ways that their unwary consumers were not prepared for. 

These dangerous designer drugs had prompted the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue a nationwide health warning about these man-made synthetic cannabinoids. 

This is precisely why most reputed brands who sell genuine products are obligated to present their proof of their genuineness to their customers. They post the results of their products tested by third-party laboratories, also known as a Certificate of Analysis, which tests not only for synthetic components, but also other contaminants like heavy metals and pesticides and heavy metals as well as natural cannabinoids that possess hallucinatory effects, like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, a natural cannabinoid found in cannabis plants).

Spice 

Known by different names – K2, Spice, Mr. Happy, Scooby Snax, and Kronic – is nothing but a group of lab-made synthetic cannabinoids that have been associated with a lot of people falling sick.

Originally designed by scientists for research, this drug is made from dried plant materials, sprayed with hallucinogenic chemicals. 

However, with the production method of this drug being published in scientific journals as part of their research, this knowledge also fell into the hands of some unscrupulous, over-ambitious drug makers, who used it to produce illicit drugs.

Once it hit the market, it came out as a new form of marijuana and people started rolling up the plant material into “joints” and smoking them like marijuana. 

This synthetic marijuana or fake weed is also sold in a liquid form that can be inhaled through a vape pen or mixed in tea to consume. 

Although these are man-made cannabinoids, it has the same effect on the human brain (especially the endocannabinoid system) as THC, but with far more intensity (even up to 100 times more intense). 

With no way to regulate them, there is no saying which hallucinogens are being used by the manufacturers to make their products.

The “Free” Scam 

Nothing in the CBD world is free. It simply can’t be. Manufacturing a bottle of genuine, natural CBD oil is expensive. If anybody tells you otherwise, be sure you are being tricked. 

While searching for CBD oil online, if you come across phrases like: 

  • Best Price, Limited Offer
  • Limited-Time Special Offer 
  • Special Discount For Only Today

Then be alert. Look up the brand and find out if their products are genuine. 

And if you see:

  • CBD oil free trial 
  • Or, they tell you to submit your credit card to free stuff 

DON’T BUY, REPORT. 

Some “free sample” offers are nothing more than hidden subscription ploy to force you to give away your credit/debit card details, which they will use to forcefully sell you low-quality products. You may even find it difficult to cancel the alleged subscription. You may have to call up your bank or credit card company to cancel their card to stop payments. 

Some other scammers will charge you more for what they are selling by simply calling it shipping and processing fee (while they send you a low-quality product). 

Quite a few reputed CBD brands offer quality products at a fair price. Do due diligence while looking for a CBD product and research on their makers. Find out everything you can about a company and the brand before you blindly fall for such “Free, Free, Free” lure. 

Pushing Hemp Seed Oil Instead of Hemp CBD 

Another reason for the confusion among users and abuse of the market is ignorance. Not only do you need to be wary about “fake CBD” and “free samples”, but you should also learn everything there is to know about how CBD is sourced and manufactured. 

If you have, you would know that hemp seed oil is not CBD oil derived from hemp. 

So, when you research on any brand, look for its ingredients on the label or their website. 

If it is Hempseed Oil, it will be listed as Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil.

If it is genuine CBD oil, you may see Cannabidiol, full-spectrum hemp, hemp oil, PCR (phytocannabinoid-rich) or PCR hemp extracts written on the label.

Also, look at their CoA for their products on their product webpages. 

Yes, they are lab tests, but not difficult for a layman to read and understand. It is meant for you, so it’s really quite simple. 

Hemp seed oil: Although a good carrier oil for CBD, it is not the same as CBD oil. So what is it? 

For that, you need to know where CBD oil is sourced. The best quality and most potent CBD oils are produced from hemp flowers. While the rest of the plant – like its leaves and shoots – may be used too. But, they have far less CBD content. 

The smaller seeds, in particular, have the least amount of it – traces at the best. Hemp seeds can be used to make hempseed milk or granola. They can also be cold-pressed to produce oil. But this oil is only good for cooking, making beauty products, or making paint. 

While hemp seed oil does have some benefits, like mild anti-inflammatory effects and skin moisturizer, it does not have sufficient levels of CBD to be called “CBD oil”. 

This means you would end up paying much for the product that it deserves. Intentionally or unintentionally, some companies try to push a cheaper product like hemp seed oil. 

Tricking Consumers with Products with low CBD content

Apart from hemp seed oil, there are other CBD products that don’t contain enough CBD to have any perceivable health benefits. 

Always look for the CBD content in mg on the label. This is the concentration of the CBD contained in the product. The total volume of the liquid does not guarantee CBD content. 

For instance, a 3 oz. bottle of tincture, priced at $50 and containing only 100 mg of CBD, may seem like a good deal. But, it is actually not. It is costing you $0.50/mg. A 1 oz. bottle, priced at $132 and containing 3000mg of CBD, is, in fact, a better deal ($0.04/mg). 

Making Sure You Get Quality Product 

By now, you must have understood that buying CBD oil isn’t as easy as you may have thought – click-click-click. 

You need to do a lot of research…

  • Research on how CBD oil is sourced, extracted, processed, purified, and the end product manufactured. 
  • Research on the companies and brands selling the products
  • Studying the CoAs, if they are provided by the companies. If they are not provided, they are obligated to provide one on request. 
  • Understanding the current market situation and the presence of synthetic cannabinoids, scammers, and cheap variants with tall claims.
  • The actual health benefits of CBD, so you don’t get lured by brands that make outrageous claims like curing cancer! 

Always make sure you get a high-quality CBD product when you place your order. Never let promotions, discounts or unrealistic claims fool you. 

When it comes to buying CBD, there is no bliss in ignorance, only suffering!

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House of Saka High Fête: The First Luxury Cannabis Beverage Launches With Extravagant Event Nestled in the Hills of Napa Valley

House of Saka High Fête: The First Luxury Cannabis Beverage Launches With Extravagant Event Nestled in the Hills of Napa Valley

Original Article: Green Market Report: House of Saka High Fête: The First Luxury Cannabis Beverage Launches With Extravagant Event Nestled in the Hills of Napa Valley

[Canniseur: Every cannabis beverage I’ve tried thus far, has tasted terrible. The women who are running this company are bold and this is an untapped market. I’ll have to taste this the next time I get to California. And it’s women run. If it tastes good, it’ll be a success. If not…]

Infused beverages are a growing trend in the cannabis industry. According to the food and drink consultancy group Zenith Global, sales of cannabis-infused beverages are expected to reach $1.4 billion by the year 2024.

While most companies, like Lagunitas or Constellation Brands, are focused on dominating the cannabis beer market, a smaller group of brands are aiming at filling the demand for cannabis wine. One such company is House of Saka.

Formed by women for women, House of Saka is a brand dedicated to the development of luxury-infused relaxation, beauty & wellness products for sophisticated cannabis consumers around the world. Last month the company officially debuted its line of luxury infused beverages, dubbed Saka Infusions, at an exclusive launch party in Napa Valley, California.

Serendipitously taking place during the rise of the Pink Moon, House of Saka premiered its pink cannabis beverages inspired by Rosé wines before an audience of top executives from throughout the wine industry, beer industry, and cannabis industry. The event was organized by Nicki Wolfe, one of the wine country’s most premier event planners.

“Boldness and innovation is the key to the new cannabis game, so when House of Saka Founder Cynthia Salarizadeh approached me, I said, I’m in, as long as I can make it unique, special, and focused on the guest experience,” said Wolfe. “We wanted House of Saka’s launch to exemplify all that is special about wine country.”

Called High Fete: The Most Luxurious Evening in Cannabis, the event lived up to its name; featuring extravagant décor and a sumptuous selection of appetizers, beverages, and a full-course meal that featured vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Interspersed throughout the venue were samples of Saka, allowing the guests to try the infused beverage for the first time.

As the four-hour event came to a close, House of Saka founders Cynthia Salarizadeh and Tracey Mason were on hand to thank their guests and reaffirm their brand’s mission.

“The concept for the House of Saka was to build the perfect luxury brand owned and operated by the most powerful and influential businesswomen across cannabis and wine, and we are confident that we have achieved this,” said Salarizadeh.

 

“From that start, we envisioned House of Saka to set the bar for female-centric, infused-luxury products in both the cannabis and CBD space,” added Mason. “Brands like House of Saka are the future of the industry and a platform from which we hope to inspire female entrepreneurs and draw women toward the extraordinary plant that is cannabis.”

 

Original Article: Green Market Report: House of Saka High Fête: The First Luxury Cannabis Beverage Launches With Extravagant Event Nestled in the Hills of Napa Valley

Valentine’s Day Is Great For Cannabis Consumers – They Have More Sex

Valentine’s Day Is Great For Cannabis Consumers – They Have More Sex

Original Article: Green Market Report: Valentine’s Day Is Great For Cannabis Consumers – They Have More Sex

[Editor’s Note: A lover’s guide to erotic cannabis products! Nice to know that cannabis consumers have more fun. One more reason to legalize.]

Americans are expected to spend a record amount on Valentine’s Day this year despite a years-long decrease in the percentage of people celebrating the holiday, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

“The vast majority of Valentine’s Day dollars are still spent on significant others, but there’s a big increase this year in consumers spreading the love to children, parents, friends, and coworkers,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Those who are participating are spending more than ever and that could be the result of the strong economy. With employment and income growing, consumers appear to be expanding the scope of who qualifies for a card or a box of candy.”

Another study from St. Louis University in Missouri,  found that cannabis could improve your love life. 133 women were surveyed and said that they consumed cannabis shortly before engaging in sexual activity. 68% of those women said that it made sex more pleasurable. From that same study, 62% of participants said that cannabis helps them achieve a more satisfying orgasm.

A different study from Stanford found that women who abstained from cannabis in the past year, had sex on average 6.0 times during the previous four weeks, whereas that number was 7.1 for daily cannabis users. Among men, the corresponding figure was 5.6 for nonusers and 6.9 for daily users. That means regular cannabis users are having 20% more sex than abstainers.

Foria

Foria makes a sun-grown cannabis arousal lube and the company is offering two bottles of its product Awaken for the price of one as a Valentine’s Day special. The company says if you order by February 7, you’ll receive it in time for the holiday.

Canndescent

 

California’s leader in ultra-premium flower Canndescent  has a product called Connect, which seems perfect for Valentine’s Day. Their Connect strains are formulated specifically to kindle socialization and deep connections with other people – perfect for your romantic evening plans. Sadly, it’s only available in California. Gorgeous gift boxes with ⅛ of flower are available at licensed California dispensaries, as are the newly-launched and extremely classy Stylus rechargeable and Ready-To-Use vaporizer pens.

Papa & Barkley

Interested in a massage? Papa & Barkley’s cannabis-infused Releaf Body Oil is the right choice.

Papa & Barkley’s full line is available in California, but everyone else can enjoy their Essentials line, which offers a hemp-based CBD oil, which can be put in any drink, food, or a nice, relaxing bubble bath.

 

MOOD33

Want to set the mood… without relying on alcohol? mood33 has crafted a delicious PASSION tonic that is infused with THC, CBD and uplifting natural terpenes – all under 33 calories per beautiful bottle. Inspire yourself and your partner with the sensuous flavors of sparkling green tea, sweet passionfruit and tart lime.

 

Bhang

Guilt-free chocolate is the way to your love’s heart. Bhang makes a delicious 73.5% cacao CBD dark chocolate that is not to be believed. The company also makes a new nicotine-free tobacco-free all hemp Pre-Roll Straights. The Bhang team brings together its love of chocolate and cannabis in the most awarded line of cannabis chocolate bars available in the world. Developed by a Master Chocolatier with 25+ years of chocolate-making experience, these artisan bars pair the best in Venezuelan Criollo cacao with adventurous flavors and high-quality, lab-tested, CO2-extracted cannabis oil.

Ardent Cannabis

More of a DIY person? Try Goat’s Milk Sweet Quartet Caramel Infusion Kit that retails for $35. You can make delicious, dispensary-grade edibles from the comfort of your own home— elevate any treat by simply drizzling over a dessert and/or dipping your favorite fruit!. Lactose-free flavors include: Original Caramel, Spicy Dark Chocolate, Salted Bourbon and Vanilla Bean

Fog & Tree

Still not satisfied? Oil, chocolates, beverages still aren’t the perfect gift? How about

Fog & Tree Eau de Parfum, an all natural fragrance that is blended with real cannabis terpenes, could be exactly what your loved one is looking for. The fragrance will take your senses on a journey through the Redwoods of Northern California with the woodsy and herbaceous scent with fresh coastal fog.

The terpenes used in Fog & Tree are all harvested from Humboldt Seed Company’s proprietary strains. Not only are they blending their fragrance with terpenes from award-winning genetics, but they are also reaping the benefits of Humboldt’s unique terroir.

Original Article: Green Market Report: Valentine’s Day Is Great For Cannabis Consumers – They Have More Sex

Acreage Holdings Raises $119 Million, Possibly Largest Private Round In U.S. Cannabis Industry

Acreage Holdings Raises $119 Million, Possibly Largest Private Round In U.S. Cannabis Industry

Original Article: Green Market Report: Acreage Holdings Raises $119 Million, Possibly Largest Private Round In U.S. Cannabis Industry

Acreage Holdings continues to quickly take charge in dominating the U.S. cannabis scene. Today’s news of raising $119 million will comfortably position the company to go public on the Canadian Securities Exchange this year. In addition to raising what could be the largest private round in the U.S. cannabis industry, Acreage completed the roll-up of control positions in several U.S. states.

“The response we received from our investor partners was profoundly encouraging. The combination of monies raised and the rollup cements Acreage as one of the best capitalized companies in the industry with a footprint that is second to none,” Kevin Murphy, founder and CEO of Acreage Holdings said. “This gives us an exceptionally strong investment proposition to bring into the public markets in our upcoming listing.”

Currently, Acreage is one of the largest cannabis companies in the U.S. with a presence in 13 states. Now with the money it has raised, Acreage will be able to acquire additional licenses, brands, and other properties.

Acreage currently owns or operates licenses in 13 states (but is close to pushing that number to 15) and plans to use the monies raised to acquire additional licenses, brands and other properties to increase its reach, breadth of offerings and depth of management team.

“We are planning on listing on the CSE for many reasons, including the positive reception that the Canadian institutional investment community has shown to the U.S. cannabis industry and to Acreage in particular.  Additionally, the CSE has become the exchange of choice for U.S. companies like ours,” Murphy continued.  “The liquidity on the CSE is incredibly attractive to Acreage, and we know that retail investors in the U.S. have become comfortable with that exchange. We expect to see a tremendous response to our offering this fall.”

Initially, the company had planned to raise $50 million, but the addition of former Speaker of the House John Boehner and former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld drew widespread interest from investors. The round was quickly oversubscribed and accomplished in less than three months. In addition to that, Acreage had no need to hire bankers in order to bring in the investors and was able to accomplish this task on its own.
In a move that hasn’t been commonly seen in the cannabis industry, Acreage plans to put its investors before the executive team by making the new shares in the company senior to the management held shares. In a recent interview on the Midas Letter, Murphy said, “Every round of financing that we’ve ever done we’ve subordinated our own shares to those investors because it’s our goal; yes, to enrich ourselves but I often say you know I don’t like losing my own money but I’ve got a very, very hard time losing somebody else’s money and so that’s the way we’ve done it and that’s the message we’ve conveyed to our investors and that is why on this last round of financing that we’ve just done, we were about 5 to 6 times oversubscribed for it.”

“Our objective with our investors is to set the standard in terms of professionalism and competency in order to remove as much risk from cannabis investing as possible,” said George Allen, the President of Acreage Holdings. “It is a mission that will remain paramount to us as we transition from a private to a public investor base.”

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Original Article: Green Market Report: Acreage Holdings Raises $119 Million, Possibly Largest Private Round In U.S. Cannabis Industry

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