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Canadian Regulators Prepare to Legalize Cannabis for Adult Use

The Canadian Liberal Party, fronted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, swept into power last year on the promise of more sensible social laws that protect rather than antagonize. One of the key promises of that campaign was to shift the national approach to cannabis. While Canada has always been ahead of America on sensible drug policy, cannabis legalization would confirm Canada’s status as a bastion for responsible drug policies.

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In America, political promises are flimsy and evaporate at the first sign of friction. Trudeau’s party on the other hand has said from the beginning that the goal is to “legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana.”

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A panel of regulators focusing on cannabis legalization recently submitted a report that calls for tighter controls on a regulated market in an effort to reduce illicit markets and the crime inherent with those operations. The nine member task force was composed by the Ministers of Justice, Public Safety, and Health earlier in June of 2016.

The report itself is incredibly detailed in the many possible ways to minimize the social harms of cannabis use while ensuring a regulated supply chain that enforces public safety and continued medical access.

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Among the recommendations presented by the panel were several components that have been present in all legalization attempts seen over the past five years:

  • Minimum age requirements to reduce youth exposure (18 currently recommended)
  • Specialty licensing for cannabis retailers with similar restrictions as alcohol and tobacco sellers
  • Marketing and advertising restrictions
  • Mandated product packaging that reflects risks and potency of the item
  • A safe supply chain with a “seed-to-sale” tracking program designed for traceability
  • Personal use cultivation opportunities (4 plants per household currently recommended)
  • Personal possession of cannabis in public (30 grams currently recommended)
  • Harsh penalties for the sale and distribution of unregulated cannabis
  • Taxation that promotes legal sales and funds education programs for youth and disaffected individuals
  • Workplace safety regulations and impaired driving provisions

Many of these recommendations are directly based on legalization attempts in the United States, most notably California which has similar population demographics and geographic dispersion constraints. Prime Minister Trudeau has accepted the report with open arms, and expects to introduce legislation in the first couple of months of 2017.

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As America enters an uncertain age with an unpredictable leader set to take the helm, Canada marks one of the focal points for cannabis legalization in North America.

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Cannabis Reports Recaps the Oakland NCIA Business Summit and Expo

The National Cannabis Industry Association is one of the most anticipated event series in the cannabis space. Nearly one hundred and fifty NCIA member organizations set up booths in Oakland, California to display their products and services to the community.

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While there are many reasons for business owners to attend the NCIA Cannabis Business Summit and Exposition, the opportunity for networking is hard to match. Alison Ettel, founder of TreatWell, said the positive environment helps people “connect with cannabis professionals from around the country, old friends and new.”

Types of Organizations Tabling the NCIA Expo Floor

Types of Organizations Tabling the NCIA Expo Floor

Thousands of actors from the cannabis industry walk the expo floor to build relationships with other organizations in the space. Connectivity and togetherness were both prevalent themes at the Oakland NCIA Summit, as the future of the cannabis industry requires a community that is willing to stand together.

The Cannabis Reports team wants to give thanks to all of the wonderful organizations that participated in the NCIA Business Summit and Expo this past June. Our media team has posted photos to the Cannabis Reports Flickr account.

Industry Trends and Presentations

Cannabis is emerging from the shadows of federal prohibition. This is undeniable when you see the caliber of professionalism on display at the NCIA Business Summit. Still, there is work to be done if the future cannabis industry is open to everyone.

Most authorities agree legal cannabis is just over the horizon, and much of the industry is preparing for a major shift in both regulations and social stigma. NCIA members got to enjoy several panels discussing the ways the cannabis industry needs to bridge standards of science, safety, and technology.

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Ahmed Rahim, CEO and Chief Alchemist of Numi Organic Tea, encouraged the industry to apply focus to sustainability and fair trade practices that support local communities. Cannabis has helped so many people over the years that a successful industry must remember the importance of those people and celebrate humanist values.

California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom gave a keynote presentation that stressed responsibility for regulators and industry actors to communicate efficiently, and to learn from other states that have implemented legalization of recreational cannabis.

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Newsom reminded those in attendance that the Blue Ribbon Commission he fronted last year concluded that youth exposure, environmental protections, and educational programs will be necessary for California if we want to set an international standard for future cannabis economies.

Mr. Newsom also expressed the importance of flexible legislation designed to be respectful of the opposition’s concerns without restricting an open and fair market.

Newsom also touched on traceability, which many panel presenters focused on during their time behind the microphone. Jeannette Ward of MJ Freeway and Roy Bingham of BDS Analytics both provided a lot of insight into how businesses can leverage market data to make real-time decisions about their pricing and product development.

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Cody Bass and Steve DeAngelo have both established successful cannabis retail operations in the state of California. In their joint presentation, both founders discussed the notion of “patients-first,” and noted that this mantra, if taken to heart, is capable of defeating those that oppose cannabis based on irrational fears.

Over the last two decades, cannabis pioneers had to learn a different kind of politics to be able to communicate with regulators and law enforcement. DeAngelo highlighted the ways the industry has been successful in approaching policymakers with respect and flexibility.

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In front of a packed conference room, Dr. Sue Sisley and Dr. Martin Lee did a fantastic job of laying out the medical applications of cannabis and how they relate to the science of the endocannabinoid system. Dr. Sisley, along with MAPS, was recently given the green light to pursue a triple-blind clinical study of cannabis on veterans with PTSD, marking a progressive win for cannabis research.

Zen Potion

While there were only a handful of cannabis product brands with booths on the NCIA expo floor, everyone did a great job displaying their innovative creations. One of these brands, Zen Potion, showed off their line of gourmet teas that are designed to please all walks of the cannabis community.

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Product diversity is important for brands that want to serve larger portions of the retail market, and Zen Potion offers several teas with different concentrations of THC and CBD so that anyone can be comfortable consuming their beverages.

Kiva Confections

Kiva is one of the most well-known brands in the cannabis edibles space, and their booth on the NCIA expo floor definitely lived up to our expectations. Building a brand means establishing a company narrative that reflects the quality and care put into the product.

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Kiva does a wonderful job of not just creating delicious chocolates, but introducing these products in an aesthetically-pelasing space that draws consumers to the brand.

Legion of Bloom

The Legion of Bloom is a group of friends that have decades of experience with cannabis. Their story highlights the importance of sticking together to build a bigger industry for everyone. Legion of Bloom supplies the community with quality medicine, but they don’t stop there.

Many brands have established unique products that rely on Legion of Bloom flowers. The team behind Legion of Bloom is a great example of businesses supporting the industry: “We are all colleagues, not competitors.”

Canna Clear

Canna Clear is a relatively new company, but their vision intends to stand the test of time. Canna Clear opened up shop last year in an effort to provide the community with oils that were not diluted, and that focused on lab testing and transparency to ensure consumer trust.

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Reports of tainted products hurt the entire cannabis industry, and Canna Clear hopes to be a leader when it comes to educating patients on true measurements of quality.

Medicine Box

Medicine Box makes some undeniably delicious edibles. They also know how to turn an expo booth into an experience. The Cannabis Reports team loves to support emerging brands, and Medicine Box has an incredibly positive mission for both their own products and the cannabis community as a whole.

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The Medicine Box team is incredibly passionate when it comes to cannabis activism, especially in regards to California cultivation regulations. Keep an eye out for our upcoming interview featuring Medicine Box and their goals for the future of cannabis.

Lola Lola

The brand Lola Lola, founded by Michael Garganese, is “reimagining alchemy.” One look at the Lola Lola website is all you need to see that this new company is applying great emphasis to packaging and presentation that support the high quality of their flowers and concentrates.

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The Lola Lola booth supplied the NICA expo floor with a taste of “Lolalandia,” an ode to free expression and a “higher state of consciousness.” Lola Lola also hopes to improve the retail experience by providing dispensaries with display cases that communicate the artistry of the products and packaging.

Gold Drop

The team at Gold Drop seems nearly unstoppable. After hosting a multi-booth experience at the High Times Cannabis Cup the weekend before, the Gold Drop crew tabled at NCIA, catering to the many retailers that would love the chance to carry Gold Drop products on their shelves.

Releaf App

The Cannabis Reports team was thrilled to meet the other organizations representing software technology through the NCIA platform. Releaf is one such company that is building tools to help patients better understand their relationships with cannabis.

Individuals feel different effects and flavor profiles when consuming cannabis, and the future of commercial cannabis will depend largely on applications like Releaf, that bring comfort and comprehension to the varieties of cannabis.

Tradiv: B2B Wholesale Technology

Another inspiring technology organization on display at the NCIA Summit was Tradiv, a business-to-business wholesale platform attempting to cover the complexity of state-specific licensing, compliance checks, and normalized product distinctions.

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Any one of these features is a lot to handle, so it is incredibly impressive that a technology platform is combining so much into such a user-friendly space for business operators.

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Combining hardware and software into a cohesive product is difficult to do in any industry. iCann has set out to supply cannabis cultivators with these combination tools for improved efficiency.

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The interactive booth at iCann showed off both the hardware sensors as well as the intelligent-learing software that is capable of giving instructional insights to growers working with unfamiliar strains.

Bookstore and Author Signings

One of our favorite booths at the NCIA expo was the cannabis bookstore, where expert authors engaged with the community and signed copies of their work. Education in the cannabis space deserves to be highlighted as much as possible, and the authors contributing their knowledge through cannabis literature get a special shout-out from the Cannabis Reports team.

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Check out their books below:

Once again, the Cannabis Reports team wants to give thanks to all of the wonderful organizations that participated in the NCIA Business Summit and Expo this past June. Our media team has posted photos to the Cannabis Reports Flickr account. All photos are licensed under Creative Commons stipulations, and are available for public use.

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Find Cannabis Reports at the High Times Cannabis Cup in San Francisco, June 18-19

The High Times Cannabis Cup is returning to San Francisco on June 18th and 19th, and this year is set to be incredibly exciting. High Times hosts these competition and expositions all around the world, and each event sees thousands of patients and enthusiasts in attendance. Tickets are available now at CannabisCup.com.

The Cannabis Reports team loves to cover the Cannabis Cup for a number of reasons. Hundreds of brands, cultivators, and dispensaries take great care to set-up their booths, which creates an environment of exploration and discovery for the patients who show up. Check out our past coverage of the Cannabis Cup, most recently in San Bernardino, CA.

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The educational opportunities presented by High Times are also highly anticipated. The cannabis industry is evolving rapidly, and Cannabis Reports spends a lot of energy documenting these shifts so that patients and businesses alike can see the trends that will affect us all.

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Jay and Jacob of Cannabis Reports will be at the Cow Palace covering the event on both Saturday and Sunday. Please feel free to email jay@cannabisreports.com if you would like to participate in our process of interviewing businesses and attendees.

Who Else is Going to Be at the Cow Palace This Weekend?

High Times knows how to throw a fun event, which is clearly evident since they booked Big Gigantic to perform at the San Francisco Cannabis Cup.

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Everyone interested in cannabis is encouraged to attend such an enlightening and entertaining event. But don’t just take our word for it! Check out what others are saying about the upcoming Cannabis Cup.

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