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    Value Chain Management explained

    What's the definition of value chain management? Value Chain Management (VCM) are those "management strategies" which a company puts in place in order to integrate company functions, departments and processes to achieve process excellence and consistent performance. VCM practices include cost reduction methods. and process improvement approaches such as business role and process automation. Lean and Agile practices are those proven strategies, methodologies and methods which take Value Chain Management, as a operational science, to the next level in order to pursue and achieve enterprise excellence. How do you define value chain? A value chain is a set of activities that a firm operating in a specific industry performs in order to design, engineer, create, produce, market, sell and deliver a valuable product (i.e., good and/or service) for the market. The Value Chain encompasses the Supply Chain and Supply Chain of processes. In essence, Value Chain Management sees the Supply Chain as only a portion of the overall business. Why not Supply Chain? The phrase "Supply Chain Management" is often used as a synonym to Value Chain Management. But, this is not the entire picture. The Supply Chain consists of the sourcing, acquisition, stocking and replenishment of goods and services which support the Design and Supply Chains. "Supply Chain" processes and "Design Chain" processes can all be identified and managed as a part of the entire business. Design Chain, too? The Design Chain consists of those processes which relate to the design and engineering-related processes. A Design Chain is a component of the overall Value Chain. Value Chain Management is the way to create significant shareholder value in both operational and financial contexts. Thus, Value Chain Management practices and methods are many. They focus on processes, business rules (such as policies and procedures) and practices, or methods, which a company deploys in order to manage the processes which, together, form the backbone of the company's business. Value Chain Management is centered on the concept of integrating all of the areas of a business in an effort to minimize waste and maximize output. This is referred to as "enterprise integration". In other words, value chain management assesses every step the business takes to produce the product or service it is selling in order to make the process as efficient and effective as possible.
  3. Quality Management System (QMS) Controls, including quality statistics and Laboratory Information Management (LIMS) data tracking: Firm Name: Isolocity.com Company Overview: Isolocity’s end-to-end quality compliance software holistically integrates over a decade of experience using quality principles from internationally recognized standards such as ISO 9001:2015, GMP, and more. It harnesses the power of automation to reduce work and resources needed by up to 50%. Its secure cloud technology allows users to implement and comply with complex quality control measures – from anywhere. Isolocity addresses quality management functions which span these value chain activities: 1.) Inventory management 2.) Internal audit reporting and internal controls self-assessments 3.) Plant /part inspection and statistical process control 4.) Corrective Actions and Preventative Actions (CAPA) 5.) Document management 6.) Supply chain management 7.) Risk management 8.) Regulatory compliance education and training 9.) Specification management 10.) Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) integration Note that Isolocity also addresses these two best practice methodologies... HACCP - Hazard and Critical Control Point analysis PFMEA - Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis
  4. This discussion thread focuses on the wide-ranging topology of our C+H value chain management software and service providers which supply the enterprise integration infrastructure for the progressive company interested in automating all aspects of their operations. Primary functions include, but are not limited to, the following areas: - Pharmaceutical Engineering / New Drug Introduction - Chemical compound and molecular "design chain" knowledge management - Intellectual Property (IP) creation and protection via patents (e.g. C+H edible recipes) - Cultivation (e.g. Indoor growers, outdoor growers, micro-cultivators, soil cultivation, hydroponics, aeroponics, multi-ponics, etc.) - Quality Management System (QMS) Controls, quality statistics and Laboratory Information Systems (LIMS) data tracking - Manufacturing & Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) processing (e.g. edibles and beverage process manufacturing, discrete CPG manufacturing, etc.) - Distributors and wholesale e-commerce transaction management - Retailers and e-commerce transaction management - Regulatory tracking and compliance assessment / industry standards best practices - Industry benchmarking analytics & product sales data tracking - On-going Governance Risk Compliance (GRC) best practices and performance tracking - Banking and financial services - Insurance and re-insurance services - Legal Services - Capital Management and Investor Services - Note: Please reference our Value Chain Management industry standards to add additional functions such as... - Business process management - Business rule management - Requirements management - Security management - Alternative currency management and distributed (blockchain-enabled) general ledger technologies - Others In this thread, we'll be featuring major C+H solutions. These companies will further your understanding of just how significant your overall value chain is, when it comes to delivering strategic value for your shareholders and generating "the surprise and delight" needed across the broad C+H adult recreation and medicinal "customer experience" continuums!
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  6. Here's a note which was received by our team from Steve Hawkins over at the Marijuana Policy Project : Today, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a draft of their long-anticipated legislation to end federal cannabis prohibition. In short, the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act would deschedule cannabis by removing it from the list of federally controlled substances, empowering states to decide their own cannabis policies. It would also put equity at the foundation of federal reform by ensuring restorative justice to those people and communities hardest—and most unfairly—hit by cannabis prohibition through expunging prior convictions and records, allowing people to petition for resentencing, and removing collateral consequences for those who’ve been criminalized. In addition, the bill would implement a framework for responsible regulations and taxes, with some of the tax revenue dedicated to grants programs intended to help equity applicants and those most impacted by the war on cannabis. Read a summary here. Please ask your members of Congress to support the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act! Now that Democrats have the majority in both chambers, there’s a sense of hope among advocates that this kind of reform is attainable in this Congress. We’ll need to secure 60 votes in the Senate, which is a major undertaking, but certainly possible, representing a unique opportunity for politicians to work across the aisle and enact a commonsense policy that has broad popular support. And, although President Biden’s support for legalization has been lukewarm, Sen. Booker insists Biden’s stance in favor of “decriminalization” will be enough to advance the legislation. But with 19 legal states, including over 43% of the U.S. population, and public support for support for legalization swelling to 69% in a recent Quinnipiac poll, something’s got to give. It’s hard to imagine that President Biden would veto a bipartisan cannabis reform bill should one land on his desk, especially given the role that cannabis prohibition plays in sustaining racial injustice in the U.S. MPP has been advocating for ending prohibition for over 25 years, and we’ll continue to work alongside elected leaders and advocates in support of this comprehensive reform measure. Please urge your federal lawmakers to support this legislation. Then, share the action with your friends, family, and social networks. We’ll continue to keep you informed of the bill’s progress and further opportunities to take action. Onward, Steven Hawkins Executive Director Marijuana Policy Project
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    Plant Power -- Psychedelics

    Wikipedia defines this threaded discussion area as follows: Psychedelics are a class of hallucinogenic drugs whose primary effect is to trigger non-ordinary states of consciousness (known as psychedelic experiences or "trips") via serotonin 2A receptor agonism. This causes specific psychological, visual and auditory changes, and often a substantially altered state of consciousness. The "classical" psychedelics, the psychedelics with the largest scientific and cultural influence, are mescaline, LSD, psilocybin, and DMT. Most psychedelic drugs fall into one of the three families of chemical compounds: tryptamines, phenethylamines, or lysergamides. These chemicals all bind to serotonin 5-HT2A receptors, which modulate the activity of key circuits in the brain involved with sensory perception and cognition, however the exact nature of how psychedelics induce changes in perception and cognition via the 5-HT2A receptor is still unknown, although reduced default mode network activity is likely a primary mechanism of action. The psychedelic experience is often compared to non-ordinary forms of consciousness such as those experienced in meditation, mystical experiences, and near-death experiences.[8] The phenomenon of ego dissolution is often described as a key feature of the psychedelic experience. Many psychedelic drugs are illegal worldwide under the UN conventions, with occasional exceptions for religious use or research contexts. Despite these controls, recreational use of psychedelics is common.[9][10] Legal barriers have made the scientific study of psychedelics more difficult. Research has been conducted, however, and studies show that psychedelics are physiologically safe and do not lead to addiction. Studies conducted using psilocybin in a psychotherapeutic setting reveal that psychedelic drugs may assist with treating depression and alcohol addiction, and possibly also nicotine addiction. Although further research is needed, existing results are showing that psychedelics may be useful for treating certain forms of psychopathology. We'd like to get your case studies and thoughts on this area in terms of wellness research and findings along with the newly listed companies who are championing this area of organic plant and synthesized chemical compounds.
  8. Our American members continue to wait for action at the federal level regarding what feels like imminent regulatory reform which is slated for the C+H industries. But, the word "imminent" may be a false hope. How long must we all wait for the US Government to respond to Supreme Court Justice Thomas who recently indicated that the current situation where Cannabis is illegal at the Federal level but not at the state level if a US state or territory has made a move to legalize medicinal and adult recreational uses of C+H products and medicines. This also includes US policy regarding psychedelic compounds (both organic and shythesized drugs) which are used for a number of new medicinal uses and research needs. In essence, to create a compelling C+H industry force... we must speak out! We must also visit and write our senate and congressional reps. Our members need to be asking the present administration for a much more definitive timeline as to what their regulatory roadmap consists of, and when each program component will be enacted? So, instead of waiting, we need to be highly proactive and highly vocal in our support of getting movement and progress, NOW, not in 2022. We need to make known that our C+H Member firms' urgency is based on the USA being able to benefit from massive job creation and tax revenue base which may dwarf many other competitive programs in terms of employment and tax revenue implications. The C+H industries are too important in job creation and tax revenue return for not only the USA, but for many other countries as well, but we need to express our C+H regulatory and other requirements and our need to champion action for the benefit of each US state or territory which is being impacted by no federal action. We want to get your help in pushing this issue in your state and at the federal level.
  9. Cannabis federal legalization now has a HUGE boost from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who has termed the U.S. administration’s current stand on Cannabis Policy as "contradictory and unstable". Justice Thomas’ comments are important as they focus on existing laws which are outdated and not in sync with the legal actions by many states where Cannabis has been legalized. A Federal Cannabis compliance roadmap is needed as well as a change in how Cannabis is scheduled as a Schedule l narcotic. Marijuana is a schedule I drug under the Controlled Substance Act passed by the Congress in 1970. A schedule I drug is a dangerous substance that has no recognized medical use and that has a high potential for abuse. Let us know how you feel about this situation?
  10. Our friends over at Akerna's MJ Freeway industry software solution have astounded us again with this article on critical software functions. If you're considering an Cannabis-centric ERP or value chain software to enable your firm, make sure to use the following list as a core for your Request For Quote (RFQ) document. Also, please let us know if you'd be interested in helping us to organize an MJ Freeway Users' Group. For many growers, finding the right cannabis cultivation software can be a daunting task. Not only do they spend countless hours making sure their plants are happy and healthy, but they often spend too much time tracking, managing, and updating massive inventories. Navigating the vast world of cannabis cultivation software doesn’t need to be a hassle for cultivators. To see cultivation software in action, take a look at this recorded demo. If you’re trying to understand the latest and greatest capabilities offered in cultivation technology to make your grow more efficient, we’ve put together a handy list to get you through it. 1. Easy Onboarding Adopting new cultivation software can be an intimidating and lengthy process— but it doesn’t have to be. Look for these features to make software onboarding painless: Fast time to adoption It shouldn’t take weeks before you can start using the technology and adding products to your inventory list. Look for software that offers fast but thorough onboarding so you can begin learning how to track on day one Bilingual onboarding team Spanish-speaking customer support shows that the company has an international mindset for cannabis. Look for bilingual support, even if you speak English Role-based, recorded training This should be customized for your business model and tailored to each individual role in your operation that uses the software; for example, check-in person, budtender, cultivation assistant Onboarding should be offered to help you add current inventory, set up your current facility or facilities, add users and adjust permissions, and learn how to monitor the health of your plants and their locations. 2. Made to Grow with Your Cannabis Business Whether you own a boutique shop, a large multi-state business, or even a multi-country business, the cannabis cultivation software you choose should be built to grow with you and should be made to scale. Look for the ability to hide/unhide certain software features based on the number of active users you need or according to the size of your business. There should be functionality in place that allows you to add multiple facilities and employees if your business starts to scale, along with features like restricted or permitted access to reports based on employee type. If you aren’t sure exactly what you’ll need now or in the future, there needs to be a support team available to help you figure out what is most important now and in the future. 3. API Integrations Cultivation software should allow for multiple API integrations based on the needs of your business. No one software can provide the best expertise in every single aspect of your business, so it’s important to look for software that allows integrations with multiple APIs. Below are a few important types of API integrations to look for. For Accounting and Financing: Look for accounting integrations like Quickbooksif you’re still small, and enterprise-level accounting integrations like Sage Intacct if you need a more comprehensive cannabis accounting software The new international standard of accounting should be built in, along with import/export CSV functionality as opposed to digging through reports of manual entry For State and Global Compliance: Also look for a regulatory cannabis system integration like Metrc to ensure you’re always abiding by the latest laws For CRM: Reporting integrations that offer not only data, but insights into your business will be important. For business purchases and consumers, solo*sciences helps with flagging products as counterfeits Look for integrations with technology like Isolocity for global supply chain management and Global Manufacturer Practices (GMP) These are just a few examples of API integrations that you might consider when looking for cultivation software, but there are several more to choose from. You can see examples of other features and integrations for cultivators in this video. 4. Reporting, Forecasting, and Cultivation Analytics Reporting shouldn’t require managing massive amounts of data every day. Leading cannabis cultivation software should offer intuitive, visual dashboards that include ingredient reports, product item count, quantities, the total cost of your inventory, and more. However, if you have a data wizard on your team who wants to extract and analyze information on their own, the cultivation software should also have the option to export to CSV. The right software allows you to track every single touchpoint of your product, literally from seed to sale. You should be able to see which farm it came from, the amount of THC it contains, where it’s going, where it’s been, who grew it, and so on. Managing the supply chain of items is one of the most important features of trusted cannabis cultivation software. For operational reports, look for software that offers living plant count, when things should move from veg to flower, projected flower yield, and projected trim yield. Forecasting capabilities are especially important for companies looking to scale. You should be able to use this data to monitor and improve your business by running cultivation reports that provide the insights you need to increase efficiency and drive revenue. 5. Designed for Government Regulators and Cannabis Business Operators Cannabis regulations require that both government and businesses must be able to effectively track the cultivation of marijuana, from seed to sale and beyond. A good cultivation software should ensure that both government regulators and cannabis business operators can easily find the information they need and stay up to date with the latest regulations. Cannabis regulations differ vastly from state to state, and even more so internationally. Look for software that takes state, federal, and international compliance seriously and has up to date compliance data from Metrc readily available in their system. This is extremely important when it comes time for an audit. In the cannabis space, it’s not always the question of if your cannabusiness will get audited, but when. Specific to making sure your grow facility is compliant, the cultivation software success team or a consultant should offer to help review your plant and product procedures to ensure compliance and safety, and to help create more safeguards against diversion. Cultivation technology that is partnered with Leaf Data Systems is especially important for regulators and operators alike. Leaf Data Systems is a full seed-to-sale tracking solution that comes with a credible record of success and was made by the company that invented seed-to-sale. For Regulators: Leaf Data Systems helps government agencies responsible for finding an efficient and effective way to monitor compliance in the cannabis industry. For Operators: Leaf Data Systems helps operators and all licensee-facing activities to be performed in batch or real-time. Ensures that licensees have all the tools they need to meet compliance requirements. 6. Time-Saving Features and Functionality Certain features can turn hours into minutes, especially if you’re used to managing all your plants using pen and paper. Look for the following functionality that saves time and makes your grow more efficient. Mass product updates and modifications If you’re managing large amounts of inventory, you should have the option to mass modify or mass update product information. For instance, moving all buds to a subcategory of finished flower, or mass modifying price, category, sub-category, pricing groups, or pricing class (mid, top shelf) You’re almost certainly moving not a few, but several plants from room to room in groups. Batch updates are important so that you don’t have to update one plant at a time when their grow cycle stage changes Label Creation With a simple click, you should be able to edit and print any and all compliant product labels Take a look at this recording to see more cultivation features in action. 7. Credible Cannabis Industry Leaders One major trend happening in the technology space is tech “experts” recognizing an emerging market and creating businesses to capitalize on it. This means more and more tech startups are creating software catered to specific markets, and yet lack the industry domain knowledge needed to truly help scale your business. Look for cannabis cultivation software companies that have been involved in the industry for years, truly believe in the benefits of cannabis, and are trusted market leaders in the space. Remember, cannabis businesses are unique and require specific technology to meet their individual needs. 8. Consulting Services Companies that offer cannabis business consulting services are truly invested in the industry. Look for software companies that offer compliance consulting services, aside from companies simply trying to sell you their product. Below are examples of activities the consultants should offer as part of their services. These can vary based on your business goals and should be customized to fit your needs. Review plant and product procedures to ensure compliance and safety, and help create more safeguards against diversion Identify potential compliance issues in your operational set-up Help with applying for and launching a compliant business Whether you’re applying for a license or looking for a seed-to-sale solution, there are one-stop shops available for compliance consulting and software services for your cannabusiness. 9. Ongoing Support from a Customer Success Team Whenever you have a question, a member of the cultivation software’s customer success team should be available to help. Quick online support bots on the company website can assist you quickly, so you’re not left waiting days for your questions to be answered via email. The customer success team should not only be able to assist you with the software if you have questions but should also suggest proven strategies to ensure your business continues to grow. The team should always keep your ROI (Return on Investment) in mind and be considerate of the fact that you’re investing your well-earned dollars in technology so that your business can scale. Instead of simply choosing software that offers features you may or may not need down the road, choose a company that can be your partner in the cannabis industry. By selecting a cannabis technology company that believes in the industry and is proven to innovate time and time again, you can be certain the success of your business will follow. The good news? You can see cultivation software in action right now. Take a look at this recorded demo of cultivation software from MJ Platform.
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    Open Standards Which We Support

    The Value Chain Management Open Standards which we support include... 1.) ISO 22301; International Standard for Business Continuity / Continuity of Operations 2.) ISO 9001; International Standard for Quality Management / Quality of Products and Services 3.) ISO 27001; International Standard for Security of Communications and Data 4.) ISO 45001; International Standard for Health & Safety 5.) ISO 29148; International Standard for Systems Life-cycle Processes and Requirements Engineering 6.) ISO 16085; International Standard for Risk Management 7.) ISO 15504; International Standard for Maturity Modeling COMING SOON!!! Emerging Standards for Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technologies
  12. Let us know what Cannabis and Hemp cultivation methods and strategies which you recommend.
  13. We have received several requests from our farmer community members who want to discuss specific approaches to farming and the subset known as "market gardening". One topic that is very popular is the area of "SPIN Farming". SPIN stands for Small Plot INtensive. SPIN Farming is a proprietary, packaged market gardening methodology which addresses farm operations profitability based on a fresh approach which has taken hold of small farmer start-ups across North America and other countries. The methodology spans planning, management, closed-loop thinking, marketing and sales. The IP owners are Wally Satzewich and Gail Vandersteen who operate Wally’s Market Garden which is a multi-locational sub-acre urban farm. It was originally dispersed over 25 residential backyard garden plots in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Roxanne Christensen co-founded Somerton Tanks Farm, a half acre demonstration urban farm that served as the U.S. test bed for the SPIN-Farming method from 2003 to 2006. The farm, which was operated in partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department, received the support of the Pennsylvania Dept. Of Agriculture, the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corp., the City Commerce Department, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Another major well-defined methodology / strategy is "Square Foot Gardening". Mel Bartholemew is the IP Owner. Mel has done a great job with his unique approach to managing a market garden based on each and every square foot of cultivation. Once you have tried it, you'll become a convert! A third is "Holistic Farm Management". This is a combination of decision-making methodologies which span farming and ranching operations. The strategy is to ensure fully optimized and closed-loop planning which is the reason it is so popular around the world. A fourth strategy is very new and is getting a lot of attention, here on Cannabis Connect. This is "The Schwazze Method" of optimizing a Cannabis crop. Schwazze™ (Pronounced SHHwahZZ) has been developed by Medicine Man Technologies, now rebranded as "Schwazze". As a verb, Schwazze is a cultivation technique that prunes a living organism to create more growth. The Cannabis plants are trimmed of all fan leaves in the final stages of their life cycle to allow sun and nutrients to provide a growth spurt for the cola buds which are developing along the center stems and side branches. At first, you think, "what a waste of chlorophyll production, but once you know more, you learn that this technique is a real game changer for optimizing output!
  14. This is from our friends over at the Ministry of Hemp. We thank them for their coverage of Delta-8! Delta-8 THC is a cannabinoid that is extracted from hemp and is legal in 38 states. People are also using it as an alternative to weed as it gives them a buzz without the paranoia. People on Reddit are raving about its benefits and calling it a step above CBD... ...so legalizing Delta-8 products might be the next step for the hemp industry to get widely accepted, that's why we reviewed 25 different delta-8 brands recently. We awarded Exhale Wellness #1 for producing the best Delta-8 THC products, while BudPop came in as a close second.
  15. We love to see new "top US markets" data which comes across our bow. It's often tough, however to determine which projections are best to use for planning purposes. Let's take two examples which are at odds with each other, at first glance. Here's the first data... 1.) California 2.) Colorado 3.) Arizona 4.) Florida 5.) Washington 6.) Michigan 7.) Massachusetts Here's the second... 1.) Ohio 2.) Oklahoma 3.) Pennsylvania 4.) Massachusetts 5.) Florida As you can see, if you're going to use this type of data in your biz plans or investing plan, make sure to get documented growth rates rather than this dartboard type of picks. Next time we'll do some research into where these rankings came from. That's the big lesson here.
  16. Are you aware if the staggering potential for blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies across the highly-regulated topography of C+H value chains? Then this thread is for you! Let's hear your thoughts.
  17. From our friends at NORML... Vermont lawmakers enacted legislation this fall establishing rules and regulations overseeing the commercial production and retail sale of marijuana to adults. Commenting on the passage of the law, NORML State Policies Coordinator Carly Wolf said: “While the law, as written, is not perfect, we are confident that lawmakers will continue to further amend these proposed rules and regulations accordingly in a manner that both prioritizes public safety as well as the needs of entrepreneurs looking to enter into this space. This is a victory for those who wish to disrupt the illicit marketplace and move forward with an above-ground, regulated cannabis marketplace.” Prior to the passage of the law, Vermont had been the only state to depenalize marijuana possession without providing adults with legal, above-ground access to cannabis and cannabis products via state-licensed retailers.
  18. From our friends at NORML... Tens of thousands of citizens previously burdened with the stigma of a lifelong marijuana conviction had those convictions finally expunged in 2020. In California alone, over 100,000 citizens had their records expunged. In several other states – including Colorado, Nevada, Illinois, and Washington – public officials granted pardons to tens of thousands of citizens with cannabis convictions. In addition, lawmakers in various states, like Michigan and Vermont, enacted legislation in 2020 explicitly facilitating the expungement of low-level marijuana records – joining over a dozen other states that have passed similar legislation.
  19. From our friends at NORML... After years of lobbying and pressure by Virginia NORML and others, lawmakers this year abolished its strict criminal penalties for marijuana possession offenses – replacing them with a $25 fine, no arrest, and no criminal record. “NORML is proud to have worked to bring about these needed changes to Virginia law, said NORML development director, Jenn Michelle Pedini, who also serves as the executive director of Virginia NORML. “Virginians have long opposed the criminalization of personal marijuana possession, and the enactment of this legislation turns that public opinion into public policy.” Following this legislative victory, NORML immediately pivoted to push for the enactment of adult-use legalization in Virginia – a push that spurred the state’s Governor and Attorney General in November to publicly endorse the policy change.
  20. From our friends at NORML... Voters approved a series of statewide ballot proposals on Election Day legalizing the use and distribution of marijuana for either medical or adult-use purposes. Voters legalized the possession of marijuana by adults in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and in South Dakota, while also legalizing medical marijuana access in Mississippi and South Dakota. In several states, voters passed the measures by historic margins. Commenting on the election results, NORML’s Executive Director Erik Altieri said: “These results once again illustrate that support for legalization extends across geographic and demographic lines. The success of these initiatives proves definitively that marijuana legalization is not exclusively a ‘blue’ state issue, but an issue that is supported by a majority of all Americans — regardless of party politics.”
  21. From our friends at NORML... In dozens of states this spring, lawmakers and regulators designated marijuana producers and retailers to be “essential services” – explicitly permitting them to remain open during pandemic lockdowns and loosening rules so that they could expand their operations to include services like curbside pick-up and home delivery. By enacting these protections, politicians publicly acknowledged, in some cases for the first time, the significant role these establishments play in promoting the health of their communities as well as their clientele.
  22. From our friends at NORML... HISTORIC: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES LEGISLATION REPEALING FEDERAL MARIJUANA PROHIBITION As 2020 came to a close, members of the House of Representatives voted to approve the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, HR 3884, which removes marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act — thereby eliminating the existing conflict between state and federal marijuana laws and providing states with the authority to establish their own cannabis laws free from undue federal interference. The vote marked the first time in 50 years that a chamber of Congress has ever revisited the classification of cannabis as a federally controlled and prohibited substance, and it marks the first time in 24 years — when California became the first state defy the federal government on the issue of marijuana prohibition — that Congress has sought to close the widening chasm between state and federal marijuana policies. NORML prioritized lobbying for the bill’s passage and supporters like you engaged in over 190,000 communications with members of Congress on behalf of the bill. Commenting on the historic vote, NORML’s Executive Director Erik Altieri said: “By going on the record with this vote, House members have set the stage for a much-needed legislative showdown in 2021 when we will have the Biden administration in office — one that has publicly expressed an appetite for advancing the restorative justice remedies outlined in the MORE Act. We are primed and ready for this legislative debate and we expect, ultimately, to win it.”
  23. Here's a message that we just received from Steve Fox over at the Cannabis Trade Federation. "The U.S. House of Representative has just made history by passing H.R. 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act)! One of the two chambers of Congress is now on record in support of removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act entirely! This vote represents the first major step toward finally dismantling cannabis prohibition at the federal level. We want to extend our hearty and sincere congratulations to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), congressional cannabis champion Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), members of the Marijuana Justice Coalition, and all of the other individuals and groups who have fought for passage of this bill during the current session of Congress. In addition to ending cannabis prohibition at the federal level, the MORE Act would establish a federal excise tax to support a broad range of programs and services, from job training and reentry services to literacy programs and substance abuse treatment services. It provides for expungements and sentence reviews for past cannabis convictions and prohibits the federal government from denying certain benefits or protections based on cannabis use. It would also ensure that cannabis companies, which have been denied Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) assistance during the pandemic, are eligible for Small Business Administration loans in the future. Unfortunately, the MORE Act will not be taken up by the Senate during the remainder of this session of Congress. But work will begin anew in January when the new session begins. CTF will be working with its allies next year to ensure that the MORE Act – or whatever piece of legislation is the primary vehicle to end the state-federal cannabis conflict – establishes a thoughtful foundation for a federal regulatory framework for cannabis. Sometimes in life we get caught up in the day to day battles and the ups and downs of reforming this nation’s unjust cannabis laws. Today, however, is a day to step back and appreciate how far we have come. The fight is far from over, but the progress we have made since a small group of passionate advocates in California launched Californians for Compassionate Use twenty-five years ago in order to begin the process of tearing down cannabis prohibition is incredible."
  24. This discussion thread is for posting your questions and findings on the use of CBD to treat a wide variety of needs. Please focus your comments on your own personal findings after having tried a CBD-based product.
  25. We just received this M.O.R.E. Act update from our friends over at the Cannabis Trade Federation (CTF)... If you're not familiar with the M.O.R.E. Act, please look at this mini overview: The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019 or the MORE Act of 2019 This bill decriminalizes marijuana. Specifically, it removes marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act and eliminates criminal penalties for an individual who manufactures, distributes, or possesses marijuana. Earlier today, the House Judiciary Committee approved the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, marking the first-ever vote in Congress to end cannabis prohibition at the federal level. The bill passed out of committee by a margin of 24-10, with Republican Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Tom McClintock (R-CA) joining 22 Democrats in support. It can be brought to the House floor for a vote once it has been waived or considered by each of the seven additional committees to which it has been referred. The MORE Act (H.R.3884) would, among other purposes, remove cannabis from the federal drug schedules of the Controlled Substances Act, provide for expungement of federal cannabis convictions, and establish a 5% excise tax on cannabis to fund various grant programs. In addition to ensuring cannabis consumers and businesses are treated fairly under the law, it would bolster state and industry efforts to promote diversity within the cannabis business community, while helping communities and individuals adversely impacted by the war on drugs. During debate on amendments, ranking member Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) spoke passionately in support of allowing states to determine their own cannabis policies, and there appeared to be a consensus among both parties that the conflict between state and federal cannabis laws is untenable and needs to be resolved. While the Georgia Republican did not vote in favor of the primarily Democratic-backed MORE Act, he urged members of the committee to work in a bipartisan manner to push legislation through this Congress. CTF’s federal lobbying team plans to capitalize on this momentum, and we will be working with our Republican and Democratic allies to advance bipartisan solutions. Collins noted his home state does not have a thriving cannabis industry yet, and he referenced his recent trip to Colorado as a significant factor in his evolution on cannabis policy. CTF served as a key resource for the congressman during his visit, coordinating meetings with leaders of CTF member businesses and tours of their facilities. A solid majority of Americans support ending cannabis prohibition, and we’re finally seeing that reflected in a vote on Capitol Hill. This is thanks in large part to people like you taking direct action and supporting our efforts. We thank you for all you have done thus far, and we hope you will continue to lend your voice to this fight. national coalition of cannabis-related businesses that represents all aspects of the industry including cultivators, dispensaries, wholesalers, distributors, and ancillary businesses. We are a professional, credible, and unified organization dedicated to establishing sensible cannabis policy, promoting social responsibility, and leading the future ongoing professionalization of a highly-regulated and increasingly-organized cannabis industry.
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    SAFE Banking Act

    We are excited to report that the bipartisan SAFE Banking Act continues to have the support of Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives and may still become law during this session of Congress! Late Monday night, the Democrats in the House released a new, scaled-down COVID relief package, which they are calling HEROES Act 2.0. In spite of repeated Republican jabs about the inclusion of the SAFE Banking Act in the Democrats' original HEROES Act, Democratic leadership refused to jettison the legislation. The inclusion of SAFE is significant, as there now seems to be momentum toward passing a relief package prior to the election — and possibly within the week. CTF and its allies continue to work the phones, emails, and texts in order to increase the chances that the final COVID relief bill will include the SAFE Banking Act. We will keep you posted as events unfold.
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