• Elise Castelaz

Weekly Newsletter: May 2 - May 8, 2020



ELEVATOR BRIEF

This week, USDA unveils guidelines for federal loans to hemp businesses allowing for millions in forgivable loans to CBD companies while cannabis companies struggle without any federal assistance. Charles R. Broderick, an alumnus of MIT and Harvard University, has donated a total of $9M to both alma maters to support fundamental research into the effects of cannabis on the brain and behavior. Meanwhile, High Times Holding hires its third CEO in one year to try and grow the company's latest venture into California cannabis retail.

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT

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CANNABIS STOCKS

Cannabis Stocks are up +1.52% for the day, showing some signs of hopeful future forecasts as news of downsizing and employee layoffs have started to subside and some economies are opening back up. Aurora is consolidating stocks as they face the risk of being delisted because their stock price has fallen below $1, while Canopy Growth gets a boost from Constellation Brands as they double down on their investment. 

POLITICS


USDA Unveils Guidelines For Federal Loans To Hemp Business

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released guidelines for processing federal loans for the hemp industry. Since hemp was federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, it is now considered an agricultural commodity like any other crop, and USDA has taken several steps to sync the market with its various programs and services. And the department’s new memo to state and county offices provides clarity on how to process direct or guaranteed loan applications for hemp producers.


>>> Joe Biden Includes Marijuana Decriminalization In New ‘Plan For Black America’


>>> Most California marijuana industry legislative priorities likely dead for the year due to COVID-19


>>> Louisiana Lawmakers Vote To Allow Medical Marijuana For Any Debilitating Condition And Legalize Delivery Services


>>> Companies Making CBD Gummies, Vapes, and Lube Got Millions In Bailout Loans

$9 million donation earmarked for cannabis research

Charles R. Broderick, an alumnus of MIT and Harvard University, has made gifts to both alma maters to support fundamental research into the effects of cannabis on the brain and behavior. The gifts, totaling $9 million, represent the largest donation to date to support independent research on the science of cannabinoids. The donation will allow experts in fields of neuroscience and biomedicine at MIT and Harvard Medical School (HMS) to conduct research that may help unravel the biology of cannabinoids, illuminate their effects on the human brain, catalyze treatments, and inform evidence-based clinical guidelines, societal policies, and regulation of cannabis.


>>> 4Front Ventures Announces $22 Million U.S. of New Funding

>>> Constellation Brands Exercises Warrants to Acquire Shares in Canopy Growth

>>> ScottsMiracle-Gro Announces Second Quarter Results Driven by Strong Growth in Cannabis and Hemp Division

>>> Aurora Cannabis will roll up its shares Monday in a reverse stock split — here’s what you need to know

CANNABIS TRENDS


Ex-Harvest employees file suit against the marijuana firm, alleging violations

Two former employees of Arizona-based Harvest Health & Recreation have sued the multistate cannabis operator, alleging they were forced out after alerting management the business had committed multiple violations of state law. The lawsuits, filed on April 23 in Arizona Superior Court in Maricopa County, contain parallel allegations of a “continuous pattern of activity which violates (state) law.” The suit by former store operations manager Trina Keith alleges she was privy to a wide array of “compliance issues” regarding Harvest’s operations.


>>> Oklahoma cannabis industry smashes record monthly sales number in April

>>> High Times Hires Third CEO In One Year

>>> Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Files Provisional Patent on Composition and Method for Treating Colon Cancer With Cannabinoids

>>> Marijuana Bumper Stickers? No Thanks, Drivers Say In National Survey


MISCELLANEOUS


CBD retailer falsely claimed oils were heavy-metal-free, a recent lawsuit says

A man in Florida wants a class-action brought against a Missouri-based CBD manufacturer after he says that third-party lab tests he ordered on the company’s products revealed lead and other contaminants. Michael Davis’s complaint, filed Monday at a Florida district court, accuses Missouri-based CBD American Shaman LLC of falsely advertising its CBD products as being free of heavy metals, insecticides, and other contaminants. Davis said he purchased several CBD products from CBD American Shaman in December and January, motivated in large part by the company’s claims on its website and packaging that its products contained “no heavy metals or insecticides.”


>>> DC Council Approves Bill That Will Help Psychedelics Decriminalization Initiative Qualify For Ballot Despite Coronavirus

>>> NORML Released a Cannabis & COVID-19 Survey

>>> ‘The Freak Brothers’: Woody Harrelson, John Goodman, Pete Davidson & Tiffany Haddish Set As Leads For Toon Series Based On Cult Comics

>>> Study of COVID-19 and drugs – Drug supply via darknet markets

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