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Some Consider 2015 The Dark Ages When They Talk About Cannabis…

I still have my copy of a Time Magazine Special Edition called “Marijuana Goes Main Street…” The sub-headlines were “A Booming Business” & “Legalization Marches On.” I reference the edition and date for validation purposes only.

Some people in this industry today can’t even remember what they were doing in July of 2015. I’m a little different in that regard. In July 2015 I bought the Time Magazine issue in the gift shop of an airport on my way home from a small conference I attended on the topic of cannabis grow house design. I was in the process of designing my first of many commercial grow houses and thought it might be a good read on the long flight home. What was a good read at the time has been rewritten as the science and needs of this young industry has virtually exploded.

I also had no way of knowing that I was about to submit the first ever set of plans to the City of Sacramento for a commercial level grow facility. I certainly didn’t have a clue that submitting those plans would lead many people to consider me as a cannabis pioneer. While I was initially uncomfortable being called a pioneer I noticed my phone rang more than ever and the callers were people who needed my help. They got my help. Many of them went on to form very successful grow houses. I’m still doing that today. How can I help you?    

Cannabis Grow Builders have been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

At Long Last Banking Is Available To California Cannabis Companies

It was announced this week that a California credit union will provide cannabis companies with checking services, wire transfers and other banking staples that most other businesses already enjoy. Even though cannabis and marijuana have been legal since 2018 most banks wanted nothing to do with money from the industry for fear it could expose them to legal trouble with the federal government. At the federal level cannabis and marijuana are still considered illegal.

As a result of this disparity, the industry has been left to do business largely in cash which has made them targets for crime. Under the partnership, the California Cannabis Industry Association and its members will gain access to banking services through the North Bay Credit Union, based in Santa Rosa. California legal cannabis has faced serious struggles with banking and payment services as a result and this has had a detrimental impact on the industry.

With growing acceptance and a changing regulatory climate there are more banks willing to accept cannabis accounts. As of September 2020 there were only 677 banks and credit unions nationwide providing services for cannabis related businesses. That represents an overall decline and that represents a small minority of the industry as a whole. Efforts to change cannabis laws at the federal level have been met with resistance in Congress.

President Biden has said he will decriminalize but not legalize the use of cannabis while expunging all prior cannabis convictions. The Democratic Party is clearly more welcoming to reforming cannabis laws. Vice-President Kamala Harris has said that making cannabis legal is the “Smart Thing” to do.     

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

What Cannabis Sales Mean To The Tax Base Of States

The State of New York is dealing with a severe budget shortfall and they are turning to cannabis as a portion of the solution they so desperately need. Here’s what the state determines the legalization of cannabis could mean for New York;

  • 60,000 new jobs
  • $350 Billion in economic activity
  • $300 Million in tax revenue

All states have a high degree of responsibility to make legal cannabis profitable in order to support the growth of both their labor market and tax revenue. In order to do this states must work to better control the cannabis black market. Two ways to decrease the black market is by helping growers increase the quality of the product they produce and enforcing current laws. Cannabis buyers are much the same as buyers of other products… If every factor is the same they will go with the low cost product. When one option is superior they more often than not choose the superior brand. Quality matters! The 2021 consumer of cannabis is very different than the 1970 consumer. In 1970 most anything would suffice. The 2021 consumer has choices they didn’t imagine 50 years ago. The 2021 consumer also has a higher income!

One of the areas Cannabis Grow Builders helps growers with is the production of consistent a predictable product and consistent quality from crop to crop. This is where branding comes into play. Imagine creating a formula which decreases the severity and length of a migraine headache. If you’ve ever suffered through one of these you know the struggle. Having a proprietary formula like this could lead to price elasticity and lead to increased demand for other formulas the grower has. Let us know… We Can Help!  

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

Study Determines Cannabis Use May Lead To Decreased Opioid Use

A Canadian study has found cannabis is associated with significant reductions in dependence on opioids and other prescription drugs, as well as an increase in quality of life. This study looked at patients in Canada and analyzed prescription drug use rate along with quality of life when incorporating cannabis into their treatment regimen. It involved in excess of 1,100 patients from 21 Canadian medical clinics. The study was published in the journal Pain Medicine and funded by the Canadian cannabis company Tilray. The findings supported baseline opioid usage among participants dropped from 28 to 11 percent over the course of six months when cannabis was integrated into their treatment. The study also showed daily opioid use “went from 152mg morphine milligram equivalent (MME) at baseline to 32.2mg MME at six months, a 78 percent reduction in mean opioid dosage.”

“The results of the Tilray Observational Patient Study (TOPS) add to a growing body of evidence that cannabis use can lead to a reduction in the use of prescription drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and other substances” Philippe Lucas, lead study author, said in a press release. “In light of the devastating impacts of the opioid overdose crisis in Canada and around the world, research examining the potential influence of cannabis on opioid use may be of particular importance to public health, and these findings could inform harm reduction strategies to mitigate the significant morbidity and mortality associated with opioids,” he said. There were similar reductions in four other drug categories that the study investigated: non-opioid pain medication, anti-depressants, benzodiazepines and anti-seizure drugs.

“The high rate of cannabis use for chronic pain and the subsequent reductions in opioid use suggest that cannabis may play a harm reduction role in the opioid overdose crisis, potentially improving the quality of life of patients and overall public health,” the study abstract says. Numerous observational studies have concluded that cannabis represents a potentially safer and effective alternative to opioid-based pain medication and other drugs, the researchers said the methodology they used makes their findings unique. “Due to its prospective individual-level design, detailed gathering of both cannabis and prescription drug use data, and diversity of patient characteristics and medical conditions in this large cohort, these findings provide a more granular understanding of the variables associated with reductions in prescription drug use and improvements in quality of life associated with medical cannabis in a number of different contexts,” the study states.

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

UFC Announces Changes To Anti-Doping Policy As It Relates To Cannabis

The UFC has announced significant changes to its Anti-Doping Policy today and included in those modification were the handling of cannabis and naturally occurring cannabinoid constituents. Most importantly, positive tests over the threshold and decision limit for carboxy-THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, will no longer be considered a violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy without additional evidence an athlete used it intentionally for performance-enhancing purposes. All other “phyto” cannabinoids (those derived naturally from the cannabis plant) are no longer prohibited substances under the Policy.

“While we want to continue to prevent athletes from competing under the influence of marijuana, and we have learned that urinary levels of carboxy-THC are highly variable after out-of-competition use and have poor scientific correlation to in-competition impairment,” stated Jeff Novitzky, UFC Senior Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance. “THC is fat soluble, meaning that once ingested, it is stored in fatty tissues and organs in the body and can be released back into the circulation, and consequently carboxy-THC appears in the urine, sometimes long after ingestion. It is therefore not an ideal marker in athletes to indicate in-competition impairment.” He added “The bottom line is that in regard to marijuana, we care about what an athlete consumed the day of a fight, not days or weeks before a fight, which has often been the case in our historic positive THC cases. UFC Athletes will still be subject to marijuana rules under various Athletic Commission regulations, but we hope this is a start to a broader discussion and changes on this issue with that group.”

As an example of the complexities in establishing impairment after marijuana use, a July 2017 report on marijuana-impaired driving from the U.S. Department of Transportation to Congress highlighted the unique properties of THC and the fact that while blood levels are traditionally used as a measure of impairment, there is not an absolute correlation to cognitive impairment. Research continues into understanding what drug testing process most accurately and least invasively could establish impairment caused by marijuana.

The UFC also removed all other “phyto” cannabinoids that are present in the cannabis plant, from the UFC Prohibited List. These cannabinoids are often found in various CBD products used widely by UFC athletes, and no evidence exists that they would provide any significant performance advantage, the laboratories do not test for these compounds, nor have any health and safety consequences for competing UFC athletes. All UFC athletes are directed to use only those supplements certified by one of the accredited certification agencies. Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

The Push For Exact Nutritional Content Of Cannabis

Breakfast cereal has an exact ingredient list and at a glance you know exactly what it contains. Any medication you’re prescribed contains predictable ingredients to produce a predicted response. If you’re trying to control your weight you know what and how much to eat. If you need to lower your blood pressure your doctor knows the dosage of the medication they are prescribing and the effect it will have. Each of the products and almost every consumable product we have has been tested and is closely monitored. That brings up the question why isn’t medical cannabis monitored in this manner?

More and more people are successfully using cannabis for to manage pain, control anxiety and to ensure sleep and more and more are using vaping as a means of delivery. This is at best a hit-or-miss process because there is no way you can be certain of the exact dose you’re getting. Since 2016 we’ve talked about patients who use cannabis for medical issues being unable to know the actual dose you need or are getting because quality isn’t closely monitored or tested. It appears someone was listening and the maker of ModeSmart cannabis say it solves the dosing problem.

ModeSmart runs cannabis cartridges through test machines and work to identify unique characteristics. They claim an accuracy rate exceeding 75 percent. People often use medical cannabis to treat more than one condition and each user needs a specific dose and possibly even a different blend to treat their issues. While an accuracy rate exceeding 75 percent is good it still leaves a lot of room for guessing… Most patients aren’t comfortable with guessing on their drug dosage.

With medical cannabis many patients use lot of trial and error to find a strain that gives them what they need and with each new supply that changes. The patient lacks information on where the cannabis was grown, the growing conditions, nutrients supplied during growth and many other areas of concern. Cannabis grown in the elements prevents consistent quality and quality of any drug is critical to maintain and enhance health when your health is the reason you are using the product!

Indoor cultivation has the potential to solve each of these concerns. Everything we consume for health must be tested and approved by the FDA. Currently the FDA understands the increasing interest in cannabis they have not approved cannabis to treat any disease or condition. Cannabis grown under strict controls with consistent monitoring provides the best course of action in this regard. When Cannabis Grow Builders is involved we design and build with the quality and profit ends in mind. We design facilities that tightly control lighting, nutrition, grow cycles and harvest methods and we create the documentation users and growers need. We can back that up with post-harvest research. This is the wave of the future. Imagine something wild… You have created a strain of cannabis that virtually eliminates migraine headaches and you don’t have a record of exactly what steps you took to produce that strain? While this may never happen for any condition imagine if it did and you couldn’t replicate the process you used to create the result?

Cannabis Grow Builders has been part of the Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

DEA Might Start To Issue Cannabis Cultivation Permits In 2021

Currently the University of Mississippi is the lone entity authorized by the Federal Government to grow cannabis for research. After many years of steadfast delay and foot dragging the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency may soon issue licenses to both businesses and institutions to cultivate cannabis for scientists who are doing critical research.

Richard Shain, president of Maridose in Florida is one of about 30 different entities who have applied for the federal cultivation permits. On December 18 the DEA published its final rule to expand the number of federally approved cannabis growers for research from the current grower to at least three to as many as 15. “DEA believes a range of 3 to 15 growers is a reasonable estimate for purposes of this economic analyses with the understanding that the actual number could vary considerably.”

Cannabis advocates along with lawmakers have charged for months that the DEA has been intentionally stalling on expanding medical cannabis research. It’s expected that the incoming Biden administration will be more positively inclined toward the cannabis industry and cannabis research than the Trump administration.

It’ widely believed that greater research into cannabis and its many medical uses could encourage more doctors to suggest medical cannabis and thus encourage greater sales. In December 2020 the U. S. House of Representatives passed HR 3797 which calls for more federally approved growers for cannabis research. Their bill includes language to obtain cannabis through state-legal markets allowing researchers to study the effects of cannabis sold by licensed businesses. The Senate passed similar legislation in a bipartisan vote although their bill relies only on cannabis from the University of Mississippi.

We need additional cannabis growers who work to produce a predictable and consistent product so actual repeatable research of not can be completed. We Can Help!

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

Cannabis Producer Canopy Sues GW Pharmaceutical Over Patent

Canadian cannabis company Canopy Growth Corporation is suing GW Pharmaceuticals in U.S. Federal Court charging patent infringement. The allegation is GW uses a Canopy-patent to extract CBD oil according to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. The specific patent covers a method of cannabinoid extraction using carbon dioxide. Canopy acquired the intellectual property when it purchased the German company Cannabinoid Compound Company in 2019.

The U.S. patent was issued to Canopy on the same day the lawsuit was filed against GW. Canopy brought this action to put a stop to GW’s knowing and unauthorized use of someone else’s intellectual property. Canopy is seeking damages for the infringement as well as enhanced damages due to the willful nature of the violation.

U.S. sales of the CBD formation comprises over 85% of their revenue for the business quarter ending September 30, 2020. The U.K. based company said in an e-mailed statement they are aware of the lawsuit. GW went on to say “As a policy we do not comment on any pending litigation except to say that based on our preliminary review of the complaint, we are confident in our position and will vigorously defend against this lawsuit.”

A lawsuit like this would likely not have been taken seriously just a few years ago. Today, thanks to research dollars and hard work from cannabis entrepreneurs this happened! Many resources in the way of time, money and intellectual talent has been expended with a focus on what’s possible and how can people benefit from it. Cannabis Grow Builders works hard to support these entrepreneurs.      

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

Rhode Island Received 45 Applications For Cannabis Dispensary Licenses

As more and more states come on line and issue licenses for both medical and recreational cannabis we are seeing dramatically increased competition for those licenses. In Rhode Island we saw 45 applications for only 6 available licenses. While many applicants will be denied in the short term this is another area of life where long term thinking is the better plan.

We recently saw a story out of Los Angeles where almost 50 licenses to dispense cannabis where being issues to new licensees as a result of being revoked from the current license holders. The revocation reason boils down to not knowing and following the rules. One person’s loss will ultimately be another person’s gain. The licenses are being revoked for failure to pay renewal fees on time… there is no grace period!

Another factor that many license applicants may not consider is the increased demand these 6 licenses will create. As more of the reluctant adopters change their behavior there will likely be an increase in demand for the product. Much of this increase in demand will come from cannabis grown and harvested using techniques and grown using exacting formulas with a specific result in mind.

At one point in time cannabis was a one size fits all product and that’s no longer the case. Cannabis Grow Builders designs and builds grow houses with the highest levels of controls in mind and we help our clients produce the best quality product anywhere. High quality products demand higher profits for the grower. We Can Help You Too!  

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

80 Years Ago Henry Ford Built A Car Powered By Hemp

Early in 2019 Jay Leno featured a story about “the world’s first carbon-negative car” made of hemp plastic. Leno highlighted that the body of the car was lighter than fiberglass, ten times stronger than steel and could run on recycled agricultural waste!” The ultimate goal Jay is to introduce the world’s first carbon-negative vehicle, and the key to that is going back to what Henry Ford advocated back in 1941, and that’s the idea to make everything you possibly can, including your fuels, out of plant material,” investor Bruce Dietzen says.

The carbon footprint of manufacturing a standard car in 2020 is 10 tons! Many people don’t know this but hemp sequesters carbon and as a result the cars would be at worst carbon-neutral. While Henry Ford’s car wasn’t made entirely of hemp, it was one of the several plant ingredients in his 1941 bio-plastic Model T, and definitely the ingredient that made it tougher than steel. The car ran on ethanol made from hemp or pretty much any agricultural waste.

Growing hemp in the United States was effectively outlawed in 1937 because of its association with THC and as a result it wasn’t practical for Ford to mass-produce vehicles that relied upon a steady supply of an outlawed manufacturing component. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 became law on December 20, 2018 with the 2018 farm bill and the hope is that the Ford and Dietzen’s prototypes will revolutionize at least a portion of the auto industry.

Henry Ford was a visionary at the time and had the courage to suggest “Why use up the forests, which were centuries in the making, and the mines, which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?”

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

PBR Entering The Cannabis-Infused Drink Market Will Not Go Unnoticed!

Seeing the iconic PBR logo on a cannabis-infused beverage in the beverage aisle might be just the distinctive marketing advantage PBR has been looking for. Pabst Blue Ribbon has struggled for market share for years and this move could signal a period of rapid growth in the North American Market. PBR launched its first infused beverage last week through a licensing deal with Pabst Labs, a new California cannabis company founded by former Pabst employees and industry experts.

Even though cannabis infused beverages account for only a tiny fraction of the overall cannabis market this could be an industry wide game changer. Sales of adult-use infused beverages in California brought in $3.4 million in September 2020 and when you compare that to the $40 million in sales for edibles for the same month you can see the disparity. Edibles had their ramp up period and great things are expected from the infused beverage market as well. Infused beverage sales in California in September were nearly double from a year earlier while edible sales grew by only a little over 50% during the same period.

The combined adult-use infused beverage market for California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington State were $7.9 million in the month of August, with California accounting for the bulk of sales. That’s an increase from $2.3 million in August 2017, when major beverage companies started to make the leap into cannabis. During that same month, Lagunitas Brewing Co., now owned by Dutch brewer Heineken, partnered with California cannabis concentrate company AbsoluteXtracts, a collaboration that would go on to produce Hi-Fi Hops, a nonalcoholic beverage infused with THC and CBD.

Other mainstream alcohol companies are using partnerships to enter the cannabis sector. Constellation Brands who market Corona, Modelo and Ballast Point, acquired a 9.9% stake in Canadian producer Canopy Growth in October 2017 and increased its investment in 2018 and now holds a 38.6% stake. Molson Coors and Hexo Corp. formed Truss Beverages to produce infused beverages for the Canadian market and Anheuser Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, and Canadian cannabis producer Tilray formed a joint venture in December 2018 to produce nonalcoholic infused beverages.

To date big brands like such and Budweiser Coors have been unwilling to place the word infused on their cans or bottles. How has Pabst been able to pull it off?

In the licensing agreement no money changed hands, the brewer doesn’t have a financial stake in Pabst Labs and will not receive proceeds from the sales. With these moves Pabst hopes to avoid regulatory issues given that marijuana remains illegal under federal law. “Until the legal landscape changes, we can’t produce this in-house,” Seamus Gallagher, Pabst Blue Ribbon’s senior brand manager, told CNN Business. The deal does, however, position Pabst to capitalize on the cannabis market if and when the plant is legalized at the federal level. Now that the category has a direct major brand, it will be interesting to watch and see when other major beverage companies join the migration.

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

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