Kaitlin Domangue, Author at Green Market Report

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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for May 7th, 2020. 

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Cannabis REIT IIPR Defers Rent Payments For Tenants During Pandemic

Cannabis REIT Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc.  (NYSE:IIPR) reported its results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2020, with total revenues of approximately $21.1 million. This was a 210% increase from the prior year’s first quarter. Innovative Industrial also delivered a net income of approximately $11.5 million or $0.72 per diluted share.

While cannabis was deemed an essential service in many states, social distancing was still required. This makes working in a grow facility a challenging prospect. IIP said it has had conversations with each of its tenants in March and April over the situation. As a result, the company said that it is providing temporary rent deferrals for three of its 21 tenants.

Jushi Reports Rising Revenues, Expansion Delays Due To COVID

Multi-state operator Jushi Holdings Inc.  (OTC:JUSHF) delivered its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings for the time period ending December 31, 2019, and pre-announced its first-quarter 2020 revenues. Overall, Jushi reported an increase in revenues, but also an increase in net losses as the expansion plans have been delayed as a result of the pandemic.

Executive Spotlight: Wendy Berger

Green Market Report highlighted the Board Director of Green Thumb Industries and Board Member of CannaVu. She said, “GTI wants to continue to expand access to Green Thumb’s branded cannabis products such as Beboe, Dogwalkers, Dr. Solomon’s, Incredibles, Rythm, and The Feel Collection that help the well-being of so many people. CannaVu wants to remain the premier platform for canna-compliant digital advertising.”

In Other News

The Green Organic Dutchman Receives Health Canada License Amendment

Organic cannabis producer The Green Organic Dutchman (TSX:TGOD) (US:TGODF) has received the approval for their Valleyfield hybrid greenhouse. The facility is equipped with climate control systems, water recapture networks, and LED lighting. 

The amendment is valid until June 8th, 2021. 


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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for May 6th, 2020. 

On the Site

High Times Hires Another CEO 

CEO Stormy Simon is out at Hightimes Holding Corp. after just four months. Former Green Growth Brands (OTC: GGBXF) Peter Horvath is in. This is the third CEO for the iconic publisher High Times in just 13 months as the company pivots away from events and news and instead heads towards the dispensary side of the industry.

The High Times press release notes that Horvath previously held leadership roles for companies such as L Brands (Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, etc. ), American Eagle Outfitters (American Eagle & Aerie), and DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) and that he was with DSW when it went public on the NYSE in 2005. It also mentioned that he formed Green Growth Brands and took it public on the CSE in November 2018.

Cannabis Technology House Scores $1 Million Investment

Private company Thought Leaders announced today the closing of the first stage of its phased Cannabis Technology House or CTH acquisition. CTH developed the patent-pending QUB (pronounced “cube”) Heat-not-Burn platform for vaping. The company is investing $1 million into CTH. 

Data from BDS Shows California Strength and Nevada Weakness During Pandemic 

New March 2020 point-of-sale data from BDS Analytics shows a divergence between states where cannabis sales are improving during the COVID-19 lockdown versus states whose business has declined. California sales jumped 11% year over year in March and 12% sequentially over February. The loss of the tourists in Nevada caused sales to decline 6% year over year and a 4% drop from February.

In Other News

Aphria Subsidiary Receives EU GMP certification

Canadian cannabis company Aphria has announced that its subsidiary ASG Pharma has officially been EU GMP certified. ASG Pharma is located in Malta and the certification was issued by the Malta Medicines Authority. 


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueApril 30, 2020
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for April 30th, 2020. 

On the Site

Fire & Flower Revenue Grows, Net Losses Remain Elevated

Fire & Flower Holdings Corp.  (NASDAQ:FFLWF) reported its fourth-quarter and 2019 financial results. The full-year revenue increased 294% to $51 million versus 2018’s full-year revenue of $12 million. The net loss for the year fell by 14% to $32 million from 2018’s net loss of $37 million.

The fourth quarter’s revenue increased by 61% to $16 million from 2018’s fourth-quarter$22  revenue of $10 million. The fourth-quarter net loss increased by 160% to $22 million from 2018’s fourth-quarter net loss of $8 million.

BudTrader To Go Public In Reverse Takeover

The cannabis e-commerce online vendor BudTrader is going public in a reverse takeover with Lake Victoria Mining, Inc. (OTCPINK:LVCA) 

The takeover expands the alliance between the two southern California firms which was first made public on April 1, 2020, when the firms announced a license agreement between the two companies. Since that time, the firms have worked closely implementing the logistics of the license, and in the course of that work the concept of the acquisition developed into a general plan for the Acquisition culminating in the execution of the LOI. At the conclusion of the acquisition, Grapefruit’s founders and management team will own approximately 20% of post-acquisition LVCA/BudTrader.

In Other News

Trulieve Launches New Product

Cannabis giant Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (CSE: TRUL & OTC: TCNNF) has added a new product to its portfolio. The company announced the launch of its Blue River Rosin Cart, due to their partnership with Blue River. Blue River™ Rosin is a strain-specific, full-spectrum, solventless hash oil. 


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueApril 29, 2020
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for April 29th, 2020. 

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Revive Therapeutics Researching Oral Dosage Of Psilocybin

Specialty life science company Revive Therapeutics Ltd. (CSE: RVV) has said that it will investigate novel oral dosage forms of psilocybin, such as oral dissolvable thin films or tablets, based on its wholly-owned patent-pending psilocybin formulations and its exclusive licensed drug delivery technology from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

The company said in a statement that through initial evaluations with its research team, it has found there are several unique parallels between the company’s intellectual property portfolio of psilocybin-based formulations and delivery mechanism and the drug delivery technology, which is comprised of tannin-chitosan composites that have been studied with cannabidiol in the past.

Leafwire Announces Exclusive Partnership with FlowerHire

FlowerHire, a leading Staffing and Talent Strategy firm serving the regulated cannabis industry has signed an exclusive Partnership with Leafwire, “The LinkedIn of Cannabis,” which connects over 30,000 professionals across all cannabis verticals – including VCs, investment holding firms, supply chain operators, distributors, manufacturers, extractors, and retailers.

“By joining forces with Leafwire, we have not only broadened our ability to deliver best-in-class executive recruitment and talent services to their passionate user base, but we will also be able to help facilitate meaningful networking and innovative partnership opportunities that will undoubtedly advance the industry,”  says David Belsky, CEO of FlowerHire. 

Medical Marijuana Reports 26% Increase In 2019 Revenue

Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC: MJNA) reported financial results for the quarter and year ending Dec. 31, 2019, with $75.6 million in gross revenue in 2019, a 26.3% increase year-over-year when compared to 2018’s gross revenue of $59.8 million. The net ordinary income for 2019 was $3.3 million versus 2018’s net loss of $8 million. The company reported a positive adjusted EBITDA of $139 thousand in 2019 as compared to a loss of $1.2 million in 2018. 

House of Saka, Inc. and Driven Deliveries, Inc. Partner for Statewide Doorstep Delivery in CA

During this time of mandatory quarantine, to be able to reach this population with products that can help relax people, help them sleep better, and overall make them much more comfortable while sheltering in their homes is key. This concept is exactly why cannabis has been deemed “essential”.

Understanding this reality, most cannabis brands are shifting their sales strategies and channels to provide the safest route receiving your products for consumption. In order to meet this new reality and demand, the House of Saka, Inc., producers of the first and only alcohol-free, cannabis-infused beverages made from select vineyards within the iconic Napa Valley appellation, announced today that its award-winning line of cannabis beverages are now available for home delivery throughout the entire state of California after partnering with Driven Deliveries, Inc. 

In Other News

The Flowr Corporation Announces Results for The Full 2019 Year and Q4

The Flowr Corporation reports that the company generated gross revenue of approximately $1.6 million in the fourth quarter, along with achieving the highest level of quarterly production to date. The company’s gross revenues for the entire year were approximately $8.2 million based on 993 kilograms sold.


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueApril 28, 2020
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Green Horizons, a consumer insights firm for the cannabis space, released a detailed 42-page report exploring the “attitudes, usage, and market potential for cannabis and cannabis products.” 

The study revealed that many of the stereotypes commonly associated with cannabis users are not as true as society once believed. The firm followed 1,100 U.S. adults over the age of 18, with an oversample of cannabis users to match their true proportion in the population. 

According to the report, cannabis users typically make as much money as non-users, with $59.7k representing users and $57.5k for non-users. This demolishes the myth that cannabis users are automatically lazy, with no drive or motivation to be successful. 

Cannabis users are also more likely to have children in the home, with 63% of users having children compared to 53% of non-users. Many people who responsibly use cannabis say it helps them to be more relaxed, and cannabis users say this translates into their parenting allowing them to have more patience with their children. The amount of successful cannabis-using parents in the population defeats the idea that cannabis users are irresponsible and unable to take care of others if they use cannabis. 

Most cannabis consumption is done alone, despite the “pass the joint, let’s party” stereotype. Six in ten cannabis users consume cannabis by themselves frequently and 87% at least occasionally by themselves. 62% of medical cannabis users frequently consume cannabis alone and 45% consume cannabis alone frequently for recreational purposes.

The report found that those who use cannabis tend to be more health-conscious than those who don’t use cannabis. This comes as no surprise for those who use cannabis and are involved in the cannabis community, but it may come as a shock to the general public. This point especially holds weight when it comes to medicinal cannabis users, who “are more likely than recreational users to say that seeking/using natural or holistic remedies and staying informed about topics related to health and wellness play a big role in their life.” The data says 42% of cannabis users say staying in shape and exercising are important to them, compared to 36% of non-users. Only 22% of non-cannabis users incorporate natural or organic foods into their diet compared to 31% of cannabis users. The report notes, “This is consistent with findings from another study, conducted at the University of Colorado – Boulder, which found that cannabis users were exceeding the recommended amount of physical activity in comparison to non-users.”

Cannabis users are also “more likely than non-users to say that they are trying to be a force for positive change in the world, that they make an effort to be environmentally conscious, that they support local businesses, rather than big corporations, and that they are actively involved in social/political issues.”

This report also tackles other important points of the cannabis user culture like finding dispensaries and sourcing the perfect product. 


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueApril 20, 2020
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As the world is seemingly closed for business, many business owners find themselves in hot water. According to Liesl Bernard, CEO, and founder of cannabis staffing agency CannabizTeam, the cannabis industry is not one of those businesses. Being coined as “corona stress disorder”, people are turning to cannabis products to ease their anxiety over the current state of the world. And since everyone is at home, people are running through their products at a much faster rate than usual. 

Bernard tells Green Market Report, “There has been a rise in hiring temporary employees in the cannabis industry, even with COVID-19 looming over the economy. Across the board, our clients are looking for extra support. Last month, we saw a 100% increase in temporary staffing, and we’re still getting plenty of clients who need temps. Our top temp positions are warehouse technicians, budtenders, extraction technicians, and dispatch managers.” 

Bernard explains that the drastic changes to our everyday lives coupled with the uncertainty of the future is leading to high stress and increased need for cannabis. “Naturally, people are turning to cannabis to relieve their anxiety. Cannabis users are stockpiling and purchasing even more cannabis than ever before to cope with their worry and fear, so cannabis companies have to rise to the occasion.” Bernard tells us that he believes users are purchasing a mix of different products, “but flowers and edibles are at the top of the list.” He said, “Out of the main sectors of the industry, I would say that manufacturing and retail have the most need for staff right now.” 

Bernard and the CannabizTeam are confident the cannabis industry will grow to become stronger than ever before when we come out on the other side of this global crisis. “It’s an industry that’s used to making adjustments and pivoting, so I see it prospering even more once we get past the coronavirus pandemic,” said Bernard. “I also remember reading a recent report from New Frontier Data, stating that 72% of leading industry stakeholders expect the cannabis industry to grow in 2020. Staffing needs will still be there once this is all over, and we’re going to be here to make the right connections.” 

Bernard says that while temporary staffing is taking the lead, the company is still continuing to recruit executives for cannabis companies. “We have businesses that are making offers to executives, and they’re still moving forward with video interviews.”


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueFebruary 27, 2020
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for February 27th, 2020. 

On the Site

Top Selling CBD Products on LeafLink

LeafLink broke down the data of their top-selling products at the request of Hemp Market Report, with the top-selling product being Mary’s Medicinals patch priced at $10. The rest of the list is as follows: 

Most purchased products containing CBD (by order volume)

  • 1:1 CBD:THC Patch, 100 mg – Mary’s Medicinals
  • 1:1 CBD/THC Sour Gummies, Strawberry Lemonade – Wana Brands
  • 10:1 CBD/THC CBD Therapy Assorted Pucks, 200 mg  – CannaPunch

Top categories for products containing CBD 

  • Edibles & Ingestibles 
  • Cartridges 
  • Topicals 

Top-selling brands with products containing CBD 

  • Terrapin Pennsylvania 
  • Wana Brands
  • Mary’s Medicinals

Social Club TV Gives Cannabis Content a Home

Green Market Report was able to talk with Josh Otten of Social Club TV. Social Club TV is a collaboration of RONIN Content Services (CEO Josh Otten) and Cookies (CEO Berner Milan Jr.) This is a cannabis network that will be available for streaming on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Roku, and Pluto. The network features over 17 series and 300 episodes. 

Innovative Industrial Properties Generates $17 Million in Q4 

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (NYSE: IIPR) reported its earnings from the fourth quarter yesterday, exceeding analysts’ expectations. The quarter ended on December 31st, 2019. 

The cannabis real estate company reported total revenue of approximately $17.7 million in Q4, an astonishing 269% increase from the prior year’s quarter. This is an amazing jump from the companies total revenue of just $4.8 million in Q4 of 2018. 

Vermont Takes Another Step Towards Legalization of Recreational Cannabis

On Wednesday, the Vermont House of Representatives voted in favor (90-54) of a bill that would legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis sales for adults 21 and older. 

According to the Marijuana Policy Project, S. 54 will now be scheduled for a final House vote, which is expected tomorrow. If it passes there, it will return to the Senate, which has already approved a different version of the bill in a 23-5 vote. The House and Senate will have to agree on a final version of the bill before it can proceed to Gov. Phil Scott’s desk.

In Other News

Acreage Holdings Stock Falls Due to Q4 Earnings 

Acreage reported a loss of $50.5 million over the 3-month period of Q4, with revenue coming in at $21.1 million. Despite revenue for the full year reaching $155 million, full-year net loss was US$150.3 million, leading to an 8% drop-off in Acreage stock.


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueFebruary 27, 2020
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Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (NYSE: IIPR) reported its earnings from the fourth quarter yesterday, exceeding analysts’ expectations. The quarter ended on December 31st, 2019. 

The cannabis real estate company reported total revenue of approximately $17.7 million in Q4, an astonishing 269% increase from the prior year’s quarter. This is an amazing jump from the companies total revenue of just $4.8 million in Q4 of 2018. 

According to IIRP’s report, since October of 2019, the company has acquired 20 properties and executed five lease amendments across various states in the U.S., totaling an aggregate investment of approximately $308.8 million. New tenant relationships include key cannabis players like Cresco Labs and Green Thumb Industries, and the company expanded existing relationships with companies like Trulieve and PharmaCann.

Since the addition of company properties, IIP has grown its portfolio from 11 properties to an impressive 51 properties since January 1st, 2019. The total properties have grown from approximately 1.0 million square feet in nine states, to roughly 3.2 million rentable square feet across 15 states. IIP’s total investment in its property portfolio has increased by 307%, with the aggregate amount going from $167.4 million to $680.7 million. The company acquired multiple properties in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Ohio, with the rest being in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Arizona, and North Dakota. 

The total net income available to the company’s common share stockholders accumulated a total of $9.6 million for the total, with each diluted share representing $0.78. Adjusted funds from operations totaled $14.3 million, or $1.18 per diluted share. The adjusted funds from operations represented a 293% increase and an increase of 211% from the previous quarter’s earnings, respectively.  

Following the end of the quarter, the company completed an underwritten public offering of 3,412,969 shares of common stock, including the exercise in full of the underwriters’ option to purchase an additional 445,170 shares, resulting in gross proceeds of approximately $250.0 million. IIP also established an “at-the-market” equity offering program, issuing shares of common stock from September until February. According to the company, the net proceeds from that issuance totaled approximately. $184.8 million.

The company paid a quarterly dividend of $1.00 per common share, on January 15th to stockholders, positioning the company at an increase of 186% from the prior year’s quarter. 

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. will conduct a conference call and webcast at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, February 27, 2020, to discuss IIP’s financial results and operations for the fourth quarter. 


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueFebruary 26, 2020
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for February 26th, 2020. 

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U.S. Hemp Could Benefit from the Coronavirus

As a major supplier of cut-rate hemp fiber and CBD for the world market, China has proven stiff competition for United States’ suppliers both domestically and internationally. The disruption of that supply chain by the coronavirus outbreak means that U.S. producers could finally gain an advantage in domestic and international markets.

MedMen Reports Revenue Of $44 Million, But A Net Loss Of $96 Million

MedMen Enterprises Inc.  (CSE: MMEN) (OTCQX: MMNFF) delivered its financial results for the second quarter of 2020 ending December 28, 2019. Revenue across MedMen’s operations in California, Nevada, New York, Illinois, and Florida increased to $44.1 million for the quarter, up 50% year-over-year and 11% sequentially. 

The net loss for the quarter was a staggering $96 million versus last year’s $64 million. The loss per share was ($0.09) versus last year’s ($0.23), so some improvement there.

Surviving Legalization 

Green Market report republished a story from Cannabis Law Report, diving into what has happened to the Emerald Triangle, and specifically Humboldt County, since legalization. The article is a response to the article “Cannabis Regulation: The Struggle of Small Farmers,” written by Lance Griffin. The responding article notes that legalization has been a disaster for Humboldt County, but not necessarily for their growers and shifts some of the blame of the financial crisis of Humboldt County since legalization to the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission, and pins the greatest responsibility of Humboldt County’s financial disaster on the “cadre of consultants, experts and advisors who took so much money for knowing only a little more than their clients.”

 

Acreage Holdings Reports 2019 Revenue Of $74 Million, Net Loss Of $195 Million

 

Acreage Holdings, Inc. (ACRG-U.CN) (ACRGF) delivered fourth-quarter revenue of $21.1 million and full-year 2019 revenue of $74.1 million, a 101% and 251% increase, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2018.

The net loss was a whopping $65 million versus last year’s $29 million for the same time period. The net loss for the full year was a staggering $195 million versus the fiscal year 2018’s loss of $32 million. 

 

Nevada Publishes List of Cannabis Test Failures

The Nevada Department of Taxation issued a Public Health and Safety Notice Advisory 2020-05 on February 21, 2020, advising consumers and patients to avoid consuming marijuana which was listed in the notice. The affected marijuana failed secondary microbial testing conducted by an independent testing laboratory. The cannabis was tested for yeast and mold, bile-tolerant gram-negative bacteria, coliforms, and Aspergillus. The products were sold at the following dispensaries: 

  • Rise (owned by GTI or Green Thumb Industries)
  • Essence
  • Thrive Cannabis Marketplace
  • MMJ America
  • Fine Cannabis Dispensary
  • Jardin Premium Cannabis Dispensary
  • Curaleaf
  • ShowGrow
  • Blum
  • Nevada Made Marijuana
  • Jenny’s Dispensary
  • Las Vegas ReLeaf
  • Sahara Wellness
  • Top-Notch Health Center
  • Deep Roots Harvest
  • Acres Cannabis
  • The Source
  • Thrive Cannabis Marketplace
  • Exhale
  • Silver Sage
  • The Grove
  • Oasis Cannabis and The Dispensary NV

Products were from various strains and the statement said that there was no reason to believe that the dispensaries or cultivators had any knowledge that the products exceeded allowable limits.

In Other News

3 Sixty Announces Interim CFO

3 Sixty, a Canadian company that works closely with the cannabis industry offering security solutions, has announced Candice Matthews as the interim CFO of the company alongside her current duties as the Director of Finance. 

“The Board and I have full confidence in Ms. Matthews’ ability to lead our finance operations in the short term, and we expect a seamless transition once the new CFO has been recruited in the near future,” said Thomas Gerstenecker, Founder and Chief Executive Officer.

Nutritional High Announces Non-Binding Letter of Intent with Calyx Brands, Inc. 

Nutritional High International Inc, a cannabis oils and edibles company has announced its non-binding letter of intent to sell a controlling interest in Calyx Brands, a cannabis distribution and logistics company based in California. Closing is expected in the second quarter of 2020. 

“Current challenges in the capital markets have been especially acute for distributors, who require working capital to grow their business,” commented Dakota Sullivan, CEO of Calyx. “We see this as an opportunity to combine our distribution reach with our new Partner’s supply chain and flower business to form a powerful, end-to-end brand.”

Harvest One Announces Sale of Non-Core Interest in Burb and Lillooet Property Totaling Proceeds of $2.3 Million

Harvest One Cannabis Inc. has announced its entry into a definitive agreement to sell its interest in Burb Cannabis Corp, a British Columbia based cannabis retailer, along with its interest in the Lillooet, British Columbia based 398-acre site, dubbed the “Lillooet Property.” Harvest One has agreed to sell its 19.9% equity stake in Burb back to the founders of Burb and has forgiven a shareholder loan with a face value of $250,000 in exchange for total cash consideration of $1,512,600. Per the Lillooet Transaction, Harvest One has entered into a contract to sell the Lillooet Property for cash consideration of $770,000. The transaction is scheduled to close on March 31, 2020.

AYR Strategies Q4 Revenue Increases to $32.3 Million 

Vertically-integrated cannabis company AYR Strategies reported a total revenue increase of 75% to $124.2 million compared to $70.9 million, and an Adjusted Gross Profit increased 78% to $63.0 million compared to $35.5 million. 

Enviva Reports Q4 Earnings 

Enviva has announced its Q4 earnings. For the fourth quarter of 2019, the company reported a net income of $0.9 million, adjusted net income of $17.2 million, and adjusted EBITDA of $53.3 million. 

For the full year of 2019, it reported a net loss of $2.9 million, an adjusted net income of $33.4 million, and adjusted EBITDA of $141.3 million. 


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueFebruary 24, 2020
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The Trump Administration has proposed the removal of a rider provision protecting state-legal cannabis businesses from the federal government’s interference. 

This comes with the release of his fiscal year 2021 budget plan.

The rider in question specifically states the Justice Department can’t use federal funding to prohibit states or territories “from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

Removing this provision would leave a lot of room for government interference, potentially destroying many state-legal businesses.

This action comes contrary to many things President Trump has said and expressed in the past. Most famously, declaring that cannabis legalization should be a state issue. What he is pushing now directly negates that previously spoken belief.

“I think it certainly has to be a state—I have not smoked it—it’s got to be a state decision … I do like it, you know, from a medical standpoint … it does do pretty good things,” Trump said on the 2016 campaign trail. “But from the other standpoint, I think that it should be up to the states.”

Donald Trump also previously spoke in favor of the STATES Act, a bipartisan bill that protects legal cannabis states from federal interference.

When asked if he supported the legislation filed by Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren and Republican Senator Cory Gardner, he said “I really do. I support Senator Gardner.” Trump said in 2018. “I know exactly what he’s doing. We’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.”

To add fuel to the already ablaze fire, President Trump was heard in a leaked audio clip say that he believes smoking cannabis makes you lose IQ points, though experts seem to disagree.

This rider has been renewed every year since 2014, however, it has faced scrutiny in the past, with President Obama asking for it to be removed during his time in office.

Trump is choosing to take it a step further than Obama by stating he could ignore any medical marijuana protections provided by Congress. This was revealed in his large-scale spending legislation released in December.

The President wrote in a signing statement “Division B, section 531 of the Act provides that the Department of Justice may not use any funds made available under this Act to prevent implementation of medical marijuana laws by various States and territories.” Trump continues by saying “My Administration will treat this provision consistent with the President’s constitutional responsibility to faithfully execute the laws of the United States.”

By calling out this rider specifically, Trump is vaguely saying he believes his administration can enforce federal drug laws that interfere with the state’s laws, even though there is a provision saying he can’t.

Trump’s fiscal year 2021 budget also includes a rider that prohibits Washington D.C. from using local tax dollars to regulate the legal sale of cannabis.

Donald Trump has given the cannabis community good reason to believe that he supports them and their cause. These recent actions and statements may prove otherwise.



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