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StaffStaffDecember 12, 2018
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 Washington D.C.  – 12/12/2018 /AxisWire/ On December 5th, the 85th anniversary of the repeal of alcohol prohibition in the U.S., Students for Sensible Drug Policy announced a match campaign to raise $50,000 before the end of the year. All gifts are being matched until they reach $50,000 by Green Lion Partners and 4Front, both longtime SSDP supporters who are also Esteemed Trustees, their most substantial and prominent supporters.

“It’s imperative for companies in the cannabis industry to be involved in social advocacy. This is an industry that was built on the backs of advocates, and there are still people in jail for the same thing on which many people are profiting. SSDP does tremendous work combating the drug war, and their ability to mobilize young people for the cause is incredible and remarkably impactful. They’re a resourceful organization that transparently puts every dollar donated to efficient and effective use. We encourage those inside and outside of the cannabis industry to get engaged and involved as much as possible.” Jeffrey M. Zucker; Co-Founder, President; Green Lion Partners.

SSDP uses grassroots organizing strategies and centers young voices in the growing conversation about cannabis legalization and broader drug policy reforms. They have been working to reform cannabis laws since 1998 and celebrated their 20th anniversary this year.

“Students for Sensible Drug Policy is quite literally the ground game for the movement to end the War on Drugs. They not only change laws that save lives, the organization trains and cultivates the next generation of reform leaders and provides an educated and motivated workforce for the emerging cannabis industry. Anyone who cares about ending cannabis prohibition or has an interest in marijuana business should make a donation to this great organization. 4Front is proud to match your donation and support SSDP’s important work.” Kris Krane; Co-Founder, President; 4Front.

This fall, SSDP members placed nearly 13,000 phone calls to educate voters in states voting on cannabis reform measures in the midterm elections.

They are currently active on 379 campuses in 33 countries worldwide.

About Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact of drug misuse on our communities, but who also know that the “War on Drugs” is failing our generation and our society.

SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future. SSDP does this while fighting back against counterproductive policies – in particular, those that directly harm students and youth.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s 5000 members advocate for replacing the disastrous War on Drugs with policies rooted in evidence, compassion, and justice.

Media Contact: Zane Bader

zane@nisonco.com

470-342-5440

 


StaffStaffDecember 11, 2018
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Cannabis tonic crashes the party, beating out mainstream brands in two categories

SANTA MONICA – December 11, 2018 /AxisWire/ mood33®, California’s premier innovator in cannabis-infused beverages, was among the winners of the 2018 Beverage Digest Awards, announced Monday.

mood33 won both the Best Premium Drink and Best New Drink Concept categories, beating out dozens of  globally recognized brands. This is the first time that Beverage Digest has granted an award to a cannabis beverage in the history of its annual awards. In fact, it’s also incredibly rare for one brand to win two Beverage Digest Awards in the same year.

“We couldn’t be happier to be recognized by the premier publication in the beverage industry,” says Michael Christopher, co-founder and CEO of mood33. “Our mission is to break the mold and open people’s minds to new, delicious and healthy ways to enjoy life. Clearly, the beverage industry is waking up to a world that includes cannabis-infused drinks.”

Beverages infused with THC and CBD are one of the fastest growing product segments in the legal cannabis industry. As cannabis use becomes more normalized, and legal, consumers young and old are seeking out functional drinks like mood33 to replace both smoking cannabis and drinking beer or wine.

The mood33 cannabis infused sparkling tonics line is marketed as a social, wellness-focused product, with naturally derived ingredients and mood-enhancing terpenes, or essential oils extracted directly from the cannabis plant itself. Each of mood33’s three flavors provides a different flavor formulation, a unique ratio of THC and CBD, and just 33 total calories per bottle that create three unique mood states, Calm, Joy and Passion.

To learn more about the mood33 cannabis beverage brand, visit mood33.com.

For more information on Beverage Digest and the awards, visit beverage-digest.comand zenithglobal.com/events/237.

About mood33

mood33®is a premium, California-based cannabis-infused beverage  brand. Inspired by ancient herbal remedy, Ayurveda principles and traditional Chinese herbal medicine, mood 33 infusions were created for mood-based benefits – each infused with synergistic herbs and terpene blends that have been known to provide targeted benefits for wellness seeking consumers. mood33 aims to be a leader in ethical and sustainable business practices, identifying the best regions and supply chain partners for each organic ingredient, ensuring a clean supply chain from farm-to-bottle all while mandating fair trade sourcing practices across the entire company ecosystem.


StaffStaffDecember 6, 2018
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New York City, NY – Dec. 6th, 2018 /AxisWire/Acreage Holdings, Inc. (“Acreage”) (CSE: ACRG.U) and
Form Factory, Inc. (“Form Factory”), a multi-state manufacturer and distributor of cannabisbased edibles and beverages, announced they have signed a definitive agreement for Acreage to acquire Form Factory, in an all-stock transaction valued at US$160 million. Acreage will issue approximately 6.4 million Subordinate Voting Shares to Form Factory shareholders at a deemed price of US$25 per share. The transaction brings Form Factory’s expertise as a one-stop-shop for developing, manufacturing, and distributing cannabis products of any form factor to Acreage’s 19-state footprint of growing, manufacturing and distributing cannabis-based consumer and medical products. It sets the stage for Acreage to become the first national cannabis Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) company, capable of creating and distributing predictable and scalable proprietary brands, nationally, delivering those capabilities on a contract basis to other cannabis brands, and offering a turnkey cannabis industry solution to traditional non-cannabis CPG companies like Nestle, Mars or Procter & Gamble.

“Creating a wide range of products that meet the diversified tastes of consumers and owning the national manufacturing and distribution platform to ensure their consistent and predictable delivery on a national basis is a key to long-term success and value creation in the cannabis industry,” said Kevin Murphy, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Acreage
Holdings. He continued, “With this acquisition, we are now positioned to be both the first and only national cannabis CPG company and distribution platform in the U.S. cannabis industry. The combination of the largest U.S. operational footprint, combined with the unique food and beverage manufacturing capabilities of Form Factory sets us on a direct path to become the
Procter & Gamble of cannabis.”

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:
· Acreage will acquire Form Factory, a leading commercial manufacturer of cannabis infused edibles and beverages, in an all-stock transaction valued at $160 million using common stock at the Reverse Take Over listed price of $25.00 per share.
licenses to 19 from 18, with a total addressable market of nearly $14 billion in 2022 projected legal cannabis sales, according to Arcview Market Research, and a total population of 172 million.

“We are thrilled to be joining the Acreage family,” said Tony Bash, co-founder & Co-CEO of Form Factory, Inc. “The merger with Acreage represents the fulfillment of the vision we had when we founded Form Factory. With Acreage, our mission to create the largest supplier of trusted cannabis products in the world will accelerate, providing all people with access to the
benefits of cannabis.”

Josh Held, co-founder and President of Form Factory continued “Form Factory’s innovative and proprietary delivery systems, combined with Acreage’s massive scale will ensure that we become a trusted partner enabling national brands to thrive.”

Todd Boren, Co Founder and Co-CEO of Form Factory and Managing Partner of MacArthur Investments, the largest shareholder of Form Factory, added “We embarked on this journey because we believed in the team at Form Factory and knew they were among the best in the world. Our merger with Acreage reflects the same confidence in their team and ensures we can continue to relentlessly innovate the science driving the cannabis industry to provide brands and consumers with safe, efficient and consistent product formulations.”

SUMMARY OF TERMS:
Based on the deemed issue price of US$25 per share, the total transaction is valued at US$160 million. Specifically, through Form Factory, Acreage will acquire the following tangible assets:

● Grow/processing licenses and operations in Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles and
Oakland, California.
● Management services contract for the Washington contract manufacturing business.
● All intellectual property

60% of the consideration paid to Form Factory’s employees, including its management, or 24% of the total consideration, is subject to a 24-month vesting period, ensuring alignment of interests with both companies as we execute the plan. Key employees will be required to sign non-compete and employment agreements. Completion of the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including obtaining Form Factory shareholder approval and the listing of the Subordinate Voting Shares to be issued as consideration on the Canadian Securities Exchange (the “CSE”). Listing of such shares is subject to the Company satisfying all
requirements of the CSE.

The company expects the acquisition to be revenue accretive in 2019 and EBITDA accretive in 2020.

The deal was approved unanimously by the boards of directors for both Acreage Holdings and Form Factory.

TRANSACTION CALL DETAILS
Acreage Holdings will host a call with management on Thursday, December 6th at 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. The call can be heard via webcast, which can be accessed on the investor relations portion of Acreage’s website at www.investors.acreageholdings.com.

A presentation with more details of the transaction may be viewed on the investor relations portion of our website at www.investors.acreageholdings.com.

ABOUT ACREAGE HOLDINGS
Headquartered in New York City, Acreage Holdings is the largest vertically integrated, multistate owner of cannabis licenses and assets in U.S. states with respect to number of states with operating licenses. With operating licenses in 19 states, serving a population of more than 172 million Americans, and an estimated 2022 total addressable market of approximately $14
billion in legal cannabis sales according to Arcview Market Research. Acreage is dedicated to building and scaling operations to create a seamless, consumer-focused branded cannabis experience.

ABOUT FORM FACTORY
Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Form Factory is a cannabis manufacturer, co-packer, and distributor with operations in Oregon and Washington, and plans to expand in California. The company represents the combination of Gesundheit Foods, a commercial food grade co-packing company and Made By Science, and Intellectual Property portfolio for micro and macro
emulsion that provides purposefully differentiated onset times based on brand and product promises.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and may also contain statements that may constitute “forwardlooking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein are forward looking information. Specifically, all statements with regard to the anticipated financial results of the acquisition and the effect of the acquisition on Acreage’s business are forward-looking information. Generally, forward-looking information may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “proposed”, “is expected”, “budgets”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases, or by the use of words or phrases which state that certain actions, events or results may, could, would, or might occur or be achieved. There can be no assurance that such forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking information. This forward-looking information reflects the current beliefs of Acreage and is based on information
currently available to Acreage and on assumptions that Acreage believes are reasonable. These assumptions include, but are not limited to, the assumption that the transaction will close, and the anticipated timing of closing. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of
activity, performance or achievements of Acreage to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such risks and other factors may include, but are not limited to: general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; general capital market conditions and market prices for securities; delay or
failure to receive board or regulatory approvals; the actual results of future operations; competition; changes in legislation affecting Acreage; the timing and availability of external financing on acceptable terms; and lack of qualified, skilled labor or loss of key individuals and the other factors identified in Acreage’s Listing Statement dated November 14, 2018 and filed
under the company’s profile on SEDAR. Although Acreage has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward 
looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not
exhaustive. Readers are further cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are placed will occur. Forward-looking information contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking information contained in this news release represents the expectations of Acreage as of the date of this news release and, accordingly, is subject to change after such date. However, Acreage expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by
applicable securities law.

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Investor Contact:
Steve West
Investors@acreageholdings.com
Media Contacts:
Howard Schacter
h.schacter@acreageholdings.com
Jon Goldberg/KCSA Communications
212 896 1282
acreage@kcsa.com

StaffStaffNovember 28, 2018
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Partnership Will Investigate Advanced Parenteral Cannabinoid-Based Formulations For Acute Treatment of Convulsive Disorders.

DENVER, CO -November 28, 2018 /AxisWire/ Nexien BioPharma Inc. (OTC QB: NXEN)  (“Nexien” or the “Company”) announced it is initiating a collaboration with the University Medical School (the “Medical School”) to perform pre-clinical studies using advanced parenteral cannabinoid formulations developed by Nexien, known as NX01R1, NX01R2, and NX01R3 (“formulations”). These formulations target the alleviation of symptoms for the acute treatment and intervention of convulsive disorders and convulsive episodes.

Parenteral administration is a route of administration that includes intramuscular injections of the formulations for optimal dosing and bio-availabilty. Parenteral administration excludes oral administration of drug formulations.

Nexien will provide the Medical School’s Neurology Lab with specific formulations, in addition to a comprehensive study design developed by the Company’s scientific team. This pre-clinical research will be first performed in rodents, and will initially investigate the Maximum Tolerable Dose (“MTD”) Pharmacokinetic (“PK”) and Pharmacodynamic (“PD”) profiles of advanced cannabinoid-based parenteral formulations.

In November 2017, Nexien filed a provisional patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) relating to the use of cannabinoids to treat convulsive disorders, specifically epilepsy and refractory epilepsy. Refractory epilepsy is a form of epilepsy in which patients typically do not respond to existing available medications and treatment options.

“Nexien is very excited to be working with such a prestigious Medical School. Specifically, we’re working with the Neurology Department which is chaired by a renowned Epileptologist,” said Alex Wasyl, Chief Executive Officer of Nexien.

“A growing body of existing research performed on specific cannabinoids has shown impressive efficacy for treating targeted convulsive disorders, particularly those in which patients do not respond to currently available medications,” he said. “Nexien’s formulations address an intrinsic problem encountered when using cannabinoids to treat these indications. Cannabinoids intrinsically have very low oral bioavailability, and thus have significantly slower absorption into plasma and target tissues. By using our specific parenteral delivery system and advanced formulations, we hope to shorten the timeline for clinically significant treatment efficacy and symptom reduction compared with currently available cannabinoid-based medication for similar indications.”

About Convulsive Disorders & Refractory Epilepsy

A convulsion is a medical condition in which muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body. Because epileptic seizures typically include convulsions, the term convulsion is sometimes used as a synonym for seizure. However, not all epileptic seizures lead to convulsions, and not all convulsions are caused by epileptic seizures.

Refractory epilepsy means that medication options are not bringing a patient’s seizures under control. This condition might often be called by some other names, such as uncontrolled, intractable, or drug-resistant epilepsy. Refractory epilepsy is seen in adults and in children. About 1-in-3 people with epilepsy have what is considered refractory to some degree.

About Nexien BioPharma Inc.

Nexien BioPharma is a US-based pharmaceutical company engaged in the formulation, development and commercialization of cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals in accordance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) pre-clinical and clinical pathways, to address a broad range of medical conditions and disorders.

Nexien BioPharma website: www.NEXIENBioPharma.com

Nexien Disclosure Notice: This press release may contain “forward-looking statements, which are deemed to be any statements made by or on behalf of Nexien BioPharma that are not statements of historical facts. These statements reflect current beliefs, and a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in this release, including the factors set forth in “Risk Factors” in our most recent Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and subsequent filings with the SEC.  Readers are cautioned not to place reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are valid only as of the date they were made. Nexien BioPharma undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information or the occurrence of unanticipated events or otherwise, except as expressly required by law.

Company Contact:

Mark Lubchenco

Director of Investor Relations

Nexien BioPharma Inc.

Tel: 1-303-495-7583

Email: mlubchenco@nexienbiopharma.com

 

PR Contact:

Drew White

NisonCo PR

Email: drew@nisonco.com

 


StaffStaffNovember 28, 2018
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Bob Pullar Brings Financial and Advisory Experience to Dual Role Appointment

 

Lafayette, Colo., -November 28, 2018 /AxisWire/ urban-gro, a leading cultivation systems integrator and agricultural technology firm for commercial cannabis cultivators around the world, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Pullar to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Head of Corporate Development. A cannabis industry veteran, Pullar brings vast expertise in helping companies grow their businesses. In his dual roles, Pullar will lead the urban-gro’s corporate development, acquisition strategy, financial planning and reporting, investor relations, and business operations.

“Since joining urban-gro, Bob has been an outstanding advisor and project manager,” said Brad Nattrass, CEO at urban-gro. “He shares in our vision and strategy to lead the industry in systems integration, controlled environment agriculture, and ag tech. He plays a critical dual-role on our executive team as both CFO and Head of Corporate Development and is a driving force behind the Company’s continued growth and profitability.”

Pullar began his career at corporate giant, IBM Global Services, as a financial transformation executive. He later went on to serve inCFO roles for multiple private companies in both the U.S. and Canada, and has held senior finance positions at Qwest Cyber Solutions and brings significant experience from his work with international consulting and advisory firm, KPMG. Pullar’s official title change to the new dual-roles at urban-gro took place on August 13, 2018.

“urban-gro is uniquely positioned to thrive in the growing cannabis and horticulture cultivation markets,” said Pullar. “I look forward to continuing to be a part of the Company’s growth, and scaling the business in this ‘ever-green’ industry.”

urban-gro experts participate at some of the biggest events in the Cannabis industry, including the upcoming Ark-La-Tex Cannabis Business Expo in Little Rock, December 12-13, 2018 (Booth 35).

ABOUT URBAN-GRO

urban-gro is a leading systems integrator and agriculture technology firm focused on serving commercial cultivators around the world. The company’s ag tech division, Soleil Technologies, delivers data-driven micro climate intelligence using high-density sense and control technology to improve crop quality, consistency, and operational efficiencies. urban-gro helps cultivators achieve sustainable scalability via innovative solutions that drive down costs, increase economic yield, and reduce environmental impact.  By combining its design and integration services, industry-leading suite of cultivation equipment and crop management products, and proprietary technology solutions, urban-gro provides integrated solutions for today’s commercial cannabis cultivators to efficiently manage and optimize their cultivation operations. urban-gro is recognized as one of the cannabis industry’s fastest growing systems integration and agricultural technology companies. Visit urban-gro.com and soleiltech.ag to learn more. Follow us onInstagramFacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release may contain forward looking statements which are based on current expectations, forecasts, and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those anticipated or expected, including statements related to the amount and timing of expected revenues and any payment of dividends related to our financial performance, expected income, distributions, and future growth for upcoming quarterly and annual periods. These risks and uncertainties are further defined in filings and reports by us with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Actual results and the timing of certain events could differ materially from those projected in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements due to a number of factors detailed from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Among other matters, we not be able to sustain growth or achieve profitability based upon many factors including, but not limited to, general market conditions. Reference is hereby made to cautionary statements set forth in our most recent SEC filings. We have incurred and will continue to incur significant expenses in our expansion of our existing and new service lines, noting there is no assurance that we will generate enough revenues to offset those costs in both the near and long term.  Additional service offerings may expose us to additional legal and regulatory costs and unknown exposure(s) based upon the various geopolitical locations where we will be providing services, the impact of which cannot be predicted at this time.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Press Contacts:
Annie Graf / McKenna Miller

KCSA Strategic Communications
agraf@kcsa.com / mmiller@kcsa.com
786-390-2644 / 347-487-6197

Investor Contact:
Phil Carlson / Erika Kay
KCSA Strategic Communications
Phone: (212) 896-1233
Email: pcarlson@kcsa.com / ekay@kcsa.com

 


StaffStaffNovember 20, 2018
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Technology company will pair its precision cultivation system with a major Las Vegas grower.

Las Vegas – November 20, 2018 /AxisWire/ TriGrowTMSystems announced the unveiling of its proprietary cultivation system, and a partnership with a large-scale cannabis facility last week in Las Vegas, during the week of the 2018 MJBizCon Marijuana Business Conference & Expo.

Indoor cannabis cultivation is a particularly meticulous process, where environmental factors can make or break a harvest. TriGrow’s complete solution provides precision cultivation, granular environment control and enterprise resource planning.

TriGrow’s turnkey cannabis cultivation solution  includes software, hardware, cultivation units, irrigation, and environmental control systems for the indoor growing environment, as well as cannabis specific nutrient blends for the plants. The company’s proprietary Vegetative Flower Unit (VFU) is custom designed specifically for the optimization of cannabis crop yield, consistency, quality and operating costs.

The company’s cloud-based software, TriMasterTM, is custom built specifically to meet the needs of the cannabis industry and provide facility operators tools such as remote facility access, real-time analytics, and reporting, all in one platform. This gives the cultivator a never-before seen ability to control and experiment with cannabis strains, increasing yield, cannabinoids, and terpenes. This control helps produce a higher quality flower and concentrate at lower cost. The software also offers remote access to the grow room as well as support and alerts, 24 hours a day.

The cannabis industry is competitive, and the top companies are currently investing heavily in Standard Operating Procedures for their businesses. TriGrow offers more than 30 Standard Operating Procedures for client customization and use, including:

  • Testing Analysis Records
  • Training Procedures
  • Grow Operations Manual
  • Facility Hygiene

When used by indoor growers, the system dramatically cuts costs, increases yield and improves efficiencies for legal cannabis growers. Now, it will be put into practice with a top Nevada cultivator.

“We are excited to put our custom systems into practice as part of Nevada’s dominant cannabis market,” said David Kessler SVP of Horticultural Solutions for TriGrow Systems. “Growing cannabis in the desert is an art form and a science. Our solution will help enable a climate-controlled environment, via the integration of hardware and software, creating a proof of concept for seamless automated facility management. We also believe it will serve as a case study for how cultivators can refine their business practices, scale nationally and, in the future, internationally. Finally, we will be able to offer consumers a consistent experience.”

To learn more about TriGrow Systems, visit www.trigrow.com.

About TriGrow Systems

TriGrow sets the standard in precision cultivation for the cannabis industry. The company applies science and technology to maximize the genetic potential of the plant, regardless of climate and geographic location. Its integrated hardware and software system is designed to optimize crop yields and quality at competitive operating costs. The result is a consistent product for cultivators and their customers, always.

The company has offices in Denver, Carlsbad, Atlanta, and Las Vegas.

Contact:

Rosie Mattio

RMPR

rosie@mattio.com


StaffStaffNovember 20, 2018
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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2018 /AxisWire/ AxisWire, the cannabis industry’s first tech platform designed for cannabis entrepreneurs to expose their brands and cannabis journalists to seek out breaking stories, announced today the official winners of the inaugural STAR Media Awards.

“Removing the stigma and reversing the perceptional course of cannabis in the world requires mass media and strategic communications efforts,” expressed Cynthia Salarizadeh, Founder of AxisWire and Managing Partner. “The men and women behind changing the conversation and course of cannabis have been largely ignored for their part in industry advancement. In an open effort to recognize their massive contributions, and to provide an opportunity to thank them for their work, the collective teams of AxisWire and a majority of the top PR firms throughout cannabis came together to award the journalists and publications that we have all been working closely with since the start of regulation. They each deserve the recognition.”

Held in Las Vegas, Nevada, during the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo, the STAR Media Awards were designed to honor excellence cannabis writing; an often under recognized facet of the cannabis industry.  Attending the ceremony were some of the best and brightest in the world of cannabis journalism, many of whom have been covering the cannabis space for decades with little to no recognition.

The 2018 Star Media Award winners are:

  • Best Traditional Cannabis Publication – High Times
  • Best New Cannabis Publication – Green Entrepreneur
  • Best Cannabis Business Publication – MJ Biz Daily
  • Best Cannabis Print Publication – DOPE
  • Best Cannabis Culture Publication – Civilized
  • Best Cannabis Digital Publication – The Fresh Toast
  • Best Cannabis Culture Writer – Michelle Janikian
  • Best Cannabis Cultivation Writer – Danny Danko (High Times)
  • Best Cannabis Business Writer – Javier Hasse (Benzinga)
  • Best Cannabis Mainstream Writer – Alex Halperin (The Guardian)
  • Best Cannabis Freelance Writer – Sara Brittany Somerset (Forbes/Leafly)
  • Best Social Media Impact In Cannabis – Garyn Angel (Magical Butter)

Awards for the evening were presented by our keynote hosts that included Dr. Robert Flannery, Debra Borchardt, Rosie Mattio and Shawna McGregor. The event’s sponsors included Dr. Robb FarmsMood 33 InfusionsSaka WinesPassport CannabisGreenHouse Ventures LLC,PinkHaze, and Gold Q. The evening was flush with brands showering the media with product to thank them for all of their work.

About STAR (Submit To A Reporter):
The STAR Source Locator is the only platform in cannabis of its kind. This service will connect journalists seeking sources and content with entrepreneurs and industry leaders through a vast network of experts in all divisions of the cannabis space.  Subscribers will receive story requests directly to their emails and will cut through the random pitching of press, to an effective pitching process that is directed at stories the journalists are actively working on. STAR is free for journalists and is $99.99 per month for subscribers.

About AxisWire:
AxisWire, headquartered in Los Angeles, is the industry’s first tech platform designed for cannabis entrepreneurs to expose their brands and cannabis journalists to seek out breaking stories. The platform provides a newswire distribution and PR tech suite of services including press release distribution, press release writing, consulting and compliance services. AxisWire also features the STAR Source Locator specific to the cannabis industry to assist in facilitating story development between journalists and brands. This platform was created and now operating through a collaborative merger of the most influential and innovative PR and marketing firms operating within the cannabis industry. AxisWire is positioned to sit at the center of all things cannabis media. For more information, please visit axiswire.com. Follow us on social media @AxisWire.


StaffStaffNovember 19, 2018
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MANNADA LLC, PRODUCERS OF THE CANNABIS LAW SUMMIT, TO HOST JOURNALISTS, PUBLICISTS, SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING AND BRAND LEADERS AT INAUGURAL EAST COAST EVENT ON DECEMBER 7, 2018 IN NYC

BOSTON GLOBE, HIGH TIMES, DOPE MAGAZINE, MARIJUANA TODAY, WORD ON THE TREE, ESTROHAZE, GREEN MARKET REPORT, AND MARY MAGAZINE REPRESENTED AMONG PANELISTS AND PRESENTERS

MASSACHUSETTS CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSIONER SHALEEN TITLE TO DISCUSS SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGING

NEW YORK, NY – November 19, 2018 /AxisWire/ As statewide medical marijuana and adult-use laws spread throughout the country, media outlets, from mainstream to cannabis-specific, are grappling with the growing demand for cannabis-related reporting and content. Produced by Mannada, LLC, a women of color-owned professional event production company serving the cannabis industry, the Cannabis Media Summit, will examine media interest in cannabis on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm in Times Square, New York City. The day-long event will bring together media professionals, journalists and thought leaders in the emerging cannabis journalism space to share best practices, challenges, tips and trends in this new area of reporting.

“During our inaugural Cannabis Law Summit earlier this year, I was approached by several journalists who identified a need for programming to address cannabis media coverage,” said Mannada Founder Kristin Jordan. “As a professional event production company serving the cannabis industry, we understand how media perception is so important to legalization and regulatory efforts.” High NY, Word on the Tree, Duane Morris, LLP and Tracey Henry Consulting/THC are among the event’s sponsors. Mannada plans to bring a similar event on the West Coast in 2019.

The Cannabis Media Summit will feature panel discussions on such topics as “Starting a Cannabis Media Company,” “Ethics in Cannabis Reporting” and “Using Media for Effective Communication,” as well as discussion on cannabis-specific issues in financial pitching and reporting, podcasting, social media messaging, and more. Program highlights include a talk from Dan Adams, the Boston Globe’s first dedicated cannabis reporter on what it takes for journalists to work the cannabis beat, and insights from Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commissioner Shaleen Title and High NY’s Michael Zaytsev on messaging through social media.

Don’t miss “High Times + Dope: The Acquisition,” where Dope Magazine’s founder Dave Tran and High Times Group’s lead investor Adam Levin will speak publicly with Word on the Tree editor Mona Zhang for the first time about the deal that sent shockwaves throughout the cannabis and publishing worlds.

“I am incredibly honored to participate in the first ever conference specifically addressing media and cannabis,” said Dope Magazine founder Dave Tran. “As the founder of a startup cannabis media company recently acquired by a major industry leader, I believe it is important to share our story with others who are shaping the future of cannabis journalism.”

Cannabis Media Summit panelists and presenters are among the pioneers of canna-journalism and public relations – including Shea Gunter of Marijuana Today, Debra Borchardt of Green Market Report, Sirita Wright of Estrohaze and Adrian Farquharson of Fresh Media Inc (MARY Magazine); KCSA Publicity’s Cynthia Salarizadeh and Lewis Goldberg; and notable writers Sara Brittany Somerset, Janet Burns and Madison Margolin, to name a few.

The Cannabis Law Summit will be held at the offices of Duane Morris, LLP, which is located at 1540 Broadway (at the corner of 45th Street) in Times Square. Tickets are $149 per person, including hot breakfast, lunch from Vanessa’s Dumplings and networking cocktail hour following the program. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.cannabismediasummit.com.

For more information including interview requests, please contact: Tracey Henry Tracey Henry Consulting/THC tracey@th-consulting.co

 


StaffStaffNovember 16, 2018
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Emerald Cup Charities to Donate Portion of Contest Entries to Freedom Grow; Host of First-Ever Cannabis Karma Bank

 

SANTA ROSA, CA – November 16, 2018 /AxisWire/ The Emerald Cup(the “Cup”) one of the cannabis industry’s premier culture and awards events, announced today the launch of Emerald Cup Charities, the philanthropic arm of the annual cannabis celebration. This year’s partnering charities focus on supporting people who have been imprisoned due to unjust cannabis-related laws and policies.

Emerald Cup Charitiesis donating $50 per each contest entry to Freedom Grow, with a goal of raising $40,000 to help prisoners call home for the holidays. Freedom Grow—an all-volunteer organization seeking to make a difference in the lives of non-violent people who have been imprisoned due to unjust cannabis related laws—guarantees that 100 percent of the dollars donated to its organization will go directly to the prisoners of nonviolent, cannabis-related crimes.

“The Emerald Cup has been supporting non-violent cannabis prisoners through commissary donations, written letters and visits since the very first Cup in 2003. This is an issue I hold very close to my heart, and I’m thrilled to work with Freedom Grow as the featured organization at this year’s Cup,” said Tim Blake, Founder and Producer of the Emerald Cup.

Blake continued, “Thousands of people spend years behind bars, and over 3,000 people face the grim possibility of spending the rest of their lives in prison for nonviolent cannabis crimes. These people are still part of our community and deserve to live as comfortably as possible. Through our donation, prisoners will have greater access to the basic necessities in the commissary system—everything from hygiene products, phone calls, postage stamps, food and dozens of other items that we take for granted.”

The 15thannual Emerald Cup will also feature its first-ever Cannabis Karma Bank, hosted by Freedom Grow. At the Karma Bank, attendees can make their very own “karma deposit” in support of cannabis convicts in the form of a written letter to a prisoner, signing a petition, or adopting a cannabis prisoner. Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet adult children of cannabis prisoners, as well as those who were recently released from prison for nonviolent cannabis crimes.

In addition, Emerald Cup Charities also recently donated $10,000 to Cage Free Cannabis in support of policy change for cannabis prisoners. Cage Free Cannabis is a California-based organization rooted in reparative, economic and environmental justice.

The Emerald Cup has grown into one of the largest, most influential cannabis events of the year and features a highly-curated experience for cannabis enthusiasts from around the world. This year’s celebration features musical acts, presentations from industry experts, artists and educators, as well an array of exhibitors and retailers offering food, products and entertainment. The Emerald Cup will also continue is annual competition with a careful and elaborate judging process, which spans across multiple categories including flowers, concentrates, edibles, CO2 cartridges, topicals and a range of CBD categories.

The annual cannabis celebration will take place on December 15 through 16, 2018. Tickets are available for purchase through the Emerald Cup website, as well as ticket retailer Eventbrite. Weekend passes start at $120 and attendees must be over the age of 21. This year’s event will be a celebration of the new ways of thinking and living within cannabis culture.

 

FESTIVAL DETAILS

The 15thAnnual Emerald Cup

Dates: Saturday, December 15, 2018 – Sunday December 16, 2018

Time: Doors open at 10 a.m. PST

Venue: Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Address: 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Admission:Varies // Weekend Pass Starts at $120

Age restrictions:21+

 

Purchase Links: 

General Admission
https://emeraldcup2018.eventbrite.com

​VIP Emerald Passes & Travel Packages

https://www.cidentertainment.com/events/emerald-cup/

 

Connect:

Emerald Cup – Website

Emerald Cup – Facebook

Emerald Cup – Twitter

Emerald Cup – Instagram

About The Emerald Cup

The Emerald Cup was created in 2003 to advance the concept of sustainable and organic cultivation through competition between the finest sun-grown organic cannabis. Its reputation is firmly solidified as the largest, most respected, organic, outdoor, medicinal cannabis competition in the world. The Emerald Cup prides itself in bringing together experts and educators in the cannabis field to our fellow farmers, patients, and patrons each year. It is a community celebration that has grown to become a global movement honoring the year’s finest, organic, sun-grown, medicinal cannabis harvest.

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Press Contacts:

Annie Graf / Cynthia Salarizadeh

KCSA Strategic Communications

agraf@kcsa.com/ cynthia@kcsa.com

786-390-2644 / 865-425-6160

 


StaffStaffNovember 16, 2018
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Resolution gives the PRG token and other ICOs a path to full compliance with U.S. securities laws

Los Angeles, CA, November 16, 2018 /AxisWire/ “Paragon is making history! We’re excited to announce an important settlement we’ve been working on for over a year — a very positive agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that will effectively put an end to the uncertainties of the legal status of our PRG tokens,” said Jessica VerSteeg, CEO of Paragon.  “Working shoulder to shoulder with an amazing team of lawyers from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, as well as an extremely knowledgeable team at the SEC, we have been able to reach this trailblazing deal that we expect will serve as the model for compliance for ICOs going forward.”

Under the terms of the settlement, Paragon will be given the opportunity to pursue registration of the PRG tokens as a class of securities under Section 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by filing a Form 10, and will also be issuing a claims form allowing certain eligible ICO purchasers to elect to obtain a payment for purchases of PRG tokens before and including October 15, 2017.  The settlement also provides for the payment of a monetary penalty to the SEC.

“This resolution with the SEC gives Paragon the path forward to full compliance with the U.S. securities laws and clears the way for Paragon to pursue its vision of bringing transparency and accountability to the cannabis industry through blockchain technology.  Paragon is proud that the PRG token is included in today’s action by the SEC and are thereby being granted the opportunity to avail itself of this groundbreaking path forward while continuing to pioneer efforts and to participate in the ever evolving ICO marketplace,” said Ms. VerSteeg, CEO of Paragon.  “We believe many purchasers of PRG tokens share our vision of revolutionizing the cannabis industry through blockchain technology, and this action today is an important step in solidifying our compliance and furthering developments of our state-of-the-art cannabis seed-to-sale technology platform and co-working space.”

2018 has been an exciting year for Paragon: we’ve purchased, rebuilt, and launched ParagonSpace—a first-of-its-kind co-working space for cannabis startups in Los Angeles, California, the world’s capital of the “Green Rush.” In the heart of Hollywood, industry leaders are meeting, working, and hosting events to educate, support, and strengthen the community. Over the last few months a variety of companies have become tenants at ParagonSpace, and the energy and excitement generated in this innovation incubator is helping fuel the continuing growth and acceptance of the cannabis industry.

Paragon has also made significant advances in our software solution development. The core elements of ParagonChain are ready, based on smart-contract interaction with the Ethereum blockchain. Soon we’ll begin to roll out user interfaces for different aspects of the supply chain, for both cannabis businesses and consumers. Paragon has entered into agreements with several major cannabis companies who are expected to start using ParagonChain for their day-to-day operations as early as December, including: Dreamfields, Fundanna, Flux, Oakland Distribution, Pearl Pharma, and Mammoth Labs. As for the mobile app, Paragon has launched Phase 1, with the first functionalities including the official PRG wallet and ParagonSpace member portal. As one of the first beta partners to implement Civic Technology’s secure login solutions, you can expect to see official ID verification online by the end of Q4.

Likewise, ParagonAccelerator is picking up speed: it is on the verge of announcing the first “startup” developed through its comprehensive business acceleration program.

 

This emerging company has joined the co-working space and has been utilizing Paragon’s vast network and internal / external resources, anticipating to officially launch next year. Paragon has been building out a partner network full of platforms, services, media, influencers, brands and products to help members grow and connect across the industry. Additionally, our offering includes marketing and PR support, and helping companies connect with legal and finance teams to navigate through the complications of the cannabis industry. Soon we’ll be announcing how we’re collaborating with other cannabis co-working spaces in the nation to bring members the utmost value by joining our community.

Paragon has been a topic of conversation across the cannabis industry, landing features in some of the top national publications. Q1 brought much anticipation for ParagonSpace with High Times announcing “In the City of Angels, the moment cannabis entrepreneurs have been waiting for is finally here.” The news quickly spread across DOPE, Leafly, and The Hollywood Reporter to name a few. Leading up to the official launch and opening, Paragon was also featured in Inc, Forbes, Bitcoin Magazine and Nasdaq, highlighting the innovation behind our technology developments. Since the official opening of ParagonSpace, and the live NBC airing of the launch event, the company has continued to make waves across both the media and cannabis industry alike. Over the past 6 months, we’ve proudly worked with some of today’s top brands, including MedMen, Daily High Club, Eaze, CannaRegs, CCTV, Merry Jane, DOPE, PROHBTD, Stone Road, Levo Oil, Greenbox Robotics, Lowell Herb Co, Atlas Ediles, Green Helix, and Kiskanu, to name a few. Before the end of Q4, you can expect to see more updates and announcements surrounding Paragon’s partnerships, blockchain seed-to-sale technology, co-working space developments, and overall business expansion.

About Paragon

Paragon seeks to pull the cannabis community from marginalized to mainstream by building blockchain into every step of the cannabis industry and working toward full legalization.  Our strength lies in the unique blockchain/cannabis connection that uses smart contracts. We believe in blockchain, and we believe in the benefits of cannabis. More uses of cannabis are coming to light, and we want to accelerate that process.  We believe cannabis is good for individuals and good for countries. We are passionate about moving forward in an ethical, morally responsible, and legal way. To learn more about Paragon, visit https://paragoncoin.com/ or follow us at https://twitter.com/paragoncoin.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements of the Company that involve substantial risks and uncertainties.  All statements, other than statements of historical facts, contained in this press release are forward-looking statements.  Forward looking statements can be identified by the use of the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “target,” “potential,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “continue,” and similar expressions.  The forward-looking statements in this press release represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause its views to change. However, while it may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, it has no current intention of doing so except to the extent required by applicable law.  You should, therefore, not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing the Company’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.

 



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