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StaffStaffSeptember 22, 2020
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El Planteo, a Spanish-language media outlet dedicated to delivering news on cannabis, hemp, CBD, psychedelics, gender issues, ecology, investing, local culture, trends, and more, announced its official launch in partnership with Benzinga, a dynamic and innovative financial media outlet that empowers investors with high-quality, unique content, coveted by Wall Street’s top traders.

“We noticed a lack of good financial content related to emerging industries and progressive topics in the Spanish-speaking world. Being from Argentina, I felt like we had to be pioneers in this space, providing a young readership in Latin America and Spain with information on business, finance, and culture,” said Javier Hasse, CEO, and Co-Founder of El Planteo. “We want to engage our readers with interesting, diverse content, while also empowering them to build their own businesses and invest in others.”

With a potential adult-use market of over 500 million people, a patient population close to 5 million, and low production costs, Latin America is quickly becoming one of the most significant cannabis markets in the world. According to a 2018 study by Prohibition Partners, the combined adult-use and medical cannabis market in Latin America is expected to reach $12.7 billion by 2028. El Planteo is headquartered in Argentina, with offices in Detroit and Los Angeles. The outlet is bridging the gap in knowledge and technology between first-world countries and developing nations in regards to sustainability and green alternatives.

Recognizing the importance of this rapidly developing market, Benzinga teamed up with cannabis journalist and best-selling book author Javier Hasse, who currently serves as Managing Director of Benzinga Cannabis, to create a platform where Latin American readers and entrepreneurs can stay up to date about industry news and trends, culture, investing tips, and much more more.

“When we brought up the idea of expanding into the Spanish-language market, Javier mentioned he had a project of his own that needed funding. After analyzing the idea, market potential and necessary budget, we decided this would be a great course of action to supplement our larger Spanish offering through Benzinga España, with a more locally-focused media outlet, El Planteo,” added Benzinga CEO Jason Raznick.

Initially released as a beta test, El Planteo has proven to be extremely successful, with very strong traffic (doubling consistently month over month over the last six months) and a large amount of content, both original and translated from a long list of media partners around the world.

El Planteo’s content has been republished on Benzinga, High Times, Forbes Argentina, Investing.com, Ámbito Financiero, Flipboard, Yahoo, and others. Content partners include Benzinga, DoubleBlind Magazine, Confident Cannabis, Goldleaf, Pick Up The Fork, Flowertown, Green Market Report, Aunt Zelda’s, The Medical Cannabis Community, Weedmaps, The Cannigma, Hoban Law Group, Cannabis & Tech Today, and others.

Green Market Report provides some content to El Planteo.


Cynthia SalarizadehCynthia SalarizadehSeptember 18, 2020
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Haus of Jane announces Women in Plant Medicine Virtual Summit! to be held on September 30, 2020. The online event brings together women working in the stigmatized plant medicine industry to build community, network for business and inspire political activism. Tickets are on sale now: http://hausofjane.com

“By bringing women together on a global level we have the opportunity to make our voices heard politically, find the support we need in growing our businesses and strengthen the women’s movement at home,” Kyra Reed, Co Founder, Haus of Jane. ‘The event will be packed with opportunities to network, make friends and build community.”

What: Haus of Jane is hosting women in a virtual environment that facilitates networking, education and engagement on a dynamic platform.
When: September 30, 2020 –10 am PT to 6 pm PT
Where: Online, sign up now: http://hausofjane.com

Guests will find a DJ on the Main Stage, Salons type group networking and over 30 presentations to learn about how women in plant medicine are advancing the industries in which they work.

“Whether you are new to plant medicine as a career and you’ve been leading the charge against prohibition for decades, you’ll find inspiration, new information and a community of like minded women to explore how plant medicine can heal the world,” added Reed.

Haus of Jane Co-Founder, Lisa Snyder, adds, “It is imperative as women that we take this opportunity to strategize and unify with an intentional desire to connect with like minded individuals who support global health and the well-being of all humans on this planet.”

Many well-respected industry leaders are showing resounding support for the Haus of Jane community including White Buffalo SpiritMCS Accounting ServicesCannasitePotencyACS LaboratoryNternal / XternalClark Howell & Barbari.

“The Women In Plant Medicine Summit is produced and curated by women working in cannabis with the goal of creating a virtual conference that fosters conversation, establishes unity among women in the industry and informs with real, raw presentations on science, policy and what it means to be a woman working in stigmatized plant medicines,” explained Snyder. “Whether you’re new to plant medicine as a career or you’ve been leading the charge against prohibition for decades, you’ll find inspiration, new information and a community of like minded women to explore how plant medicine can heal the world.”

Haus of Jane is an events series focused on creating networking experiences for women in cannabis. Founded as a collaboration between Women Empowered in Cannabis and Tokeativity.


Cynthia SalarizadehCynthia SalarizadehSeptember 16, 2020
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National Expungement Week (N.E.W.) 2020, the third annual week of awareness across the U.S. that offers expungement and other forms of legal relief to some of the 77 million Americans with criminal records will take place September 19-26, 2020

Adapting to address COVID-19 health and safety concerns, N.E.W. 2020 will continue its vital work through a mix of online and in-person clinics, workshops, and events – featuring crucial supportive services including pop-up food pantries and voter registration at select locations.

N.E.W. 2020 clinics will cover all 5 regions of the U.S., representing states including California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington. Besides record clearing services, legal advice, and education, N.E.W. 2020 will continue its mission to restore individuals and communities through wraparound services focused on key areas of relief exposed by the ongoing pandemic, including reparative justice, voting rights, housing, and food insecurity.   N.E.W. 2020 is made possible by Canopy Growth Corporation, local sponsors, partner organizations, and a tireless community of grassroots organizers working directly with disenfranchised communities.

“Our year-round work never stops, and we are determined to use this week to inspire communities to take action, clear records, and restore the rights of some of the 77 million justice-impacted people in the U.S.,” says LaTorie Marshall, the founder of National Expungement Week.

N.E.W. is a permanent assistance network for marginalized communities nationwide, which has helped over 1,000 people start to clear or seal convictions on their records. More than 3,000 people have also received related social services offered at N.E.W. clinics and events, including employment resources, voter registration, and health screenings. Since its launch in 2018, the grassroots network has generated a public benefit of over $10,000,000.  

N.E.W. 2020 is powered by people of color, supported in full solidarity by Cage-Free Repair, and brought to communities through a dedicated group of community organizers and activists.  The collective advocates for uniform legal relief laws and automatic expungement policies nationwide and raises awareness for the 44,000 legal and socioeconomic barriers that exist for the disenfranchised.  Though not cannabis-specific, mitigating the impact of the War on Drugs is a key focus, as it works to put marginalized communities directly in touch with valuable services and resources.  N.E.W. has also created an online toolkit to further their expungement efforts year-round.

N.E.W.’s partnership with Code For America continues in a number of forms in 2020.  Code for America’s National Day of Civic Hacking (September 12, 2020) will focus on the social safety net, and those efforts will be amplified by the wraparound services offered at N.E.W. events one week later. In time for one of the most consequential election cycles of a generation, N.E.W. 2020’s push for voter registration also coincides with National Voter Registration Day, which takes place on September 22, 2020. 

For more information on N.E.W. 2020, including a full list of locations and events,  please visit www.nationalexpungementweek.org

 


Cynthia SalarizadehCynthia SalarizadehSeptember 16, 2020
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Latina-owned Indiva Advisors LLP will join an elite roster of accounting firms and representatives on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion (NCDI).

The NCDI was formed in 2012 to be diversity and inclusion advocates in the accounting profession. The team at Indiva Advisors has broken its own barriers when it comes to diversity and inclusion and looks forward to using its extensive experience to champion minority advancement in the field. Indiva Advisors holds the “small CPA firm” seat on the 2020 roster.

Managing Partner Jessica Velazquez, CPA

Managing Partner Jessica Velazquez, CPA said that she and her team are “proud and honored of this appointment and to serve in this seat,” and that “Representation matters.” She explained that she is looking “forward to advocating for women and minorities on the NCDI” as she has done throughout her career.

Indiva Advisors LLP is the leading accounting firm dedicated to the cannabis industry. Their mission is to transform the expertise and understanding of the evolving cannabis industry into innovative, value-added solutions for those they work with.


StaffStaffSeptember 15, 2020
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Cannabis is one of the fastest growing markets in the United States, employing thousands of workers and generating billions of dollars in sales revenue. Nevertheless, federal law still considers the industry an illicit market, making it difficult for even the most successful of cannabis brands to raise money. One of the ways the cannabis industry has adapted to this frustrating reality is through Shark Tank-style pitch events where companies pitch their brand to interested investors.

One such event is Retail Alchemy. Hosted by the cannabis-focused brokerage firm Cannabis10x, the event offers to open their “inner sanctum of investors” to a host of cannabis brands hoping to secure critical funding and win the ever-coveted Cannabis Crown. 

The pitch contest will take place in two stage. The first event, scheduled to take place on September 16,2020, will feature 40 cannabis brands, selected by Cannbis10x founders Jason Tropf and Holly A. Ford, who will have two minutes to make their pitch to judges. From there, the Top 15 brands selected by the judges will go on to the finals, scheduled to take place on September 26, 2020.

In addition to high net-worth investors and hungry cannabis brands, Retail Alchemy will feature cannabis legend Cheechr Marin, who will deliver the keynote address along with Tropf and Ford. While any event featuring Marin promises to include his signature style of comedy, Tropf says that events will deliver more than just laughs. 

“Pitch events like Retail Alchemy are always a lot of fun, but there’s more to it than that,” says Tropf. “The cannabis industry has an unprecedented opportunity to empower the public and raise our collective consciousness, and that’s something we take seriously.”

Tropf goes on to say he expects Retail Alchemy to carry on the success that previous events organized by Cannabis10X has enjoyed. Earlier this summer, Cannabis10x hosted another pitch event which attracted a collection of investors worth a collective trillion dollars and an international audience spanning 14 countries. 

 


StaffStaffSeptember 12, 2020
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New Jersey: Ballot Advocacy Using Banner Planes

  • New Jersey votes on cannabis legalization in less than two months and entrepreneurs are getting creative to get-out-the-vote.
  • Educational events company Accelerate Cannabis is flying planes over the Jersey Shore to redirect public attention to advocacy groups and legalization messaging.
  • The State only has a handful of fully-vertical MSO’s currently and legalization will open the market to the industry at-large.

In less than two months, New Jersey voters might start a chain reaction on the East Coast to legalize cannabis and create a fertile market sandwiched between New York and Philadelphia – that is, if nothing goes wrong for advocates clinging to a close polling margin.

“It’s so easy to get trapped just talking to people on our side,” said Ellie Siegel, producer of Accelerate Cannabis events and lead sponsor for the Aerial Advocacy Campaign, “we needed a way to reach millions in the State with clear reasons why they should ‘Vote Yes’ and to tell everyone they know to make it down-ballot to the referendum.”

With social distancing in effect, Siegel sees this campaign as a way for businesses to reach both everyday voters and industry actors, “webinars and virtual conferences don’t tend to attract newcomers in the same way and as New Jersey becomes one of the hottest markets in the world, our mission has been to educate and create a sophisticated network of service providers and advocates who are ready for expansion.”

From 500 ft in the air, six feet of separation seemed to matter less as visitors flocked to the Jersey Shore over Labor Day Weekend. Accelerate Cannabis is flying a banner again this Saturday to keep the momentum going and hopes to continue mass market advocacy as the season changes.

Supporters of the Aerial Advocacy Campaign include Longview Strategic, an industry consulting firm focused on licensing and expanding emerging markets, as well as Women Grow, a female-led cannabis networking community, and Trichome Analytical, a local testing lab in the State. “We are all coming together to draw attention to the advocacy efforts of #NJCAN2020,” Siegel continued, “this coalition has been formed by people who have dedicated their careers to trying to get legalization right and we want the public to turn to them for information and resources about the ballot question.”

The campaign also links to Headcount’s Cannabis Voter Project, a multi-tiered effort through the entertainment industry to get-out-the-vote. With fewer venues, concerts, and live events offering spaces for mass market advocacy, people are finding new ways to support the legalization message and remain socially distant.


StaffStaffAugust 18, 2020
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In another move away from tobacco and toward the healthier alternative of hemp CBD,  Boldt Runners Corp. (the “Company”), the exclusive licensee of Cannadips CBD, the Original Smokeless Dip Pouch with CBD, announced the appointment of former Altria senior executive, Peter Diatelevi, as Chief Executive Officer.  

Peter Diatelevi

As Diatelevi takes his place as CEO, the Company’s co-founder Case Mandel will move into an operational role as President and will continue to lead product innovation within the organization.  Mandel has also been appointed Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors and will continue to oversee the direction of the product and brand.

Diatelevi has over twenty years’ experience leading field sales and sales operations at Altria Group, Inc., the largest U.S. tobacco manufacturer.  During his time at Altria, Diatelevi has held various senior executive roles, including Vice President Region Sales and Vice President of Sales Operations. His responsibilities included customer service and supply chain logistics, trade marketing, sales analytics, sales infrastructure, and state and trade relations.  In addition, Diatelevi was instrumental in leading the strategic analysis and creation of Ste Michelle Wine Estates’ future operating plans.

“As a co-founder it is an honor to be at a stage in the business where you have the opportunity to hire someone with over 20 years of tobacco and CPG experience on a national scale,” said Mandel. “I am excited to hand off CEO duties to Peter and work alongside him as the President of the Boldt Runners.  Peter is the right person for the job, and I am confident in his ability to execute the plan and take this company to the next level.”

Skilled at evaluating organizational and operational efficacy, and implementing solutions that improve ROI, Diatelevi will be instrumental in helping the Company complete its $5 million Series A fundraising round, of which to date, the Company has raised $3 million. The funds will go toward hiring experienced CPG executive talent, enhancing in-house manufacturing, and executing the go to market strategy at both retail and online.

“I am honored to be leading the Boldt Runners Corporation and joining such an amazing team.  In this evolving product space, the Cannadips brand is off to a great start.  We are extremely fortunate to have outstanding partners that bring strong operational expertise and a true spirit of innovation.  I look forward to driving the future success of the Cannadips brand and technology platform.”

 


StaffStaffJuly 13, 2020
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0HHo, a leader in providing organic, sustainable, ecologically friendly CBD products, announced a partnership with  Omura to launch its first-ever flower product.

oHHo is a believer in providing superior hemp products for discerning customers, using only organic, sustainable, ecologically friendly, natural practices to grow exceptional hemp. Family grown in the sunny, fertile soils near the Green Mountain forest in NY state, every plant is hand sown and nurtured across 2 acres, carefully trimmed and slowly cured over several weeks; allowing each flower to develop rich levels of CBD and an abundance of terpenes.

Founded in 2018, Omura is the next generation heat-not-burn platform for the clean and effective consumption of whole flower cannabis and hemp CBD. The company’s flagship vaporizer, Omura Series 1, implements revolutionary technology which heats the cannabis flower through a wide range of temperatures, allowing the release of the cannabinoids at a higher efficiency. Omura has partnered with more than 9 cannabis brands in California and Nationwide, and is available in more than 17 retail locations.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Omura and producing the first oHHo flower which is high quality and a great complement to Omura’s innovative technology,” commented oHHo Founder, James Stephenson. “oHHo flower supports independent farmers and is crafted with the same dedication to sustainability as our line of CBD oils.” 

oHHo is very excited to bring their signature hemp flower strain Lifter to the Omura platform, starting at $30 for a flower stick pack and $69.99 for a starter pack.

Lifter Details  

  • 19% CBD
  • 0.001% THC

Prominent Minor cannabinoids:

  • CBG
  • CBC

Prominent Terpenes:

  • Myrcene
  • Caryophyllene
  • Pinene
  • Limonene
  • Humulene
  • Linalool

Lifter will be available online on Omura.com as well as for sale on weareohho.com to ship nationwide.

“oHHo is the perfect partner to continue to expand Omura and our hemp CBD offering as they expand the quality hemp CBD products they sell to consumers. We’ve got a lot of great activations planned with the oHHo team this summer so stay tuned to our social feeds to learn more,” the CEO of Omura, Mike Simpson, told Green Market Report.


StaffStaffJune 17, 2020
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Based in Napa Valley, California, House of Saka creates and manufactures infused luxury products by and for women. Their portfolio includes the Napa Valley-inspired, alcohol-free luxury infused beverages, Saka Vinfusions™, and a pending line of infused beauty and wellness products under the banner House of Saka Beauty. The company boasts an all-female leadership team guided by an all-female advisory board with more than 100 years of collective experience in wine, cannabis and luxury branding.

Today, the producers of the award winning Saka PINK, the world’s first alcohol-free, Napa Valley cannabis-infused beverage made from a single-vineyard, announced today the much-anticipated expansion of their portfolio of luxury Vinfusions™.

Saka WHITE, the world’s first vinfusion made from exclusively Napa Valley-grown Chardonnay, will launch on June 9, 2020 on Ganjarunner.com and Budee.org.  Each of House of Saka Vinfusions™ are blended with a proprietary formulation of tasteless, odorless water-soluble THC and CBD derived from California craft cannabis and powered by cutting edge technology. The first and only infused beverages made from Napa Valley appellation and varietal-specific fruit, Saka promises to deliver a truly elevated cannabis experience.   

“House of Saka Vinfusions™ have been meticulously crafted by a leadership team with nearly 6o collective years of experience in delivering successful and innovative new products to the wine industry,” Tracey Mason, Co-founder & CEO says. “As a result, the quality, taste and overall look and feel of our Vinfusions™ are designed to reflect our Napa Valley provenance and to please even the most discerning of palates.”   

Sue Bachorski, House of Saka CFO/COO stated, “We are particularly excited to see Saka WHITE come to market after the overwhelming response we have had with Saka PINK.  Availability is easier than ever for our consumer with our great distribution partners and platforms for ordering in nearly all parts of the state. ”

Distributed by Distro Ave and Beau Canna and available for order through LeafLink, Saka Vinfusions™ are available at selected dispensaries across the state as well as available for delivery through houseofsaka.com and on the Eaze, Sava, Garden Society, Ganjarunner & Budee.org.

 


StaffStaffMay 8, 2020
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Today Athletes For CARE (A4C) announced a partnership with LeagueSide to launch #SaveYouthSports, a funding initiative for youth sports.

Due to the financial impact of COVID-19 on families and organizations, youth sports programs across the country are suffering. More than half of youth sports programs are at risk of permanent shut-down leaving more than 20 million children without access.

In order to save youth sports, Athletes for CARE and LeagueSide are embarking on a fundraising campaign to help raise much needed funds to preserve youth sports organizations throughout North America. 

“As an organization of more than 200 professional athletes whose athletic careers started in youth sports, we understand the importance of these programs. Children who participate in sports learn significant life skills, make friends, stay active, and for some, athletic programs provide a safe haven from abuse or neglect at home,” said Anna Valent, Executive Director of Athletes for CARE.

“Canceled leagues and tournaments result in lost revenue for organizers (predominately non-profits).” said Evan Brandoff, Co-Founder and CEO of LeagueSide. “Families are asking for refunds and youth sports organizations’ bank accounts are running dry, this compounds the problem of non-participation among children from low income families who are already 400% more likely to quit a sport due to costs,” He added. 

Athletes for CARE Ambassadors are proud to be rallying together to support this immediate need, and #SaveYouthSports. Each and every athlete has been impacted by youth sports which has served as the foundation for their professional careers. 

“Losing youth sports is devastating due to so many kids missing out on building critical life-long skills such as discipline and teamwork as well as how to win and lose in life with grace. Great leaders I meet in all walks of life share how sports has given them the ability to fail and lose but still rise up for victory!,” said NFL Hall of Famer and “NFL 100” Member, Ronnie Lott.

“Youth sports changed my life. It taught me self-confidence, self-efficiency and independence. I played adaptive sports in an able-bodied world, and the impact of my relationships to my teammates was inclusive and helped me become who I am today,” said Kaitlyn Verfuerth, Team USA Paralympian 2004, 2008 and 2016 Wheelchair Tennis.

“As a kid I was bullied on a daily basis due to a bad skin disease. Playing youth sports helped me redirect the anger I had for the bullies, and channel that anger towards track & field and Martial arts.” Said Bas Rutten, Former MMA, Kickboxer and Wrestler. “Youth sports taught me to listen to instructions, discipline, interacting with other kids, improved my cognitive skills, more importantly, it gave me a purpose and later in life a profession. I was a super hyper kid, what they now call ADD, so playing youth sports helped not only me, but also my family and everybody around me from going nuts.” Rutten added. 

“As an adolescent my vision for getting out of Louisiana was to utilize my athletic skills to create a platform which would grant me the opportunity to receive an education scholastically, so I worked my tail off in middle school and high school.” Said Leonard A Marshall Jr., Former NFL Defensive Lineman. “My youth sports experience on the football, baseball, and basketball fields allowed me to gain the discipline to play professionally and also develop the character of a competitor with many of my friends.” he added. 

Corporate sponsors and individuals who recognize the value of youth sports are encouraged to donate to #SaveYouthSports and participate in sharing the campaign. For more information on getting involved or contributing to #SaveYouthSports, visit www.saveyouthsports2020.com.

 



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