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Abattis Receives NPN from Health Canada for Phyto(NOS)(TM)

Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. (ATTBF) (CSE:ATT) (“Abattis”) is pleased to announce that it has received a Natural Product Number (“NPN”) approval for Phyto(NOS)™. This NPN allows Abattis to manufacture and to sell Phyto(NOS)™ in Canada. Ingredient Identity of Santa Ana, California, completed the claim substantiation report necessary for the sale of Phyto(NOS)™ in the United States.

Phyto(NOS)™ is an all-natural, patent-pending formulation that naturally supports nitric oxide (a vasodilator) levels in the blood stream, supports nitric oxide production, and provides antioxidants that help protect against oxidative cell damage caused by free radicals. Phyto(NOS)™ has applications in a wide range of food, beverage and nutraceutical products.

Abattis Director and product designer, Brazos Minshew, says “I designed Phyto(NOS)™ to deliver bio-active Nitric Oxide to the body in a natural, sustainable and metabolically-friendly manner. Nitrates in the plant-based ingredients of PHYTO[NOS]™ get converted quickly into nitric oxide. This action is faster and doesn’t require enzymes. The benefits are seen with very small quantities of nitrates under conditions of both high and low oxygen.”He adds, “In our NÖXX Botanical Blends line of products, PHYTO[NOS]™ is blended with other natural fruit and herb extracts to target specific health concerns by enhancing the benefits and focusing the desired effects in each of our products.”

Our market research and outreach within our target markets validates both the need and the demand for the NÖXX Botanical Blends line of products. Early interest from customers and other product developers interested in all-natural nitric oxide support has been very positive. The worldwide market for products where nitric oxide is involved in the mechanism of action is expected to reach US$147 billion in 2019.(1)

The discovery of the nitric oxide pathway is recognized as a critical advancement in cell signaling and has led to major advancements in many clinical areas that have the ability to transform biotechnology and medicine. Important therapeutic areas for nitric oxide-based therapies are inflammatory disorders, cardiovascular diseases, erectile dysfunction, inflammation, pain and neuroprotection. Decreased production and or bioavailability of nitric oxide is recognized as being one of the earliest events in the onset and progression of many diseases.(2)

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

“Rene David”
Rene David, CFO

For further information, contact the Company at (604) 336-0881 or atnews@abattis.com.

NEITHER THE CANADIAN SECURITIES EXCHANGE NOR ITS REGULATIONS SERVICES PROVIDER HAVE REVIEWED OR ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE.

FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION

This press release contains forward-looking statements. The use of any of the words “anticipate,” “continue,” “estimate,” “expect,” “interest,” “may,” “will,” “project,” “should,” “believe” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because the Company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. These statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks various risk factors discussed in the Company’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis under the Company’s profile on www.sedar.com. While the Company may elect to, it does not undertake to update this information at any particular time.

(1) Jain PharmaBiotech. Nitric Oxide: Therapeutics, Markets and Companies. Press Release (2010).www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/39078/nitric_oxide.
(2) Nathan S Bryan, Nitric oxide enhancement strategies. Future Science OA. August 2015, Vol. 1, NO.1

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Prior to the legalization of marijuana in Mexico, Canada, or any other country, governments are first required to present their plans, which will include many drug treaties, to the United Nations General Assembly. A memo was sent to Justin Trudeau, Canada’s newly elected prime minister, and states that Canada will need to divulge a plan to legalize, manage and limit access to cannabis without going against any of the three treaties, which claim that the possession and development of marijuana for recreational reasons is illegal globally.

“As part of examining legalization of cannabis possession and production, Canada will need to explore how to inform the international community and will have to take the steps needed to adjust its obligations under these conventions,” the memo states.

Canada’s proposal will not just be required when the United Nation’s General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem gets together in the spring, but the memo also states that Trudeau’s legalization plan will need to be persuading enough to convince the rest of the world that this new movement is a great thing. Errol Mendes, international law expert and a professor at the University of Ottawa, states that as the Canadian government does have the right to tell “why it feels it has to do it,” the result will likely end up in cannabis taking “many years” to finally be legalized.

Here are the three treaties that would need to be altered before Canada or any other country could end prohibition: The Single Convention on Narcotic Drug of 1961; The Convention of Psychotropic Substances of 1971; The United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988. The briefing indicates that various countries would like to reform their respective drug laws.

“At the meeting, several South American countries as well as Mexico wish to discuss what they perceive as more effective policy approaches to respond to the current realities of the drug problem, which could include decriminalization/legalization of illicit drugs, harm reduction, and/or a call to renegotiate the international drug control conventions.”

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Justin Trudeau surprised many when he announced that he had used marijuana when he was a member of parliament, but those people were still supportive of his decision to legalize marijuana. On Friday, Trudeau announced in a policy speech that his Liberal government would bring the legislation up as soon as 2016 to legalize cannabis, which would make Canada “the G7 bloc of industrialized nations to do so,” although not all of the details have been worked out yet.

Two-thirds of Canadians support Trudeau’s decision to decriminalize the possession and use of recreational marijuana, according to a new Ipsos poll. This is the highest level of support that Canada has seen in the last thirty years even though the use of marijuana has declined. How they are going to do this, though, has not been released. It is going much further than just legalizing the plant, though; the country is planning on creating a market for the crop similar to Uruguay and some areas of the United States.

Approximately one million out of Canada’s population of 35 million smoke marijuana recreationally, according to a survey from 2014. Trudeau said in 2013 that he had smoked marijuana about five or six times in his life, including one time at a dinner party after being elected to parliament. In addition, he said that his brother Michael was facing charges for possessing a very small amount of marijuana before his dead in 1998, which influenced his choice to legalize marijuana.

“I’m not someone who is particularly interested in altered states, but I certainly won’t judge someone else for it,” Trudeau stated. “I think that the prohibition that is currently on marijuana is unjustified.”

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Health officials in Canada do not want to waste any time. They are quickly getting into discussions over how to create a taxed and regulated cannabis market. Earlier last week, as the United States was approaching Thanksgiving, Canada’s Minister of Health, Jane Philpott, reported to CBC News that the Canadian government has already begun working hard to determine the best regulatory model for ending prohibition throughout the entire country.

Yet, certain that “the world is going to be looking to Canada to make sure we do the job well,” Canada’s leading heath officer confesses that there are issues in determining a model that will resolve each concern. She also states that a group of scientists and doctors is currently being put together to help her come to a solution for the issue. Philpott reported that after speaking to her four children openly about recreational marijuana, she is certain that the criminalization model currently controlling Canada is not working. So, her goal, at the moment, is to find the most intelligent way to legalize cannabis rather than trying to persuade Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to change his mind.

“I think if any of your viewers, if they ask their teenage children, they can verify for them that [marijuana] is far too accessible. And obviously they’re issues around safety and concentrations that are available in certain products are very dangerous,” Philpott states. “Often the products are not pure, and that’s something that’s a serious health concern for us.”

Philpott adds that it is way too early to even consider the regulations that will be given to Canadian weed, however, she does suggest that the model will ensure that the product will be put in the hands of adults and it will be more difficult for children to obtain the drug on the black market. It is turning out that Canada is definitely serious about being one of the most progressive countries in the world by trying to fix marijuana policies. Earlier in November, Philpott and some other important figures telling them to get together and figure out the best way to approach this.

“Most thoughtful Canadians recognize that the current system isn’t working and they’re looking to us to make sure we make a wise decision,” she concluded.

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Justin Trudeau led Canada’s Liberal Party as they were voted for into power on Monday. The party won enough seats to “form a majority government by itself.” The liberals won 184 seats in the lower house of parliament yet they only needed 170 seats to form a majority since there are only 338 seats in the lower chamber. The election has brought an end to the Conservative rule which has reigned for over nine years. When it came to drugs, they were extremely regressive and extremely against legalization. The liberal platform, on the other hand, had this to say about marijuana legalization:

“We will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana,” the platform says. The prohibition of marijuana does not stop the youth from using marijuana, but instead they raise crime rates. “We will remove marijuana consumption and incidental possession from the Criminal Code, and create new, stronger laws to punish more severely those who provide it to minors, those who operate a motor vehicle while under its influence, and those who sell it outside of the new regulatory framework.”

However, this was not expected to happen in one night. The Liberals stated that they are planning on creating a task force whose purpose is to design a system that will efficiently tax and regulate cannabis sales. After that has been done, a bill would be made that would pass in Ottawa. Marijuana was not the main issue in the campaign, but it was, nonetheless, an issue. However, the Tories’ anti-marijuana position did not fall well with the country that was ready to bring marijuana back. Voters look to be getting their wish as Tom Angell from Marijuana Majority had this to say:

“While US states led the way by becoming the first places in the world to legalize and regulate marijuana in 2012, it looks like Canada could soon leapfrog ahead of us and become the first country in North America to legalize cannabis nationwide,” he stated. “If that happens, it’s not only good news for Canadians who will be able to purchase marijuana from legal and regulated storefronts instead of being treated like criminals. It’s also likely to give reform efforts in the US a bit of a boost — not that we really needed it, but a little friendly competition is always a good motivator.”

Here’s more hope for marijuana in Canada from Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance:

“Last night’s victory for Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party is the single biggest news in global drug policy reform this year,” he said. “It promises an 180-degree turn in Canada’s national drug policy both domestically and internationally, and will hopefully inject new energy and direction into planning for the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs six months from now.”

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According to Justin Trudeau, a liberal government would work to legalize and regulate marijuana instantly.

“The Liberal Party is committed to legalizing and regulating marijuana,” Trudeau responded to a reporter’s question in Surrey on Wednesday.

Trudeau refused to confirm a timetable for marijuana reform, however, he made it apparent that it would be of the largest priorities if he was elected on October 19th. According to the leader of the Liberal Party, legalizing cannabis would fix a “failed system” and get rid of “the criminal element” associated with it. He then went on to blame Stephen Harper, Conservative Leader, of his anti-marijuana policies that promote criminality.

“It is our intention to stop Mr. Harper’s failed approach on marijuana,” Trudeau stated.

He also added that legalization could occur within a month or within a couple of years with a Liberal government, yet no matter what the time, he would ensure that the process would happen as soon as he would take power. One concern raised when the Liberal Party released a casting platform without the inclusion of marijuana regulation. This was addressed on Wednesday, as he was trying to decide the best way to regulate it in Canada.

“We believe in being responsible and realistic in the costing of our plans,” Trudeau stated. “We didn’t book for tax revenues for marijuana because we don’t yet know what rate we’re going to be taxing it.”

Trudeau has been a supporter of loosening marijuana laws for a long time now, but only now has he begun to address it.

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Health Canada recently released information in regards to an exemption to current marijuana regulations to allow Canadian licensed growers to make oils for medical marijuana patients. While members of he industry agree the action is a move down the right path, some supporters have stated the new rule is anything but perfect.

Health Canada’s Section 56 Class Exemption for Licensed Producers, are left from the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act, which is a result of a recent Supreme Court ruling having to do with marijuana preparations and derivatives; the exemption gives licensed cultivators to make and distribute marijuana oil and fresh cannabis buds and trim as well as dried marijuana, within specific guidelines.
The exemption lands under health Canada’s Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, Which develop controls over the creation and distribution of marijuana
CanniMed Ltd., A wholly owned subsidiary of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based Prairie Plant Systems Inc., has already used resources to investigative studies and developing marijuana oils, Brent Zettl president and CEO of Prairie Plant Systems and CanniMed, stated to MJINews. In addition, Zettl said that the company has the operating system and locations needed to work with this next step in its corporate business model.
CanniMed is a licensed producer under Canada’s Marihuana for medicinal reasonings regulations, and its medical grade marijuana is cultivated under Good Manufacturing Practices regulations, Canada’s pharmaceutical development specifications. “Patients using the high [cannabidiol] CBD strains have all been asking for oils,” Zettl stated, nothing that vaporizing or smoking is not a choice for patients with particular ailments. “This is going to greatly expand our business and what we can offer patients.”
For the patients who at a prior time bought cannabis oil from the gray market, or illegal dispensaries, the new guideline will enforce patients to have the access to products that are consistent and labeled with correct info, Zettl stated.

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Tweed Marijuana Agrees To Buy Bedrocan Canada – Quick Facts

Tweed Marijuana Inc. or TMI, operator of licensed cannabis producers Tweed Inc. and Tweed Farms Inc., and Bedrocan Cannabis Corp. or Bedrocan Canada said they have entered into a definitive arrangement agreement, for TMI to acquire all issued and outstanding securities of Bedrocan Canada.

TMI said this acquisition marks the beginning of the structured evolution of the Canadian cannabis sector. It is intended that TMI’s portfolio of technologies, brands and geographies will continue to expand.

TMI will be renamed at its annual meeting of shareholders to reflect its evolution as a multi-brand holding company.

According to the companies, Tweed and Bedrocan Canada represent distinct market segments that appeal to different consumer needs. To meet market expansion demands, TMI will function as a holding company able to respond to these distinct voices, and will increase its ability to grow market share and diversify client acquisition.

Specifically, the Bedrocan Canada brand will be sustained and further supported in establishing its leadership with the clinical and research communities.

The Bedrocan Canada division will continue to operate separately, though in alignment with the other TMI operating divisions.

by RTT Staff Writer

For comments and feedback: editorial@rttnews.com

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Medical marijuana patients will currently be allowed to consume cannabis and not just smoke it as well as use different cannabis extracts and derivatives, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled earlier this month.
The unanimous decision against the federal government expands the definition of medical cannabis beyond the “dried” form. The country’s highest court discovered the current restriction to dried cannabis violates the rights to liberty and security “in a manner that is arbitrary and hence is not in accord with the principles of fundamental justice.”
Restricting medical access to cannabis to a dried form has currently been declared “null and void” Sections 4 and 5 of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, which does not allow possession and trafficking of non-dried forms of marijuana, will no longer be in effect.
The respondent, in this case, Owen Smith, said it was “a very emotional day.”
“I’m proud and really happy today for all those people who are going to benefit from this ruling,” he stated at a press conference in Victoria, B.C.

The result upholds the prior decision by lower courts in British Columbia that stated they went against a person’s right to consume medical cannabis in the form they like.
Various users felt smoking marijuana was potentially harmful. Yet, ways such as brewing cannabis leaves in tea or baking marijuana into edibles left patients vulnerable to being charged with possession and trafficking under the law.

In reference to evidence submitted to the trial judge, it boiled down to forcing a person to select between a legal but not efficient treatment, and an illegal but more effective option.

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Canada’s bring your own marijuana vapor lounge scene is experiencing impressive growth. Originally a metropolitan city phenom, bring your pot lounges have opened in smaller Canadian communities with great success.

Until recently lounges were a Toronto thing because our politicians and police presumably had better things to do. When conservative city councilor Mark Grimes did request a report on bring your weed lounges, a City of Toronto staff investigation determined lounges were actually Medical Marihuana Inhalation Facilities that had few police problems.

Not exactly what Grimes was seeking.

The example demonstrates how easy it is for a busy body to get their nose out of joint even in a large city. Originally the thinking in a smaller community was there would be too much busybody interference. However, it appears the incredible amount of positive cannabis media coverage has convinced small town busybodies to let lounges be.

In the last six to eight months, lounges have opened in places only a year ago you’d think were not tolerable to cannabis. After an original media storm where police say they’re investigating dies down – nothing happens.

Yet, cannabis is not legal for the majority of Canadians. However, anyone with weed may pay a vapor room cover fee. Typically five dollars. Once inside you’ll see legal medical marihuana patients mingling with recreational enthusiasts, but it’s difficult to distinguish who is legal and who isn’t.

Privacy laws prevent vapor lounge employees from asking if the customer is a legal medical marijuana patient. Cops are struggling to make that determination too and the results are lounges being left alone.

The biggest challenge a would be vapor lounge owner faces is whether their business would be tolerated in their community. It was often thought smaller communities with a bored police chief or politician would harass customers from visiting. (See the Grimes example.)

While it may be still true in some Canadian cities, it’s turning out lounges are becoming very tolerated places to toke.  (See sidebar)

New owners when pressed by media on where the idea for a bring your own weed lounge came from – point their fingers to Toronto and Vapor Central. CEO Chris Goodwin is the brainchild behind vapor lounges and freely spends hours with would be owners. He directs them to my two free guides How To Open A Vapor Lounge as starting point.  http://www.cannabisculture.com/content/2012/03/08/How-Open-Vapor-Lounge

We want people to succeed in opening lounges, but we never thought tinier populated places would tolerate them. This is a signpost Canada is moving quickly to legalization. While we’ve been encouraging people for years, few have opened lounges, but suddenly there’s explosive growth happening.

It appears now is the time to be investing or starting a marijuana vapor lounge. Lounge owners report their respectable startup costs approximately $20,000 – $35,000.

Thirty-two year-old Matt Melanson cashed out his Sobey’s pension ($20,000) and purused his cannabis dreams by opening a lounge.

Opened in January Dr. Greenthumbs in Moncton, NB (population 64,128 and surrounding area population 138,000) is already seeking a much bigger location. Routinely at capacity (60 stoners) this lounge received a good local media news push that was successful capitalized on. While the community is policed by federal officers (RCMP) they have taken no interest in the bring your own bud business.

Two just opened in my former hometown of St. Catharines (population 131,000) and another down Hwy 420 in Niagara Falls (population 49,000). Hamilton is a much larger city (500,000) and it only has three recently opened vapor lounges. None of these communities have had policing problems and all have received positive media.

The positive media is important and owners have to be prepared to live in the local spotlight as the go to expert on cannabis. Besides done properly, it’s good for business.

The first time someone visits a bring your own marijuana vapor lounge, their high just seeing a roomful of enthusiasts socializing while inhaling. It’s a beautiful thing!

Lounges become hubs of cannabis culture and activism.

The first people arriving in any community are the serious enthusiasts, who have gotten word there’s a place to toke. Smart owners’ turn these hardcore heads into regular customers who are tired of having to toke at home or in an alley. By providing them with an awesome chill experience the business will continue to grow because these serious stoners tell their friends during sessions or invite them to session at the weed lounge.

Just like any successful business cultivating regulars will constantly put cash in the till. Expect regulars (daily customers who come in for an hour or more for a session) to become very attached to your brand.

Despite Vapor Central operating at capacity, Wolf of Weed St. had a wonderful experience when he visited on 4/20. He was curious how these venues existed without any police blowback. It’s an incredible experience and it’s cool for us to blaze with worldly stoners too, but unfortunately legal US states appear to currently prevent lounges.

There has to be socializing with legalization! It’s unfathomable to me how Denver has legal grass, but no where to toke it. Canada doesn’t have legal grass, but has places if you happen to be possessing pot you may come on in and consume it.

Marijuana is safer than alcohol therefore lounges are bar harm reduction. Not everyone wants to visit a bar, but they want the socializing and vapor lounges provide this.

Lounge owners’ and employees need to be social stoners because those skills are put to the test in the startup phase to cultivate regulars. Then there can be stoner sport lounges, marijuana and role playing places, internet weed lounges, the possibilities are endless.

Marijuana vapor lounges take people out of their basement or closet. They realize (by seeing) how many different types of people consume cannabis. It’s strange, no longer in dark alley’s, people begin pushing back much harder against prohibition because they see they’re not alone.

Sidebar Compiled By @KatieCannabis

Where The Bring Your Own Cannabis Lounges Are

The Vapor Trails (Niagara Falls)

Puff Dogs Internet Cafe and Vapor Lounge (St. Catharines)

Niagara Cannabis Club (St. Catharines)

Melanheadz (Hamilton)

Vapor Central (Toronto)

Hot Box Cafe (Toronto)

Vape Social (Toronto)

Vape On The Lake (Toronto)

Get Melted (Toronto)

Planet Paradise (Toronto)

Kingston 420 (Kingston)

BuzzON (Ottawa)

Dr. Greenthumbs (Moncton)

High Life Social Club (Halifax)

Farm Assists (Halifax)

Vapes Off Main (Winnipeg )

Vapes On Main (Winnipeg)

Cannabis Culture Lounge (Vancouver)

Seymour Wellness Society (Vancouver)

British Columbia Marijuana Party Vapor Lounge (Vancouver)

The Whiffing Well Oxygen Bar & Vapor Lounge (Vancouver)

Mega ILL (Vancouver)

Mega Chill (Vancouver)

Garden Lounge (Vancouver)


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