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Many big companies invested in legal marijuana are thinking about risking doing work with Mexico following a Supreme Court decision that made legalization possible for the country that has been experiencing years of intense drug violence. From medical cannabis cultivators to marijuana private equity firms, many cannabis entrepreneurs see Mexico as an excellent new opportunity although marijuana is still illegal, and the market is run by brutal drug cartels.

“Me personally, I’m not afraid to go to Mexico,” Daniel Sparks, head of government affairs at BioTrackTHC, a U.S.-based provider of marijuana supply-chain software, stated.

He added that just like how mafias and bootleggers stopped selling illegal moonshine after Prohibition ended in the United States, Mexico’s cartels will have little to no interest in a legal cannabis market, particularly if it was compiled of reliable pharmaceutical and technological firms.

“I am not so optimistic to think that a cannabis business in Mexico would not encounter opposition or violence from the cartels. However, their profit margins are being eroded daily, monthly and yearly by the continued expansion of medical and recreational marijuana programs in more and more U.S. states.”

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s new prime minister, has agreed to make the plant legal, and a Supreme Court decision during the end of 2015 gave Mexico the opportunity to one day do the same, allowing the ruling party to draft a bill to regulate medical pot.

“It shows North America … is moving in the same direction, and that’s more than just symbolic: it’s indicative of what will happen at a global scale,” Brendan Kennedy, chief executive of pot private equity firm Privateer Holdings, reported. “Mexico is an interesting investment opportunity.”

His firm has found that legal medical and recreational marijuana in Mexico could generate over $1.7 billion in revenue annually.

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The Bureau of Justice Statistics has recently released their annual data on correctional populations in the United States, comparing the latest data with prior years.

The overall rate of 2.8 percent of adults in the United States being under some form of correctional supervision is the lowest since 1996. The trend toward reducing correctional populations is driven by changes in a few states, not all of them.

One way to provide some context here is to see which states have the highest and lowest rates, the most and the least amount of people in the correctional system. The states with the highest rates of correction supervision per 100,000 residents aged 18 and over are Georgia, Idaho, Ohio Pennsylvania and Texas.

From 2005 to 2014, the total correctional population in the United States fell by 241,000 from 7,055,600 to 6,814,600. The correction population increased in 26 states by a total of 283,100. So which states are increasing their correctional populations? The biggest increases from 2005 to 2014 were in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Colorado and Tennessee.

There is no clear pattern here with respect of state marijuana laws, but there is an interesting trend worth noting. Overall, looking at state data and adjusting for population, the rate for people under community supervision is twice the incarceration rate. Some states rely on community supervision much more than others.

Marijuana law reform and legalization are sound policies with great merit, but they are also part of a larger issue in the United States, the reform of the criminal justice system in ways that reduce the number of people under correctional supervision.

The good news is that many states are receptive to criminal justice reform, particularly ones that have already made a commitment to community supervision as an alternative to incarceration.

The bad news is that other states remain committed to increasing arrests and increasing correctional populations. These states, their criminal justice professionals, and their political leaders will present the greatest challenges to the legalization of cannabis throughout the United States.

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Hi Brands by Cannabis Sativa is Poised to Become the Leading Cannabis Brand to Help Consumers Find Fairly Priced and Trustworthy Products

Cannabis Sativa Inc., (CBDS) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Hi Brands International, Inc., a Nevada corporation, is engaged in negotiations with a team of marketing and communications professionals to develop a turnkey management and marketing solution for its “Hi” brand to be offered to independent dispensaries and cannabis retailers throughout the U.S. and internationally. The first “Hi” branded dispensary opened on October, 2015 in Portland, Oregon.

“The “Hi” brand aims to help consumers find reliable, trustworthy products in the fast growing but highly fragmented cannabis industry,” according to Gary Johnson, CEO of Cannabis Sativa, Inc. (CBDS). “There is no dominant national brand, no standard bearer. Cannabis Sativa is poised to dominate the industry with the “Hi” brand the way Apple leads the electronics and smart phone space.”

Johnson cited a recent report in the Huffington Post stating: “Researchers found that the U.S. market for legal cannabis grew 74 percent in 2014 to $2.7 billion”, demonstrating the opportunity for “Hi” Brands International, Inc. “In the last year, the rise of the cannabis industry went from an interesting cocktail conversation to being taken seriously as the fastest growing industry in America,” stated the executive summary of the report. “At this point, it’s hard to imagine that any serious businessperson who is paying attention hasn’t spent some time thinking about the possibilities in this market.”

The “Hi” brand management and marketing solution will give dispensary and retail store owners the management and marketing tools for success in return for an affordable annual fixed license fee or other fixed periodic license fee in accordance with applicable state laws or, where allowed by state law, a royalty on sales.

The following components will be available to independents:

A complete graphics package suitable for signage, in store point of purchase materials, templates for collateral material, templates for promotional materials and templates for direct marketing materials in both print and utilizing social media channels;

-A set of “Standard Operating Policies” that cover management’s best practices:

-Human Resources Management, including:
–Recruitment;
–Training;
–Compensation and Benefit Plans;
–Evaluation; and,
–Termination.

- Property Management, including:
–Choice of Location;
–Analysis of whether to Lease or Buy;
–Purchase Negotiation;
–Lease Negotiation;
–Maintenance and Repairs;
–Pest Management; and,
–Interior Design and Lighting.

-Inventory Management;

-Accounting Management;

-Taxation and Reporting Requirements;

-Long Term Financial Planning;

-Marketing and Advertising, including:
–Planning and Budgeting;
–Creative Strategies;
–Positioning Strategies;
–Customer/Patient Relationship Management;
–Integration of The Hi BENEFIT Card into Marketing and Advertising;
–Incentive and Referral Marketing;
–Message Development;
–Production and Media Placement;
–Four Walls Marketing;
–Neighborhood Marketing;
–Direct Marketing and Couponing; and,
–Digital and Social Media Marketing.

The “Hi” brand turnkey management and marketing solution will be developed by a team of marketing professionals that will be engaged once an evaluation and selection process has been completed by Management. The documentation and graphic design elements will be produced and the “Hi” brand turnkey management and marketing solution is expected to launch in March 2016.

CEO Gary Johnson said: “This is an opportunity for our Company to offer a management and marketing solution that enables local operators to have access to the very best practices, not typically available to small business owners, while at the same time producing a revenue stream for CBDS.”

About CBDS:

Cannabis Sativa, Inc. is in the business of branding and licensing via its “Hi” intellectual properties. The Company also offers the Wild Earth Naturals line of CBD Water and cosmetic products which are designed to use organic and natural ingredients, including CBD and hemp seed oil. The Company is engaged through its subsidiaries, Kush and Hi Brands International, Inc., in the research, development and licensing of specialized natural cannabis products, including cannabis formulas, edibles, topicals, strains, recipes, and delivery systems. Look for Hi Releaf products in Washington State.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This news release contains “forward-looking statements.” Although the forward-looking statements in this release reflect the good faith judgment of management, forward-looking statements are inherently subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to be materially different from those discussed in these forward-looking statements. Readers are urged to carefully review and consider the various disclosures made by us in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risk factors that attempt to advise interested parties of the risks that may affect our business, financial condition, results of operation and cash flows. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results may vary materially from those expected or projected. Readers are urged not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect any event or circumstance that may arise after the date of this release.

Contact Information:

Cannabis Sativa, Inc.
Investor Relation
PO Box 1602
Mesquite, NV 89024
702-345-4074

http://www.cannabissativainc.com

SOURCE: Cannabis Sativa Inc.

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On Friday, federal lawmakers were trying to hurry things up as they reached the end of the day and the deadline for the United States’s new budget and spending bill. Amid the legislation and all of the feisty debates were sundry amendments geared towards providing security for states that have already legalized marijuana for both recreational and medical uses.

One of the more interesting proposals, which was also in the spending bill last year, would allow neither the Department of Justice nor the Drug Enforcement Administration to use federal funds in order to cause issues in states that have already legalized medical marijuana. The measure – called the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, was proposed with the goal of having the federal government respect when a state decides to legalize cannabis. The main issue this would stop would be Americans’ tax dollars being used to get rid of dispensaries and prosecute patients.

However, this amendment has been a huge issue for the last year because of various interpretations from the Department of Justice.

A spokesperson for the Department of Justice informed The Los Angeles Times that the amendment only halts the department from “impeding the ability of states to carry out their medical marijuana laws,” yet it did not strip them of the power of being able to stop the medical marijuana industry. As a result, Rohrabacher and Farr sent a strongly worded letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, asking him to bring the Department of Justice “back into compliance with federal law.”

This letter was ignored, and the Drug Enforcement Administration continue to make busts. However, in October, a federal judge in California ruled to the benefit of the medical marijuana community, stating that the Department of Justice’s interpretation of the law “defies language and logic” and that their ways are “at odds with the fundamental notions of the rule of law.”

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Hemp has been praised throughout history for a multitude of its uses, included fiber for cloth and rope, and pulp for clothing. Now, states such as Washington, Oregon, as well as Colorado have passed laws allow for industrial hemp to be produced, although effective uses of the crop are yet to be discovered. What used to be a very halting federal government is now under tons of pressure to let hemp farming continue.

There are multiple interesting stats on land kept out of production through government subsidy, agrarians paid not to farm anything, as well as government-owned land not being used. Let’s take a look at just how much farmland could potentially be used for the production of cellulosic ethanol. According to Lubowsku, Claassen, and Roberts, the Conservative Reserve Program (CRP) paid farmers to keep a land almost as large as Iowa unfarmed, which cost $1.7 billion to United States taxpayers.

Just as bad, from an economic point of view, is the $6 billion yearly subsidy the USDA pays to lower the cost of corn. The subsidy, which since 2011 has been given out all over to support biofuels, has created situations where farmers wish to produce ethanol from a less productive source at the cost of all food crop production. All this does is leads to world food prices increasing, hunger increasing, and all at the expense of taxpayers.

By learning from history, it becomes evident that producing ethanol from hemp can help solve the same problems today that Henry Ford tried to fix in the 1930s. Hemp can be grown in soil that is not very applicable to food crops, unlike corn. Also, it has deep roots that help retain soil while simultaneously improving the soil.

“Industrial hemp may provide an excellent rotation crop for traditional crops to avoid outbreaks of insect and disease problems or to suppress weeds,” the USDA says. “Hemp rebuilds and conditions soils by replacing organic matter and providing aeration through its extensive root system.”

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Robert Ticer, police chief in Avon, Colorado, is not an advocate of recreational marijuana. In addition, Ticer added on Thursday that that more marijuana in the future of Connecticut, the more challenges there are for police working on the roads.

“It’s mind-boggling,” the police chief said about the spread of recreational marijuana throughout Colorado at the Webster Bank Arena during a traffic safety summit. “It’s crazy.”

In a constitutional amendment in 2013, marijuana was fully legalized in Colorado; right now, there are 505 medical dispensaries and 322 retail stores distributing recreational marijuana. This surpasses large companies such as Starbucks and McDonald’s with 205 and 227 stores, respectively, according to Ticer. Cannabis legalization seems as if it is on its way in Connecticut, a state where medical marijuana was legalized in 2012. The chief told police that they had better prepare for the consequences.

“The intent of people looking to legalize marijuana is to legalize marijuana,” Ticer stated. “One of the first steps they do, the industry, is to start with medical marijuana, then the next step is recreational marijuana. They have a strategy that’s similar, state-to-state.”

Joseph Gaudett, Bridgeport police chief, stated that he believes that Connecticut is leaning towards full recreational use for adults.

“It’ll be interesting to see the issues that go along with that,” Gaudett said during a welcoming.

Ticer told police in Connecticut to get ready to protests against the proliferation of Connecticut’s medical marijuana program and to “build coalitions” if full recreational marijuana is legalized. Cops have to be ready to fight for further enforcement funding, Ticer stated. He added, to enlist the marijuana industry itself to partner in giving out public service announcements about the danger of smoking marijuana and driving.

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WPTV reported that Florida has chosen five dispensaries for CBD strains. Those dispensaries are: “Hackney Nursery (serving the Northwest region of Florida), Chestnut Hill Tree Farm (Northeast), Knox Nursery (Central), Alpha Foliage (Southwest) and Costa Nursery Farms (Southeast, which includes Miami).”

Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 1030 that legalized Charlotte’s Web in June 2014, however, the Department of Health went through a heavy selection process. The decision required over 600 pages to trim down the first 28 applicants to the final five medical marijuana dispensaries. One of the largest supporters of Senate Bill 1030, State Senator Rob Bradley, was ecstatic upon hearing that the dispensaries have been chosen.

“I think now the attention should be focused on the industry to make sure that they cause no further delays and we move forward getting this product to these suffering families as quickly as possible,” he stated.

Unfortunately, there are still issues in the way. For instance, there are nurseries legally challenging the licenses awarded to those who got it. Also, the five dispensaries chosen now need to ask for “cultivation authorization” within 75 days. Once approved, the dispensaries must be giving out low-THC products such as Charlotte’s Web within about 7 months. The five dispensaries also have just two weeks to post a $5 million “performance bond.” The only nurseries eligible for licenses were those that were in the business for at least three decades and growing 400,000 plants.

One of the most interesting providers that did not receive a license was Loop’s Nursery in Jacksonville. This shocked many because of their partnership with the Stanley Brothers—the Colorado-based family creators of Charlotte’s Web, made by mixing marijuana strain with hemp, which resulted in a plant with CBD which gives therapeutic relief without the ability to get high which is caused by THC.

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National Hemp Association (NHA) Introduces Hemp, Inc. as Its Newest Gold Member

Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK: HEMP) announced today that it has become the newest member of one of the most proactive organizations in the industrial hemp industry, the National Hemp Association. As a Gold member, Hemp, Inc. will be able to reach more hemp businesses with multi-channel exposure. The National Hemp Association (NHA) is a mission-driven, non-profit organization “dedicated to the re-birth of industrial hemp in America which helps connect farmers, processors, manufactures, researchers, investors and policy makers to accelerate the growth of this important industry in the United States.”

NHA also launched a Federal Campaign on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11, 2015) to legalize industrial hemp on a Federal level. An American hemp flag, made of industrial hemp grown in Kentucky, was flown over the U.S. Capital in Washington, DC to “celebrate the versatile crop cultivated by our founding fathers and calls attention to how hemp can provide a significant source of jobs for veterans and rural farming families.” The Campaign is an effort to “bring hemp back as the major sustainable crop on which our country was founded.” Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp, Inc., has committed to helping the NHA with its goal by encouraging other companies and individuals to support the movement and join the National Hemp Association (NHA).

“It’s time the laws are changed across the board on a Federal level. I want to encourage others to become a Gold member. This will help raise the capital needed to make this campaign a success,” said Perlowin. Click here to join the National Hemp Association.

According to the NHA’s press release on Nov. 9, 2015, “Once considered America’s most important cash crop, hemp seeds today cannot be transported across state lines and hemp farmers cannot obtain bank accounts or get crop insurance. Industrial hemp is legal in 30 countries around the world. In the U.S., industrial hemp is classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance (along with narcotics such as heroin and LSD). Advocates hope to restore the industrial hemp industry through passage of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 (H.R. 525 and S. 134) which will legally define the difference between hemp and marijuana and will remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.”

Perlowin said, “By supporting this campaign and becoming a Gold member, you will not only help to legalize industrial hemp on a federal level, but will receive a host of other benefits as well.” As a Gold member, benefits include but are not limited to: logo listing with active link on NHA’s homepage; logo and clickable link in NHA’s monthly email newsletters; free admission to select NHA events; invitations to pre-qualified Hemp business meetings and opportunities; media referrals; two-hour consultation with NHA Political Director; inclusion in NHA’s press release; eligible to run for the NHA Board of Directors; opportunities to speak at NHA Events; and, a featured story on NHA’s website.

In its goal to reach and educate more people on the industrial hemp industry, Hemp, Inc. CEO Bruce Perlowin gave an interview on Up Close with Chris Tinney on November 25, 2015. In this exclusive interview, Up Close host, Chris Tinney, talked with the Hemp, Inc. CEO during the 34-minute broadcast about how he plans to lead the company into becoming an industrial hemp giant. Perlowin discussed his company’s plans going forward in the industrial hemp industry and the impact of new companies entering the industry.

Perlowin also dished on how the legalization of industrial hemp in North Carolina has affected Hemp, Inc. since it owns the country’s only commercial decortication plant to be used to process raw hemp material. He also spoke on his support of non-profit organizations (i.e., Keepers of the Wild, Twilight Brigade, Spread Peace USA, and Patch Adams) and his first hemp sale to Hemp Blue, an eco-friendly premium hemp denim line. As mentioned in a previous press release, Hemp Blue is set to be the first company to sell hemp jeans made from hemp grown in the U.S.A.

“This is a very interesting time for the industrial hemp industry and Bruce’s perspective is always insightful and informative. He has become one of the biggest benefactors to many nonprofits, having made generous donations to Keepers of the Wild, Twilight Brigade, Spread Peace USA and Patch Adams to build a hospital to name only a few. On this show Bruce shares his vision and deep desire to help people and world around him. His love of business and entrepreneurship comes through but nothing comes through louder than his love of people,” said Chris Tinney, host of Up Close with Chris Tinney.

Click here to hear the full interview or download in iTunes.

As mentioned previously, Hemp, Inc. entered into a definitive 5-year term agreement to sell its industrial hemp fiber from its decortication plant in North Carolina to Hemp Blue which will purchase the raw hemp fiber for the production of its hemp denim fabric and manufacture their hemp denim apparel line in the United States all from hemp grown in the United States.

The company’s Kickstarter campaign will run through December 5, 2015. According to Hemp Blue’sKickstarter campaign, jeans are not just a pair of pants and hemp is not just another plant. It’s a movement. “A great pair of jeans blends comfort, fashion, good looks, and style with a dash of sex appeal.”

“Hemp Blue, Inc. is a cutting edge and we applaud them for making a prudent economic decision in signing a long-term contract with Hemp, Inc. to assure their supply of American grown hemp for years to come,” said Perlowin. “Support Hemp Blue and Hemp, Inc. by being among the first to own a piece of Hemp Blue’s current collection from their Kickstarter campaign. I also encourage you to purchase Hemp, Inc.’s products at Hempify.us.”

ABOUT THE NATIONAL HEMP ASSOCIATION

NHA represents hemp farmers, processors, manufacturers, start-up businesses, entrepreneurial endeavors, and retailers and strives to build a viable industrial hemp economy by providing education about the benefits of hemp and providing expert consultation to producers and processors entering the hemp industry.

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Watch as Hemp, Inc., the #1 leader in the industrial hemp industry, engages its shareholders and the public through each step in bringing back the hemp decorticator as described in the “Freedom Leaf Magazine” article “The Return of the Hemp Decorticator” by Steve Bloom. Freedom Leaf Magazine, a leading cannabis industry magazine is published by the public company, Freedom Leaf Magazine, Inc. (OTC PINK: FRLF). “Hemp, Inc. Presents” is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by visiting www.hempincpresents.com. To subscribe to the “Hemp, Inc. Presents” YouTube channel, visit:https://www.youtube.com/user/HempIncPresents/feed.

Subscribers will automatically get an email from YouTube every time a new Hemp, Inc. video update is posted along with suggestions of other similar videos. Stay up-to-date with the progress of Hemp, Inc.’s multipurpose industrial hemp processing plant while being educated on the industrial hemp industry. Our video update views are collectively reaching over a thousand views per week. Stay informed by subscribing to Hemp, Inc.’s video updates. Hemp, Inc. is positioning itself to be the avant-garde of the industrial hemp industry.

UPDATE ON HEMP, INC.’S DECORTICATION LINE

Hemp, Inc. continues to update its shareholders every step of the way. According to its most recent video update (October 19, 2015), the multipurpose industrial hemp processing plant in North Carolina, nestled on 9 acres, is in the final stages of being fully reassembled. The plant will have the ability to vertically integrate growing, decortication, and milling. Not only is it expected to produce millions of dollars in revenue a year from processing kenaf and, later, hemp, it’s aligned with Hemp, Inc.’s commitment to the American farmers and to spearheading a new clean, green American Agricultural and Industrial Revolution. Thus far, many of the portable decortication plants also arrived at Hemp, Inc.’s facility. A skilled crew continues to conduct internal assessments of the equipment and has been ensuring every aspect of the Temafadecortication line is prepped for maximum operational efficiency.

HEMP NATION MAGAZINE

HempNationMagazine.com (HNM) is published by Hemp, Inc. and focuses on informing, educating, raising awareness and connecting the public to the powerful world of HEMP. HNM reports on Politics, Industrial Growth, Banking, Distribution, Medical, Lifestyles and Legalization. HNM is your source for all things HEMP and news about this emerging multi-billion dollar industry. For more information on HNM, visitwww.HempNationMagazine.com.

HEMP, INC.’S TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE

Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK: HEMP) seeks to benefit many constituencies from a “Cultural Creative” perspective, thereby not exploiting or endangering any group. CEO of Hemp, Inc., Bruce Perlowin, is positioning the company as a leader in the industrial hemp industry, with a social and environmental mission at its core. Thus, the publicly traded company believes in “up streaming” a portion of its profits back to its originator, in which some cases will one day be the American farmer — cultivating natural, sustainable products as an interwoven piece of nature. By Hemp, Inc. focusing on comprehensive investment results — that is, with respect to performance along the interrelated dimensions of people, planet, and profits — the triple bottom line approach can be an important tool to support its sustainability goal.

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Cannabis Science Releases Cannabinoid-Formulated Capsule Product Line in California; Initial Capsule Formulations Released Are CBD, Indica, and Sativa

 Cannabis Science, Inc. (OTC PINK:CBIS), a U.S. company specializing in the development of cannabinoid-based formulation, announces the launch of their cannabinoid-formulated capsule product line. The initial capsule formulations released are CBD, Indica, and Sativa; each of the three types of caps will be available in 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg doses and will be provided in two-dose packs with more size options to be made available in the near future.

“We are very excited to get our next line of Cannabis Science Brand Products on the market. The Capsules are important because of the popularity and ease of the delivery mechanism. The Company reps have already begun distributing to a number of dispensaries throughout California. They anticipate the Caps to be in a much larger number of dispensaries, and look forward to being able to line the shelves with a full lineup of Cannabis Science Brand Health-Related Products. Debuting the Caps at the Emerald Cup will be very interesting for us, with this being our first actual product contest,” stated Cannabis Science, Inc. President & CEO, Co-Founder, Raymond C. Dabney.

Just in time for the Emerald Cup event in Santa Rosa, California, on December 12th and 13th, 2015. Cannabis Science will be prepared to debut their new, high potency CBD, Indica, and Sativa capsules at the event. The capsules or “caps” are expected be used for self-medicating applications ranging from pain and inflammation reduction to neurological treatments. The Emerald Cup event is expected to expose Cannabis Science’s new products to a wide audience immediately, which will help the company build brand equity in this relatively new market.

Mr. Dabney concludes, “It has certainly been a long road to get here, but we are here no doubt. To see things coming together as they are, is very exciting for us of course. With the dividend almost completed, more new products being released, preparations for the larger capital raise, progressing our formal FDA drug development initiatives and proposed NASDAQ uplisting, things are certainly on the move, in the right direction. On the dividend, we have submitted some additional requested documentation to FINRA; we hope this to be the last and then we can begin the dividend share distribution and proceed to file for a new additional trading symbol to accommodate the much larger capital raise.”

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http://theemeraldcup.com/

About The Emerald Cup
The Emerald Cup is a cannabis-centered festival and competition promoting the growth and use of natural, ethically, sun-grown cannabis. It will feature a multitude of vendors, speakers, artists, dispensaries, and collectives and will be held in Santa Rosa, California on December 12th and 13th, 2015.

About Cannabis Science, Inc.
Cannabis Science, Inc., takes advantage of its unique understanding of metabolic processes to provide novel treatment approaches to a number of illnesses for which current treatments and understanding remain unsatisfactory. Cannabinoids have an extensive history dating back thousands of years, and currently, there are a growing number of peer-reviewed scientific publications that document the underlying biochemical pathways that cannabinoids modulate. The Company works with leading experts in drug development, medicinal characterization, and clinical research to develop, produce, and commercialize novel therapeutic approaches for the treatment for illnesses caused by infections as well as for age-related illness. Our initial focus is on skin cancers, HIV/AIDS, and neurological conditions. The Company is proceeding with the research and development of its proprietary drugs as a part of this initial focus: CS-S/BCC-1, CS-TATI-1, and CS-NEURO-1, respectively.

Forward-Looking Statements This Press Release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. A statement containing words such as “anticipate,” “seek,” intend,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “plan,” or similar phrases may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Some or all of the events or results anticipated by these forward-looking statements may not occur. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include the future U.S. and global economies, the impact of competition, and the Company’s reliance on existing regulations regarding the use and development of cannabis-based drugs. Cannabis Science, Inc., does not undertake any duty nor does it intend to update the results of these forward-looking statements. Safe Harbor Statement. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a ‘safe harbor’ for forward looking statements. Certain of the statements contained herein, which are not historical facts are forward looking statements with respect to events, the occurrence of which involved risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements may be impacted, either positively or negatively, by various factors. Information concerning potential factors that could affect the company are detailed from time to time in the company’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Cannabis Science, Inc.
Mr. Raymond C. Dabney
Director, President & CEO, Co-Founder
raymond.dabney@cannabisscience.com
Tel: 1.310.650.3788

Cannabis Science, Inc.
Mr. Robert Kane
Director & CFO
info@cannabisscience.com
Tel: 1.888.889.0888

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    More than Just Energy Shots…

    We’ve been getting a lot of emails and messages asking about the recently announced Letter of Intent to form a Joint Venture partnership between FBEC Worldwide, Inc. (OTCQB: FBEC) and Dube®. This is a major news announcement that could greatly benefit both companies immediately. But, with Dube® being a private company, not much information is available for public research. So, this Connect the Dots piece will focus on the potential for the JV and what it all means for FBEC shareholders.

    This Joint Venture partnership is all about one word, GROWTH. And it stems far beyond just energy shots. I think that’s the key for investors to take away from this deal. But before we start peeling the layers off this deal one by one, let’s focus on what’s going on at the surface…

    First to the Show Wins

    Here at MarijuanaStocks, it is clear to us the strategy the two companies are implementing. They are working towards achieving true first-mover advantage. And history has proven that first-movers are successful in capturing large chunks of market share, especially in the energy drink market.

    5hr Energy® was the first 2 oz. energy shot on the scene and they currently control 90% of the entire energy shot market. Red Bull® and Monster Energy® were first to tackle the 12 oz. can and they collectively now own 82% of that market. In the energy drink market, we are yet to see a Facebook, MySpace scenario where the second company to market became the industry leader. But in that case, Facebook had a superior product. Energy drinks are very similar. So why such a gap between the industry leaders and the rest of the crowd? Why does 5hr Energy® generate well over $1 Billion in sales every year while the second place shot only does a little over $17 Million? Answer. 5hr was first to market and built a brand image before anyone else, making marketing campaigns more effective and easier to deploy. They also quickly gobbled up retail shelf space not leaving much room for similar, lesser known brands.


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    Hemp is a Healthier Choice

    The infusion of hemp into energy drinks is going to fuel the entire industry’s growth. In fact, it could drastically increase analysts overall growth forecasts. When it comes to cutting back on energy drinks, health is consumers’ leading reason. In fact, 39% of Americans say energy drinks are not good for their health and 35% say they have heard negative information about the health effects.

    This is where opportunity lies for hemp infused products to start gaining market share of this fast growing industry. The natural energy effects of hemp on the human body allows manufacturers to greatly reduce caffeine levels potentially putting weary consumers at ease. And with the country’s increasing acceptance of marijuana, 58% now in favor of legalization, hemp infused energy drinks could experience its own sector boom.

    In 2013, the FDA launched an investigation into 92 patients that included 33 hospitalizations and 13 deaths linked to 5-Hour Energy®. Similarly, Monster Energy® (NASDAQ: MNST) has been subject to an FDA investigation as the energy drink company was being tied to five deaths and one heart attack. The leading energy drink producers are coming under fire for misleading claims about having a unique combination of ingredients to boost energy, whereas the only effective ingredient is a highly concentrated dose of caffeine. Oregon, Washington, and Vermont have already filed lawsuits against energy shot titan 5-Hour Energy® for making such claims. The lawsuits are the result of an investigation launched in 2012 by 33 states, in which Oregon, Tennessee, Maryland and Vermont have taken the lead.

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    Hemp is rich in protein, carbohydrates, minerals, fiber, and has high levels of vitamins A, C, and E. The super food also contains an ideal ratio of omega-6, omega-3, and omega-9 fatty acids. The protein and fiber in hemp combine to slow digestion, which prevents spikes in blood sugar and, therefore, sustains your body’s energy. Meaning, a hemp infused energy drink could cut back caffeine levels while being just as, if not more, effective at providing a long-lasting energy boost.

    Early Signs of Leadership

    If you Google search “hemp energy shots,” the only brands of 2 oz. hemp-infused energy shots that show up on the first two pages are Dube® and the WolfShot™, FBEC’s flagship product. As it stands right now, the hemp-infused energy shot market is wide open. And the two most recognized and searchable brands have just joined forces. It’s almost like if Red Bull and Monster joined together from the beginning. Imagine one company owning 82% of the entire energy drink market. That company would generate nearly $6 Billion in sales annually today. And that number, too, is growing steadily.

    The energy drink market is expected to grow at a 52% rate between now and 2019. The industry is on pace to reach $10.8 Billion in sales in 2015 alone. Making it one of the fastest growing consumer industries in the world.

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    Dube® is a nationally recognized brand and dominates the first page of Google when searching any phrase related to hemp energy shots. The brand has already sold well over 1 million units of their 2 oz. hemp-infused energy shot and can be found in 12 different states. We don’t know of any other hemp-infused energy shot even coming close to those numbers. And their branding and marketing presence is beginning to resemble that of Red Bull in their early stages.

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    FBEC and Dube® aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel. They are simply positioning themselves to be first-movers and capitalize on a sector experiencing explosive growth. Actually, make that two sectors experiencing explosive growth. The legal marijuana industry (section that hemp falls into) experienced a 74% growth rate in 2014, making it the fastest growing industry in the U.S. And a new Joint Venture partnership between FBEC Worldwide, Inc. and Dube® makes them a clear, overwhelming favorite to snatch this niche sector’s industry leader crown.

    More than Just Energy Shots

    This is where the story really gets interesting. Because Dube® is a private company, not many people are aware of what else the new Joint Venture is going to be rolling out. Lucky for you we have the inside scoop.

    Dube® is going to be working with FBEC Worldwide, Inc. to bring to market several other products in the hemp and cannabis space. The JV will also obviously be expanding the footprint and increasing sales of both Dube® and the WolfShot™ hemp energy shots. This JV brings instant sales revenue and cash flow to FBEC. It also opens up distribution channels into 12 different states already solidified by Dube®. The idea is to put a strangle hold on the hemp infused energy shot market by having one company dominate retail shelf space with the two most popular brands on the market today. 5hr Energy® did it, Red Bull® and Monster Energy® did it, and now Dube® and WolfShot™ are trying to do it.

    But the JV has an advantage. Unlike the other companies mentioned, Dube® and FBEC have a long list of products they will leverage to gain market share of the hemp and cannabis industry. Dube® already has a hemp-infused lip balm and rolling papers made of hemp produced and ready for sale. The pipeline includes a disposable CBD vape pen made with Native American CBD made on Native American soil. The companies plan on developing teas and coffee infused with the CBD and hemp.

    In addition, the guys behind Dube® are affiliated with Green Cross America, a large functioning grow in Nevada. This affiliation will enable them to produce an entire new line of edibles, teas, coffees, and energy drinks infused with actual THC. And maybe better yet, they also own a liquor license in Nevada. This means the company can also work towards producing alcoholic beverages infused with THC. And yes, these are all real things on the company’s “to do” list.

    What This Means for FBEC Shareholders

    The Joint Venture with Dube® means instant revenue and cash flow for FBEC. FBEC is getting value from a nationally recognized brand utilizing existing distribution channels and marketing connections. The partnership puts the two brands atop the hemp-infused energy market. The two brands will be positioned nicely to capitalize on explosive growth being seen in both the energy drink and marijuana industries. The strategic move could allow the JV to capture large market share establishing itself as a clear industry leader.

    As investors, we look for growth. And FBEC and Dube® are not only focusing on two of the highest growth sectors in the U.S., but they have a hefty pipeline of promising products that could fuel sales growth year over year.

    In our opinion, this was an absolutely genius move by the two companies.

     

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