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Wisconsin’s legislators recently voted on a proposal that would allow patients with specific conditions to possess and use CBD oil with a physician’s recommendation. At the time there was only one vote against it out of both chambers, which was a big deal after prior legislation a couple years back had been significantly voted against. The proposal was then sent over to Governor Scott Walker, who has just finally signed the bill into law this week, making it official that CBD oil is legal for patients to use in Wisconsin. Walker stated, “Today, we’re making it easier for people in our state to obtain CBD oil without a psychoactive effect to treat a medical condition as advised by their doctor.”

Unfortunately, there are a few downsides to this particular law; the biggest one being a lack of in-state production and dispensing of the oil. The bill did not create any means for licensing cultivation facilities, processing companies or dispensaries; meaning it creates no legal access to the medicine patients so desperately need. It also doesn’t specify where patients are expected to obtain the oil, whereas some states with similar legislation in place have at least made a suggestion, even when that suggestion is to break federal law and cross state lines with the cannabis oil.

Parents with children suffering from seizure conditions may be able to rest easy about what would happen if they were discovered to have CBD oil. However, this bill really doesn’t make as much of a difference as legislators would like to think. Until there is a safe and legal way for patients to access the cannabis oil there will still be the question of how they are supposed to get the medicine once a physician finally gives them the go-ahead for treatment.

In states with CBD laws like this the only option is to get it illegally, either from someone in state on the illegal market or from a state that will accept out of state medical marijuana registration cards. This doesn’t save parents from having to be criminals just to medicate their children. It only provides protection once they are already in possession of the medicine and that’s just not enough. While it is a great thing to see legislators nearly unanimously make the decision to go against allow patients suffering from seizure conditions to use CBD oil, it is honestly not doing enough to really help these patients.

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$VPRB Brands HONEYSTICK and Gold Nugget Extracts Will Be Teaming Up

VPR Brands, LP ( OTC PINK : VPRB ) and Gold Nugget extracts will be teaming up for the High Times Cannabis Cup So-Cal April 21-23. Gold Nugget Extracts will officially be powered by our flagship vaporizer the HONEYSTICK. Our Vaporizers will be paired with Gold Nugget top shelf extracts in various categories under jointly branded units. The VPR Brands HONEYSTICK team will also be sharing sales and marketing booth with Gold Nugget Extracts at the event targeting both vendors & retail consumers.


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$MCIG Grow Contractors Launches Greenhouse Website Portal


Grow Contractors, Inc., (GC) a wholly owned subsidiary of mCig, Inc. ( OTCQB : MCIG ), a diversified company servicing the legal Cannabis, Hemp, and CBD markets, launched its new greenhouse website at www.growcontractors.org/greenhouses/

Rob Kressa, GC’s CEO, stated, “The new open disclosure standard for the greenhouse selling portal is just the first step in our progression to becoming the nation’s largest greenhouse supplier in the cannabis grow and herbal farming markets. Since we announced our exclusive agreement with Sangreen for distribution of greenhouses at half the cost of the current market price, we have spent the past few months perfecting the design and supply lines.”


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$ADVT Gets Largest Order to Date from SpeedWeed

ADVANTIS CORPORATION ( OTC PINK : ADVT ) announced today that SpeedWeed, California’s largest Collective, placed what has become for Advantis, their largest order to date. Advantis further announced, among other positive news, that their 1st quarter revenues are up 300% from the previous quarter. Advantis also announced that they received their first order from Arsenal, a large collective in San Diego. According to Advantis CEO Christopher Swartz, “This new technically-driven collective has placed its initial order and will begin carrying our entire product line next week.”


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Virginia Moves Forward In Marijuana Reform, Decriminalizing CBD

Two marijuana reform bills were recently signed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D), ending the state’s automatic six-month driver’s license suspension for first time possession offenders and allowing the production of CBD oil. This may look like a couple drops in a raging storm of national decriminalization, but NORML Executive Director, Erik Altieri, said it’s a huge accomplishment.


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Two marijuana reform bills were recently signed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D), ending the state’s automatic six-month driver’s license suspension for first time possession offenders and allowing the production of CBD oil. This may look like a couple drops in a raging storm of national decriminalization, but NORML Executive Director, Erik Altieri, said it’s a huge accomplishment.

Altieri stated, “The two measures signed into law in Virginia this week may seem like baby steps, but they are the culmination of years of dedicated advocacy and legislative outreach. While neither of these bills will end the arrest of around 18,000 Virginians a year for marijuana possession or create an ideal, accessible medical marijuana program, they represent important progress in terms of growing legislative support for marijuana law reforms.”

When Senate Bill 1091 (which ends Virginia’s automatic ID suspension penalty) goes into effect at the beginning of July, it will be left at the court’s discretion whether or not to impose this condition as a term of probation, and convicts will still be subject to other conditions under Virginia law, including substance abuse screening, drug testing and community service. Minors are still subject to automatic license suspension under the new law.

For many years Virginia has all but topped the list of places you didn’t want to be caught with marijuana. In recent years Virginia has seen quite the increase in enforcement. According to data collected by the Drug Policy Alliance, marijuana possession arrests increased from approximately 13,000 in 2003 to almost 23,000 in 2014, an increase that was especially pronounced in majority Black neighborhoods.

Now that McAuliffe’s put pen to paper, the state should begin to see continued progress in this area, which has already seen some improvement since 2014. This past December, Newport News reported that the number of people arrested or charged with marijuana offenses had fallen by 14% statewide over a two-year stretch. This is step in the right direction, but putting real decriminalization laws on the books is the real answer to ending the waste and social destruction of cannabis prohibition. Keeping strict laws on the books but applying lenient, quasi-enforcement standards creates the potential for serious trouble.

Under “selective enforcement,” those who are most affected and targeted by law enforcement now; communities of colors would continue to carry that burden. In the three years from 2011 to 2013, marijuana possession arrests increased by 1,987 in Virginia; black people accounted for 82% of that increase. The Marijuana Policy Project referred to SB 1027 as an “extremely narrow law.” It will allow those suffering from intractable epilepsy to access CBD oils produced in state by Department of Health-approved pharmaceutical companies.

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$UBQU Set to Capitalize Retired NFL Players And Celebrity Endorsements Of CBD



Ubiquitech Software Corp. ( OTC PINK : UBQU ), through its subsidiary HempLife Today™ is set to capitalize on recent endorsements of CBD by some retired NFL players and many notable celebrities. The company believes that because of this additional publicity, CBD is becoming known to a larger segment of the population, and because of the positioning of HempLife Today™ and the CannazALL™ brand of CBD products derived from Hemp, sales of CannazALL™ products will increase as well.

 


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Can CBDs Found in Marijuana Be an Alternative Treatment to Diabetes


The combination of CBD and THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) looks to have significant therapeutic potential in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. Research concerning THCV and Type 2 diabetes has been making scientific news for at least three years. THCV is what chemists call the propyl variant of THC. While THCV is psychoactive, it’s a shorter, more intense high than THC. THC is a few hours at the amusement park; THCV is an hour on the roller coaster.


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Marijuana Proposal In California May Restrict Local Police From Cracking Down

Lawmakers in California have taken a page from laws establishing sanctuary cities for immigrants to create a bill aimed at protecting marijuana from a federal restriction. Similar to laws defending undocumented immigrants, the recently introduced Assembly Bill 1578 would bar cooperation by police in the state with federal authorities seeking to bust marijuana growers and sellers operating legally under California law.


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The combination of CBD and THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) looks to have significant therapeutic potential in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. Research concerning THCV and Type 2 diabetes has been making scientific news for at least three years. THCV is what chemists call the propyl variant of THC. While THCV is psychoactive, it’s a shorter, more intense high than THC. THC is a few hours at the amusement park; THCV is an hour on the roller coaster.

Appetite suppression is another side effect of THCV. The science concerning THCV and weight loss is not well-developed. No one knows how long the effect lasts and how much weight loss can be expected. Even with that caveat, the possibilities are intriguing. The weight-loss industry is worth $60 billion a year, the same as the cannabis industry. What happens when those two industries intersect? Venture capital apoplexy. World domination.

It turns out that there aren’t any high THCV/CBD strains out there. Even THCV by itself is hard to find in any significant concentration. The strains Jack the Ripper and Durban Poison have approximately 2% THCV. Doug’s Varin has closer to 7% THCV, but it has a reputation as a scrawny plant. The strain Willie Nelson has some THCV, but none of the people in my circles know anything about it.

There is a micro-grow (10 plants) in Sonoma County with a strain code named Elizabeth Taylor with 6.7% THCV and 12% THC. It’s a robust plant with the highest terpene (essential oils that give cannabis strains their unique aromatics) profile measured around here.

The big-market potential from secondary cannabinoids, thin science and the lack of THCV/CBD rich genetics is (IMO) the perfect opportunity for any forward-thinking entrepreneur. Whether it’s THCV or something else (CBDV?), our cannabis future, both economic and cultural, will be shaped, not by what we know, but by what we will be able to learn.

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Before American Revolution, the domestic production of hemp in the United States began. The government strongly encouraged that hemp crops be grown to continue the manufacturing of clothing, rope, and sails and, in 1619, the Virginia Assembly passed legislation that mandated all farmers to grow hemp.

After the Civil War, hemp production began to hinder as other materials began to increase in popularity. Yet, cannabis, a mixture of dried flowers and leaves from the hemp plant, continued to be used in nearly every medicine on the shelf at most pharmacies. Even after World War II’s “Hemp for Victory” campaign, during which farmers were encouraged to produce hemp for marine cordage, parachutes, and other military provisions, the process of the cannabis restriction continued.

It wasn’t until 1970 that the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act characterized cannabis differently than narcotics, eliminating harsh minimum federal sentencing mandates. The rush of societal knowledge that marijuana could be used for medical purposes for patients with HIV, cancer, and a many other conditions followed directly behind President George H.W. Bush’s 1989 War on Drugs, during which marijuana didn’t fare so well.

In Indiana’s congress, there are currently 10 house and Senate proposals on medical marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD), a substance within the hemp plant that offers medicinal qualities without the psychedelic effect. Some of the proposals have already been voted down. Others are still moving forward. One such bill is House Bill 1148, authored by Representative William Friend (R-Dist. 23). Friend’s measure proposes immunity for parents who are offered a treatment plan that includes CBD, as well as immunity for the doctors recommending that course of treatment.

Friend stated, “Over the last few years, we have, in the ag committee, sponsored bills for industrial hemp. Not only for introduction as another crop that Hoosier farmers could produce, but also for its medicinal values. We’ve heard some compelling testimony for the last three to four years from desperate parents who have children with juvenile epilepsy. These children may have multiple seizures per hour. They may have to wear helmets. They have used all the pharmaceutical remedies such as sedatives, barbiturates, and other medications and have been unsuccessful.”

Friend added that it has been found that CBD oil may be more than 80% effective in reducing or controlling seizures. He said, “I am not proposing that we legalize marijuana or medical marijuana or even CBD oil. I just want to make it possible for these parents not to be prosecuted.” Friend’s proposal just had its third reading and has moved on to be heard in the Senate. Republican Representative Don Lehe is one of 38 co-authors named on Friend’s bill. While he has no interest in supporting legislation for medical marijuana, he does see the benefit for certain patients on cannabidiol. Lehe stated, “Everything involved in the cannabis family is designated as illegal. Until they (marijuana and CBD oil) are separated, the oil is considered illegal. CBD oil has virtually no THC.”

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CBD is well-known for its health benefits, especially in treating rare seizure disorders. There are other reasons people try CBD products, also. A neurologist and psychopharmacology researcher, Dr. Ethan Russo, notes in a study that the therapeutic effects of CBD are broad, including: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiemetic, antioxidant, anti-psychotic, anti-anxiety, anti-convulsant and cytotoxic in certain cancer cells. Typically, CBD products are primarily made from the concentrated extract of the flowers, leaves and possibly stalks of marijuana or hemp. Most CBD products are either oil-based tinctures or capsules that are consumed orally, or topicals applied to the skin. However, there is a growing variety of other products containing CBD, including those for pets.

To find out if CBD would show on a urine drug test, we consulted employment drug testing expert Barry Sample, who is the director of science and technology for Quest Diagnostics. Sample stated, “If the product contains only CBD and has had the THC removed, then an individual being tested would not be expected to test positive for marijuana or marijuana metabolite.” We contacted cannabis health and science researcher, Paul Armentano. Armentano stated, “Not unless those products also contain quantities of THC. Drug tests screen for either THC or the carboxy-THC metabolite, not for CBD.”

Both experts agree; as long as there is no THC in the CBD products, then a urine test would not test positive for THC. There may be minute amounts of THC in CBD products. An aspect in cannabinoid compounds that aids efficacy is the entourage effect. Coined by venerable Israeli cannabis researcher Raphael Mechoulam in 1999, the entourage effect is the belief that the compounds in marijuana work better together than if the compounds are isolated. CBD products, in addition to the CBD cannabinoid, may contain additional cannabis compounds, including THC, to purportedly increase the effectiveness of the product.

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Physicians will not prescribe marijuana to treat autism in children because no information exists to support such a course of therapy . However, the research does not exist because of medical establishment worries about marijuana testing, with its many active compounds seen as conceivably uncontrollable variables, on children. In the absence of practical information, however, is a growing body of anecdotal proof that marijuana is making autistic children healthier and happier. Some physicians are listening.

Doctor Daniele Piomelli, one of the world’s top neuroscientists and endocannabinoid researchers stated, “Anecdotes should not be dismissed.” The University of California-Irvine faculty member will not consider prescribing marijuana at this time, but is aware of the increasing desire for it. Piomelli continued, “An anecdote is a pointer. It’s something that suggests something needs to be either proven or disproven.”

One scientist attempting to do just that is Doctor Giovanni Martinez, a clinical psychologist in Puerto Rico. His alternative treatment includes his creation of SURF4DEM, a foundation that introduces children and families affected by autism to the therapeutic benefits of surfing. Martinez is studying the therapeutic possibilities of treating children who have autism with CBD oil, and reports positive results. He recounted one particular case in which a child he treated spoke his first words after receiving a twice-daily spray of hemp oil. After three weeks, the child went from being non-verbal to developing considerable language skills.

Martinez stated, “initially the child would become so frustrated with his inability to communicate, he would would act out and injure himself. But, now that he can express himself, he laughs and enjoys life.” Martinez continued, “It’s incredible to see a child go from being non-communicative to achieving a significant improvement in quality of life, for both the child and his family.”

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Since growing hemp has been illegal for almost a full century, researchers have been unable to learn all the benefits associated with it. Currently, most states have an active hemp industry or have authorized hemp research.

Hemp is a distinct variety of the cannabis plant but it is not the same as marijuana. Although hemp is commonly associated with marijuana, it should not be.

Industrial hemp and marijuana are two completely different plants, inside and out. Hemp contains a very small amount (less than 1%) of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana (the chemical that gets a user high). Legal marijuana has a much larger amount of THC (between 15%-30%).

Benefits of industrial hemp

The benefits associated with hemp are endless. Countless products used by people every day can be created from hemp. Some of these products include the following:

• Paper products: Hemp can be used to make paper and it only takes a couple of months to grow. Hemp is environmentally friendly. It is naturally acid free and can be recycled up to 7 times (normal paper can be recycled up to 3 times).
• Clothing: Hemp can be used to make clothing. One acre of hemp produces as much material as 2-3 acres of cotton.
• Building materials: Hemp can be turned into a variety of building materials. You can build a wall out of hemp that is rot free, pest free, mold free, fire resistant, and will last 500 years. You can also make biodegradable plastic out of hemp.
• Gasoline/Fuel: Hemp can be turned into fuel that can be used in your car today. This is done by pressing the hempseed and turning its oil into a biodiesel that is biodegradable and cleaner for the air. Hemp is not the best alternative for fuel because it takes a lot of hemp to make one gallon of gas.
• Nutrition: Hemp can be used as a supplement for nutrition. Hemp is high in protein, contains essential omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, potassium, and dietary fiber.

A $50 billion industry by 2026

The benefits associated with hemp are endless. However, the best part about it is the conditions which it can grow under. If you look at pictures of New York from the mid-1900s, hemp was growing everywhere.

Hemp has multiple growing seasons and it can be grown in some of the toughest environments. Researches have estimated that the Florida hemp industry could be a $460 million dollar industry per year.

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MCIG Sells Stony Hill Corp. an 80% Stake in its VitaCBD Brand

HENDERSON, NV / ACCESSWIRE / February 27, 2017 / mCig, Inc. (MCIG), a diversified company focused on the cannabis industry, announced today that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Stony Hill Corp. (STNY) for the purpose of pursuing mutually beneficial business opportunities in the Cannabidiol (CBD) Industry. Under terms of the agreement, MCIG will sell the VitaCBD brand to STNY, in exchange for total consideration of $850,000 in cash and common stock, and a 20% stake in VitaCBD, LLC, a subsidiary of STNY.

Paul Rosenberg, President and CEO of MCIG, commented, “MCIG has worked diligently to build the VitaCBD product line, but recognizes the need for a strategic partner to assist in branding and marketing of the product. After months of discussions and negotiations, we believe we have found that partner with Stony Hill. We are very bullish on the future revenue potential of VitaCBD and its ability to create value for our company and its shareholders.”

VitaCBD is a highly dedicated group devoted to engineering the purest hemp derived products available. Both hemp and marijuana contain dozens of cannabinoids, naturally occurring chemical compounds, but it is cannabidiol (CBD), in particular, that offers the potential for health and therapeutic benefits without the high. Hemp plants typically contain elevated levels of health-enhancing CBD, but by definition contain only trace levels of THC. This makes the hemp plant attractive to those seeking its potential health benefits as part of an antioxidant-rich lifestyle.

Chris Bridges, President of STNY, stated, “This transaction will expand Stony Hill’s platform of products and accelerate its growth strategy in the industry. Stony Hill and mCig will have a synergistic relationship, combining management and personnel with a dedicated focus on the promotion and deployment of the VitaCBD brand. We are excited to have mCig as a strategic partner and a shareholder in Stony Hill.”

About mCig, Inc.

Headquartered in Henderson, Nevada, mCig Inc. (MCIG) is a diversified company servicing the legal cannabis, hemp and CBD markets via its lifestyle brands. MCIG has transitioned from a vaporizer manufacturer to an industry leading, large scale, full service cannabis cultivation construction company, with its Grow Contractors division currently operating in the rapidly expanding Nevada market. The company looks forward to growing its core competencies to service the Ancillary legal Cannabis, Hemp, and CBD markets, with broader expansion to take place once federal laws change. For more information, visit www.mcig.org.

Safe Harbor Statement

Any statements contained in this press release that do not describe historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any forward-looking statements contained herein are based on current expectations, but are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. The factors that could cause actual future results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties relating to the Company’s ability to develop, market and sell products based on its technology; the expected benefits and efficacy of the Company’s products and technology; the availability of substantial additional funding for the Company to continue its operations and to conduct research and development, and future product commercialization; and the Company’s business, research, product development, regulatory approval, marketing, and distribution plans and strategies.

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CEO of mCig, Inc.
Paul Rosenberg
paul@mcig.org

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