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PHOENIX – 4Front Ventures Corp. (CSE: FFNT) (OTCQX: FFNTF) (“4Front” or the “Company”) continues to focus its efforts in the Illinois market and is pleased to announce that its Mission dispensary located in Chicago’s South Chicago neighborhood will re-open to patients and customers on July 31, 2020. The store was temporarily closed on May 31st as the result of looting in the wake of the recent protests and unrest in Chicago.

Previously known as Mission South Shore, the dispensary will be renamed Mission South Chicago upon reopening as a dedication to the local community that has embraced and supported the retail location since its opening as a medical dispensary in 2017. Mission South Chicago, located at 8554 S. Commercial Ave., is the only cannabis retail store on the city’s Southeast Side.

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“The reopening of Mission is not only a pivotal moment for our company but also the South Chicago community which has been incredibly generous in their support during this rebuilding process. South Chicago has long been overlooked and underserved and it was important for us to demonstrate that we are fully committed to being a contributing member of the community, and a part of the ongoing economic development in the neighborhood,” said 4Front and Mission President Kris Krane. “It is a testament to the drive and dedication of our staff that we are able to reopen our doors so quickly. We are grateful to serve this community and will not be deterred as we push forward in our mission to build a unique and inspiring place for our neighbors as the headquarters for all things cannabis.”

As part of the reopening, Mission South Chicago will be holding a rededication rally at the store beginning on Friday July 31st at 9 a.m. CT featuring community members and local officials. Speakers at the event will include:

  • State Representative Kelly Cassidy (IL-14)
  • State Representative Kam Buckner (IL-26)
  • State Senator Robert Peters (IL-13)
  • Chicago Deputy Mayor Paul Stewart
  • Gabriel Mendoza, Vice President of Operations of Mission South Chicago

Following the rally, Mission South Chicago will officially reopen its doors to patients and customers at 10 a.m. CT.

Illinois Expansion Update

In addition to this reopening, 4Front is pleased to announce that it received its special use permit on July 22nd for an additional retail location in Calumet City, Illinois. The Company has submitted building plans to local officials and expects to break ground in the coming weeks, with the goal of opening its second Illinois retail location in Q4 2020.To receive company updates and be added to the email distribution list please sign up here https://4frontventures.com/newsletter/


About 4Front Ventures Corp.
4Front (CSE: FFNT) (OTCQX: FFNTF) is a national multi-state cannabis operator and retailer, with a market advantage in mass-produced, low-cost quality branded cannabis products. 4Front manufactures and distributes a portfolio of over 25 cannabis brands including Marmas, Crystal Clear, Funky Monkey, Pebbles, and the Pure Ratios wellness collection, distributed through retail outlets and their chain of strategically positioned Mission branded dispensaries.Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, 4Front has operations in Illinois, Massachusetts, California, Michigan and Washington state. From plant genetics to the cannabis retail experience, 4Front’s team applies expertise across the entire cannabis value chain. For more information, visit 4Front’s website www.4frontventures.com

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CannaCon is coming to Chicago, Illinois from August 6-7, 2021, and Cannabiz Media will be there at Booth #705 on the expo floor! Our team had a great time at CannaCon Midwest Detroit in June, and everyone is looking forward to connecting with familiar and new faces in Chicago. 

Stop by Booth #705 to say hi and watch a demo of the latest and greatest Cannabiz Media License Database software.

CannaCon Midwest Chicago will feature more than 150 exhibitors and at least 20 educational seminars held at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The event will bring together cannabis industry professionals from the Midwest region of the country with tickets available for the expo and seminars or just the expo.

Educational Seminars at CannaCon Midwest Chicago

Seminars at the Chicago event will feature speakers from a variety of organizations, including Seed to Sale Funding, Allay Consulting, Grove Bags, GreenBroz, Agrify, Agro Lighting, Kush Masters, Specialty Testing Solutions, and more. 

The educational sessions will cover everything from seed to sale. Sessions are categorized as follows: Cultivation, Extraction, Processing, Retail, Business / Legal, Finance, Science / Genetics, Marketing and Branding, and Operations Management. All of the seminars announced so far are listed below by category:

Cultivation, Science / Genetics

  • Cannabis Ag-Tech Saves Food from Climate Change
  • Achieving Genetic Potential with Nutrition and Stress Mitigation
  • Getting the Most out of Your Cannabis Phenotype

Extraction

  • Profiting from Solventless: Tips and Tricks for Success (also in Marketing and Branding category)

Processing

  • Innovative Solventless Solution
  • Scaling Up Post-Harvest Processing with Automated Systems
  • Pre-Roll Industry Trends and Insights

Retail

  • The Changing Expectations of Dispensary Consumers

Business / Legal and Finance

  • Financing Your Cannabis Business
  • Cannabis License Opportunities in Illinois, New York, Ohio, and Michigan in 2021
  • The Pot Brothers at Law
  • The Future of Indoor Cultivation
  • Life after SAFE Banking – Unlocking Payments, Lending, and Other Financial Services for Your Cannabis Business

Marketing and Branding

  • Modern Website Musts to Establish Credibility with Customers and Compete Online
  • Cannabis Packaging: Humble Beginnings to Global CPG (also in Operations Management category)

Operations Management

  • How to Level Up Your Cannabis Operations
  • Resident Analytical Insight in Cannabis Manufacturing
  • Introduction to Cannabis Testing
  • It’s Complicated: Workplace Safety in Cannabis

The conference will run from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on both Friday, August 6th and Saturday, August 7th, which gives attendees plenty of time to attend educational sessions, visit vendors on the expo floor, and network with other cannabis industry professionals.

Stop By Booth #705 and Visit the Cannabiz Media Team

Don’t be a stranger! If you’re attending CannaCon Midwest Chicago, stop by booth #705 to chat with the Cannabiz Media team and see the Cannabiz Media License Database in action.

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Visit Cannabiz Media at CannaCon Midwest Chicago | Cannabiz Media

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CannaCon is coming to Chicago, Illinois from August 6-7, 2021, and Cannabiz Media will be there at Booth #705 on the expo floor! Our team had a great time at CannaCon Midwest Detroit in June, and everyone is looking forward to connecting with familiar and new faces in Chicago. 

Stop by Booth #705 to say hi and watch a demo of the latest and greatest Cannabiz Media License Database software.

CannaCon Midwest Chicago will feature more than 150 exhibitors and at least 20 educational seminars held at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The event will bring together cannabis industry professionals from the Midwest region of the country with tickets available for the expo and seminars or just the expo.

Educational Seminars at CannaCon Midwest Chicago

Seminars at the Chicago event will feature speakers from a variety of organizations, including Seed to Sale Funding, Allay Consulting, Grove Bags, GreenBroz, Agrify, Agro Lighting, Kush Masters, Specialty Testing Solutions, and more. 

The educational sessions will cover everything from seed to sale. Sessions are categorized as follows: Cultivation, Extraction, Processing, Retail, Business / Legal, Finance, Science / Genetics, Marketing and Branding, and Operations Management. All of the seminars announced so far are listed below by category:

Cultivation, Science / Genetics

  • Cannabis Ag-Tech Saves Food from Climate Change
  • Achieving Genetic Potential with Nutrition and Stress Mitigation
  • Getting the Most out of Your Cannabis Phenotype

Extraction

  • Profiting from Solventless: Tips and Tricks for Success (also in Marketing and Branding category)

Processing

  • Innovative Solventless Solution
  • Scaling Up Post-Harvest Processing with Automated Systems
  • Pre-Roll Industry Trends and Insights

Retail

  • The Changing Expectations of Dispensary Consumers

Business / Legal and Finance

  • Financing Your Cannabis Business
  • Cannabis License Opportunities in Illinois, New York, Ohio, and Michigan in 2021
  • The Pot Brothers at Law
  • The Future of Indoor Cultivation
  • Life after SAFE Banking – Unlocking Payments, Lending, and Other Financial Services for Your Cannabis Business

Marketing and Branding

  • Modern Website Musts to Establish Credibility with Customers and Compete Online
  • Cannabis Packaging: Humble Beginnings to Global CPG (also in Operations Management category)

Operations Management

  • How to Level Up Your Cannabis Operations
  • Resident Analytical Insight in Cannabis Manufacturing
  • Introduction to Cannabis Testing
  • It’s Complicated: Workplace Safety in Cannabis

The conference will run from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on both Friday, August 6th and Saturday, August 7th, which gives attendees plenty of time to attend educational sessions, visit vendors on the expo floor, and network with other cannabis industry professionals.

Stop By Booth #705 and Visit the Cannabiz Media Team

Don’t be a stranger! If you’re attending CannaCon Midwest Chicago, stop by booth #705 to chat with the Cannabiz Media team and see the Cannabiz Media License Database in action.

Can’t attend CannaCon Midwest Chicago? No worries! Schedule an online demo of the Cannabiz Media License Database.

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How to Learn about State Cannabis Laws and Licensing Rules | Cannabiz Media

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Keeping up with changing cannabis industry news is easy when you read and listen to the right cannabis websites, blogs, newsletters, and podcasts, but what about learning the laws and regulations that are unique to each state? Where do you go to get current cannabis licensing rules?

Fortunately, there are a number of websites that keep updated information about state cannabis laws and rules. That means you don’t necessarily have to visit each state’s regulatory websites and read through pages and pages of legal code to get the information you need. 

Some of the go-to sources for finding the information you need about cannabis laws and licensing rules are shared below.

National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) State-by-State Policies

NCIA has dedicated an entire section of its website to providing timely information about cannabis industry laws across the United States. NCIA’s State-by-State Policies page is easy to navigate with a U.S. map that shows which states have approved cannabis for medical and/or recreational use as well as which states only allow limited use of cannabis (this typically refers to low-THC, CBD-only products).

When you select a state on NCIA’s map, you can click to view more comprehensive details about the state’s legal cannabis program. Most of the information focuses on business laws and licensing rules. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Annual sales volumes (past and projected)
  • Number of dispensaries, manufacturers, cultivators, and testing labs allowed
  • License types
  • Licensing fees
  • Licensee residency requirements
  • Vertical integration rules
  • And more

The data is compiled by NCIA’s employees and comes from sources like BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research – two recognized companies in the cannabis industry.

NORML State Laws

NORML offers a robust State Laws section on its website where laws in all 50 states can be accessed by clicking on each state on the U.S. map. Once you’ve opened a state’s data, you’ll find information about cannabis laws and penalties for individuals, including laws related to possession, cultivation, sale or delivery, hash and concentrates, paraphernalia, and more. Individuals can also find information about state-by-state impaired driving laws, expungement, legalization, medical marijuana, and more.

Some business-related rules can be found in the medical marijuana section for states that have approved medical cannabis programs in operation. This information includes details about:

  • When the state’s medical cannabis law was signed
  • If the state’s medical cannabis program is operational
  • If state licensed dispensaries are allowed
  • If state licensed dispensaries are operational
  • If reciprocity is allowed
  • Estimated number of registered patients
  • Qualifying conditions
  • Caregivers
  • Home cultivation
  • Possession limits

In addition, the medical marijuana information includes source information from various state laws, so you can easily find and read those statutes to learn more.

Marijuana Policy Project

Marijuana Policy Project’s State Policy page includes a map that makes it easy to see which states have legalized different types of cannabis use and possession. States are color-coded to show you which of the following categories they fall in:

  • States with medical marijuana laws
  • States that have removed jail time for possessing small amounts of marijuana
  • States that have a medical marijuana law and have removed jail time for possessing small amounts of marijuana
  • States where marijuana is legal for adults and is taxed and regulated similarly to alcohol; the state also has a medical marijuana law
  • Marijuana is legal for adults (no sales); the state also has a medical marijuana law

Unlike the NCIA and NORML resources discussed above, you won’t find a list of specific rules when you click on a state in the U.S. map on Marijuana Policy Project’s State Policy page. 

Instead, you’ll see a reverse-chronological order series of articles that provide updates on significant regulatory changes affecting that state’s cannabis program. When you scroll down past the articles, you’ll find a list of the state’s cannabis-related bills with brief descriptions and links to view the full bills.

Key Takeaways about Resources for Cannabis Laws and Licensing Rules

There is no single source to get current information on all states’ cannabis laws and licensing rules. Instead, you’ll likely have to use multiple sites and resources to get all of the information you need. However, the three sites above provide great places to start your research.

If you’re looking for information about specific cannabis or hemp license holders in the United States, Canada, or international markets, you can get all of that data and more by subscribing to the Cannabiz Media License Database. Schedule a demo and see how it can help you build your business by connecting with license holders who need the products and services you supply.

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THCV From Cannabis Might Be Best Bet For Treating Diabetes

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The diabetes issue is one of the many growing health problems in the US, and beyond, spurred on, no doubt, by modern food systems, and generally unhealthy lifestyles. Though taking a medication will never take the place of healthy living behaviors, cannabis compound THCV might be the best bet for treating the symptoms of diabetes.

For those with weight issues, using THCV for help with diabetes symptoms, might be the best bet. Cannabis and Hemp provides tons of useful medical and recreational compounds like THCV, Delta 10, THC-O and Delta-8 THC. This alternate form of THC produces less psychoactive effect, less couch locking, and less anxiety, while providing nearly all the benefits of delta-9. We believe in making sure people get the products they need. Take a look at our selection of Delta-8 THC products, as well as THCV, and many more compounds, to find the right product for you.

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What is diabetes?

Diabetes, technically called diabetes mellitus, is an entire grouping of metabolic disorders that relate to elevated blood sugar levels over time, and a lack of insulin. Diabetes is the root of many other health issues, and when left untreated, can lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke, the need to amputate body parts, and even death. Here are the different kinds of diabetes, though all types deal with the inability to produce enough insulin, or the body not responding properly to the insulin produced.

  • Type I – Often known as ‘juvenile diabetes’, this type of diabetes is a result of an autoimmune response which causes the death of beta cells in the pancreas. Beta cells are responsible for synthesizing and secreting insulin, which means in these cases, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, and those with this disorder require insulin from outside in order to survive. Why the autoimmune response happens that causes the loss of beta cells, is unknown. This type of diabetes is often referred to as ‘insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus’.
  • Type II – Often called ‘adult-onset diabetes’, this disorder has to do with insulin resistance, in which case cells don’t respond to the insulin around them appropriately. Progression of type II diabetes can lead to a lack of insulin overall. This type of diabetes is generally caused by being overweight or not getting enough exercise (or a combination of the two.) Since it doesn’t relate to an actual inability of the body to produce insulin, its called ‘non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus’.

What is THCV?

At this point, whether a person agrees or not, it should be well understood that the cannabis plant is being looked to as a remedy for a number of different health concerns, with varying amounts of research, historical evidence, and anecdotal data to back up claims. But this doesn’t mean every part of the plant is good for everything, and sometimes it takes researching different compounds within a plant to establish which parts can be beneficial, and for what.

As it turns out, one of the newer cannabinoids to make headlines recently, and enter into the unregulated cannabis market of America, is THCV. So, what is this compound? THCV stands for tetrahydrocannabivarin, and it’s a homologue of delta-9 THC. This means it differs from delta-9 in terms of a repeating unit, but is otherwise the same. In this case it has to do with propyl side chains. Delta-9 has three carbon atom side chain, whereas THCV has a five carbon atom chain. This difference in the number of carbon atoms in the chain, makes for two compounds which a body responds to differently. THCV is a CB1 antagonist, and a CB2 partial agonist. This means, it disrupts – or interferes with – actions at the CB1 receptors, and binds to CB2 receptors where it can activate it, but not fully. In contrast, delta-9 is a CB1 agonist.

THCV does not start as THCA – like delta-9, but rather has a precursor of CBGVA (cannabigerovarin acid). This then breaks down to THCVA (tetrahydrocannabivarin carboxylic acid), which is then decarboxylated to form THCV.

Cannabis & THCV for diabetes

There are a couple things about THCV that make it a possible answer for the growing diabetes problem. The first thing about THCV is that it can effect appetite. Most of us are aware of the phenomenon of ‘munchies’ whereby you smoke a little pot and then get insanely hungry, sometimes to ridiculous and inhuman levels. This effect can often cause people to overeat, because the delta-9 THC is acting as an agonist at the CB1 receptor.

Conversely, THCV is an antagonist at the CB1 receptor, and has shown to reduce hunger, thereby reducing food intake (or the desire for food intake). While it hasn’t undergone testing in humans, it has shown hypophagia effects in mice, meaning it can suppress appetite and food intake. This was true in mice that had, and had not, eaten. It was found in this study: Synthetic and plant-derived cannabinoid receptor antagonists show hypophagic properties in fasted and non-fasted mice, that food suppression continued for 6-8 hours after administration, with the same results for four days straight.

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No rebound effect was noticed, meaning the animals went back to their regular feeding routine by the next day. It was found however, that when a THCV-rich extract was used (as opposed to pure THCV), the hunger and food intake suppression didn’t happen, which the scientists expect might have been because of residual amounts of delta-9, which impacted the THCV’s ability to work.

THCV has shown yet another useful property for dealing with diabetes, particularly as it relates to obesity. THCV seems to have properties that can help with the glucose intolerance often experienced by obese people. Once again done with mouse models, this study: The cannabinoid Δ9-tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) ameliorates insulin sensitivity in two mouse models of obesity highlights how THCV can affect insulin resistance.

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Why do we care if THCV is good for treating diabetes?

To give an idea of why this condition deserves some extra attention, according to the World Health Organization:

  • The number of worldwide diabetes cases rose from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. Considering that obesity levels have increased threefold since 1975 on a global level, with a staggering 42.4% of the US population weighing in at obese levels in 2017-2018, the expected number of diabetes cases will only rise from here.
  • There was a 5% increase in premature death rates between 2000-2016 due to diabetes.
  • In 2019 alone, there were approximately 1.5 million deaths directly related to diabetes.
  • In 2012 alone, 2.2 million deaths were attributable to high blood sugar levels.

When looking just at the US, according to diabetes.org:

  • As of 2018 numbers, about 10.5% of the US population has diabetes, which equals about 34.2 million people. Of these cases, only 1.6 million relate to type I diabetes, and the rest denote cases that exist purely because of bad health issues.
  • Only about 26.8 million of the previous number have been diagnosed. The rest are undiagnosed cases.
  • There are approximately 1.5 million new diagnosed cases per year.
  • As of 2015, 88 million people in America have prediabetes.
  • In 2017, diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in the US, accounting for 83,564 deaths where diabetes was named as an underlying factor on the death certificate, and a total of 270,702 death certificates that year which mentioned diabetes as a cause of death.
  • The previous bullet point only relates to reported diabetic deaths, whereas studies have found that as many as 60% of diabetic deaths may never be attributed properly to the disease, making it highly underreported.
  • The total cost of dealing with diagnosed diabetes is approximately $327 billion per year, based on numbers from 2017.

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Conclusion

That the world is getting fatter at break neck speeds is something we all kind of know. It’s everywhere around us. In the extra-large size clothing, in the horribly unhealthy food (and increasingly large portions of it), in the lack of exercise and sedentary lifestyles, and in the expanding waistlines that just seem to expand out further.

Technically, we don’t need a cannabis compound, we need to eat better and exercise more. But people don’t always have the time or education be as healthy as they should, and for this reason, having something that can aid those having issues, becomes more crucial. In a better world, we’d make sure people were actually taking care of themselves appropriately. In this one, we’re lucky to have cannabis compounds like THCV, which offer help for those suffering from ailments like diabetes.

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