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Cannabis Businesses Invest in Their Futures with Political Donations

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Cannabis companies have been making political donations for years, and in 2020, those donations have continued to grow. In fact, some companies are investing aggressively to shape the future of the cannabis industry either by donating directly to campaigns and politicians or through political action committees (PACs) that support cannabis-friendly candidates and legislation.

So far in 2020, the Center for Responsive Politics reports that the leading cannabis companies, cannabis-related companies, and cannabis trade associations making donations to federal candidates, parties, and outside groups are (in order of 2020 donation amounts to date):

  1. Canty Ventures
  2. National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)
  3. Have A Heart
  4. Beyond Broadway LLC
  5. Sea Hunter Therapeutics
  6. Cannabis Trade Federation
  7. MedMen
  8. Dan Kopp & Co
  9. Acreage Holdings
  10. Weedmaps
  11. Trulieve

Compare that list to the list of large cannabis company donors in 2019, which included Curaleaf, Parallel Brands (formerly Surterra Wellness), Tweed Inc. (part of Canopy Growth Corporation), Canndescent, and Trulieve. Even ancillary cannabis companies like Dama Financial, WeedMaps, and Acreage Holdings donate large sums of money in 2019 according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

State Donations in 2020

There are a number of legalization (adult-use and/or medical use) and decriminalization measures on state ballots in 2020, and cannabis companies, ancillary companies, and professional associations have been actively donating directly to related campaigns and initiatives at the state level.

In Arizona, Harvest is the biggest donor in support of legalization (Prop. 207) followed by Curaleaf, MedMen, Cresco Labs, Copperstate Farms, Arizona Dispensaries Association, Herbal Wellness Center, and Oasis Dispensaries.

Mississippi’s medical marijuana initiative on the November ballot (Initiative 65) has received donations from the CEO of Heritage Properties (George Walker III), Ghost Management Group (which owns Weedmaps), and the owner of ABKO Labs (Robert Lloyde II).

Ghost Management Group and its Weedmaps subsidiary also donated to support Montana’s and New Jersey’s legalization initiatives. In addition, New Jersey’s legalization Question 1 on the November ballot received donations directly from The Scotts Company (the maker of Scotts Miracle Gro), Pashman Stein Walder Hayden (a New Jersey cannabis law firm), and Compassionate Care Research Institute (a New Jersey dispensary).

Keep in mind, these donations don’t include the donations that cannabis companies and ancillary businesses donate to PACs or that they invest in lobbying. The Center for Responsive Politics reports that the biggest investments in lobbying from cannabis companies, ancillary companies, and trade associations in 2020 have come from the Cannabis Trade Federation, National Cannabis Roundtable, Canopy Growth Corp, Curaleaf, Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce, Parallel Brands, Cronos Group, Charlotte’s Web, NCIA, Acreage Holdings, Dama Financial, Trulieve, California Cannabis Association, and Oregon Cannabis Association.

Political Donations from Cannabis Interests Are Not New

One of the biggest political donation stories happened in California when cannabis businesses donated aggressively to former Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom’s campaign to become the state’s governor in the 2018 election. According to the Los Angeles Times, he secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from cannabis cultivators, processors, and retailers.

By May 2018, Newsom had raised nearly $500,000 from cannabis companies, but he wasn’t the only politician in California to receive money from cannabis interests. At the time, the state’s Treasurer, John Chiang, and Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, also secured donations from the cannabis industry

And of course, these donation numbers don’t even include the many donations from PACs that businesses and individuals working in the cannabis industry donate to. Many of these funds go directly to specific candidate’s fundraising efforts. For example, the Coastal Pacific Political Action Committee held a fundraiser in June 2017, and six days later, the PAC donated $50,000 to Newsom’s campaign.

Another noteworthy political donation happened in Florida over the course of multiple years. The Miami Herald reported that Surterra donated $1.1 million to Florida political candidates and committees between the summer of 2016 and March 2018. Trulieve donated $564,000 during the same period, and Curaleaf donated $469,000.

In Illinois, the doors for cannabis companies to make political donations opened in March 2017 when a federal judge ruled an Illinois provision that did not allow marijuana companies to make campaign contributions in the state was unconstitutional.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the provision prevented contributions to political committees that were established for the purpose of promoting candidates for public office. Since that decision was made, cannabis companies like PharmaCann and Cresco Labs have donated significant amounts to the state’s political candidates and committees.

Business and individual donations to marijuana-friendly political candidates have also become standard in Nevada and Colorado. During the 2016 elections, dozens of marijuana cultivators, processors, and dispensaries donated $75,000 to Nevada legislators according to the Nevada Independent.

Looking back further in history, Florida Senator Rob Bradley received his first donation from a cannabis company in 2015 when Costa Farms donated $10,000 to his political committee.

Similarly, cannabis businesses have actively contributed to Colorado political campaigns for years, and many of those businesses have been holding political fundraisers to support their preferred candidates. PBS reported back in 2014 that Colorado’s congressional delegation had received $20,000 during the first nine months of 2014 from marijuana businesses. Also in 2014, a fundraiser to support political candidates that was held by Tripp Keber of Denver, Colorado’s Dixie Elixirs & Edibles generated $40,000 in donations.

What’s Next for Political Campaign Donations from Cannabis Businesses?

As the cannabis industry continues to grow and more states legalize medical and/or recreational cannabis, laws will continue to evolve. Cannabis businesses and ancillary businesses should absolutely be concerned about which politicians are making those laws.

With that said, it’s safe to assume that political donations from the cannabis industry will get larger and more frequent in the coming years. Let’s put the donations from cannabis companies to political campaigns into perspective. During the first half of 2019, the cannabis industry gave more than $200,000 to members of Congress, which was up from $248,504 donated throughout all of 2018. Compare that to the $42 million that pharmaceutical companies donated to political campaigns across the United States in 2018.

With those numbers in mind, it’s guaranteed that political donations from cannabis and cannabis-related companies will continue to grow. Savvy businesses are paying attention and getting involved in an attempt to influence the regulations that could make or break their companies’ futures.

Originally published 8/24/17. Updated 10/23/20.

Source: https://cannabiz.media/marijuana-businesses-invest-in-their-futures-with-political-donations/

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GreenheartCBD Founder Paul Walsh named to the All-Ireland Business All Star List

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Greenheart, the leading licensed Irish sustainable producer, is delighted to announce that company co-founder and visionary Paul Walsh, has received a Thought Leadership award for innovation, technology, and sustainability, from the All-Ireland Business Foundation All-Star Ireland awards.

This prestigious accolade is given to a very small number of leading business innovators and visionaries in Ireland each year. The award follows closely on Greenheart’s own accreditation by the All Ireland Business Foundation. This accreditation is an outstanding achievement and recognizes the hard work and dedication of the Greenheart team in providing the best in class service to all our customers.

Greenheart was founded two years ago in Ashbourne, County Meath, and was formed two years ago by childhood friends Mark Canavan and Paul Walsh. The company produces a full range of sustainable oils – and shortly – edibles and balms for the retail market. Although Greenheart only began selling its oils in January 2020, it already has over 1,500 customers, a customer return rate three times the industry average and over seventy trusted 5-star reviews on its website. 

Before launching Greenheart, Paul and Mark spent years researching extraction methods to produce the most effective agricultural products, for the end consumer with full traceability from seed to shelf. The company is the first sustainable producer in its market to use the full scope of cutting edge technology in its cultivation and production. This includes Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, and Blockchain technology at each stage of the planting, harvesting, production, and retailing process.

Greenheart Punt Token

The company is launching its own product token on December 1st – the Greenheart Punt – which will trade on the LAToken exchange and allow its stakeholders to access its products at the greatest possible discounts on its new apps platform. 

The Greenheart Punt token is being backed by a real commodity – 1,000 liters of Greenheart’s oil in year 1 (with a retail value of $4 million US dollars) – allowing token holders to redeem their tokens directly for Greenheart oil.
The company also plans to continue deploying pioneering sustainability technology and cold press extraction, while also launching an Innovation Centre to teach farmers and the wilder public about the benefits of growing hemp and sustainable crops in Ireland.


 

Source: Shane Walsh GreenheartCBD.ie

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PAOG CEO Discusses 2020 Progress And PURA Dividend On MoneyTV

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Sandusky, OH – November 25, 2020 – OTC PR WIRE — PAO Group, Inc. (OTC: PAOG) today announced an interview of CEO Jim DiPrima on MoneyTV where Mr. DiPrima discusses the company’s progress in 2020 to include the latest updates on PAOG’s coming one for one dividend of PAOG stock to Puration, Inc. (OTC: PURA) shareholders in conjunction with PAOG’s recent acquisition of PURA’s cannabis cultivation business.

PAOG made two strategic acquisitions this year transitioning the company into the cannabis neurocritical and pharmaceutical markets.  PAOG has recently executed an agreement with a Contract Research Organization (CRO) to advance the company’s hemp derived CBD extract to treat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) toward an FDA approval.  PAOG is also close to executing a neurocritical development agreement.  In addition to the interview published today, the company anticipates issuing substantial updates on the pharmaceutical and neurocritical developments next week.

MoneyTV is the internationally syndicated television program all about money and what makes it happen, (http://www.moneytv.net), featuring informative interviews with company CEOs and executives, providing insights into their operations and outlooks for their futures. MoneyTV is seen in over 200 million TV households in more than 75 countries.

Free information packages from the featured companies can be requested by sending an email to info@moneytv.net.

The television program can also be viewed online immediately at www.moneytv.net.

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Forward-Looking Statements: Certain statements in this news release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of Rule 175 under the Securities Act of 1933 and Rule 3b-6 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and are subject to the safe harbor created by those rules. All statements, other than statements of fact, included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding potential future plans and objectives of the company are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Technical complications, which may arise, could prevent the prompt implementation of any strategically significant plan(s) outlined above. The Company undertakes no duty to revise or update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

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Source: https://otcprwire.com/paog-ceo-discusses-2020-progress-and-pura-dividend-on-moneytv/

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GREENHEART CBD NAMED IN TOP 3 CBD “PRODUCT OF THE YEAR” AT INAUGURAL CANNAVIST AWARDS

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Greenheart CBD, the leading licensed Irish CBD producer, is delighted to announce that in its very first year of operation, it has been named in the Top 3 CBD Products of the Year by The Cannavist Magazine.

The Cannavist is the leading magazine for the CBD industry in the UK and Ireland. 2020 is the inaugural year for its CBD awards, which covered the full range of CBD related products on the market – from edibles and skincare to tinctures and petcare.
Greenheart CBD was founded two years ago in Ashbourne, County Meath, and was formed two years ago by childhood friends Mark Canavan and Paul Walsh. The company produces a full range of CBD oils – and shortly – edibles and balms to the retail market.

Although Greenheart only began selling its CBD oils in January 2020, it already has over 1,500 customers, a customer return rate three times the industry average and over seventy trusted 5-star reviews on its website. Before launching Greenheart, Paul and Mark spent years researching extraction methods to produce the most effective CBD products, for the end consumer with full traceability from seed to shelf. The company is the first CBD producer to use the full scope of “CBD Tech” in hemp cultivation. This includes Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, and Blockchain technology at each stage of the planting, harvesting, production, and retailing process.
Greenheart Punt Token

The company is launching its own product token on December 1st – the Greenheart Punt – which will trade on the LAToken exchange and allow its stakeholders to access its products at the greatest possible discounts on its new apps platform.
The Greenheart Punt token is being backed by a real commodity – 1,000 liters of Greenheart’s CBD oil in year 1 (with a retail value of $4 million US dollars) – allowing token holders to redeem their tokens directly for Greenheart CBD oil.

The company also plans to continue deploying pioneering CBD Tech and cold press extraction, while also launching an Innovation Centre to teach farmers and the wilder public about the benefits of growing hemp and sustainable crops in Ireland

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8 Reasons You Need To Hop On The CBD Trend

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From the shelf of your dispensary to a common ingredient in the newest skincare products, CBD is the latest rave in the market. Ever since its use in FDA approved drugs for epilepsy, masses are excited to learn more about the compound’s potential benefits.

Businesses are gearing up to meet the spiking demand for CBD products by bringing user-friendly formulations like CBD gummies for pain and various other CBD products to the market. Look around, and you will notice how CBD has made its way into our everyday life. If you haven’t explored CBD yet, here are eight reasons why you would want to hop on the trend right away.


1. CBD For Improved Sleep

Remember the sleepless nights when too much mental and physical exertion would not let you sleep? Sometimes even a decent schedule and crawling early into bed is not enough to relax you into a good night of sleep. According to the latest statistics, almost 30% of the population in the US suffer from insomnia. Undoubtedly, the following day after sleepless nights is exhaustive to get through. While you may rely on medication, most of them impose life-threatening side-effects.

On the other hand, CBD is a natural sleep enhancer that can help imbibe a proper sleeping pattern. Studies reveal that CBD can inhibit Rapid Eye Movement duration during sleep, which is an effective way to improve sleep quality. CBD can reduce daytime grogginess to restore balance in the body. CBD can take you on a journey of restful sleep nights and active days ahead of them.


2.  Manage Everyday Stress and Anxiety

A vast majority of the population is exposed to stress or anxiety in some form or the other. Everyday stressors, including work-life balance, improper nutrition, and physical stress, can invite hormonal imbalances. Anti-stress medicines could be intense and put heavy pressure on your system. CBD is a great alternative that can help cope with the stressors.

A study reveals that it can alter the brain response to stress triggers and modulate our hormones to create a euphoric feeling. CBD can bring harmony to our system by checking imbalances in the chemical levels while the brain experiences stress.


3. To Enhance Your Sexual Experience

The chemical structure of CBD makes it compatible with the human endocannabinoid system. Its interaction with various CB receptors can regulate hormones, alleviate stress, and influence mood, which can positively impact your sex life. Markets are brimming with CBD infused lubricants that promises to improve sex life.

CBD can help increase sexual drive and initiate stimulation for the activity. Various CBD-infused lubes can benefit users by increasing blood flow to the sex organs to stimulate arousal.


4. Keep Age-related Troubles At Bay

Brain cell regeneration drops with age, which can bring several disadvantages. The elderly suffering from such conditions can experience a loss of functions. CBD can support several mental treatments without severe side effects. A study conducted in 2007 reveals that CBD can reduce neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s condition.

Another study signifies that it can lower the degeneration and alleviate pain in multiple sclerosis patients. Many doctors supplement their therapies with CBD to reverse the degeneration symptoms, thus offering it as an alternative treatment choice for the elderly.


5. CBD In Skin Care

Apart from our endocannabinoid system, our skin houses CB receptors too, which makes CBD topicals an effective alternative to introducing CBD to our system. With numerous beauty benefits, CBD is an effective ingredient in skin creams, lotions, oils, and salves.

The anti-inflammatory properties in CBD can come to the rescue for managing localized conditions like eczema, acne, and skin inflammation. The moisturizing properties in the compound is another reason why CBD infused topicals have become popular.


 6. To Support Your Fitness Journey

Whereas CBD shows health potential to enhance well-being, its use in the fitness journey is the icing on the cake. Recent discoveries about the benefits of CBD have increased its relevance in nutrition and health supplements.

With the use of CBD, many fitness enthusiasts report better focus and mental agility during the training. The anti-inflammatory properties in it can ease muscle strain and aid relaxation. Considering its relevance in the recovery,  now the World Anti Doping Agency approves its use for professional athletes as well.


7. As a common Analgesic

CBD binds with the receptors at the inflammatory sites to hinder the production of chemicals responsible for inflammation. CBD can also help alleviate chronic pain conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and Arthritis.

When consumed, CBD can lessen the body’s pain response by inhibiting COX-2 enzymes to block inflammation and pain temporarily. A study indicates the relevancy of CBD in reducing the efficiency of COX-2 by almost 50 %.


 8. Your Pets Can Benefit From It Too

Like the human body, CBD can offer similar health benefits to animals too. Several pet owners are exploring the benefits that CBD in their beloved pets. It can help with conditions like arthritis, sensitivities, digestive disorders in pets like cats and dogs. For the pet owners who prioritize their pet’s well being, CBD can be a great addition to their daily routine.


The Bottom Line

Many people use CBD to relieve some specific conditions, with a low risk of side-effects. Hence, CBD has secured its place in the mainstream as an active supplement. It is emerging as a wellness ingredient for its miraculous capacity to enhance many life-supporting activities.


 

AUTHOR BIO:

Crystal has been closely studying the cannabis industry trends for quite some time. Intrigued by the booming growth of this sector, she takes interest in penning down her views providing quality insight on current marijuana trends, particularly medical cannabis.

 

   Crystal M. Wilson

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