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County Sheriffs and Prosecutor Arrest and Charge Two Oregonians With Hemp Possession

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Prescott News Oregon reports and the photo of the two men should tell you everything you need to know in today’s America !

In late March, two Oregon men with legally certified hemp were arrested near Ash Fork, AZ by a Yavapai County sheriff’s deputy and charged with possession with intent to sell marijuana.

The problem for Yavapai County Attorney Polk and Sheriff Mascher was that the deputy falsely described high grade marijuana, and an amount that was not true.

Christopher Tinsley and Gordon Peppers were transporting a load of legal CBD-rich hemp from Oregon to Texas, on behalf of Sacred Flower Farms. They were delivery men, who were hired to transport the hemp by a buyer in Texas. The plan was simple… make the trip, deliver the hemp and return to Oregon. They had secured certification indicating that an Oregon laboratory certified what it was – hemp, with lots of CBD in it.

Deputy Trevor Hearl claims he pulled them over for some sort of unsafe lane change and that gave him probable cause to peek inside their van, determine it was pot and make an arrest. One newspaper report from Oregon said Hearl even boasted of his expertise in knowing about high grade marijuana. And Hearl’s report also said they fit the profile of drug traffickers because they were driving a car with out-of-state plates on a known drug corridor.

“I kept waiting for him to say it was because we were black,” Tinsley told an Oregon publication.

Hearl and the sheriffs threw the two men in the county jail for eight days – during the height of Covid-19 fears, not to mention a time in history when wrongful arrests or even killings by police of African Americans were making news.

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is an active ingredient in cannabis that many Yavapai County residents are buying because some claim it helps treat conditions like pain, insomnia, and anxiety. To have been illegal, Peppers and Tinsley would have had to be in possession of hemp or pot with THC in it. THC is tetrahydrocannabinol – the psychoactive compound in marijuana and hemp that gives the high sensation.

The two African Americans – Peppers and Tinsley – hired Phoenix attorney Tyler Schwenke who is investigating whether to file civil charges against Yavapai County. Schwenke told me, “The sheriffs didn’t bother to call Oregon folks to determine what the product was.”

He also confirmed the deputy weighed the hemp wrong. Peppers and Tinsley admit they had 285 pounds of legal hemp, but Deputy Hearl weighed it out at 417 pounds and declared it marijuana.

“Under the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill, a federal law, you can’t be prosecuted for transporting legal hemp under a state law,” Schwenke told me.

In one of his reports Hearl says he’s with PANT, the Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking group. I’m not sure why Hearl would put that in a report except that PANT has become Sheila Polk’s mechanism for using confiscated money and goods to fund anti-drug projects she would otherwise have no money for, and perhaps Hearl was thinking he had made such a huge score that the proceeds could go to PANT.

Dwight Develyn, spokesperson in the sheriff’s department won’t comment – he won’t even give me investigative reports that I requested under the Arizona Open Records Statute. Sheila Polk’s staff was asked for a comment and legal documents in the case. She and her staff have failed to respond.

One additional investigation I am pursuing is whether deputy David Rhodes (who is running for sheriff) is married to April Rhodes who owns Spectrum Health – a company which is getting lucrative contracts from the county sheriff to offer psychology counseling to jail inmates. Dwight Develyn, Sheriff Mascher, Sheila Polk and Spectrum Health have refused to answer any questions on that issue or supply any documents with which to corroborate or deny. Develyn did email me a brochure that the county is boasting about, describing the Yavapai Mental Health Coalition in which Spectrum gets to carve up part of a $225,000 pie.

But that’s just one program and Spectrum now has a partnership with West Yavapai Guidance Clinic and has morphed into another company known as Complete Care Partners. Wow, is mental health care that big a business in the Yavapai County government system, and where is all the money going? Two sources within AHCCCS – Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System – tell me that agency has provided $43,000, combined, to West Yavapai Guidance and Spectrum.

Spectrum’s leadership, including April Rhodes, is listed on the Arizona Corporation Commission website, along with Board of Director names our readers might find interesting.

Did Peppers and Tinsley get psychological counseling during their eight days in jail, eight days of trauma over something they didn’t do and the possibility of getting Covid-19 in close quarters? Peppers said they did – three minutes worth. I wonder what they billed for three minutes.

One of Polk’s public relations problems has been her over-zealous obsession with ridding Arizona of all things marijuana, or hemp that might smell like marijuana. She dislikes medicinal marijuana, approved by Arizonans, and is opposed to the ballot issue that would legalize recreational marijuana. Often her zeal gets her into trouble. For instance, in 2015 the Arizona Republic newspaper let her publish an op-ed piece on the dangers of marijuana. In the op-ed she claims “marijuana use was associated with the tragic and needless deaths of 62 children in Arizona.”

But as Republic columnist E.J. Montini wrote in the paper the next day: “Wow. That’s a pretty startling figure. I mean, if marijuana killed 62 kids don’t you think that might have made, you know, the news?” He indicated Polk was twisting information from a report by the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program to suit Polk’s narrative.

We’re all for cracking down on serious drug crimes, and Prescott Enews supports our police officers, and law and order, if the prosecutor and sheriff get the facts straight.

Peppers and Tinsley were let out of jail after eight days and Mr. Peppers told me the Oregon farm eventually got its hemp back. But both men could sue the county for civil rights violations such as an illegal arrest, illegal detention for eight days and other claims. Stay tuned.

Source:  https://www.prescottenews.com/index.php/news/current-news/item/35413-county-sheriffs-and-prosecutor-arrest-and-charge-two-oregonians-with-hemp-possession

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Irish start-up raises funds to get farmers to grow hemp using drones

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An Irish start-up has just raised $5.3 million (€4.5 million) in financing to provide loans to farmers in Ireland and across the world to encourage them to grow hemp for use in cannabidiol (CBD) products.

Co Meath-based Greenheart CBD, which was founded by Paul Walsh and Mark Canavan two years ago, uses drones and artificial intelligence to help maximise crop cultivation by continually monitoring plant health.

The company, which previously secured a government licence to grow hemp with farmers in Co Wicklow, has developed a number of organic CBD products for consumers that have full traceability “from seed to shelf”.

CBD is the lesser-known compound found in the cannabis sativa plant; its more famous sibling, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the active ingredient in marijuana.

Having recently signed a major distribution contract with Uniphar to distribute its products, the company is now looking to expand its supply chain. It has managed to grow, in retail terms, $12 million worth of crop so far from 10 acres in Ireland but now wants to secure more hemp, particularly from the developing world.

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Despite the growing popularity of CBD products, many farmers find it difficult to obtain financing from banks for hemp production due to its connection with cannabis. Greenheart is therefore stepping in to lend directly to them via smart contracts, which are built on blockchain technology.

Farmers essentially sign up for a package that allows them to start growing hemp immediately. As well as seeds, they get a drone and other smart technology that allows them to produce the purest crop at a decent yield. Greenheart then buys the crop from them.

The drones are used to continually monitor the health of the crop, and they have retractable arms that can remove weeds, pick buds and so on.

“There hasn’t really been an upgrade in terms of technology in agriculture since the introduction of the tractor but I believe that drone technology could change everything,” said Mr Walsh.

A typical loan to a farmer using the company’s lending model could be anywhere between $500 to $50,000 over five years, with interest at 5 per cent. Greenheart estimates that a farmer in the developing world might typically realise $1,500 per annum from existing cash crops but that they could get $2,500 per crop cycle from an acre of CBD cultivation.

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According to Mr Walsh, its model could transform the livelihoods of farmers while also giving the company access to the highest-quality hemp, while consumers get full traceability of products that aren’t harmful to the environment.

“Greenheart CBD has committed itself to making a difference in today’s world with a unique and original approach to helping smallholders climb from the poverty trap,” said Liam Robertson, chief executive of Alphabit Fund, which has led the $5.3 million fundraiser.

The company is shortly to publicly launch the Greenheart Punt, a digital token that can be bought and sold. The €5.3 million raised has come from investors buying some of these tokens with others to be made available more widely shortly. One punt is equivalent to $0.10 with 150 million tokens minted in total.

Those who have tokens will be able to use them to access Greenheart products at a significant discount. Money raised via the punt will also help the company finance the purchasing of new land for CBD production, and go towards building a decortication plant to enable an expansion into other product lines, including insulation materials and bio-plastics.

Greenheart is already in profit and has secured over 2,500 customers since it launched in January 2020.

Source : https://www.irishtimes.com/business/agribusiness-and-food/irish-start-up-raises-funds-to-get-farmers-to-grow-hemp-using-drones-1.4534453

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4 Tips to Market Your Marijuana Dispensary

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Even Marijuana Needs Marketing

Marijuana has become a household name. It has already turned that page of history when speaking about weed or smoking it was considered illegal and was punishable. Nowadays, people have a more accepting attitude to the preferences of others and many of them advocate for diversity of opinions and choices. Marijuana, cannabis, and weed, in general, have always been the subject of hot debates, but one thing is clear. People need them for various reasons. Some use marijuana to get that feeling of satisfaction, to feel happy, while others opt for it for recreational purposes. This means that the owners of marijuana dispensaries and shops already have a long-developed customer base. The only thing remaining is to target them carefully and market your product correctly to win their loyalty and trust.

Tip #1. Personal Values

Surprisingly, personal values play a significant role in choosing marijuana over other types of relaxing and recreational activities. Studies have shown that young adults, especially, highly value their health and well-being. However, as this period is probably the most stressful among the others in the human lifespan, young adults very often need something to unwind and have some rest. For these purposes, they can choose weed. Research has shown that young adults consider marijuana healthier than alcohol, and it has become an essential part of their emotional wellness.

Tip #2. Teach New Ways

This can be very applicable to adults and baby boomers. Thinking that marijuana can be interested only to youngsters is the very right step to cutting down a large part of your potential buyers. It turns out that baby boomers have been also interested in marijuana for years; however, they refrained from using it due to societal constraints. As a result, the boomers might not be very well aware of the new and healthier ways to consume marijuana. The best approach here is to advertise and educate boomers on the health benefits of it. On the other hand, it would be great to train your staff to be welcoming to boomers. The latter usually seek information and are very keen on learning and trying something new.

Tip #3. Use Personas in Your Marketing

Personas are a very powerful tool when it comes to marketing. When you do market research, you will see that certain population groups are especially interested in your product. Those groups can be broken down into subgroups based on their gender, occupation, location, etc. For each of them, you can create a persona – a representative figure which accumulates the interests and the motives of these groups in one person. You can name her or him the way you want; the important thing here is that you can consider that persona’s internal frame of reference every time you present a new product. You can use him or her to find out whether that new offer will work for that particular group or not. Based on various reasons, like the frequency of their purchases or benefits they want to get, you can come up with something even better.

Tip #4. Use customized items.

Using custom-printed items would do a great favor to any marijuana dispensary. It is something that helps stand out and promote your business without putting much time and effort into creating something new. Ganjaprint, an all-inclusive store of custom-branded promotions for dispensaries and smoke shops provides a big variety of lighters, bags, matches, grinders, jars and rolling papers, and much more. The best thing about Ganjaprint is that the dispensary-owner can order its logo to be printed on any product, which will make it more recognizable and would differentiate it among the others. For example, Ganjaprint has already come up with designs for refillable custom clipper lighters with a 72-hour rush print offered. Using their website, you can order these lighters or any item that you want choosing the colors and the location.

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By carefully using the tips above any shop owner can make sure that he/she targets the right audience and communicates the products in the right way. On one hand, knowing your customers and speaking in their language would serve the need to win their hearts. On the other hand, applying for the services of Ganjaprint and ordering your unique items will help your product be in use longer than any alternative to it.

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4 Tips to Market Your Marijuana Dispensary

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Even Marijuana Needs Marketing

Marijuana has become a household name. It has already turned that page of history when speaking about weed or smoking it was considered illegal and was punishable. Nowadays, people have a more accepting attitude to the preferences of others and many of them advocate for diversity of opinions and choices. Marijuana, cannabis, and weed, in general, have always been the subject of hot debates, but one thing is clear. People need them for various reasons. Some use marijuana to get that feeling of satisfaction, to feel happy, while others opt for it for recreational purposes. This means that the owners of marijuana dispensaries and shops already have a long-developed customer base. The only thing remaining is to target them carefully and market your product correctly to win their loyalty and trust.

Tip #1. Personal Values

Surprisingly, personal values play a significant role in choosing marijuana over other types of relaxing and recreational activities. Studies have shown that young adults, especially, highly value their health and well-being. However, as this period is probably the most stressful among the others in the human lifespan, young adults very often need something to unwind and have some rest. For these purposes, they can choose weed. Research has shown that young adults consider marijuana healthier than alcohol, and it has become an essential part of their emotional wellness.

Tip #2. Teach New Ways

This can be very applicable to adults and baby boomers. Thinking that marijuana can be interested only to youngsters is the very right step to cutting down a large part of your potential buyers. It turns out that baby boomers have been also interested in marijuana for years; however, they refrained from using it due to societal constraints. As a result, the boomers might not be very well aware of the new and healthier ways to consume marijuana. The best approach here is to advertise and educate boomers on the health benefits of it. On the other hand, it would be great to train your staff to be welcoming to boomers. The latter usually seek information and are very keen on learning and trying something new.

Tip #3. Use Personas in Your Marketing

Personas are a very powerful tool when it comes to marketing. When you do market research, you will see that certain population groups are especially interested in your product. Those groups can be broken down into subgroups based on their gender, occupation, location, etc. For each of them, you can create a persona – a representative figure which accumulates the interests and the motives of these groups in one person. You can name her or him the way you want; the important thing here is that you can consider that persona’s internal frame of reference every time you present a new product. You can use him or her to find out whether that new offer will work for that particular group or not. Based on various reasons, like the frequency of their purchases or benefits they want to get, you can come up with something even better.

Tip #4. Use customized items.

Using custom-printed items would do a great favor to any marijuana dispensary. It is something that helps stand out and promote your business without putting much time and effort into creating something new. Ganjaprint, an all-inclusive store of custom-branded promotions for dispensaries and smoke shops provides a big variety of lighters, bags, matches, grinders, jars and rolling papers, and much more. The best thing about Ganjaprint is that the dispensary-owner can order its logo to be printed on any product, which will make it more recognizable and would differentiate it among the others. For example, Ganjaprint has already come up with designs for refillable custom clipper lighters with a 72-hour rush print offered. Using their website, you can order these lighters or any item that you want choosing the colors and the location.

Marijuana’s Four

By carefully using the tips above any shop owner can make sure that he/she targets the right audience and communicates the products in the right way. On one hand, knowing your customers and speaking in their language would serve the need to win their hearts. On the other hand, applying for the services of Ganjaprint and ordering your unique items will help your product be in use longer than any alternative to it.

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Cannabiz Media Client Spotlight – Shield Compliance | Cannabiz Media

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Shield Compliance is a comprehensive compliance management platform for banking cannabis-related businesses. The company’s focus is on transforming the way cannabis banks and legal marijuana financial institutions manage risk, comply with regulations, and satisfy operational demands across the United States.

Cannabiz Media recently spoke with Tony Repanich, President and Chief Operating Officer at Shield Compliance, to learn more about how he and his team use the Cannabiz Media License Database to support their business development, data intelligence, and license verification processes.

Why Does Shield Compliance Subscribe to the Cannabiz Media License Database?

Shield Compliance subscribes to the Cannabiz Media License Database for access to reliable industry intelligence and licensing data for the cannabis industry. “We rely on the Cannabiz Media License Database to bring information into our platform,” shares Tony Repanich. “It’s an important part of our license verification process and our licensed data set.”

Thanks to the reliable data in the Cannabiz Media platform, Tony and his team save a significant amount of the time and frustration previously required to find the data they need to do their jobs. 

Tony explains, “There are a lot of states that make it very difficult to get information about the licenses they’ve issued and the enforcement actions they’ve undertaken. Where we can get direct state integration to get data, we do that. However, where we need an additional uplift in terms of boots on the street or boots on the phone and keyboard to get the information from states that are more difficult to deal with, we rely on the Cannabiz Media License Database to bring that information into our platform.”

Bottom-line, Tony says, “The Cannabiz Media team has done a great job bringing together that information and having diligence around filling those gaps.”

What’s Next for Shield Compliance?

A big focus for Shield Compliance in the near future is its new onboarding solution. Tony explains, “We brought our new onboarding solution to market at the end of 2020, and it’s really helping our bankers streamline the onboarding process and creating a much better client experience. We’re really excited to get that in front of more bankers this year.”

With more states legalizing cannabis and launching new cannabis programs, Shield Compliance is focusing on future trends and the evolving industry. “We’re having a lot more conversations with bankers that we’ve never talked to in the past, like New York and New Jersey,” Tony shares. “We’re also having a lot more conversations with bankers about their willingness and ability to lend, which is great for the industry.”

For more information about Shield Compliance and to hear additional insights from Tony Repanich, follow the link and listen to Cannabiz Media’s recent Cannacurio podcast episode featuring Tony as the special guest.

To learn more about how subscribing to the Cannabiz Media License Database can help your business like it helps the team at Shield Compliance, follow the link and schedule a free demo.

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