Alcohol is a deeply ingrained part of human culture.
Humans have been creating and consuming alcohol for thousands of years. Having drinks with friends on the weekend, with co-workers after the workday or with family at weddings and holidays has become an integral social ritual. However, we’re far from blind to the social and individual harms associated with our cultural love of alcohol. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, alcohol is the single greatest social harm, causing 5 percent of all deaths and over 88,000 hospital visits annually. In the US, more than 15.1 million adults are affected by alcohol use disorder, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Our culturally ingrained use of alcohol isn’t about to stop any time soon, but there have been some indications of late that increasingly health-conscious consumers are beginning to better understand the negative impact alcohol can have on their health, and these consumers are seeking out alternatives. The legalization of cannabis in select markets has created an opportunity for consumers looking to replace their social beverage of choice. In particular, alcohol-free cannabis-infused beverages have the potential to cut into the market currently dominated by alcohol. According to New Frontier Data, 46 percent of alcohol users say that they would replace at least some of their alcohol intake with cannabis.
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Alcohol consumption stagnating
Alcohol volumes in the US fell by 0.8 percent in 2018, according to data by the International Wines and Spirits Record (IWSR). Volumes of calorie-heavy beer fell the hardest at 1.5 percent, while growth in volumes for spirits and wines slowed. The IWSR attributed the decline to a rise in mindful drinking or outright abstinence among younger adults. Meanwhile, the cannabis market has been exploding in every jurisdiction that has legalized the product. The global cannabis market is projected to grow at a 23.9 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to hit US$66.3 billion by 2025, according to data by Grand View Research.
An Ipsos survey conducted shortly following Canada’s legalization of recreational cannabis found that 45 percent of surveyed Canadian cannabis users expected to reduce their alcohol intake in the wake of legal cannabis. Ipsos was careful to point out that respondents’ plans and reality don’t always match, but additional data has shown that people drink less in jurisdictions where legal cannabis is available. US states that have legalized cannabis for adult use have seen alcohol consumption rates fall by 15 percent.
Reducing alcohol-related harm
Recent studies have shown that even what was considered responsible alcohol consumption in moderation can cause cancer, liver disease and many other diseases. Over 3 million deaths in 2016 were directly attributed to alcohol consumption, causing studies to conclude that there is no safe amount of alcohol to drink. Alcohol use disorder, or alcoholism, is a disease that by its very nature prevents moderation. According to The Lancet, alcohol use was the seventh leading cause of death and disability in 2016 around the world. Alcohol is directly associated with increased rates of disease, motor vehicle accidents and violence. The World Health Organization has found direct links between the prevalence of alcohol abuse and the rate of occurrence and severity of domestic violence. In Canada, the economic impact of alcohol — including healthcare costs, criminal justice and lost productivity — is estimated to be C$14 billion. In the US, alcohol use causes approximately 88,000 deaths per year, including 2,200 deaths to alcohol poisoning, according to the Centres for Disease control.
Like alcohol or any other psychoactive substance, cannabis is not risk-free and needs to be consumed responsibly. Fortunately, there is no way to overdose or be poisoned by cannabis use. Unlike alcohol, no direct causal link between cannabis use and violent behavior has been soundly established. While cannabis smoke can be damaging to the lungs, products like oils, vaporizers and edibles allow for a safer means of consumption by eliminating most of the organic compounds that can damage the lungs. In comparison, alcohol is directly tied to liver damage, heart disease and brain damage among others. Additionally, one study conducted at UC Berkeley found that cannabis could be an effective treatment for alcohol abuse.
As consumers become increasingly wary of alcohol, innovative companies are beginning to offer unique alternatives to alcohol consumption. Of all the cannabis consumption formats, cannabis drinks are the closest one-to-one replacement for alcohol. By using the same delivery mechanism, cannabis-infused beverages enable consumers to transition seamlessly towards a new social beverage of choice. This transition could create an opportunity for cannabis companies targeting the infused-beverages market. The global cannabis beverages market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 15.6 percent to reach US$4.4 billion by 2025, according to data by Zion Market Research.
In order to target the growing infused-beverages market, Hill Street Beverage Company (TSXV:BEER) has developed a line of cannabis beverages that compete directly with alcoholic beverages. The company has acquired proprietary methods for infusing non-alcoholic beer and wines with cannabis without affecting the taste and smell of the drinks. Canada is set to legalize cannabis in the fall of 2019, and Hill Street is currently focused on establishing itself as an early-mover in the Canadian cannabis beverages space. In addition to its line of cannabis beers, Hill Street was one of the first companies to approach Health Canada about producing cannabis wines.
“We believe that cannabis-infused beverages will be a socially acceptable way to consume cannabis when compared to vaping and smoking. Smoking and vaping are activities suited for the alleyway, while drinking is something we can do around the dinner table. Cannabis is also not toxic, which will eliminate issues like hangovers and overdosing. Further, alcohol is a converted sugar full of empty calories, while cannabis infusions have zero calories, which should appeal to health-conscious consumers,” said Terry Donnelly, Chairman and CEO of Hill Street Beverage company.
After years of lobbying against the potential competition of legal cannabis, traditional alcohol companies are now moving to produce cannabis beverages of their own. Heineken (OTCQX:HEINY) has released a nonalcoholic THC-infused beer in the California market under the company’s Lagunitas brand, while Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ), the maker of Corona beers, acquired a 38 percent stake in major cannabis company Canopy Growth (TSX:WEED,NYSE:CGC) in 2018. Similarly, Molson Coors (NYSE:TAP) acquired a controlling stake in a beverage joint venture with cannabis producer HEXO (TSX:HEXO) in 2018. Finally, the world’s biggest beer company, Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD), has formed a joint venture with Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) to produce cannabis beverages. All of these companies are expected to launch these products in the new year when the market for beverages opens up.
In recent years, consumers have become more aware of the negative effects of alcohol use on their bodies and on society as a whole. As consumers begin to think mindfully about their alcohol consumption, an opportunity has emerged for cannabis beverage producers, whether they are large multinationals like AB InBev or high-quality craft producers such as Hill Street, to provide a safer and healthier alternative. Cannabis beverages present the most directly comparable option for consumers looking to keep the experience intact while leaving alcohol behind.
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Partnerships with Minardi Law , Minorities for Medical Marijuana, CultivatED, and the Georgia Justice Project will include clinics and virtual events across Florida , Georgia , and Massachusetts
Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (CSE: TRUL) (OTCQX: TCNNF) (“Trulieve” or “the Company”), a leading and top-performing cannabis company based in the United States announced today a series of expungment clinics located throughout south and central Florida as well as virtual events in Georgia and Massachusetts . The clinics are part of the Company’s celebration of the 50 th anniversary of 420.
During the month of April, Minardi Law has hosted expungment clinics and will be hosting two more as follows:
- Releaf Patient Appreciation Day, April 17 th ( Valrico )
- First Annual 4/20 Event ( St. Petersburg Beach )
At these clinics, an attorney will be present to review records and see if someone is eligible for a sealing or expungment of their records. As part of the events, Trulieve will be helping cover the costs for finger prints, legal fees, and court costs.
Trulieve is working with Minorities for Medical Marijuana (“M4MM”) to host a 4/20 Expungement Clinic, part of M4MM’s Project Clean Slate. This event will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2021 , from 9:30am – 4:30pm at Riviera Beach City Hall. Anyone seeking to take place in this event is required to register in advance at http://trulieve.cc/expungementpreregistration .
In addition, Trulieve is sponsoring the First Friday Series , a weekly virtual event from the Georgia Justice Project to help Georgia citizens with record restrictions, and is also sponsoring the Fellowship Presentation and Expungement Clinic being offered through CultivateEd and GBLS on Friday, April 23 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm . You can register for the Massachusetts expungement clinic in advance here: HTTPS://BIT.LY/2Q655KK
“Our mission as a company has always been to improve people’s lives,” said Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers . “We’ve always been dedicated to improving the communities we call home. Partnering with Minardi Law , Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Georgia Justice Project and CultivatED on these clinics was a simple decision for us; we encourage anyone seeking help with the expungement process to attend one of these clinics in your own state to start the process.”
For more information about Trulieve and the April expungment clinics, please visit www.Trulieve.com .
Trulieve is primarily a vertically integrated “seed-to-sale” company in the U.S. and is the first and largest fully licensed medical cannabis company in the State of Florida . Trulieve cultivates and produces all of its products in-house and distributes those products to Trulieve-branded stores (dispensaries) throughout the State of Florida , as well as directly to patients via home delivery. Trulieve also has operations in California , Massachusetts , Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Trulieve is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol TRUL and trades on the OTCQX market under the symbol TCNNF.
To learn more about Trulieve, visit www.Trulieve.com .
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Seth Rogen’s New Cannabis Brand are Now Available at Apothecarium Dispensaries in San Francisco , Berkeley and Capitola
The Apothecarium is offering cannabis from Houseplant, the cannabis lifestyle brand founded by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg at its five California dispensaries. The Apothecarium has three San Francisco locations (Castro, SOMA and Marina ) and one each in Berkeley and Capitola (outside of Santa Cruz ).
“With the vast number of dispensaries in California , we put a lot of effort into identifying the right ones that align with Houseplant’s values,” said Seth Rogen , Co-Founder of Houseplant. “The Apothecarium shares the same commitment to creating a strong consumer experience that we pride ourselves on and we are thrilled to bring our three initial strains to their stores in the Bay Area.”
Houseplant is launching with three flower strains, all of which will be available at The Apothecarium, including: Diablo Wind (sativa), Pancake Ice (sativa) and Pink Moon (indica). Like their founder’s groundbreaking film “Pineapple Express”, Houseplant strains are named after weather phenomena. Each strain will be sold in a custom tin.
“We are so proud to be one of the very first dispensaries in California to offer Houseplant to our customers,” said Ryan Hudson , CEO and co-founder of The Apothecarium. “Seth, Evan and everyone at Houseplant love and respect cannabis as much as we do. We simply cannot wait to share their beautiful and delicious flowers with our guests.”
“We’ve been working with the Houseplant team for more than a year and are grateful to have a partner that shares so many of our values, including an emphasis on cannabis education, quality, reform of cannabis laws and beautifully designed, recyclable packaging.”
“Seth has been hands-on during the process, spending time with our store managers to make sure they know the products and how much care has gone into vetting and selecting the best strains. We think our guests are going to love Houseplant.”
About The Apothecarium
The Apothecarium is recognized as one of the nation’s premier cannabis dispensaries, with an emphasis on education via in-depth one-on-one consultations from highly trained cannabis consultants. The company was founded by three first cousins and two family friends in 2011. Our dispensaries are known for providing educational events that are open to the public at no cost — and for welcoming seniors, first-time dispensary visitors, and people with serious medical conditions. The Apothecarium’s flagship San Francisco dispensary was named the best-designed dispensary in the country by Architectural Digest . Patients and customers may order at our dispensaries or online for pickup or delivery at apothecarium.com [apothecarium.com] .
The Apothecarium is committed to giving back to the communities we serve. We have donated more than $400,000 in cash to community groups and nonprofits — plus more than $300,000 worth of in-kind donations.
All Apothecarium dispensaries continue to implement safety measures to protect guests and team members. Protocols include strict social distancing inside and outside the dispensaries, a mask requirement for everyone inside the dispensaries, no contact check-in procedures and ongoing sanitizing throughout the day.
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Love Hemp Group PLC (AQSE:LIFE)(OTCQB:WRHLF), one of the UK’s leading CBD and hemp product suppliers, announces that Charles Lamb will be stepping down as a Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company, with effect from April 16, 2021, to focus on his other business interests
Charles has been an integral part of the Board’s efforts to grow the Company since its inception and has played a key role in the Company’s shift in strategy to focus on growing the Love Hemp brand globally.
Love Hemp will continue to develop the team over the coming months, focussing on maximising the significant business opportunities available to the Company as well as preparing it for its upcoming move to the London Stock Exchange’s Main List as announced on 8 April 2021.
Andrew Male, Chairman of Love Hemp Group, commented: “Charles has made a significant contribution to the Company over a period of successful growth and refocussing. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank him for all his efforts and support and wish him the best with future endeavours.
“As we move towards a listing on the Main Market, we will be looking to strengthen our Board with those who are able to provide experience and guidance to support our future growth.”
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About Love Hemp Group
The Company, previously World High Life Plc, was incorporated on 30 January 2019 as an Investment Vehicle. Originally intended to identify opportunities in the CBD and Medicinal Cannabis space, it quickly acquired Love Hemp Ltd., the UK’s most recognisable CBD brand. The listed company recently changed its name to Love Hemp Group PLC as part of its evolving strategy to purely focus on supporting the “best in class” CBD brand as it embarks on a wider expansion of its core business and offering.
Love Hemp produces and supplies more than 40 product lines, comprising of oils, sprays and tinctures and a variety of edible and water-based CBD products. Love Hemp has established relationships with over 2,000 stores in the UK, including leading retailers such as Sainsbury’s, Boots, Ocado and Holland & Barrett.
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Expects to file its 2020 Annual Financial Statements on or before May 31, 2021
Matica Enterprises Inc. (CSE: MMJ) (FSE: 39N) (OTCQB: MMJFF) (“Matica” or the “Company”) today announced that, as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic measures, it will not be in a position to file its audited annual financial statements, the related management’s discussion and analysis and related CEO and CFO certificates (the “Annual Filings”) before the required deadline of April 30, 2021 (the “Specified Requirements”).
The Company is working closely with its auditor and expects to file the Annual Filings on or before May 31, 2021. The Company does not anticipate any delay in filing its interim financial statements, management’s discussion and analysis, and the related officer certifications for the financial period ended March 31, 2021.
Matica has applied to the OSC, as principal regulator for the Company, for the imposition of a management cease trade order under National Policy 12-203 – Management Cease Trade Orders (“NP 12-203”) over the duration of the default. If a management cease trade order is issued, it will generally not affect the ability of persons who have not been directors, officers or insiders of Matica to trade in their securities.
The Company is providing this press release in accordance with National Policy 12-203 Management Cease Trade Orders (“NP 12-203”). The Company intends to follow the provisions of the Alternative Information Guidelines set out in NP 12-203, including the issuance of bi-weekly default status reports in the form of news releases, for as long as the Company remains in default. The Company confirms as of the date of this news release that there is no other material information concerning the affairs of the Company that has not been generally disclosed.
Matica is a multi-faceted, innovative company in the Quebec cannabis space. Its subsidiary, RoyalMax Biotechnology Canada Inc. is a Dorval, Quebec based Health Canada Licence Holder. RoyalMax has been granted a standard cultivation licence, standard processing and medical sales licences by Health Canada.
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So far there are no clear indicators as to when or if Australia could legalise recreational cannabis, but attitudes seem to be changing. Public support is growing, and there’s even some political acceptance.
Read on to learn more about when Australia may legalise recreational cannabis.
Public support for legalisation growing
Australians are no strangers to cannabis — a recently updated report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that marijuana is the most extensively used illicit substance in the country.
With that in mind, it’s perhaps unsurprising that views on cannabis are changing in the country. In 2019, Australia’s National Drug Strategy Household Survey found that 41 percent of Australians are in favour of legalising cannabis — that’s close to double the support seen when the survey was done in 2007.
Aside from that, legalisation has been recommended by a number of government inquiries, including a 2019 Queensland Productivity Commission report on imprisonment and recidivism.
Several states have decriminalised personal use of cannabis on private property, including the ACT, the Northern Territory (NT) and South Australia. Most other states have a discretionary almost de facto decriminalisation in place through police diversion programs.
Those arrested for small amounts of under 50 grams of cannabis can be diverted to drug counselling or education, or issued a fine rather than a criminal conviction.
Economic opportunities lie in legalisation
Although Australia’s economy ended 2020 on a high note after facing COVID-19-related setbacks, some experts believe cannabis legalisation could assist even further with economic growth.
The climate of the NT and its accessibility to Asia makes the likelihood of legalised marijuana a possible gold mine for the NT, according to economist Rolf Gerritsen.
“The Government, if it licensed the system and appointed official sales points, could actually set up a nice little industry with the possibility of future exports,” Gerritsen told ABC News.
In 2020, Australia’s economy plunged into its first recession in three decades due to fallout from the coronavirus, which came mere months after devastating bushfires that ravaged over 12 million hectares.
A Twitter campaign from the Australian Greens political party is pushing for legalisation to help pull the nation out of recession, declaring cannabis a “multi-billion dollar industry.”
Federal cannabis legalisation unlikely
Although exciting, it seems unlikely that the Australian government will legalise marijuana at this stage.
Outside the Twitter campaign mentioned above, legalisation of cannabis has been a big part of the platform for the Greens, which are seeking the establishment of a controlled market for the sale of cannabis and would allow members of the public to grow up to six plants.
But the Greens are currently the only political party pushing for legalisation of recreational cannabis.
Both the Liberal National Party and Australian Labor Party have only shown support for medicinal cannabis at a federal level. In fact, Australian Attorney-General Christian Porter has been vocally opposed to the legalisation in Canberra, declaring the laws “terrible” and saying state- and territory-level laws conflict with federal laws on possession.
Many were looking towards the outcome of a New Zealand referendum on legalisation that failed as 50.7 percent voted “no” to the 48.4 percent “yes” votes.
What could legalisation do to the market?
A report from cannabis researcher Prohibition Partners hypothesizes great potential for Australia to significantly increase value through cannabis exports, while a focus on buying local could see more domestic cannabis revenue than ever before.
Success could encourage more regions to look closely at their own reform measures, particularly after watching the ACT’s adoption of restricted cannabis legalisation, the study argues.
“Both Victoria and Tasmania are also making moves towards more lenient cannabis laws and could be following in the ACT’s footsteps,” said the report’s authors.
“The Victorian government invested in R&D of the local industry, and is said to have ambitions to be the ‘cannabis bowl of Australia’ with a target of 500 local jobs.
The report predicts the Australian cannabis market will break a total market value of US$1.5 billion by the year 2025, which would make it the largest legal cannabis market in Oceania. Eagle-eyed investors will be watching the market closely.
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