Group of Senators Say Cannabis Businesses Should Be Allowed to Access SBA Loans

一群参议员表示,大麻企业应该被允许获得小型企业管理局的贷款

2021-07-14 01:29:00 Business Times

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With Virginia becoming the first adult-use cannabis domino to fall in the South, the race is now on among neighboring states to follow suit and end prohibition. South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham hopes his state is the next. The former one-term Democratic congressman, who represented South Carolina’s coastal 1st District from 2019-2021 in the U.S. House, narrowly lost his re-election bid to Republican state representative Nancy Mace, 50.6% to 49.4%, in the November election. During his two years in Washington, D.C., Cunningham joined bipartisan bills the second most often compared to other House Democrats, and was the fifth most politically right compared to House Democrats, according to GovTrack.us. Cunningham, 39, is now seeking his party’s nomination to challenge South Carolina Republican Gov. Henry McMaster, 74, in the November 2022 election. While Cunningham announced his run for governor in April and has since announced his support of cannabis legalization, he formally released his plan to end cannabis prohibition in the state during a press conference July 12 in Charleston. That plan calls for the full legalization of medical and adult-use cannabis for adults 21 years and older, as well as for the expungement of cannabis-relation convictions. “There are countless reasons to provide our citizens with a safe and legal marijuana option,” Cunningham said. “Legalizing marijuana would free up our law enforcement to focus on more serious crimes and more effectively tackle our state’s record-high murder rate. It would be a game-changer for people in South Carolina with debilitating health conditions. And it would generate tens of millions in tax revenue to finally provide critical funding for our state.”  According to South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division data, murders in the state were up nearly 25%, from 457 in 2019 to 571 in 2020. The 571 murders represent the highest yearly total since the state began tracking the statistic in 1960, CBS-affiliate WLTX reported.  In addition to legalization and expungement, Cunningham said his cannabis plan aims to raise revenue through responsible regulation and create jobs to give South Carolina farmers a boost. Cunningham also claimed McMaster has failed to be honest about cannabis and its benefits. “The people are no longer divided on this issue,” Cunningham said. “It’s the politicians that haven’t come around. Politicians like Henry McMaster who have spent their entire career perpetuating the myths about marijuana, scaring people into thinking it’s more dangerous than it is and, worst of all, keeping it out of the hands of the people who need it most. I think it’s time to tell the truth. Be honest. This governor might be stuck in the past, but I’m not.” In response to the legalization proposal, South Carolina GOP Chairman Drew McKissick said Cunningham was playing stupid games. “We’ve seen the problems legalizing marijuana has caused in other states, like Colorado,” McKissick said in a press release. “The rise in crime, the increase in health problems, especially suicidal thoughts and the negative effect on children’s development, all became worse when the state decided to legalize marijuana.” McKissick did not provide data to support those claims. According to a study by the CATO Institute, a libertarian think tank founded by the Charles Koch Foundation, violent crime has “neither soared nor plummeted” in the wake of cannabis legalization. Koch is a known advocate of ending cannabis prohibition. RELATED: New Coalition Launches to End Cannabis Prohibition, Bridge Across Ideological, Party Lines “If you want to play stupid games, you win stupid prizes,” McKissick said. “And Democrats like Joe Cunningham keep wanting to play with fire.” McKissick went on and said he and his fellow Republicans stand with state law enforcement that cannabis should not be legalized, and with doctors who believe medicine is something that should be approved and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. At least one fellow South Carolina Republican did not agree with McKissick’s stance. The SCGOP’s stance on medical cannabis is “an intellectually lazy position that doesn’t even try to present medical facts as they currently exist …” state Sen. Tom Davis said in a tweet. As the incumbent governor, McMaster has previously expressed his opposition toward the legalization of adult-use cannabis, and also has failed to voice his support for medical cannabis legislation, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). McMaster assumed governorship of South Carolina on Jan. 24, 2017, when former Gov. Nikki Haley resigned to serve as the U.S. Ambassador of the United Nations during the Trump administration. McMaster, an early Donald Trump supporter who delivered the nominating speech for Trump during the 2016 Republican National Convention, then won his 2018 election to serve his first four-year term as South Carolina’s governor. Cunningham won South Carolina’s 1st District that same election, claiming suburban voter support by demonstrating his interest in local issues, especially his opposition to offshore drilling. The first bill he introduced sought to ban offshore drilling and seismic testing off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts—it passed the House but stalled in the Senate—The State reported. While a Democrat hasn’t won South Carolina’s governorship since Jim Hodges’ occupancy from 1999-2003, Cunningham’s ability to reach across party lines was a driving factor in his 2018 U.S. House victory, when he became the first candidate to flip one of the state’s congressional seats from red to blue in more than a decade. Before that, that last Democrat to win the 1st District was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978. Should Cunningham unseat McMaster in 2022, legalizing cannabis would still be a tough task in South Carolina, where Republicans currently hold 65% majorities in both chambers of the state Legislature. As more and more states crack down on the production and sale of delta-8 THC products, more and more questions arise. For one, where does a cannabinoid like delta-8 THC fit within the broader hemp and state-licensed cannabis markets?  While the legal context is becoming more clear with legislative action around the U.S., it's still very important to understand the context around this cannabinoid. It won't be the last of its kind to surface on the commercial market. In our July 27 webinar, we're going to address the research, the legal questions and the business opportunities behind delta-8. Register today. In this event, we will explore delta-8 THC from a scientific angle and a legal angle. As part of this panel discussion, we will get into a broader examination of other minor cannabinoids (CBG, CBN, THCA) and how they might figure into short- and long-term business plans, as well as the responsibility on the part of a licensed cannabis business to communicate effectively with customers on these complicated topics. Joining us will be Greg Gerdeman, founder and CSO of NASHCX, and Justin Walsh, partner at Gleam Law. You'll learn where delta-8 fits into the cannabis market right now (and, maybe, in the future) and you'll learn how to plan for adaptive business decisions in a rapidly changing environment. Delta-8 is just one part of a longer story: the legalization of cannabis. Cannabis has now become easier to access with new delivery app, 'Eaze.' On June 7, Apple released several changes to its App Store Review Guidelines, clearing up existing policies, adding new specifications for app makers, and altering rules about what available apps for download can do, according to Apple Insider (AI). Included in the changes was a loosening of restrictions regarding in-app purchases from a cannabis dispensary and licensed and legal pharmacies, AI reported. One month after Apple released its new policies, 'Eaze' launched in the App Store--the first app in the U.S where consumers can purchase and get cannabis delivered directly to them. "Eaze has always been about using the latest developments in technology to make shopping for legal cannabis more accessible," said Eaze CEO Rogelio Choy. "It's hard to overstate how important this is to our company and the industry." The app utilizes geofencing to locate where purchases are made to ensure it's in areas where cannabis is legal. According to AI, consumers must be 21 years and older to purchase from the app and should be prepared to show several forms of identification throughout the purchase and delivery process.  The app currently only offers delivery services in California, with plans to expand to Michigan later this month, AI reported. CALGARY, Alberta, July 6, 2021 – PRESS RELEASE – High Tide Inc., a retail-focused cannabis corporation enhanced by the manufacturing and distribution of consumption accessories, is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of DHC Supply LLC operating as Daily High Club. The acquisition was completed pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement previously announced by the company on June 25, 2021, pursuant to which High Tide USA Inc., a Nevada corporation and a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of the company, has acquired 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Daily High Club. Pursuant to the terms of the acquisition, the total consideration to Daily High Club shareholders for all the issued and outstanding securities of Daily High Club is: 839,820 common shares of High Tide valued at U.S.$6.75 million on the basis of a deemed price per High Tide share of CAD$9.92, being equal to the volume weighted average price per High Tide share on the TSX Venture Exchange for the 10 consecutive trading days preceding the closing of the transaction; and U.S.$3.25 million in cash (collectively with the share consideration). In connection with the closing, Daily High Club CEO Harrison Baum has joined the High Tide team as director of digital marketing to oversee all social media initiatives for High Tide globally. The High Tide shares issued pursuant to the share consideration are subject to a statutory hold period of four months and one day. In addition, the High Tide shares having a value of 25% of the consideration will be held in escrow to insure certain indemnification obligations if claims arise. Furthermore, High Tide granted 13,333 stock options to Baum, exercisable at CAD$9.39 per High Tide share for a period of three years. Below are some details of the acquisition:
随着弗吉尼亚州成为南方第一个成年人使用的大麻多米诺骨牌,邻近的州正在效仿并结束禁令。南卡罗来纳州州长候选人乔·坎宁安希望他的州是下一个。 这位前一届民主党众议员曾于2019年至2021年在美国众议院代表南卡罗来纳州沿海第一区,在11月的选举中,他以50.6%对49.4%的微弱优势输给了共和党州众议员南希·梅斯(Nancy Mace)。 根据GovTrack.US的数据,坎宁安在华盛顿特区的两年里,与其他众议院民主党人相比,他加入两党法案的频率第二高,与众议院民主党人相比,他在政治上第五正确 39岁的坎宁安现在正在寻求他的政党提名,在2022年11月的选举中挑战74岁的南卡罗来纳州共和党州长亨利·麦克马斯特。 坎宁安在4月份宣布竞选州长,并宣布支持大麻合法化,但他在7月12日查尔斯顿的新闻发布会上正式发布了结束该州大麻禁令的计划。该计划呼吁将21岁及以上成年人的医用和成人用大麻完全合法化,并取消与大麻有关的定罪。 坎宁安说:“有无数的理由为我们的公民提供安全合法的大麻选择。”“大麻合法化将释放我们的执法力量,专注于更严重的犯罪,并更有效地解决我们州创纪录的高谋杀率。对于南卡罗来纳州健康状况恶化的人来说,这将是一个游戏规则的改变者。这将产生数千万的税收,最终为我们的州提供关键资金。“ 根据南卡罗来纳州执法部门的数据,该州的谋杀案上升了近25%,从2019年的457起上升到2020年的571起。据哥伦比亚广播公司下属的WLTX报道,571起谋杀案是自1960年该州开始跟踪统计数据以来的最高年度总数。 除了合法化和清除之外,坎宁安说,他的大麻计划旨在通过负责任的监管增加收入,并创造就业机会,以促进南卡罗来纳州农民的发展。 坎宁安还声称麦克马斯特没有诚实地对待大麻及其好处。 “人们在这个问题上不再有分歧,”坎宁安说。“是政治家们没有回心转意。像亨利·麦克马斯特这样的政治家在他们的整个职业生涯中一直在延续关于大麻的神话,吓唬人们认为大麻比它更危险,最糟糕的是,他们不让最需要大麻的人掌握大麻。我想是时候说出真相了。诚实点。这位州长可能会被困在过去,但我不是。“ 作为对合法化提议的回应,南卡罗来纳州共和党主席德鲁·麦基西克说坎宁安在玩愚蠢的游戏。 麦基西克在一份新闻稿中说:“我们已经看到大麻合法化在科罗拉多州等其他州造成的问题。”“当该州决定大麻合法化时,犯罪率的上升、健康问题的增加,尤其是自杀想法和对儿童发展的负面影响,都变得更糟。” McKissick没有提供数据来支持这些说法。根据查尔斯·科赫基金会(Charles Koch Foundation)创建的自由主义智库卡托研究所(CATO Institute)的一项研究,在大麻合法化后,暴力犯罪“既没有飙升,也没有暴跌”。科赫是众所周知的结束大麻禁令的倡导者。 相关:新联盟发起终止大麻禁令,跨越意识形态和政党界限 “如果你想玩愚蠢的游戏,你就会赢得愚蠢的奖品,”麦基西克说。“像乔·坎宁安这样的民主党人一直想玩火。” 麦基西克继续说,他和他的共和党同僚支持州执法部门,认为大麻不应该合法化,医生们认为医学应该由美国食品药品监督管理局批准和监管。至少有一名南卡罗来纳州共和党人不同意麦基西克的立场。 州参议员汤姆·戴维斯(Tom Davis)在推特上说,SCGOP对医用大麻的立场是“一种智力上懒惰的立场,甚至不试图提出目前存在的医学事实……”。 根据国家大麻法律改革组织(NORML)的说法,作为现任州长,麦克马斯特此前曾表示反对成人使用大麻合法化,也没有表示支持医用大麻立法。 麦克马斯特于2017年1月24日担任南卡罗来纳州州长,当时前州长妮基·黑利(Nikki Haley)辞职,在特朗普政府期间担任美国驻联合国大使。麦克马斯特是唐纳德·特朗普(Donald Trump)的早期支持者,他在2016年共和党全国代表大会上为特朗普发表了提名演讲,随后赢得了2018年的选举,担任了他作为南卡罗来纳州州长的第一个四年任期。 坎宁安在同一次选举中赢得了南卡罗来纳州的第一区,通过展示他对当地问题的兴趣,特别是他反对海上钻探,声称郊区选民的支持。据该州报道,他提出的第一项法案试图禁止大西洋和太平洋海岸的海上钻井和地震测试--该法案在众议院获得通过,但在参议院停滞不前。 尽管自吉姆·霍奇斯(Jim Hodges)在1999-2003年任职以来,民主党人从未赢得过南卡罗来纳州的州长职位,但坎宁安跨越党派界限的能力是他2018年在美国众议院获胜的一个推动因素,当时他成为十多年来第一位将该州国会席位从红色变为蓝色的候选人。在此之前,最后一位赢得第一选区的民主党人是1978年的孟德尔·杰克逊·戴维斯。 如果坎宁安在2022年推翻麦克马斯特,大麻合法化在南卡罗来纳州仍将是一项艰巨的任务,共和党目前在州立法机构两院占65%的多数。 随着越来越多的国家打击生产和销售delta-8四氢大麻酚产品,越来越多的问题出现。首先,像delta-8四氢大麻酚这样的大麻素在更广泛的大麻和国家许可的大麻市场中适合哪里? 虽然随着美国各地的立法行动,法律背景越来越清晰,但理解这种大麻素的背景仍然非常重要。它不会是最后一个出现在商业市场上的同类产品。 在我们7月27日的网络研讨会上,我们将讨论Delta-8背后的研究、法律问题和商业机会。 今天登记。 在这次活动中,我们将从科学的角度和法律的角度来探讨δ-8四氢大麻酚。作为小组讨论的一部分,我们将更广泛地审查其他次要大麻素(CBG、CBN、THCA),以及它们如何纳入短期和长期业务计划,以及持牌大麻企业在这些复杂主题上与客户有效沟通的责任。 Greg Gerdeman,NASHCX的创始人和CSO和Gleam Law的合伙人Justin Walsh将加入我们。 您将了解delta-8适合现在(也许,在未来)大麻市场的哪里,您将学习如何在快速变化的环境中规划适应性商业决策。Delta-8只是一个更长故事的一部分:大麻合法化。 大麻现在变得更容易通过新的送货应用程序“eaze”获得。 据苹果内幕消息,6月7日,苹果发布了对其应用商店审查指南的几项修改,清理了现有的政策,为应用程序制造商增加了新的规范,并改变了关于可供下载的应用程序可以做什么的规则。 据AI报道,这些变化包括放松对从大麻药店和特许合法药店购买应用程序内的限制。 在苹果发布新政策一个月后,“Eaze”在应用商店推出--这是美国第一个消费者可以购买大麻并直接向他们交付的应用程序。 “Eaze一直致力于利用技术的最新发展,使合法大麻的购物更加容易,”Eaze首席执行官罗赫略·蔡(Rogelio Choy)说。“这对我们公司和行业的重要性怎么强调都不为过。” 该应用程序利用地理围栏来定位购买地点,以确保它在大麻合法的地区。根据AI的说法,消费者必须在21岁及以上才能从该应用程序中购买,并应准备在整个购买和交付过程中出示几种身份证明。 据AI报道,该应用目前只在加州提供送货服务,计划本月晚些时候扩大到密歇根州。 艾伯塔省卡尔加里,2021年7月6日-新闻稿-高潮公司(High Tide Inc.)是一家专注于零售的大麻公司,因生产和分销消费配件而有所增强,该公司高兴地宣布,已完成对DHC Supply LLC的收购,该公司以Daily High Club的形式运营。 收购事项乃根据本公司先前于2021年6月25日公布的合并协议条款完成,据此,内华达州公司及本公司全资拥有的美国附属公司High Tide USA Inc.已收购Daily High Club 100%已发行及已发行股份。 根据收购条款,Daily High Club股东就Daily High Club所有已发行及已发行证券的总代价为:839,820股High Tide普通股,按每股High Tide股份9.92加元的视为价格计算,价值675万美元,相等于交易结束前连续10个交易日High Tide股份在TSX Venture交易所的成交量加权平均价;和325万美元现金(连同股份对价)。 与闭幕相关,每日高俱乐部首席执行官哈里森·鲍姆(Harrison Baum)已加入高潮团队,担任数字营销总监,负责监督高潮全球的所有社交媒体举措。 根据股份代价发行的高潮股份的法定持有期限为四个月零一天。此外,价值为代价25%的高潮股份将以代管方式持有,以确保在出现申索时承担若干弥偿责任。 此外,高潮向Baum授出13,333份购股权,可按每股高潮股9.39加元行使,为期三年。 以下是收购的一些细节:

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