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3 Reasons to Honor International Workers Day with Cannabis

Stacey Wellington

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International Workers Day

This May 1, we will be commemorating the International Worker’s Day. In fact, many countries celebrate Labor Day on this date while some countries celebrate it on other dates such as the United States and Canada (honored on the first Monday of September), as well as Australia (first Monday of March). If you are wondering if you should celebrate this day with marijuana, read on to find out the best reasons why you should.

The Origin of May Day

When talking about Labor Day, it is important to look back on the dire working conditions that laborers suffered back then. During the 19th century, robber barons ordered laborers to turn in 70 hours of grueling work or more. On the 1st of May in 1886, union members have resorted to labor action to show their support of the 8-hour work day. This was part of a series of demonstrations in Chicago and other cities in the US which spanned a few days. This event is now known as the Haymarket Affair. A few years later, May 1 was declared as a global holiday for labor. So, this day is the reason many people across the world now work a 40-hour week and enjoy work-life balance

Why recognize this day with weed?

  • The Cannabis Industry Generated Thousands of Jobs

Marijuana Business Daily reports that the industry was supporting around 160,000 full-time jobs in 2018. This is truly a significant leap when compared with other professions such as kindergarten teachers (with 154,400 jobs) and librarians (with 138,200 jobs). This figure is even almost 300% more than the number of jobs supported by the U.S. coal industry.

If you think that this number is pretty impressive, you will be amazed to know that estimates reveal that the number of jobs supported by the marijuana sector will blow up over the next few years. Even experts anticipate a whopping 340,000 cannabis-related full-time jobs by 2022, possibly showing a growth of around 21% per year.

  • The Cannabis Union Fights for its Members’ Rights

Just like in the Haymarket Affair, unions are acting to fight for their members’ rights. The Canadian branch of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) asserts that while there are standards for quality assurance and regulation of weed, cannabis workers should also have clearly outlined workplace rights and safety standards. After all, how will we have access to the best buds and strains without these people?

To this end, members of UFCW Canada has launched an online training for interested individuals. This aims to expand workers’ knowledge regarding their product, its variety, benefits and side effects. It is also pushing for workplace safety and labor rights even for non-members. If this pushes through, your local budtender can provide you with higher quality products and better assistance.

  • The Cannabis Sector Offers Fulfilling Compensation

Because of legalizations of this plant left and right, the medical marijuana sector has become a billion-dollar industry. However, this industry not only benefits its CEOs who, by the way, have average salaries of $528,090 based on data from the top five cannabis companies. Instead, it also rewards even your favorite budtender with an average salary of $32,240. Dispensary managers can rake in an average of $63,333, while edibles producers can earn an average of $46,640. Security workers and bud trimmers can have an average earning of $34,320 and $29,667, respectively.

With the cannabis industry’s contributions to job generation, unions and compensations, it is definitely worth it to celebrate International Workers’ Day with weed. So, on May 1, make sure to blaze up in recognition of workers worldwide!

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Cannabis Courses Offered at Lake Superior State University

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Lake Superior State University Cannabis Course

Students who are looking into getting a MJ-related degree can enroll in Lake Superior State University (LSSU). The university offers courses focused on the study of the plant including Cannabis Chemistry and Cannabis Business. LSSU is the only regionally accredited university for this particular chemistry course, said 9&10 News.

The program offers higher education on technical skills and tools to participate in what is known as “the country’s fastest-growing fields.” A student at the university, Kylie Trisch, said that they anticipate to “be a part” of the marijuana and scientific communities. Trisch is a senior majoring in Cannabis Chemistry and Environmental Science.

Partnership with Agilent

LSSU is able to offer these courses in collaboration with Agilent Technologies, which was announced back in August 2019. Agilent is a public research, development, and manufacturing company, aimed at studying and screening solutions for the medical and recreational applications of the plant.

As a result of this cooperation, LSSU established its Cannabis Center of Excellence (CoE), According to a report by Cannabis Science and Technology, the partnership seeks to “facilitate education and research” in the analysis and chemistry of the plant.

President of the university Dr. Rodney Hanley also said that the “strategic partnership is going to focus on the serious intellectual scientific inquiry” of the plant. Upon completing the course, Hanley expects their graduates to be able to contribute as qualified analytical chemists not only in the marijuana sector what also in the scientific community.

The university is known as the only institution in that region that received accreditation for this course. This means that it was able to satisfy a set of formal standards set by an organization within this region.

MJ Business program

Aside from chemistry focused on the plant, LSSU also offers a Cannabis Business course. The university’s website said that this program is “designed for future managers, supervisors, and business development leaders within a commercial enterprise.”

Students majoring in this subject are expected to combine basic business management principles to the nature of marijuana-related businesses. Moreover, students will learn about distinct issues that permeate the market.

Aside from LSSU other educational institutions have started offering programs related to the plant including the University of Maryland and Atlantic Cope Community College.

Meanwhile, LSSU Cannabis Chemistry student Justin Blalock said that studying under such programs come with misconceptions, especially with the stigma behind marijuana and its uses.

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Medical Marijuana Now Free in Sicily

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Medical Marijuana Now Free in Sicily

Medical marijuana is now free-of-charge in the region of Sicily, Italy.

The regional government of Sicily has just made medical marijuana more accessible to citizens after Sicilian health official Ruggero Razza signed a decree Tuesday that makes medical marijuana supplies free-of-charge to certain qualified program participants.

Under the said decree, the regional government of Sicily will now cover the medical cannabis costs of patients affected by chronic or neuropathic pain, cerebral palsy, or multiple sclerosis. This makes Sicily the latest region to join the ranks of national governments in EU who had passed laws that made cannabis treatment free to certain qualified patients. Among these include Ireland and the Czech Republic.

As part of the program, patients must present a doctor’s prescription and purchase their medical cannabis products from licensed pharmacists, which could either get their supply from the Italian Ministry of defense or import the needed products from regulated growers abroad.

The prescription of the drug must be made exclusively on the basis of a therapeutic plan lasting up to six months, possibly renewable,” a report from News1 explained.

Not all doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis, but only doctors employed by regional public health companies, specialists in anesthesia and resuscitation, neurology and pain therapy centers. Cannabis can be prescribed through papers for oral use (for the preparation of decoctions), papers and capsules for inhalation use (through specific vaporizers) and through oil for oral use,” it added.

Cannabis in Italy

In 1999, Italian doctors have been allowed to prescribe medical cannabis to patients. However, it was not only until 2013 that medical cannabis has been formally legalized in the country. To date, while recreational cannabis is still considered illegal under international law, possession of cannabis for personal use has been decriminalized, and people who are to be caught with certain amount will be subjected only to fines and confiscation of documents, including driving license and/or passport.

The new law was introduced only weeks after the Italian Supreme Court ruled growing cannabis for personal consumption as legal – a decision that opposes a law introduced in the 1990s, which prohibits the cultivation and sale of marijuana.

The decision was said to be motivated by a prior case in 2013 involving an Italian man sentenced to a year of incarceration and fined with 3,000 euros after being discovered to had grown a pair of cannabis plants in his home.

In an opinion post published in December, the country’s Supreme Court maintained that “at home, small-scale cultivation activities are to be considered excluded from the application of the penal code.”

The latest decisions are expected to help boost the cannabis industry in the country.

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Cann Social Tonics Gains $5m in Funding

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CBD Infused Drink

Los Angeles-based cannabis-infused drink producer, Cann Social Tonics, announced its successful acquisition of $5 million investment funding. The funding round was spearheaded by Imaginary and JM10, an early-stage investment firm and marijuana company, respectively.

Cann’s beverages include 4 milligrams of CBD and 2 milligrams of THC. Unlike beer and other alcoholic drinks, this market offering is geared towards people who want to enhance socialization without the hangover, notes Forbes.

In a statement, the drink is said to be “uniquely designed to be approachable even for someone who has never previously considered cannabis as a part of their social lives – and appealing to that consumer is what it takes for a product to break the ‘stoner’ stigma and cross over into the mainstream,” shares co-founder Luke Anderson.

As of writing, the continued success of Cann is astonishing, with the brand just having sold 150,000 of its beverages.

Both Anderson and fellow co-founder Jake Bullock shared that the initial public response toward their products is astounding, especially having sold out a couple of times. Despite their increasing popularity with target audiences, Tech Crunch reports that there are still regulatory and supply chain challenges that stand in the way.

JM10’s investment in the cannabis-infused company allows it to expand its strong cannabis portfolio, with the likes of Lord Jones in its ranks. Founding partner JM10 Gregory Thomaier said, “Cann is unique in that its flavor profiles, ingredient purity and smokeless format sets the brand apart not only within the cannabis space, but also the beverage industry as a whole. We feel beverages like Cann provide the perfect product for the cannabis-curious.”

Meanwhile, Forbes reports that Cann is Imaginary’s first foray into marijuana investment markets and opportunities. Prior to this cannabis-infused drink maker, Imaginary only reportedly invested in renowned direct to consumer brands, including Daily Harvest, Everlane, Glossier, Reformation, and Kim Kardashian-West’s Skims.

According to Forbes, the $5 million seed investment round is slated to boost the growth of Cann’s cannabis-infused social tonic throughout different parts of California. In addition, the business is expected to bring its offerings to other states this 2020, as well.

Cann Social Tonics also plans to use its funding toward growing its business in new legal markets. Moreover, the brand intends to intensify is production capacity, as well as investing in product development to meet the demands of its existing pool of clients and potential customers.

 

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