The path to full cannabis legalization in the US continues to be fraught with challenges, despite the recent congressional win for the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act), one cannabis lobbyist says.

Saphira Galoob, CEO of federal advocacy firm The Liaison Group, said the clash between the Democrat-backed MORE Act and the Republican-run Senate could leave cannabis legalization in limbo.


“The Senate doesn’t care about the MORE Act because the MORE Act, very practically speaking, is an approach for legalization that is led by progressives and criminal justice reform advocates. It is not led by moderate Democrats or Republicans,” she said.

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On Wednesday (November 20), the MORE Act was pushed toward Congress after getting approval from the House Judiciary Committee in a 24 to 10 vote. The Act seeks to strip marijuana of its listing as a Schedule 1 drug, which currently puts it alongside substances like heroin and ecstasy, effectively ending prohibition at the federal level.

It would also give states the power to expunge the criminal records of people with low-level cannabis offenses.

Galoob spoke on Wednesday at an investor event in Toronto dedicated to evaluating the status of the US cannabis policy sector. The legal expert told investors that the win for the Act doesn’t mean the US market is fully open just yet.

“As long as the House is Democrat, and as long as the Senate is Republican, you’re going to have an impasse in Congress on what the approach for legalization is supposed to be,” she added.

Cannabis’ status as a scheduled drug has been one of the biggest barriers to the growth of the American cannabis industry.

Galoob said she expects to see legislative movement in the US across three sectors: veteran access, research and banking.

With the recent House of Representatives approval of the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE Banking Act), getting financial institutions on board is the best chance for legitimization for the sector, in Galoob’s view.

The SAFE Banking Act, first introduced by Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) in March this year, would bar federal banking regulators from meddling in the affairs between financial institutions and legal cannabis companies.

Despite the bill being celebrated as an advancement for the industry, Galoob noted the SAFE Banking Act should thank interested parties outside of the cannabis industry for its introduction to the next level of government.

“The reason that the SAFE Banking Act … is advancing is not because of cannabis industry advocates,” said Galoob. “It is because of non-cannabis industries.”

The expert explained the American Bankers Association, realtors and insurance providers, to name a few, all have an interest in the passing of the Act as well, as their industries have a stake in the development of the cannabis sector.

She went on to predict that the US will see protections for banks sometime in 2020, but with the chance of the Act being surpassed or interrupted by competing legislation, it might not be the SAFE Banking Act that does it.

Cannabis legalization could be hail mary tactic for Trump

Cannabis legalization in the US could prove to be an important point on the political agenda in the upcoming election, some experts say.

At a conference in June, Vivien Azer, a cannabis analyst with Cowen (NASDAQ:COWN), said US President Donald Trump might look to legalize cannabis ahead of the 2020 election.

“We think that the administration could very well (do it) … it really just comes down to timing,” Azer said.

It would be in line with Trump’s previous support of marijuana, including the signing of the 2018 farm bill that removed hemp and its derivatives, particularly cannabidiol, from the federal scheduling associated with cannabis, but Azer said he may hold off with an overarching cannabis legalization policy unless his numbers don’t compare with the opposition.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Danielle Edwards, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

The potential for new disease research and treatments is expanding thanks to the global adoption of marijuana for medical purposes.

As more countries open the doors to the use and investigation of cannabis, medical applications for the drug are set to expand — indeed, the substance has already shown much promise.

However, in terms of treating skin cancer patients, currently the promise of cannabis outpaces any medically confirmed results or applications.

Though there may be individual cases claiming to credit the drug, cannabis and its derivatives are not being applied to treat skin cancer — at least not yet. Read on to learn about the situation and future possibilities.

Skin cancer, cannabis and medical research

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, accounting for over 5 million cases per year. This category holds many different variations, but the main three types are basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas and melanomas; the rest are considered rare.

Melanomas develop in specific areas like the neck and face and can be more serious than their counterparts. Basal and squamous cancer cells, on the other hand, develop based on a person’s sun exposure and mostly appear on the head and neck.

The Canadian Cancer Society states that treatments for non-melanoma skin cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, photodynamic therapy and drug therapy, including the use of topicals.

In the future, cannabis and cancer could be paired up as more research across the globe begins to take place and companies look for new medications and formulations, boosted by the early successes of the drug.

Changes are happening slowly, with one serious improvement being when GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH) obtained approval in the US for its cannabidiol (CBD) solution, which treats seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome in toddlers.

After going through its clinical trials, the company’s Epidiolex drug received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration, signaling that top medical agencies are ready to confirm the medical prowess of cannabis and its derivatives for the benefit of patients.

Cannabis entering the skincare space

Looking more specifically at cannabis and skin ailments, the National Eczema Association has vouched for CBD as an option in the treatment of eczema, a skin disease that affects over 30 million people in the US.

“It has long been observed that cannabinoids possess anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-itch qualities,” the Independent reported.

A study from the the University of Colorado School of Medicine is looking further into the use of CBD for patients with psoriasis or eczema who have tried using topical steroids or topical immunomodulators.

Robert Dellavalle, professor of dermatology with the University of Colorado, told Inside Science that CBD products are growing in popularity, but the results are not being collected as properly as it could be.

“I believe it’s a wide-open horizon with tremendous potential that needs to be investigated, but there are a number of regulatory hurdles that need to be overcome and that’s where we are,” he said of his study.

A medical study from the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus shows the anti-inflammatory sensibilities of cannabinoids are the main reason why they may be a potent agent in combating skin diseases.

As part of its guide for healthcare practitioners, Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) indicates that medical cannabis could aid patients with inflammatory skin diseases such as dermatitis, psoriasis and pruritus.

“And while this research is still relatively formative, the results achieved so far clearly indicate its value and the promising potential of cannabis as effective medicine,” Tilray wrote.

Dave Berg, chief technology officer for software company Strainprint, told the Investing News Network the lack of sophisticated research has impacted the development of novel therapies for patients using cannabis.

“It’s been very difficult for people to study cannabis in a clinical way, but there’s been a ton observational data … There’s no really strong observational data set that allows us to make proper decisions,” Berg said.

In an effort to increase the research options available for cannabis, the Canadian federal government announced plans to spend C$10 million over five years in order to assess the impact of cannabis use on the mental health of Canadians.

The government also promised C$10 million to the Canadian Center on Substance Use and Addiction for research purposes.

Skin treatment, either cosmetic or medical, has been one of the many sectors revitalized as new cannabis oil products gain popularity. These cannabis oil products are developed based on the non-psychoactive component of the marijuana plant, CBD.

The introduction of cosmetics with cannabis elements, supported by Canadian licensed producers, is another upcoming element for the skin treatment segment of consumers, and while not medical it does offer more options to the uses of cannabis.

The endorsement from consumers for CBD ointments or other topicals for skincare has been documented with multiple products launched in the fractured US cannabis market.

One downside of the increasing popularity of these products is that it has led companies to make more and more claims about how these items can help with skin conditions. One study from the Journal of the American Medical Association warns that CBD products are often mislabeled online.

Takeaway on cannabis and skin cancer

In order for skin cancer patients to see the potential benefits from treatments with medical cannabis, a lot still has to change in Canada and abroad.

As the medical and recreational sections of the cannabis space continue drifting apart thanks to legalization efforts, the medical space should obtain more time to properly research and investigate the drug’s applications.

The early position CBD has gained in terms of skin maintenance and treatment could lead to further research on its impact with a more serious disease.

What’s more, the given to GW Pharmaceuticals and the increased awareness of the medical benefits for cannabis is moving the needle for how much more research will be put to find out how capable the drug will be in the medical space.

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The growth of the cannabis industry has made it possible for companies to offer investment opportunities through the major listing exchanges in Canada.

Previously known as the Canadian Venture Exchange, the TSX Venture Exchange is the sibling listing to the larger Toronto Stock Exchange.

This listing offers a variety of cannabis-related businesses from growers to biotech companies looking for cannabinoid therapies for those interested in investing in cannabis companies.

Here the Investing News Network offers investors a growing list of all cannabis-related companies listed on the TSXV.

48North (TSXV:NRTH)

This company is a marijuana producer looking to offer a variety of products for the recreational market in Canada, including for the health and wellness industry. The firm is a licensed outdoor grower of cannabis.

Auxly Cannabis Group (TSXV:XLY,OTCQX:CBWTF)

Founded by Chuck Rifici, Tweed co-founder, Auxly operates as a cannabis streaming investment firm looking to boost various plays related to the sector.

Avricore Health (TSXV:AVCR,OTCQB:AVCRF)

While Avricore operates as a healthcare technology company, in 2017 the firm made a deal with Emerald Health Therapeutics (TSXV:EMH,OTCQX:EMHTF) for the right to develop and sell endocannabinoid products in Canada to licensed pharmacies.

CanadaBis Capital (TSXV:CANB)

This cannabis company is targeting the Canadian market through its business model that is focused on cultivation, research, product development, retail and hemp.

Emerald Health Therapeutics (TSXV:EMH,OTCQX:EMHTF)

This Canadian cannabis company holds a variety of growing assets in the country. The firm holds a 50/50 joint venture for the management of a grower in BC with Village Farms International (TSX:VFF,NASDAQ:VFF).

EnWave (TSXV:ENW,OTC Pink:NWVCF)

EnWave is a technology company that has centered itself in the cannabis business thanks to its Radiant Energy Vacuum drying technology for organic materials. It effectively decreases the time from the harvest to the sale of cannabis products.

Elixxer (TSXV:ELXR,OTCQB:ELIXF)

Through its partners, Elixxer presently has significant interests in Australia, Jamaica, Switzerland, Italy and Canada.

Eve & Co. (TSXV:EVE,OTCQX:EEVVF)

Eve & Co. is a Canadian cannabis producer that, thanks to its subsidiary Natural MedCo, is seeking to target women consumers specifically with premier brands.

Experion Holdings (TSXV:EXP,OTCQB:EXPFF)

Formerly known as Viridium Pacific Group, this cannabis investment firm holds a portfolio of assets, including its licensed producer Experion Biotechnologies in Mission, BC.

The Flowr Corporation (TSXV:FLWR,OTC Pink:FLWPF)

Flowr is a vertically integrated cannabis company working on the cultivation and sale of medical and recreational marijuana in Canada.

FluroTech (TSXV:TEST,OTCQB:FLURF)

FluroTech is a technology company working on a cost-effective testing platform for the cannabis industry at large. The company’s proprietary CompleTest employs fluorescence spectroscopy technology to measure the specific contents of the product.

GTEC Holdings (TSXV:GETC,OTCQB:GGTTF)

This Kelowna-based cannabis company is vertically integrated, with operations in the cultivation, extraction and analytical testing sectors. The company is also pursuing retail operations through various investments.

Harvest One Cannabis (TSXV:HVT,OTCQX:HRVOF)

Harvest One is a cannabis company with production and assets spread across Canada, Europe, Israel and Australia. The company gains its reach thanks to its three subsidiaries: United Greeneries, Satipharm and Dream Products.

Hill Street Beverage Company (TSXV:BEER)

This beverage maker has made its name thanks to its development of non-alcoholic beverages. Now, the firm will offer consumers cannabis-infused drinks.

INDIVA (TSXV:NDVA,OTCQX:NDVAF)

INDIVA is a company focused on the supply of medical cannabis. Through an acquisition, this company holds a licensed producer with an indoor cannabis facility in Ontario.

Khiron Life Sciences (TSXV:KHRN,OTCQB:KHRNF)

Khiron is a Colombia-based cannabis company raising capital in Canada through the TSXV. The firm has declared that it will seek to expand its presence through Latin America, including Mexico.

Meta Growth (TSXV:META)

This company is a retail operator managing cannabis shops across the country. National Access Cannabis manages two recreational store brands: Meta Cannabis Supply and NewLeaf Cannabis.

Namaste Technologies (TSXV:N,OTCQB:NXTTF)

After undergoing a tumultuous management change, Namaste has centered back on its investments and development of its marijuana play, which includes its online platform of cannabis consumer information.

Naturally Splendid Enterprises (TSXV:NSP,OTCQB:NSPDF)

Naturally Splendid is a biotech company working on the development of hemp products for consumers in the health and wellness space. The company will pursue a stake in the edible CBD market as well.

Pharmacielo (TSXV:PCLO,OTC Pink:PHCEF)

Pharmacielo is another cannabis company originally from Colombia raising capital in the Canadian markets. The company is headquartered in Canada but operates as part of its marijuana growing in Rionegro, Colombia.

Radient Technologies (TSXV:RTI,OTCQX:RDDTF)

Radient is an extraction technology company that has dabbled in the cannabis sector thanks to a partnership with licensed producer Aurora Cannabis (TSX:ACB,NYSE:ACB).

Relevium Technologies (TSXV:RLV,OTCQB:RLLVF)

Thanks to its subsidiary Biocannabix, this company has a cannabis play in the development of pharmaceutical grade products infused with cannabinoid formulations.

SugarBud Craft Growers (TSXV:SUGR)

Like some other Canadian cannabis producers, this Alberta company specializes in growing and developing craft style premium cannabis products.

Target Capital (TSXV:TCI)

Doing business as CBi2 Capital, this Calgary, Alberta based company’s cannabis focused investment strategy focuses on developing and managing a diversified portfolio of predominantly early stage cannabis investment opportunities.

Tetra Bio-Pharma (TSXV:TBP,OTCQB:TBPMF)

Tetra Bio-Pharma is a company working on the research and development of medicines based on cannabis and its elements.

Therma Bright (TSXV:THRM)

Therma Bright is a medical device company that has a subsidiary seeking to carve up a space in the technology space for medical and recreational marijuana thanks to its pain relief device.

WeedMD (TSXV:WMD,OTCQX:WDDMF)

WeedMD is another Canadian cannabis producer making product for the medical and recreational markets in Canada.

YSS (TSXV:YSS)

YSS operates as an adult-use cannabis retailer with 17 stores in Canada.

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Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC reminds investors that a class action lawsuit has been filed against the following publicly-traded companies. You can review a copy of the Complaints by visiting the links below or you may contact Peretz Bronstein, Esq. or his Investor Relations Analyst, Yael Hurwitz of Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC at 212-697-6484. If you suffered a loss, you can request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff. Your ability to share in any recovery doesn’t require that you serve as a lead plaintiff. A lead plaintiff acts on behalf of all other class members in directing the litigation. The lead plaintiff can select a law firm of its choice. An investor’s ability to share in any potential future recovery is not dependent upon serving as lead plaintiff

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“We have made tremendous progress over the last several months that saw our product pipeline evolve to focus on the massive opportunity and potential of ketamine, an FDA approved drug with a known safety profile, to treat significant unmet medical needs for Parkinson’s disease, depression and pain,” said Fabio Chianelli, CEO of PharmaTher. “With our focus on ketamine through repurposing, combining it with an FDA approved drug and delivering it with our novel microneedle delivery system, we are now positioned to expedite our clinical development objectives by taking advantage of the FDA’s 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway and commercializing disruptive ketamine treatments for mental health and pain disorders.”

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Cannabis leaders are focusing on innovation in premium branding, global expansion, and tight operational execution in the drive towards profitability. Wall Street Reporter highlights the latest comments from industry thought leaders:

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